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#BookReview #TheTruthAboutMyMother  @TrapezeBooks @orionbooks @Jemma_L_Wallace

📚 SYNOPSIS 📚

All families have secrets, don’t they?

89-year-old Jeannette never meant to keep the truth from her family. But when a near fatal fall sends her to live with her granddaughter Amy, she finds herself revisiting a past that’s been hidden for too many years.

Amy, however, has always been good at keeping secrets. When ex-partner Nick shows up, she’s forced to admit that some things just can’t stay hidden forever.

Judith is starting from scratch – again. The master of reinvention, Amy’s mother has been seeking happiness in all the wrong places. This time though, she might just find it a lot closer to home than she ever believed she would…

As Jeannette’s 90th birthday party approaches, all three women discover they have more in common than they first thought, and the secrets from the past may be the key to unlocking the future.

Three women. Three generations. One legacy they all share…

From the winner of the Gingerbread and Trapeze New Writer Award.

💭MY THOUGHTS 💭

Thank you to Alainna at Orion for my stop in the blog tour of The Truth About My Mother and for my gifted digital copy.

This is an inspiring story spanning three generations of women. And, how family is important no matter what. Each woman has a story and a few lies and secrets (doesn’t every family have some secrets hidden away) When Amy’s grandmother takes a tumble and has to go live with her, the evenings spent together gives them the opportunity to share stories and reveal things about themselves and others that they may never have told.

I really enjoyed reading about each mothers story, even though they all grew up in a different generation and led a different life. They each had similar qualities, and this is what bonds them together. Even though it takes them a while to realise this.

I am from a single parent family. My mother brought me up single handed, I never had a father figure. And, it’s not done me any harm whatsoever. I love that this story proves that the idealistic stereotype of a family with two parents (a mother and father) does not necessarily mean perfect. It shows that if you have a good network of people around you, then you can have a great upbringing. Like the saying goes “it takes a village to raise a child”

All the stories involved were good, I particularly enjoyed Jeanette’s memories. The stigma and repercussions she had to go through of being a single mother in a generation where it was frowned upon to even have children out of marriage. The strength she showed was amazing, I think we all need a Jeanette in out lives. Saying that, I also loved Morag, Jeanette’s friend. She is definitely a friend for life.

A beautiful story of three mothers. A story of strength and love in different forms.

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#TheThreeWomen @Bloodhoundbook @ValerieKeogh1 #PublicationParty #readBHauthors #NewRelease #BookReview

📚 SYNOPSIS 📚
How well do you know your friends?

When Beth, Megan and Joanne meet at university, they become inseparable friends who’d do anything for one another — even agreeing to keep what happens one shocking night a secret.

Now in their forties and outwardly successful, each of the three has dealt with what happened in their own way. But secrets and lies leave their mark.

When Megan decides to tell her fiancée the truth about that night, it threatens to ruin the lives of everyone around her.

But someone is prepared to do anything to stop that happening….

💭MY THOUGHTS 💭

The opening chapter of The Three Women hooks you in and leaves you yearning for an answer. That is exactly how I felt. I wanted to know what led these women to this event? and, why go to these lengths?

What follows is a story that flips from past to present about the lives of Megan, Beth and Joanne. We see how The Three Women forge a friendship from their first meeting in university all the way through to the event in the opening chapter.

“Three women: one honest and blunt, one uncertain and suspicious, and the third focused and determined. They’d probably never have been friends but for that chance meeting in a bookshop and the clumsy accident in a restaurant. Whatever the reason, their friendship grew and endured for the next twenty-three years.”

I like the use of the different timeline as this builds up each character and also it slowly unravels the mystery. Whilst reading, in the back of your head you have that scene in the opening chapter and are wondering how they got to there?

This is a story of true friendship and how secrets and lies can spiral.

“The law of cause and effect states that every cause has an effect and every effect becomes the cause of something else.” No truer word spoken, and this quote encapsulates The Three Women storyline perfectly.

I will be definitely reading more of Valerie’s books if this story is anything to go by, then I know I’m in for a treat.



✍🏼ABOUT THE AUTHOR ✍🏼

Valerie Keogh was born in Dublin, qualified as a nurse and then studied English in University College Dublin gaining a BA in English and a Masters in American Literature. She moved to the UK several years ago where she lives with her husband, Robert, and cat, Fatty Arbuckle. She enjoys writing both crime and psychological thrillers.
When she’s not writing, Valerie loves to travel.
You can follow Valerie on Twitter: @ValerieKeogh1
Or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/valeriekeoghnovels/

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📚#BookReview📚 #TheGuestList @lucyfoleytweets @fictionpubteam @HarperCollinsUK @JenRHarlow @HarperFiction

📚 SYNOPSIS 📚

Another murder. Another mystery.

The brand new thriller from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Hunting Party.

On a remote island, guests gather for the wedding of the year – the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater.

Old friends.
Past grudges.

Happy families.
Hidden jealousies.

Thirteen guests.
One body.

The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped.

All have a secret. All have a motive.
One guest won’t leave this wedding alive . . .

💭MY THOUGHTS 💭

I knew there was a reason I wanted to get my hands on this book. It’s bloody amazing that’s why.

Think about it. It’s the perfect setting for a mystery. A deserted island, cut off from the mainland. A storm is lashing away causing huge waves. There’s a cave in the cliffs for people to sneak off to. Around the island the guests need to watch out for peat bogs that they could accidentally sink into. This island is a dangerous place as it is without throwing in a load of people with deep dark secrets, revenge on their mind and lots and lots of motives.

Lucy Foley has written a masterpiece in drawing in the reader into a tangled web of mystery.

The story opens on a wedding night, the guests are in full swing. The cake has been cut. But, with the storm blowing a gale the lights go out, and a scream is heard. From that point it’s our role as the reader to piece this mystery together. We are told the story from the viewpoint of different characters from the wedding party. Their stories start from the day before the wedding and works up to the main event.

I love this format as it builds up each character and we get to form an opinion of them through their interactions with each other. Lots of secrets are discovered along the way, and we uncover a few stories that could warrant revenge and murder!

What I enjoyed was that we didn’t even know who had been murdered. So, it was a double mystery.

A fantastic story full of mystery, lies and secrets. Plus an island that was steeped in history and made for even more creepiness.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for my gifted copy.

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#OliverDoliversDinosaur #BookReview @fayerogerspr @authoright

Information about the Book
Title: Oliver Doliver’s Dinosaur Comes to Stay
Author: Papa Perkins
Release Date: 6th February 2020
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 20
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

📚Summary📚

Oliver Doliver (who is really just Oliver but he does like having both names) will be mostly Oliver in this story. Oliver is six years (and one month) old and has a friend who is a Dinosaur called Aya Buddn.

This is the story of how they met!

And more adventures will follow.


💭OUR THOUGHTS💭

My two year old son is obsessed with dinosaurs. So, when he got his hands on this book he wouldn’t let it go. He laughed and giggled at the pictures, especially the one with the dinosaur in the bed.

Oliver Doliver’s Dinosaur is a sweet story of a boy and a dinosaur becoming friends. It is a very short story but as it’s part of a series I’m sure Oliver and Aya will have plenty more adventures to come.

My five year old daughter (who’s nearly sixteen mind 😊) wasn’t overly keen on the pictures she found Oliver quite scary looking, and because the story was about a dinosaur she wasn’t interested. However, when we sat down to read it together she did say that she enjoyed the story. She found it very nice that Oliver was friendly and shared his cookies.

Thank you to Faye at Authoright for my stop on the blog tour. And to the publishers for my gifted copy.

✍🏼Author Information✍🏼
Mark Perkins was born in 1951and spent his career in art.
He is married and lives in Poole with his wife, Avril. They have 3 children and 7 grand-children.

He and Avril bred Burmilla cats for 20 years and they still have 6 for company, along with two miniature dachshunds, two snakes, bantams and a few rather lovely pond fish.

Following schooling near Poole and in Wimborne Minster in Dorset, he attended Bournemouth College of Art for four years and followed this by gaining a teaching certificate from Bretton Hall College in Yorkshire where he met Avril.

Returning to Dorset, Mark took up a post in an advertising studio in Bournemouth and remained there as creative director until 1991 at which time he found teaching art more rewarding and began teaching art to students from ages 12-18.

As well as being a teacher he was elected to full membership of the CSD Chartered Society of Designers in 1983 after 10 years in professional practice.
He produced designs for advertising, print and all forms of graphic communication. He specialized latterly in the design and production of large exhibition stands for national and international clients.

Ill-health forced Mark into retirement in 2000, which gave him the chance of pursuing his own interest in drawing and painting for his pleasure; much of which was contained in many sketchbooks, avoiding the necessity of explaining his thoughts to others in a public arena.

Throughout the past few years he has moved from abstract concepts into the more satisfying world of the printed book for children. His printed works include Alphabetcats, A Nature Diary, several volumes of the work of Lesley Anne Ivory and latterly ‘Words, Works & Worlds’ – a compendium of pages from his sketchbooks.

However of all of these, it is writing for children which inspires him most, and even now as he considers the thought of being 70, he reckons it’s not too late to discover what he perhaps should have begun 20 years ago.

He shows some of his later work on his website; http://blueskiesartwork.co.uk

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She Said, Three Said by David B. Lyons #SheSaidThreeSaid @TheOpenAuthor @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours


📚 SYNOPSIS 📚


Ever wondered what it’s like to be a juror in a high-profile celebrity trial?
Well… now you don’t have to.

Step inside the jury room to deliberate one of the most talked-about court cases of the decade.

SHE SAID
…all three men got her drunk, led her to a hotel room and took advantage of her.

THREE SAID
…she was a willing participant and consented to sex with each of them.

After five-weeks of listening to all of the evidence and all of the arguments in a celebrity rape trial that has gripped an entire nation, the jury sit down to begin their deliberations.

But they don’t know who to believe…

…will you?

💭MY THOUGHTS 💭

Hands up who likes to watch a court room drama. I do. I love being able to follow a case and try and piece together the evidence to find out whether the accused is guilty or not guilty.

This book is perfect for fans of court room dramas. We get to sit in on the deliberations and discussions that the jury on this case are having. It’s great to get an in depth look at how each member of the jury feel toward the case. How their backgrounds, their upbringing and their lives can have an effect on their judgement. It felt like we were a fly on the wall just eavesdropping in on their thoughts.

The story is told from different viewpoints.
Firstly, from the jurors debating room. Then a timeline of the night in question, where we get each characters take on the events. I enjoyed this format as we get to piece together and make our own deductions on what happened. But, what I found was that we automatically make snap judgements and this can usually be wrong. I made plenty of assumptions based on what I was reading and found I was quite wrong on few occasions. Even when I thought I had it all figured out, my judgements were put to question and I was shocked.

What I liked about this story is that yes it is a fictional story and written for our entertainment and reading joy. However, it also makes us think about how this could be a reality. There are a lot of facts about rape cases thrown into the story to make us step back and think.

This story is written perfectly and made to give the reader a sense of being involved in the case.

Thank you to Emma for my spot on the blog tour, and, thanks to the publishers for my gifted digital copy.

✍🏼About David B. Lyons✍🏼

David B. Lyons is an international bestselling author — a writer of psychological thrillers.

He has reached No.1 in charts in Ireland, the UK, Canada and Australia.

David grew up in Dublin – the city his novels are set – but currently spends his time between Birmingham in the UK and the Irish capital. David is married to a Brummie, Kerry, and they have one daughter, Lola.

He has lectured in Creative Writing in colleges and universities in both Ireland and in the UK and coaches people how to write with free tutorials at TheOpenAuthor.com.

You can connect with David here:
Website: TheOpenAuthor.com
Twitter: @TheOpenAuthor
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorDavidBLyons

Social Media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheOpenAuthor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDavidBLyons
Website: http://theopenauthor.com/

Purchase Links:
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The Art of Murder (Jordan Jenner Mysteries #2) by J.S. Strange #TheArtofMurder @JackSamStrange @PantherPubs @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Artist Xander Draper is being threatened by a dangerous group. With PI Jordan Jenner’s help, Xander hopes to remain unscathed.

But when Xander is murdered, his body displayed as his final exhibit, Jordan realises the extent of the trouble Xander was in. Now, there are people following Jordan. They know his name, and they want him dead.

Meanwhile, Jordan’s brother Ashley has returned, and he has a secret. As time runs out to solve the murder of the famous artist, Jordan begins to fear his brother may be responsible.

A classic cosy mystery set in the heart of Cardiff.

A perfect read for fans of Agatha Christie.

A murdered artist. A brother with a deadly secret. A group intent on killing. The Art of Murder is the second in the Jordan Jenner Mysteries series, a cosy murder mystery set in Wales.

About J.S. Strange:
J.S. Strange is an author from Wales, United Kingdom. He writes crime, mystery and horror. His first novels, published in 2016 and 2017, were set in an apocalyptic London. Murder on the Rocks, is the first in a cozy crime mystery series, featuring a leading gay male detective.

Murder on the Rocks was written by Strange for many reasons. One of those reasons was a lack of representation within the crime genre, particularly with detectives and sleuths. Strange created Jordan Jenner, a private investigator, who lives and works in Cardiff. Murder on the Rocks was written with the intention of shining light on Cardiff, and bringing Cardiff, and furthermore, Wales, into the crime genre.

Strange’s previous works, such as ‘Winter Smith: London Burning’, also explored LGBT themes, and featured socialite Winter Smith escaping a zombie apocalypse. ‘London’s Burning’ became an Amazon best-seller in LGBT fiction.

When Strange doesn’t write, he works in television. He also presents a radio show all about the paranormal. He has an enthusiasm for Britney Spears and cats.

