#BlogTour: The German Girl by Lily Graham @lilygrahambooks @bookouture @sarahhardy681 #TheGermanGirl #LilyGraham #HistoricalFiction

Book Synopsis:

Our parents were taken. And if we go home, the Nazis will take us too…’

Hamburg 1938. Fifteen-year-old Asta is hurrying home from school with her twin brother Jurgen. The mood in the city is tense – synagogues have been smashed with sledgehammers, and Asta is too frightened to laugh as she used to.

But when she and Jurgen are stopped in the street by a friend, her world implodes further. Her Jewish parents have been dragged into the streets by German soldiers and if she and Jurgen return to their house, they will be taken too.

Heartbroken at the loss of her parents, Asta knows they must flee. With her beloved brother, she must make the perilous journey across Germany and into Denmark to reach their only surviving relative, her aunt Trine, a woman they barely know.

Jammed into a truck with other refugees, Asta prays for a miracle to save herself and Jurgen. Crossing the border is a crime punishable by death, and what she and Jurgen must embark on a dangerous crossing on foot, through the snowy forest dividing Germany and Denmark. And when barking dogs and armed soldiers find Jurgen and Asta escapes, she must hold on to hope no matter what. One day she will find her twin, the other half of herself. Whatever the price she has to pay…

A gripping and poignant read that will break your heart and give you hope. Fans of Fiona Valpy, Kristin Hannah and Catherine Hokin will be gripped by the story of a brave brother and sister seeking safety during one of the darkest times in our history.

The German Girl is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

The German Girl is a heartbreaking and gripping piece of historical fiction that will stay with me for a long time. I have read all of Lily’s books and in my opinion she keeps getting better and better.

The thing that most stood out for me was how real the book felt. The author has clearly done her research and the book had a very authentic feel to it. Obviously we know from history that these events actually happened but the author manages to put such emotion and anguish into the story that you feel as if you are reading about real people rather than fictional characters. I hadn’t read much about wartime Denmark so it was interesting to learn more about events there and the gradual increase of hatred towards the Jewish people.

The twins were amazing main characters who I loved following throughout the book. Their close bond was lovely to read while their strength and determination made them easy to get behind. I found I had to keep reading as I really wanted to find out what happens to them, while also dreading finding out as I expected it wouldn’t be the happy ending I was hoping for

The tension in the book gradually increases as the story goes on and we follow the twins on their dangerous journey to their aunts house. The author has cleverly written the book so that the reader feels they are running alongside the twins experiencing everything alongside them. My heart was in my mouth as I read and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough as things unfolded. Throughout the book I had grown close to the twins and I found myself really caring about what happens to them. I kept wishing I could somehow have helped and wondering what I would have done in a similar situation. I now can’t wait to read more from this talented author.

Huge thanks to Sarah Hardy for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Bookouture for my copy of this book via Netgalley.

About The Author:

Lily Graham is the author of the bestselling, The Child of Auschwitz, The Paris Secret and The Island Villa, among others. Her books have been translated into numerous languages, including French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Turkish. She grew up in South Africa, and was a journalist for a decade before giving it up to write fiction full time. Her first three novels were lighter, women’s fiction, but when she wrote The Island Villa, a story about a secret Jewish community living on the tiny island of Formentera during the Spanish Inquisition, she switched to historical fiction and hasn’t quite looked back since. She lives now in the Suffolk coast with her husband and English bulldog, Fudge. Her latest book, The Flight of Swallows, set in Denmark and Sweden, will be out in January 2021.

#BlogTour: Dishonoured by Jem Tugwell @JemTugwell @SerpentineBooks @rararesources #Dishonoured #JenTugwell

Book Synopsis:

Dan has worked hard for the perfect life. He has a loving wife, beautiful kids, a fabulous home and is a successful businessman.

One afternoon Dan steps onto his usual train and sees the waitress who served him an hour earlier. It all seemed so normal, but it was the most dreadful mistake. Four stops later, Dan is a criminal who has lost everything. He’d only just met her, so why did she destroy him—and why did she say ‘Sorry’?

Dan battles through a web of lies and deceit to clear his name and win his life back, but first, he needs to find out who plotted his downfall.

‘The inspiration behind the story came from reading articles on how unexpected events can make someone’s world unravel. It struck me just how fragile all of our lives really are. It could happen to any of us. All it would take is one mistake.’ —Jem Tugwell

Dishonoured is a compelling psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages, with a cast of characters that will keep the reader guessing right to the very end.

Dishonoured is published in ebook and paperback on the 14th January 2021. You can pre-order your copy using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

Dishonoured was a well written, fast paced and totally gripping thriller which I found difficult to put down.

Firstly i really liked the main character, Dan, who I warmed to quickly. The situation he finds himself in is quite a realistic one and I found myself getting quite indignant about the injustice of it all. As a mum my heart went out to him for the loss of his family and I wished I could reach into the book to give him a hug. I was very glad that he had the wonderful Anomaly on his side helping to fight for justice.

This is a fast paced story, with lots happening and many twists to keep the reader on their toes. The writing is very precise and focuses on what is happening without a lot of description which helped with the pace and the short chapters helped make it an easy book to read. The final twist was completely unexpected and I thought very clever.

This was the first book I’ve read from this author and I’d definitely be interested in reading more from her in the future. Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book which I will be recommending to all thriller fans!

About The Author:

Jem Tugwell was born in Berkshire and has a BSc in Computer Science, an MBA and a Crime Writing MA from City University. 

In a past life, Jem had a successful career in IT and investment management. Jem’s loves are snowboarding, old cars and bikes. He lives in Surrey with his wife and dog. He has two great children. 

Jem has published two novels with Serpentine Books. Proximity and No Signal are the first two books in his ’iMe’ series. These are crime novels set in the near future, featuring DI Clive Lussac and his partner Zoe Jordan. Dishonoured is his first psychological thriller.

For more information on Jem and his books, please visit his website – http://www.jemtugwell.com or join the discussion on Twitter @JemTugwell and Facebook @JemTugwellAuthor

#BlogTour: The Dark Room by Sam Blake @samblakebooks @CorvusBooks @theotherkirsty @RandomTTours #TheDarkRoom #SamBlake #RandomThingsTours

Book Synopsis:

Hare’s Landing, West Cork. A house full of mystery…

Rachel Lambert leaves London afraid for her personal safety and determined to uncover the truth behind the sudden death of a homeless man with links to a country house hotel called Hare’s Landing.

New York-based crime reporter Caroline Kelly’s career is threatened by a lawsuit and she needs some thinking space away from her job. But almost as soon as she arrives, Hare’s Landing begins to reveal its own stories – a 30-year-old missing person’s case and the mysterious death of the hotel’s former owner.

As Rachel and Caroline join forces, it becomes clear that their investigations are intertwined – and that there is nothing more dangerous than the truth…

The Dark Room is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below or by ordering through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

The Dark Room was an intriguing, entertaining and atmospheric read which I really enjoyed.

Firstly the author does a great job setting the scene in this book and I loved the vivid descriptions of the hotel and it’s surroundings. I really want to visit Cork so I enjoyed learning more about it The hotel sounded amazing with all the beautiful rooms and antique furniture. It’s a place I feel I’d loved to walk around and explore in real life.

The characters were fabulous creations and I enjoyed following them throughout the book. I liked how the author gives the reader the chance to get to know the characters a bit before the story properly kicks off. I felt this helped me understand them a bit more and that I cared about what happened to them. Rachel and Caroline were a fantastic duo, whose conversations often made me laugh out loud. They soon felt like old friends and I had to keep reading to find out what happens to them.

Overall I thought this was a gripping read which pulled me into the story from the beginning with the intriguing quote that starts the story. It is a dark read in places but this is broken up with some funny and touching moments so it doesn’t get too scary. The spooky moments did make me jump at times though as they always seemed to happen when I was least expecting them. The plot goes along at a good pace with the many twists keeping me on my toes. I’m now very interested in reading more from this author in the future.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Kirsty for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Sam Blake is a pseudonym for Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, the founder of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and the hugely popular national writing resources website writing.ie. She is Ireland’s leading literary scout and has assisted many award-winning and bestselling authors to publication. Vanessa has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book.

#BlogTour: The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins @LadyHawkins @HarperFiction @fictionpubteam @RandomTTours #TheWifeUpstairs #RachelHawkins #RandomThingsTours

Book Synopsis:

A girl looking for love…
When Jane, a broke dog-walker newly arrived in town, meets Eddie Rochester, she can’t believe her luck. Eddie is handsome, rich and lives alone in a beautiful mansion since the tragic death of his beloved wife a year ago.

