Review

***Blog Tour*** Q & A with Faith Hogan

So pleased to be part of this blog tour for the lovely Faith Hogan

My Husband’s Wives, by Faith Hogan.

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Book Copy for Media

Better to have loved and lost, than never loved.

Paul Starr, Irelands leading cardiologist dies in a car crash with a pregnant young women by his side.

United in their grief and the love of one man, four women are thrown together in an attempt to come to terms with life after Paul. They soon realise they never really knew him at all.

The love they shared for Paul in his life and which incensed a feeling of mistrust and dislike for each other, in his death turns into the very thing that bonds them and their children to each other forever.

As they begin to form unlikely friendships, Paul’s deaths proves to be the catalyst that enables them to become the people they always wanted to be.

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Bio Faith Hogan

‘My Husband’s Wives.’

Faith Hogan was born in Ireland. She gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway. She has worked as a fashion model, an event’s organiser and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector.

She was a winner in the 2014 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair – an international competition for emerging writers.

Her debut novel, ‘My Husband’s Wives,’ is a contemporary women’s fiction novel set in Dublin. It will be published by Aria, (Head of Zeus) on 1st of May 2016. She is currently working on her next novel.

Faith Hogan Contact:

Faith Hogan’s debut novel, ‘My Husband’s Wives,’ is published on 1st of May 2016 by Aria (Head of Zeus). It is currently available to pre-order on Amazon and all good E-reading sites. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, children, a very fat cat called Norris and a selection of (until recently!) idle writerly mugs and cups. Follow Faith on Twitter at @gerhogan or like her on Facebook.comFaithhoganauthor/ or, if you’re really interested, you can catch up with her on http://www.faithhogan.com

 

 

Hi Faith – Thank you for taking part in this q and a as part of a blog tour Would you like to start by introducing yourself to my readers..?

Hi Natalie,

It’s lovely to be here, I love dropping by your ‘reading cloud,’ it’s lovely to get a look at what you’re reading and up to!

Me, I’m a book girl too, always have been.

Like most writers, I’m a reader first and my love of books is as strong today as ever. There’s nothing nicer than losing yourself on a wet afternoon with a great book. And, living in the west of Ireland, we are ‘lucky,’ to have lots of wet days! Apart from writing, I’m a mum, wife and cat nut!

My Husbands Wives tell us a bit about this?

My Husband’s Wives, started out with the idea of ‘what if…’ I began to think about how our families and lives are connected, and how many lives change in an instant on the ring of a bell, or the opening of a door.

It’s an uplifting story, as much about friendship as about relationships and it’s about growing up and becoming the person you want to become and it’s never too late to do that. The characters in the book learn that sometimes letting go is the best way to hold on to what is really important.

The story itself is set in Dublin, but really, it could be set anywhere in the world, it’s a book about relationships, jealousy, love and moving forward.

How did you go about doing the research for this book?

This is a book for the lives we live today! It’s a story that could happen to any of us. The characters bring you along and I suppose that an understanding of human nature is as much a part of writing this book as any book. My background in psychology probably helped though!

Who are your favourite Authors? And what genre of books do you enjoy reading? If you have time.

I’ll read anything – really, from Ulysses to cereal packets! Generally, I like a story with characters you can invest in, and there has to be a bit of a twist!

My favourite books of all time include Ivanhoe and Pride and Prejudice, but there are too many more to start listing them…

In recent years I’ve loved books like Olivia Glazebrooks, ‘Never Mind Miss Fox,’ Alan Bennets, ‘The Uncommon Reader,’ and ‘Elizabeth is Missing,’ by Emma Healey.

What is the best thing about being a writer?

The best thing, probably, is closing the door and getting lost in a little world that you’ve created and can absorb you so deeply, you’re unaware of anything else around you for hours on end. Bliss!

I think writers write, and whether you’re published or not, getting to the desk regularly is like oxygen – even if I don’t get to write every single day; if I miss a day, I’m itching to get back to it!

Do you have a favourite writing place?

I’ve written just about everywhere! But, the best place, if I’m really knuckling down is at home. I have a home office, with desk, chair and kettle near at hand. Once the door is closed, (and I’m not distracted by a Reading CloudJ) I will happily potter away until I’m called.

And finally – have you started writing your next book? Any clues as to what it maybe about? I am sure my readers would love to know

I’m really excited about Book 2. It has a name that I love, but I will bow to the wisdom of my publisher – who is really good with names, so for the moment, shssh…

It’s different from My Husband’s Wives, in that it’s inspired by the coastline near where I live and while the characters have gotten under my skin, they jump around over a time frame of sixty odd years – so it’s great fun! Book 2, for me, is a love story, if not exactly a formulaic one!

I love it, and I’m looking forward to getting it in front of people!

Thank you for taking the time to answer these.

Thanks, so much for having me over Nat, I’ll be keeping an eye out for good reads coming up and enjoying the reviews!

Review

**Cover Reveal** FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FIASCO by Catherine Ferguson

Publishes in EB and PB: 16th June

 

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Wow this book has 2 covers. The left hand cover is the Ebook, and the right is the paperback

Katy Peacock lives a life as colourful as her name.

As a wedding photographer, she spends her days making other people smile as she captures all sorts of fun and capers at celebrations that range from the wacky to the wild.

But her own life isn’t looking quite so rosy. Her mum is acting out of character, her menacing ex is back on the scene, and she is torn between two gorgeous men. And that’s before we even get started on the trouble her sister is causing . . .

As Katy weathers the ups and downs of the season, she revisits problems from the past, discovers new friendships and finds that four weddings and a fiasco have the power to change her world beyond measure.

A funny, feel-good read, perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond and Jenny Colgan.

Review

Review: The Finding of Martha Lost by Caroline Wallace

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Blurb

Martha is lost.

She’s been lost since she was a baby, abandoned in a suitcase on the train from Paris. Ever since, she’s waited in station lost property for someone to claim her. It’s been sixteen years, but she’s still hopeful.

In the meantime, there are mysteries to solve: secret tunnels under the station, a suitcase that may have belonged to the Beatles, the roman soldier who appears at the same time every day with his packed lunch. Not to mention the stuffed monkey that someone keeps misplacing.

But there is one mystery Martha cannot solve. And now the authorities have found out about the girl in lost property. Time is running out – if Martha can’t discover who she really is, she will lose everything

my review

Wow I just absolutely fell in love with this book. I will be careful what I say about the plot as I just do not want to spoil anyone’s reading experience.

This book is definitely fairy tale like in parts  and so very unique I do not think I have read any books even remotely similar to this .It was captivating, original, charming and magical. Who would of thought a book set in Liverpool Lime Tree station could be this amazing and capture my imagination like it has.

I adore Caroline Wallace’s writing

On the last page I was so sad to leave this world

5 of 5 stars

 

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**Cover Reveal** WOULD LIKE TO MEET by Polly James

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Publishes: 30th June 2016 in EB and PB

 

A hilarious, heart-warming read perfect for fans of Shirley Valentine and You’ve Got Mail.

 

Could the worst thing that’s ever happened to Hannah Pinkman also turn out to be one of the best?

She and her husband Dan have reached the end of the line. Bored with the same gripes, the same old arguments – in fact, bored with everything – they split up after a trivial row turns into something much more serious.

Now Hannah has to make a new life for herself, but that’s not easy. She’s been so busy being a wife and mum that she’s let all her other interests slip away, along with her friends. And when Hannah is persuaded to join a dating site, her ‘best match’ is the very last person she expects it to be . . .

A clever, funny and poignant novel about life after a long relationship, the importance of friendship, and rediscovering your identity.

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REVIEW: The Missing by CL Taylor

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Blurb

You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them. Or do you…?

When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire Wilkinson, blames herself. She’s not the only one. There isn’t a single member of Billy’s family that doesn’t feel guilty. But the Wilkinson’s are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn’t until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.

Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance.

A mother’s instinct is never wrong. Or is it

 

 

my review

I have read The Accident by the same author and really enjoyed this book  I was extremely pleased to find The Missing waiting in my mail from the publisher to review a few weeks back.

From page one this book just grabbed hold of my attention and I found myself wanting to read it as fast as I could. It dealt with family relationships through a very difficult time after Claire s son Billy goes missing.

Taylor takes us on a very chilling journey to find out what really happened to Billy which at times was extremely brutal. There was twists and turns peppered right the way through. I loved the snap-chat conversations between 2 unknown users which was so dammed unsettling

 

4 of 5 stars