This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens #BlogTour @SophieCous @ArrowPublishing #ThisTimeNextYear

Today is my birthday and I am thrilled to be spending it on the blog tour for one of my favourite RomComs of 2020. This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens was an absolute delight to read with adorable characters and razor-sharp wit on every page.

Here is everything you need to know about this absolutely amazing debut novel.

This Time Next Year

 Sophie Cousens

Get ready to fall for this year’s most extraordinary love story…

Quinn and Minnie are born on New Year’s Eve, in the same hospital, one minute apart.

Their lives may begin together, but their worlds couldn’t be more different.

Thirty years later they find themselves together again in the same place, at the same time.

What if fate is trying to bring them together?

The clock strikes midnight, their moment passes, and another year begins. But if Quinn and Minnie are from different worlds, why do they keep bumping into each other? And why is it that each frustrating interaction somehow seems to push their lives in the right direction? Could it be that instead of clashing, their different outlooks might complement each other?

Perhaps now is the time to take a chance…

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My Thoughts

Once in a while a book comes along that just blows your socks off and this sent mine soaring into orbit!

I just loved everything about This Time Next Year, I actually shed a tear when I reached the last page because I didn’t want this wonderful story to end.

In 1990 two women who were complete strangers gave birth minutes apart. One won a huge financial prize for being the first baby born in the new decade. The other was doomed to a life of bad luck ….or that is what Minnie Cooper was brought up to believe.

The children grow up in completely different backgrounds. Quinn was the prize winner with an affluent lifestyle and a successful career. In contrast, Minnie feels she is jinxed, she has to give up her flat, her business is struggling and her relationship has taken a nosedive. When she accidentally meets Quinn on their thirtieth birthday, at his swanky party, she understandably feels a little downhearted.

As the story unfolds, it becomes clear through cleverly placed flashbacks, that there have been strange parallels throughout their lives, but they are both totally unaware. A strange, magnetic force means that their paths continue to cross and a close connection develops. Has fate brought them together or should they push their real feelings away?

The characters in the story are so vibrant they could actually be sitting right next to you. I loved Minnie’s dad with his clock collection and her quirky, kind-hearted and loyal group of friends. There are mermaid costumes, penguin watching, unicorns, and a pie business called ‘No Hard Fillings’. The author adds funny, warm, and clever comedy elements without being cheesy and you find yourself caring deeply for every single character. I desperately wanted Minnie to fight harder to keep the business going and I wanted her mum to just give her the one thing she needed most…a hug!

I soaked up every page of this wonderful book. The clever, sharp wit, crazy multi-dimensional characters, and intelligent storytelling were almost too good to be true. This is definitely one of my favourite romantic comedies this year!

 

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About The Author

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Sophie Cousens worked in TV in London for over twelve years, producing The Graham Norton Show, Big Brother and Ant and Dec. Sophie has previously published an eBook only romantic comedy novel How To Get Ahead In Television which was shortlisted for the 2015 Romantic Novelist Association Awards. She relocated from London to Jersey and balances her writing career with working for an arts charity, taking care of her two small children and enjoying small island life.

 

 

Thank you to Rachel Kennedy from Arrow Publishing for a copy of the book and blog tour invite. This is my honest review.

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Thank you for reading.

The Women Who Ran Away by Sheila O’Flanagan #BlogTour @annecater @sheilaoflanagan @headlinepg #RandomThingsTours

The Women Who Ran Away

 Sheila O’Flanagan

A life-affirming new novel about the power of inter-generational
female friendship from the author of number one bestsellers Her
Husband’s Mistake, The Missing Wife and The Hideaway
Two women form an unlikely friendship as they face up to shocking truths
about the men they’ve loved – and take the reins on deciding their future.
Deira is setting out on the holiday she’d planned with her long-term partner
Gavin – only she’s on her own. Gavin will not be amused when he finds out
she’s ‘borrowed’ his car, but since their brutal break-up Deira’s not been
acting rationally. Maybe a drive through beautiful France will help her see
things differently.
Grace is also travelling alone, each stage of her journey outlined in advance
by her late husband. Ken was head of the household when he was alive,
and it seems he’s still in charge. His last decision was a surprise – could there
be more surprises to come? There’s only one way to find out, galling though
it is to dance again to Ken’s tune.
Thrown together by chance, Grace and Deira find that it’s easier to share
secrets with a stranger, especially in the shimmering sunny countryside of
Spain and France. But they soon find that there’s no escaping the truth,
whether you’re running away from it or racing towards it…

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My Thoughts

Irish women Deira and Grace are both undertaking deeply emotional journeys. They are both running away from the grief of a lost relationship both mentally, physically and emotionally.

