Welcome to Kirsty’s Book Buying Addiction!

Welcome to Kirsty’s Book Buying Addiction!

Welcome to my blog, Kirsty’s Book Buying Addiction. It was hard to come up with a name for this blog but with a friend’s help this is it! I seem to have the problem of buying and downloading books and not a lot of time to read them. I also love discovering new and upcoming authors so please any recommendations throw them my way! 😊

The main aim of my blog is to just spread the love of reading. For me reading is my escape I love going into a different world and I need that in my life to be able to deal with my health. I’ve always been an avid reader as far as I can remember, going to the library a lot as a child especially.

Please send any review requests to me through my twitter account via DM @KirstyOughton26 😊📚

#BlogTour for “The Promise of Summer” by Bella Osborne

#BlogTour for “The Promise of Summer” by Bella Osborne

Synopsis

Ruby’s life is about to change for ever…

After years of dating losers, cheats and one guy who did something unrepeatable to her kettle, Ruby has all but given up on romance. But then a stranger sits next to her on a train to London and explains his plan to propose to the woman of his dreams. Maybe true love does exist after all?

When the man accidentally leaves the engagement ring behind, Ruby is determined to save the day. But she hasn’t counted on fellow passenger Curtis stepping in and insisting he should be the one to track the stranger down.

As summer closes in, the unlikely pair make a promise to reunite the ring with its owner. But can they find their own happy ever after along the way?

My Review

It’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Promise of Summer’ Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part.

Ruby is very unlucky when it comes to love mainly cheaters and time wasters. That is until she sits next to a stranger on the train to London. A series of events brings her and the quirky Curtis on an adventure. There is also a backstory with Ruby’s best friend Kim.

I found it interesting to learn the personalities of both Ruby and Kim, and of course the infamous Boomer the dog. I didn’t know where this story was going to take me or the emotions it would create. I rooted for Ruby the most and her quest to find the perfect partner. I laughed (out loud too) in parts, but I also felt sorry for Ruby in other parts too. I loved each character for different reasons but what shone through the most to me was Ruby and Kim’s friendship.

‘The Promise of Summer’ is about love, laughter, friendship and giving the most unexpected people a chance ❤️

This is the perfect story to sit in the sun to read! I just adore Bella’s stories and I’m actually pleased I haven’t read them all just yet so I’ve got some treats to come. I give ‘The Promise of Summer’ a sunny 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to Avon Books for an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley.

Author Bio

Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel.
In 2016, her debut novel, ‘It Started At Sunset Cottage’, was shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year and RNA Joan Hessayon New Writers Award.
Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She likes to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weaves these into her stories. Her novels are often serialised in four parts ahead of the full book publication.
Bella believes that writing your own story really is the best fun ever, closely followed by talking, eating chocolate, drinking fizz and planning holidays.
She lives in The Midlands, UK with her lovely husband and wonderful daughter, who thankfully, both accept her as she is (with mad morning hair and a penchant for skipping).

For more about Bella, visit her website at http://www.bellaosborne.com or follow her on Social Media:
Twitter – @osborne_bella
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/bellaosborneauthor/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BellaOsborneAuthor/

“Someone I Used To Know” by Paige Toon

“Someone I Used To Know” by Paige Toon

Synopsis

So much can change in half a lifetime…

Then

At fifteen, George is the foster brother Leah never asked for. As the angry, troubled boy struggles to come to terms with his circumstances, Leah finds herself getting drawn closer to him.

Theo’s wealthy family have mysteriously pulled him out of boarding school and he’s now enrolled at the local state school with Leah and George. When their worlds collide that summer, the three teenagers form a bond they believe will be unbreakable. But life doesn’t always go to plan…

Now

Shocking news brings Leah back to Yorkshire, baby daughter in tow. But Emilie’s father Theo isn’t with them, and George has unexpectedly returned. After half a lifetime, have they healed the scars of their pasts? Will coming back home set their hearts in a different direction?

My Review

I always seem to have one word whenever I finish a book by Paige and that’s “Wow!!” This one was no different!

In this story we meet Leah, Theo and George and how they become firm friends. Leah is surrounded by foster siblings and this is the focus of the story. I was hooked from the very first page, as of course the drama starts straight away. It’s emotional and tense but that just means you don’t want to put it down. At the same time I didn’t want it to end either!

