Kindle monthly deals – August 2020

I really enjoy Dawn’s writing. She is bold and doesn’t shy away from embarrassing subjects. This is a fun and naughty book.

Jill’s books are always a must buy. Looking forward to reading it soon.

This sounds really interesting. I’ve had it waiting on my Kindle for me for a while, so must get reading it soon.

What a gorgeous cover. I’ve heard this series is excellent, so will binge read all three books with some cake.

I thoroughly enjoyed Ruth’s first book and have had this recommended to me. 

I recently bought 5 of the books by T.A. Williams that are set in Italy. As I didn’t get to go this year for my birthday, I’ll be escaping the summer by reading instead.

This sounds like a fascinating book. Something a bit different for me too.

I adore Cressida’s books and this one is just stunning! Have cake handy…

I saw Katy talk about writing this book last year and as a big fan of Dirty Dancing, I can’t wait to find out more about the background of it.

This has been on my wish list for a while now. Always a treat to read Lucy’s books.

Kindle monthly deals – July 2020

A double bargain of books from one of my favourite authors this month. This is the 3rd book in The Proper Family series. 

Once in a Lifetime is a stand alone book and is such a fun read.

Cressida is a wonderful author and I especially enjoyed The Cornish Cream Tea Bus. See my review here

This is the sequel, which is on my TBR pile and I will be diving into it very soon.

My twitter pal, Jenn (@TheComfyChair2) really loved this book and as her judgement is excellent, this was one of the first books I bought this morning. Thanks Jenn!

I read Behind Her Eyes last year and thought it was brilliant. This book is one both myself and my husband are looking forward to reading. 

Carole Matthews is an excellent author and I’m working my way through her books…all 33 of them! The cover for this is just fabulous, isn’t it? 

Another purchase blamed firmly on my twitter friends. This time it’s @ClareJanetMason and after seeing how much she loved this book, I added it to my shopping list. Needless to say this morning, I had bought it even before I had made my first coffee of the day.

Something about this cover drew me in and the synopsis sounds really good. Another book I’ve seen appearing on twitter a lot recently.

After the hugely successful Comfort Food Cafe series, this standalone book sounds like a great escape from life right now.

Another book that both my husband and I will be reading. He really liked The Party (see his review here)  and has insisted I need to read it too. Probably so he can discuss the ending with someone…

This is the 4th book in the Beach Hut series. I’ve not started it yet, as I want to get stuck in from book one. Hopefully timing it well so I read the Christmas one in winter, not summer!

Other notable 99p books. These don’t seem to be monthly deals, so I don’t know how long they’ll be at this price for. Snap them up quickly!

Cover reveal – Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters

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What happens when love takes you to unexpected places?

Heather Douglas appears to have it all. But living on a farm in the Scottish Highlands with her partner, Rory Fraser, all while bringing up their adorable toddler, Harry, isn’t easy. As a former librarian, Heather is worried that she’ll never fully fit into life on Fraser Farm. And after the death of her beloved mum five years ago, Heather feels lost, as well as guilty for holding back accepting Rory’s marriage proposal because she can’t imagine her wedding without her mother.

So when ex-boyfriend, Stewart, appears in the village of Glendale, it’s a shock to the system. The man who broke her heart years ago now has big plans for the neighbouring farm and wants Heather to be part of the development. Knowing that she’s living a very different life to the one they had planned at university leaves Heather wondering if she has made the right choices since she and Stewart broke up. Especially when things start to go very wrong on the farm …

This Christmas, Heather will need to face her fears and let go of the past or risk losing everything. She will need love, faith, and a whole lot of hope!

Return to the beautiful Highlands village of Glendale with the latest book in the bestselling Glendale series – the perfect cosy, uplifting, romantic read for fans of Heidi Swain, Milly Johnson and Holly Martin.

Pre-order links:

Amazon https://amzn.to/2Y6P1dt

Apple https://apple.co/3emKwBn

Kobo https://bit.ly/37AMc7D

Kindle monthly deals – June 2020

A double bargain for Holly Hepburn books this month! I love her books and these are such a great price. 

This is the sequel to the book I’ve featured above. Buy both! And if you’ve already read them, buy them for a friend. We all need something lovely to make us smile right now.

Mandy Baggot does a wonderful job of transporting you away to sunny places when you’re just sat at home. I’ve just been gifted this book by a friend, so I’ll look forward to escaping to Corfu this summer.

This is my favourite Sophie Kinsella book outside of the Shopaholic series. I really enjoyed it and need to read it again.

