Word-of-Mouth Bestsellers Evening #Quercus2019

Word-of_Mouth Bestsellers

A little over a month ago, I received an invitation from Quercus Books to attend their Word-of-Mouth Bestsellers Evening, a night of wine, nibbles, and books, so many BOOKS! It was my first bookish event, and the most amazing evening. The ladies who work at Quercus are some of the loveliest women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting; I also met the author of Blackberry & Wild Rose, Sonia Velton, and I got to meet several bloggers and bookstagrammers, some I had been conversing online with for months, so it was lovely to meet them in person. As you all probably know by now, I met Beth from Bibliobeth – I’m far too awkward to turn up at one of these events alone, so I’m so glad I got to experience it all with Beth!

The Quercus headquarters are amazing, books everywhere, and when I reached the Flat layroom where the event took place, I was blown away – the presentation, the thought that went into it, everything was fantastic! There were even two flat lay tables so bookstagrammers could do their thing – Quercus are setting the standard!

I took so many photos, but loads of them were blurry, maybe one too many limoncello cocktails! Although I have no excuse for the first photo I took, because that one was blurry and I hadn’t even had a drink yet, but picture The Lemon Tree Hotel on a table surrounded by lemons and limoncello cocktails, and let’s begin a journey through the night, in books!


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Blog Tour | Book Review: The Rival by Charlotte Duckworth #BringonTheRival

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Happy publication day to Charlotte Duckworth, The Rival is out in hardback today, and I’m delighted to be sharing my review as part of the social media tour, celebrating the release of this fantastic novel.

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NOW
Helena is a career woman with no job and a mother without a baby. She blames Ashley for destroying her life. But is what happened really Ashley’s fault?

THEN
When Helena hires Ashley to work for her, she’s startled but impressed by her fierce ambition. They form a dream team and Helena is proud – maybe this is the protégée she’s always wanted to have. But soon Helena realizes that nothing will stand in the way of Ashley’s drive to get to the top. And when Helena becomes pregnant, everything she has worked so hard for is suddenly threatened, with devastating consequences… Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: The Rival by Charlotte Duckworth #BringonTheRival”

Book Review: Clean by Juno Dawson

Clean - Juno Dawson

Clean is the perfect example of a cover and tagline selling a book – I love them both. This YA novel comes with a warning as it deals with sensitive subjects, such as, mental health, eating disorders, self-harm and addiction.

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When socialite Lexi Volkov almost overdoses, she thinks she’s hit rock bottom. She’s wrong.

Because rock bottom is when she’s forced into an exclusive rehab facility.

From there, the only way is up for Lexi and her fellow inmates, including the mysterious Brady.

As she faces her demons, Lexi realises love is the most powerful drug of all … 

It’s a dirty business getting clean. Continue reading “Book Review: Clean by Juno Dawson”

Book Review: Believe Me by JP Delaney

Believe Me - JP Delaney

Sleek, stylish and sophisticated, and that’s just the cover!

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Trust me. Love me. Just don’t believe me…

Claire Wright likes to play other people.

A British drama student, in New York without a green card, Claire takes the only job she can get: working for a firm of divorce lawyers, posing as an easy pick-up in hotel bars to entrap straying husbands.

When one of her targets becomes the subject of a murder investigation, the police ask Claire to use her acting skills to help lure their suspect into a confession. But right from the start, she has doubts about the part she’s being asked to play. Is Patrick Fogler really a killer . . . Or the only decent husband she’s ever met? And is there more to this set-up than she’s being told?

And that’s when Claire realises she’s playing the deadliest role of her life . . . Continue reading “Book Review: Believe Me by JP Delaney”

Book Review: The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia

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This book was previously published as ‘Everything You Want Me To Be’, I overlooked it as I didn’t like the cover and never even read the blurb. When it was re-titled with a new cover, it grabbed my attention and immediately became a book I wanted to read.

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Everyone thought they knew Hattie Hoffman. When she was murdered, they found out just how wrong they were.

Seventeen-year-old Hattie Hoffman is a talented actress, loved by everyone in her Minnesotan hometown. So when she’s found stabbed to death on the opening night of her school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of the community.

Local sheriff Del Goodman, a good friend of Hattie’s dad, vows to find her killer, but the investigation yields more secrets than answers; it turns out Hattie played as many parts offstage as on. Told from three perspectives: Del’s, Hattie’s high school English teacher and Hattie herself, The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman tells the story of the real Hattie, and what happened that final year of school when she dreamed of leaving her small town behind . . .

Wonderfully evocative of its Midwestern setting and with a cast of unforgettable characters, this is a book about manipulation of relationships and identity, about the line between innocence and culpability, about the hope love offers and the tragedies that occur when it spins out of control. Continue reading “Book Review: The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia”