#Review : Amazing Grace. Kim Nash. Gorgeous. Poignant. @KimTheBookworm @HeraBooks

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace by Kim Nash

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


If you want to be smiling 2% into a story, Amazing Grace is the book for you. I was totally empathising with Grace immediately and wanted to beam myself into the kitchen when she was agonising over the dreaded invitation and give her a firm hug. As a single mum, I found Grace’s angst about her looks and her identity crisis totally relatable to. However, I think most women would, mother, married, single… whatever. Grace is real, someone you could easily imagine meeting in the supermarket. Or the swishing shop! What a brilliant idea! Grace’s story is about a woman who is full of self-doubt and needs to learn to love herself. It’s also about the loneliness of single-parenthood and the grief that never quite goes away over the loss of a mother, particularly when you might have lost her at a time when you needed her most. The letters from Grace’s mum are poignant tearjerkers. Trust me, you will go through the whole gamut of emotions reading this book, from chuckling out loud to weeping. As many would know, learning to love yourself is not so easy when your self-confidence has been corroded away by a twit of an ex who didn’t appreciate the gorgeous, loving, intelligent woman he had. And then he wants her back? Ride on, Mark. Thank God for best friends who are there with a shoulder and skills to give Grace a successful makeover. Best show them the door when they suggest the internet dating though. And then we have Vinnie, the very worthy gardener, and you so want Grace to choose him, providing he can prove himself worthy in her son Archie’s eyes. He’s a gem. You can see why any mum would pour her love into him.

Amazing Grace is a delightfully refreshing, funny, heart-warming and poignant story. The author’s voice is distinctive and honest. I loved it and would highly recommend it.




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#Review : Betray Her. Caroline England. #thriller @CazEngland @LittleBrownUK @PiatkusBooks

Betray Her

Betray Her by Caroline England

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Betray Her is exquisitely written. I identified with the narrator so profoundly through her grief at one point, I literally stopped breathing. Alternating between present and past, this is a cleverly woven story, full of passion and intrigue, sexual tension and desperate longing. Two girls, poles apart in their early upbringing, are drawn together at boarding school to form an unlikely friendship that endures into adulthood. But as we examine the friendship, going back to the musty halls of the boarding school, forward into the girls’ teenage years, on to the present, it’s clear that the friendship is not all that it seems. There are secrets under the surface, secrets that shaped who the women now are. There is jealousy and manipulation, co-dependency to a degree. Their relationship is tumultuous and, with a man in the mix who is married to one friend, but has a history with the other, there is a tinderbox of emotion simply waiting for a spark to ignite it, bringing us the final explosive conclusion. I was fascinated by this book, in awe of the writing. Mesmerising storytelling. A taut, tantalising thriller and one I would highly recommend.



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#Review : The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy. B.M. Carroll @PenguinUKBooks #Psychological #thriller

The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy

The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy by B.M. Carroll

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Told from a multi-narrative point of view, The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy is a story of fate intervening to have a devastating impact on two families. Sophie has suffered life-changing injuries in a car accident caused by Aidan, a captain in the Australian army. His conscience compelling him to visit Sophie in the hospital, there is an attraction between them. What follows is a seemingly honourable man deserting his wife and child at a vulnerable time in their lives to become part of a couple with Sophie, whom he believes he has fallen in love with. Sophie is a determined, clever person who was at the top of her career. She is struggling with the constant pain she’s left in from her injuries. I sympathised, even admired her determination, but it soon became apparent that, at the core, Sophie is not a nice person. I wanted to know why, I wanted to delve in to her family dynamics, particularly the relationship between Sophie and her father, Richard, who is unable to accept that Aidan has become part of her life and wants justice for his daughter. What made Sophie the way she is? The book deals with some important issues many people will relate to: single parenthood, grief, bullying in the workplace, special needs and fertility problems. The overriding issue for me was that of obsession in a relationship. I’m not giving specifics for obvious reasons, but all of these issues were handled really well and sensitively. The characterisation is excellent. I found the children particularly relatable to. There was a moment where Aidan and his daughter, Jasmin, came together, which brought huge lump to my throat and delivered an extremely satisfying ending. If you love psychological thrillers with a healthy helping of domestic drama, I would highly recommend this book.



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#Review: BEING A DETECTIVE. Expert #crime #thriller guide. OUT NOW! @StraightfwdPub #crimewriting #amwriting #writingtips

Want the pertinent facts about facial recognition? Insight into the life of a detective? If you are writing crime thriller, psychological thriller – anything with a crime element – BEING A DETECTIVE is an accurate guide to all things police procedural. Providing easily indexed, expert information about everything from the ABC principle through to Z-cars and zombie knives, this book, along with THE CRIME WRITER’S CASEBOOK, really is as essential as your laptop. Having completed a forensics course myself, I can honestly say that you will learn everything you need to include in your manuscript from these two books. For instance, have you ever wondered what the object used by police to force open doors is? Not a lot of point having your DI yelling for it, if he/she doesn’t know. As a crime writer, you will need to get your facts right. I cannot recommend these two excellent guides enough.

I have used one of the author’s services as a writing consultant in the past (Stuart Gibbon. You can find him at GIB Consultancy). A former Met Police detective with 30 years’ experience in crime investigation, a DCI on murder cases and also an SIO on the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, he’s definitely a leading expert in his field.

Amazon Buy Link: BEING A DETECTIVE

Amazon Buy Link: THE CRIME WRITER’S CASEBOOK

Thank you! For the fab pics! #bloggers #bookbloggers #TheSecondWife #TheAffair @bookouture

I’m always saying I wouldn’t be writing without the fabulous support of bloggers. So many of you guys cheered me on when I thought, Why am I doing this?  I probably get a bit boring saying it over, but … Well, how can you not keep thanking people who give up their time to read and review your books and are just so massively supportive?

I was gobsmacked when I saw some of the photos appearing along with reviews for The Second Wife and The Affair. Genuinely speechless and humbled that people could be so generous and lovely. All this? For my little book? Amazed, totally.

I won’t go on (I bore myself sometimes!) but I had to post a few of them here. They’re so gorgeous they simply have to be shared.

Here we go:

The pic below is from Nichola – itsshewolf – who says of The Affair: “Sometimes I feel scared reading books from authors I don’t know, or never heard of through other authority because if I end up not liking the book or format of writing I feel bad. But this was not the case with this book. I was glued from the very start. THE AFFAIR had constant turn of events and kept me wanting to constantly read. ” Thank you, Nichola, for taking a chance on me!

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This one is was kindly taken by Cen at Cenninsbookreview, who says of The Second Wife: “This book has everything a psychological thriller needs to make it such a fantastic book.” Thank you, Cen, for a fantastic review and fab photo!

The next is from Mackenzie at PhDiva.blog. Mackenzie says: “I was so honored to get to be on the final stop for the blog tour of this wild thriller!!! I am excited that this book is published and out in the universe. I’ve already been seeing some great reviews from other readers that delights me!” Mackenzie, I was utterly delighted by your fab review. Thank you!

Another below from jeanniehay64, who says: “ It didn’t disappoint with loads of drama , twists , intrigue and a fantastic plot. The characters she has created are fantastic, I was really rooting for good to prevail and my heart was breaking at some points.” Thank you, Jeannie, for a fab review and gorgeous pic!

One from cassies_books_reviews! Cassie says, “I seriously was taken on a crazy thriller ride while reading this book – the ending was so shocking!” Thank you, Cassie! I’m sorry I shocked you! Um, I think…

The pic below is from It’s All About The Thrill. Kim says, “This book was so dark, twisted and pure evil. Yes thriller lovers this has all the right ingredients!” Kim, thank you! I love it!

The next was posted on Twitter by @readbyashleigh, who says: “I loved this book and would definitely recommend it to any thriller lovers!” Thank you, Ashleigh! I love it!

One from Savannahlime, who tells me she enjoys all my books. How lovely is that? Thank you so much, Savannah!

Finally, I just found another on Insta! Forgive me for blundering through here. Still finding my way around that app. This one is from Shalini, who says: “Evil begets evil. Darkness can be fought only when you can jump into the murky depths and shine the light, yet fight dirty… One has to read this book to understand this line.” I love it! Thank you so much, Shalini!

I’ll go away now. But I may have to come back. There are so many lovely pics – I can’t believe I’ve missed them! Thank you SO much to everyone who has posted. You truly inspire me to keep writing. I simply wouldn’t be without you!

Oooh, I almost forgot! The Second Wife is currently just 99p! If you fancy a read, here are the linkies:

Amazon

iBookstore

Kobo

Googleplay

Take care all!

Lots of love,