How are you all? I hope you’re all doing wonderful and if not, then I hope good and love will come your way soon.
Today I’m hosting on a book I can only describe as refreshing. It’s not my usual thing, but you know yourself sometimes we get an inkling about something and it pulls us into it. I’ll fully admit it to you all, I am a book snob. I judge books by their covers and I’m old enough and have been in this field for so long that I should really know better. You know what though? Like this one, I secretly love getting my eye wiped and being wrong.
🔸Blurb: Liv, Ellen and Håkon, along with their partners and children, arrive in Rome to celebrate their father’s seventieth birthday, a quiet earthquake occurs: their parents have decided to divorce.
Shocked and disbelieving, the siblings try to come to terms with their parents’ decision as it echoes through the homes they have built for themselves, and forces them to reconstruct the shared narrative of their childhood and family history.
A bittersweet novel of regret, relationships and rare psychological insights, A Modern Family encourages us to look at the people closest to us a little more carefully, and ultimately reveals that it’s never too late for change…
🔸My Thoughts: I have to admit to you all here that I’m still not finished with the book. I know, I’m sorry. I’ve had sufficient time and I’m a pure let down. I’ve not been to good health wise though and you all know how that goes by now. I’ve had to use all the energy I could muster up when awake for my sons 17th birthday.
I can and will say though that I am thoroughly enjoying it. It’s magnificently written and has numerous emotions being thrown at you constantly. It’s fresh and honest and real. I love all that me. Already I know it’s going to be a book I recommend fully to you all.
I’ll post my review and link it over to this tour once it’s up. Sorry for any inconvenience.
🔸Links to buy:
Title: A Modern Family
Author: Helga Flatland
Genre: General, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Length: 276 Pages.
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: June 13th 2019
🔸About the Author:
Helga Flatland is already one of Norway’s most awarded and widely read authors. Born in Telemark, Norway, in 1984, she made her literary debut in 2010 with the novel Stay If You Can, Leave If You Must, for which she was awarded the Tarjei Vesaas’ First Book Prize.
She has written four novels and a children’s book and has won several other literary awards. Her fifth novel, A Modern Family, was published to wide acclaim in Norway in August 2017, and was a number-one bestseller. The rights have subsequently been sold across Europe and the novel has sold more than 100,000 copies.
You can learn more about Helen and her work and follow her on social media by using the following links:
Once again I’ll apologise for being a let down and sincerely hope you can forgive me.
Thank you as always for joining me here on TBGWP and giving me your time and love. It’s never not appreciated. You all keep me sane and push me to try do more. Thank you to you all for that and to you all that check in on me and make sure I’m doing ok when I’m very quiet.
Thank you also to Helga herself and to our lovely Ann over at LCPD for inviting me onto the tour and giving me an ARC copy of A Modern Family.
I’ll see you all soon.
Love always, N 😘
Hello, my fellow book geeks of the world. How are we all?
Guess what? I have something outstanding for you.
💌Blurb: Jennifer Cole has just been told that she has a terminal blood disease. She has three months to live — ninety days to say goodbye to friends and family and put her affairs in order. Trying to focus on the positives (at least she’ll never lose her teeth) Jennifer realises she has one overriding regret: the words she’s left unsaid.
Rather than pursuing a frantic bucket list, she chooses to stay put, and write letters to three significant people in her life: her overbearing, selfish sister, her jelly-spined, cheating ex-husband, and her charming, unreliable ex-boyfriend finally telling them the things she’s always wanted to say but never dared.
At first, Jennifer feels cleansed by her catharsis. Liberated, even. But once you start telling the truth, it’s hard to stop. And, as she soon discovers, the truth isn’t always as straightforward as it seems, and death has a way of surprising you ...
💌My Thoughts: Do I hear you all asking for a summer read?
Well then, here you go! I honestly don’t think you will find a better one.
A controversial, thought provoking, extremely moving, witty and beautifully inspiring read.
💌Links to buy:
Title: Death and Other Happy Endings.