As the miles pass, you get an insight into the lives of both women, and why they are so deeply affected by the men who have been so significant in their lives.

Deira is going on a journey that should have been with her partner Gavin. She ‘borrows’ his sportscar and sets off, uncertain of where her journey will take her.

Similarily Grace is also travelling alone. She is set to follow an itinerary set by her late husband, a deeply controlling man.

The books promises great opportunities, and endless possibilities for the two women who decide to travel together. I was excited to see what they would experience and if they gained comfort from their trip across Europe.

Deira and Grace are very different women but the problems that they face are hugely relatable. I was happy that fate threw them together as they embarked on a fascinating treasure hunt taking them through beautifully portrayed European cities. It was refreshing that the women on the road trip were complete strangers so the book revolves around a new friendship and how it is sometimes easier to confide in a stranger than close loved ones.

As with all Sheila O’Flanagan novels, this is a real page-turner with light-hearted elements as well as the soul searching and grief that the women had to process. The locations are described vividly and I enjoyed the literary references written into the itinerary by Grace’s English professor husband. A great holiday read, or for anyone who craves an escape from the complexities of life.

 

Thank you to AnneCater, the publisher and author for a copy of the book and invite to the blog tour. The book has been reviewed honestly.

About The Author

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Sheila O’Flanagan is the author of bestselling chart-
toppers, including Her Husband’s Mistake, The
Hideaway, What Happened That Night, The Missing
Wife, My Mother’s Secret and All For You (winner of
the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the
Year Award). After working in banking and finance
for a number of years, Sheila’s love for writing
blossomed into curating stories about relationships
in all their many forms.
Thank you for reading.

Sun Stars and Limoncello by Stefania Hartley @TheSicilianMama

Sun Stars and Limoncello by Stefania Hartley

Sonia believes that men equal heartache and disaster. Brad has sworn never to love a woman again. It’s a pity they’re so irresistibly attracted to one another.

After her traumatic teenage years, Sonia’s teaching job would be the best thing that has happened to her if it weren’t for Brad Wilson. Her arrogant, standoffish colleague never fails to rub her the wrong way. But when she’s faced with the choice between canceling the school trip to Sicily or accepting his ungraceful help, she swallows her pride and resigns herself to spending an entire week in close quarters with him. Little does she know just how close.

A tragedy from his past still haunts Brad, and he’s sworn never to let his heart be shredded by grief again. Loving another woman is not in the cards. That’s why his petite olive-skinned colleague is so very dangerous.

What could possibly go wrong when their mutual destination is one of the most romantic places in the world?

My Thoughts

I was immediately drawn to this book with the pretty cover and interesting description which promises a trip to the beautiful island of Sicily.

Teacher Sonia is upset when her colleague breaks her leg leaving a school trip under threat. When biology teacher Brad Wilson volunteers to step in, Sonia has no choice but to accept his lukewarm offer.

Both teachers have come to the profession after experiences in their past left them wanting to make a difference. They have both put up barriers to any type of relationship but the chemistry between them is hard to ignore. Their feelings were put to the test when a booking mishap comes to light and the colleagues end up sharing a room.

Sonia originates from Italy but the country leaves her with bittersweet memories. However, she has a bunch of unruly teenagers to supervise and a promise to keep from one of her student’s parents. I loved the relationships between teenagers and teachers, the mutual respect and affection was incredibly refreshing. The amusing antics of the children provided a clever contrast to the sadder elements of the story.

 The writing flows well and the suspense builds to a dramatic and incredibly heartfelt conclusion. The beautiful portrayal of the location shows that the author knows and loves Sicily and the historical facts, culture, and crafts of the country are both informative and interesting.

A must for true romantics.

Thank you to the author for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.


About The Author

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Also known as The Sicilian Mama, Stefania was born in Sicily and immediately started growing, but not very much.

She left her sunny island after falling head over heels in love with an Englishman and now she lives in the UK with him and their three children.
Having finally learnt English, she’s enjoying it so much that she now writes short stories and romance novels.

 

Her short stories have been longlisted, commended and won prizes, and are regularly published by The People’s Friend magazine. Her debut novel, Sun, Stars and Limoncello, is out now.

 

 

 

Coming For You by Deborah Rogers

Coming For You by Deborah Rogers

A brutal crime. A traumatized mind. A victim no one believes…

Successful New York prosecutor Amelia Kellaway is hiding a secret. Still deeply traumatized by a kidnapping incident she suffered three years ago, Amelia is struggling to cope with a crippling anxiety disorder where she compulsively checks her locks and doors. She’s also experiencing frightening blackouts that strike at random. The root cause of her anxiety is her unshakable belief that her previous attacker, Rex Hawkins, is stalking her. She’s been to the authorities but they’ve dismissed her concerns as the paranoid delusions of a traumatized mind.

But are Amelia’s fears really unfounded? Could Rex Hawkins still be out there, waiting for her to drop her guard and make a mistake? Or is Amelia slipping deeper into neurosis and at risk of losing her mind?

Another gripping and twisty tale of psychological suspense from Deborah Rogers, Coming for You is a terrifying portrayal of a young woman on the brink, with shades of Hitchcock and Gillian Flynn.

If you like tense, gritty psychological suspense thrillers, you’ll love book 2 in the Amelia Kellaway series from exciting new crime writer Deborah Rogers.

 

My Thoughts

Coming For You by Deborah Rogers is the second book in the Amelia Kellaway series. This compelling, suspense filled thriller works fine as a standalone novel.

I was immediately drawn into this story from the first chapter. Main character Amelia Kellaway, a New York lawyer, is deeply disturbed, highly paranoid and physically and mentally damaged. The author paints a vivid and touching picture of a woman living with PTSD after a vicious and harrowing attack.

When detective Ethan North enters Amelia’s life her first instinct is to push him away. However, slowly she begins to let down her guard and talk about what happened when she was kidnapped and raped by Rex Hawkins, a man Amelia believes is still stalking her.

Will Amelia finally convince someone that a serial killer is out there, preying on other women and tracking her every move?

This quick read is told from Amelia Kellaway’s perspective and her anguish and paranoia is extremely well portrayed. It takes a while to find out exactly what happened to Amelia and the suspense is heightened as the details are slowly revealed. This tense thriller is well written with a totally believable main character. Recommended for lovers of psychological thrillers.

Thank you to the author for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

About the Author

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Deborah Rogers is a psychological thriller and suspense author. Her gripping debut psychological thriller, The Devil’s Wire, received rave reviews as a “dark and twisted page turner”. In addition to standalone novels like The Devil’s Wire and Into Thin Air, Deborah writes the popular Amelia Kellaway series, a gritty suspense series based on New York prosecutor, Amelia Kellaway. Deborah has a Graduate Diploma in scriptwriting and graduated cum laude from the Hagley Writers’ Institute. When she’s not writing psychological thrillers and suspense books, she likes to take her chocolate Lab, Rocky, for walks on the beach and make decadent desserts.

Glucosamine For Senior Dogs – Product Review

Glucosamine For Senior Dogs

I’ve often talked about my dog Holly on this blog. She’s a cross between a Shih tzu and Chihuahua and was seventeen years old in December 2019.

Holly has been extremely lucky healthwise. Apart from some sight and hearing loss she has always remained incredibly fit and well.

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Then in Apil/May of this year, I noticed some changes in the way she was walking and how she was hesitant to climb stairs or jump on to furniture. I checked her all over and she wasn’t in pain but I could see that her back leg muscles were much weaker. Holly sleeps upstairs at the side of my bed so I was carrying her to bed every night and back down again every morning. She normally sat on the sofa but was curling up beside me on the floor unable to get up on to the furniture. Instead of pottering for hours outside she was just making quick trips to the garden and she slept an awful lot.

At the time the country was in lockdown due to the Coronavirus. Vets were working on a strict emergency only basis and owners were unable to go inside with their pet. I couldn’t take an extremely elderly dog with slight muscle stiffness to an emergency vet. However, I hated seeing the decline in Holly so I started to research health supplements.

Glucosamine for senior dogs is a well known supplement to help with joint pain and arthritis. It is believed to help maintain strength and flexibility in the connective tissues which are essential for good mobility.

I purchased Flex A Joint For Pets which includes Glucosamine and Chondroitin.

It is suitable for both dogs and cats.

