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“The Book of Us” Review

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I hope you are all doing well this lovely day. I’m posting later than what I wanted to, but today is a National Holiday here in Portugal and I was with my family until moments ago. But, I’m quite excited to share my review of this books with all of you.

The Book of Us“, written by Andrea Michael, is a Fiction book, published March 6th 2020 by One More Chapter.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Andrea Michael 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.


Synopsis

The Book of Us is a story of the complexity of forgiveness and the friendships that change our lives forever. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain.​

We’ve got some important things to talk about. It’s time.

​Cass and Loll used to be inseparable. They met at university and they made sense, like two halves of a whole. They had planned their lives around each other, writing down their dreams in The Big Book of Our Life – the things they wanted to achieve, the places they’d go after they finished university. But then one night changed everything.

Seven years later, Loll receives a letter from her old friend. The coming year will be the year they both turn 30, but Loll might be making it to 30 alone. Cass has cancer. Loll had believed she would have her whole life to come to terms with Cass’ betrayal, but time is running out.

Cass’ final wish is to complete The Big Book of Our Life, but has enough time passed to heal old wounds?

Purchase Link: Amazon US


About The Author

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Andrea Michael writes books to explore complicated relationships. Having trained in using writing for therapy, she really believes in the magic of stories to change your life. Failing that, sparkling wine and obnoxious sing-a-longs also do the trick.

Andrea works in content marketing, and runs Writing for Wellbeing workshops. She lives in Hertfordshire with her fiancé and their crazy cat, and can be found reading in a comfy corner or digging something at the allotment.

You may also know her from her romantic comedies written as A L Michael.

Andrea is represented by Hayley Steed at Madeleine Milburn. The Book of Us is her thirteenth book. She’s hoping it’s lucky.

​Social Media Links: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


My Review

This review is coming out on the Portugal’s Day, our National day. And Like many other Holidays that have a strong emotional connection to it, not only because their are ours, but because they remind us of home, of our pass and the path we took to get to where we are… and even to reflect all the things we have to change and do to make our country and the world really, a better place.

All of those feelings, that moment of reflection, I also had while reading this story, so even though this is not a book written by a Portuguese author, And you may be wondering so why am I talking about a Portuguese Holiday?… I do have a point in this.

Andrea Michael took me on a journey of reflection, emotions, friendship, dreams and adventure. Just like I feel every year on the 10th June, when I think about my country, my family and what make us Portuguese, and what make us human.

It may seem a weird start of a review, but books – no matter the author’s nationality – have the power to take us on journeys, unexpected ones too. I knew from the very beginning that this was that kind of story. That I would go on an emotional rollercoaster, and that this story would deeply touch my heart. I was expecting that. And it did happen.

It was a book that I absolutely enjoyed reading. I loved the story and it was a wonderful and heartbreaking tale and adventure. The descriptions, the characters, the plot and the emotions in every moment and every set and page…

That been said, and if it wasn’t already clear, what I loved more in this book was the emotional aspect of the plot, the characters and the connection I felt with them, the connection to their path. Every single small thing that happened.

Overall, just like a Holiday that make us reflect, and go deep into our hearts, think about our path and the path of our people… This book had a moment like that for me. Maybe it was because of the characters, what they were going through, what they wanted to do. Maybe it was because of the circumstances, or the ending. or even the topics that are touched in the book. Maybe it was the storytelling, the way the author told us the story and lead us through the events that were happening. I can’t really point to one element, I just felt the story was thought provoking, as well as heart warming and emotional.


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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

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“Leaving The City” Review

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I have another review for you guys. A couples weeks ago I shared some content with you guys in a promo post with an extract, from Hollie Anne Marsh‘s book “Leaving the City“, the first book in the Sweetbriars Series.

Today I bring you my review of the book. If you like horses and want to read a fun adventure book with friendship and a finding our place in a new community type of plot, then this is your book. I had so much fun reading this book. From all the descriptions, to the emotions and the adventure… and the horses!

Thank you to the author, publisher and Kelly from Love Books Tours, for the eCopy in exchange for my hones review of the book.


Blurb

Sweetbriars Book 1 EBOOK COVERA Tale of Sweetbriars

Welcome to the yard! Come and meet the girls… Cate, Tabby and Violet and their beautiful horses.

Leaving The City is the first book in the new Sweetbriars Equestrian book series, which is receiving wonderful reviews. It’s a great book for young readers and readers that love animals and horses.

About Leaving The City

Will Cate ever settle into living in the countryside?

Cate is uprooted from life as she has known it. Along with her family and her gorgeous palomino show horse Odette, she moves to a charming farm deep in the English countryside.

Cate is torn. Upon moving to horse heaven, she had to leave behind her best friend Beth and her beloved horse-riding instructor Bridget. On the other hand, she has fallen in love with Sweetbriars, the farm her family has bought to make their dreams come true.

Setting up an equestrian centre at Sweetbriars is fun to Cate, but settling into a new school and having a stern Pony Club riding instructor that teaches dressage is less so. At school, Cate makes friends with Violet, who is confident and wacky, and through Pony Club she gets to know Tabby, who is sweet and popular. The girls’ lives will be intertwined in ways they could never have imagined thanks to their shared passion for horses and Cate’s determination to make Sweetbriars a success.

Purchase link: Amazon


Author Bio

img-0349Hollie is an Australian author who lives in Barcelona, Spain with her partner, baby boy, and Oldenburg mare, Frieda. After having a professional career, including creating the equestrian online shop Equiporium (since sold), working for many large multinational companies, and having a baby, Hollie reconnected with her passion of writing and finished the manuscript she wrote many years ago.

Hollie has been riding since she was a little girl, enjoying activities such as Pony Club, showjumping, eventing, and trail-riding in the great Australian bush. Hollie lived in England for almost ten years where she had two horses and trained them for dressage. 

The Sweetbriars series is inspired by all the special moments Hollie spent with horses… good, funny, and challenging moments!

In creating the new Sweetbriars series, Hollie hopes that readers will not only find the books fun to read, but they will also inspire readers to learn more about horses.

Social Media Links – Website | Facebook | Twitter


My Review

P1060718This book was quite refreshing for me. It was fun to read and I love animals, and I think horses I majestic creatures, and although I don’t know much about them besides when I learned in biology classes and some documentaries on TV, I was very curious to read this book.

Hollie did a wonderful job creating this first book in the series and introducing us to the characters and their lives. The characters felt real and their friendship was full of adventures and funny moments that made me wish I was there and part of the group, and that they could teach me about horses.

As I kept reading and learning about the life on the equestrian center at Sweetbriars I got even more intrigued. The author gave us not only amazing characters that I could connect with because of how developed they were and how open they were in the storyline that I could feel empathy, but also she gave us beautiful descriptions that made me visualize all that was going on.

P1060717They say this is a great book for preteens, younger teenagers and adults that love coming of age stories and animals… And I agree. All the visual images that the descriptions give, and the pace of the story made takes the reader on a journey. And I can’t wait for the other books in the series because now that the first book is here and the introductions and the world is set, we will be taking more adventures as we read all the next books that Hollie Anne Marsh has for us.

I really like this book and it was unique and it made me happy. So of course I recommend this book. If you know anything and everything about horses, go for it. If you want a sweet, fun and interesting book to read with your kid, get this book and share it with her or him. If since you were a kid you wanted a pony or love horses but never had a chance to be close to one, here is the chance to learn more about them and go on an adventure. Plus, if you want a book about adventure and friendship, this is it!


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.

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Love,

Jess

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“The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane – Part Four” Review

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In the past few months I have been joining Emily, Rachel and every blogger on the blog tours, in the journey of a lifetime. We have been following a group of characters with each book released. So, by now you may have read my previous reviews (Part One, Part Two, Part Three).

Today I bring you Part Four of this amazing and mysterious series written by Emily Harvale, called “The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane Part Four: Trick or Treat“.

Thank you Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Emily Harvale for the eCopy of the book and for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour and give my honest review.

Trick or Treat


Blurb

Lily Pond Lane Trick or treat-NEW-VAL-DAVID-3 JULYMia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was even more astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year. 

But a lot can happen in a very short time, and life in Little Pondale is not going quite as Mia hoped. She may have finally beaten one fear, but now heartbreak threatens to drown her.

And when at last, she starts to unravel the mystery of Matilda’s past, she uncovers an extraordinary plan for her own future. Now just who can Mia trust? 

As the nights draw in and cold winds steal through Sunbeam Cottage, she turns to an unlikely source for comfort and support. But with the fortune teller’s warning still ringing in her ears, is Mia about to make the biggest mistake of her life?

Purchase from http://newbook.at/Trickortreat


Author Bio

EPSON scanner imageHaving lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

Social Media Links –  Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


My Review

P1060540From the very beginning of this series I became involved with all the characters and I must say that I have enjoyed watching them all develop and that was such a fun thing to read. Emily gave them this charm, actually she give the all town and all the books a charm and humor that makes us feel like we are a part of the story.

With the characters developing and the ongoing storyline, the mysteries deepen and the Mattie’s life keeps unfolding. But with this final book we get the answers to our questions and they are not quite as straightforward and expected as one would think based on the first book or the blurbs.

P1060541I was quite surprised to know Mattie’s secrets and the final few chapters in the book were so unexpected and satisfying. Emily kept us excited and curious from book one until the very end and she has the ability to create a setting and ambiance in the storyline flow and tone that makes this final book just the perfect ending to the mystery.

Then there is Mia’s love life that was funny and in some ways real, because we are are looking for love. And Mia’s search for her Mr. Right, kept going until she did finds him and I got so happy! All of the characters in this series were wonderful, from the good, the bad and the in-between type of characters. So, no wonder I loved the romance and friendship as much as I loved the mystery.

P1060543The fact that the story focus on Mia’s life as much as Mattie’s secrets was a plus. And with each book, with each season change, the book takes a different color and flow, something that makes it perfect for those readers that plan on reading all four books one after the other. Emily give us a pace in the storyline that kept me at the edge of my seat.

And even though it was the ending book of the series, Emily Harvale wrote anther book set in this cute town, “Christmas on Lily Pond Lane“, and I can’t wait for that. It will be different I suppose, since in the end Mia’s future is set in a go path and I’m curious to know more about that future.


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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 and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

Love,

Jess