Giveaway for these two warm hearted reads

Giveaway for these two warm hearted reads

HI Everyone,

I have just finished reading these two lovely reads and wanted to do a giveaway so someone else can read both these fantastic books.

You not only get one of Sheila’s previous novels Bicycles and Blackberries but you also get her latest novel Hay Bales and Hollyhocks which was only released on the 22nd September.

The giveaway is only open to UK residents.

All you need to do is comment at the bottom of this post telling me why you would like to win these books. It is as simple as that.

I will announce the winner on Friday 30th September 2016.

GOOD LUCK.

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Hay Bales and Hollyhocks By Sheila Newberry

Hay Bales and Hollyhocks By Sheila Newberry

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The Cambridge Fens, 1938.

Little Rosanna is part of a close-knit Fenland family and the youngest of three cousins. In a time of childhood abandon and adventures on the water, life couldn’t be more perfect.

But things are not always as they seem. When Rosanna’s new baby brother is born, tragedy strikes the family. And, with the outbreak of World War Two just around the corner, and a move to the Norfolk countryside, Rosanna’s life is changed forever. And, as she and the family grow together, she realises that to find happiness, we sometimes have to break away from the things we know.

My Thoughts:

I was sent an advanced copy of this book for an honest review. What a delightful read. This is my second book by Sheila and I really enjoyed it. The story is all about little Rosanna and what happens to her and her family as World War Two strikes. It is interesting to read about that era and I learnt things I didn’t even know. A lovely warm hearted read.

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hay-Bales-Hollyhocks-Sheila-Newberry

Bicycles and Blackberries By Sheila Newberry

Bicycles and Blackberries By Sheila Newberry

sheila-newburyThe East End, 1939.

When war comes to London, the bright and irrepressible Georgia Smith is torn from her tight-knit family and packed off as an evacuee.

She moves in with Phoebe Bliss, whose cheerful smile masks a dark past that ten year-old Georgia couldn’t possibly understand.

Georgia soon finds herself involved in the small town complicated love lives. But some secrets aren meant for little girls, and she finds herself in danger.

Can a good heart keep a mischievous girl out of trouble?

My Thoughts: 

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.This is a new author to me but I really liked this story, it is set in the East End in 1939 and it is a bit different to all the other books I have been reading of late. There are some truly wonderful characters that I have come across in this book even though the story is mainly about Georgia, it does involve other people that are close to her and their stories. A lovely read that I wont forget in a hurry.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bicycles-Blackberries-heart-warming-evacuee-saga

Ivy Lane By Cathy Bramley

Ivy Lane By Cathy Bramley

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From spring to summer, autumn to winter, a lot can happen in a single year . . .

Tilly Parker needs a fresh start, fresh air and a fresh attitude if she is ever to leave the past behind and move on with her life. As she seeks out peace and quiet in a new town, taking on a plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solution.

But the friendly Ivy Lane community has other ideas and gradually draw Tilly in to their cosy, comforting world of planting seedlings, organizing bake sales and planning seasonal parties.

As the seasons pass, will Tilly learn to stop hiding amongst the sweetpeas and let people back into her life – and her heart?

My Thoughts: 

Having read some of Cathy’s other books, I was really looking forward to reading this one. I loved Tilly even though she had heartbreak in her past, she still manages to look after her good friends. I was wishing that she had a happy ending and I thought the ending was the right one. I loved the idea of a small village all getting together and how they help each other out. I absolutely loved this book and there are some tasty recipes in the back section of this book that I may try out.

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ivy-Lane-Cathy-Bramley/

Runaway Girl By Casey Watson

Runaway Girl By Casey Watson

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This title will be released on October 20, 2016.

Fourteen-year-old Adrianna arrives on Casey’s doorstep with no possessions, no English, and no explanation. It will be a few weeks before Casey starts getting the shocking answers to her questions….

Brought to Casey as a short-term emergency placement, fourteen-year-old Adrianna arrives with nothing but her gratitude. Having ‘turned herself in’ to a social services office some hundred miles away, she has no possessions, no English and, apparently, no history – not that she’s willing to share, anyway. She is a beautiful young Polish girl, with the bearing of a ballerina, but is terrified, malnourished and unwell. And, having slept rough for some time (the little they do know about her) she spends much of her first days with Watsons asleep in bed.

Growing concerned about Adrianna’s wellbeing, and her persistent high temperature, Casey decides to call in the GP. But, to her surprise, Adrianna becomes almost hysterical about being examined and, given her refusal to talk – even via the interpreter they’ve brought in for her – Casey’s fostering antennae begin twitching. Where has she come from? And why is she so terrified to be touched? What has happened to make her so ill and scared?

It will be a few weeks before Casey starts getting answers to these questions. Shocking answers; ones that throw up a whole host of new questions and the beginnings of a journey to find justice for Adrianna, and, more importantly, a future, and a home…

My Thoughts:

I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review. I have never read any of Casey Watson’s books before but have read similar styles of this kind of book. This story is all about Adrianna who has come over from Poland and she is hiding something much more than Casey who is her foster mum can ever imagine. It is a sad story but one with a happy ending. I cannot ever imagine how Adrianna felt but I felt like she was fairly headstrong and was going to get what she wanted. A story that I will never forget.

If you would like to pre-order your copy, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Runaway-Girl-beautiful-Trafficked-nowhere/

Tall Oaks By Chris Whitaker

Tall Oaks By Chris Whitaker

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When three-year-old Harry goes missing, the whole of America turns its attention to one small town.

Everyone is eager to help. Everyone is a suspect.

Desperate mother Jess, whose grief is driving her to extreme measures.

Newcomer Jared, with an easy charm and a string of broken hearts in his wake.

Photographer Jerry, who’s determined to break away from his controlling mother once and for all.

And, investigating them all, a police chief with a hidden obsession of his own . . .

My Thoughts:

I received a copy of this book for an honest review. This is a debut novel by the author Chris Whitaker.It is about a little boy called Harry that goes missing from a small town and who could be guilty. There are quite a few people’s stories in this book that are either affected by it or connected to it. I liked the storyline as it kept me hooked. I did unfortunately guess who had taken him from early on in the book which kind of ruined it for me. I did however finish it and it did make a good story. I would like to read more by Chris Whitaker.

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tall-Oaks-gripping-small-wrong/

The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane By Ellen Berry

The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane By Ellen Berry

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**Take a trip to the Yorkshire village of Burley Bridge, where a very special little cookbook shop is about to open its doors…**

In the beginning…

Kitty Cartwright has always solved her problems in the kitchen. Her cookbooks are her life, and there isn’t an issue that ‘Cooking with Aspic’ can’t fix. Her only wish is that she had a book entitled ‘Rustling Up Dinner When Your Husband Has Left You’.

Forty years later…

On Rosemary Lane, Della Cartwright plans to open a very special little bookshop. Not knowing what to do with the hundreds of cookbooks her mother left her, she now wants to share their recipes with the world – and no amount of aspic will stand in her way.

But with her family convinced it’s a hare-brained scheme, Della starts to wonder if she’s made a terrible decision. One thing’s for sure: she’s about to find out…

My Thoughts:

I won a signed copy of this book. This is written by Ellen Berry who is actually Fiona Gibson. The story focuses on Della and her life. She has inherited her mother’s cookbooks and decides to open a bookshop with them. The story mainly focuses on Della and how she copes with her daughter leaving for college and her husband leaving too and everything else in between. Della seems to be on an emotional roller coaster but she seems to cope with it incredibly well.

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bookshop-Rosemary-Lane-Ellen-Berry/

Can I Let You Go? By Cathy Glass

Can I Let You Go? By Cathy Glass

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Can I Let You Go? is the true story of Faye, a wonderful young woman who may never be able to parent her unborn child.

Faye is 24, pregnant, and has learning difficulties as a result of her mother’s alcoholism. Faye is gentle, childlike and vulnerable, and normally lives with her grandparents, both of whom have mobility problems. Cathy and her children welcome Faye into their home and hearts. The care plan is for Faye to stay with Cathy until after the birth when she will return home and the baby will go for adoption. Given that Faye never goes out alone it is something of a mystery how she ever became pregnant and Faye says it’s a secret.

To begin with Faye won’t acknowledge she is pregnant or talk about the changes in her body as she worries it will upset her grandparents, but after her social worker assures her she can talk to Cathy she opens up. However, this leads to Faye realizing just how much she will lose and she changes her mind and says she wants to keep her baby.

Is it possible Faye could learn enough to parent her child? Cathy believes it is, and Faye’s social worker is obliged to give Faye the chance.

My Thoughts:

I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review. I have read some of Cathy’s previous novels and really enjoyed them. Cathy Glass is a foster carer and has been a carer to more than 150 children. This one focuses on Faye and her story. It is a bit different to Cathy’s previous novels as she normally has to take care of young children but Faye is older. I really felt for Faye at times as some of the things she has to deal with are really sad. I did shed a few tears near the end. Such a beautiful and moving story.

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Can-Let-You-Go-heartbreaking/

Watching Edie By Camilla Way

Watching Edie By Camilla Way

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THERE ARE SOME FRIENDS YOU’LL NEVER FORGET…
NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY

BEFORE
Edie is the friend that Heather has always craved. But one night, it goes terrifyingly wrong. And what started as an innocent friendship ends in two lives being destroyed.

AFTER
Sixteen years later, Edie is still rebuilding her life. But Heather isn’t ready to let her forget so easily. It’s no coincidence that she shows up when Edie needs her most.

NOW
Edie or Heather?
Heather or Edie?

Someone has to pay for what happened, but who will it be?

My Thoughts:

Having read other psychological thrillers I was looking forward to reading this one. It is about two friends Edie and Heather. It flits from when they were younger to as they are now, and the horrific events that have lead them to where they both are now. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t that fast paced for me and didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat that I like with psychological thrillers.

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Watching-Edie-unsettling-psychological-thriller

Late Summer in the Vineyard By Jo Thomas

Late Summer in the Vineyard By Jo Thomas

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Emmy Bridges has always looked out for others. Now it’s time to put down roots of her own.

Working for a wine-maker in France is the opportunity of a lifetime for Emmy. Even if she doesn’t know a thing about wine – beyond what’s on offer at the local supermarket.

There’s plenty to get to grips with in the rustic town of Petit Frère. Emmy’s new work friends need more than a little winning over. Then there’s her infuriatingly brash tutor, Isaac, and the enigmatic Madame Beaumont, tucked away in her vineyard of secrets.

But Emmy will soon realise that in life – just as in wine-making – the best things happen when you let go and trust your instincts. Particularly when there’s romance in the air…

My Thoughts:

Another brilliant read once again from Jo Thomas. I was excited to get a copy of this book as I have read Jo’s previous novels (The oyster catcher and the olive branch) and really enjoyed them. The cover looks stunning and so summery. I finished this book in a few days as I just did not want to put it down it was so good.

My heart went out to Emmy at some points in this book but she did make em chuckle a few times. I felt like I was there with her feeling the warmth on my skin and the taste of the delicious grapes. I enjoyed reading about how wine is made before machines came into operation. Such a fascinating  read with a little romance added in. I just needed a lovely chilled glass of wine with it. Perfect.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, please click on the link below:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Late-Summer-Vineyard-Jo-Thomas/