chick-lit · romance

*BLOG TOUR* One Summer Sunrise – Shari Low ★★★★

Blurb; Today, Maisie McTeer decides to track down the ex who jilted her at the altar. Today, she’ll find out that revisiting the past can also rewrite her future.

After losing her husband, Harriet Bassett can no longer bear her lonely life. Today, a familiar face in a crowd will spark a quest to discover if there’s something and someone worth living for.

Scott and Kelly Bassett’s daughter is leaving home. Today, Scott plans to tell Kelly that he’s ending their marriage to pursue his rock and roll dreams.

However, Kelly, has a bombshell of her own. How will Scott react to the news that a new arrival is on the way to fill their empty nest?

Between sunrise and sunset, there’s love, heartbreak, laughter and tears, but who will find happiness at the end of the day?

My Review; This is the first book I have read by this author and I am very impressed. I’ve been going through a loss of reading mojo lately but I made this my weekend read in the sun, got a ‘little’ sunburnt and throughally enjoyed it. Refreshing. Easy to read. The perfect summer read! It’s funny in parts. Uplifting. Easy to follow. Had me smiling. It focuses on just the one day from sunrise to sunset following several characters. I was hooked, devoured it. Sad to finish it. Just what I needed.

Brilliant story and brilliantly written. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future.

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Religion · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Winter Song – Saurav Dutt ★★★★

Blurb; From the acclaimed Author of ‘The Butterfly Room’ comes a powerful afterlife drama conveying how great gifts can be hidden in death and how they can bear fruit in our lives if we have the faith to let them unfold.Somewhere between the mountains and the mist in North India, a widower must reconcile himself to the loss and grief that haunts him after the recent death of his wife.Unhinged by grief, anger, and guilt, John Perera has set off on a journey, a journey to honour the love of his life and to fulfil the promise he made to her to uncover the truth behind the mysterious death of their son. It is a journey of extraordinary self-discovery that will take him to the extremities of his soul and question all he believes about life, death, and faith.

My Review; This is a beautiful story that focuses on a spiritual journey as well as a promise to his wife after she passed away. The story flicks to past memories of his son & wife and the present on his journey to seek answers about their deaths especially his sons. We see a huge range of emotions throughout this story. He even puts himself into some tricky situations and dangerous ones too.

He crosses paths with many people, each with their own story or problems. What becomes apparent is noone can escape death or unlucky times. We all have a story to tell and this is his story even if he has many regrets. It is brilliantly written. Parts really made me think about it all and others were upsetting. But it’s a gorgeous read. Eye opening. One determined man. One long journey ahead. Will he get answers? Will he reach his destination? I will admit it took me a while to get into but I am so glad I persevered. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* The Street Party – Claire Seeber ★★★★

Blurb; The party was supposed to be the highlight of the summer. If only I’d known that night would destroy our lives…

All the neighbours were laughing, drinking out of plastic glasses and getting along. I almost felt happy. Almost forgot about the terrible argument earlier and the sinister messages I’d been receiving from a strange address all week, threatening to expose the lies behind my perfect life.

As we finished with the red and gold fireworks and welcomed everyone back to our house, I believed that everything would be okay.

But I didn’t know who I was inviting in.

I never could have imagined what would happen here, in our home, after I’d gone up to bed.

Everyone saw something different.

It’s my daughter’s word against the story the boy from down the road is telling. But how can I find out what really happened that night without everyone finding out the truth about me?

My Review; For me this is more drama than thriller. The story focuses on three ladies Ruby, Melissa & Nella and is told through each of them. It took me a while to get into this story and get use to each of the characters but I soon devoured this one over two days. The street party itself comes into the book much later on there is a lot before then. The opening had me intrigued to find out what was going on so had me hooked. Not a neighbourhood I’d like to live in.

It is well written. Shortish chapters. Easy reading. I enjoyed it. Its highlights that even if we all witness the same event, we all see it differently. So whose to say who is right and who is wrong here? I also love the cover on this one, eye catching. A well deserved four stars from me.

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