A man who seems perfect…
Eddie can give Jane everything she’s always wanted: stability, acceptance, and a picture-perfect life.

A wife who just won’t stay buried…
But what Jane doesn’t know is that Eddie is keeping a secret – a big secret. And when the truth comes out, the consequences are far more deadly than anyone could ever have imagined…

A delicious twist on a Gothic classic, The Wife Upstairs is perfect for fans of Lucy Foley, Ruth Ware and Shari Lapena.

The Wife Upstairs is available in ebook now for the amazing price of 99p and in paperbackback on the 29th April 2021. You can purchase or pre-order your copy using the link below.

My Review:

The Wife Upstairs is a smart, twisty and addictive thriller which I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s going to be a difficult book to review as I don’t want to give anything away.

I love books that are based on Jane Austen’s classics so I was very excited to start this one. I loved that the author manages to keep similarities to Jane Eyre in the story but also keeps it slightly different by adding a modern twist to it.

Jane is a very interesting main character and, in a lot of ways, is a far cry from the original slightly passive Jane in Austen’s book. She is not a particular likeable character and while on the surface she seems very sweet, inside she is incredibly envious of everything her clients have. She’s quite a sarcastic person and her witty narration often had me laughing out loud as I read.

The story is told from the point of view of Jane, Eddie and Bea which I thought was cleverly done as it allows the reader to understand the whole story better. There are lots of twists which kept me guessing, including some very unexpected ones which helped ensure I kept reading. The ending was brilliant! Very unexpected, thrilling and thoroughly entertaining.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more from this author in the future. If you are a fan of easy, twisty and addictive reads then I thoroughly recommend this one.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Harper Collins for my copy of this book via Netgalley.

About The Author:

Rachel Hawkins is the New York Times bestselling author of multiple books for young readers, and her work has been translated in over a dozen countries. She studied gender and sexuality in Victorian literature at Auburn University and currently lives in Alabama with her husband and son. The Wife Upstairs is her first adult novel.

#BookReview: Confessions Of A Forty-Something F##k Up by Alexandra Potter @40somethingfkup @panmacmillan #ConfessionsOfAFortySomethingFkUp #AlexandraPotter #5Stars #uplit

Book Synopsis:

The funniest WTF AM I DOING?! novel of the year

‘Hilarious, moving and filled with clear-eyed wisdom’ – Lucy Dillon

Nell Stevens’ life is a mess.

When her business goes bust and her fiancé with it, Nell’s happy ever after in California falls apart and she moves back to London to start over. But a lot has changed since she’s been gone. All her single friends are now married with children, sky-high rents force her to rent a room in a stranger’s house and in a world of perfect Instagram lives, she feels like a f**k up. Even worse, a forty-something f**k up.

But when she lands a job writing obituaries, Nell meets the fabulous Cricket, an eighty-something widow with challenges of her own, and they strike up an unlikely friendship. Together they begin to help each other heal their aching hearts, cope with the loss of the lives they had planned, and push each other into new adventures and unexpected joys.

Because Nell is determined. Next year things are going to be very different. It’s time to turn her life around.

An international bestseller, this is a book for anyone who’s ever worried life isn’t going to plan, Confessions of a Forty-Something F**k Up by Alexandra Potter will make you laugh and it might even make you cry. But most importantly, it will remind you that you’re not alone, because we’re all in this together.

Confessions of a Forty-Something F##k Up is available in ebook and hardback now. You can pre-order your copy using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

I absolutely loved this uplifting, funny and absorbing read which was perfect for cheering me up after Christmas. I’ve been recommending it to everyone as I think we all need this book in our lives at the moment!

Firstly I absolutely loved Nell and I wish that I knew her in real life. She is such a realistic character, with many flaws and quirky ways of doing things that I warmed to her quickly. I think everyone will be able to relate to her in some way and it was great fun to follow her throughout the book. She definitely goes on a fascinating journey of discovery to find herself and it was an absolute joy to follow her on it. Cricket was another brilliant character who I grew fond of. Her zest and attitude to life was very inspiring and I hope that I am like her when I’m older.

The story builds slowly as we learn more about Nell, her past and the different groups of people in her life. There was always something happening which kept me glued to the page and lots of funny moments which had me laughing out loud, much to the amusement of my kids. It was very interesting to have a fly on the wall glimpse into the different parts of her life and to see how she dealt with all the problems she encounters. The modern twist of the podcast was a nice touch too, I’d definitely listen to a podcast like that.

I thought there was a lovely message running through the book that despite outward appearances no one’s life is fairy tale perfect and maybe if everyone was honest about what was happening in their lives it would stop a lot of problems. The ending was brilliant and very satisfying. I did guess how it would end but I actually enjoyed that as it meant I could relax more into the story. I was very sad to finish the book and I hope that there will be a sequel as I would love to visit Nell again.

Huge thanks to Pan Macmillan for my copy of this book via Netgalley.

About The Author:

Alexandra Potter is the bestselling author of eleven romantic comedy fiction novels in the UK. These titles have sold in twenty-two territories and achieved worldwide sales of more than one million copies (making the bestseller charts in the UK, US, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Serbia).

Yorkshire born and raised, Alex currently lives in South-West London with Mr California and their Bosnian rescue dog and when she’s not spending time writing or travelling, she’s spending far too much time on Instagram being reminded that she should be exercising regularly, drinking enough water, practising mindfulness and feeling blessed.

#BlogTour: The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean @willrdean @HodderBooks @HodderPublicity @JennyPlatt90 #TheLastThingToBurn #WillDean #mustread #5Stars

Book Synopsis:

He is her husband. She is his captive.

Her husband calls her Jane. That is not her name.

She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped. No one knows how she got to the UK: no one knows she is there. Visitors rarely come to the farm; if they do, she is never seen.

Her husband records her every movement during the day. If he doesn’t like what he sees, she is punished.

For a long time, escape seemed impossible. But now, something has changed. She has a reason to live and a reason to fight. Now, she is watching him, and waiting . . .

The Last To Burn is available in ebook and hardback on the 7th January 2021. You can pre-order your copy using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

The Last Thing To Burn is a powerful, tense and gripping read that will be staying with me for a long time.

Firstly this isn’t an easy read due to its subject matter and I often found myself having to stop for little breaks as I was finding it very intense As in his previous books the author has a great way of describing the setting so the reader is able to see it in their mind. I really felt that I could picture the bleak, rugged countryside and I was therefore able to understand more how isolated Jane’s situation was.

Jane was a fantastic main character who I warmed to quickly and felt a lot of sympathy for, especially as the reader becomes aware of the terrifying situation she is in. She’s an incredibly strong determined lady and I was continuously amazed by her strength. The story is told from her point of view and I found it very interesting to learn more about her coping strategies. Lenn, on the other hand, was one of the most awful characters I’ve read about. He was an absolutely terrifying man who seemed to use every method available to control and bully Jane. He made my skin crawl with his behaviour and I wished I could go into the book to help in some way.

This book gripped me from the start and I found myself thoroughly absorbed by all that was going on. It was truly a nerve shredding read and I was constantly on edge wondering what would happen next. I think the reason the book is so hard hitting is that it seems so realistic, like this situation could actually happen maybe is happening somewhere at the moment (I really hope not). I felt very nervous for Jane and had to keep reading to find out if she escapes. I’ll be recommending this book to everyone and I look forward to reading more from this author!

Huge thanks to Jenny Platt for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands and had lived in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying Law at the LSE and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden where he built a house in a boggy clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest, and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes. His debut novel, Dark Pines, was selected for Zoe Ball’s Book Club, shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize and named a Daily Telegraph Book of the Year. Red Snow was published in January 2019 and won Best Independent Voice at the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards, 2019.

#BlogTour: The Cornish Cream Tea Christmas by Cressida McLaughlin @CressMcLaughlin @HarperFiction @fictionpubteam @RandomTTours #CornishCreamTeaChristmas #CressidaMcLaughlin #RandomThingsTours #FestiveReads #5Stars

Book Synopsis:

Hannah Swan is looking forward to Christmas for the first time in years. Her new job as an eco-consultant is taking her – and her geeky colleague, Noah – to the beautiful Cornish village of Porthgolow for the first time.
They’re are helping the Crystal Waters Hotel to ramp up its green credentials, though after a bumpy journey, Hannah can’t shake off the feeling that Porthgolow is strangely familiar. Never able to resist a mystery, her interest is piqued when the hotel’s staff and customers report odd noises and sightings, believing the hotel to be haunted.
When bad weather cuts off Porthgolow, Hannah and Noah are looking at a Cornish Christmas. It gives them plenty of time to work out what is really going on, but will their yuletide escape send shivers up their spines? Or will it be as warm and toasty as a glass of mulled wine?

