#BlogTour: Over The Rainbow by Katie Flynn @lydiaspooner @arrowpublishing #OverTheRainbow #KatieFlynn #saga #ww2

Book Synopsis:

Liverpool 1939: Olivia Campbell appears to have the perfect life. However, behind closed doors she lives in constant fear of her abusive father, and has no support from her mother.

Longing for love and affection she begins a relationship with Ted, a young lad who works in her father’s factory. But her family disapprove of the relationship and forbid them from seeing each other.

When war comes to Liverpool, Olivia seizes the opportunity to leave behind her unhappy life and join the WAAF. There she meets a fellow trainee, Maude and the two embrace their newly found independence. Soon Olivia meets the handsome Ralph, and all thoughts of Ted are brushed aside. Until he returns to her life with some shocking news that turns her world upside down . . .

Over The Rainbow is available in all formats now. You can purchase it using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

Regular readers of my blog will know that I’m a fan of historical saga’s, especially if they are set in the second world war and have the same name as my blog! Firstly I must confess this is somehow the first book I’ve read by this author and I absolutely loved the emotional, rollercoaster of a journey I got taken on. From the very first page I knew I would like this book which allowed me to relax into the story and just enjoy where it took me.

The main characters Olivia and Ted were fantastic creations who I warmed to instantly and I found I wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen to them. Although from very different backgrounds I felt they were perfect for each other and I found myself hoping that they would somehow find their way back to each other. Olivia’s father on the other hand was a completely evil man who I wish I could have gone into the book and had a stern talking to. The way he handles the whole situation made my blood boil and I so wanted to see him get the ending I felt he thoroughly deserved.

I thought that this book was fantastically written and there was alway lots happening to keep me gripped so that I couldn’t put it down. Just when I thought I had figured out where the story was going something would happen to take me by surprise and send the story in a completely different direction which I always enjoy. I absolutely loved the ending and closed the book feeling very happy, though sad to have left all the wonderful characters behind.

This is actually the third book in the series which I didn’t realise but can easily be read as a standalone like I have done. I will definitely be going back to read the first books in the series soon.

Huge thanks to Olivia from Arrow publishing for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Katie Flynn, Sunday Times bestselling author, lived for many years in the North West. A compulsive writer, she started with short stories and articles, with many of her early stories broadcast on Radio Merseyside. She decided to write her Liverpool series after hearing the reminiscences of family members about life in the city in the early years of the Twentieth Century. She also wrote as Judith Saxton. For the last few years of her life, Katie had to cope with ME but continued to write with the help of her daughter, Holly. Sadly, Katie passed away on 1st January 2019, but had already begun working with Holly on upcoming books. It was Katie’s wish that Holly continued the Katie Flynn name.

Find Katie Flynn on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/katieflynn458

#BlogTour: A Beautiful Spy by Rachel Hore@Rachelhore @simonschusterUK @TeamBATC @RandomTTours #ABeautifulSpy #RachelHore #RandomThingsTours #5Stars #highlyrecommended

Book Synopsis:

Minnie Gray is an ordinary young woman.
She is also a spy for the British government. 
 
It all began in the summer of 1928…
 
Minnie is supposed to find a nice man, get married and have children. The problem is it doesn’t appeal to her at all. She is working as a secretary, but longs to make a difference.
 
Then, one day, she gets her chance. She is recruited by the British government as a spy. Under strict instructions not to tell anyone, not even her family, she moves to London and begins her mission – to infiltrate the Communist movement.
 
She soon gains the trust of important leaders. But as she grows more and more entangled in the workings of the movement, her job becomes increasingly dangerous. Leading a double life is starting to take its toll on her relationships and, feeling more isolated than ever, she starts to wonder how this is all going to end. The Russians are notorious for ruthlessly disposing of people given the slightest suspicion.
 
What if they find out?
 
Full of suspense, courage and love, A Beautiful Spy is a stunningly written story about resisting the norm and following your dreams, even if they come with sacrifices. 

A Beautiful Spy is available in ebook and hardback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below of through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

I’m a huge fan of Rachel’s so I was very excited to be invited onto the blog tour for this, her latest book. One again this author has written a gripping and intriguing book which was hard to put down.

