chick-lit · Christmas · romance

*BLOG TOUR* Christmas at Lock Keepers Cottage – Lucy Coleman ★★★★

Blurb; Imogen Tolliman never knew her mother. And when an accident robs Immi of her father too, she goes to live with her grandfather, Tollie, in his picturesque lock-keeper’s cottage by the Aysbury marina.

Tollie is the star of the Santa Ahoy Special each Christmas – a festive boat ride along the canal that enthralls both children and adults alike. And as Immi grows up, she starts to appreciate the magical community she is lucky enough to live in.

When Immi meets Gray Adams, she instantly realises he’s someone special. And as their relationship gets serious, they start to plan for the Christmas to beat all Christmases.

But as the day approaches, and the romantic snow showers turn into blizzards, their dream of a Christmas to remember, looks set to be one they’ll never forget – for all the wrong reasons. Can they salvage the festivities, or will old secrets that are finally uncovered turn Immi’s life upside down forever?

My Review; My first Christmas book of 2020. Christmas in July (that’s when I read it)! It took me a few chapters to get into it but once I was I didn’t want to put it down. It has the cutest little town with a canal. A beautiful community which comes together in hard times and its Christmas! What could be better?
The perfect festive read with a beautiful ending. The perfect Christmas celebrated with friends and family. It comes with a few ups and downs as expected but it all turned out okay. Felt a little wierd to be reading a festive book in July but it cheered me up and I’ve already started my Christmas shopping. A lovely read.

A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend. Maybe nearer Christmas though.

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fantasy · Magic · Young adult

*BLOG TOUR* Tree Magic – Harriet Springbett ★★★★

Blurb;

A life fractured into parallel worlds. A quiet magic to accept or ignore. A decision to make.
Escape from difficult family dynamics is teenager Rainbow’s desire. When she discovers a strange gift for communicating with trees, she thinks she’s found her salvation. Even better, a mysterious but gentle man living in her Dorset village helps develop her powers.

But when tragedy strikes, Rainbow’s life is torn apart, creating parallel worlds in the process. In one life, the vulnerable Rainbow strives to salvage her family. In the other, her alter-ego, Mary, flees her past. Over the next few years the two versions of Rainbow follow very different lives. The source of their grief, however, is the same – a confession buried deep within their memories.

Could France offer more than a mere escape? As the two worlds draw closer and memories resurface, Rainbow and Mary’s futures must be determined. Can they receive the healing they need? Or will the renewed pain be too much to bear? Only by risking their lives will they know.

Escape from difficult family dynamics is teenager Rainbow’s desire. When she discovers a strange gift for communicating with trees, she thinks she’s found her salvation. Even better, a mysterious but gentle man living in her Dorset village helps develop her powers.

But when tragedy strikes, Rainbow’s life is torn apart, creating parallel worlds in the process. In one life, the vulnerable Rainbow strives to salvage her family. In the other, her alter-ego, Mary, flees her past. Over the next few years the two versions of Rainbow follow very different lives. The source of their grief, however, is the same – a confession buried deep within their memories.

Could France offer more than a mere escape? As the two worlds draw closer and memories resurface, Rainbow and Mary’s futures must be determined. Can they receive the healing they need? Or will the renewed pain be too much to bear? Only by risking their lives will they know.
My Review; As soon as this popped through my door I knew I was in for a treat and just had to read it straight away. The cover is gorgeous and before I knew it I was immersed into Rainbows world and I didn’t want to leave. Again another different read for me but one I very much enjoyed and loved. This is book one in the Tree Magic trilogy and I already cannot wait to see what lies ahead.

Very YA fantasy/magic. I was a bit confused between the two characters at first i.e Rainbow and Mary but it explains it all towards the end and I got it before that. Clever very clever. Different. Again I haven’t read anything similar to this. A perfect read for me a different world to escape into. A real page turner for me. I loved it all.

After an accident caused by Rainbow she changes into Mary. Both girls are different but they’re the same person. Rainbow has discovered with trees she has magic. Again like I’ve said different but it works. I was intrigued. Plenty of YA in relation to her life, friends and school etc. A great read! A nice ending. I look forward to book two.

Above is the new cover. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* A Song Of Isolation – Michael. J. Malone ★★★★

Blurb; Film star Amelie Hart is the darling of the silver screen, appearing on the front pages of every newspaper. But at the peak of her fame she throws it all away for a regular guy with an ordinary job. The gossip columns are aghast: what happened to the woman who turned heads wherever she went?
Any hope the furore will die down are crushed when Amelie’s boyfriend Dave is arrested on charges of child sexual abuse. Dave strongly asserts his innocence, and when Amelie refuses to denounce him, the press witch hunt quickly turns into physical violence, and she has to flee the country.
While Dave is locked up with the most depraved men in the country and Amelie is hiding on the continent, Damaris, the victim at the centre of the story, is isolated – a child trying to make sense of an adult world.

My Review; Oh wow. Another belter of a book from Michael. This is a powerful, hard hitting read full of emotion. It had me believing one minute and the next, doubting myself. It’s not an easy read in parts but it’s a brilliant read. I was hooked. It was a real page turner from the first page.

I really felt for both Amelie and Dave. More so Amelie as it kind of hits her harder and in more ways than one when it wasn’t even of any her fault. I do love any books with a prison setting too so this was right up my street. Brilliantly written. Would highly recommend to you all. It also has an eye catching cover, simple but it’s a huge part to this story. Michael hasn’t let me down yet. Enjoyed it.

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