The Cornish Cream Tea Christmas is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

The Cornish Cream Tea Christmas is a lovely, warm read which is perfect to read on the run up to Christmas.

I absolutely adored being back in Porthgolow and the wonderful tea bus. Throughout this wonderful series I feel like I have really gotten to know the characters so I loved being able to catch up with them and find out what they’ve been getting up to. In this book all of the old gang are back but there are also some wonderful new characters to get to know too. I enjoyed learning more about Hannah and it was very interesting to find out more about her past.

There was a lovely festive feel throughout the book which was lovely to read about. I liked that it wasn’t overdone to make the story too sweet. It seemed natural and made me feel all warm inside whilst I read. The community of Porthgolow seemed so lovely and it made me wish that I was a part of it as it’s such a loving place

Overall I really enjoyed this book and managed to read it in a couple of days, despite me promising myself I was going to ration it. The ending was beautiful and I now can’t wait to see how things pan out in the next book.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Harper Collins for my copy of this book. If you are looking for a heart warming, festive read to curl up with then I definitely recommend this one!

About The Author:

Cressy was born in South East London surrounded by books and with a cat named after Lawrence of Arabia. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and now lives in Norwich with her husband David.

Cressy’s favourite things include terrifying ghost stories, lava lamps and romantic heroes, though not necessarily at the same time. She doesn’t (yet) have a dog of her own, but feeds her love vicariously through friends’ pets, and was once chased around a field by a soaking wet, very mischievous Border Collie called Wags.

When she isn’t writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful Norfolk coastline.

#AudioBlogTour: The Housemate by Nina Manning @ninamanning78 @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #TheHousemate #NinaManning

Book Synopsis:

The perfect life? Or the perfect lie?

When Regi moves into her new house share, she’s ready for a clean slate. A new home. A new routine. A new identity… Desperate to escape the shadow of her past that follows her everywhere she goes, Regi finds the ideal distraction in the perfect lives of others on social media. But as innocent scrolling turns into an unhealthy obsession, Regi will soon learn that seeking perfection comes at a cost…

The Housemate is available in all formats, including audiobook now. You can purchase your copy using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

The Housemate was a very intriguing audio book which was great at distracting me whilst I did the housework. This was my first audiobook experience and I’ll definitely be trying more in the future – especially as I’ve discovered Alexa can read them out for you. I liked being able to multitask and the narrator had a very pleasant tone which made the book easy to listen to.

The chapters are divided into now and then with the text broken up by Instagram posts from Instagram influencer Mrs Clean. I was a bit sceptical whether this would work on an audio book but it really does. I liked this and felt that it gave the book a modern feel. It also got me thinking about the dangers of social media and how easy it is to get obsessed with following famous people on there. The book also shines a light on mental health, in particular OCD. It was interesting to find out more about the condition and how it affects people.

Remy was a very complex character who I enjoyed following throughout the book. Her relationship with her housemates was fascinating to explore and I liked learning a little about their past. I wasn’t overly sure I trusted Remy and found myself doubting some of what she said. Her obsession with Mrs Clean was uncomfortable to read about at times because it seemed so realistic and I often found myself cringing at some of the passages.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and would definitely like to listen to more audio books from this author, and narrator, in the future. The pace slowly increases until I found myself hovering over my Alexa, hanging onto every word as I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The ending, although slightly abrupt, was unexpected and I thought it was a great way to end the book.

Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Boldwood books for my copy of this audio book.

About The Author:

Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and co-host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. The Daughter in Law is her debut psychological thriller. The Guilty Wife was published in March 2020. Her third thriller, The House Mate will be published in October 2020. She lives in Dorset in the UK.

#BlogTour: Wedding Bells On Victory Street by Pam Howes @PamHowes1 @bookouture @sarahhardy681 #WeddingBellsOnVictoryStreet #PamHowes #BookoutureBooksOnTour

Book Synopsis:

From Amazon bestseller Pam Howes comes a heartbreaking World War Two novel about a young woman trying to make the best of history’s darkest hour. Is a happy ever after impossible?

Liverpool, 1943. For Bella Rogers, life is looking up. She loves performing with The Bryant Sisters, the singing trio who have become the country’s sweethearts, putting a smile on the faces of the brave boys fighting the Nazis. But then tragedy strikes when a telegram arrives: Bella’s beloved father has been killed in France.

Unlike her poor Mam, Bella has someone to share her grief with. Her childhood love Bobby is home from the war. He lost a leg but she counts her blessings every day that he’s alive when so many young men haven’t made it back. Bella longs to give her heart to Bobby but she is hiding a secret that may change their lives forever. Will he still love her if she reveals the truth?

But when bombs screech down on Victory Street in the middle of the night, blowing houses apart, Bella may lose both the home she loves and the family who mean everything to her. With so much loss around her, will Bella be brave enough to snatch her chance of happiness? And when the war is finally over, will wedding bells ring out on Victory Street again?

An utterly unputdownable, heart-wrenching historical novel that will have you completely hooked from page one. You’ll lose yourself in this gorgeous wartime story of love, loss and family secrets. Perfect for fans of Wives of War, Nadine Dorries and Nancy Revell.

Wedding Bells On Victory Street is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

I’m a huge fan of this series so I couldn’t wait to read this book and be back with the Bryant sisters. Once again the author has written a beautiful, emotional book which I found very absorbing.

This book continues on where the last book left off and I soon found myself thrown back into the Bryant sisters lives. I don’t think I’ve read any books about singers during the war so I loved learning more about this world. The story line based in the farmhouse helped provide a great contrast to the sisters traveling life and I loved the change of pace there.

The relationship between Bella and Bobby was lovely to read about, I so enjoyed watching it develop throughout the book. It does face a few obstacles along the way, not least Bobby’s horrible wife who’d I’d gladly have climbed into the book and given a piece of my mind. Ooh I so detested her and kept hoping she’d come to a sticky end. I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen and if they’d end up with each other.

Overall I really enjoyed this wonderful, heartwarming read. I’m so sad that this is the last book in the series and I won’t get to visit the Bryant sisters again. I will be recommending this book to everyone who likes a historical saga.

Huge thanks to Sarah from Bookouture for my copy of this book and to Bookouture for my copy via Netgalley.

About The Author:

Pam Howes was born in Cheshire. She is an ex Interior Designer who began writing seriously in the mid nineties. The idea for her first novel, set in the sixties, was inspired by her time as a teenager, working in a local record store and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. That first novel evolved into a series set in the fictional town of Pickford, based on her home town of Stockport. Three Steps to Heaven; ‘Til I Kissed You; Always On My Mind; Not Fade Away, and That’ll Be The Day, follow the lives and loves through the decades of fictional Rock’n’Roll band The Raiders. Pam is a big fan of sixties music and it’s this love that compelled her to write the series. A stand-alone true-life romance, Fast Movin’ Train, set in the nineties, was published in early 2012. Pam is mum to three adult daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren, and roadie to one musician partner. Pam recently signed a second contract with the award winning publisher Bookouture and the first novel in her new Lark Lane series, The Factory Girls of Lark Lane, will be published in July 2018. Her first series for Bookouture – The Mersey Trilogy – is available in E book, paperback and as audio books. The Lost Daughter of Liverpool The Forgotten Family of Liverpool The Liverpool Girls Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pam-Howes-Books/260328010709267 And Twitter @PamHowes1

#MusicMonday: Alcohol and Cigarettes by Chris Miller @cmillermusic_au #AlcoholAndCigarettes #ChrisMiller #TwitchStreamer

Good morning everyone and welcome to another Music Monday, started by Drew from The Tattooed Book Blog. Today I’m featuring the amazing Chris Miller and his new single Alcohol and Cigarettes.

I discovered Chris on twitch after Samuel Alexander (a previously featured Music Monday artist) recommended him. Chris is a fantastic artist with a wonderful voice and I always enjoy his energetic streams, which feature a wide variety of music. His streams are often a family affair with his wife often making appearances and his kids dancing in the background. If you’d like to watch his streams the link is below!



Chris has been releasing music since 2009 so he has quite an impressive back catalogue to listen to. Below I’ve included the videos for his latest single, Wicked Game which is a personal favourite if mine and his absolutely fantastic raid song from Twitch which are definitely worth a listen!

Alcohol & Cigarettes
Wicked Game
Raid Song

How To Listen:

Chris’s music is available to listen to on all the main streaming platforms including:


Amazon Music:

You Tube:




Apple Music:


Music Monday Playlist:

You can now listen to Chris Miller and all the previously featured artists on a special Music Monday Playlist on Spotify!

Happy Listening!