Author: Melanie Cantor
Genre: Fiction & Literature
Length: 320 Pages
Publisher: Bantam Press/Transworld Digital
Publication Date: June 13th 2019
💌About the Author:
Melanie Cantor was a celebrity agent and publicist for over thirty years. Her clients included Ulrika Jonsson, Melinda Messenger and Melanie Sykes.
In 2004, she hosted a makeover show on Channel 4 called Making Space and in 2017 having just turned 60 she was scouted on Kings Cross station, subsequently appearing as a ‘real model’ in the most recent Dove campaign.
She turned her hand to writing in 2008. Death and other Happy Endings is her first published novel.
You can learn more about Melanie by using the following links:
Short, quick and easy one for you my loves. An impressive one though, for sure. I can’t wait to hear what you all think about the book.
Thank you as always for your support and time. I promise it means more than you’ll ever know.
Huge thank you to Anne over @LCDP and Melanie herself for inviting me onto the Death and Other Happy Endings tour. I know you’ll all go wish Melanie a happy publication day and then buy a copy of her book because you’re all dead kind like that.
Love always, N 😘
Hiya you lot, you all ok?
Today I’m last host and finishing off on a fantastic tour for an even more fantastic book.
Of course I have an extract for you, oh how I love an extract 😂 and the normal TBGWP book deets.
🔵Blurb: Ruby has had a difficult year to say the least. Just before she started Sixth Form, her father died from a heart attack. In the months that followed Ruby became so depressed that she attempted suicide. She missed a lot of school, but now she’s about to go back and she’s worried. Is she well enough to get through her final year? Will the depression return? Should she apply to university? The night before term begins, Ruby finds something that makes the prospect even more daunting: an envelope addressed to her in her father’s handwriting. Inside is a list: ‘Ten Things I Hope You Do Before You Leave School’. It makes no sense. She can’t understand why he’d want her to do these things, let alone whether she’ll be able to do them.
As Ruby navigates her way through UCAS, parties, boyfriends and A-Levels, she decides to give the list her best shot, but her efforts lead her into strange situations and to surprising discoveries.
Will Ruby survive her last year at school? Can she do the ten things on The List? Will doing them make any difference?
🔵My Thoughts: I’m sitting here in tears. I do not know what to say, which is huge thing because as you all know by now I NEVER shut up!
First of all, I need to say this. As a mother with a child currently in sixth form. Who for years has agonisingly battled with mental health. However, was extremely lucky and strong enough to be able to spin it around and use it as a complete advantage to better himself. This book scares me, but it absolutely brings home everything a parent of this age would want to know and understand. It is heartbreaking.
O’Keeffe has honestly given us something truly humbling here. A raw, ferociously honest read full of poignancy and humour. He has meticulously researched his cause and has put it into a wonderful book. A fantastic and rare plot with endearing characters which free flows just right. It’s honest and a very now book! It shows the real world of child/teen/young adult mental health and how much pressures are put on children every single day. Which is an incredible thing to bring light too. Also, not forgetting the loss of a loved one, especially a parent. Grief is very important to try understand whether it be child or adult.
I am so sorry! I am just chatting pure shit here aren’t I? Sorry! 🤦🏻♀️
I’ll finish this absolutely AMAZING review 👀
by saying this is an engaging, thought provoking absolute pleasure of a book. Being able to be with Ruby as she goes through the list and tries so hard to find her feet is an absolute pleasure. It deserves a huge platform where Ruby and her voice are heard and more people can engage and learn. I applaud O’Keefe greatly and could not recommend this book to you more. In fact, I think if you have a teenager who does read that they should have a copy ASAP. You also need a copy. Yeah you there reading this.
🔵Links to buy:
Title: 10 Things To Do Before You Leave School.
Author: Bernard O’Keefe.
Genre: Children’s Fiction/YA & Teen.
Length: 275 Pages.
Publisher: Acorn Independent Press.
Publication Date: 05/03/2019.
🔵About the Author:
After graduating from Oxford, Bernard O’Keeffe worked in advertising before training as a teacher. He taught for many years, first in a North London comprehensive, then at Radley College, where he was Head of English, and most recently at St Paul’s School in London, where he was Head of Sixth Form.