This story is set in location which sounds so beautiful. I connected with the main characters and actually felt like part of the gang. I felt for all three of the main characters in different ways. Paige has a way of drawing you into her writing from the very first word till you finish the very last page. I also loved how it was alternating chapters of ‘then’ and ‘now’ as this gave it a lot of context. I am actually quite glad I haven’t quite read every single one of Paige’s books! Just to add, this is the first book I’ve seen my daughters name spelt this way (Emilie!) and just loved that.

To me this book is about second chances with love and friendship.

Paige is one of my all time favourite authors and I always look forward to her new books. You really do ‘Feel it all’ when you read a book by Paige Toon. I give “Someone I Used To Know” a glowing 5*/5* 😊 and is currently my favourite book by Paige!

Author Bio

Paige Toon is the 1.5 million bestselling author of fourteen women’s fiction novels, three books for young adults and three short story ebook sequels. She writes contemporary love stories about relatable characters in often extraordinary circumstances and is one of the highest-rated romance authors on Goodreads. She loves hearing from her readers so please get in touch on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram @PaigeToonAuthor

#BlogTour for “The Art of Loving You” by Amelia Henley

#BlogTour for “The Art of Loving You” by Amelia Henley

Synopsis

They were so in love . . . 
And then life changed forever . . . 
Will they find happiness again?
 
Libby and Jack are the happiest they’ve ever been. Thanks to their dear friend, eighty-year-old Sid, they’ve just bought their first house together, and it’s the beginning of the life they’ve always dreamed of.

But the universe has other plans for Libby and Jack and a devastating twist of fate shatters their world.

All of a sudden life is looking very different, and unlikely though it seems, might Sid be the one person who can help Libby and Jack move forward when what they loved the most has been lost?

My Review

It’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Art of Loving You’ Thank you to HQ for the opportunity to take part.

After reading Amelia’s debut rom com last year I loved her writing so when the opportunity to read her next creation came I couldn’t resist it! I have flown through ‘The Art of Loving You’ I enjoyed it that much!

This story is about Libby and Jack, after a traumatic event Libby’s life is turned upside down. We see her life through her eyes which is emotional, poignant and very eventful.

I didn’t know what was going to happen with each chapter I read of this book. I didn’t want it to end but at the same time I willed for Libby to be ok in the end. I just adore Amelia’s writing style! She pulls you in until the very last page.

The themes of this story are love, friendship, family and grief. I give ‘The Art of Loving You’ a huge 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to HQ for the advanced copy of this book via NetGalley.

Author Bio

Amelia Henley is a hopeless romantic who has a penchant for exploring the intricacies of relationships through writing heart-breaking, high-concept love stories. 

Amelia also writes psychological thrillers under her real name, Louise Jensen. As Louise Jensen she has sold over a million copies of her global number one bestsellers. Her stories have been translated into twenty-five languages and optioned for TV as well as featuring on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers list. Louise’s books have been nominated for multiple awards.

‘The Life We Almost Had’ is the first story she’s written as Amelia Henley and it’s out now.

“The Last Goodbye” by Fiona Lucas

“The Last Goodbye” by Fiona Lucas

Synopsis

Anna’s world was shattered three years ago when her husband Spencer was killed in a tragic accident. Her friends and family think it’s time she moved on, but how can she when she’s lost her soulmate?

On New Year’s Eve, Anna calls Spencer’s old phone just to hear his voicemail greeting. But to her surprise someone picks up. Brody answers and is the first person who truly understands what Anna is going through. As they begin to speak regularly, Anna finds herself opening up and slowly she discovers how to smile again, how to laugh, even how to hope.

But Brody hasn’t been entirely honest with Anna. Will his secret threaten everything, just as it seems she might find the courage to love again?

My Review

Anna has lost her husband Spencer in a terrible accident. She calls his number just to hear his voicemail message when suddenly it’s gone and a complete stranger answers instead, Brody.

I adored the different layers to this story. How Anna and Brody develop as people and as friends was magical. I was completely utterly rooting for her to get the happy ending she so much deserved. This is my first read of Fiona’s and it most definitely won’t be the last!! There were so many different twists to this story that I didn’t know where it was going to go so of course I didn’t want to put it down.

Fiona tackles the subject of grief with such tenderness and sensitivity. Whilst reading these parts I felt sad and it makes you realise life is short and you don’t know what’s around the corner.

I give ‘The Last Goodbye’ 4*/5* 😊 This story is about loss, love and going with what life has to throw at you ❤️

Author Bio

Fiona Lucas is an award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction. The Last Goodbye is her first novel written under this name, but she’s been writing heartwarming love stories and feel-good women’s fiction as Fiona Harper for more than a decade. 

During her career, she’s won numerous awards, including a Romantic Novel Award in 2018, and chalked up a no.1 Kindle bestseller. Fiona lives in London with her husband and two daughters.

“Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop” by Ali McNamara

“Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop” by Ali McNamara

Synopsis

Kate thinks all her wishes have come true when she opens her own little craft shop in the idyllic harbour town of St Felix.

But she soon finds a mystery lingers in her new shop – a sixty-year-old love story told through beautiful paintings and intricate embroideries. 

Jack, the owner of the nearby art shop, volunteers to help Kate unravel the mystery, but in doing so they realise their own lives share some uncanny similarities with Clara and Arty, their 1950s counterparts . . .

Can Kate and Jack put right a decades-old wrong, and maybe find their own happy ending on the way?

My Review

I am a huge fan of Ali’s books and this one certainly didn’t disappoint!

Kate is a single mother to Molly, working in her craft shop in the Cornish town of St Felix. She meets a new resident of St Felix in Jack who owns another shop. These two come together because of an old sewing machine and art easel. What they find out is these items have some magic of their own. The story focuses on the lives of Kate, Jack, Clara and Arty.

I found it fascinating how the story would go from present day St Felix to 1950’s St Felix. I was captivated by the story and didn’t want to put it down till I found out what happened. I love the town of St Felix as this isn’t my first visit! I love that there’s always an element of mystery with Ali’s stories and they keep you guessing till the very end!

‘Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop’ is about love, loss and friendship. I loved all of the characters of this story so there’s no clear favourite. I wish I had of picked this one up sooner from my TBR pile!

I give ‘Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop’ 5*/5* 😊 I can’t wait to read more of Ali’s books.

Author Bio

Ali McNamara is a writer and author of twelve novels. 

The latest of which, Hope and Happiness in Bluebell Wood will be published in July 2021.

Her debut novel, From Notting Hill with Love…Actually, the first of three ‘Notting Hill’ books, became an instant bestseller. 

Ali has had much overseas success with her books – particularly Breakfast at Darcy’s which was a Top Ten bestseller in Italy. Her novels Step Back in Time and Letters from Lighthouse Cottage were nominated for the Romantic Novel of the Year.

Ali lives in Cambridgeshire with her family and her beloved dogs. In her spare time she likes antique shopping, people watching, and daydreaming, usually accompanied by a good cup of coffee! 

Ali has two chronic illnesses: M.E./CFS and UCTD and is a disability and invisible disability advocate.

To find out more about Ali visit her website: http://www.alimcnamara.co.uk
or follow her on Twitter: @AliMcNamara, Facebook and Instagram.

“The Best Is Yet To Come” by Katy Colins

“The Best Is Yet To Come” by Katy Colins

Synopsis

Sometimes it’s the things we don’t say that we need others to hear the loudest . . . 

Izzy has always taken everything in her stride but motherhood is proving more difficult than she thought. She keeps telling herself it’s just a phase but the dark clouds are starting to appear.

Neighbour and widower Arthur might be in the winter of his life but he’s not ready to be packed off to a care home. He’s determined to do things his way.

When Izzy hears about Arthur’s big move, she offers to help. But Arthur isn’t telling her the whole story. It takes courage to admit you need a friend and when you feel invisible, all you need is a ray of hope. After all, what if the best is yet to come?

My Review

I have just finished reading ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ and it’s the first book by Katy I’ve read and it won’t be the last.

Izzy is a first time mum to Evie. Izzy is struggling and sleep deprived but she isn’t keen to talk about what she’s feeling. That is until her neighbour Arthur knocks on her door with a mis delivered parcel.

