#BlogTour ~ New Beginnings for Bryony Bennett by Kate Lilley @KatyLilley @BooksManatee

A big welcome to my turn on the final day of the blog tour for New Beginnings for Bryony Bennett by Katy Lilley.

New Beginnings was published on 24th May 2018 by Manatee Books.

New Beginnings for Bryony Bennett

When Bryony Bennett’s godmother dies and leaves her a huge inheritance, Bryony jumps at the chance to get away from it all and start again.

She packs up her life and moves into the (almost) idyllic Cliff Cottage…only to find that starting over is never quite as simple as you imagine.

Faced with grumpy neighbours, hostile locals and more than her fair share of disasters, Bryony embarks on a mission to make sure her new life is everything she wants it to be…but will she ever win over the locals and truly be happy in her new life?

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Thank you to Tracy Fenton and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for asking me to participate on the blog tour.

I thoroughly enjoyed delving into the life of Bryony Bennett as she ups sticks and moves from London to Devon. Probably something that most people have wanted to do in their lifetime – helped by a sizeable and unexpected inheritance from her beloved Godmother!

Bryony is such a loveable character you can’t help but get swept along with her and the brilliant sounding Mop her dog as she battles her way through everyday life in rural Devon. Although the locals (well some of them) aren’t keen on an interloper, she is determined to make the best of things and win them over, either with gusto or her sarcastic put downs! Maddie, Lottie and Dario are just a few characters that she meets along the way….. You will have to read on to discover more about them!

The chemistry she has with the other characters is entertaining and really does make you smile and laugh as she is determined to settle in the lovely Devon village.

Kate Lilley has written a lovely, entertaining book here and I dearly hope we get to hear more from Bryony as I think as a character there is a lot more we can hear about! The characters are well written and add to the already lovely storyline.

I absolutely loved my time in Devon with Bryony and her motley crew of animals and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough in this easy to read story.

Lovely and lighthearted – perfect holiday reading!

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#BlogTour ~ No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister @gillianmauthor @JennyPlatt90 @PenguinUKBooks

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for ‘No Further Questions’ by Gillian McAllister.

‘No Further Questions’ is released in eBook on 2nd July 2018 with the paperback following on 4th October 2018. This is published by Penguin.


No Further Questions: From THE SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of ANYTHING YOU DO SAY and EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH by [McAllister, Gillian]

The police say she’s guilty.
She insists she’s innocent.

She’s your sister.
You loved her.
You trusted her.
But they say she killed your child.

Who do you believe?

Original, devilishly clever and impossible to forget, this is a thriller with a difference. You won’t be able to tear yourself away from the trial that will determine both sisters’ fates.

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A big thank you to Jenny Platt and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.

No Further Questions is a beautifully written story that tackles a hard hitting subject you hope never happens to you. We follow the story through the eyes of two sisters, pulled apart when the unthinkable happens and we hear from each of them following the court case that follows.

Gillian McAllister is a lawyer herself so the trial is written impeccably with chapters devoted to the witnesses, medical staff, neighbours and their perception of what happened in the build up to the death of Becky’s niece and Martha’s daughter, Layla. Each sister has a completely different lifestyle and we learn about how although this could easily bring a bit of tension, they are actually very close. Throughout the trial, we follow Martha as she is confused about what to believe and her conflicting emotions concerning her sister.

The storyline is almost hard to read at times as the subject matter is quite upsetting but I couldn’t stop reading once I had started and enjoyed the little hints that something wasn’t quite adding up that the author provides for you. I had a lump in my throat towards the end of the book and think this just shows how much thought and emotion have gone into the words on the page. You do genuiniely feel as though you are experiencing this turmoil along with the family, every feeling they have you are feeling it too.

Gillian McAllister has written a superb and though provoking book in No Further Questions, her books seem to get better so I’m probably with a lot of other fans in that they can’t wait for the next one.

Enjoyable, gut wrenching and emotional – highly recommended from me.

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About the Author

Gillian McAllister

Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree and lives in Birmingham where she now works as a lawyer.

Her debut novel Everything But The Truth was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. Anything You Do Say followed in January 2018 and was both a kindle and paperback bestseller. No Further Questions will be published in autumn 2018.

You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @gillianmauthor. She also blogs at http://www.gillianmcallister.com.

#BlogTour – Summer at the Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @RaRaResources

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Summer at the Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green.

The book was published on 18th June 2018 and is the second in the Little Duck Pond Series.

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Jaz Winters stuck a pin in a map and fled to the village of Sunnybrook, looking for a brand new life – and after a rocky start, it’s beginning to look as if she made the right decision. Her blossoming friendship with Ellie and Fen has seen her through some dark times, and she’s managed to land two jobs – waitressing at The Little Duck Pond Café and working as a weekend tour guide at Brambleberry Manor, the country house that’s been in Fen’s family for generations.

Sure, life isn’t totally perfect. There’s the irritating know-it-all guy who keeps popping up on her manor tours, for a start. He seems determined to get under Jaz’s skin whether she likes it or not. But she supposes he’s a small price to pay for the relative peace she’s found, living in Sunnybrook.

But just as Jaz is beginning to think rosier times are on the horizon, a shock encounter looks set to shatter her fragile happiness.

Will she be forced to flee from Sunnybrook and everyone she’s grown so fond of? Or will she find the strength to stand her ground and finally face up to the nightmares of the past?

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A big thank you to Rachel Gilbey and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.

I have previously read and loved the first instalment in this series, Spring at the Duck Pond Café, so I was really excited to be able to read the next one! Whilst the first book focused on Ellie, the second book is about her friend Jaz  and we learn more about why and how she ended up Sunnybrook.

Aww it was lovely to be back with the lovely residents of Sunnybrook. I’ve missed them! We start 6 months previously and Jaz’s life is very different to the one we had read about in the previous book. She has a partner and a stepdaughter called Titch who she adores but finds herself with nowhere to go, she ends up at Sunnybrook on New Years Day in a tasselled line dancing outfit (yes really!) and meets the lovely Harry who keeps popping up when she is least expecting him.

I loved this next story in the series and I think it helped to answer some of the questions about Jaz that were hinted upon in the first book. Her love for Titch keeps her going and you really feel for her when she can no longer be a part of her life. Although she tries to keep things bottled up and to herself, she slowly starts to come out of shell and we learn more about the issues that she had that had obviously left her with trust issues.

Ellie and Fen are the perfect friends for her and I loved how close they also appear to have come in a short space of time, each of them helping the other with the issues that are explored in the book.

Rosie Green writes with real feeling and makes you makes you feel as though you are talking to friends and are there experiencing the emotional ups and downs with them.

I’m excited to read the next book which will feature Fen and can’t wait to see these lovely characters come full circle!

A lovely, sweet and emotional read that I devoured!


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About the Author

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café, published on 18th June 2018, follows the first in the series, Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988