Reviews

“Treze Más Histórias Para Adormecer” Review

Olá Amigos!

Hoje trago uma review de um livro de contos que comprei na feira do livro de Lisboa o ano passado, e estava bastante entusiasmada por o ler.

Treze Más Histórias Para Adormecer“, escrito por Ana Cláudia Dâmaso, é um livro de contos de terror, publicado em julho de 2018 pela Manufactura Editora.

Todas as opiniões expressas nesta review são completamente minhas.


Sinopse

40919150. sx318 Com o número 13 nunca vem coisa boa!

Este livro oferece-nos treze maus motivos para outras tantas histórias inesquecíveis.

São histórias de terror e do paranormal, que fazem inesperados jogos psicológicos com o leitor, falando de assuntos que preferiríamos manter bem longe do nosso pensamento.

Começamos a conspirar e a detectar elos de ligação, como se as personagens saltassem de uma história para outra. E de repente, enquanto lemos sobre a miúda que consegue parar o tempo, ou o cego que vê fantasmas, perguntamo-nos se algumas delas não se terão passado na nossa rua, no nosso bairro, na nossa cidade…

Certo é que a autora garante: todas elas têm uma ponta de verdade!

Purchase Links: Bertrand | Wook


Sobre a Autora

Ana Cláudia Dâmaso nasceu em Lisboa, no ano de 1992.

Sempre possuiu uma mente criativa e, desde muito nova, sentiu a necessidade de colocar as suas ideias no papel.

Considerando-se uma amante de artes, doida por desporto e ávida por informação, Ana encontra inspiração nos pequenos pormenores da vida quotidiana, da qual gosta de quebrar as suas rotinas.

Autora da saga distópica “Koldbrann”, de “Treze Más Histórias para Adormecer” de terror e paranormal e outros títulos de diferentes géneros literários, adora viajar e conhecer novos lugares, tendo por tradição acabar as suas obras sempre em locais diferentes.

Social Media Links: Goodreads | Instagram


Minha Review

“Treze Más Histórias Para Adormecer” é o primeiro livro de contos e de terror da autora Ana Cláudia Dâmaso. Um livro que posso já dizer que adorei!

É sempre difícil para mim escrever uma opinião sobre um livro de contos, principalmente porque não quero dar spoilers e porque a review ficaria muito extensa se falasse de cada um dos contos.

20200515_153246No entanto, direi que houve contos que gostei mais do que outros, apesar de ter adoro cada um dos treze contos por diferentes motivos. “Mendigar destinos” e “Boneca de Estimação” foram os meus favoritos, ambos por diversas razões, que vão desde a imagem criada aos arrepios provocados; da mensagem passada ao paralelismo com a realidade; desde as descrições às interações entre personagens.

Algo que igualmente adorei neste livro foi o conceito dele. A autora estabeleceu uma linha condutora que liga cada uma das histórias num mundo tão real que nos assusta. Esta ligação acaba por ser uma forma de manter uma base para os contos, pois estabelece assim o elemento comum, e criando um mundo consistente, no qual cada evento acaba por estar conetado.

Cada história serviu para explorar algum aspeto da essência humano, daquilo que ocorre na nossa sociedade. Desde as crenças, aos desejos, às loucuras, à dor… tanto que existe em cada conto em cada personagem e em cada momento mais ou menos macabro e mais ou menos fantasiado.

De uma forma geral, adorei e mal posso esperar pela sequela e saber para que lado a Ana Cláudia nos vai levar. “Treze Más Histórias Para Adormecer”? Eu diria “Treze Brilhantes Histórias Para Ler”! Dentro deste pequeno livro de contos existem histórias para todas as pessoas e para todos os gostos. Basta aventurarem-se neste mundo e esperar não sonhar com estas personagens.


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Love,

Jess

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Promo Post: “Song of the Nightingale” by Marilyn Pemberton

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Saturday. It is a very special day for so many reasons. Besides de announcement I will be making, and the review, I bring you now a promo post.

Song of the Nightingale“, written by Marilyn Pemberton, is a Historical Fiction novel published on December 14th 2019 by The Conrad Press.


Synopsis

Song of the Nightingale - Front coverPhilippe, the narrator of this tale, is secretary to Count De Lorenzo, and lover to the Count’s young wife. He is tasked with buying young boys from poor villagers, having them castrated and taking them to Florence to be taught to sing as castrati. The parents are told that their sons are especially blessed with their wonderful voices and they do not object to the boys making a physical sacrifice in order to thank and praise the Lord; nor to the bag of gold they are given in exchange.

The boys are innocents, victims of circumstances beyond their control. Surely they can have nothing to do with a barber’s mysterious death, or the suicide of an abusive Jesuit priest?

This is a tale of passion, revenge, guilt, regret, loss and redemption.

Don’t forget to add the book to your Goodreads TBR if you find it interesting: Song of the Nightingale.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Marilyn Pemberton has always worked in IT and until October 2019 she was a full-time project manager. Now that she’s retired she can focus on the thing she loves most – writing.

At the age of 40 she did a part-time BA degree in Literature at Warwick, which progressed to an MA and then a PhD, her thesis being “Glimpses of Utopia & Dystopia in Victorian Fairylands”. As a result of giving a paper on fairy tales she was approached by a publisher who suggested she gather together some lesser known fairy tales and as a result “Enchanted Ideologies: A Collection of Rediscovered Nineteenth-Century English Moral Fairy Tales” was published by The True Bill Press in 2010.

She has just finished her second novel, “Song of the Nightingale”, published by The Conrad Press. And she’s now working on her third novel, whose working title is “Grandmothers’ Footsteps”.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter


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Blog Tour, Reviews

“Surviving Me” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope your Saturday is going well, and that this week has been kind. Today I bring you some reviews, and I hope you are ready.

Surviving Me“, written by Jo Johnson, is a Women’s fiction novel, published on November 14th 2019 by Unbound Digital.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Jo Johnson for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

Surviving Me


Synopsis

Surviving Me CoverDeceit has a certain allure when your life doesn’t match up to the ideal of what it means to be a modern man.

Tom’s lost his job and now he’s been labelled ‘spermless’. He doesn’t exactly feel like a modern man, although his double life helps. Yet when his secret identity threatens to unravel, he starts to lose the plot and comes perilously close to the edge.

All the while Adam has his own duplicity, albeit for very different reasons, reasons which will blow the family’s future out of the water.

If they can’t be honest with themselves, and everyone else, then things are going to get a whole lot more complicated.

This book tackles hard issues such as male depression, dysfunctional families and degenerative diseases in an honest, life-affirming and often humorous way. It focuses particularly on the challenges of being male in today’s world and explores how our silence on these big issues can help push men to the brink.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

Jo Johnson PhotoI’m very excited that my debut novel ‘Surviving Me’ is due to be published on the 14 November. The novel is about male minds and what pushes a regular man to the edge. The novel combines all the themes I can write about with authenticity.

I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1992 and initially worked with people with learning disabilities before moving into the field of neurology in 1996. I worked in the NHS until 2008 when i left to write and explore new projects.

I now work as an independent clinical psychologist in West Sussex.

~ Jo Johnson

Jo speaks and writes for several national neurology charities including Headway and the MS Trust. Client and family related publications include, “Talking to your kids about MS”, “My mum makes the best cakes” and “Shrinking the Smirch”. 

In the last few years Jo has been offering psychological intervention using the acceptance and commitment therapeutic model (ACT) which is the most up to date version of CBT. She is now using THE ACT model in a range of organisations such as the police to help employees protect their minds in order to avoid symptoms of stress and work related burnout.

Social Media Links: Facebook | Goodreads


My Review

Personally, I decided this year to try and read more books out of my comfort zone, books that talk about topics that I haven’t read a lot about, or read books that make me think about the world, life and us as a global society with different cultures, political views and religions. When I read the blurb of this novel, I realized I hadn’t read many books that talked about male depression, so I was intrigued. I had to join in and I had to learn more about it.

Depression is a subject that is close to my family, not just because of the women in my family (including me) that are dealing with it, but also men. Yes, I have a big family, and I counting my second and third cousins in the mix, nevertheless this book got me thinking about everyone I know and that has to deal with all the issues talked about in this story.

I’m not a man, and I don’t pretend to know what it’s like, but I try to empathize and understand their point of view, just like I want others to understand and respect mine. With this novel as we follow Tom, we are taken into a journey. We end up explore the male view on these issues.

P1070794I could talk about the personal experiences I have with talking to family members or what I have watch during my 25 years in this Earth, but that’s not really the point. What made me love about this book was that it openly talked about things that I know a lot of times are silenced, are deemed unimportant and untrue. And I have seen that happened. I do believe this book could teach a lot of people about these issues.

It’s a beautifully written novel, with characters that are complex and that could be real life people. We care for them, we want the best for them, and that connection makes the storytelling even more powerful. We get to feel as though we are a part fo the book, and it was an emotional and insightful reading.

Overall, it was the kind of book I needed to read. It was thought-provoking, it was brilliantly created, with a plot that had multiple ‘obstacles’ that are talked about and that open our eyes to the society represented in the pages of this novel. Do I recommend it? Sure, if you want to read a book that has all the characteristic this one has, in terms of: mental health and suicidal ideation, infertility, neurological disease, Faith… Then go for it.


Giveaway

For a Chance to Win two signed copies of “Surviving Me” &  five “Surviving Me” fridge magnets Enter Here.

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1st Prize – 2 winners each winning a signed copy of Surviving Me

5 Runners Up – each winning a Surviving Me Fridge Magnet

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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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

New Releases, Uncategorized

Promo Post: “Palestina Sobre uma Tela” de André Ouro Verde

Olá meus queridos amigos!

Hoje venho divulgar a publicação de um livro de uma nova editora, Edições Velha Lenda.

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


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


Não se esqueçam de comentar, não sejam estranhos.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“All the Beautiful Liars” Review

Hello Friends!

I know I haven’t been posting reviews, but to be honest I have been very focus on writing, actually, after I post this review I will go back to it.

The review I bring you today is of a book I read in the beginning of the month and it was quite interesting and different from what I was reading at the time.

All the Beautiful Liars“, written by Sylvia Petter, is a Literary fiction novel published on March 16th 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Sylvia Petter for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

All the Beautiful Liars


Synopsis

All The Beautiful Liars 3How true are the family histories that tell us who we are and where we come from? Who knows how much all the beautiful liars have embargoed or embellished the truth?

During a long flight from Europe to Sydney to bury her mother, Australian expat Katrina Klain reviews the fading narrative of her family and her long quest to understand her true origins. This has already taken her to Vienna, where she met her Uncle Harald who embezzled the Austrian government out of millions, as well as Carl Sokorny, the godson of one of Hitler’s most notorious generals, and then on to Geneva and Berlin. Not only were her family caught up with the Nazis, they also turn out to have been involved with the Stasi in post-war East Germany.

It’s a lot to come to terms with, but there are more revelations in store. After the funeral, she finds letters that reveal a dramatic twist which means her own identity must take a radical shift. Will these discoveries enable her to complete the puzzle of her family’s past?

Inspired by her own life story, Sylvia Petter’s enthralling fictional memoir set between the new world and the old is a powerful tale about making peace with the past and finding closure for the future.

Purchase Link: Amazon

For a limited time, All the Beautiful Liars will be available for only 99p.


Author Bio

Sylvia Petter was born in Vienna but grew up in Australia, which makes her Austr(al)ian.

She started writing fiction in 1993 and has published three story collections, The Past Present, Back Burning and Mercury Blobs. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of New South Wales.

After living for 25 years in Switzerland, where she was a founding member of the Geneva Writers’ Group, she now lives in Vienna once more.

Social Media Links – Twitter | Goodreads | Website | Instagram


My Review

A fictional memoir and it isn’t the first book in the genre that I have read, although I haven’t read as many as other genres, nevertheless, it’s always hard to review, because it’s based on reality or truly describes the real events that happened in someone’s life. That been said, when I first started reading, I know I had an emotional story in my hands.

Sylvia Petter took us on a journey that quite reminded me of listening to my grandparents telling me about their lives. I have always wanted to know more about certain things, to learn the reality behind the truth of their stories, to speak with other members of the family and one day I will. This book had that feeling to me. I felt connected to Katrina, and I truly felt as if I was right beside her while all these events and uncovering of her origins were happening.

