All the Missing Girls

Today, I’m taking part in the blog tour for the fantastic new thriller by Megan Miranda, All the Missing Girls. Read on for a taste of the first chapter:   PART 1 Going Home Man . . . cannot learn to forget, but hangs on the past: however far or fast he runs, that chain…

White Lies and Wishes

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for the newest book from one of my favourite authors, Cathy Bramley. White Lies and Wishes is Cathy’s latest novels, and has been published as one standalone book – compared to the last few books that have been published in four instalments. This is great for me…

Highlights of 2016

I thought I’d write a post about some of the positive things that happened in 2016 rather than focusing on the negatives. I was planning to list 10 positives as 10 is quite a nice number for a list. But I couldn’t think of 10, so here’s my list of my top seven highlights of 2016……

Being kind to myself

Today I’ve taken time to do something I haven’t done for a long time and have been kind to me. I blogged last year about my life events and how I wasn’t really okay. But I got less okay and at the beginning of December my GP signed me off for a month due to the…

What I read in November

I know it’s a bit late, but I’ve finally got round to writing my post about what I read in November. I only read two books all month, so it’s going to be a short one, but life has got in the way and I haven’t been able to write this until now. All Fall…

Book review: Mistletoe on 34th Street

Olivia has never experienced a snow-covered, ‘traditional’ Christmas before. Having grown up in a family that chose winter sun over decking the halls, she’s not sure what all the fuss is about. So when she and her co-workers are stranded in New York after a work trip, Olivia is perfectly happy spending the holiday season…

What I read in October

October was a good month for reading. I think it was due to the weather getting colder and the nights getting darker which is perfect cosy reading time. Also, the same as a lot of other people, reading is a great way to escape from your life and concentrate on the world of another. So…

Book review: Death at the Seaside

Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton feels like she deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma who works as a fortune teller there.   Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival discovers that Alma’s daughter…

Bloggers block 

Since I’ve started blogging again properly over the summer I’ve had loads of ideas about posts to write and reviews to do, but most of them haven’t happened. I’ve been suffering with the dreaded bloggers block. I’ve been getting quite frustrated by this as in the past when I’ve had a break between posts it’s…

Book review: All Together Now

Four strangers in the midst of difficult life transitions find friendship, purpose, and perfect pitch in in this heartfelt comic novel. In the small English village of St. Ambrose, the members of the Bridgeford Community Choir have little in common. But when their singing coach dies unexpectedly before a big contest, the motley group must…

Book review: The Holiday Swap

Two women, two very different lives – one perfect solution to a Christmas holiday fraught with potential pitfalls. The Holiday Swap. Florence Cortes has the perfect life – an apartment in the trendiest district of Barcelona, a job she loves and a boyfriend who’s whisking her away on a romantic break to Paris to no…

It’s okay not to be okay

So, it’s no secret that I’ve had a tough time this year. But one of the things I’ve learnt is that it’s okay not to be okay sometimes. It’s coming up for nearly three months after the death of my mum and it’s not getting any easier. But the fact I’m sad about it is…