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Because Of You By Dawn French

Because Of You‘Because Of You’ is the latest book by Dawn French.

Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock . . . midnight. The old millennium turns into the new. In the same hospital, two very different women give birth to two very similar daughters. Hope leaves with a beautiful baby girl. Anna leaves with empty arms. Seventeen years later, the gods who keep watch over broken-hearted mothers wreak mighty revenge, and the truth starts rolling, terrible and deep, toward them all. The power of mother-love will be tested to its limits. Perhaps beyond.

Ok, so I’ve just finished reading this book and the tears are tripping me, so apologies if this review does not make sense! It’s a good job that tissues came with this book, as I really needed them!

This book is a beautifully written story about motherhood and loss and really pulls at the readers heartstrings.

On New Years 1999, mothers to be Anna and Hope are looking forward to celebrating the new year with a new addition to their families, but the unexpected happens and over the next 18 years, we see the women adapt to changes. Hope becomes the besotted mother to her outspoken and fun daughter Minnie, whilst Anna longs to be a mother.

It’s difficult to go into too much details with this story as you can easily give something away in the many twists that Dawn has weaved into the tale.

The characters are a fabulous mix of personalities from Anna’s husband, Julius who’s an self centred egocentric to the quiet determination of Anna. I particularly loved Hope, who’s love for Minnie is never ending whilst Minnie, is the star of the show with her wit, charm and never one to shy away from confrontation. Another character who really struck a chord with me was Issac, who was Hope’s ex boyfriend, he was a gentle soul who’s calming presence and love never strayed far in the story.

For a comedian, Dawn has written a story that would make the hardest of hearts fall apart. Cleverly written with humour to help the reader recover from the tender moments. Dawn shines a spotlight on the hardships of motherhood and the lengths that a person will go to achieve it. A stellar book written with warmth and compassion, ‘Because Of You’ is a beautiful book to curl up, filled with laughter and smiles this book made for emotional reading.

You can buy ‘Because Of You’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Saving Missy By Beth Morrey

Saving Missy‘Saving Missy’ is the debut novel by Beth Morrey.

Missy Carmichael is prickly, stubborn – and terribly lonely. Until a chance encounter in the park with two very different women opens the door to something new. Something wonderful. Missy was used to her small, solitary existence, listening to her footsteps echoing around the empty house, the tick-tick-tick of the watching clock. After all, she had made her life her way. Now another life is beckoning to Missy – if she’s brave enough.

This book is such a tender and poignant story that made for heartwarming reading.

It’s seen from the narrative of Missy, a 78 year old woman, she lives alone with 2 grown up children, her son lives in Australia with his wife and son and her daughter lives in Cambridge. Their relationship is a bit estranged which causes Missy some upset with not having family close to her.

But on a walk to the park, she collapses and through this incident, 2 friends take her under their wings and offer friendship and company so the day isn’t as long for the lonely widow. Sylvie is a kind woman who likes to help others, Angela is a feisty Irish woman with her little boy called Otis. She looks after others and introduces Bob to Missy, a dog that needs looked after whilst her friend sorts herself. Missy underestimates the value of having a dog for company and learns to love the four legged creature and the new activities and friendship it provides.

I loved this story and the sweet characters. The story is seen solely through the narrative of Missy in the present but there are also chapters from the past explaining her background and life, which really sets the tone for the story.

At the start Missy, is quiet character who wishes to be invited to events and now with her new friends is the bell of the ball and growing in confidence and is repairing her relationship with her daughter Melanie.

A beautifully written story about new beginnings, the value of friendships and the companionship of dogs, ‘Saving Missy’ is an uplifting triumph of a debut that celebrates community kindness and second chances.

You can buy ‘Saving Missy’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Just My Luck Publication Day

Adele ParksI’m delighted to have an interview with one of my favourite authors, Adele Parks on the publication day of her new book called ‘Just My Luck’.

