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…

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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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Blog Tour, Historical Romance, Reviews

“The Poor Relation” Review

Hello Friends!

I know I have been a bit distant in the past few days. Since I have finish my novel this past Monday (20th April), I have been using my time to read more and to start plotting my next book.

Nevertheless, I bring you an amazing book, and Historical novel, and you know how I am with does. So it’s no surprise to say I loved it.

The Poor Relation“, written by Susanna Bavin, is a Historical novel published on May 23rd 2019 by Allison & Busby.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Susanna Bavin for the Paperback Copy 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 Poor Relation


Synopsis

The Poor Relation Cover1908, Manchester. Mary Maitland is an attractive and intelligent young woman determined to strike out on her own and earn a living. Finding work at a women’s employment agency, her creative talent is soon noticed and Mary begins writing articles for newspapers and magazines.

But being of independent and progressive mind are troublesome traits when those you hold dear must constantly live up to the expectations of the well-to-do family to which they are linked. With increasing pressures from the powers that be, can Mary find the fine line between honouring her family and honouring herself?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | BookDepository

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About the AuthorSusanna Bavin Photo

Susanna Bavin has worked as a librarian, an infant school teacher, a carer and a cook. She lives on the beautiful North Wales coast, but her writing is inspired by her Mancunian roots. She also writes as Polly Heron.

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


My Review

To does that know me won’t be surprised when I say I loved this novel, why? First of all, it’s a historical/saga novel and so far I have enjoyed all the books I have read in that genre. Second, it had a lot of elements that I love and that I will talk about in a second.

P1070902We mainly follow Mary during her journey, but we also get some glimpses of other characters POV once in a while, and that help us understand the overall of the story and the dynamics of the family and friendship relationships, as well as the differences in the various classes. And that was something I found very good because it gave me extra information that later made me understand the developments of the story.

The characters were brilliantly written and their interaction as quite interesting and truly take us back in time with those dynamics. There were some characters that I absolutely loved since the very beginning, including Mary of course, they were the kind of people I would love to me, interesting, vibrant, concern about social aspects because of the people and not status, friendly, intelligent and concern about others. Then there were those that made me so mad, they reminded me of some family members and people in my past and that made them just are real as all the others, but it got my mind spinning with their futility. Then again it was the all point, and it was what made them different.

As I was reading, the book kept becoming more interesting with each page and each chapter, and I found myself not being able to put it down. Although it didn’t have a crazy busy pace, it did have one that was more calmer, except at certain action moments, and it certainly made me stay connected to each moment and wondering what would happen next.

P1070928I had some suspicions about certain things, but Susanna Bavin brilliantly surprised me with so many moments, especially the final chapters. I absolutely loved it. And about my suspicions, I was right about something and totally wrong about others.

Overall, I loved it, and I could say so much more, but I don’t want to spoil anything. I will be keeping my eyes open for other books by this author, and I will be reading her previous ones in the future. This book talks about family, society during that 1900s and all the differences that existed, not only between men and women, but also between classes. It is a thought provoking novel, and I felt transported to that time and place. If you like Saga/Historical novels, and like the time period then this story happens, then I totally recommend it.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Historical Romance, Reviews

“Redeeming the Reclusive Earl” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well. April is here! And I’m joining Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’ll still be posting reviews. That’s why I’m here today, to bring you a review of one of my favorite authors in the Historical Romance genre.

Redeeming the Reclusive Earl“, written by Virginia Heath, is a Historical Romance, a Regency romance novel, published on the 1st April 2020 by Mills & Boon.

Happy Publication Day!

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Virginia Heath 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.

Redeeming the Reclusive Earl


Synopsis

Redeeming the Reclusive Earl CoverHis heart is a fortress… And she’s trespassing!

After losing all he holds dear in a horrific fire, Max Aldersley, Earl of Rivenhall, shuns the world—until he catches Effie Nithercott digging holes on his estate! He banishes the intrepid archaeologist and the unsettled feelings she rouses within him. But she returns even more determined and infuriatingly desirable than before! He wonders just how deep she’s prepared to dig—so far she’ll reach the man beneath his scars?