He has reviewed fiction for Literary Review and The Oxford Times and, as an editor of The English Review, has written over a hundred articles for A Level students on subjects ranging from Nick Hornby and Roddy Doyle to Jane Austen and Shakespeare. In 2013 he published his first novel, ‘No Regrets’.
You can learn more about Bernard and his work, or get in touch by using the links below:
That’s it, tour finished! Thank you of course to you lot for joining me and giving me your constant support. And of course to Bernard himself and Anne over at LCDP for inviting me into the tour.
Today’s post is dedicated to my beautiful friend Carly who passed away in March. Today would have been her 40th Birthday.
Happy Birthday Carly ❤️
LADIES, PLEASE GO FOR YOUR SMEARS!
Hello lovely book geeks of the world.
It’s Monday, I know you all can’t be bothered, so I’ll jump in quickly on my hosted day today on bestselling author Patricia Wilson’s upcoming summer sensation Secrets of Santorini book tour.
🔸🔹Blurb: Sent away to a convent school in Dublin at the age of five, Irini McGuire has always had a strained and distant relationship with her mother, Bridget, a celebrated archaeologist who lives on the paradise island of Santorini. So, when Irini receives news that Bridget has been injured at a dig and is in a coma, she knows it is finally time to return to the island of her birth.
Reading through her mother’s notes at her bedside, Irini starts to realise how little she knows about Bridget’s life. Now, driven by rumours that her mother’s injury was no accident, Irini must uncover the dark secrets behind her family’s separation.
Will she discover the truth about her parents and her past before it is too late?
🔸🔹My Thoughts: Ok so I must say that I have I’ve never read anything by Patricia Wilson before. I know, I know, I’m a disgrace. Not only is she a bestseller she is Scouse! Letting the side down I know.
Usually this type of book is not my go to read at all. I don’t know why, but something about Secrets of Santorini immediately pulled me in and had me wanting to give it a go.
Anyway, I did.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I’m seriously impressed
In the sense of writing, plot, characters Secrets of Santorini is just beautiful.
Wilson writes with such depth, emotion and clarity that you completely lose yourself to the power of her words and the beautiful island of Santorini.
For me slow to get into, but worth the time invested into it. I also do not have any interest in Greek mythology either. However, it was meticulously researched and was very easy to follow for someone with no knowledge on this.
With Santorini being the go to place of the moment this is definitely a book to take with you to get more into the mood or one if you’re missing the place from your holiday there. Or last Greek holiday. Or of you’re poor like me, use it as complete escapism whilst making use of some of the sun we’ve been having here in the UK.
🔸🔹Links to buy:
Waterstones – Pre-Order.
WHSmith – Pre-Order.
Book Depository – Pre-Order.
Title: Secrets of Santorini.
Author: Patricia Wilson.
Genre: General Fiction/Fiction & Literature/Historical Fiction/Mystery
Length: 496 Pages.
ebook: May 16th 2019.
Paperback: July 11th 2019.
🔸🔹About the Author:
Patricia Wilson was born in Liverpool, has lived on Crete and is now settled on Rhodes. She was first inspired to write when she unearthed a rusted machine gun in her garden – one used in the events that unfolded during World War II on the island of Crete. The now elderly women involved in those events told Patricia their story, and her celebrated debut Island of Secrets (150k copies sold) was the result. Villa of Secrets (60k copies sold) was inspired by documents found in a secret room in a police station in Rhodes detailing the fate of the Jews on the island in 1944. Secrets of Santorini is inspired by frescoes found on Santorini.
You can learn more about Patricia and her work by using the following links:
So that’s me for this Monday my loves. I hope it somehow gave you hope to get to tomorrow and want you to take a look at Secrets of Santorini.
Huge thank you to of course you lot for being here with me and for constantly giving me your support. The fabulous Mrs Wilson herself and the darling Ellen over at Bonnier for inviting me onto the tour.
Love always, N 😘
Hello my lovely book geeks,
How are you all?
Today I am hosting day number four on the blog tour for the legendary author Jeffery Deaver and his outstanding new book, The Never Game.
👤Blurb: A student kidnapped from the park.
Nineteen-year-old Sophie disappears one summer afternoon. She wakes up to find herself locked inside a derelict warehouse, surrounded by five objects. If she uses them wisely, she will escape her prison. Otherwise she will die.
An investigator running out of time.
Sophie’s distraught father calls in the one man who can help find his daughter: unique investigator Colter Shaw. Raised in the wilderness by survivalist parents, he is an expert tracker with a forensic mind trained to solve the most challenging cases. But this will be a test even for him.
A killer playing a dangerous game.
Soon a blogger called Henry is abducted – left to die in the dark heart of a remote forest – and the whole case gets turned on its head. Because this killer isn’t following the rules; he’s changing them. One murder at a time…
👤My Thoughts: Jeffery Deaver is such a huge name in the thriller genre that it’s hard not to have heard of him and his work. I shamefully however, have never read one of his books. Well, I have now obviously, but you get what I mean.
The Never Game is the start a brand new investigative series starring survivalist Colton Shaw. Shaw a very clever and self-aware man makes a living by helping out on missing people cases that offer monetary rewards. We are introduced and given little flashbacks into his life over the years to let us start to build up a relationship with him. I found him to be very endearing and I am really excited to move onto the next chapter and find out more about him. He is an original and refreshing protagonist, which is something we actually needed in this genre without realising.
Plot wise I can’t fault The Never Game. A strategic and intense line leading to an unforgettable and solid bomb. Carefully researched and superbly written. It shoves us into the gaming industry with its underlying darkness and one very dangerous criminal. One who puts his victims into survival scenarios based on a game millions are playing online called The Mystery Man.
Now, this, I actually worried about. I’m not a gamer, I know nothing of the gamer life or games themselves. Yes, I may have teenage boys who own every console available and are big into the gaming world, but my knowledge on the subject is very minimalistic. I think a lot of people will get wary of this and it may put them off from reading. For me though I didn’t need to worry. Deaver has researched well and gives us step-by-step information to help us along our way into this unknown technological world. In fact, I learned a bit about it too. My kids think I’m stupid and looked at me strangely when I thought I was able to communicate with them about it, but obviously not and I still know nothing🤦🏻♀️😂
No, honestly it’s fine. Do not be put off by it.
All in all I recommend this book to you 100% it is raw, emotional, complex and extremely excitingly deceptive. It’s super fast-paced and grips dangerously hard from the off. The twists are there in full to throw you off and the suspense is an absolute killer.
I could not put it down at all! No lie, the only time I did was to go and make a cup of tea when it got a bit slow in the middle. It certainly picked back up though and the double plot intertwined gracefully and dramatic. It’s one of those reads were you think you’re clever and see what’s going on and to happen only to end up getting your eye wiped so hard and bad you end up with a bloody sty!
Go read it.
👤Links to buy:
Title: The Never Game.
Author: Jeffery Deaver.
Genre: Crime & Thriller.
Length: 418 Pages.
Publication Date: 16th May 2019
👤About the Author:
Jeffery Deaver is the No.1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.
You can find out more about Jeffrey and his work by visit his website and social media accounts that are linked below. at
So that’s me. Thank you so much for joining me today. Your support is always amazing and I’m so grateful for it! I hope you will all go and grab yourself a copy of The Never Game so you can see for yourself how good it is. And also so it strangles you. And gives you a sty. And doesn’t let you go to bed. Totally worth it though.
Thank you to the gorgeous Becca over at Harper Fiction for inviting me onto the tour and letting me read amazing ARC’s. And a big thank you also to Jeffery for having me on the tour and giving us book geeks around the world words of wonder and amazement.
Love always, N 😘
Happy Tuesday everyone.
We’re here today on day one of the blog tour for the absolutely amazing children’s book, Labyrinth Junction!
Let’s jump right in…
🐉Blurb: A magical land. A prison in the sky. An underwater city.
Little does Ben envisage this is what awaits him as he escapes the clutches of two bullies and climbs into the dark and gloomy cave. That’s when he discovers it, deep inside…Labyrinth Junction, a gateway to other worlds! Once he gets past the old witch standing guard, he’s led down a dark tunnel by a peculiar talking dog into the strange and magical land of Numblebrook and his adventures truly begin!
With his life in peril and trapped in Numblebrook, Ben befriends a pretty orphan girl called Amy and her pet dragon. Together, they and the strange Moonbeamer people set off on a series of dangerous missions in an effort to solve a riddle, free the land of the evil King and get Ben back home.
Labyrinth Junction is an exciting and fast moving fantasy story full of perilous adventures and heart warming friendships. It is a story about the sheer bravery and determination of a young boy who is prepared to risk his life if it means finding his way home. It will appeal to 8 – 12 year olds with a taste for adventure and excitement.
🐉My Thoughts: First of all can I just say that the cover to Labyrinth Junction is utterly fantastic! I absolutely adore it. For a children’s book I just found it so much more endearing and something more child like which would make children want to read it more. I don’t even care if that doesn’t make sense it makes sense to me 🤦🏻♀️😂
If you have younger children who love adventures and magic and puzzles and dragons and witches and weirdness then this is your book. Labyrinth Junction is a fast-paced, jam packed, clever and spell-bounding read.
I’m a 36 year old mum of two teenage boys and I absolutely loved every minute of it. I even wanted them to read it, but of course it’s not a games console or a phone. Such a shame! I wish I had this in their library when they were younger because it for sure would have been one of their favourites.
When it comes to younger readers keeping them involved or interested can be a very hard thing. I’ll give HDS a huge pat on the back here because she has managed to produce excitement in every page. She has managed to give our children a captivating book of wonder and intrigue. It’s honestly a fantastic children’s book. I cannot recommend it to you more.
I’m so looking forward to seeing what happens when we pass Labyrinth Junction again.
🐉Links to buy:
Title: Labyrinth Junction.
Author: Hayley Davenport-Smith.
Genre: Children’s Fiction/Fantasy & Magic.
Length: 192 Pages.
Publisher: Troubador Publishing.
Publication Date: April 28th 2019.
🐉About the Author:
Hayley Davenport-Smith is a primary school teacher and mother of five children. She’s spent many years watching youngsters become absorbed in fiction books. Inspired, she decided to write her own debut children’s fantasy novel. She is based in Wales.
You can learn more about Hayley and keep up to date about her work using the following links:
So that’s me. Today has been one for the kids, but I encourage you all to grab a copy for a youngster you can read it with, or as a gift for them to read. Or even if you’re like me and still a big kid at heart, just for yourself. We never lose that child like magic in our hearts do we?
As always a huge thank you for joining me here at TBGWP today. I appreciate your time greatly!
Shout out to HDS herself for giving us and our children something wonderful and to the lovely Anne over at LCDP for inviting me onto the tour.
Love always, N 😘
I’d say good morning you lovely book geeks of the world, but I think a simple hello is best as it’s Saturday and a lot of you are still in bed. To the rest of you who aren’t or are at work. I salute you and give you full permission to have a nice bottle of wine when you get home. Don’t forget to pair it with Shari Lows amazing new novel, This is Me! It’s honestly the perfect de-stressing match.
Not even gonna lie that was a smooth opening into getting you to buy this book 😂 Wine is always a winner! PR at its best there 👀🤦🏻♀️
Anyway, sorry, I’m being a knob and going on.
I am here today bringing you the book details, an exclusive extract and my thoughts on what can only be described as a controversial and seriously entertaining read.
It’s day three on leg one of Shari Lows, This is Me Blog Tour and I’m The Book Geek Wears Pajamas. Let’s go…
💠Blurb: This is… Denise.
Married to Ray, her first and only love, Denise has never for one moment regretted putting the husband she idolised on a pedestal above everyone and everything else. But, after forty years of marriage, he is gone, leaving Denise to discover that their perfect marriage was fatally flawed. Now she faces a future alone, but first she must face the betrayals of the past.
This is… Claire.
The estranged daughter of Denise, the woman who put her husband before her children, Claire took the opposite path and devoted her life to raising her family, sacrificing her marriage along the way. With her teenage sons about to flee the nest, she realises she may have left it too late to find her own happy ever after.
This is the story of two women, both alone, both cautionary tales of one of motherhood’s biggest decisions.
Who is more important, your partner or your children? And what happens if you make the wrong choice?
💠My Thoughts: By the now the term emotional rollercoaster has become a reviewing cliche. It seems every book you read a review on is one. God, I’m probably guilty of this too so don’t be offended by it.
To me the term emotional rollercoaster is one I don’t use lightly. I do have to be up and down and literally shook with a headache. I want my head getting smashed from side to side into the safety bars of the ride. And I want the thrill, fear, laughter, love, hate, chills, nausea and absolute honestly and truth of the wind! I want it all! There aren’t many authors who can achieve such a head smashing. Shari Low is one of those in which we can rely on to give us exactly that. The emotional rollercoaster with a side of weak bladder laughter to balance it out.
This is Me is poignant, honest, funny and thought provoking book. Not going to lie it has a slow start, but it is totally worth the time invested into it. Once you’re in, you’re in!
It’s hard to write a review when you are faced with identifiable characters you know. This allows you to emerge yourself deeply into the read and the emotions of both protagonists. Whether you agree with them in heart or even morally or not. You will always be empathetic and you will always question why people choose the paths and people they do. Question priorities and why they differ from one another. It becomes real life. And when fiction becomes non-fiction then you know that’s a damn good read!
Life is a balancing act that none of us ever get right at first. This is Me is proof of that.
💠Links to buy:
Title: This is Me.
Author: Shari Low.
Genre: General Fiction (Adult)/Women’s Fiction.
Length: 372 Pages.
Publisher: Head of Zeus.
Publication Date: 2nd May
💠About the Author:
Shari Low is the No1 best-selling author of over 20 novels, including One Day In December, A Life Without You, The Story Of Our Life, With Or Without You and her latest release, Another Day In Winter. And because she likes to over-share toe-curling moments and hapless disasters, she is also the shameless mother behind a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. Once upon a time she met a guy, got engaged after a week, and twenty-something years later she lives near Glasgow with her husband, a labradoodle, and two teenagers who think she’s fairly embarrassing except when they need a lift.
For all the latest news, you can visit her using the links provided.
Thank you so much for visiting me to today here at TBGWP! As always I am humbled by your support and can never thank you enough. The obligatory apology for waffling on at the start 🤷🏻♀️ and the always huge thanks to Shari herself for being a kick ass author and to the also kick ass VJ over at Aria for giving me ARC’s and inviting me onto wonderful tours just like this.
Love always, N 😘
P.S… Don’t forget the wine 🍷
NEVER, forget the wine.
P.P.S… Also, don’t forget your copy of This is Me 👍🏻
Happy May 1st everyone.
Is there any need for how fast this year is going please?
How are you all?
Thank you for joining me today here at TBGWP. Today I am lucky enough to be hosting on the second leg of Naomi Joy’s, The Liars blog tour. I have information and an extract from a debut book that is absolutely blowing people away.
Shall we get started?
🌗Blurb: Two women. One deadly secret. A rivalry that could destroy them.
Ava Wells is perfect. She has the boyfriend, the career, the looks. But one night changes everything and her life suddenly isn’t so seamless.
Jade Fernleigh is ambitious. She’s worked hard to get where she is. And she’s not about to let Ava take the job she rightly deserves.
Both women share a secret that could destroy them, but who will crumble first?
🌗My Thoughts: I’m 301 Pages in and I am deliberately not reading it at my normal pace because I don’t want it to finish. Take from that what you will. Full review once finished obvs!
🌓Links to buy:
Title: The Liars..
Author: Naomi Joy.
Genre: Psychological Thriller.
Length: 406 Pages.
Publication Date: April 16th 2019.
🌗About the Author:
Naomi Joy is a pen name of a young PR professional who was formerly an account director at prestigious Storm Communications. Writing from experience, she draws the reader in the darker side of the uptown and glamorous, presenting realism that is life or death, unreliable and thrilling to page-turn.
You can learn more about Naomi by using the following links:
Quick and easy one for us today. I recommend this book to you 100% and know you will absolutely love it. I mean is it just me or are debut books fighting for the best debut ever award more these days? I love it! Might as well treat yourself and start the month off with something amazing.
Thank you to Vicky over at Aria and Naomi herself for inviting me onto the tour. And as always thank you to you gorgeous lot reading this.
Love always, N 😘
Hiya, you lot!
Did you all have an amazing bank holiday weekend? Are you all sunburned and still a bit hungover? Don’t worry we’re all in the same boat.👀💊👍🏻
Today is day one on Fiona Collins’s blog tour for her upcoming release, You, Me and the Movies.
I love a bit of Fiona Collins me so I was made up to get asked to come onto to the tour and read the book. She has had me crossing my legs in laughter far too many times. You mothers and older ladies will know what I mean by that 😉
Shall we get started?
🎬Blurb: Two people. Ten classic films. A love story you’ll never forget.
Arden has just started university when she meets Mac – and quickly falls head over heels for the handsome, charismatic film lecturer. Their love affair is dramatic, exciting and all-consuming; the sort of thing you only see in the movies.
It couldn’t last. But thirty years later, leading a very different life, Arden is visiting a friend in hospital when she suddenly comes across the man she never forgot. Badly injured in an accident, Mac can only make brief references to the classic films they once watched together: Casablanca, A Star is Born, Pretty Woman among others… and they make Arden remember everything.
The bittersweet memories of their relationship help Arden re-connect with the world in a way she no longer thought was possible. But will a movie-worthy love ever be hers again?
🎬My Thoughts: You know me by now and I will always tell you the truth with my reviews. Blog tour or not. The truth is the truth.
You, me and the movies is unfortunately not my favourite. I see it being an absolute smash and a book most readers will have on their TBR. It’s beautiful, it’s fun, it’s sensitive and poignant. It’s a clear winner for people who want a clever and original love story with well thought out characters. I do in all honestly want you to read this book! Seriously pre-order it or grab the ebook now and see for yourself.
Obviously you’re going to want to know my issues with it after that aren’t you?
So, for me it is not a book you can just casually pick up and read. It’s one you really have to give time and effort too. I wouldn’t say it’s long winded, but you do have to give it time. When it comes to this genre that is just not for me. I don’t want to have to try if you get me. I just want easy, none thinking reading.
I am also seriously no movie buff! Especially with the classics and basically any movie, so I did get lost a bit with some of the movie details and references.
I also couldn’t fully connect with Arden and for me I need that connection.
See, it’s not even bad. It’s just me being me. But I can’t not tell you that because it’s a blog tour post and review.
Anyway, read the other reviews they are hot shit! And one of the best things about it for me is that it has given me reason to have one super massive movie marathon. I do intent to watch the ten films from the book! Oh, and for sure in Arden and Mac’s order. I also will re-read You, Me and the Movies again after that movie marathon and when the paperback is released. Who knows I might eat my words. I’ve done it before haven’t I?
Right now it’s a 3/5 star book for me and that in itself is brilliant!
So if you’re wanting a nostalgic, intense, original, tearfully funny read with a dramatic love story and a huge slice of movie pie then this is definitely your book. Make sure you have your popcorn, tissues and wine ready, you’re going to need them all.
🎬 Links to buy:
Title: You, Me and the Movies.
Author: Fiona Collins.
Genre: Romance/Contemporary Romance/General Fiction.
Length: 388 Pages
• ebook: 4th April 2019
• Paperback: Aug 22nd 2019
💾About the Author:
Fiona Collins grew up in an Essex village and after stints in Hong Kong and London returned to the Essex countryside where she lives with her husband and three children. She has a degree in Film and Literature and has had many former careers including TV presenting in Hong Kong, traffic and weather presenter for BBC local radio and film/TV extra.
You can learn more about her and her books using the following links:
So, that’s it my book reading friends. I hope you’ll use the links provided and show your support for this read. Remember ebook is available now and paperback is on pre-order until its release date on August 22nd. And definitely continue on with the tour to get the other fab reviews from the some of the best reviewers.
Thank you very much for giving me your time and I really do hope you all have a fabulous day.
Big thank you also to Antonia over at Transworld for inviting me onto the tour and sending me out an unbound ARC 😍 and finally our Fiona for always giving us laughter and happiness with her books.
Love as always, N 😘