I recently watched a webinar with Bella and this book sounds really good. I adore the cover too. So summery. 

Another fabulous book from Heidi in the deals this month. My review for it is here

This has only just come out, so such a bargain! Be transported to Malta for only 99p…

I featured Paper Aeroplanes in the May kindle deals and this is the sequel to it, so if you enjoyed Paper Aeroplanes, do buy this one too.

I’ve just got my library reservation for the audiobook of this come through. It sounds very good.

I have heard so many people talk about this book and recommend it, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in myself.

Kindle monthly deals – May 2020

This is the only Milly Johnson book that I am missing from my collection, so this is definitely being purchased. I adore her books and she’s such a lovely woman too.  

I already have this in hardback, as my husband’s Twitter name is featured in the book, but at 99p, I’m tempted to get a digital version too. C.L Taylor writes a great psychological thriller and I’ve enjoyed all her books.

This is a YA book that I read a while ago and really liked. The follow up to it is called Goose. Anyone read her adult books yet? I’ve got So Lucky waiting on my kindle.

I know, I know…why haven’t I read this yet? It’s had so many people rave about how wonderful it is. I have it waiting on my bookshelf and I really want to get to it this month.

I posted my review of this fabulous book yesterday. It is just perfect for reading right now. Escape to Rome and lose yourself in romance and dance…

This book has been on my Twitter timeline a lot recently, so I think it’ll be making it’s way onto my kindle to read this summer.

I adore this gorgeous cover! And a book about a book shop sounds right up my street. I know my friend loved her last book, which is also just 99p too.

Dorothy Koomson is one of my favourite authors. This is her latest book and was a gripping read. I love that it’s set in Brighton, which is a place I’m missing being able to visit right now.

An Adele Parks book that I’ve not got…must remedy that right away! Adele is celebrating her 20th book this month. This isn’t a new book. In fact, it’s the sequel to her debut, Playing Away, which I was planning to re read.

A round of applause for the designers of Cathy’s covers! They always stand out to me and I admit that I hadn’t even read the synopsis before adding this one to my wish list. I just know it’ll be one I’ll really enjoy reading.

Kindle monthly deals – April 2020

Every month, on the 1st, I spend ages going through the pages and pages of ebooks listed in the amazon monthly deals. I add anything that takes my fancy to a wish list and then see how many I can afford to buy. Those 99p bargains can add up if I’m not careful…

I thought I’d share with you a selection of books that I think are worth a ‘buy now’ click or ones that I’m planning on treating myself to. Please let me know if there’s any you particularly enjoyed.

Heidi has been a firm favourite of mine for a while now. I’ve not read this book yet, although I do own it in glorious paperback, so I should get myself out in the garden and enjoy some escapism.

I read this book last year and just loved it! See my review here It’s such a clever idea and worked really well to keep the plot interesting and unique. I cannot recommend this book enough. If you’ve not read it, please do so. Beth’s next book – The Switch – is out on April 16th.

I’ve read and enjoyed a few Sarah Morgan books and have several more in my TBR pile. This book has lots of fantastic reviews and has gone straight onto my wish list.

I’ve seen this book so often on my twitter feed that it’s worked it’s way into my subconscious and when I spotted it in the deals, I thought maybe I should add it to my wish list. It’s got some amazing reviews.

Mike Gayle never disappoints. His books are just brilliant. I’ve not read this one yet, but Half A World Away was fantastic. Read that review here

This is such a powerful book. It’s not as easy read, as it’s very emotional, but it’s really stuck with me ever since I read it. Read my full review here

Matt Dunn is another male author that I really enjoy reading. The clever mix of wit and emotion in his books make them all a must buy for me.

This books sounds fun. I used to love making mix tapes when I was younger and it’s amazing how music can transport you back to another time and place.

The lovely Kiren (@TamworthReads) recently gave me a copy of this book and it sounds great. A bit of a change from the others I’ve chosen, but I like to mix up the genres and have some variety.

With more and more people having to cut back on spending and getting creative with the contents of the cupboards right now, this book might come in handy.

At the moment, all of these ebooks are just 99p each from Amazon. Do let me know if you treat yourself.

Cover Reveal – The Secret Seaside Escape by Heidi Swain

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The Secret Seaside Escape

Following a shocking revelation within her family, Tess Tyler is looking to escape her hectic city life – and where better to hide than Wynmouth, the seaside town she visited as a child, with its sandy beaches, stunning rock pools and welcoming community. But little does she realise, Wynmouth isn’t quite the haven she remembers it to be, and her real life is still threatening to catch up with her . . . Also returning to Wynmouth is Joe. Having fled over a decade ago after an accident that changed his life forever, he’s back and is determined to face his demons. But, like Tess, Joe realises that the town is nothing like he remembers and quickly his arrival brings old tensions to the surface. As the pair begin to familiarise themselves with the town they once knew, they each realise that the secrets they carry are becoming harder to conceal – but will revealing them bring the answers they’re looking for? Will Tess and her new friends finally get the second chance they’ve been hoping Wynmouth will give them?

Out on 30th April 2020 in paperback, ebook and audiobook!

Pre order The Secret Seaside Escape from Amazon here

Cover Reveal – Coming Home to Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters

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Doesn’t this look so festive and inviting??? Victoria’s first book with her new publishers, Hera Books, is available as an ebook from 25th September 2019.

Pre order Coming Home to Glendale Hall from Amazon here

No matter how far you go, home is where the heart is…

Beth Williams hasn’t been home for ten years. After falling pregnant at sixteen, she ran away from the imposing Scottish estate where she grew up rather than risk her family’s disapproval, working hard to build a life for herself and daughter Isabelle – but now she’s finally returning to Glendale Hall.

As Beth tries to mend her broken family ties, and fights to bring the community of Glendale back together, she realises that the story she has told herself for a decade might well be a very different one from the truth. Even though she ran from Glendale it has never left her heart. And, she soon realises, neither has Drew – Beth’s first love.

Will Beth be able to forgive her mother and grandmother (and herself) for what happened ten years ago? What will Drew say when he discovers the secret she’s been keeping from him for so long? Can a festive trail bring the village back together?

Will Christmas work its magic on Glendale – or will Beth be forced to run away from it all over again?

Sweet Words Book Club

Back in late 2018, I was in the spa at my local leisure centre and got talking with another woman there about books. She’d seen me reading in the spa, whilst lying on the heated loungers and always asked about the book I was engrossed in. One day she suggested I start up a book club. I wasn’t sure about the idea as I don’t know many local people who are into reading. She said she thought a few of her friends might be interested and I should think about it.

After Christmas, I got in touch with her and said we should do it. I asked a neighbour of mine and another friend I knew that loved books and Sami rounded up a few more people. We set up a group on WhatsApp to arrange our first meeting and decided that we would start our discussion reading One Day in December by Josie Silver. We gave ourselves a few weeks to read it and met in a local dessert cafè to talk about the book. 6 of us turned up and I’d printed off some discussion questions that I’d found online, just in case we weren’t that forthcoming with our chat. I wasn’t sure what to expect as none of us had ever been part of a book club before and most of us were strangers.

I didn’t need to worry, as we all hit it off really well and chatted for almost 2 hours about books and how much we enjoyed reading One Day in December. It was the perfect book to start with. Lots to talk about and, even though one of us hadn’t quite reached the end, she didn’t mind us giving spoilers.

Our second book was The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris. When I was talking about the book club to SJ from Simon and Schuster, she very kindly offered to send me some copies of the book for us all to read. We are all so appreciative of that kind gesture and I’m sure if she ever wanted to trek over to this side of London, we’d keep her in gin for the night!

Due to various reasons, there were only three of us able to make it to the March meet, but we had a lively debate about the book and I know the others were disappointed they couldn’t come and share their opinions on the night too.

It’s so nice to talk about books with others. You get recommendations of books, you might find yourself reading something that you wouldn’t usually pick up, you get to eat cake…! If there’s not already a book club in your area, don’t be afraid to start one yourself. You might find your local library will be happy to let you hold it there.

Spring blogger event 2019

I am so lucky to be invited to the blogger events held by Simon and Schuster. The team there are wonderful and throw the best parties! It’s through attending these that I’ve met so many friends who are huge book lovers and the feeling you get talking about a subject you love with someone who understands your passion is something else.

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Now, the cupcakes are amazing-both in appearance and taste. The goody bags are extremely special. This year we’ve been given copies of the upcoming Paige Toon novel and a very early proof of Catherine Issac’s book, which isn’t coming out until 2010! But, the thing I love most about the parties is the opportunity to meet the authors. It’s such a huge privilege to get to speak to writers you admire and ask them questions about the book, or just to chat about everyday life with them. It’s not a formal setting, where you might feel rushed as there’s a long queue of people waiting to talk to them after you. You can just join in with a conversation, or drag them off to a quieter room to sign books (thanks for that, Anstey and Milly!)

So, a massive thank you to SJ and the Books and the City team for a wonderful evening. You have helped open up a whole new world to me and I’ve made some truly special friends through your events.