Arthur lives on his own after the death of his wife Pearl two years ago and he’s struggling in his own way too. Izzy and Arthur end up connecting and becoming firm friends through different events.

To me this is an unique friendship between Izzy and Arthur but I thoroughly enjoyed reading their stories as a whole and how they connected. I loved Katy’s writing style and found that I struggled to put this book down and wanted to pick it up at every opportunity. I connected with Izzy especially as a first time mum myself and was rooting for both her and Arthur throughout this story.

‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ is a story about friendship and how that always shines through a poignant and beautiful story. I give ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ a stunning 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to HQ for an advanced copy of this book.

Author Bio

Katy Colins is a bestselling author of uplifting, feel-good fiction. 

The acclaimed travel blogger’s experiences inspired her to pen ‘The Lonely Hearts Travel Club’ series and saw her labelled the ‘Backpacking Bridget Jones’ by the global media, when she sold all she owned, filled a backpack and booked a one-way ticket to south east Asia and never looked back. 

Nowadays, Katy has swapped backpacking for writing books and trying to tame toddlers. If you want to find out more about Katy’s new releases you can sign up to her newsletter at http://www.katycolins.com.

She loves to procrastinate on social media when she should be writing, so please do stop by and say hi! You can find her @notwedordead or @katycolins.

“The Summer Job” by Lizzy Dent

“The Summer Job” by Lizzy Dent

Synopsis

Have you ever imagined running away from your life?

Well Birdy Finch didn’t just imagine it. She did it. Which might’ve been an error. And the life she’s run into? Her best friend, Heather’s.

The only problem is, she hasn’t told Heather. Actually there are a few other problems…

Can Birdy carry off a summer at a luxury Scottish hotel pretending to be her best friend (who incidentally is a world-class wine expert)?

And can she stop herself from falling for the first man she’s ever actually liked (but who thinks she’s someone else)

My Review

One word…..Wow! I’ve just finished the last page of ‘The Summer Job’ and what a story it is too!

Elizabeth Finch (or Birdy as she’s known to her friends!) takes a job that was supposed to be her best friend Heather’s in Scotland. Well how good will this turn out when she knows absolutely nothing about wine! She realises that this is more serious than she thought! What could go wrong?! Birdy has a very troubled background and this has an effect on her life, she can’t hold down a job or any other important relationships.

I thought this book was very quirky in some ways such as this being focussed on knowing all there is about wine. Lizzy clearly researched about wine. I loved how fun Birdy is but she’s clearly got a lot going on in her life. In parts this story had me laughing and in others I was quite sad and felt sorry for Birdy.

‘The Summer Job’ is about doing what’s right in the end. I loved the unique characters of Loch Dorn and how they worked together as a team.

I give ‘The Summer Job’ 5*/5* 😊 I can’t wait to see what Lizzy comes up with next!

Thank you to Viking Books for an advanced copy of this book.

“Lost Property” by Helen Paris

“Lost Property” by Helen Paris

Synopsis

Dot Watson has lost her way.

Twelve years ago her life veered off course, and the guilt over what happened still haunts her. Before then she was living in Paris, forging an exciting career; now her time is spent visiting her mother’s care home, fielding interfering calls from her sister and working at the London Transport Lost Property office, diligently cataloguing items as misplaced as herself.

But when elderly Mr Appleby arrives in search of his late wife’s purse, his grief stirs something in Dot. Determined to help, she sets off on a mission – one that could start to heal Dot’s own loss and let her find where she belongs once more…

My Review

Well ‘Lost Property’ is certainly a very different read to what I was expecting. But that’s definitely not a bad thing!

Dot Watson is a dedicated employee of the Lost Property office for the Transport for London. She takes her job very seriously and clearly loves working there trying to reunite the public with their lost property from umbrellas to walking sticks and everything in between.

I absolutely fell in love with Dot! Her love of her job, her very unique personality and above all her sense of dedication to everything she does. This story touches on some difficult topics, however Helen has approached these with sensitivity and awareness.

I actually didn’t want the story to end and I wasn’t entirely sure how it was going to end either! This urged me to not want to put this book down unless I absolutely had to! I am sure others will fall in love with Dot just as much as I did.

This is Helen’s first book and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I give ‘Lost Property’ 5*/5* 😊

Thank you to Transworld Books for an advanced copy of this book.

“Primrose Park” by Christie Barlow

“Primrose Park” by Christie Barlow

Synopsis

Vet Molly has always been career driven and focussed on caring for her animals, but when she meets a gorgeous Mystery Man at a conference and their connection is off the charts, well, one night off work won’t hurt anyone…except the next morning he’s vanished and all Molly knows about him is his first name.

Three months later, back in Love Heart Lane, everyone loves the story of Molly’s amazing one-night stand. It’s so unlike her! But when Mystery Man turns up walking his dog through Primrose Park and their night together seems to mean nothing to him, Molly needs her friends and neighbours more than ever. And especially when she’s left with the most unexpected of surprises…

My Review

I am a huge fan of the Love Heart Lane series and Primrose Park has to be my favourite story of the series so far!

This story focuses on Molly. She’s a vet who lives in Glenshiel not far from Heartcross. She bumps (literally!) into heart throb Cam in a hotel but she doesn’t know who he is all she knows is that it’s love at first sight. I don’t want to go into it more than that as you need to find out the magic for yourself!

All I know is that I adore the residents of Heartcross and know that it shouldn’t be a fictional place. There is a lot of community magic where you can see the residents support each other through thick and thin. I totally wish I was part of their amazing community.

My favourite character in this story has to be Dixie she’s a very unique personality who knows what she wants and doesn’t give up till she has it! She is sweet and supportive of anyone around her.

I flew through the pages of this story in less than a week and it’s helped me escape some difficult times in my health at the moment. This beautiful story is about love, friendship, community and fighting what what is ethically right! I give ‘Primrose Park’ a massive 5*/5* 😊

Author Bio


Christie Barlow

Christie Barlow is the number one international bestselling author of fifteen romantic comedies including the iconic Love Heart Lane Series, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Kitty’s Countryside Dream. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.
Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie’s dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 international bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.
When Christie isn’t writing she co-presents The Book Show on Radio Northwich, enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.
Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.
Christie loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Twitter – @ChristieJBarlow
Facebook – Christie Barlow Author
Instagram – christie_barlow

“How to make time for me” by Fiona Perrin

“How to make time for me” by Fiona Perrin

Synopsis

No-one said being a single mum would be easy… 

Everyone knows that being a single mother means having no time to yourself. But for Callie Brown, its more exhausting than most. She’s juggling the needs of three teenage children, two live-in parents, a raffish ex-husband, and a dog who never stops eating. 

The last thing Callie needs is anything more on her plate. So when she bumps (quite literally) into a handsome, age-appropriate cyclist, she’s quick to dismiss him from her life. After all, if she doesn’t have time to brush her hair in the morning, she certainly doesn’t have time to fall in love…

My Review

I admit it’s taken me a while to get around to reading ‘How to make time for me’ but I am glad I’ve read it now.

Callie is on her own with three teenagers a dog and her parents to look after, sounds like a lot right!? She has a lot going on with her life but not at least when her kind of son goes missing.

I was drawn into Wilf and Lily’s storylines in this book as Fiona writes these with such sensitivity with drama built in! I found myself laughing in parts and feeling sad with others. This story definitely kept me engaged.

‘How to make time for me’ is about the life of a single parent’ which I related to! Callie is one strong person. I give ‘How to make time for me’ 4*/5* 😊

Thank you to Aria Fiction for an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley.

Author Bio

Fiona Perrin was a journalist and copywriter before building a career as a sales and marketing director in industry. Having always written, she completed the Curtis Brown Creative Writing course before becoming a published author with Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus). 

Her first book HOW NOT TO GET DIVORCED has gone on to become a best-seller in several countries and was followed by ‘HOW TO MAKE TIME FOR ME’.

As a mother and stepmother to four teenagers while holding down a fairly full-on job, she writes grown-up commercial fiction about messy, modern love and families – with all their heartbreak, humour and hope. 

Fiona grew up in Cornwall, hung out for a long time in London and then came home – she writes from her study overlooking the sea at the end of The Lizard peninsula.