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Win A Copy Of The Olive Branch By Jo Thomas

The Olive BranchThe lovely people at Headline Books have kindly given me one copy of ‘The Olive Branch’ which is the brand new book by Jo Thomas to give to one lucky person.

The story of ‘The Olive Branch’ is –

You can buy almost anything online these days. For Ruthie Collins, it was an Italian farmhouse.

Yet as she battles with a territorial goat and torrential rain just to get through the door of her new Italian home, the words of Ed, her ex, are ringing in her ears. She is daft, impetuous and irresponsible.

But Ruthie is determined to turn things around and live the dream.

First, though, she must win over her fiery neighbour, Marco Bellanouvo, and his tempestuous family…and then there’s the small matter of running an olive farm. As the seasons change and new roots are put down, olives and romance might just flourish in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun.

To be in with an chance of winning this delicious book, simply reply below with your answer to the question by Monday 13th July and I shall pick a name at random.

What is the name of Ruthie’s neighbour?

Good luck everyone!

We Are All Made Of Stars By Rowan Coleman

We Are All Made Of Stars‘We Are All Made Of Stars’ is Rowan Coleman’s latest book.

Stella Carey exists in a world of night. Married to a soldier who has returned from Afghanistan injured in body and mind, she leaves the house every evening as Vincent locks himself away, along with the secrets he brought home from the war. During her nursing shifts, Stella writes letters for her patients to their loved ones – some full of humour, love and practical advice, others steeped in regret or pain – and promises to post these messages after their deaths. Until one night Stella writes the letter that could give her patient one last chance at redemption, if she delivers it in time…

Rowan Coleman has a special gift of writing an incredibly witty and heartbreaking tale that tugs at your heartstrings and usually leave you in a bawling mess in a public place and ‘We Are All Made of Stars’ was no different.

The story is primarily seen through the narrative of Stella Carey, a hospice nurse who works long hours, to provide the disaster that is her life. Heartbroken that her marriage is falling apart and the love of her life, Vincent is pushing her further away, as he deals with being injured in Afghanistan, losing a limb and his best friend, he blames himself for the death and takes his anger out on Stella. Even though the hospice is depressing and filled with pain and fear, Stella finds solace in her job and she has helped the patients with dealing with their impending deaths, by writing letters for their loved ones or people that they have encountered over the years and when the person has passed away, the letter is then passed on, leaving a little bit of hope and happiness behind.

Hope, is a young woman who hasn’t properly lived her life, burdened with Cystic Fibrosis, everyday is a struggle and a fear that she will become much more ill, she has come to the hospice for respite. Her best friend Ben is there for her, with his lust for life and for her, they have a fun and happy relationship where they both look out for each other, he makes her smile and she helps him escape from the drama of his depressed mother and abusive stepfather. The pair of them made me laugh and smile throughout the story, as they became closer and he visited her daily, not only brightening her day but also the residents of the hospice. And finally there is Hugh, a quiet, meek man who lives alone with his cat, Jake. He lives a lonely life, after his father died but he has an even deeper sadness in heart as when he was a child, his mother left them without a proper explanation. Years later, he receives a sudden letter that might change but that he only if he acts on it and doesn’t leave it too late.

Although the setting of the story is quite depressive, Rowan has successfully achieved to write a story in that location that is filled with hope and I’m not just talking about one of the main characters. The plot flows at an emotionally moving and delicate pace, that really gripped my attention but with every sad moment, there is a lighter element that lifts the readers attention. The addition of the residents letters throughout the story made for particularly interesting reading, in some letters people poured their hearts out, whilst others had a little rant or told funny stories, regularly I found myself wiping a tear from my eye. The story is filled with genuinely entertaining, warm and gentle characters that I had a strong empathy with, ‘We Are All Made Of Stars’ is an inspirational and loving story that is all about never giving up and made for addictive reading.

You can buy We Are All Made of Stars from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Jojo Moyes Reveals Sequel to Me Before You

After YouBestselling author, Jojo Moyes recently revealed that she has written a sequel to her hugely successfully book, ‘Me Before You’ called ‘After You’

When talking about ‘After You’ Jojo said –

“I hadn’t planned to write a sequel to ‘Me Before You’. But working on the movie script, and reading the sheer volume of tweets and emails every day asking what Lou did with her life, meant that the characters never left me. It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them again.”

That is not the only good news for Jojo Moyes, as the film adaptation of ‘Me Before You’ will be released in 2016 starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin.

You can pre-order After You from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 24th September 2015.

Dream A Little Dream By Giovanna Fletcher

Dream A Little Dream’Dream A Little Dream’ is the latest book by Giovanna Fletcher.

Sarah is doing just fine. Sure she’s been single for the last five years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it’s really okay. She’s happy (ish).

So it’s not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. Reality isn’t nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted. Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams… do they?

‘Dream A Little Dream’ is Giovanna’s third novel and just like her previous books, ‘Billy And Me’ and ‘You’re The One That I Want’ the story is another captivating and light-hearted read that truly makes for sweet reading.

The story is solely seen through the narrative of Sarah, a young woman, who like a lot of women in their twenties is in a bit of rut. Stuck in a job that she is unhappy with, she is single after her boyfriend of years Dan broke up with her, only to have found love with another woman, Sarah has to put on a brave face, whilst Dan flaunts his new woman in their group of friends. Whilst Sarah tries to move on with her life, it’s hard when she constantly reminded that she is alone, whilst the love of life has rapidly moved on. Heartbroken and unhappy, Sarah finds unlikely solace in her dreams. In her dreams, Sarah meets a handsome man, who has reappeared from her university years, Brett. Charming and exciting, Brett provides Sarah with an escape from her mundane life and when he suddenly appears in her life for real, Sarah finds herself experiencing new and exciting emotions as ‘Real Brett’ stirs a new feeling inside just like ‘Dream Brett’ and provides a shoulder when troubles arise.

The story is a magical and whimsical read that I really enjoyed. Sarah, is a fabulous character, witty and warm, she is the perfect friend, always there to help during the hard times. But unlike many women, she is able to deal with her ex-boyfriends new girlfriend, although she is resentful and hurt, she hides it well and is able to enjoy the news when Dan announces his engagement. She is funny with her ways and I particularly enjoyed the interactions between her and ‘Real Brett’ especially after her dreams. The dreams make for fantastical reading and usually took place in wonderful and exciting places, that did make me sigh with delight. As well, as the fabulous Sarah, Brett is a delicious lead, funny and generous with his Nanna’s jam, he adds an injection of chivalry to the romantic story, Sarah’s cast of friends are also entertaining reading, as they provided humour at their regular pub quizzes.

The characters are believable, relatable and the story is written in a fresh style, that flows at a lovely pace that really reels you in. With an interesting plot and great characters, ‘Dream A Little Dream’ is a tender and fun love story, packed with fun and frolics, this book made for the perfect, saucy escapism read and is one of the many reasons why, Giovanna Fletcher is one of my favourite authors.

You can buy Dream a Little Dream from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Tasmina Perry Releases New Book – The Last Kiss Goodbye

The Last Kiss GoodbyeTasmina Perry is back with another gripping love story this September with her new book ‘The Last Kiss Goodbye’

The story of ‘The Last Kiss Goodbye’ is –

Everyone remembers their first kiss. But what about the last?

1961. Journalist Rosamund Bailey is ready to change the world. When she meets explorer and man about town Dominic Blake, she realises she has found the love of her life. Just as happiness is in their grasp, the worst happens, and their future is snatched away.

2014. Deep in the vaults of a museum, archivist Abby Morgan stumbles upon a breathtaking find. A faded photograph of a man saying goodbye to the woman he loves. Looking for a way to escape her own heartache, Abby becomes obsessed with the story, little realising that behind the image frozen in time lies a secret altogether more extraordinary.

I really like the sound of this romantic tale and look forward to getting stuck in.

You can pre-order The Last Kiss Goodbye from Amzon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 10th September 2015.