An Act Of Love by Carol Drinkwater

Out now in paperback and kindle

Published by Peguin

ABOUT

France, 1943.

Forced to flee war ravaged Poland, Sara and her parents are offered refuge in a beautiful but dilapidated house in the French Alps. It seems the perfect hideaway, despite haunting traces of the previous occupants who left in haste.

But shadows soon fall over Sara’s blissful summer, and her blossoming romance with local villager Alain. As the Nazis close in, the family is forced to make a harrowing choice that could drive them apart forever, while Sara’s own bid for freedom risks several lives . . .

Will her family make it through the summer together?
And can she hold onto the love she has found with Alain?

MY REVIEW

Thank you to Chrissie @michaeljbooks for my #gifted copy and a spot on the blog tour today.

My Review

Although the characters are fictional the story of families fleeing Poland during the war is real.  The author has created one of the most beautiful stories out of a tragic situation.

It’s 1943, Sara and her parents arrive in Nice after fleeing Poland.  The house they have been allowed to stay in is so dilapidated but the family are grateful.  The Village is overseen by the Italian Army but overlook newcomers turning a discreet blind eye.  Sara is astounded by the freedom offered and savours everything, the shops, people dancing in the streets which the author writes each experience with warmth and great detail that you feel you are there at times.

Even though the family have escaped the atrocities in Poland, living in fear is still simmering in the background knowing that if the Nazi’s invade and capture them, death is a certainty being a Jewish Polish family.  Sara’s mother still lives in the past but Sara’s father wants to make plans for the future and as a surgeon he keeps going missing in the night

As the story progresses, Sara becomes more confident and becomes a fundamental part of the village community, she gets a babysitting job then is offered a teaching job.  Sara is an enchanting character and the author has developed her character wonderfully without it being forced or rushed, the transition from young girl to confident woman is heart warming.  Sara embraces her life and the freedom she has taking in and savouring everything life has to offer her but is also an inquisitive person, asking a lot of questions surrounding the mysterious Allinghams whose house they are residing in.  Any questions are rebuffed which makes her more curious.

There are different parts to the story as Sara’s story progresses from friendships with Sylvie and Albert, saying goodbye to her parents before the Nazi’s arrive and having to make difficult heart wrenching decisions and then where she eventually ends up in England. I don’t want to give key bits away as this would spoil it for future readers but every part of the story is captivating with such atmospheric detail.

The love story element of this story where Sara falls in love with a young man called Alain is not indulgent or never sensationalised. it just smoulders in the background which I thought was beautifully done.

I was completely immersed in this book and one of the most powerful and emotional stories I have read.  A story of love, loss and bravery I was broken by the end.  Definitely one of them books that you feel bereft afterwards.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough, I know book lovers especially historical fiction fans will adore this book.

To purchase a copy: An Act of Love: A sweeping and evocative love story about bravery and courage in our darkest hours: Amazon.co.uk: Drinkwater, Carol: 9781405933360: Books

THE AUTHOR

Anglo-Irish actress Carol Drinkwater is perhaps still most familiar to audiences for her award-winning portrayal of Helen Herriot in the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small. A popular and acclaimed author and film-maker as well, Carol has published nineteen books for both the adult and young adult markets. She is currently at work on her twentieth title.
When she purchased a rundown property overlooking the Bay of Cannes in France, she discovered on the grounds sixty-eight, 400-year-old olive trees. Once the land was reclaimed and the olives pressed, Carol along with her French husband, Michel, became the producers of top-quality olive oil. Her series of memoirs, love stories, recounting her experiences on her farm (The Olive Farm, The Olive Season, The Olive Harvest and Return to the Olive Farm) have become international bestsellers. Carol’s fascination with the olive tree extended to a seventeenth-month, solo Mediterranean journey in search of the tree’s mythical secrets. The resulting travel books, The Olive Route and The Olive Tree, have inspired a five-part documentary films series entitled The Olive Route.

Carol has also been invited to work with UNESCO to help fund an Olive Heritage Trail around the Mediterranean with the dual goals of creating peace in the region and honouring the ancient heritage of the olive tree.

Twitter: @Carol4OliveFarm

You Brand – A Manual For Confidence

ABOUT

#AD Thank you for my #gifted copy and to @lovebookstour for arranging the blog tour.

ABOUT

In You brand, Julia Goodman, one of the world s top communication coaches, has written a unique and maverick manual for personal confidence. Drawing on her successful acting career, You brand lets you in on the secrets of her one-on-one coaching a methodology she began to develop 30 years ago which is rooted in the psychology, science and techniques of the professional Theatre. 
Full of intuitive theory and practical exercises, this book will help you connect your head, heart and body to bridge the perception gap the gap between how you think you come over and how people can actually experience you. It will give you a whole new understanding and self-awareness and put you more in control in any situation where you may feel exposed, vulnerable and judged. 

My Review

This is a self help book packed with useful information and the concept of You Brand is very clever which has 2 components: character, what makes you who are you are – that’s You’ – and the ability to project and communicate that You consistently, wherever you go, whatever situation you’re in – that’s ‘brand’.

The book is very engaging and interactive as there are exercises to do (as suggested by the author it is best to read the whole book first then work on the exercises which I have started doing). I liked the style of writing with lots of useful tips, diagrams to explain topics, personal anecdotes and references to relevant psychology or neuroscience topics as well as quotes, my favourite being ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent’  All the chapters are summarised with bullet points so it is easy to draw out useful bits.

This self help guide is not about changing who you are as a person but is an aide to give you the skills and toolsets to change your approach and thinking. Big thing I have took away is that you have to believe In yourself more and try to get out of the mindset of how you think about yourself as other people will have a different viewpoint of you and that it is usually you are more confident than you think in situations (something people do say to me and I don’t believe it!).

I will be keeping this book close and I will be continuing with the exercises and referring to the book.  I think it is hard to give self help books a rating personally as I think it is a work in progress to see if they help you as things don’t happen over night but I will give this 4 stars as I thought the format was very good and a lot of the topics have resonated with me.

If your confidence is in need of a boost and you need some assistance, this is an ideal companion. Go and grab yourself a copy and discover ‘You Brand’ for yourself

Available in paperback, hardback and ebook.

You brand: Amazon.co.uk: Julia Goodman: 9781838593575: Books

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Julia Goodman was a successful theatre, TV and film actress who in 1989, in the teeth of recession, launched herself into the macho senior business world using her pioneering You brand methodology to give people the confidence to perform themselves in any situation.

Twitter: @JuliaGoodman4

Instagram: @confident_anywhere

website: Personal Presentation

The Metal Heart

AUTHOR: Caroline Lea

PUBLISHER: Michael Joseph

Available now in hardback & Kindle

ABOUT

Orkney, 1940.

Five hundred Italian prisoners-of-war arrive to fortify these remote and windswept islands.

Resentful islanders are fearful of the enemy in their midst, but not orphaned twin sisters Dorothy and Constance. Already outcasts, they volunteer to nurse all prisoners who are injured or fall sick.

Soon Dorothy befriends Cesare, an artist swept up by the machine of war and almost broken by the horrors he has witnessed. She is entranced by his plan to build an Italian chapel from war scrap and sea debris, and something beautiful begins to blossom.

But Con, scarred from a betrayal in her past, is afraid for her sister; she knows that people are not always what they seem.

Soon, trust frays between the islanders and outsiders, and between the sisters – their hearts torn by rival claims of duty and desire.

A storm is coming . . .

My Thoughts

Identical Twins Dot and Con live in isolation in a run down bothy on Selkie Holm, an island in Orkney, They come across as odd and have a strong belief in superstition but they are left alone by the occupants on the main island.  However their peace is shattered by the island when it is used as a base to house Italian Prisoners of War (POW)

Cesare one of the POW who falls in love with Dot, their love story is beautifully told whereas Con struggles with her deep rooted issues concerning a man named Angus from the main island.  As the relationship develops between Cesare & Dot, the friction between the sisters increases.

The POW are at first treated with contempt and suspicion and the conditions they had to work in were horrific as well as quite brutal but the author writes with compassion and shows the kindness shown by some which made the story so captivating.

The setting is described intricately and beautifully by the author, the cold setting felt very real and I had goosebumps at some moments but at the same time there is extreme warmth that radiates from the story.

I did not want this beautiful story to end and I felt very emotional towards the end.

Although this is a fictional story involving the characters, there are factual parts of the story with the construction of the Italian chapel which was built during world war 2, which has clearly been researched well by the author.

If you are a fan of historical fiction, you will adore this.  A story of compassion, hope and love set in the war, this is the kind of book that will stay with me. I have started to research further about the history after reading this book which is is a sure sign that it is an outstanding book. 

A glowing 5 stars

About the author

Caroline Lea grew up in Jersey and gained a First in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick, where she now teaches on the Creative Writing degree. Her fiction and poetry have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, the Fish Short Story Competition and various flash fiction prizes. She currently lives in Warwick with her two young children and is writing her next novel. Her work often explores the pressure of small communities and fractured relationships, as well as the way our history shapes our beliefs and behaviour.

Twitter: @carolineleaLea

Instagram: @carolineleawriter

The Secret Life Of Albert Entwhistle by Matt Cain (and what a delight Albert is)

Out May 27th

Published by Headline Review

BLURB

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START YOUR LIFE’S BIG ADVENTURE . . .

Albert Entwistle was a postman. It was one of the few things everyone knew about him. And it was one of the few things he was comfortable with people knowing.

64-year-old Albert Entwistle has been a postie in a quiet town in Northern England for all his life, living alone since the death of his mam 18 years ago. He keeps himself to himself. He always has. But he’s just learned he’ll be forced to retire at his next birthday. With no friends and nothing to look forward to, the lonely future he faces terrifies him. He realises it’s finally time to be honest about who he is. He must learn to ask for what he wants. And he must find the courage to look for George, the man that, many years ago, he lost – but has never forgotten . . .

MY REVIEW

Firstly thank you to Rosie at Headline for my #gifted ARC, I will be forever grateful.

Meet Albert Entwistle, he is a socially awkward postman who has shut himself off from the world and hiding the fact that he is gay.  He doesn’t engage with his colleagues and finds them either annoying and irritating or he just doesn’t know how to make conversation.   He has no family or friends and only has a cat for company but when he receives a letter from HR that his retirement his 3 months away the realisation that he has got no one hits him hard.   Albert starts coming out of his shell and starts to build relationships with people and realises people do have special qualities that he didn’t see or appreciate before hand.

I loved the relationships he formed along the way and the author has made these wonderful supporting characters for Albert and the reader to love:  Nicole a teenage single girl which made for an unlikely pairing but she faces her own prejudices along the way and they both had cruel mothers and are both chasing love.  Edith the elderly lady he meets on his round and the gay couple Daniel & Danny who have moved into the neighbourhood are just some of the characters you get to know.

The main premise of the story is Albert on a journey to finding his long lost love ‘George’ from when he was a teenager along with publicly coming out as gay.   The story flicks between the present to the past where you find out what happened for Albert and George to break up.  As homosexuality was illegal back in the past and not accepted by many, there were some heart wrenching moments from other people in society including Alberts Dad which is written so delicately.

Albert is the most adorable character I have come across in a book, he has the biggest heart and by page 100 I was in tears.  If I could have jumped in a book and given Albert a hug I would have but he also made me smile a lot.

The author has got the balance so right, with sadness and humour.  One of the parties held (won’t say what for so not to spoil it) was hilarious and some of the euphemisms had me giggling away.

This book was an absolute joy to read, I did not want it to end and it left me with a warm fuzzy feeling.  An emotional yet uplifting read and is such a special book with love and kindness in abundance throughout the story.

One of my favourite books of the year so far (if not favourite to be honest) so delivering a super 5 stars for this.

I hope booklovers embrace Albert as he and this book is a gem!  Can’t recommend this book enough! Huge praise to the author and I have put his other books on my list now.  I am also going to watch out for posties who may need a hug (post covid of course)

Purchase here: The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle – Matt Cain (smarturl.it)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matt Cain was born in Bury and brought up in Bolton. He is an author, a leading commentator on LGBT+ issues, and a former journalist. He was Channel 4’s first Culture Editor, Editor-In-Chief of Attitude magazine, and has judged the Costa Prize, the Polari Prize and the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. He won Diversity In Media’s Journalist Of the Year award in 2017 and is an ambassador for Manchester Pride and the Albert Kennedy Trust, plus a patron of LGBT+ History Month.

Matt’s first two novels, Shot Through the Heart and Nothing But Trouble, were published by Pan Macmillan in 2014 and 2015, and his third, The Madonna Of Bolton, became Unbound’s fastest crowdfunded novel ever before its publication in 2018. His latest, The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle, will be published by Headline Review in May 2021.

He lives in London.

For more information, please visit http://www.mattcainwriter.com.

Back Stories – An ingenious entertaining collection of stories by Simon Van Der Velde

BLURB

Dreamers, singers, talkers and killers ; they can dazzle with their beauty or their talent or their unmitigated evil, but inside themselves they are as frail and desperate as the rest of us. But can you see them ? Can you unravel the truth ? These are people you know, but not as you know them. Peel back the mask and see. Synopsis : Backstories is a unique collection of stories each told from the point of view of a famous, (or notorious ) person at a pivotal moment in their lives. The writing is literary but accessible and the voices vividly real. The settings are mostly 60 ‘s and 70 ‘s UK and USA, and the driving themes are inclusion, social justice and of course, nostalgia – but the real key to these stories is that the protagonists ‘ identities are withheld. This means that your job is to find them, leading to that Eureka moment when you realise who ‘s mind you ‘ve been inhabiting for the last twenty minutes

MY REVIEW

Variety is the spice of life and this book is laden with variety. 14 chapters all bursting with intricate details that I tried to fit together like a jigsaw to try and figure out who the person was. Famous and notorious people are brought to life by the author with a clever play on words bringing fact and fiction together. It is up to the reader to delve into the words to guess who the person is.

I loved trying to work out who the protagonist was at the end of each chapter, some I managed to get quickly, others some not so quickly and other not sure and had to check with Mr Google. I felt like I was ‘Vera’ on a mission to find out the suspect in each story!

This is an ingenious, quirky concept which showcases the authors imagination and fascinating writing skills bringing carefully placed clues onto paper. It really is such a unique and special book which will appeal to all readers and can be read more than once especially if you haven’t solved the clues. It can be read in one go or consumed in smaller portions over a period of time.

I think this is such a versatile book as well as it would also be a great gift for friends and family who may not be big book readers but do like reading in smaller chunks. I can also see it being a great aide at a party (a move up from the traditional game of guess who).

The author should be applauded on such an innovative book and also deserves praise for donating 30% from the sale of the book to Stop Hate Ok, The North East Autism Society and Friends Of The Earth. Well done Simon on a very entertaining read which deserves all of it’s 5 stars hands down.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Simon Van der Velde has worked variously as a barman, labourer, teacher, caterer and lawyer, as well as travelling throughout Europe and South America collecting characters and insights for his award-winning stories. Since completing a creative writing M.A. (with distinction) in 2010, Simon’s work has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards including; The Yeovil Literary Prize, (twice), The Wasafiri New Writing Prize, The Luke Bitmead Bursary, The Frome Shortstory Prize, The Harry Bowling Prize, The Henshaw Press Short Story Competition and The National Association of Writers’ Groups Open Competition – establishing him as one of the UK’s foremost short-story writers. Simon now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, with his wife, Nicola, their labradoodle, Barney and two tyrannical children.
See www.simonvandervelde.com for further details

Available now from:

http://bit.ly/Amazon-Backstories

Funny & Fresh read – The StartUp Wife – By Tahmima Anam

ABOUT

Halfway through her PhD and already dreaming of running her own lab, computer scientist Asha has her future all mapped out. Then a chance meeting and whirlwind romance with her old high-school crush, Cyrus, changes everything.

Dreaming big, together with their friend Jules they come up with a revolutionary idea: to build a social networking app that could bring meaning to millions of lives. While Asha creates an ingenious algorithm, Cyrus’ charismatic appeal throws him into the spotlight. 

When the app explodes into the next big thing, Asha should be happy, shouldn’t she? But why does she feel invisible in the boardroom of her own company? Why are decisions being made without her? Gripping, witty and razor-sharp, The Startup Wife is a blistering novel about big ambitions, speaking out and standing up for what you believe in.

MY REVIEW

This is an interesting clever storyline which I feel is fresh and innovative. It’s about love, dealing with personal & working relationship, friendship, racism, Independence as well as aspirational career goals.

Asha is a young woman who has a vision of creating a platform to build a networking app with her business partner Jules. A chance meeting with the charming Cyrus who she used to go to school with and ends up marrying doesn’t stop Asha’s dreams but due to Cyrus’s confidence and appeal he becomes the CEO of their app. So whilst Asha makes the company a reality, she starts feeling pushed out. As well as coping with working with her husband Asha has to deal with the prejudice of being a woman in a digital world and the fact she codes (this is still predominantly a male environment) This is why I feel it was fate being sent this book as I actually work in a digital sector and there are more male developers than female (not that I’m clever enough to be one of them) but I literately shrieked when things like the cloud and slack & API were mentioned and I knew what they meant (don’t worry there isn’t a lot of technical terms)

Character wise, I wasn’t keen on Cyrus but I did like Asha and other characters thrown in the mix.

I appreciated the humour in the story. I giggled when it mentioned about the couple making up stories about people in other cars ( I so do that).

The end chapter without giving any spoilers was heartfelt for the times we are living in at the moment and brought the story to a poignant conclusion.

I throughly enjoyed this book, such a creative concept making it an interesting and funny read.

Thank you to Canongate books & Lucy Zhou for my proof copy of this book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tahmima Anam is the recipient of a Commonwealth Writers Prize, an O. Henry Prize, and has been named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and was recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she was educated at Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University and now lives in London where she is on the board of ROLI, a music tech company founded by her husband.

BELIEVE THE HYPE! – CALL ME MUMMY – TINA BAKER

ABOUT

THIS MOTHER’S DAY YOU WILL CALL HER MUMMY

Glamorous, beautiful Mummy has everything a woman could want. Except for a daughter of her very own. So when she sees Kim – heavily pregnant, glued to her phone and ignoring her eldest child in a busy shop – she does what anyone would do. She takes her. But foul-mouthed little Tonya is not the daughter that Mummy was hoping for.

As Tonya fiercely resists Mummy’s attempts to make her into the perfect child, Kim is demonised by the media as a ‘scummy mummy’, who deserves to have her other children taken too. Haunted by memories of her own childhood and refusing to play by the media’s rules, Kim begins to spiral, turning on those who love her.

Though they are worlds apart, Mummy and Kim have more in common than they could possibly imagine. But it is five-year-old Tonya who is caught in the middle…

MY REVIEW

Be careful what you wish for!!

Premise of story has been done before but with different variations – this definitely has the the biggest impact that literally throws you across the room with the intensity.

The book has short chapters but so much drama included in each one. The narrative flicks between Mummy (1st person writing) & Kim ( written in 3rd person) and the child Tonya (1st person) although with Tonya it is a few lines but very effective in delivering this characters feeling in so little words. I like how the author has used a clever technique of adding some chapters using social media pages.

I think we can all have preconceived ideas about child kidnappers and the parents of children who are taken but as Mummy becomes more unhinged and dangerous and Kim is literally drowning in her emotions the background of the 2 women becomes clear and I felt a bit sorry for them both (not that I’m condoning kidnapping!)

I didn’t like this book, I bloody loved it. I knew it was going to be a corker from the pre campaign and reviews for this book. Believe the hype with this one, I demolished this book in 1 sitting. A dark, twisted, heart wrenching read showcasing human complexity in a powerful way. A MUST read, get it in your baskets and on your TBR lists! Word of warning if you are of a nervous disposition you may want to read with a glass of wine!! Definitely a strong contender already to be in top 5 reads of 2021! Never mind 5 ⭐️ it’s a 10 from me! This so should be a Netflix series!!

Now Tina, stop messing on with videos and photos of you and Geoff, get finishing that 2nd book if you haven’t already!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tina Baker was brought up in a caravan after her mother, a fairground traveller, fell pregnant by a window cleaner. After leaving the bright lights of Coalville, she came to London and worked as a journalist and broadcaster for thirty years. She’s probably best known as a television critic for the BBC and GMTV. Call Me Mummy is Tina’s first novel.

Quaint Murder Mystery – Murder On The Island – By Daisy White

ABOUT

Death is on the horizon…

When recently divorced Chloe Canton is gifted her grandmother’s house in Bermuda in her will, it seems a perfect time for a fresh start.

Her chance at paradise comes with a rundown business, a neighbour who is putting pressure on her to sell up for development, and another who quickly makes herself comfortable in Chloe’s house.

If that wasn’t enough, Chloe discovers a dead body on the local riding trail soon after she arrives and finds herself dragged into a murder investigation.

With tensions rising and island gossip to contend with, as well as a murder in their midst, has Chloe bitten off more than she can chew?

Will Chloe stick it out and help solve the case or will paradise turn out to be too hot to handle?

MY REVIEW

I have read a couple of Daisy’s previous books remember me and the forgotten child which I thought were fantastic. These were gritty thrillers (think The Bay on ITV) this is more a soft touch cozy murder mystery (think tv series Death in paradise or Midsomer Murders).

Chloe the main character has been left a house in her grandmothers Will which is in Barbados and after her husband leaving her and a disastrous 50th what better location to rebuild her life. Not long on her arrival she comes across a dead body and soon gets embroiled in trying to figure out who the murderer is as well as trying to get her the business she also inherited up and running properly.

As with any murder mystery you start not trusting anybody in the book. The characters are described well you have the mysterious Jonas and Melissa who are brother and sister who work at a gallery, the reliable policeman Finn, the sweet dependable stable hand Antoine who works for Chloe and the nosey but kind Ailsa who all seem to have some kind of history which makes everyone suspicious.