Purchase Link: Amazon

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The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathAuthor Bio

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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My Review

To those that know me, it won’t be a surprise to see me say that I loved this book. First of all, the author is one of my favorite authors in the genre. Second, I have read other novels of hers. Third, it’s a Historical Romance! What did you expect?!

P1070890Following Max Aldersley and Effie Nithercott (amazing names, by the way) in this love adventure was such a delight. Two brilliantly crafted characters that we got to see grow and fall in love. An Earl and an archaeologist… I would have never imagine this couple together, but it worked so well.

Max has some problems, some demons that he has to overcome. Effie is different from other people, and honestly I loved her because of that. Every single moment they were together was an absolute enjoyment for me to read. The relationship and the characters’ development happened in a good pace, it wasn’t an instant thing, and the flow of the storytelling, it all took me on a journey that allowed me to connect more with Max and Effie.

I won’t enter into particular aspects of the plot, so you guys can go read the book and uncover all the information, drama and exciting moments without any spoilers, but I have to say, it was just what I needed to read. The kind of story that grabbed my attention from page one.

Overall, I believe Virginia Heath just delivered another fantastic novel. She has never disappoint my addicted-to-historical-romances mind, and I’m always amazed at the ideas she comes up with. That been said, of course I recommend this novel! I would be crazy if I didn’t.


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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


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Love,

Jess

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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Love,

Jess

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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Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“Four Christmases and a Secret” Review

Hello Friends!

Is it too soon for Christmas’ books? Not for me! I love most Holiday’s, Halloween stories are exciting, although I haven’t read that many… But Christmas!… Oh Yeah! I have read a lot of those novels and I’m always excited to read more.

Today is the release day of one of those Christmas inspired novel.

Four Christmases and a Secret“,written by Zara Stoneley, is a standalone Romantic Comedy, not the first Christmas book I read of this author, so I was quite excited about it.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Zara Stoneley for the eCopy of this book, thanks to 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.

Four Christmases and a Secret


Synopsis

Four Christmases and a Secret CoverIt’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Except for Daisy Christmas means another of Uncle T’s dreaded Christmas parties, complete with Christmas jumper and flashing antlers.  And Oliver Cartwright.  Gorgeous Oliver Cartwright. Who she hates.

Every year Daisy has to face insufferable Ollie and hear all about how BRILLIANT he is.  Whereas Daisy has no job, no man and no idea how to fix things.

This Christmas however Daisy is determined things will be different.  There will be no snogging Ollie under the mistletoe like when they were teenagers.  No, this year she’ll show Ollie that she’s a Responsible Adult too.

But as the champagne corks pop, and the tinsel sparkles, Uncle T has news of his own to share…and it could change Daisy’s life forever…

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

ZaraStoneley authorpicBorn in a small village in Staffordshire, I wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when I grew up. After many years, and many different jobs, my dream of writing a bestseller came true. 

I write about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hope that my tales make you cry a little, laugh a lot, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

I now live in a Cheshire village with my family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Social Media Links – Website | TwitterFacebook | Instagram


My Review

As you can probably see by the title, this novel is a Christmas-y story. And although I read it way before December, it really doesn’t matter to me, because it was a sweet and fun storyline that talks about not only Christmas time, but the entire year… and isn’t the Christmas spirit about our lives, family, friends and connecting with people and ourselves?

In this new book, the author gave us a group of characters in a refreshing and emotional scenery that made me connect with them and want to learn more. It was the kind of book I love to read in a rainy day because it was about life, and everything that comes with it, and that really warms my heart no matter the emotional journey the author takes me.

We met Daisy and follow her life through all the ups and downs, all the heartbreaking moments as well as the funny ones. And because we are reading her POV, we get to see her development and know her mind. That made the book personal in a way, and for me, it made the connection stronger. Of course, at some hilarious scenes I wish I could enter the minds of other characters too, nevertheless, it was exciting and very entertaining.

Overall, I have to say it felt real and I could almost imagine myself in that world, with those characters, and especially, I could see myself enjoy Uncle Terence’s Christmas parties and visiting his bookstore. It was vivid and the description, combined with the fact that we are following Daisy’s life, made the reading experience so much more fun and special.

The book had surprises, comedy, life, and everything in between, written with a style that was familiar to me, since I have read a previous book of Zara Stoneley. And I cannot wait to see what else she has planned for us in future novels.


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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

Fantasy, New Releases

Celebração “Sandra Carvalho” – Dia 3!

Olá meus queridos amigos!

Esta é a terceira publicação na série de posts em celebração à autora Sandra Carvalho e ao seu novo livro A Noite do Caçador”. Sendo hoje o dia em que o ansiado livro está à venda, o post 3 não terá história nem memórias.

Ficam aqui todas as informações que precisam de saber sobre este Standalone e sobre os links onde o podem comprar (para além de claro, numa livraria).


Sinopse

20190903_173423Amaldiçoada pelos pares, a feiticeira Korinna implora ao renegado Theron que encontre uma cura para o seu tormento. O feiticeiro aceita ajudá-la, sem imaginar que o plano que engendrou resultará em danos maiores. Mikkel, o rapaz nascido da perversidade de Theron, irá crescer no seio de uma tribo humana, no Norte do Mundo, ignorando as suas origens e o propósito para o qual foi gerado. Ciente de que é diferente dos demais, terá de lutar para conquistar a confiança dos seus líderes e defender o povo dos implacáveis norrenos.

Confrontado com o seu destino, será forçado a empreender a arrepiante travessia dos Pântanos dos Danados. Porém, na terra onde lhe fora prometida salvação, a sorte armou-lhe outra cilada. Conseguirá Mikkel salvar a família dos feiticeiros que o perseguem, contrariar a maldição que o assombra e libertar a sua amada Kitta da cobiça do rei Uruz, enquanto explora a magia que pulsa no seu sangue? Ou sucumbirá à herança paterna que o compele a alimentar-se de vida, e acabará por se tornar o mais terrível dos Caçadores?

Uma aventura fantástica de autodescoberta e constante superação, construída sobre os laços da família, da amizade e do amor, e onde a força, a coragem, a lealdade e a determinação serão testadas a cada fôlego.

Links: Editorial Presença | Bertrand | Wook


Sobre a Autora

20190615_143142Sandra Carvalho é uma das autoras portuguesas mais conceituadas do romance fantástico. A Saga das Pedras Mágicas, que a Presença publicou também na coleção «Via Láctea», e que é constituída pelos títulos A Última Feiticeira, O Guerreiro Lobo, Lágrimas do Sol e da Lua, O Círculo do Medo, Os Três Reinos, A Sacerdotisa dos Penhascos, O Filho do Dragão e Sombras da Noite Branca, conquistou um vasto número de fãs entre os apreciadores do género. Depois de O Olhar do Açor e Filhos do Vento e do Mar, O Grito do Corvo é o último volume das Crónicas da Terra e do Mar.

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Estou a ler o livro neste momento e a adorar. É tão bom regressar a um mundo maravilhoso e familiar, apesar de ser passado noutra época antes da Saga. Por isso, descobrir todas as diferenças, todas as novidades (para mim) e todas as surpresas está a ser fantástico.

Para quem planeia obter o livro e começar a lê-lo em breve que me mande uma mensagem para podermos trocar opiniões.

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Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you another Christmas novel. This one is my second Christmas book by this author, so when I read the title and the author’s name I had to join in the fun. Are you ready for another Holiday experience?

Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row“, written by Emily Harvale, is a standalone novel, a Light-hearted romance with a Christmas Magic tone.

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

Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row


Blurb

It’ll take a miracle to make Juliet’s Christmas merry, but Mistletoe Row is the place to be when you need some Christmas magic. 

Bels and Bows on Mistletoe Row CoverThe last person Juliet Bell expects to see when she returns home for Christmas is Harrison Bow.Especially with the most beautiful woman in the world by his side. Twenty years ago, Juliet and Harrison had the shortest romance in history, consisting of one date – and one blazing row. But Juliet will never admit when she’s wrong, and Harrison doesn’t forgive easily, so they haven’t seen, or spoken to one another since.

Harrison Bow vowed he’d never visit his grandfather at The Grange, again, or drive along Mistletoe Row, the scene of one of the unhappiest times of his life. He hasn’t been back for twenty years and he’s only here now because his brother pleaded with him to come. At least with his executive assistant joining him, he’ll be able to do some work. 

But Juliet’s sister, Zoe and Harrison’s brother, Luke have some surprises in store for their elder siblings, and so it seems does Fate. After Harrison risks his life to save Juliet, the least she can do is be nice. The problem is, Harrison is hotter than the log fire in The Mistletoe pub, and when she’s surrounded by twinkling lights and softly falling snow, it doesn’t take long for her to realise she’s in love with the man she thought she hated. Even if he doesn’t appear to be in love with her. 

Purchase Links – Amazon UK


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

P1070044This isn’t my first book by Emily Harvale, and I feel like I already have an understanding about her writing style. And this is a the second Christmas novel I read of hers, and like the other one (part of a series), this one had a lot of elements that just made the book so fun to read and so Christmas-y.

Set in a town with an epic name, seriously Mistletoe Row is a epic name for a town in a Christmas novel. Then there is the title that just fits well with the characters, the setting and the mode of the story. And that’s Emily Harvale’s amazing ability. The characters names were also something I loved too.

Speaking of the town, the community and people’s interactions was awesome, fun and just want I was looking for. There was that small town feeling to it that I love so much, and that is always interesting to read because everyone knows everyone and everyone is close to each other (in a good and bad way). It all transported me to that town and I found that to be a very positive thing, because that meant the book was engaging and relatable, and in some ways I wish I could live there, although many of you know I’m from a small town and it’s not as magical as some books make it sound, that’s why I love books like this because it’s an escape.

P1070110The characters were funny and relatable and there was drama and romance, just like any Christmas novel that make us fall in love with the main characters and root for them to resolve all the problems and be happy. Plus, the family relationship and the friendships were dynamic and I specially loved Juliet and Harrison’s relationship because there were a lot of fun (and funny) moments between them.

Overall, it was an amazing Romance novel, full of snow and ice skating all the things I can’t do in my hometown because that’s not our weather. And of course it had that Christmas wonderland feeling with the beautiful descriptions of the romantic moments, the sounds of the life in that town, the colors in all the Christmas Trees and tinkly lights, the smell of the food and the coziness of the warmth of the people and the love story.


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Fantasy, Reviews

“Visions of Zarua” Review

Hello Friends!

It’s Friday! How are you doing? What are your plans for the weekend? Tomorrow I’m going to be away all day since there is a conference that I will be going to. And hopefully, I will be able to read, do some writing on my novel and work on some posts.

But today I bring the review of “Visions of Zarua“, written by Suzanne Rogerson, this is a fantasy novel published on 16th November 2015. So… Happy Book Birthday!

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

Visions of Zarua


Blurb

Visions ISBN 978-1518802393 Visions of Zarua coverTwo wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

Purchase Link – Amazon

Visions of Zarua is only 99p for a limited time to celebrate the book birthday.


Author Bio

Visions author photo 2018 (2)Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

Social Media Links – Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads


My Review

P1070047.JPGThis is the first book I’m reading of Suzanne and it was a good introduction to her work because I saw her writing style and got to know a ‘new-to-me’ author. I was captivated about this book as soon as I saw the cover, it had that vibe that said this would be an intriguing, epic, spooky, mysterious novel. And that’s what I got.

This book had a great concept since it’s told from two different time periods, 350 years apart. And that’s different and I wasn’t confused about that because it was like reading a book with different POVs. after getting it and understanding the novel in that perspective, I get use to it and understand where the characters were, and who they are, and what time was.

P1070140Speaking of the characters, it was a great group with well developed characters, that have flaws, issues, dreams, ideas, beliefs, needs, and you could feel their emotions and feel empathy for them, get curious about their secrets and thoughts, and want to know more about what they are going to do next. In the end I felt connected to them.

The author created an amazing world with relatable characters, many secrets, magic and a touch of romance in a great recipe for a wonderful fantasy standalone novel. Besides the magical aspect of this story, there is mystery and action and that’s always something I like in fantasy books because it makes it dynamic and intriguing.

Overall, I loved the book. It was a refreshing fantasy novel with the right elements that made the plot interesting, and the author’s writing style was what connected everything and made it amazing.


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Love,

Jess