Jack can be reached on Twitter: @JackSamStrange

Social Media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JackSamStrange @JackSamStrange
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JackSamuelStrange/
Website: https://jackrunstheworld.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jsstrange/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B01AUNFQ78?encoding=UTF8&redirectedFromKindleDbs=true&ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1&rfkd=1&shoppingPortalEnabled=true

✨MY THOUGHTS ✨

A murder mystery set in Wales, how could I say no to this book. Just incase anyone didn’t know, I’m Welsh. Anyway, back to the book. Who do we have as lead character? Private investigator Jordan Jenner. This is his second case. I haven’t read the first book, but this one is easily read as a standalone. We get enough information about Jenner and his background to piece together a full picture.

Jordan is coming back from a holiday to Amsterdam with his brother Ashley. But, there’s some dodgy looking bloke who’s been following them around the whole time. Is he linked to Jordan or Ashley? Is he connected to Jenner’s new case? Only time will tell. An artist has asked for Jordan’s help as he believes a group of people are out to blackmail him. The artist is killed in spectacular style and it’s up to Jordan to solve the mystery.

I enjoyed this book, it was very reminiscent of the classic murder mystery cases of Agatha Christie, Miss Marple or that of Columbo and Murder She Wrote. We the reader are joining Jordan on the quest to discover who killed Xander. There are the obvious red herrings along the way to keep us guessing. But, that is the beauty of a cosy murder mystery. A great central character who dominates the case. Plenty of suspects to point a finger at. And, all set in the capital city of the most beautiful country ever (not biased at all)

Thank you to Emma for my spot on the blog tour. And, thank you to the publishers for my gifted digital copy.

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Truth Hurts by Rebecca Reid #TruthHurts @RebeccaCNReid @TransworldBooks @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

📚SYNOPSIS📚

Poppy has a secret.
It was a whirlwind romance. And when Drew, caught up in the moment, suggests that he and Poppy don’t tell each other anything about their past lives, that they live only for the here and now, for the future they are building together, Poppy jumps at the chance for a fresh start.

Drew says he has nothing to hide.
But it doesn’t take long for Poppy to see that this is a two-way deal. Drew is hiding something from her. And Poppy suddenly has no idea who the man she has married really is, what he is hiding from her or what he might be capable of.

Drew is lying.
Which is more dangerous, a secret or a lie?

💭MY THOUGHTS 💭

After reading that synopsis I couldn’t wait to get my teeth into this story. Luckily, I was surprised with a child free afternoon and I made the most of it by reading. And, this book was so dam good I managed to read it all in one sitting. That is a great achievement for me. But, this just goes to show how good the story was. I couldn’t stop reading, I had to know what these secrets were.

You know when you read a book and it gives you the jitters? You kind of feel all anxious about what is about to unfold. This is exactly how I felt with this story.

The story begins like a fairytale. Poppy is down on her luck after just being fired. Along comes Drew her knight in shining armour. Whisking her away to his beautiful holiday home. Within a month they are married. Now doesn’t that sound wonderful? Well obviously it isn’t going to be all rosy is it? They both have secrets that they don’t want the other to know about. And here lies the jittery part for me. I just loved the way Reid plants seeds into the story of things to come. Little titbits of information about each character that makes us stop and think.

The story is told in a dual narrative. We have the present storyline of Poppy and Drew’s relationship and how things are panning out. And, alongside this we get Poppy’s backstory from the past. Slowly we get to uncover what Poppy’s secret is. However, what is excellent about this story is the fact that there is no ‘past’ storyline for Drew for us to read. He is truly an enigma, it made me nervy because I just couldn’t put my finger on what the deal was.

Not only do we have the secrets and lies of Poppy and Drew to tend with. But, also their new house (or mansion) that they have set up home with seems to be steeped with mystery. As soon as the house is mentioned in passing to the locals they all seem to turn weird and want nothing more to say about the place.

This story is full of suspense and mystery. It will take you on a breathtaking journey of deception. That will have you guessing as to what’s on the next page. Believe me when it’s all revealed you will be on the edge of your seat.

Many thanks to Emma for my stop on the blog tour. And to the publishers for my gifted copy of the book.


✍🏼About Rebecca Reid✍🏼
Rebecca is the Digital Editor of Grazia. She has written for Marie Claire, the Guardian, the Saturday Telegraph, the Independent, Stylist, Glamour, the iPaper, the Guardian, Indy100, LOOK and the New Statesmen amongst others.

Rebecca is a regular contributor to Sky News and ITV’s This Morning as well as appearing on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, LBC, BBC News 24 and the BBC World Service to discuss her work.

She graduated from Royal Holloway’s Creative Writing MA in 2015 and Perfect Liars was her debut novel.

Rebecca lives in North London with her husband.

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