P1070786Like I expected, it was an emotional story, a rollercoaster really, and when I thought we had learn everything, or that it couldn’t possibly be any more that would surprise me, something happened. The truth is this novel is based on the author’s life, and if that doesn’t make you realize the power and realism, then you should really read the book. Sylvia Petter opened her heart and memories using Katrina as a vehicle to transport us into this book.

The descriptions, the emotions, the stories within the bigger picture, the characters that we feel as though we have known our all lives. It all painted our minds with images, and and connected us to Katrina and her journey.

Overall, I won’t go into details and accidentally give spoilers, but I loved how the book was written and how the storytelling got so many turns and twists. And I do recommend it to everyone, if the blurb made you curious, then read it!


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour.

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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.

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.

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, Reviews

“The Widow’s Mite” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope this lovely Saturday is going well, I have already posted a review today, so it won’t be a surprised that I have another one ready to share with you guys.

The Widow’s Mite“, written by Allie Cresswell, is the second novel of the Widows Series, published on 5th March 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Allie Cresswell 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.

The Widows Mite


Synopsis

The+Widow's+Mite+By+Allie+CresswellMinnie Price married late in life. Now she is widowed. And starving.

No one suspects this respectable church-goer can barely keep body and soul together. Why would they, while she resides in the magnificent home she shared with Peter?

Her friends and neighbours are oblivious to her plight and her adult step-children have their own reasons to make things worse rather than better. But she is thrown a lifeline when an associate of her late husband arrives with news of an investment about which her step-children know nothing.

Can she release the funds before she finds herself homeless and destitute?

Fans of ‘The Hoarder’s Widow’ will enjoy this sequel, but it reads equally well as a standalone.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.

She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.

She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.

She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters, two grandsons and two cockapoos but just one husband – Tim. They live in Cumbria, NW England.

The Widow’s Mite is her tenth novel.

Social Media Links – Facebook | Twitter | Website


My Review

I have read Allie Cresswell’s books before, but I haven’t read the book one in this series yet, and I will say, although I don’t like to do it, I didn’t feel left out, because it could be read as a standalone. Of course there were some things I know came from Maisie’s story (book one), but it was totally fine with me and it makes me curious now about that novel, just so I can connect some dots.

We follow Minnie Price during this new phase in her life as a widower. It’s something I have no experience about, but I have seen my grandma and some aunts and a cousin go through it, and I could empathize for Minnie as I would for any member of my family.

There was this vulnerability in the story that is heart breaking and emotional. Did I love that about the story? Well, yes, Allie Cresswell wrote a brilliant story that was thought provoking while taking us on a emotional rollercoaster.

Because we get to see Maisie’s story as well, the format of this novel combined with the plot and the development of the characters, it was like this beautifully knitted blanket. Minnie and Maisie are amazing, well written, characters that touched my heart, and seeing the storytelling unfold was fantastic.

The characters interactions were realistic and that made it for a bittersweet realization about human interactions and our society. There’s always plenty of different attitudes and personalities. Something that made this story sound so real.

Overall, it was a brilliant novel. I do hope I get to read the first novel soon so I can fully understand Maisie and the connections with this book. Nevertheless, “The Widow’s Mite” was a book I enjoyed reading and if this is the kind of book that sparks your attention, I would say: Go for it and be prepared to feel.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews to basic promo/spotlight posts.

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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.

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, Reviews

“Hunter’s Blood” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing better than I am, and let’s all take a deep breath and relax because tomorrow is Friday and then it’s the weekend.

Now, I have a review of a book that you guys may recognize.

Hunter’s Blood“, written by Val Penny, is the forth book in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries, a crime novel published on 1st January 2020 by Crooked Cat (Darkstroke).

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Val Penny 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.

Hunters Blood


Synopsis

Hunters Blood CoverDI Hunter Wilson never has just one problem to solve.

Three elderly women he knows have died in mysterious circumstances. Hunter appears to be the only link.

A little girl goes missing on a cold winter’s night. When his team discovers cocaine hidden at the farm where she was living, the search becomes even more urgent.

Why did the women die? And what did the child witness?

Hunter must find the answers to these questions to ensure his family and his city are safe.

Purchase Links:  Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge and Hunter’s Force are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fourth book in the series, Hunter’s Blood, follows shortly.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Facebook Group | Twitter


My Review

Let me start by say that if you don’t know by now this author and this series, then I have no idea what you guys have been doing so far because I really recommend this entire series.

Now, about Hunter’s Blood, this is book four in the series and of course by now I already feel like I know the main character and companions pretty well, D.I. Hunter Wilson is such a well developed character and the relationships and connections between him and other characters are so dynamic that no matter what, the possibilities are almost endless, so I’m always surprised by the story and the events that take Hunter on the trick path to save the city.

P1070733Besides, that surprise feeling was thanks to the descriptions of what’s happening as well as the interactions the characters have. It opens our eyes and curiosity to try and figure out that’s going on as if we were part of the team, and I love feeling as if I was transported to the story and am part of the story along side the characters.

I often wonder how Val Penny comes up with her ideas for the stories, because each book is a rollercoaster and so entertaining that it blows my mind. It’s like a tv show for me, so visual and a page turner that I can’t stop myself from reading the next page just to know what will happen next. That’s something I have to say yet again because with each book I read I get reminded of how good the books in this series are.

In this novel we get to solve no only murders, by also a missing case, and so many other mysteries that will come along the way, because let’s be honest a mystery never comes alone. And with D.I. Hunter Wilson involved, things always get exciting.

Overall it was another amazing book in the series and it can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend you to check the books in order so you can fully get what motivates Hunter as well as what his background is. Anyway, you won’t get disappointed with any novel in this exciting, captivating and thrilling mystery series.


Giveaway

For a chance to win a .mobi or PDF of Hunter’s Blood by Val Penny CLICK HERE.

(Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.

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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.

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.

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

Reviews

“A Country Gift Shop Collection” Review

Hello Friends!

I didn’t review all the books I wanted and needed to review last year, so I’m going to use the free time I now have in between writing my novel, to do those post. Today I have a review of a book I read a while back.

A Country Gift Shop Collection“, written by Vivian Conroy, is a mystery novel published October 3rd 2018 by HQ Digital.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Vivian Conroy and HQ Digital via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

40243012Glen Cove is a rather murderous place.

Dead to Begin With

Vicky Simmons is looking for the simple life. She’s ready to trade in London for a slower pace by opening a British Country Gift Shop in her old hometown on the coast of Maine. Little does she know a few old faces are back in Glen Cove, including unrequited teenage crush Michael Danning—having taken over the local Gazette and looking better than ever.

All is looking rosy until Vicky finds herself face-to-face with a dead body and Michael is the prime suspect. When the sheriff links the motive for murder to the unsolved disappearance of a teenage girl twenty years ago, Vicky must turn amateur sleuth. She’ll stop at nothing to save Michael…and unmask the real killer!

Grand Prize: Murder!

Inviting the bestselling cosy crime author Bella Brookes to town is going to be the best business move Vicky Simmons has made yet. Not only is Bella going to sign her books to kick off Glen Cove’s annual One-Mile Book Market, but she’s also running her famous scavenger hunt right in town. That’s sure to win over the townsfolk!

All is going to plan until a dead body is discovered, drawing Vicky straight to the scene of the crime. After the last murder Vicky had vowed to stay out of Sheriff Cash’s way, but when death comes to town she finds herself embroiled in the investigation.

Written into the Grave

Vicky Simmons’s life was supposed to be relaxing after she moved back home to the coast of Maine, but instead of baking bread and gardening she’s been chasing down killers and it’s time to stop. Vicky is ready to slow down again and vows to start focusing more on her roses than solving crime.

That is until she reads the new serial in the paper over breakfast, describing a brutal murder that takes place on a cliff top road just above a beach. Only to find herself moments later, walking Coco and Mr. Pug, face to face with a dead body on the sand. The murder victim described exactly as he was in the story…

Purchase Link: Amazon

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My Review

This wasn’t the first novel I have read from this author, but I was as excited as the first book. This novel has three mysteries in it, because one is never enough and this is a collection novel.

Each story has a quick and entertaining read with a mystery that was fun and interesting, and has we follow Vicky Simmons I couldn’t help but feel as if I was her assistant in a way. I was trying to figure out things, I was learn about the other characters and I was enjoying the scenery in this novel.

With Vicky returning to her hometown and an old unsolved murder resurfaces with another crime, I knew things would be interesting. And the next mystery was just as good! I can’t really say which story was my favourite, because since I couldn’t stop reading the novel, I just went to one mystery to the other, to the other… And I liked it quite a lot!

Of course it’s very important that I got intrigued by the murders and the mystery surrounding them, but it was really important to me as well, seeing the characters’ relationships and interactions, because of all the information there, and that also made me connect with the characters involved as if I was part of the town and the storyline.

Overall, it was an amazing novel. each story had its positive points, and was unique and funny in it’s own way. And I liked that, because that made each mystery unique and I didn’t felt like I was reading a repeat story after the other.

I was already excited about Vivian Conroy’s storytelling and books, and this one just solidified that thought.


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Reviews

“A Long Goodbye” Review

Hello Friends!

I read this book last year, but only got around to review it this year, and I want to apologize to the author for taking so long. Anyway, I’m here now!

A Long Goodbye” written by Anthony Le Moignan, is a standalone novel published on 2nd April 2018.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Anthony Le Moignan via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

cover145485-mediumSimon, a successful accountant, has a big problem. The biggest of them all. He checks himself into Orchard Care Home whilst still relatively healthy, the youngest resident by decades. He’s confident he cut all ties with the outside world and is untraceable.

Emma, married with no kids, lives, breathes and manages Orchard Care Home; a position her husband, Michael, used to hold in the good old days. But now he’s soared up the company hierarchy she sees so much less of him.

The attraction between carer and resident is instant, but ultimately destined for catastrophe. Alzheimer’s takes no prisoners and Early Onset, it’s most tragic form, is the cruellest of all.

How can Michael feel threatened by Simon? And what future could Emma have with him?

Simon understands less and less, but knows he has to try and run away from time – to somehow beat the ceaseless clock.

A powerful new novel by Anthony Le Moignan that will make you laugh and cry, for fans of Jojo Moyes, Emma Healey and Nicholas Sparks.

Purchase Link: Amazon | Kobo

A Note From the Publisher

A beautiful story written from the heart and personal experience. The author’s father, Desmond, sadly passed in January after suffering with Alzheimer’s for five years. Anthony spent countless hours with him throughout this time as his memories slowly began to fade. Desmond lived his final two years in a care home which Anthony visited almost every day, becoming very familiar with the environment.

Accordingly, the book is dedicated to Desmond, and Anthony has partnered with UK charity Alzheimer’s Society, who will receive proceeds from the sale of the book. A Long Goodbye will appeal to readers who like the books of Jojo Moyes – there are a lot of similarities to Me Before You, and also similar themes to Emma Healy’s debut, Elizabeth Is Missing.

There are difficult moral issues in this story, so there’s an especially fine balance between tragedy and comedy, the latter element remaining crucial to tackle such a controversial topic. It’ll move readers to tears, but not in an overly manipulative way.


About Author

It was both a shock and a delight when Anthony Le Moignan received The English Prize at end-of-term assembly. He was 11 and in the 6th form, his final year at Prep.

The celebrations carried on for years – five in fact, at which point he was expelled from senior school (‘asked to leave’ was the official jargon). However, a lifelong lesson was learnt (even if an avoidance of alliteration wasn’t) – he was clearly unemployable.

So through a series of almost absurd luck which he cannot begin to over-emphasise, he seems to have successfully ploughed himself to this current moment in time.

He won’t excuse his love of Cambridge. Having travelled around the world playing croquet for a couple of decades, this little city is just about his favourite place on the planet. He’s not entirely sure why, but he seems to love being surrounded by people far brighter than himself, and buildings older than God (well, sort of…).

So, a lot of his novels are going to be set in or around Cambridge and London, all of which he hopes will be glanced at in the fullness of time. For now, he’d like to mention that all of the characters in his books, every single one of them, human and otherwise, are based on actual persons; fragments maybe, but they all truly exist. Quite how any author can claim otherwise is a complete mystery to him.

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My Review

As a Social Educator, when I read about this book I was immediately touched by the theme of this novel. And given the opportunity I jumped in and had to read this story and find out how it went, as well as what were the characters background and future in this plot and storyline.

I won’t tell about the specifics of this novel because I want you to fully experience the story and all the emotions without my thoughts and opinion about it on your mind, but I enjoyed every page of it. Although it felt like a rollercoaster for me, I was so focus that I didn’t even realize I was “devouring” each page and going through this journey with my emotions on my eyes and my heart beating fast.

Following Simon, Emma and Michael, it’s difficult not to get emotional by all the issues that are written in this story. And unexpectedly it has romance too, nevertheless, for me the Alzheimer’s topic was what really grabbed me, and the fact that everything that happened was on the POV, the realism of the characters and the scenery around them was also perfect.

So, grab a tissue and enter this story. Overall, it was an amazing book. From my social education eyes, it was different to read the book than just as a reader enjoying a novel. It was an intriguing story that talks about Alzheimer’s and the people around patients with Alzheimer’s (family, friends and medical staff). And I loved the dynamic of the relationships as well as the fact that it was eye opening kind of novel.


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Blog Tour, Reviews

“Gorgito’s Ice Rink” Review

Hello Friends!

I’m here to do a review before I get ready for dinner and then bed, if you guys didn’t see my Instagram posts and stories, I’m going on a trip to Germany, but don’t worry, I will still be posting here.

Now, without further rambling…

Gorgito’s Ice Rink“, written by Elizabeth Ducie, is a standalone novel published on 8th October 2014. A novel that has a dual timeline with elements of history and romance.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Elizabeth Ducie 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.

Gorgitos Ice Rink


Synopsis

Gorgito_FRONT bigGorgito’s Ice Rink was runner up in Writing Magazine’s 2015 Self-Published Book of the Year Awards.

Two small boys grieving for lost sisters — torn between family and other loves. Can keeping a new promise make up for breaking an old one?

When Gorgito Tabatadze sees his sister run off with a soldier, he is bereft. When she disappears into Stalin’s Gulag system, he is devastated. He promises their mother on her death-bed he will find the missing girl and bring her home; but it is to prove an impossible quest.

Forty years later, Gorgito, now a successful businessman in post-Soviet Russia, watches another young boy lose his sister to a love stronger than family. When a talented Russian skater gets the chance to train in America, Gorgito promises her grief-stricken brother he will build an ice-rink in Nikolevsky, their home town, to bring her home again.

With the help of a British engineer, who has fled to Russia to escape her own heartache, and hindered by the local Mayor who has his own reasons for wanting the project to fail, can Gorgito overcome bureaucracy, corruption, economic melt-down and the harsh Russian climate in his quest to build the ice-rink and bring a lost sister home? And will he finally forgive himself for breaking the promise to his mother?

A story of love, loss and broken promises. Gorgito’s story, told through the eyes of the people whose lives he touched.

Purchase Links: Amazon


Author Bio

When Elizabeth Ducie had been working in the international pharmaceutical industry for nearly thirty years, she decided she’d like to take a break from technical writing—text books, articles and training modules—and write about some of her travel experiences instead. She took some courses in Creative Writing and discovered to her surprise that she was happier, and more successful, writing fiction than memoirs or life-writing. In 2012, she gave up the day job, and started writing full-time. She has published three novels, three collections of short stories and a series of manuals on business skills for writers.

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My Review

There was three things that made me want to know more about this book: the title, the cover and the fact that I knew the name of the author since I had previous read a book of hers. And when I read the synopsis, I knew I had to enter this story and meet these characters.

There are so many elements that I loved in this story, from the characters and their background, to the interactions between them and the obstacles they have to surpass. The storyline touched my heart and by being set in a different time than our own present, it transport us to the world of these characters.

Family, friendship, enemies and promises. There is a realism to this novel that I absolutely love, making me emotional and feel as though I was part of the group and living side by side with them, thanks to the descriptions and the connectivity.

Emma and Gorgito were definitely well written characters that made me compelled to turn the next page and learn what they were going to do next. They both have strong qualities, and they are dealing with their with their problems in different ways. And although I don’t know much about Russia, I could envision the scenery and all the other characters that made Emma and Gorgito’s story keep moving.

It was the world described in this novel, as well as the other characters, that made it an interesting book. Starting at a slow pace, it grew and got more intriguing with each revelation, each action, each character and scene introduced.

I won’t say more about the actually plot, because I want people to feel and make their own opinions. But I do recommend this novel to everyone that likes the kind of story that touches historical elements, as well as follow the main characters as they try to accomplish their goals in their quest.


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