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This Shining Life Giveaway

This Shining LifeI’m delighted to have two copies of ‘This Shining Life’ by Harriet Kline to giveaway to two lucky people.

When Rich dies, he leaves behind a family without a father, a husband, a son and a best friend. His wife, Ruth, can’t imagine living without him and finds herself faced with a grief she’s not sure she can find her way through. At the same time, their young son Ollie becomes intent on working out the meaning of life. Because everything happens for a reason. Doesn’t it? But when they discover a mismatched collection of presents left by Rich for his loved ones, it provides a puzzle for them to solve, one that will help Ruth navigate her sorrow and help Ollie come to terms with what’s happened. Together, they will learn to lay the ghosts of the past to rest, and treasure the true gift that Rich has left them: the ability to embrace life and love every moment.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply leave your answer to the question in the comment box below.

When Rich dies, what does he leave his family behind?

Winners will be revealed on Monday 23rd May and the giveaway is limited to UK and Ireland only. Good luck!

Book News – Jane Fallon Releases New Book Called Just Got Real

Just Got RealQueen of the revenge story, Jane Fallon is back with another deliciously wicked story called ‘Just Got Real’.

What the back cover says –

When happily divorced Joni is reluctantly talked into joining a dating app, she is surprised to quickly hit it off with Ant. Phone calls and texts soon evolve into a plan to meet up. Which is a problem, as Joni’s profile picture is of someone else.

Joni daren’t confess her lie. Yet unable to stop thinking about what might have been, she hatches a plan to ‘meet’ Ant in real life without revealing who she really is.

Once she and Ant are an item, however, it’s soon clear that the only thing Ant was honest about was his profile picture. He’s still online dating. And intimately texting other women.

So Joni contacts them: they need to know. And once they’re comparing notes on Ant, upset turns to thoughts of revenge.

But how do you get your own back on a truly heartless man?

You can pre-order ‘Just Got Real’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 23rd June 2022.

Book News – One Last Secret By Adele Parks

One Last Secret‘Sunday Times’ best-selling author, Adele Parks is back with a new book called ‘One Last Secret’

What the back cover says –

One last client

A week at a beautiful chateau in the south of France – it should be a straightforward final job for Dora. She’s a smart, stunning and discreet escort and Daniel has paid for her services before. This time, all she has to do is to convince the assembled guests that she is his girlfriend. Dora is used to playing roles and being whatever men want her to be. It’s all about putting on a front.

One last chance

It will be a last, luxurious look at how the other half lives, before Dora turns her back on the escort world and all its dangers. She has found someone she loves and trusts. With him, she can escape the life she’s trapped in. But when Dora arrives at the chateau it quickly becomes obvious that nothing is what it seems…

One last secret

Dora finds herself face-to-face with a man she has never forgotten, the one man who really knows her. And as old secrets surface, it becomes terrifyingly apparent that one last secret could cost Dora her life…

As a huge fan of Adele’s books, I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

You can pre-order ‘One Last Secret’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 7th July 2022.

Happy Christmas from Handwritten Girl

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

It’s nearly Christmas and I’m a delighted to say I’m a bit organised this year. The presents have been wrapped and are under the tree, but no food has been bought!

Before I sign off, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the lovely publishers and authors who introduced me to some of the most wonderful books this year, from intense thrillers to happy romances, there’s something for everyone to curl up with during the cold winter nights and poolside reads.

Most importantly, thank you to the readers of the website for taking the time to read a review, tweet, Favourite or Like a post, your support is appreciated tremendously.

I know this isn’t the Christmas we were hoping for but I hope you all have a safe and relaxing Christmas and receive loads of treats from Santa Claus, especially books as there are some great ones out there.

Have a Happy New Year and I shall see you in 2022.

Handwritten Girl’s Top 12 Books of 2021

Handwritten Girl's Top 12 Books of 2021

It’s that time of the year again, where I sit and deliberate my favourite books of the year and 2021 was just as difficult as previous years. And as per usual, my top 10 ended up being the top 12.

2021 saw us being introduced to some fantastic debut authors whose novels of dystopian worlds not far removed from now gripped us, broken hearts and relationships made us cry and psychological thrillers had us reading into the early hours.

We saw the return of some of our favourite authors, as well as the 25th anniversary release of ‘Rachel’s Holiday’ by Marian Keyes ahead of the eagerly anticipated sequel ‘Again, Rachel’.

If you’re looking for some ideas for Christmas reading or gifts, check out my top 12 books of 2021 with a link to each review.

1. Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes
2. Last One At The Party by Bethany Clift
3. The Split by Laura Kay
4. The World At My Feet by Catherine Isaac
5. The Push by Ashley Audrain
6. The Heights by Louise Candlish
7. The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell
8. Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
9. The Idea Of You by Robinne Lee
10. Bad Choices by Lucy Vine
11. Girl A by Abigail Dean
12 Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane