New Releases, Reviews

“Palestina Sobre uma Tela” Review

Olá meus queridos amigos!

Hoje venho partilhar convosco a minha opinião de um livro que li recentemente e que sei que vão achar tão interessante quanto eu achei.

Palestina Sobre uma Tela“, escrito por André Ouro Verde, é um Romance, publicado a 25 de Março por Edições Velha Lenda.

Quero agradecer à editora Edições Velha Lenda por me terem gentilmente fornecido o livro. Todas as opiniões expressas nesta review são completamente minhas.


Sinopse

Uma pintora que desafiava a vida e retratava nas suas telas os mórbidos cenários que eram fruto da incessante guerra entre a Palestina e Israel.

Um capitão do Exército da Libertação da Palestina que sonha que ambas as nações, um dia, possam conviver lado a lado, em paz.

Esta história é um grito à humanidade. Um pedido de ajuda ao mundo contra os crimes cometidos contra o povo da Palestina.

Um livro escrito para que a sua história pare de se repetir na vida real.

Não se esqueçam de adicionar o livro à vossa TBR no Goodreads: Palestina Sobre uma Tela

Link de Compra: Edições Velha Lenda

Podem ver também o vídeo promocional do livro no Youtube: Palestina Sobre uma Tela | André Ouro Verde


Sobre o Autor

Autor de ‘Palestina Sobre uma Tela’, André Ouro Verde é um homem de poucas palavras. Fotógrafo, professor e historiador, investe o seu tempo em viagens e investigações minuciosas que o levam para bem longe do seu país de origem, Portugal. Quando questionado sobre quem é, responde:

“Sou um entre milhões, que acredita que petróleo, diamantes e terra não valem a vida de quem quer que seja; nem sequer a de um insecto.”

Social Media Links: Goodreads | Edições Velha Lenda


My Review

Como um relato, a história é focada na narradora, Maía conta a sua história e da sua família. Cada capítulo retrata um determinado ano e determinados eventos.

Pelos olhos desta mulher conhecemos mais sobre a realidade daquele povo, da Palestina. Todos os sacrifícios, todos os receios, assim como diversas mentalidades e ideologias.
Apegamo-nos às personagens de tal forma que com cada reviravolta, sentimos o mesmo que elas sentem.

Não vou revelar spoilers, mas quem já leio compreenderá quando digo que apesar de ter ficado bastante emocional, coração apertado e lágrimas nos olhos… a narrativa, as descrições brilhantes e cruas relativamente ao cenário, a quantidade de momentos de reflexão e todas as questões que o livro nos provoca… tudo isso levou a que tenha sido uma leitura refrescante, por ser diferente de outras que li recentemente.

O melhor para mim é que esta história no final dá-nos esperança.

Sim, o livro tem uma temática importante e intensa, e com todas as imagens que implanta na nossa mente, é claramente um livro que requer reflexão.

No entanto, é também um livro sobre esperança e amor. E isso, juntamente com as últimas páginas do livro, deixaram-me maravilhada. Pois durante algum tempo esperei que tal momento ocorresse, e ainda que as minhas suspeitas tivessem sido comprovadas, a forma como ocorreu, as personagens, não o esperava.

Por entre o caos, a guerra, a morte, a dor… existe esperança. Esperança nos atos de bondade, na força do amor e da família. Esperança que através da mudança o mundo possa ser livre e a paz regresse.

Com esperança no coração, devemos manter-nos determinados e não baixar os braços. Devemos fazer algo para provocar a mudança e para ajudar os nossos irmãos e irmãs, por todo o mundo.


Não se esqueçam de comentar, não sejam estranhos.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Historical Romance, New Releases

“Rainy Days for the Harpers Girls” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Tuesday. I just wanted to come here very quickly to share my review of this Historical fiction novel, before I go back to writing. It’s part of a series and I had the opportunity to read the previous books, and you can expect those reviews in the near future. Meanwhile, I will leave you guys with this one.

Rainy Days for the Harpers Girls“, written by Rosie Clark, is a Historical Fiction book, in the Saga genre, book three of the Welcome To Harpers Emporium Series published by Boldwood Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Rosie Clark and Boldwood Booksfor the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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Hard times ahead for the Harpers girls…

It is two years since Harpers opened in Oxford Street and Ben is planning to expand the premises.