This wasn’t a gruesome thriller but a very enjoyable light hearted read all the same which I read in 2 sittings. I did have visions of being able to sit round a pool on holiday reading this but the setting is described beautifully, you could imagine being there! I think this will be a lovely murder mystery series involving Chloe Canton and look forward to reading more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D E White started writing fifteen years ago, scribbling ideas on napkins at work on the night shift. After various jobs, including working as cabin crew, in a hospital, a supermarket, and as a 999 call handler for the ambulance service, she began writing full time in 2018.

She is a multi-award winning entrepreneur, and was part of a small business delegation speaking at Number 10, Downing Street in 2015.

Having spent a lot of time travelling the world, she now lives with her husband and two sons on the south coast of the UK, with a growing assortment of animals and several stick insects.

Couldn’t put this down – A Mother’s Love – By Abby Davies

ABOUT

One little girl.
Mirabelle’s mother loves her. She’s her ‘little doll’. Mother dresses her, paints her face, and plaits her hair. But as Mirabelle grows, the dresses no longer fit quite as well, the face paint no longer looks quite so pretty. And Mother isn’t happy.

Two little girls.
On Mirabelle’s 13th birthday, Mother arrives home with a present – a new sister, 5-year-old Clarabelle, who Mother has rescued from the outside world.

But Mother only needs one.
As it dawns on Mirabelle that there is a new ‘little doll’ in her house, she also realises that her life isn’t what she thought it was. And that dolls often end up on the scrap heap…

MY REVIEW

A very sinister book which right from the start you are drawn in quickly and don’t want to leave!! A mother who loves her ‘doll’ daughter too much or does she?!

Mirabelle is the sweet, naive daughter controlled by the wicked mother using psychological and physical abuse. On Mirabelles 13th birthday another ‘doll’ Clarabelle is brought home. This is when Mirabelle begins to question more about her own existence and becomes stronger in trying to find answers. The

The tension runs high throughout the story and I really felt like I was there in the house witnessing the atrocities that were being inflicted on the daughters. There was never a lull in the pace of the book and when a potential saviour comes to the girls rescue the rollercoaster of a ride begins.

There are twists and turns and I couldn’t put this book down. A gripping page Turner full of tension, it’s a chilling, eerie read that is packed with suspense which will keep you up to all hours. What a debut from the author!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Abby Davies studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield, then went on to teach English. She lives in Wiltshire with her husband and daughter. Mother Loves Me is her first novel.

A delightful read – Love Is Crystal Clear – By Joanna Cates

ABOUT

Henrietta Green is a 50-year-old single woman, and a divorcee of fifteen years, is always looking for a new hobby, but never love. She finished with all that nonsense years ago. Danny Brown has just moved back from Portugal with his life in pieces after discovering his marriage was a sham. Can this fresh start help put his life back together? When Henri and Danny bump into each other on a night out, sparks fly, but can they risk getting their hearts broken again? Cupid’s Helpers think they can! Join Henri, Danny, and friends on a journey of self-discovery, facing emotional challenges, discovering hidden pleasure, and falling in love … possibly.

MY REVIEW

Henri and Danny are single people who previously had marriages end due to their partners being unfaithful. Fast forward 15 years and the story is a wonderful love story playing out for the 2 main characters

Henri and Danny are both loveable characters that you continually root for, life isn’t straightforward for either of them but you can tell they are destined to be together. The other characters that are thrown in the mix are extremely likeable too and to be honest I wish everyone was like this in real life (well apart from Henri and Danny’s exes).

Menopause is written with humour and realism, let’s face it us ladies will all go through it at some point so refreshing that what is sometimes classed as a taboo subject to discuss is brought into the story with perfection. There is a saucy element to this story in the form of Crystals and self love! I won’t spoil that bit any more! If you are intrigued you need to read!

I loved this romantic book. In these times of doom and gloom with Covid it really was an uplifting, refreshing, happy vibes book. If you are single / attached, in love or not this book is a delight and I hope the author writes more romantic stories.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joanna is married and mum to four children. Although Joanna spent her working life as an accountant, she’s always felt far too creative for mere numbers.

Love is Crystal Clear is Joanna’s debut romance novel. Check out Joanna’s Amazon page and follow her to keep up with her news and latest releases.

Follow Joanna on Instagram: JoannaCates_author Twitter: @JoannaCates8

Love is Crystal Clear is available at Amazon on kindle or paperback