  1. Can you tell us a bit about your new book called ‘Just My Luck’
    It is the story about a group of friends who have been extremely close since they met at a baby group fifteen years ago. They do the lottery every week as a syndicate and over dinner parties, fish & chip suppers and summer barbecues, they’ve discussed the important stuff – the kids, marriages, jobs and houses – and they’ve laughed off their disappointment when they failed to win anything more than a tenner.

    But one week a tiff turns into a terrible rift – we don’t know what they are quarrelling about. Two of the three couples leave the syndicate but the very next week the numbers come up and Lexi and Jake have the winning ticket worth 18 million pounds! The others go to extreme lengths to try to get a share of the money. It is a novel that looks at what money can and can’t buy, should and certainly should not buy!

    Like ‘I Invited Her In’ and ‘Lies Lies Lies’ this is a dark novel that looks at loyalty, betrayal, friendship, and fidelity. It’s full of secrets and revelations. I hope readers are going to completely invest in the characters and plot.

  2. You’ve been an author for over 20 years, initially writing female fiction and then moving into suspense, why the change of genre?
    My female heroes were never sweetness and light looking for tall, dark and handsome, I have always written characters who are damaged or flawed and somewhat dark, even if my earlier writing was lighter (sometimes comedic). So, it wasn’t really a case of me turning from one thing to another, more of a development.

    'Just My Luck

    I think I have always just written what I wanted to read, what felt natural and relevant at the time. My personality, life-stage, age, ambition all influenced the tone. In my earlier books, the catalyst for action was often falling in or out of love and trying to understand that. Now, my character arcs often evolve through a more negative or challenging life experience (infertility, alcoholism, a toxic friendship, a death), experiences that generally speaking come later in life.

    I guess now I write less about choice and more about consequence (because that’s my mind shift), I think my work simply became darker because of that.

  3. If you were to start your own book club, what authors would you ask to join?
    Jane Fallon, Tasmina Perry, Nicola Moriarty, Lisa Jewell and Claire Mackintosh – off the top of my head – but there are dozens of writers I admire and enjoy the company of. We would probably have to have lots of lovely food (and possibly the odd glass of champers) at this book club! Oh, it sounds fabulous, I think I’ll start one!

  4. If you had the option of one of your books being adapted for screen, which one would you choose and who would play the characters?
    ‘Just My Luck’ has been optioned for screen so that is incredibly exciting! There are so many incredibly talented actors out there. There is a whole list of people I would be honoured to see play the role. Imagine if Amy Adams was Lexi! She’d be wonderful!

  5. Finally, how are you coping with lockdown? Have you discovered any new skills or authors?
    Lockdown does not really affect my life Monday to Friday, daytime because I have worked from home for 20 years. However, like everyone, I miss going out in the evenings and at weekends, I miss my family. I haven’t seen my parents or sister since January. I miss my friends and colleagues, my gym, restaurants etc etc! And, as you can imagine, a lockdown launch is presenting challenges but it is also presenting opportunities to be creative. I think it’s important to look at the pluses. I’m enjoying the unexpected bonus of having my son home from uni, I love spending time with him. Although, at the same time, I am really sorry for him and all young people. I think lockdown is harder the younger you are. It’s a time of your life when you should be entitled to fly. I think the new skills I am developing is patience and biting my tongue.

    You can buy ‘Just My Luck’ from Amazon and will be availble to buy from good bookshops.

    Follow Adele’s publication day excitement on Twitter, or wish her happy publication day yourself!

Miranda Dickinson Reveals New Book – The Day We Meet Again

The Day We Meet AgainMiranda Dickinson has revealed the name and cover for her new book of 2019 called ‘The Day We Meet Again’.

What the back cover says –

Their love story started with goodbye…

‘We’ll meet by the statue of Sir John Betjeman, on the upper concourse of St Pancras station, a year from today,’ he said. ‘If we’re meant to be together, we’ll both be there. If we’re not, it was never meant to happen…’

Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St Pancras station. Heading in opposite directions, both seeking their own adventures, meeting the love of their lives wasn’t in the schedule. So they make a promise: to meet by the statue of Sir John Betjeman in twelve months’ time if they still want to be together.

But is life ever as simple as that?

This is a story of what-ifs and maybes – and how one decision can change your life forever…

With a beautiful cover and synposis, this book sounds like an absolute heartbreaker.

You can pre-order ‘The Day We Meet Again’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 5th September 2019.

Louise Pentland

“LouiseLouise Pentland is a lifestyle and beauty blogger, vlogger, author and fashion designer. Her two YouTube channels have a total of over 3.7 million subscribers and her debut book, ‘Life with a Sprinkle of Glitter’ was a Sunday Times best seller. 2017 sees her turn her hand to fiction writing with the release of her debut novel, Wilde Like Me. She is also a champion for Gender Equality and female empowerment and in 2016, she was named as a United Nations Change Ambassador for Gender Equality.

  1. To readers of the blog who may not be familiar with you or your writing, can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into writing.
    I’ve always loved writing! English was my favourite subject in school, I achieved an A at GCSE despite my teacher, Ms Cramp telling me I ‘didn’t have the aptitude for the written language’. I guess my Times Number One Bestseller says differently- heh heh.

    In 2009 I began my blog ‘Sprinkle of Glitter’ and wrote articles on this regularly for many years. When books came into my life in 2015, it took a back seat for the author life but if ever I have a gap in books I’ll pick it up again. Now I love writing my books and was so proud to release my debut novel Wilde Like Me and that it got so much love from readers. I hope to write many more books in the future.

  2. What made you write female fiction?
    Pretty simply, it’s what I most love to read.
  3. You’re extremely popular on social media with over 2 million followers, how have you found social media has developed over the years?
    This is a massive question. In short, just like any industry, it has matured. It began is quite underground and mysterious, grew in following, people were frightened of it, traditional media began to understand and embrace it, corporations followed, now it’s a huge power for good (mostly). It allows us to connect and learn and progress and care. I’m excited for it’s future.
  4. What’s your favourite book of all time?
    ‘Bridget Jones Diary’ by Helen Fielding.
  5. What’s your favourite opening line from a book?
    I can’t say I’ve memorised any opening lines I’m afraid, and I couldn’t possibly pick if I had.
  6. Wilde Like Me

  7. What piece of advice would you offer to aspiring bloggers?
    Produce content regularly so your audience can rely on you.
    Never lie.
    There’s no point trying to copy someone else because they are already the experts in their field, be your own unique self because nobody is as good at that as you are.
  8. If you were starting your own book club, what other authors would you ask to join?
    Lindsey Kelk, Helen Fielding, Sophie Kinsella, JK Rowling,
  9. Who’s your favourite literary hero or heroine?
    Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter.
  10. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    A book detailing how to get off the desert island with the least amount of strife.
    The Bible, because it would take me a really long time to get through it and I might find some good life answers.
    All 7 Harry Potter books for the same reason as above.
  11. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?
    Quite simply, keep writing. Write everyday even if you think it’s rubbish. Ask people to read what you write so you become accustomed to that fear of judgement and read too. I hear a lot of people wistfully say, ‘I’d love to be able to write’ and I always reply, ‘You can, just start’.
  12. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    My laptop and no children!! Generally my cats will jump up for a cuddle because if I’m writing, my lap isn’t full of a baby or little girl and the cats take their chances where they can!
  13. And finally do you have any projects or releases on the horizon which you would like to share with the readers of the website?
    I am so excited for the release of the second book in the Robin Wilde series, called ‘Wilde About The Girl’ which is out in August. It’s my best kept secret this year because I’ve been dying to spill all the details but I won’t spoil it for you (I think my publishing team would scrap me if I did!). I can tell you though that each character progresses on their personal journey, we have life and death (woah), romance where you’d least expect it, a secret snog in a cupboard and a bunch of new characters to love or hate! It. Is. Juicy.

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You can buy Wilde Like Me from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.