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What I Liked About Flex A Joint For Pets

One of the things I liked about the product was that the supplement comes in a split and pour capsule. This means that it can be easily poured on to food with no need to measure the correct amount. Holly has no experience of taking tablets and I wasn’t keen on grinding tablets to powder or hiding them in treats. I have no idea what the supplements taste like but Holly didn’t seem to notice at all.

A small dog or cat takes one capsule per day, this rises to four tablets for giant-sized dogs.

I paid £10.97 for 180 capsules which is much less expensive than the well known brands.

Each capsule compromises of :-

Glucosamine sulphate 400mg.

Chondroitin sulphate 50mg.(90% Marine Source)

Methyl Sulphonyl Methane 50 mg.

Vit. C 12 mg.

Lastly, I paid attention to the reviews for this product and after reading well over 200 positive reviews I was eager to give Flex A Joint a try.

Amazon Affiliate Link For Flex A Joint For Pets

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The Ingredients

Glucosamine Sulphate is a well-known supplement taken by both humans and animals to help with arthritis and sore joints.

This is an excellent article which has loads of information about why dogs benefit from Glucosamine.

Glucosamine for Dogs What are the best sources? from DogsNaturally.

Chondroitin Sulphate is another supplement that helps joints. It works best when given in conjunction with Glucosamine and is mainly marine sourced.

Methyl Sulphonyl Methane or MSM is known to help relieve pain and works as an antioxidant.

Vitamin C is helpful in slowing down degenerative disc disease, hip pain, and spinal problems.

Did  Glucosamine For Senior Dogs Improve Mobility?

It has been six weeks since I started adding Flex A Joint to Holly’s food every day.

However, I saw a significant difference in just under a week and the improvements have continued. Holly is now able to walk up and down stairs easily and she doesn’t need to be lifted on to the sofa next to me. She appears brighter in herself, and she has also started playing with the other dogs which is so lovely to see.

Holly now spends more time in the garden and will go to the front door to greet visitors. She is sleeping less during the day and seems to have a spring in her step when she hears the treat cupboard being opened.

Family members who don’t live with us have commented on how much more engaged she is and she is asking for tummy rubs just like she used to. It really does appear that she has a new lease of life.

The supplement is added by simply pouring the powder from one capsule on to her food. This was much less stressful than trying to get a dog to swallow a tablet.

On the whole, I would recommend this product for anyone who is considering adding a supplement to their dog’s food. If your dog is approaching his or her senior years or you have noticed slight joint stiffness, this is well worth a try.

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If your dog appears to be in pain or discomfort please consult your vet. In addition, if your pet is already on medication for existing conditions please take veterinary advice before adding supplements.

Flex A Joint is produced by a family-owned UK brand called Zipvit which supplies a huge range of vitamin supplements for humans and animals. I personally purchased the item from Amazon UK.

Additional Reading

This post has some handy tips to improve your dog’s health by making small adjustments to their everyday routines. Dogs of any age can benefit from these quick and easy tips.

Be A Better Dog Owner

Thank you for reading. Keep Safe xx

 

 

 

One Hundred Reasons by Kelly Collins @kcollinsauthor

One Hundred Reasons by Kelly Collins

Fresh starts, hope, and happily ever afters…

Nurse Sage Nichols life changed when she lost her favorite patient and inherited a bed and breakfast in a town she didn’t know existed. She traveled to Aspen Cove intent to sell so she could hurry back to her life in Denver. Little did she know, she was about to find everything she ever needed in the tiny mountain town with a big heart. Sage found herself in a place where caring for your neighbor was a way of life. In her case, that happened to be surly Cannon Bishop, the man of her dreams.

Cannon Bishop was a man who learned long ago that hope was a dangerous thing. Closed off from the world after a family tragedy, Cannon lived a lonely life as the owner of Aspen Cove’s only bar and son to the town drunk. When Sage Nichols breezed into town, she offered the possibility of more if he’d only open his heart. Cannon’s protective walls tumble and suddenly a brighter future of healing, hope, and peace was possible…if only Sage would stay.

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My Thoughts

This is the first book I have read by this author and it is the first in the new Aspen Cove Romance series.

Main character Sage is a nurse working nights in a geriatric ward. She is devastated when her favourite patient, Bea Bennett, dies without saying goodbye. She is so upset by the death of her patient that it is decided to transfer her to another department. However,  before she leaves her supervisor hands her a letter written by Bea. The letter states that Bea has left Sage a Bed and Breakfast in a small mountain town called Aspen Cove.

Sage decides to travel to Aspen Cove to say goodbye to her friend and view the property. With her beloved three-legged companion Otis at her side, she sets off on an adventure that will change her life forever. Despite a shaky start, she realises that she is very needed in the small town and top of the list is a troubled bar owner called Cannon Bishop.

I instantly liked Sage, it’s obvious that she cared about people and would go out of her way to help others. It’s easy to see why Bea chose her and put her faith in her. The book shows that love can appear when you least expect it and it’s never too late for second chances. The writing flows easily and there are plenty of well-developed characters to keep the story entertaining. A light, heartwarming and charming romance, which sets the scene for a captivating series.

Thank you to Brooke and the author for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter @annecater @SlaughterKarin @RandomTTours @FictionPubTeam #TheSilentWife

The Silent Wife

Karin Slaughter

Today I’m thrilled to be taking part in the Blog Tour for The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter. Thank you to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for the tour invite and copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

From the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author comes a gripping new crime thriller featuring Will Trent and Sara Linton

About The Silent Wife

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Atlanta, Georgia. Present day. 

A young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead. The police investigate but the trail goes cold. Until a chance assignment takes GBI investigator Will Trent to the state penitentiary, and to a prisoner who says he recognises the MO. The attack looks identical to the one he was accused of eight years earlier. The prisoner’s always insisted that he was innocent, and now he’s sure he has proof. The killer is still out there.

 

As Will digs into both crimes it becomes clear that he must solve the original case in order to reach the truth. Yet nearly a decade has passed—time for memories to fade, witnesses to vanish, evidence to disappear. And now he needs medical examiner Sara Linton to help him hunt down a ruthless murderer. But when the past and present collide, everything Will values is at stake.

 

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My Thoughts

This is Karin Slaughter’s 20th novel in 20 years…such an accomplishment from an author who always hits the ground running, never sugar coats and always leaves the reader gasping for more.

The Silent Wife starts when Will Trent and his team of investigators are sent to a prison to interview witnesses of a murder. Daryl Nesbitt, a convicted criminal, informs Will that he has proof that he was framed and became a victim of police corruption. Nesbitt will co-operate by sharing his knowledge of the prison killing only if his case is re-investigated. He states that he is innocent of the crimes and that the real killer is leaving a path of destruction which has continued whilst he has been behind bars.

One of the officers that Nesbitt is accusing is Jeffrey Tolliver, a police chief who has been dead for several years. Will is now in a relationship with Jeffery’s ex-wife, Dr. Sara Linton.  Sara was the forensic pathologist in the case which is now under speculation, however, she is also a valued and respected member of his current team. I enjoyed the dynamics of the relationship which added another dimension to the storyline. Both characters are highly respected yet flawed and fragile from past experiences and I became invested in their complex relationship. The dual timeline meant that Jeffrey could make an appearance in the plot as we are taken back to the previous case. This added even more tension to the already delicate relationship.

The detailed descriptions are brutal, sinister but sadly accurate. Karin Slaughter does extensive research and the authenticity really comes over in her writing. No matter how graphic the crimes are portrayed you still find yourself frantically turning pages. 

This powerful, fast-paced thriller combines an emotive relationship with gruesome and brutal crimes against women, something that is unique within my reading experience. A hard-hitting, complex, and detailed novel and another hit for Karin Slaughter.

 

Author Bio

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Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her 19 novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant Sunday Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her.

The Good Daughter and Cop Town are in development for film and television and Pieces of Her is soon to be an eight-part Netflix adaptation, directed by Lesli Linka Glatter (Mad Men), and produced by Charlotte Stoudt (Homeland) and Bruna Papandrea (Big Little Lies).

Karin is the founder of the Save the Libraries project- a non-profit organisation established to support libraries and library programming. 

She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

The Paper Bracelet by Rachael English @EnglishRachael @annecater @RandomTTours @headlinepg #BlogTour #ThePaperBracelet

The Paper Bracelet

 Rachael English

 

Every baby’s bracelet held a mother’s secret…

Inspired by heartrending real events, the gripping new novel from No. 1

bestselling author Rachael English.

Readers of Diane Chamberlain and Kathryn Hughes will love this book.