Firstly I absolutely loved Minnie, who I liked from pretty much the first page. She knows what she wants and doesn’t want to just get married like everyone else. She shows lots of courage and determination throughout the book which was wonderful to read about. It definitely made me warm to her more and I found I wanted to continue reading to find out what happens to her.

The author does a great job in setting the scene in this book and I loved how she describes the time period by adding in lots of historical detail. It was definitely an interesting time with lots of political things happening in the run up to the second world war which I always enjoy learning more about. It was a completely different time for women too with society expecting them to get married and then give up their careers or job to become a housewife. This made Minnie’s story even more interesting as she was completely different from the norm.

I felt this book gives the reader a unusual insight into what it’s like to be a spy as it doesn’t just focus on their mission like normal books but also gives the reader a look into their lives so that we can see how difficult it is to be a spy at times. As we follow Minnie throughout the book we become aware of her emotional turmoil as she struggles balancing her two worlds of spying and normal life. I’ve never properly thought about this before so I found this very interesting.

Overall I really enjoyed this intriguing, gripping read which has a very thrilling plot line. This book is actually based on real life spy Olga Grey which I always love and I spent too long googling up things on the internet as I wanted to learn more about her. I raced through this book in a couple of days which is no mean feat when you are homeschooling three children. I felt very sad to finish the book and have to leave Minnie behind.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Simon and Schuster for my copy of this book. If you are a fan of gripping historical fiction based on real life historical figures then I thoroughly recommend this book.

About The Author:

Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she taught publishing and creative writing at the University of East Anglia before becoming a full-time writer. She is married to the writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons.

#MusicMonday: Travelling Waters by Dom La Ferlita @PianoManDom #TravellingWaters #DomLaFerlita #PianoManDom #TwitchStreamer #ClassicalMusic

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another Music Monday. Today I’m featuring Travelling Waters by Dom La Ferlita a twitch streamer and musician from Melbourne Australia. Dom’s streams are always great fun and hugely entertaining to watch. He does a wide variety of covers my favourite of which is his wonderful rendition of Music Of The Night, which I have featured below.

His streams have some very cool effects to them where you can change the camera angel and some very cute alerts involving penguins (you’ll have to watch the stream to see what I mean. If you’d like to watch Dom on twitch via the link below.

https://www.twitch.tv/pianomandom?sr=a

Traveling Waters:

Traveling Waters in the new EP from Dom and features 4 absolutely beautiful piano originals that always help to relax me after a hard day. This EP features:

Dom’s youtube channel also includes a lot of stream highlights and personal vlogs which I feel are really worth watching as they show you his incredible talent!

How To Listen:

Dom’s music is available on all the major streaming platforms. Including but not limited to:

Spotify:

Amazon:

Apple Music:

https://music.apple.com/au/album/travelling-waters-ep/1551893144

Dom’s website:

https://www.domlaferlita.com.au/music

Music Monday Playlist:

You can now listen to Dom and all the previously featured Music Monday artists on a special playlist on Spotify.

Happy Listening!

#BlogTour: She Came To Stay by Eleni Kyriacou @elenikwriter @HodderBooks @RandomTTours #SheCameToStay #EleniKyriacou #RandomThingsTours

Book Synopsis:

In a city of strangers, who can you trust?

London, 1952. Dina Demetriou has travelled from Cyprus for a better life. She’s certain that excitement, adventure and opportunity are out there, waiting – if only she knew where to look.

Her passion for clothes and flair for sewing land her a job repairing the glittering costumes at the notorious Pelican Revue. It’s here that she befriends the mysterious and beautiful Bebba.

With her bleached-blonde hair and an appetite for mischief, Bebba is like no Greek Dina has ever met before. She guides Dina around the fashionable shops, bars and clubs of Soho, and Dina finally feels life has begun.

But Bebba has a secret. And as thick smog brings the city to a standstill, the truth emerges with devastating results. Dina’s new life now hangs by a thread. What will be left when the fog finally clears? And will Dina be willing to risk everything to protect her future?

A story of friendship, family, love and loss set against the grimy and glittering streets of fifties Soho. For fans of Kate Furnivall and Rachel Rhys.

She Came To Stay is available in all formats now. You can purchase your copy via the link below or through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

She Came To Stay was a very absorbing book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Firstly I loved the setting of this book and they way the author perfectly describes 1950’s London. I must admit to not knowing much about this period so I drank in the wonderful descriptions of the time. Soho London was definitely a rather seedy place to be, though one that I think held a lot of glamour and excitement to some. I felt instantly drawn into the characters world and often felt that I was there with them experiencing everything alongside them.

The three main characters were very interesting creations and I enjoyed following them as they navigate life in London. I really liked the main character Dina who I felt very sorry for with her controlling brother who only seemed to want her to get married and as soon as possible. I was therefore very happy when she meet Babba, a fellow Greek Cypriot, and gets to have the fun I felt she deserved. I did feel that Dina and Paul were quite naive to accept Babba so readily into their lives. I often found myself shouting at them in my head as I could see things weren’t going to turn out the way they hoped.

This book does start off a little slowly as the author sets the scene but I didn’t mind this as I loved the descriptions of Soho. The pace soon picks up though and there were quite a few twists that I didn’t see coming which I alway really enjoy. I felt very sad to finish the book as I didn’t want to leave the wonderful characters and their world behind. If you are a fan of thrilling and atmospheric historical fiction I’d highly recommend this book.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Hodder and Stoughton for my copy of this book. I’d love this to be made into a tv series as I think it would be brilliant!

About The Author:

Eleni Kyriacou is an award-winning editor and journalist. She has worked in various roles across publishing and her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the ObserverMarie ClaireGraziaYou, Stella and Red, among others. Eleni was the Editor of national magazines New Woman and Looks and has also worked in digital media. 

The daughter of Greek Cypriot immigrant parents, Eleni has never felt completely British nor Cypriot, but has always felt a Londoner. She was born and grew up in Camden, then Elephant & Castle, Finsbury Park, Tottenham and now lives in Ealing. She has lived north, south and west. East London is another country to her. Every year, she has long conversations with friends and family about leaving London but probably never will. 

Eleni is now freelance so knows where all the plug points are in London cafés. She Came to Stay is her first novel. You can find her on Twitter at @elenikwriter.

#BlogTour: Deity by Matt Wesolowski @ConcreteKraken @OrendaBooks @RandomTTours #Deity #MattWesolowski #TeamOrenda #RandonThingsTours #5Stars

Book Synopsis:

A shamed pop star
A devastating fire
Six witnesses
Six stories
Which one is true?

When pop megastar Zach Crystal dies in a fire at his remote mansion, his mysterious demise rips open the bitter divide between those who adored his music and his endless charity work, and those who viewed him as a despicable predator, who manipulated and abused young and vulnerable girls.

Online journalist, Scott King, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the accusations of sexual abuse and murder that were levelled at Crystal before he died. But as Scott begins to ask questions and rake over old graves, some startling inconsistencies emerge: Was the fire at Crystal’s remote home really an accident? Are report

llyf a haunting really true? Why was he never officially charged?

Dark, chillingly topical and deeply thought-provoking, Deity is both an explosive thriller and a startling look at how heroes can fall from grace and why we turn a blind eye to even the most heinous of crimes…

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

My Review:

Wow wow wow, what an amazing book. I have read every book this author has written and in my opinion he is just getting better and better. Matt is one of those author’s that I’ll happily preorder without even having read the blurb as I know it will be amazing!

Firstly I loved how topical this book is, it seemed very realistic and true to life especially due to the recent abuse cases in the papers. The main character, and the accused, Crystal was a very interesting character who I kept changing my opinion of. He came across very well in his interviews and seemed so charming and just genuine that is hard to believe him capable of the things he is accused of. I actually found myself liking him despite a few doubts which confused me.

Of course being a Six Stories book things aren’t as simple as they first appear and I really enjoyed the supernatural/folklore element that Matt weaves into the story. It made me very keen not to be on my own in the dark as I was convinced that there was something lurking there. Some of the descriptions were very chilling and I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat (my husband actually had to ask me if I was ok at one point) as I read. The stories seemed so real and I therefore found it very difficult to put down as I had to keep reading to find out what happened.

The story starts off slow as the author sets the scene and introduces the reader to the case but soon picks up and becomes very fast paced. The book is very well written and had me questioning how I felt about what was happening, or has happened in the news recently which I thought was interesting. I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future and hope that it’s not too long to wait until another addition of Six Stories.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Orenda for my copy of this book, though I did also treat myself to a paperback copy on publication too (well I had to complete the set).

About The Author:

Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor for young people in care. Matt started his writing career in horror, and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous UK- an US-based anthologies such as Midnight Movie CreatureSelfies from the End of the WorldCold Iron and many more. His novella, The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. His debut thriller, Six Stories, was an Amazon bestseller in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, and a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, and film rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller.
Follow Matt on Twitter @ConcreteKraken and on his website: mjwesolowskiauthor.wordpress.com

#BlogTour: The One Hundred Years Of Lennie & Margot by Marianne Cronin @itsmcronin @TransworldBooks @RandomTTours #OneHundredYearsOfLenniAndMargot #MarianneCronin #RandomThingsTours #5stars #mustread

Book Synopsis:

Life is short. No-one knows that better than seventeen-year-old Lenni living on the terminal ward. But as she is about to learn, it’s not only what you make of life that matters, but who you share it with.

Dodging doctor’s orders, she joins an art class where she bumps into fellow patient Margot, a rebel-hearted eight-three-year-old from the next ward. Their bond is instant as they realize that together they have lived an astonishing one hundred years.

To celebrate their shared century, they decide to paint their life stories: of growing old and staying young, of giving joy, of receiving kindness, of losing love, of finding the person who is everything.

As their extraordinary friendship deepens, it becomes vividly clear that life is not done with Lenni and Margot yet.

Fiercely alive, disarmingly funny and brimming with tenderness, THE ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF LENNI AND MARGOT unwraps the extraordinary gift of life even when it is about to be taken away, and revels in our infinite capacity for friendship and love when we need them most. 

The One Hundred Years Of Lenni and Margot is available in hardback and ebook now. You can purchase your copy using the link below or through your local indie book store.

My Review:

This was a wonderful book that was a funny and thoughtful read about an unlikely friendship.

I found myself instantly drawn into the story and very sympathetic towards Lenni and the heart breaking situation she finds herself in. I was very glad when she met immediately like the amazing Margo who was an absolutely amazing character. I absolutely adored her and loved her attitude towards life. She is someone I would love to know and she often made me smile with her antics throughout the book. I found myself very glad that the two of them had found each other as I felt they provided much needed support to one another at a difficult time.

As I might have mentioned once of twice I love stories that allow the reader to follow a character throughout their lives to see the big events that have shaped them. The 100 paintings that Lennie and Margo embark on creating of their lives (100 years is their combined age) is very touching. I loved reliving the important moments of their lives with them and learning more about them both slowly as the story develops.

This is a beautifully told story that manages to be both funny and sad at times. I liked that the emotional moments seemed very realistic as if it could actually happen which made me feel more connected to the characters. It’s definitely a story that will stay with me and I will be recommending to everyone. I think it would make a great book club read as there would be lots to discuss.

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

About The Author:

Marianne Cronin was born in 1990. She studied English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham. She now spends most of her time writing, with her newly-adopted rescue cat sleeping under her desk. When she’s not writing, Marianne can be found performing improv in the West Midlands, where she lives. Her debut novel The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot is to be published around the world and is being adapted into a feature film by a major Hollywood studio.

#MusicMonday: Let Me Love You by Gregick @Gregick1 #LetMeLoveYou #Gregick #TwitchStreamer #SingerSongwriter

Good Morning everyone and welcome to another Music Monday. Today I’m shouting out a new Twitch Streamer called Gregick who is a fantastic singer songwriter from Bangor in Ireland. He is originally from a band called Many Moons but due to lock down and not being able to do gigs he has decided to branch out onto twitch. He always manages to make me smile with his cheery, cheeky personality which always makes his streams great fun to watch. You can watch Gregick on twitch via the link below.

https://www.twitch.tv/gregick

His band Many Moons are doing a free live gig on his YouTube channel at 7pm this Friday. Link is below if you would like to check it out!

https://youtube.com/channel/UC7jzm36iAl8ulUy5dHMqW8A

Music:

Gregrick has a lot of original music available including the amazing Let Me Love You which Is available in the Spotify link below. He takes inspiration from a lot of different things and has written some beautiful songs.

He has also has a wide and varied song list including songs from Bon Iver to Bewitched. One of my favourite covers by him is included below.

How To Listen:

Gregrick’s music is available on Spotify at the moment but he’s hoping to make it available on other platforms soon.

Music Monday Playlist:

You can now listen to Gregrick and all previously featured artists on a special Music Monday Playlist linked below. If you like it and want to support it why not give it a follow!

Happy Listening!

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#BlogTour: The Scarlet Dress by Louise Douglas @LouiseDouglas3 @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #TheScarletDress #LouiseDouglas

Book Synopsis:

Alice Lang was wearing her favourite scarlet dress when she disappeared twenty-five years ago, and her memory still casts a long shadow.

‘The past was like water. Once the tide turned, you couldn’t hold it back.’

In the long, hot summer of 1995, twenty-two-year-old Alice Lang rents a caravan on a holiday park on the outskirts of the lively holiday resort of Severn Sands. She befriends Marnie, a shy, damaged little girl whose father is the park’s caretaker and whose mother died a few months earlier. Will, whose mother runs the bar, falls in love with Alice, and is unbearably jealous of anyone else she sees. Tensions rise until one evening Alice disappears from her caravan. She’s never seen again, and only her scarlet dress is found washed up on the shore.

A quarter of a century later, the town is run down and nobody comes there anymore. Mr and Mrs deVillars, former owners of the holiday park, have passed the failing business onto their son Guy, who promptly sells the land for development. Builders clearing the land to create an expanse of executive homes uncover human bones. It has to be Alice.

Will and Marnie’s lives were entirely shaped by what happened that summer, and now Alice has been found, they must struggle to pin down their memories, to escape the secrets of the past, the lies they told and the unbearable guilt they’re both carrying.

They need to find out what happened to Alice. Who killed her? And why?

The Scarlet Dress 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 Scarlet dress is a gripping, atmospheric thriller which seems very realistic.

Firstly I love the author’s ability to make a sinister situation out of something so ordinary. A caravan park is somewhere a lot of families have visited for their holidays but in this book the author’s descriptions make it a place that the reader will come to fear. She does this very subtly so that the reader isn’t overly aware of it to start with but gradually becomes more obvious as time goes on. The stark contrast between the caravan park in the 60’s and now was very poignant to read about and somehow helped to add to the creepy atmosphere of the place as in it’s run down state it seemed more likely that there would be evil lurking in the corners. I found myself shivering in anticipation as I read wondering which way the story would go.

Alice and Marnie were fantastic main characters who it was easy to feel sympathetic towards. The author gives the reader time to get to know the characters well so that they start to feel very real. I liked that she includes a lot of personal things about the characters, like that Marnie is very fond of animals, so that they start to seem like old friends. I didn’t like Will as much as I wanted to sadly. He seemed a very sympathetic character at first but there was just something about him that grated on me. As my mother would say he is more to be pitied then scolded but I just couldn’t warm to him.

This book does start off a bit slow as the reader gets to know the characters and the setting but soon picks up pace to become very gripping. I kept changing my mind about what had happened and who was responsible for Alice’s disappearance. As soon as I had come up with a theory, something would happen so send the story in a completely different direction which meant that I was unable to guess until the end. I’ll definitely be reading more from this author in the future.

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

About The Author:

Louise Douglas is the bestselling and brilliantly reviewed author of 6 novels including The Love of my Life and Missing You – a RNA award winner. The Secrets Between Us was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. She lives in the West Country. Louise’s first book for Boldwood, The House by the Sea was published in March 2020.

#BlogTour: The Other Daughter by Caroline Bishop@calbish @simonschusterUK @RandomTTours #TheOtherDaughter #CarolineBishop #RandomThingsTour

Book Synopsis:

‘When it finally arrived I was shocked to see it; to read the words Mum wrote about these women fighting for rights I know I take for granted. Mum was here. And while she was, something happened that changed the entire course of my life. Perhaps, if I can summon the courage, the next eight weeks will help me finally figure out what that was . . .’
 
When Jessica discovers a shocking secret about her birth, she leaves her London home and travels to Switzerland in search of answers. She knows her journalist mother spent time in the country forty years earlier, reporting on the Swiss women’s liberation movement, but what she doesn’t know is what happened to her while she was there. Can Jess summon the courage to face the truth about her family, or will her search only hurt herself and those around her even more?
 
Set across a stunning Swiss backdrop, The Other Daughter follows one woman in her search for the truth about her birth, and another desperately trying to succeed in a man’s world. Perfect for fans of Tracy Rees, Elizabeth Noble and Kathryn Hughes.

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

My Review:

This was a fascinating dual timeline historical novel which was hugely enjoyable to read.

Firstly I don’t think I’ve read anything about Swizz history so I had no idea about the women’s right movement over there. I was quite shocked to discover how late women’s rights came in to the country. It was really interesting to follow the movement over here and to learn more about their struggle for equal rights. The author does a great job of describing the scenery of Switzerland so i felt like I could clearly imagine the place the story was set in. It seems like a very beautiful place and it has definitely made me want to visit there in the future.

The two stories lines were really well written and plotted. I like how smoothly they ran alongside each other and how they seem to compliment each other well. As with most dual timeline stories I read I did prefer the older side of the story more but that’s not to say I wasn’t interested in Jess’s story and her interest in discovering more about her mother’s past. I enjoyed exploring Switzerland alongside her and learning more about their social practices which were a bit eye opening at times.

Overall I really enjoyed this book which unfolded at a steady pace and always seemed to have something happening to ensure I kept reading. I like how the two stories came together and how the story kept me guessing until the end. I actually thought I had figured out the ending but I was proved wrong which always increases my enjoyment. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future, she is definitely one to watch!

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

About The Author:

Caroline Bishop began her journalism career at a small arts magazine in London, after a brief spell in educational publishing. She soon moved to work for a leading London theatre website, for which she reviewed shows and interviewed major acting and directing stars. Caroline turned freelance in 2012 and a year later moved to Switzerland, where her writing veered towards travel and she has contributed to publications including the Guardian, the Independent, the Telegraph and BBC Travel, writing mainly about Switzerland, and co-wrote the 2019 edition of the DK Eyewitness Guide to Switzerland. For two years Caroline was editor of TheLocal.ch, an English-language Swiss news site, and it was during this time that she became fascinated with aspects of Swiss history and culture, particularly the evolution of women’s rights.

#BlogTour: Last One At The Party by Bethany Clift@Beth_Clift @Stevie_Coops @HodderBooks #LastOneAtTheParty #BethanyClift

Book Synopsis:

THE END OF EVERYTHING WAS HER BEGINNING

It’s December 2023 and the world as we know it has ended.

The human race has been wiped out by a virus called 6DM (‘Six Days Maximum’ – the longest you’ve got before your body destroys itself). 

But somehow, in London, one woman is still alive. A woman who has spent her whole life compromising what she wants, hiding how she feels and desperately trying to fit in. A woman who is entirely unprepared to face a future on her own.

Now, with only an abandoned golden retriever for company, she must travel through burning cities, avoiding rotting corpses and ravenous rats on a final journey to discover if she really is the last surviving person on earth.

And with no one else to live for, who will she become now that she’s completely alone?

Last To The Party is available in all formats now. You can purchase your copy using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

Wow this book was one that took me completely by surprise. I really wasn’t expecting it to be as hard hitting as it was, despite having read the blurb. This was a book that at times was rather gruesome but at others very funny so that I actually found myself laughing out loud. Its going to be a hard book to review as I don’t want to give anything away.

The thing that most hits you about this book is how realistic it is. The author has a way of describing the situation so that the reader feels that it could actually be happening now, while they are reading. I often had to look up from my book to as I read to measure myself this wasn’t actually my reality. The characters are incredibly human and flawed which helps add to the realistic storyline too. They have normal human problems mixed in with the pandemic problems which was actually very affective. I often found myself wondering how I would act in the same situation and what I would do.

This book just seemed to be the perfect mix of everything. It was horrific at times but also somehow managed to be uplifting and very thought provoking. As mentioned above the author does inject some humour into the story which stops it becoming bogged down and helps provide some, at times, much needed comic relief. Its hard to believe that this is a debut novel as the writing is very assured and the story is so well plotted that it was hugely enjoyable to read. It’s a story that has stayed with me and I definitely will look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Huge thanks to Steven from Hodder and Stoughton for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Bethany Clift is a graduate of the Northern Film School and has had projects in development with Eon and Film 4, as well as being a director of her own production company. Last One At The Party is her debut novel.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Beth_Clift