Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“The First Date” Review

Hello Friends!

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

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

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

The First Date


Synopsis

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date!

Right place.
Right time.
Wrong guy …

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

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

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

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

Purchase Link: Amazon UK


About the Author

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

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

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

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

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My Review

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“The Book Lovers” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Friday. Today I bring you the first review of a series. So, stay tune, for more reviews to come.

The Book Lovers“, written by Victoria Connelly, is a Women’s Fiction novel, the first book in the Book Lovers Series, published on August 27th 2015 by Notting Hill Press.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Victoria Connelly 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 Book Lovers Series


Synopsis

25941409. sy475 Author Callie Logan never expected to swap her life in London for one in rural Suffolk but, after the breakdown of her marriage, she decides that a fresh start is just what she needs. Finding Owl Cottage in the tiny village of Newton St Clare, Callie determines to give up on love and throw herself into her work. But fate seems to have other ideas and she soon has two very different men vying for her attention.

First there’s Leo who likes to live on the wild side which usually means taking his dates foraging in the local woods for their supper. Then there’s Sam Nightingale, owner of Nightingale’s bookshop. Sam, recovering from a divorce, has also vowed to embrace the single life. That is, until he meets Callie.

But is Callie willing to risk her heart again and, if she is, will she make the right choice?

Purchase Link: Amazon UK


About the Author

Victoria Connelly PhotoVictoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

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


 My Review

This was the first novel I have read of Victoria Connelly and the fact that it was a series surrounded with books made me so excited.

In this novel we follow author Callie Logan as she gets a new fresh start in Owl Cottage, in the tiny village of Newton St Clare. And of course we get to met Sam Nightingale, the charming owner of Nightingale’s bookshop, as well as the amazing Nightingale family.

And if one handsome guy wasn’t enough, we also get to met Leo Wildman. Although I’m usually not a love triangle kind of person, I was so curious to see what Callie would do and say. I truly enjoyed every moment of her interactions with Leo and Sam.

P1070887As we follow Callie and get to me the village and the people that lived there, I found myself transported to the story and to that moment in time. I had fun, it was the kind of book I will reread in the future, on a rainy Sunday, with a cut of tea and a cozy blanket, because it made me feel warm, happy and excited about each page and each scene.

Someone once asked me what kind of scenery I most enjoy to see in the book. The answer is this book. I love book series that happened in a small town because I can relate to it, the know everyone and everything kind of feel, the close relationships. Another thing I love it the fact that we follow a family through out the four books, and from someone that comes from a very big family, I love stories that have relatively big families, many cousins, many siblings, I don’t care.

Speaking of families, the Nightingale family was such an amazing family to read about. I felt connected to them, as if I was part of their close circle. And I couldn’t wait to read the next book to learn more about them.

Overall, it’s an easy read of a romance novel. A very good book to open up a new series, and to get to know the author too.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“Beyond the Yew Tree” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this morning or afternoon. as you may have seen I have already posted a review, and because it’s never enough to have just one, you all need more books to your TBR, I bring you another one.

Beyond the Yew Tree“, written by Rachel Walkley, is a Women’s Fiction Mystery and Contemporary novel, with a ghost story in the mix, published on March 27th 2020 by Spare Time Press.

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

Beyond the Yew Tree


Synopsi

Beyond The Yew Tree CoverWhispers in the courtroom.

Only one juror hears them.

Can Laura unravel the truth by the end of the trial?

In an old courtroom, a hissing voice distracts shy juror, Laura, and at night recurring nightmares transport her to a Victorian gaol and the company of a wretched woman.

Although burdened by her own secret guilt, and struggling to form meaningful relationships, Laura isn’t one to give up easily when faced with an extraordinary situation.

The child-like whispers lead Laura to an old prison graveyard, where she teams up with enthusiastic museum curator, Sean. He believes a missing manuscript is the key to understanding her haunting dreams. But nobody knows if it actually exists.

Laura is confronted with the fate of two people – the man in the dock accused of defrauding a charity for the blind, and the restless spirit of a woman hanged over a century ago for murder. If Sean is the companion she needs in her life, will he believe her when she realises that the two mysteries are converging around a long-forgotten child who only Laura can hear?

Ordinary women.

Extraordinary experiences.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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Author Bio

Aspiring writer who pens Women’s Fiction and magical tales about family secrets.

Rachel Walkley PhotoWhat else?

An East Anglian turned Northerner – almost.

Information professional, always.

Biologist, in my memories.

Archivist, when required.

Amateur pianist and flautist.

Reluctant gardener.

Scribbler of pictures.

And forever…. a mother and wife.

Oh, not forgetting, cat lover!

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My Review

This is the first novel I have read written by Rachel Walkley and what a great introduction to an author’s work.

I have found out recently that I quite enjoy books that this dual timeline, because I love historical fictions as much as I love contemporary ones, so this kind of genre ends up being perfect to me. When I read the blurb and saw that element of the story, I got really excited. Truth be told, as I was reading, it was one of the things I loved the most about the story.

P1070894We follow Laura in her journey to uncover a mystery, while still being conscious about her role as a juror. I loved getting to know the characters, present and past, and see the changes in Laura through out the book.

Chapter after chapter, I felt as if I was truly involved in the story. Getting to know the setting and the characters, getting to go after the truth and sometimes finding more questions than answers, and getting to see another time period and learning the history of that moment and place.

Overall, it was a beautiful and well developed plot, that took us on a paced adventure that grabbed my attention to the fullest. I will keep my eyes open for more books this author my write, and I will definitely check out her other works. This novel, like I said previously, is a good start if you don’t know this dual timeline plot, and a fantastic way to met an author, since it left me curious about her books.


Giveaway

For a chance to Win One copy of “The Last Thing She Said” or “The Woman of Heachley Hall” Enter Here.

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  • If the winner is in the UK then it will be a print copy, otherwise International winner is e-book.

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Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“A Springtime to Remember” Review

Hello Friends!

Like I said in the previous post, I bring you the second review of the day. I hope the book interests you.

A Springtime to Remember“, written by Lucy Coleman, is a novel published on 26th December 2019 by Boldwood Books.

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

A Springtime to Remember


Synopsis

Lucy Coleman - A Springtime To RememberLet Lucy Coleman transport you to glorious, sun-drenched France, for the perfect feel-good read. Paris and the Palace of Versailles have always meant a lot to TV producer Lexie. Her grandma Viv spent a year there, but her adventures and memories were never discussed, and Lexie has long wondered why they were a family secret.

When work presents the perfect excuse to spend Springtime in Versailles, Lexie delves into Viv’s old diaries and scrapbooks, and with the help of handsome interpreter Ronan, she is soon learning more about the characters that tend to the magnificent gardens, now and in the past.

In amongst the beauty and splendour of the French countryside, a story of lost love, rivalry and tragedy unfolds. Can Lexie and Ronan right the wrongs of the past, and will France play its tricks on them both before Lexie has to go home? Will this truly be a Springtime to Remember…?

Purchase Links: Amazon | Kobo | iBooks


Author Bio

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels – including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Social Media Links – Website | Facebook | Twitter


My Review

I have to say, I had a lot of fun with this book. It was the first book by Lucy Coleman that I have read and I enjoyed it.

P1070718First of all, my grandparents were Portuguese immigrants in France and most of my family still lives there, so I felt a good connection with the story because of the context. The brilliant and amazing descriptions transported me to the places were Lexie was. It almost felt like I was there, and I love when the writing does that to me and I get lost, not only in the storytelling, but also in the senses transmitted by the words.

Lexie was fantastic main character, that took me on this adventure through a part of France I haven’t visit yet, and through the uncovering of mysteries, combined with meeting new people. I Then there is Ronan, and getting to see their relationship develop was fun. Because of them I felt as if I was a part of the story, even though as a spectator.

There were mysteries and connections that made the plot interesting, and I did enjoyed the historical elements, as well as the gardens. Not only is the story sparking of curious moments that made me turn page after page to learn more, the scenery gave the romantic ambiance that the story needed as well.

Overall, it was a good first book to read to enter this author’s writing style. The characters were well written, the descriptions absolutely opened the storytelling to a movie kind of feeling, the family secrets are always a nice touch to keep the reader focus on the details, and France is just a country full of beautiful places to visit. It was a sweet novel and I can’t wait to read more of Lucy Coleman’s novels.


Giveaway

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Jess

Reviews

“Coffee In Castillo” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely day, because if not, I hope this review brings you at least some smiles. I read this book last year, but this is one of the of those books that I’m getting to review now.

Coffee In Castillo“, written by Shona Silverman, was published on 19th December 2017.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Shona Silverman. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

51i8MwBuuULThings change. Life changes.

Yesterday, pretty artist Abbey was married. Today she is single. What will happen tomorrow? The same boring job, surely. Night after night in the tiresome company of her lazy, bickering teenage son and her grumpy, ageing mother. Loneliness under the miserable grey skies of England.

Tomorrow comes and Abbey is right, but only just. She still has that dull job but could not have guessed that it would take her on a business trip to Spain. And how could she have anticipated meeting charming expat writer Lewis there? Suave and handsome, Lewis lives in a different world. His realm is filled with light, warmth and passion. Is there room for Abbey in this place? Could this be her last chance in love?

Things are changing, quickly. Driven by her desire for love, seduced by sunlight and Lewis’ emerald eyes, Abbey braves the challenges of a strange country. She finds herself drawn inexorably deeper into his world. Compelling and charismatic, Lewis is irresistible yet unreachable. The lines of love are drawn in the sand and the battle to capture his heart begins.

Join Abbey in this heartening, nimbly-paced romance. Share her hopes and fears, her sorrow and joy. Leave the chill rain of England behind and experience the exotic heat of the Spanish summer. Laugh with the locals in a little café, mingle with colourful fiesta crowds, walk with Abbey along a lonely seashore.

Will Abbey win Lewis’ love? Can her dream become reality? The answers lie in the sultry world of Coffee In Castillo.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

Shona is a British novelist and copywriter. Her short stories, full-length novels and countless articles appear in print and on websites around the world. She loves to travel, sometimes to research scenes for her work and other times simply for the pleasure of it. Everything that Shona writes comes straight from the heart.

Coffee In Castillo is Shona’s second novel. A nimbly-paced page-turner, this contemporary romance is an engaging love story whose brightly-drawn scenes play out in the exotic warmth of a Spanish paradise.

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My Review

I read this book back in 2018, and it was the first novel I have ever read of this author. When I read the synopsis I was curious because it sounded like a journey, and I was not wrong.

As we follow Abbey on her trip to Castillo, in Spain, that let us meet the other characters. I loved reading about Abbey’s interactions with the characters, especially Lewis, because of the various personalities.

Maybe in the future Shona Silverman can written another book following this amazing place and it’s people. I would actually enjoyed that, because it would give me an even bigger understanding of the characters, and I love to know more about the background.

I liked the plot also, it had a relaxed and sweet pace at moments, made me laugh certain times. We go along with the events – good, bad, and everything in between – and have fun in the little café, almost side by side with the Abbey.

Overall, I enjoyed the novel and how the storyline developed. I was even excited about a couple of moments and emotional in others, which is something that I like to feel because it makes me connected with the story, as well as feeling like I’m part of that world.


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Jess

 

Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“It Started With A Note” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well. It’s my last free day of vacation, I’m leaving tomorrow, so I’m just enjoy some quiet time at home and decided to write this review.

It Started With A Note“, written by Victoria Cooke, is a Standalone novel published on December 2nd 2018 by HQ Digital.

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


Synopsis

51v+25vAMhLSuperhero single mum Cath always puts other people first. But now that she’s seen her son safely off to university (phew!), life seems a little, well…empty.

So when Cath unexpectedly discovers some letters written by her great-grandfather during the First World War, she decides to take herself on an adventure to France to retrace his footsteps.

Cath expects to spend her holiday visiting famous battlefields and testing out her French phrase book. What she doesn’t anticipate is that her tour guide, the handsome Olivier, will be quite so charming! Soon Cath isn’t simply unearthing the stories of the past – she’s writing a brand new one of her own, which might end up taking her in a very unexpected direction…

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About Author

Victoria Cooke ImageVictoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016

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


My Review

This isn’t the first book I have read of Victoria Cooke and I was expecting some a fun and exciting plot and some real characters that would take me on an adventure. And that’s what I got in this standalone novel.

When I first read the blurb I was immediately attracted and curious about the Cath, because of the first line in the blurb Superhero single mum Cath always puts other people first. I always have a soft spot for single parents in stories, especially single moms. My mom had to take care of me and my brother alone while my dad was in another country working to provide us with anything we needed. That been said, I see my mom as a superhero, and of course I was very curious about Cath.

I can say right now that I found her relatable, and I really felt part of her family because of how the author told us Cath’s story and about her personality. The interaction between her and the other characters was funny and emotional and everything in between. As the friendship keep growing, I felt like I was part of the group.

Another thing I loved was the trip and what we learn as we follow Cath on her new adventure. It was an interesting element of the plot that made everything come together. The History was something that I really was curious about when I first started reading, and I loved how it was added to the storyline.

Overall, I loved the novel and found it engaging and amusing, and added with the fun friendships and sweet romance, it is the kind of book I recommend.


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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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“The Talisman – Molly’s Story” Review

Hello Friends!

So, I started physical therapy this week and I have family here so I’ve been crazy busy. Plus I have to get used to the new schedule with the therapy, that’s mostly why I’m only posting right now.

Today’s review is of “The Talisman – Molly’s Story” by Eliza J Scott and it’s the 2nd book in the Life On The Moors series and was release yesterday, the 4th February 2019.

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


Blurb

20180121_200226Molly’s dream of taking over her childhood home at Withrin Hill Farm with husband Pip and their three children has finally come true. And, as they settle into the stunning Georgian farmhouse, with their plans to diversify into glamping nicely taking shape, the family couldn’t be happier.

But tragedy suddenly strikes, and Molly’s world is turned upside down.

Heartbroken and devastated, she struggles to face each day. True to form, her fiercely loyal best friends, Kitty and Violet, rally round offering love and support, but Molly doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to smile again. Until the day a tall, dark stranger with twinkly eyes arrives…

 Follow Molly’s story in book 2 of the Life on the Moors Series set in Lytell Stangdale, a picture-perfect village in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors, where life is anything but quiet.

A heart-warming story of love, friendship and hope.

Pre-order Links – Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author’s Bio

Eliza J. Scott lives in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, two daughters and two black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle, or in her garden. She also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off with a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

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My Review

As someone that has read the first book and quite enjoyed it, I was quite intrigued about this book, and I must say I loved it just like I did the first one. It was another compelling, relatable and emotional story. And although it can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend you read both and have the full experience and get involved in the community and the characters.

P1070273The book follows Molly and all of the ups and downs in life. It’s about family, love and loss, and it does show us some of Molly’s past so we can fully understand her and connect with her because of her past and present. I loved that I was able to feel empathy with her.

But it’s not only Molly I liked, all the characters that we get to met for the first time and others that we met in book one, that’s why I recommend for you guys to read the first one as well. And get ready to go on an adventure with well written characters through a plot that will make you emotional, laugh, cry, fall in love, feel heartbroken… And everything is a perfect combination and made the book flow and be very enjoyable.

I won’t talk about the book in any particular aspects because I hate spoilers and you guys should enter this book with your head blank so you can really enjoy the story and even connect with Molly and fully understand the struggles she will go through and all the happy moments and funny ones too.

Overall, this is the kind of story that will take you on an journey. A book about friendship, family and life in general. The author made me keep intrigued and invested in the story.


Giveaway

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Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“Fishing for Māui” Review

Hello Friends!

It’s Tuesday and I’m already tired of this week. I feel like I need a job so I can have some sort of routine or I will go crazy. That may explain why I’m always posting reviews late in the night.

Anyway, today I bring you another novel with food. “Fishing for Māui“, written by Isa Pearl Ritchie, is a fiction, women’s literature, published 4th July 2018.

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

Fishing for Maui


Blurb

Fishing for Maui - Front - (RGB)A novel about food, whānau, and mental illness.

Valerie reads George Eliot to get to sleep – just to take her mind off worries over her patients, her children, their father and the next family dinner. Elena is so obsessed with health, traditional food, her pregnancy and her blog she doesn’t notice that her partner, Malcolm the ethicist, is getting himself into a moral dilemma of his own making. Evie wants to save the world one chicken at a time. Meanwhile her boyfriend, Michael is on a quest to reconnect with his Māori heritage and discover his own identity. Rosa is eight years old and lost in her own fantasy world, but she’s the only one who can tell something’s not right. Crisis has the power to bring this family together, but will it be too late?

“An accomplished story of a family in crisis – Ritchie’s great skill is her ability to conjure the inner lives if her characters. Fishing For Maui is a compassionate meditation on what it means to be well”. – Sarah Jane Barnett

Purchase Links – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords


Author BioIsa Pearl Ritchie_15

Isa Ritchie is a Wellington-based writer. She grew up as a Pākehā child in a bicultural family and Māori was her first written language. She has completed a PhD on food sovereignty in Aotearoa. She is passionate about food, wellbeing and social justice.

Social Media Links – Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


My Review

P1070005This is the first book I’m reading from Isa Pearl Ritchie, and I enjoyed it a lot. It’s a book that was thought provoking and engaging, plus I loved the setting of the story, because although I don’t know much about New Zealand and Māori heritage, I love learning more about cultures and religions.

This book is also a story about a family, and that’s always interesting to me because of the big family I have and all the different countries I have family in, which means there is a diversity. In this case, I loved it because we could see the family dynamic and get to know the characters as individuals and as family members.

P1070023Besides the story is told by different characters, from three generations, which made the book amazing, because we can see what those characters think, believe and how the act based on the culture, ancestry and society. From a point of view of a Social Educator that loves cultures and religions, that was a fascinating this and very enlightening.

We meet a lot of characters in this story, and each one has strength, doubts, problems and goals. It really felt like “listening” to my family members talk about their lives. It felt like that because, just like listening to my grandma talk about silly moments or telling me about her love story with grandpa, I felt a connection.

P1070034That was the beauty of the author’s writing style. She gave us well developed characters, that were engaging, that felt real and that we could connect to. Like Michael, for example, he’s trying to reconnect with his Māori heritage and discover his own identity. Okay, I may not have a Māori heritage, but I could connect to him because once upon a time I was searching for answers, to define who I really was, to discover my own identity, the characteristics that made me different from all the members in the society I lived in.

This book made me think. It made me think about myself and my own journey to discover who I am, a journey that in a way I’m still taking. It also made me think about my family and my ancestry and were I came from. So, it was a thought provoking book for me.

Overall, I recommend this novel. A novel about food… Food for the body, the mind and the soul.


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 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.

And 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