Christmas · Comedy · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Ticklemore Christmas Toy Shop – Liz Davies ★★★★★

Blurb; You’re never too old to fall in love…

There is a disturbance in the force and octogenarian Hattie Jenkins can feel it in her water. Still active and spritely, she guesses that the miserable-looking gentleman sitting morosely in the café where she works, might be the reason.

Widowed Alfred Miller has recently moved in with his daughter because she is worried that he’s becoming too frail and forgetful to look after himself. And he’s not in the least bit happy about it, especially since his home is soon be cleared and sold.

But when he enlists Hattie’s help to save some of his precious belongings, he doesn’t realise that Hattie’s mission is to save more than a few sticks of furniture. She’s on a mission to save him, too.

My Review; Happy Publication Day. This is one I would urge you all to add to your upcoming Christmas piles. Well worth it and you won’t regret it. It’s bloody brilliant and here’s why…

The two main characters Hattie and Alfred and both OAPS, both widows and both lonely. They come together in the most unlikely of ways and both their lives change over toys! But not just any toys… These are beautiful, rare and handmade olden toys. I instantly fell in love with both of them. I really did. I just wanted to cuddle them both.

It’s a romantic comedy with Christmas thrown in making it a perfect read. It’s bound to make you smile and giggle in parts. It’s a real uplifting read. I enjoyed every minute of it. I loved it all especially the ending. It’s a story about friendships, love and the community coming together. Amazing. Just cause you’re old that doesn’t mean life has to stop…

I cannot recommend this book enough. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend. May even end up in my top 20 reads of the year.

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crime · Prison story

*BLOG TOUR* Diary Of A Prison Officer – Josie Channer ★★★★

Blurb; It’s 2003, Tony Blair is still Prime Minister and a shy loner from east London, Amber Campbell, joins the prison service searching for purpose.

Behind the walls of the women’s prison Amber is determined to prove that she has what it takes to become a tornado officer. She makes a pact with two close friends to support each other no matter what. However, the three Black women struggle when they experience discrimination and disappointment at every turn.

There is rising racial tension in her home town when far right local councillors are elected. Amber reflects on the prison system in her blog and takes an emotional journey off the beaten track through Africa to find love.

My Review; WOW. If you’ve been following me for a while you will know that true crime and anything about prisons I LOVE. It’s just really interesting to me so I knew this was right up my street.

I loved the lay out of the whole story. It is written in diary entries from the past of her time working in a prison to the present where she is touring Africa. It does feature a lot of race issues and some political situations too. It’s honest. Part’s are brutal. It gives you a really good view into life working in an all womans prison. The ending was huge and had me holding my breathe to see the outcome. It also highlights how important friendships are.

An easy read, page turner. Very interesting and I look up to this woman although the book is fiction it is based off the authors life experiences so to me makes it more real! Amazing for everything she went through and stood up for. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Bestsellers · Cleaning · Non-Fiction

This Is Me – Mrs Hinch ★★★★★

Blurb; Well guys, here we are! What an absolute whirlwind of a journey this has been so far.

So much has happened in the last couple of life-changing years and I’m so excited to share it with you all: my Hinchers. You have been right by my side for every step of the way and I honestly couldn’t have done it without the amazing love and support from this incredible family we’ve built together.

It’s often felt like a fairy tale but it hasn’t always been easy, and I’m going to let you in on the highs and the lows as well as my biggest fears and my darkest challenges. Because this book right here, is me.

This is me: Soph – the wife, the mother and the person behind Mrs Hinch.

So let’s do this! Put your Hinch Lists to one side, get comfy and join me on the sofa with a cuppa. Welcome to my world.

This is my story.

My Review; Something a little different on the blog tonight… One for all the hinchers out there. I have followed Mrs Hinch for a while now and she gives me the get up and go to sort my own house out and clean. However, my house will never be as clean as hers… I’m blaming my two kids! Ha. I’ve become invested with her, her family, her cleaning, seeing her dog Henry and finally seeing little Ronnie grow. Even my kids love to watch them all especially Henry. The book is amazing. She is my WOW. A huge inspiration to me and many others…

This book is all about herself, her past, the future, the trolls, cleaning, her family, her childhood, Ronnie, Henry and Mr hinch. It has attached some lovely photos within. Reading this gave me a different view to the Mrs Hinch we see on screen daily. She is so down to earth, she’s just a normal lady who loves to clean and she doesn’t know herself how this all blew up. But she’s our cleaning queen. If you’re a hincher grab the book!
Hinch/Hitching- Cleaning

Hinched – Clean.

All the stars for this one would give more if I could. Highly recommend. Finished this in just over a day couldn’t put it down. Will probably end up in my top twenty reads of 2020. Highly recommend. Thank you Sophie for sharing your words and life with us all. I just need to read her first book now.

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