Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter.

Hello you gorgeous lot!

Have you missed me and my big mouth? I definitely missed you lot and the book world.

Anyway, I’m here, and I am repping the fuck out of Dawn O’Porters new release So Lucky.

It’s day number six on the Blog Tour for SO and I am here with all the book deets for you as usual and my thoughts on the book. Now, I ask you before you go to that part to read it all and not just the top bit. I know I get carried away with myself and I know I’m a nuisance, but please do. Thank you.

Right, here we go….

🍩Blurb: IS ANYONE’S LIFE . . .

Beth shows that women really can have it all.

Ruby lives life by her own rules.

And then there’s Lauren, living the dream.

AS PERFECT AS IT LOOKS?

Beth hasn’t had sex in a year.

Ruby feels like she’s failing.

Lauren’s happiness is fake news.

And it just takes one shocking event to make the truth come tumbling out…

🍩My Thoughts: Ok, so erm, I have decided that I will not be doing a review for this book. I don’t want to and it doesn’t deserve one from me. No, no, no, hear me out a sec. That is not a negative comment from me at all, in fact it’s totally the opposite.

I formally known as the Book Geek Wears Pajamas or PajamaBookGirl in the book world, or just Natalie in the normal world, or Mum (none fucking stop) in my kids world, could never ever do So Lucky justice with my words. I don’t have them and I certainly can’t articulate them like they deserve.

So Lucky deserves unlimited praise. It deserves it for making women feel beautiful regardless of their faults/conditions/jobs/thoughts/looks/life. It deserves it for making reality what it is and what it should be. For keeping life real in a fictional world. For making sure that a fictional world created gives back to people in need. People that deserve it. Characters we connect with and want the best for.

It’s a fucking decent read my friends. It’s funny, sad, stupid, diverse, harmonious, sexy, fun and REAL! And we know for sure that right now in this shit world we all need that. We all need the love. And that my fabulous book geeking fabulous friends is what So Lucky is. It’s self love that’s what it is.

Do I recommend? Abso-fucking-lutely!

Do I resonate with the characters given to us by O’Porter in SO? More than you will ever know.

Do I feel better about myself being a hairy bastard who can give my husband and his beard a run for his money? Yes, actually, I do.

Am I embarrassed to be telling you all that and owning up to the fact that I am part of a female world that is silent and ashamed and yeti-like? Well, I’m proper beetroot and overheating writing this so am taking that as a big fat yes!

However, I am writing it and I am telling you all, and that my friends comes down to So Lucky. It helped me in realising that we are all not perfect, we all have problems and issues, but we are not alone even though we feel we are. So Lucky helped me see that and I went searching on Instagram and found hundreds and hundreds of people just like me. And for that tiny bit of confidence it gave me will always be why I can never do this book justice with my words.

Thank you Dawn for SO and for keeping it 109% real always! The world needs that and the world needs your books and love.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

P.S… I have not and will not be editing this post. Why? Because I wrote it from the top of my head and from my heart. If it’s wrong in any way, I do not care. If it doesn’t make sense or doesn’t flow, oh well! Fuck being right. I like being wrong sometimes 🤷🏻‍♀️

🍩Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

🍩Book Details:

Title: So Lucky.

Author: Dawn O’Porter.

Genre: General Fiction.

Length: 400 Pages.

ISBN-10: 0008126070

ISBN-13: 978-000812607.

ASIN: B07QGNMTKZ.

Publisher: HarperCollins.

Publication Date: October 31st 2019.

🍩About the Author:

DAWN O’PORTER is a Sunday Times bestselling novelist, columnist and broadcaster who lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, sons Art and Valentine, cat Lilu and dog Potato. She has made numerous documentaries about all sorts of things: polygamy, childbirth, Geisha, body image, breast cancer and even the movie Dirty Dancing. She is the critically acclaimed author of The Cows, Paper Aeroplanes and Goose.

Dawn also collects vintage clothing, and admits to writing her best work when she is wearing a bonkers seventies dress and her hair is a voluminous bob.

You can learn more about Dawn and her work using the following links:

www.dawnoporter.co.uk

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Goodreads

That’s me done I’m afraid. Thank you so much for joining me today and letting me just talk a million miles an hour at you. I’m sure you’re all used to it by now though. Also, I am gutted that I had to use a brown fucking doughnut. As if there’s no pink ones in the emoji selection. Sort it out apple! Proper messed me aesthetics up there.

Big massive thank you to Dawn herself and our RB over at HC HQ for inviting me onto the tour and sending me out ARC’s!

Book Geeks, you know what to do here. Go buy this fabulous book. It’s Saturday, you deserve a treat. Plus it’s defo boss with an alcoholic beverage alongside it.

See you all soon.

Love as always, N 😘

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – Secrets of Santorini by Patricia Wilson.

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’m here.

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.

Just beautiful!

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

3.5/5

🔸🔹Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

Waterstones – Pre-Order.

WHSmith – Pre-Order.

Book Depository – Pre-Order.

🔸🔹Book Details:

Title: Secrets of Santorini.

Author: Patricia Wilson.

Genre: General Fiction/Fiction & Literature/Historical Fiction/Mystery

Length: 496 Pages.

ISBN-10: 1785768972.

ISBN-13: 978-1785768972.

ASIN: B07JHFX5R4

Publisher: Zaffre

Publication Date:

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:

Author website

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

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 😘

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – Mummy’s Favourite by Sarah Flint.

Guys, it’s Tuesday, it’s proper cold and I have a spine chilling book to show you all about on today’s tour.

I’m jumping straight in…

👁Blurb: Buried in a woodland grave are a mother and her child.

One is alive. One is dead.

It is one of the most harrowing cases to hit D.C. Charlie Stafford’s department in years. Then more pairs of mothers and children go missing – and it’s Charlie’s job to find them.

Soon, Charlie is hunting down a brutal serial killer with a twisted mind. But as she closes in on the culprit, she realises she’s in more danger than she thought…

He’s watching. He’s waiting. Who’s next?

👁Extract:

👁My Thoughts: A compelling dark and utterly horrifying read.

As a mother this book absolutely put the shits up me, I’m not even going to lie. It is dire. It is excruciatingly evil and has you gripped by the throat from the off.

For a debut book I have to say Mummy’s Favourite has certainly made a huge impact in the book community and on me. Sarah Flint has Meticulously given us every single thing we want and love in a crime/serial killer read. For that she has already proven she will be an author to definitely watch out for.

It’s honestly a read so shocking, original and gritty. Chilling, engaging and suspenseful. Dark and utterly disturbing. After all that badness, is it wrong for me to say fantastic?

I can’t wait to see what D.C. Stafford gets up to next.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

👁Links to buy:

▫️Amazon

▫️iBooks

▫️Google Play

▫️Kobo

▫️Waterstones

▫️WHSmith

▫️Book Depository

▫️Audible

👁Book Details:

Title: Mummy’s Favourite

Author: Sarah Flint

Genre: Crime/Mystery&Thriller

Length: PB-352 Pages. Ebook: 278 Pages

ISBN: 1786690691

ISBN-10: 1789541859

ISBN-13: 978-1789541854

ASIN: B01FHYZWD8

Publisher: Aria

Publication Date: 10/01/2019

👁About the Author:

With a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers. She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters.

You can learn more about Sarah and her books by using the following links:

▫️Twitter

▫️Facebook

▫️GoodReads

That’s me my fellow book geeks. As always thank you so much for joining me here on TBGWP your support is always appreciated.

Big thank you to Sarah herself and to the lovely Vicky over at HOZ for inviting me onto the tour.

Love always, N 😘

Posted in 2016, Book Tours, Miscellaneous, News, reviews

BT – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Joanna Bolouri. 


Happy Friday gorgeous people of the world.
Thank you for joining me today as I host day five on Joanna Bolouri’s, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Blog Tour.

Erm… Well, I was supposed to give you a review today you know, but I so can’t. 🙈

Arr no hang on a minute and hear me out, ok?

I haven’t got a review today and that’s not because I’ve not read the book, or am just too lazy to write one. It is in fact because I would never be able to stop the spoilers and I would never in a million years know how to do this book justice. I honestly have no proper words right now. I’ll try Me best like.

Joanna Bolouri is seriously a top class author, she’s current, bold, funny and to be fair she’s just fucking fabulous. She is the Queen of RomCom am telling you. Proper crown and everything! 👑

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is everything a Christmas book should be. A bit of a shaky festive ride with a lot of family dramatics, partying and cocktails on the way. Lots of festive shit and of course a bit of romance and tenderness thrown in for good measures. Oh, and lots and lots of laughter. No seriously, I mean serious choke yourself laughter. No word of a lie.

Emily and Evan are two of the best characters I’ve read about in a long time and I snorted a lot at some of the crazy fucking things that went on with them two. Their banter is priceless and I loved being the third wheel for them. The Carson family are absolutely fucking AMAZING! They are the absolute best family ever! Their Scottish charm is delightful. 

Oh it’s just so relatable, you know what I mean? Like, it could actually be you and your family. In all honesty though, it actually could be my family! Oh I really love it. I can’t wait to hear what you all think of it too. 

You know what? Am going to give loads of spoilers away if I even try carry on trying to write about it! It’s dead hard when you love a book but you don’t know how to tell everyone about it because you’re a bad tit and just can’t. But I NEED to! I NEED to dead bad. I NEED to tell you all how fan-fucking-tastic it is and that not only is it top of my 2016 Christmas bookathon winners list right now, it is also in the top 5 of my 2016 book of the year too. I won’t tell you where like, but it’s warmer if you go up 😜

Oh I love it. I hope you do too. 

So you know I like to tell you all what to do and to go buy all the books all the time, but honestly when it comes to our JoBo she does it with style, sass, realism and quality, and I just absolutely love all her books. And this book will be another 5star from me to her.

A sweary four day uproar of sarcasm, family crazyness, love and absolute ball busting hysterical laughter. Like snorting laughter and needing to put a tenor lady on (if your one of the maturer ladies of life or just like me and have had kids who have basically fucked your body up) because I promise you. you will piss your pants. 

Christmas reading at its absolute fucking best! 

I’m honestly in awe.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


💙❤️Blurb: Thirty-eight year old Emily has a satisfying job, fab friends, an amazing car and, most importantly, a wonderful flat, exactly 411 miles away from the judgemental, batshit crazy, interfering family she reluctantly sees twice a year. In fact, the only minor stress in her life is her twenty-something neighbour Evan and his penchant for flirting, loud music and even louder sex . . . but he’s nothing she can’t handle. 

Emily also has a boyfriend called Robert and it’s going really well. So well, in fact, that this year Emily is hoping to take him home for Christmas to meet her family. Finallyshe won’t be subject to five days of nosy questions from her parents and pity looks from her younger married siblings.
But when Robert breaks up with her a week before Christmas, Emily is gutted. How on earth is she going to face her family now? Enlisting the help of party boy Evan (in exchange for one month’s rent and the use of her convertible) Emily is determined to take Robert home for Christmas come hell or high water, even if it isn’t the realRobert . . .

💙❤️Links to buy:

Amazon 

ibooks 

Kobo

Book Depository 

Waterstones

WHSmith (PaperBack on offer here😉)

The Book People

💙❤️Book Details:

Title: The Most Wonderful Time of The Year.

Author: Joanna Bolouri.

Genre: Romantic Comedy. 

Length: 416 pages.

ISBN: 9781784299125

Publisher: Quercus Books.

Publication Date: October 6th 2016


💙❤️About the Author:


Joanna Bolouri worked in sales before she began writing professionally at the age of thirty. Winning a BBC comedy script competition allowed her to work and write with stand-up comedians, comedy scriptwriters and actors from across the UK. She’s had articles and reviews published in The Skinny, the Scottish Sun, the Huffington Post and HecklerSpray. She lives in Glasgow with her daughter.


To find out more about Joanna, buy her books or chat to her, you can follow her via her social media accounts. Links below.

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads 


So there you have it my darling book geeks. I’ve been a pretty shitty host and blogger today haven’t I? I genuinely do apologise for that. But I do hope I’ve somehow made some kind of sense and have made you want to go read this book. I honestly love it. I also love you. I love Joanna Bolouri. I love Alainna from Quercus. And I love laughter, genuinity, warmth, compassion, Christmas and most of all Family. I know you all do too. 

#MostWonderful.

Love as always 

N 😘


Posted in 2016, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood.


🎃Happy Hallowe’en my darling book geeks of the world. I hope you are all good?🎃

 Thank you for taking the time out of your day today to join me on day number 7 of Nuala Elwood’s #MySistersBones blog tour. 

💀Now, with it being a day where anything can happen, let me just tell you now that this book is the PERFECT Halloween book for you to read today/tonight. Am not being funny right, but you’re gonna be up and down all night at the door aren’t you? So you’ll want something to keep you company and then something you can sink right into with the leftover trick or treat candy, right? Obviously it needs to be dramatic! Obviously it needs to be worrying! Obviously it needs to be mysterious, frightening, creepy and totally real life, it is Halloween after all. But even though this book is all of that and very much more and like I said the absolute perfect read for today, you always have tomorrow too.

My Sister’s Bones is a book you will NOT put down. It is a book you will NOT know what to do with as it shatters your mind into a million pieces then kills you off with a twist so hard it picks up all the shattered pieces, glues them back together again and then laughs in your face as it smashes it to pieces once again. (I know, right? What a bastard.) And, it is also NOT a book you wont tell people about once you’re a done. You have no choice really because you need them to have their eyes pulled open, and for them to be put in a place of destruction and fascination where only the readers of this book can go so that you can talk and gush about it with them. It is THAT good! It is insanely good!

Now, I know I’m supposed to give you a review, but I just don’t want too. I can’t because I’ll give something away and then you’ll hate me. You need to go in blind, and you need to let it run and just allow yourself to be dragged through every twist and turn and over every heart wrenching obstacle you come across so you come out bloody and covered in bruises. You won’t be able to fully submerge yourself into the read any other way. 

You know what?  You just need to this read this book and I promise you from the bottom of my heart you won’t be let down. 

Before I go though we need to get serious for a minute here. Yep, this is a twisty turny book of mysterious chaos, sheer trepidation and utter shock, but it also has other sides to it too. Sides that to be frank, aren’t fucking nice in the slightest. I’m talking PTSD, Alcoholism, domestic violence and abuse, plus the horrific in-depth and very real war that is happening right this minute in Aleppo, Syria. It’s truth burns deep and I won’t lie it does leaves you numb and feeling pretty shit. It is real life and Nuala Ellwood has thoroughly researched and given us nothing but truth in every aspect of what she’s written. It’s hard to read at times I’ll be honest, and you feel so utterly helpless. You know what though? To feel like that and so strongly whether it’s truth or fiction just goes to show you the quality of Nuala Ellwood’s work. 

The way in which she portrays mental health, especially PTSD, so thorough, careful and honest. It gives you a clear precise and overall better understand of the condition which some do think it’s a condition that only soldiers get. Life is hard enough as it is and PTSD can be picked up at any time in life where there has been some kind of trauma. It’s great to see that in a book. I honestly think being given more information about the world today some you might not necessarily want to hear about or one you turn a blind eye too (we all do it, don’t worry.) well, I’ll be totally honest, I find that extremely clever.

Nuala Ellwood has seriously kicked any debut book out of the ‘best debut book’ running awards and has already placed herself high on the 2017 book of the year list. 

It is so good and it is worth every minute you invest into it.

Nuala, you my friend are an absolute fucking genius. 2017 is your year and I look forward to reading whatever you throw at us next. 

Clever, emotionally compelling, absolutely captivating, so convincing and utterly creepy. And one hard core mind fucker of a book. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5


💀Blurb: Kate Rafter is a high-flying war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped their father. Her younger sister Sally didn’t. Instead, she drinks.

But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return home. And on her first night she is woken by a terrifying scream.

At first Kate tells herself it’s just a nightmare. But then she hears it again. And this time she knows she’s not imagining it. 

What secret is lurking in the old family home?
And is she strong enough to uncover it…and make it out alive?

💀Links to buy: (Pre-Order)

Amazon 

iBooks

Kobo

Book Depository 

Waterstones

WHSmith


💀Book Details:

Title: My Sister’s Bones

Author: Nuala Ellwood

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Length: 400 Pages

ISBN: 9780241977279

Publisher: Penguin/Viking 

Publication Date: 

ebook – 01/11/2016

HC/PB/Audio – 09/02/2017

💀Author Details:


Nuala Ellwood is the daughter of an award-winning journalist. She was inspired by his experiences and those of foreign correspondents such as Marie Colvin and Martha Gellhorn to secure Arts Council funding for her research into PTSD for her debut psychological thriller MY SISTER’S BONES.



Ok, so I gave you a bit of a review didn’t I? No I really didn’t at all did I? 😂 I gave you a rambling of words and basically told you to buy this book. Apologies! You all know I like to get carried away, and lost when I get going about a good read. 🙈😂

I honestly do urge you all to pre-order a copy of this novel though, it is truly fantastic! 

Thank you once again for being here with me today, youre all amazing. Of course I need to give a shoutout to the ever so lovely Annie Hollands over at PenguinRandomHouse for being ever so lovely and asking me to join the tour – always appreciated. 


Love as always, N 😘