Life is good for Sally and Ben as they look forward to their first child and hope for a prosperous future. Beth is settling into married life with Jack, gradually recovering from her aunt’s tragic death, though still unable to conceive a child.

New girls have joined Harpers and Marion, Janice and Becky all become a part of the daily life at the busy store. Rachel is undecided whether to marry a man she isn’t sure she can trust, while Minnie meets an old love.

The sun is shining in English streets but on the horizon dark clouds gather over Europe and war looms threatening bringing rainy days for the Harpers girls…

Purchase Links – Amazon


About the Author

Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Mulberry Lane series.  She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner.  She lives in Cambridgeshire.

Social Media Links: Website | BookBub | Goodreads | Twitter


My Review

By now it wouldn’t be a surprise that I read and reviewed yet another historical novel, this one in the Saga genre.

I was thankful that I was able to read the previous books in the series before tackling this one and I may have found another author that I will add to my list to keep an eye out for more books. The fact that I read the series in order ended up being for the best. It was such an amazing journey.

Changes keep happening, the characters are taken on an emotional rollercoaster, and have to decided the new step in each moment and each event that takes place. And us, the readers, ended up going with them. Following these strong women on their paths, getting to know them even more, even in this third book.

As we get introduced to new characters, things keep getting exciting. It was as if I was part of the community, of this family. And since it’s the third book, I had some time to understand the amazing and loyal girls, the Harper girls.

We don’t just follow one person or couple, we follow a group of people through their lives and now, with new characters, and news, it was just felt like a new chapter in their lives and my reading journey. Something that may have been because I read book after book, but still, I felt truly emotional about every single one of those women and I just hope there is a forth book coming.

There is a sense of connection while reading this book, it may be because the setting was so realistic, or because it’s not as far back into the past as we may think. But I felt as if I was transported to that moment in time, right beside these characters, and living with them.

Overall, I liked this book a lot, as I did the previous, and I recommend you read it in other so you can fully connect with the story and the characters, as well as get to enjoy the series to it’s fullest potential.


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Jess

New Releases, Reviews

“The Anatomy of Prose” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this amazing Friday. Today I bring you an amazing review of a non fiction book.

Happy Launch Day!

The Anatomy of Prose“, written by Sacha Black, is a non-fiction book about writing, published on the 29th May 2020.

I want to thank Sacha Black for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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Do your sentences fail to sound the way you want? Are they lackluster, with flat characters and settings? Is your prose full of bad habits and crutches?

In The Anatomy of Prose, you’ll discover:
+ A step-by-step guide to creating descriptions that sing
+ The key to crafting character emotions that will hook a reader
+ How to harness all five senses to make your stories come alive, deepening your reader’s experience
+ Tips and tricks for balancing details at the sentence level
+ Methods for strengthening each sentence through strategic word choice, rhythm and flow
+ Dozens of literary devices, and how to utilize them to give your prose power
+ Tactics for differentiating characters in dialogue as well as making it punchy and unforgettable
+ A comprehensive prose-specific self-editing check list
+ How to embody your character’s personality at the sentence level
+ The most common pitfalls and mistakes to avoid

The Anatomy of Prose is a comprehensive writing guide that will help you create sensational sentences. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned writer, this book will power up your prose, eliminate line-level distractions and help you find the perfect balance of show and tell. By the end of this book, you’ll know how to strengthen your sentences to give your story, prose and characters the extra sparkle they need to capture a reader’s heart.

If you like dark humor, learning through examples and want to create perfect prose, then you’ll love Sacha Black’s guide to crafting sensational sentences. Read The Anatomy of Prose today and start creating kick-ass stories.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Kobo | Book Depository


About the Author

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Sacha Black has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, self-improvement, and breaking the rules. She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.

Sacha writes books about people with magical powers and other books about the art of writing. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and genius, giant of a son.

When she’s not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules.

Social Media Links: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube


My Review

The life of a writer can be different for everyone. For me, messy hair, my computer open, lots of notebooks and loose papers full of notes and information.. a cup of tea and a bottle of water… snacks! Many snacks… and now, Sacha Black’s The Anatomy of Prose.

I have decided, while in a moment of reflection, that I was going to learn more about the writing world. That I was going to learn and see what I could improve in my writing.

And then, like the answer to my prayers, Sacha Black wrote this brilliant nonfiction, writing book. Thanks to the universe for aligning the stars and crossing our paths… I was able to read an ARC of this book.

You may be wondering: “But Jess, you are a Portuguese author, you write in Portuguese… wouldn’t thinks be different?” Well, it’s certain that not everything can be take literally. But the thing is, all of Sacha Black’s advice and tips, can be applied to any language, because it’s all about prose.

Sure, in Portuguese we have dialogues structured in a different way and I could show you some examples. But that doesn’t mean the tip about dialogue tags (Step 5 – 5.2 Tag Simplicity) isn’t valuable, because let me tell you it was spot on!

That’s just one example. Even if the words may be different, or you have grammatically different writing, comparing to English… it’s about the core of prose, the art of writing.

Quoting Sacha “You’ve come for grammar and punctuation lessons. This is not a grammar book.” And she wrote “this book as an exploration – a narrative examining a range of techniques and tools in writing.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is why I believe The Anatomy of Prose is a fantastic book that can help writers across the world and language barriers.

Plus, let’s be honest, the tone of this book is amazing, funny and with this casual sounding narrative that felt like a sincere conversation between friends. You will never be bored while reading, understanding, learning and thinking about the various tips, examples and exercises.

That been said… do I recommend this book? Of course! If you want to learn more or even understand what you can improve in you writing, this is perfect book for you.


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Historical Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“Captured by Her Enemy Knight” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Wednesday. For me it’s a very exciting day, and it’s extra special because I get to share this review with you guys.

Captured by Her Enemy Knight“, written by Nicole Locke, is a Historical Romance, published by Harlequin Historical.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Nicole Locke for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Captured by Her Enemy Knight


Synopsis

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Falling for the man

Cressida Howe, the Archer, is a well-tuned weapon. But she’s also a woman captivated by a man—Eldric of Hawskmoor, the warrior knight her father ordered her to kill. Instead, for years, Cressida has simply watched him… Now she’s been captured by her formidable enemy, and her well-ordered world comes crashing down, for Eldric is even more compelling up close. Cressida curses her traitorous heart—this assassin has fallen for her target!

Purchase Links: Harlequin | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Mills & Boon


About the Author

Nicole LockeNicole discovered her first romance novel in a closet, where her grandmother, the godmother in the romance black market, was hiding hundreds. Knowing her grandmother wouldn’t approve, Nicole hid in the closet to read them. It was only a matter of time before she was found out and given an offer she couldn’t refuse: enjoy them, but out in the living room please. Oh, and if she could go to the store and get a few more…. A few more? Nicole got two jobs.

Inexplicably, Nicole stopped reading romances (she blames her handsome university English professor, who she was trying and failing to impress). So she didn’t discover them again until, at work, where another black market book swap occurred. Instead of swapping for another forgettable book, Nicole chose a romance (which she still reads).

Needless to say, she didn’t return to work (good thing it was after 5:00 pm) and she didn’t immediately return home either. At that moment, she insists Etta James was singing “At Last”. It was only natural she’d start writing romances as well.

Currently, she lives in Seattle with her two completely opposite children, who if not for their birth certificates and their red hair, she’d argue they weren’t related, and her husband, who if not for his red hair, would have returned them.

Social Media Links: Website | Goodreads | Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


My Review

There are times when I feel the need to get my hands on a good Historical Romance, and I have a handful of names of authors that are my ‘go-to’ authors when it comes to this genre. Nicole Locke is one of them.

In this novel we follow Cressida and Eldric, in a journey full of romance, action, drama and amazing moments that made me want to jump in to the book and truly get together with the characters and be their friend.

P1070876With a strong female MC and an intriguing male MC, with the interesting circumstances that pulled them together, and with every obstacle and tension… No wonder I was the captive of Nicole Locke’s brilliant descriptions. Her storytelling, the way the characters pop and seem real, plus the way that time period seem to pull us in, is one of the reasons I loved the story.

I could say a lot about this novel. How it the characters weren’t just powerful and strong-headed, but also vulnerable. How the story was dynamic and I felt as if I was there. How it grabbed my attention thanks to all the little details that made this book real.

In the end, it doesn’t really matter, because I don’t want to spoil the fun, and I just have to say this: If you like Historical Romances, you need to read this one. Nicole Locke just keeps surprising me with the characters she creates and the scenes she puts them and us (the readers) in.

Overall, I love the book, if that wasn’t clear enough. I do want to read other books of Nicole Locke and keep exploring the fantastic world of Nicole’s imagination.


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Jess

New Releases

Promo Post: “Dare to Resist” by Carly Phillips

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a promo post for a book that went live yesterday (May 12th, 2020).

Dare to Resist“, written by Carly Phillips, is a romance novel, the first book in the Dare Nation Series.

Dare Nation Series is a romance series, written by the New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips and we get to return to her sexy Dare world of rich billionaire sports heroes.

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Synopsis

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51DADUUIfNL.jpgHe’s sexy. Alphalicious. And suddenly a dad. 

Austin Prescott is a lot of things. Ex football player. Sports agent. And as of this morning? Father. Finding a baby on his doorstep should have been a joke but the pink sticky note and baby carrier she came in is deadly serious.

What’s an out of his depth bachelor to do? Call his tempting and beyond gorgeous executive assistant and beg her to move in.

Quinnlyn Stone agrees to help Austin until he can straighten out his messy life. It’s just another item on her very long To-Do list. It’s absolutely not because she’s attracted to her very single and extremely handsome boss.

Close quarters. A baby. Undeniable chemistry. What could possibly go wrong?

Purchase Links: Kindle | Nook | Apple | Kobo | Google Play | Paperback

Goodreads Links: Dare to Resist


Meet Carly Phillips:

NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a full time writer. Carly’s book, The Bachelor, was chosen by Kelly Ripa as a romance club pick and was the first romance on a nationally televised bookclub. Carly loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter (below) and receive TWO FREE books at www.carlyphillips.com.

Social Media Links: Website | BookBub | Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“Dreaming of Italy” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this start of a brand new week. Today I bring you a review of a romance novel, and we all need some love in our lives, even if it’s only in books, so we can be cozy and happy.

Dreaming of Italy“, written by T.A. Williams, is a Romantic Comedy and Chicklit, published May 4th 2020 by Canelo.

Happy Release day!!

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and T.A. Williams and Canelo for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

Dreaming of Italy CoverUp for a dream promotion, Emma won’t let anything get in her way – not even love.

Working for a major Hollywood film company isn’t all glitz and glam. But when Emma gets sent to tour around Italy to scout the perfect location for a new blockbuster movie, she’s not going to complain. Especially when it could make or break her career…

Historical adviser for the project Mark is a distraction that Emma does not need. As they explore the beauty of Italy, Emma starts to fall for the mysterious Mark, and soon finds herself torn between her job and her heart.

From the wild, northern mountains of Piedmont, down the vibrant coast of Cinque Terre and through the rolling hills of Tuscany, Emma’s journey becomes one of self-discovery as she questions her priorities in life.

Purchases Link: Amazon US


About the Author

TA Williams Author PhotoI’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing romantic comedy is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations and, as a writer, I obviously have to go there in person and check them out first. I love my job…

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


My Review

This was the first novel by this author that I have read and since I happened in Italy, I was really curious about it.

In this story we follow Emma and Mark, exploring Italy and falling in love with the characters and the scenery. And of course there are other characters that appear, giving us some much need interaction and creating a good realism to the story.

P1070877Plus since there is a Hollywood film involved, it kind of gives an interesting extra element for the plot and allowing more characters and interaction. I loved that part of the story, not only did it allow more the relationships between the various characters, but it also gave some context to the plot.

The fact that this book happen in another country, one that I have always wanted to visit Italy, is kind of a dream like story. With the current situation, it allow us to visit all the landscapes and historical places without leaving the comfort of our home. It opened our mind and transport us with brilliant descriptions. It almost felt like being there. Seeing, smelling and listening everything. And of course it leaves even more curious, adding names to my list of places to visit.

Overall, it was a warm book with a great storytelling that makes us feel as though we are there. A fantastic novel and I’m quite curious about other works by this author.


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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Fantasy, New Releases, Reviews

“Magical Intelligence” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well. Like I said in a previous post, I have two reviews for you today. The first one was a contemporary romance and now I bring you a fantasy novel.

Magical Intelligence“, written by M.K. Wiseman, is a fantasy novel, the first in a series, that will be published on 5th May 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and M.K. Wiseman for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Magical Intelligence


Synopsis

Magical Intelligence CoverWhen you are a member of Britain’s first team of wizard spies, every mission might be your last. But as the dawning of the 20th century draws ever nearer, magic grows weak. Violectric Dampening, the clash of man-made electricity with the Gifts of magekind, threatens M.I.’s existence. And if that isn’t enough, they’ve now been discharged from their own government. Obsolete. Distrusted.

And now hunted by one of their own.

Myra Wetherby has always feared her so-called fits, strange visions of people and places that she cannot explain. It is the emotional manipulation, however, a strange empathic connection to those around her, which threatens her very sanity. A danger to her family, Myra runs away, falling straight into the hands of the newly ousted Magical Intelligence team. Who just so happen to need an ability like hers.

Which makes Myra one of them . . . whether she likes it or not.

Purchase Link: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Potential Trigger Warnings – violence; thematically addresses a character’s personal anxiety and fears as pertaining to their mental health; includes an enemy’s mental manipulation which leads to a death by suicide.


About the Author

M K Wiseman Author PhotoM. K. Wiseman has degrees in animation/video and library science – both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, her office is a clutter of storyboards and half-catalogued collections of too, too many books. (But, really, is there such a thing as too many books?) When she’s not mucking about with stories, she’s off playing brač or lying in a hammock in the backyard of her Cedarburg home that she shares with her endlessly patient husband.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


My Review

This is the first book I have ever read by this author, and since I love fantasy, and this is the first novel in a brand new series, I had to jump in and give it a go. Plus, the synopsis was very intriguing to me.

As we follow Myra’s journey in this novel and get to uncover all the interesting aspect about the world, we are taken to a world that isn’t exactly ours, but still has some elements of connection, and I do enjoy a book that in a fantasy world that is kind of our own reality but has some magical elements to it, that we don’t quite have.

P1070790I loved the concept of this story and how the magic worked because I always find the intricacy of a fantasy world so fascinating. Plus… it’s not just magic… it has spies! To be honest, when I read the synopsis and saw that word, I wasn’t entirely sure what to think, but the more I tried to come up with possibilities, the more intrigued I was.

It’s just the beginning of a series and there was a lot that I’m still uncertain and curious about. One of the things I’m interested in seeing more is the characters development, especially Myra’s. There are questions to be answers, mysteries to be revealed, and more to learn about the characters and the world.

Overall, I found that it was a different story and I liked it. I will keep my eyes open for the next books in the series so I can keep going because I am curious about what will happen next.


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“Art and Soul” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well, today I bring you two reviews. They are my last reviews of the month of April, so I hope you are excited.

Art and Soul“, written by Claire Huston, is a standalone contemporary romance, published on April 23rd 2020 by Goldcrest Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Claire Huston for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Art and Soul


Synopsis

Art and Soul CoverThere’s no problem Becky Watson can’t fix. Except her own love life…

Struggling single mother Becky Watson longs to revive her career as a life-fixer, working miracles to solve her clients’ problems, no matter how big or small. Since the birth of her two-year-old son she has been stuck preventing wedding fiascos for the richest and rudest residents of the Comptons, a charming, leafy area of southern England known for its artistic heritage.

So when semi-reclusive local artist Charlie Handren reluctantly hires Becky to fix his six-year creative slump, she’s delighted to set him up with a come-back exhibition and Rachel Stone, the woman of his dreams.

Though they get off to a rocky start, Becky aFacebooknd Charlie soon become close. But as the beautiful Rachel becomes Charlie’s muse, Becky is forced to wonder: will giving Charlie everything he wants mean giving up her own happily ever after?

A heart-warming, uplifting romance served with a generous slice of cake.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Claire Huston author photo Claire Huston lives in Warwickshire with her husband and two children. Art and Soul is her first novel.

A keen amateur baker, she enjoys making cakes, biscuits and brownies almost as much as eating them. You can find recipes for all the cakes mentioned in Art and Soul at www.clairehuston.co.uk along with over 100 other recipes. This is also where she talks about and reviews books.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | TwitterInstagram | Goodreads | Pinterest


My Review

There is something sweet and enjoyable about contemporary romances. It’s one of those genres that I like to read in bed, with Nala as my company, a cup of tea and some cookies, and just relax and forget the real world and just focus on the author’s version of our reality. Plus, I’m a romantic, no matter if it’s Paranormal, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Historical or Contemporary… But, of course, when it happens in our time and space, it’s a different experience.

Why am I talking about all of this? Claire Huston wrote a brilliant contemporary romance that talks about certain aspect in life. It was one of the sweetest and lovely stories I have read recently, and I absolutely enjoyed the novel for various reasons.

P1070879As we follow Beckie, a single mom who works as a life-fixer for the rich, and her new job helping Charlie, an artist… we get to experience life through her life and her struggles, as well as understanding the story more with ever page. Seeing the development with the characters and their interactions was one of the things I loved seeing in the book. Also, for some reason I always have a soft spot for single parents in books, and I could empathize with her.

This novel was about the people, the characters, and their problems, the solutions, the dreams and the interactions. It was about what they should do next, what they should decide… and I love that it was about them in such an emotional and profound way.

Also, with romance comes drama. I loved that extra element, because it created doubt and tension. I was cheering for Beckie all the way, going on the journey side by side with her, needing to learn more about her, and hoping she would have her happy ever after, since she totally deserved happiness.

Overall, it was my cup of tea, actually. I enjoyed it and it was the kind of story I would reread in the future. If you like contemporary romance and the synopsis seems to intrigue you, then I will recommend you give it a try.


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If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, New Releases, Reviews

“The Perfect Couple” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a review of a thriller I recently read and loved. If you are the kind of reader that loves thrillers, then you may be interested in knowing more about this book.

The Perfect Couple“, written by Jackie Kabler, is a Psychological thriller published on April 17th 2020 by One More Chapter.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Jackie Kabler and One More Chapter for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Perfect Couple


Synopsis

The Perfect Couple CoverThe perfect couple…or the perfect lie?

A year and a half ago, Gemma met the love of her life, Danny. Since then, their relationship has been like something out of a dream. But one Friday evening, Gemma returns home to find Danny is nowhere to be seen.

After two days with no word from her husband, Gemma turns to the police. She is horrified with what she discovers – a serial killer is on the loose in Bristol. When she sees the photos of the victims she is even more stunned…the victims all look just like Danny.

But, the detectives aren’t convinced by Gemma’s story. Why has no one apart from Gemma seen or heard from Danny in weeks? Why is there barely a trace of him in their flat? Is she telling them the truth, or are there more secrets and lies in this marriage than meets the eye?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Kobo | BookDepository


About the Author

Jackie Kabler PhotoJackie Kabler was born in Coventry but spent much of her childhood in Ireland. She worked as a newspaper reporter and then a television news correspondent for twenty years, spending nearly a decade on GMTV followed by stints with ITN and BBC News. During that time, she covered major stories around the world including the Kosovo crisis, the impeachment of President Clinton, the Asian tsunami, famine in Ethiopia, the Soham murders and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Jackie now divides her time between crime writing and her job as a presenter on shopping channel QVC. She has a degree in zoology, runs long distances for fun and lives in Gloucestershire with her husband.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


My Review

Once in a while I love to get fully surprised with a story and linger at the edge of my seat not knowing if my thought process and theories are right or not, and what the hell is going to happen next. Most of the time, when I feel the need to go on that kind of rollercoaster ride, I look for Thrillers. This time, I didn’t look for it, I just joined a blog tour, and… oh boy!… was it an exciting one.

In this book we get to follow two POV, Gemma’s up close and personal view, and the detectives view. Personally I loved that concept, because partly it was what made me wonder if my instincts were right or not.

P1070880As we follow the disappearance of Gemma’s husband, Danny, side by side with the murders of various men, victims of a serial killer, we are taken on an adventure, trying to discover the truth.

The characters were absolutely amazing, complex and well developed. And the fact that they felt real, made me believe even more in the storytelling and the events that were happening. Kind of like I was transported into the pages of the book, and was living beside Gemma.

It was the kind of story that I couldn’t put down, I was even reading it while eating. It was such an exciting and mind blowing story, that grabbed my attention from page one. Although I had lot of suspicions and theories, and I was right about some of the things I thought, I was so wrong in others, and right until the last page I was not expecting what happened.

It was definitely one of the more thrilling books I read this month, one that made me jump, doubt and think about all the little details that were introduced. I absolutely love when a story makes my mind turn and be confused and exhilarated, and this novel truly did that for me.

Overall, if you like Psychological Thriller, you probably are going to like this one. It was the kind of book that had surprises until the very end. And who doesn’t like that?


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Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“The First Date” Review

Hello Friends!

Today is a special day here in Portugal, and extra special for me since it’s my grandma’s birthday. And I’m participating on a online retreat/readathon, but I wanted to come here and share a review with all of you.

The First Date“, written by Zara Stoneley, is a contemporary novel published on April 24th 2020 by One More Chapter .

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Zara Stoneley and One More Chapter for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The First Date


Synopsis

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date!

Right place.
Right time.
Wrong guy …

After breaking up with her childhood sweetheart, clueless dater Rosie has found herself in a boyfriend-drought. So when she finally swipes right on a guy who seems interested, she can’t wait to meet up IRL.

Until she’s left standing alone. In a bar. Ghosted.

Enter Noah. Confident, funny … and a serial first dater. Offering to give Rosie a crash course in seduction, this could be just what she needs. Until her matchmaker turns out to be the best date she’s ever had – and Rosie wonders if she wants the fake dates to be the real ones after all …

A hilarious, heartwarming romantic comedy about what happens when the wrong guy turns up at the right time, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Debbie Johnson.

Purchase Link: Amazon UK


About the Author

Zara Stoneley PhotoUSA Today bestselling author Zara Stoneley writes funny, contemporary romances that will whisk you away from the humdrum of everyday life and make you laugh out loud.

Growing up she wanted to be James Bond or UK veterinary surgeon James Herriot – instead she dallied with a career in IT consultancy, ran a dog grooming business, and had a brief spell teaching (variety is the spice of life!) before finally writing a bestselling novel and realising that at heart she’d always been an author.

She enjoys torturing (in a nice way) her characters for your pleasure and writes about friendship, pesky pets, troublesome relatives, hopes, dreams, love and happy ever afters. Her aim is to make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

Follow her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley to find out more about her home life in a Cheshire village with her family, a (very) lively cockapoo called Harry, and a bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron. Zara’s bestselling novels have been translated into several languages and sold around the world. They include ‘Four Christmases and a Secret’, ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’.

Social Media Links: Website | BookBub | Twitter | Instagram | FacebookGoodreads | Amazon


My Review

This isn’t the first novel I’ve read of Zara Stoneley and it was just as fun as the others I have read.

We follow Rosie, as she founds her foot not that she’s single after the breakup with her childhood sweetheart, her boyfriend since she was a teen. As someone how has now idea how to date… (Single person here!) I found myself relating to Rosie, and truly hoping she would be able to get the hang of if.

P1070882Then we met Noah and, oh boy, were their interactions funny and exciting. The relationship that grew between them was lovely to see, because we got to understand their motivations, their past, their thoughts and actions, as well as see the development in their personalities.

We are taken into this journey along side with Rosie, as Noah teaches her the art of dating, and we end up laughing, sighing and falling in love with the characters. The storytelling was light and fun to read, and because of the scenes that happened, I couldn’t stop myself and read page after page. Trying desperately to learn more.

While I read it, I was taken to another place and time, and my afternoon and late night, was so much warming and happy. From the setting to the characters’ development, I enjoyed every second I spend reading this story.

Overall, it was a perfect book to read if you want to get distracted from the current state in our daily lives, plus it felt like a romantic comedy to me. It was visual and funny and lovely, and the kind of story that makes us sit down with a cup of tea and some chocolate, while enjoying each moment of the characters life, our heart warming up with all kinds of emotions and curiosity.


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess