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Review: Murder Most Unladylike (Wells and Wong #1) by Robin Stevens

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Blurb

Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia’s missing tie. Which they don’t, really.)

But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident – but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place . . . and there’s more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.

Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?

Review

What an absolutely delightful Sunday afternoon read. I actually have not read anything like this before, although at times I had flash backs to my childhood where I felt like I was reading an Enid Blyton novel with a bit of sherlock homes or Nancy Drew thrown in.

It is a very light read as it is a middle grade book but nevertheless I really enjoyed it and would recommend to all ages

An outstanding debut novel

4 of 5 stars

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Free PR For all Books everyone can do

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I know everyone does not have time to blog about the books they read or even read the amount some bloggers do. So I have been thinking of ways everyone can promote books with little effort.

So here is my guide to help your favorite author to sell a couple more copies.

  1. Book Shopping No not to buy more books – if you happen to be browsing your favorite bookstore and see someone pick up a book you enjoyed just tell them that book was very good, it will hopefully make their decision to buy the book easier. But don’t over do it and scare them out of the bookstore though.
  2. Social Media  A quick tweet, Instagram pic or FB status these maybe shared or re-tweeted to a wider audience
  3. Read in a Public Place – A coffee and a book in costa or nero (or any other chain) is most book lovers idea of paradise, there maybe someone who clocks the book you are reading and goes to buy it. Also if you are  like me and  use public transport and are able read on the train,bus or tube etc once again just someone spotting what you are reading may decide to purchase the said book
  4. Review the Book – No not a  long post but just 3 words to describe the book on amazon or goodreads is great and takes no more then 10 mins. I love the saying ‘like a book? then review it’ there is someone interested whatever the genre is.
  5. Recommend to Family friends – lend that book (if you can bear to) I know technically they have not purchased that book but they may purchase others in the future from that author

I have done most of the above

Thank for reading

Nat xx

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5 star Review You had me at Merlot Part 1 by Lisa Dickenson

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Blurb 

The first part in this hilarious four-part digital romantic comedy, from the author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas – winner of the Novelicious Debut of the Year award.

Elle and Laurie are the last ones standing: they’re single, they’re not having babies any time soon and their weekends aren’t filled with joyful meetings about mortgages. For Elle, this is fine – she likes her independent life, she loves her job, and she has no desire to walk down the aisle anytime soon. But Laurie wants love and she wants it now.

So when Laurie begs Elle to come with her on a singles holiday to a beautiful vineyard in Tuscany, Elle is reluctant. You Had Me at Merlot Holidays promises crisp sunshine, fun and a chance to stir up some sizzling romance. Elle has no intention of swapping her perfectly lovely life for someone else’s idea of her Mr Perfect, but ten days under the Italian sun with her best friend and lashings of wine? How bad could that be

My Review 

Like always this is a book which I keep meaning to get to but never have until recently and yes I do regret not getting to this until now. I can totally understand why Lisa won Novelicious Debut of the Year award.

This book has made me smile and I mean a HUGE great BIG smile it was so sparkly, cheering , positive, oh and there’s wine so totally up my street. Chin Chin

I love Lisa’s writing style and made the book so easy to glide through.

Really looking forward to Parts 2,3 & 4

5 of 5 stars

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Review His Other Life By Beth Thomas

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Blurb

The story of a couple with seemingly perfect lives…and the secrets they hide behind closed doors.

Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Jo Jo Moyes.

He was hiding a terrible secret . . .

Grace’s new husband Adam seems like the perfect package. Good looking, great job, completely charming – almost too good to be true . . .

So when Adam suddenly disappears from Grace’s life, she is left bewildered and heartbroken. And with a lot of unanswered questions.

As she tries desperately to find him, Grace opens a Pandora’s Box of secrets and lies – and starts to learn that Adam wasn’t so perfect after all.

What shameful secrets was her husband hiding? Is Grace in danger? And can she survive the truth? However terrible it may be.

My Review

First off I absolutely adore the cover it is just so magical and made me want to read the book straight away

As soon as I started to read His other life I was intrigued. Beth’s writing was just amazing (she is a very good storyteller) this drew me straight into the story. I was slightly confused on the genre it was a bit mixed one moment I thought I was reading chicklit with my feet up with a cuppa  and the next I was on the edge of my seat like a thriller read would which as I said  confused me a bit. But don’t let this put you off this was a very minor thing and actually probably just me.

I loved the mention of Didcot which is a town not so far from me and I have friends there.

I am ashamed to admit this is the first book I have read my Beth Thomas  I have no idea why but I will defiantly be on the look out for more from this author.

4 of 5 stars

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Review The Grand Reopening of Dandelion Café Part 1 by Jenny Oliver

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Blurb

When Annie White steps back onto Cherry Pie Island, it’s safe to say her newly inherited Dandelion Café has seen better days! And while her childhood home on the Thames-side island idyll is exactly the same retreat from the urban bustle of London she remembers, Annie’s not convinced that Owner of The Dandelion Cafe is a title she’ll be keeping for long. Not that she can bear the idea of letting her dedicated, if endearingly disorganized staff lose their jobs. Plus café life does also have the added bonus of working a stone’s throw away from millionaire Matt and his disarmingly charming smile!

One (shoestring budget) café makeover, a few delightful additions to the somewhat retro menu and a lot of cherry pie tastings later, The Dandelion Café is ready for its grand reopening! But once she’s brought the dilapidated old café back to life, Annie finds herself wishing her stay on the island was just a bit longer. She always intended to go back to the big city…but could island living finally have lured her back home for good?

My Review 

Thank you Carina UK and Net Galley for approving me to review this book

This was an absolutely scrumptious book, I really enjoyed every moment. It was a nice quick read and I actually read the most part of it while I was having my color done in the hair salon.

I loved how it was truly indulgent, comforting & super funny, I even started craving Cherry Pies ( I hate cherries by the way) All characters were likable and I really could relate to Annie. I also loved reading about her past and her relationship with her Dad

Its a nice book where you can just let it wash over you in between those more dense books.

Truly scrumptious

4 of 5 stars

Pre-order here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Grand-Reopening-Dandelion-Cherry-Island-ebook/dp/B00SBFVRIA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427037959&sr=1-1

Published 27th March

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Reviewing Guidelines

I have had this blog for 9 months now and I felt now I need to put a Reviewing/blogging policy/guideline for myself in place

Reviewing and blogging is a hobby/interest for me it is something I do in some of my free time and  REALLY REALLY enjoy doing.  I also have a full time job, other interests and family and friends to see and spend time with.

Publishers/authors I am very PR friendly so I am  more then happy to receive requests to review books, host guest posts, q & a’s, host blog tours, host giveaways & host cover reveals on my blog.

Self published authors – at this time I am not accepting requests to read your books.

Thank you for taking the time to read this

Nat xxx

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REVIEW – Secrets of the Tower by Debbie Rix

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Two women, centuries apart, bound together by the secrets of one of the most iconic buildings ever created.

Pisa, 1999
Sam Campbell sits by her husband’s hospital bed. Far from home and her children, she must care for Michael who is recovering from a stroke. A man she loves deeply. A man who has been unfaithful to her.

Alone and in need of distraction, Sam decides to pick up Michael’s research into the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Immersing herself in the ancient city, she begins to piece together the mystery behind the creation of the tower, and discovers the woman who history forgot…

Pisa, 1171
Berta di Bernardo, the wife of a rich merchant, sits in her chamber, dressing for a dinner party. A gathering that will change the course of her life and a young master mason, Gerardo, forever.

A strong, intelligent woman, Berta’s passion for architecture also draws her closer to Gerardo. As she embarks on a love affair, her maid Aurelia also becomes spellbound by the same man. Yet for Berta, her heart’s desire is to see the Tower built, and her determination knows no bound

My Review 

Firstly Thank you Bookouture  for the copy for an honest review

I loved this story which goes into the mystery of who designed the Leaning tower of Pisa. I am totally in awe of Rix and  how much historical research has clearly gone into this novel .

I could place myself right there throughout the whole novel as I have been lucky enough to visit Pisa myself 3 years ago

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My favorite part was the Berta, Aurelia and Gerardo’s story and love triangle. The Novel went back and forth smoothly and captured both time periods nicely.

I will say that I wanted more from the Michael and Sam storyline the ending was a bit flat for me. But it certainly did not ruin the novel for me.

Over all this was a fabulous and inspiring read.

4 of 5 stars

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April Chicklit Releases I am looking forward to

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April is defiantly going to be a good month for Chicklit. I am really looking forward to following releases;

  • The Love Shack – Jane Costell
  • The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance – Kirsty Greenwood
  • The Day We Disappeared – Lucy Robinson
  • The Doris Day Vintage Film Club – Fiona Harper
  • The Secrets We Share – Emma Hannigan
  • A Good Catch – Fern Britton
  • The Falling Moment – Julie Cohen
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TBR Jar Challenge #2 Only 16 days late….

Well what I can I say I’m what 16 days behind in posting this. Sorry!!!! I completely forgot

My goal this month (March) is to finish the Shadow of Night by Deborah Harness . I’m on Page 382 out of around 600 pages at the moment

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My February goal – I read the first 2 novels in the Hunger games trilogy. I have the third Mockingjay sat ready to read on my TBR pile – so my challenge was to start the trilogy so I did well.

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5 Star Review The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke

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Blurb

There are some currents in the relationship between sisters that run so dark and so deep, it’s better for the people swimming on the surface never to know what’s beneath . . .
Katie’s carefully structured world is shattered by the news that her headstrong younger sister, Mia, has been found dead in Bali – and the police claim it was suicide.

With only the entries of Mia’s travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few months of her sister’s life, and – page by page, country by country – begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death.

What she discovers changes everything. But will her search for the truth push their sisterly bond – and Katie – to breaking point?

The Sea Sisters is a compelling story of the enduring connection between sisters.

My Review 

Ever since I read  ‘A Single Breath’ in January by the same author I have been desperate to read this.

I have struggling to write this review for a while because I just cannot say OMG this book was incredible and that be it,  sometimes it hard to find the words to describe a truly amazing book which will also do the book justice. I am going to try my best here 🙂

Right from page 1 this booked drew me in and had me hooked right though to the last page. It took me on an adventure to numerous exotic locations and had me almost smelling the sea air. But also it took me on a journey of discovery through the journal of Mias travel journey and of course the journey of Katie following Mias last foot steps.

This book was captivating, heartbreaking and a wonderful read

I cannot wait for more from this author

5 of 5 stars