‘A true storyteller who keeps you turning the pages’ Cathy Kelly

 

For almost fifty years, Katie has kept a box of secrets.
It dates from her time working as a nurse in a west of Ireland mother and baby home, and contains a notebook with details of the babies and young women she met there. It also holds many of the babies’ identity bracelets.
Following the death of her husband, Katie makes a decision she has long kept at bay. She posts a message on an internet forum, knowing that the information she possesses could help reunite adopted people with their birth mothers.
Soon, the replies are rolling in, and Katie encounters success, failure, heartache and joy as she finds herself in the role of part-detective, part-counsellor – chasing down leads, piecing together stories, and returning many of the bracelets to their original owners.
But there is one bracelet in the box that holds the key to a story that may never be told …

The Paper Bracelet is a gripping and moving story of secrets, lies and a love that never dies.

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My Thoughts

I was completely gripped by this story from the very first page. Other books on this subject left many questions unanswered for me, and this supplied everything I wanted to know…and much more.

Main character Katie has recently lost her husband after a long and happy marriage. As a young girl in the 1970s, she worked as a nurse in an Irish Mother and Baby home run by nuns. Whilst she was there she secretly kept the paper bracelets from the baby’s wrists which showed a little about the mother and child’s identity. Now grieving, Katie needs a project to focus on and dispel some ghosts from her past. Along with her niece, she begins a mission to reunite adopted children with their birth mothers.

Rachael English brilliantly describes the conditions that the pregnant girls were forced to live and work in. The nuns made the girls feel sinful and gave them no voice when it came to the wellbeing of their babies. They had to work solidly throughout their pregnancies right up to the time of birth. There were no home comforts, no medical help, and no compassion for the mothers. The young women were even forced to stay and work after they had given birth to repay the debt that was outstanding for their care.

Although the girls were not allowed to even speak to each other they found windows of opportunity to share their feelings and incredible bonds were formed. I loved how the writer included these pockets of incredible warmth and companionship between the girls, a complete contrast to the cruelty they received from adults who should have known better.

It’s hard to think that these Mother and Baby homes existed such a short time ago. The hardship inflicted seems more fitting with practices used a century ago. However, it’s important to know that the story is based on factual events and these horrendous establishments genuinely existed. The author has done a great job of piecing together the factual aspects with a captivating story through detailed research and astounding storytelling.

There are stories within stories and multidimensional characters who come to life on the page. This dual timeline novel leans towards many serious issues which are all dealt with incredibly sensitively. Although the book is sad, and the hardships difficult to comprehend, the plot just drives you on as you become incredibly invested in the wellbeing of the characters. There are secrets, deceit, mystery, and a huge twist. Most of all, I think The Paper Bracelet is a story that needs to be told and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Thank you to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for the tour invite and copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

 

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About The Author

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Rachael English is a bestselling novelist and presenter on Ireland’s most popular radio show, Morning Ireland. During more than twenty years as a journalist, she has worked on most of RTÉ Radio’s leading current affairs programmes, covering a huge range of national and international stories.

A Dog’s Chance by Casey Wilson @bookouture @CaseyWilsonAuth

A Dog’s Chance by Casey Wilson

Sometimes the dogs we rescue… also rescue us.

A heart-wrenching and beautiful story perfect for dog lovers everywhere. Fans of A Dog’s Purpose, The Art of Racing in the Rain and Marley and Me will be utterly entranced by this gorgeous page-turner.

Madison knows her fourteen-year-old daughter Abbie is struggling. She wishes she could give Abbie stability, the promise of a forever home in Millbury, but she is scared to stay in one town for too long, and every day Abbie seems more anxious. Until a chance encounter with a beautiful, boisterous golden retriever puppy called Duke changes everything…

Duke bounces into the community centre where Madison is working and when Abbie meets him she stops pacing the room. Duke is tugging his owner, seventy-five-year-old Arthur, along for the ride, and instantly Madison sees a way she and Arthur can help each other. She offers to train Duke so that Abbie gets to see him, and from that moment the four of them become a family.

Madison finally feels like she has a second chance at life and a reason to stay in town, but when her past catches up with her they are all at risk. Duke may have united this family, but will he be able to keep them together?

A reminder of the unbelievable bonds we form with the dogs in our lives. No matter how broken you are, the unconditional love of a dog can piece you back together.

Thank you to Noelle from Bookouture and the author for a copy of the book and an invite to Books-On-Tour.

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       My Thoughts

I think that dogs always enter your life at just the right time and A Dog’s Chance is the perfect example.

Retired judge Arthur, nurse practitioner Madison and her daughter Abbie are all going through a difficult time in their lives. Arthur has just lost his beloved wife Rosie, Madison is running from something (or someone) and Abbie suffers from anxiety issues.

When a stray golden retriever called Duke comes along he finds a way of bringing them all together. Madison helps Arthur train Duke, Abbie relaxes in the dog’s company and Arthur gains some friendly and helpful company to ease his loneliness.

Just as Madison begins to relax and feel that she can finally settle in the warm-hearted community something happens which puts them all at risk.

I really enjoyed the chapters which were told from Duke’s perspective. The puppy is connected to the people around him, detecting emotions from not just sight and sound but by smell and body language. He knew how to give Arthur the companionship he was missing and how to ease Abbie’s stress levels. When he sensed danger he was quick to jump into action and keep his loved ones safe.

This is a gentle, heartwarming read which flows well and has many multi-dimensional characters. All dog lovers will love the beautifully written story of broken souls put back together and united to make a happy family.

Earlier this year I was thrilled to read and review Casey Wilson’s previous book called A Dog’s Hope. You can read my thoughts about it here

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About The Author

Casey Wilson is the author of A Dog’s Hope, published with Bookouture.

Born and raised in the United States in Nevada, she is the owner of a gorgeous golden retriever, who may or may not have inspired the dogs in her novels.

 

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaseyWilsonAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaseyWilsonAuth

 

The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly @VictoriaDarcy @rararesources

The Beauty of Broken Things

 Victoria Connelly

United by tragedy, can two broken souls make each other whole?

After the tragic loss of his wife, Helen, Luke Hansard is desperate to keep her memory alive. In an effort to stay close to her, he reaches out to an online friend Helen often mentioned: a reclusive photographer with a curious interest in beautiful but broken objects. But first he must find her—and she doesn’t want to be found.

Orla Kendrick lives alone in the ruins of a remote Suffolk castle, hiding from the haunting past that has left her physically and emotionally scarred. In her fortress, she can keep a safe distance from prying eyes, surrounded by her broken treasures and insulated from the world outside.

When Luke tracks Orla down, he is determined to help her in the way Helen wanted to: by encouraging her out of her isolation and back into the world. But Orla has never seen her refuge as a prison and, when painful secrets and dangerous threats begin to resurface, Luke’s good deed is turned on its head.

As they work through their grief for Helen in very different ways, will these two broken souls be able to heal?

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Today I am thrilled to take part in the blog tour for The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, the publisher, and the author for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.

My Thoughts

I was immediately attracted to the description of this book. Two broken souls brought together by tragedy and together finding a deep connection that helped them to discover a sense of belonging again.

Orla lives alone in a remote castle, choosing to see no-one, not even Bill who tends her garden. She gets enjoyment from collecting damaged porcelain and photographing them to show off their exquisite beauty.

When a young man calls by she refuses to answer the door and asks him to leave. However, Luke needs to see Orla to explain why her friend Helen (his wife) hasn’t been in touch. He has sad news that her online friend has tragically died and needs to pass on a gift that Helen wanted Orla to receive.

 I loved the descriptions of the ancient castle and the remote windswept beach where Orla walked her dog One Ear. The detailed imagery of the delicate china teacups and vases with a hairline crack or tiny chip made me think of the history behind the pieces. Orla saw that a minor imperfection didn’t alter the beauty of the piece. In fact, she cherished the items because they became truly unique. I loved the analogy between damaged porcelain and broken souls, which was exquisitely written.

The connection between Orla and Luke was extremely poignant. They gave each other comfort and helped to restore confidence. There is drama in the plot and relatable characters, especially Bill and his wife Margy who were warm and caring. This is a captivating read that steals your heart. A simple but stunning story, wonderfully crafted by a talented author.

I have previously reviewed One Last Summer by Victoria Connelly. It is a beautiful story about friendship. You can read my thoughts here.

About The Author

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Victoria Connelly is the bestselling author of The Rose Girls and The Book Lovers series.

Victoria was brought up in Norfolk, England before moving to Yorkshire where she got married in a medieval castle. After 11 years in London, she moved to rural Suffolk where she lives in a Georgian cottage with her artist husband, a Springer spaniel and her ex-battery hens.

 

You can find her on Twitter @VictoriaDarcy and at facebook.com/victoriaconnelly