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Saturday, 14 July 2018

#BlogTour - An Artisan Lovestyle - Kiltie Jackson






I'm absolutely thrilled to be one of today's stops on the blog tour for An Artisan Lovestyle. After reading Kiltie's debut novel, A Rock 'n' Roll Lovestyle I couldn't wait to read her next book and she certainly didn't let me down with the next instalment in the Lovestyle series!

Elsa Clairmont and Danny Delaney don't know each other but when they both die on New Year's Eve it sets off a whole chain of events. Thanks to Elsa's husband Harry and Danny's old art teacher William, who can often be found playing poker and eating crisps with Death, Elsa and Danny get a year to complete three tasks and possibly change their futures.

Following Elsa and Danny through the course of the year was an emotional journey. Elsa deeply misses her husband and Danny didn't have a happy childhood but seeing them change and grow as individuals as the story unfolds was an absolute delight to read.

The story in interspersed with chapters where we catch up with Death, William and Harry as they enjoy their boys nights. William and Harry quite often get the better of Death and mess up his plans but Death is used to their ways and often just replies with a roll of his eyes as he sees his well laid plans go awry.

I absolutely loved this book and when I finished it I felt like I'd been wrapped in a big hug as it gave me a real case of the warm and fuzzies! All of the characters are so believable -including Death - I mean, don't knock what you don't know right - and I really wanted Elsa and Danny to achieve their goals and get the lives that they both deserved. There was however, one character who I could have quite happily slapped round the face with a wet fish! I won't divulge who it was as I don't want to spoil anything for you all, but I always think that having a character that provokes that kind of reaction is the sign of a great writer and I'm sure if you read the book you'll soon realise who I'm talking about.

Ms Jackson has written a wonderfully heart-warming story about coming to terms with grief, moving on, overcoming your fears and the strength and support we gain from others. As for throwing in a hint of paranormal in the form of Death and departed loved ones into the mix - to me this was a stroke of genius! I'm all for the thought of loved ones on the other side looking out for us and for me this added a whole new dimension to this brilliant book. The story flowed seamlessly and I found myself fully engrossed in the lives of my new found best friends.

It doesn't matter if you haven't read A Rock 'n' Roll Lovestyle, as An Artisan Lovestyle can easily be read as a standalone, but I'd hate to think of you all missing out on two fantastic books so I would definitely recommend that you read them both!


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Author Kiltie Jackson is very generously giving you the chance to win an Amazon voucher!


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With kind thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my spot on the blog tour and to author Kiltie Jackson for the review copy.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

#BlogTour - The Perfect Friend - Barbara Copperthwaite


Barbara Copperthwaite is one of my go-to authors so I couldn't wait to start reading The Perfect Friend. Well once I started it I couldn't put it down, infact I don't think I read it, it was more like I inhaled it!!

Alex and Carrie meet at a support group and despite their age difference, they are drawn to each other. Both ladies have their problems, Alex's husband has left her, her children won't speak to her and as a result she's suffering from anorexia, while Carrie is battling cancer.

Alex soon takes Carrie under her wing and they quickly form a close relationship, so when Carrie starts to receive threatening notes and parcels Alex hides them from her to try and protect her while she tries to discover for herself who could possibly have a grudge against a woman who is clearly suffering enough having to try to come to terms with terminal cancer.

The thing is though, both of these women have dark secrets that they are hiding from each other!

The Perfect Friend is a fantastic example of a well constructed and wonderfully written psychological thriller. It was so full of twists and turns that on more than on occasion I was convinced I knew who was telling the truth and who to trust, only to turn a few pages to find that Ms Copperthwaite had slickly and successfully pulled the proverbial wool over my eyes!

Watching these two women try to outwit each other made for compelling reading in this character driven novel. I'm still undecided as to whether or not I liked Alex and Carrie and I was constantly switching loyalties between the pair but all that mattered was that I get to the end of the book to discover the truth.

This is another stunning book from Ms Copperthwaite and one that will definitely make you think twice about your friends!!

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With kind thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy.