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 😊📚

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“Motherwhelmed” by Anniki Sommerville

“Motherwhelmed” by Anniki Sommerville

Synopsis

Rebecca is 42, has a beautiful child and a wonderful husband. But she just hasn’t been feeling herself recently…

Rebecca thinks a great night out should involve a packet of Marlboro’s, six double vodkas and snogging a colleague. Not gormlessly drinking a zero-alcohol No-hito while Instagramming a vegan chicken wing.
 
Rebecca wants to ride on a Harley Davidson, to crowd surf till dawn, then collapse in a heap after swigging from a bottle of Jack Daniels . . . not sit in a soul-destroying meeting surrounded by ‘blue sky thinking’ and men half her age who interrupt all the time.

She’s had enough of commuting to an office that is so cold people have to wear blankets all day. And she can’t help asking herself why her adorable daughter must spend all week in a containment zone for pre-schoolers.

Rebecca wants to feel that there’s MORE coming her way, rather than less . . .

In short – Rebecca wants out.

My Review

Discovering Rebecca’s life has been a eye opener! She is a 42 year old working mother trying to keep all her plates spinning at once; her daughter Bella, job and relationship. In the end something has to give and it’s a long winding road for Rebecca to find out what that is.

I felt I was reading about my own life, even down to how cold her working environment is (my workplace loves the air con!!) also worrying about mum guilt but feeling the pressure to be able to cope. Anniki’s narrative is realistic, emotive and honest. I was pulling for Rebecca to be living life to the best of her ability so I was completely and utterly engrossed in her journey. Whist reading this story I went through feelings of hope, sadness and frustration. I loved the well written characters, especially Rebecca.

‘Motherwhelmed’ is such a beautifully profound story and I think so many people will be able to relate whether that be on a personal or professional lever or even both! I honestly urge you to grab a copy and prepare to be entertained as it certainly had some laugh out loud moments too 😊 I now know that it’s totally ok to feel motherwhelmed as I’m not alone. I give this fabulous debut 5*/5* ❤️

Thank you so much to Claire at One More Chapter for an advanced copy of this book.

Author Bio

Anniki Sommerville is a part-time writer and previously edited the parenting blog Selfish Mother. She is co-founder of The Hotbed Collective- a book (‘More Orgasms Please’) and podcast. She has two daughters, lives in London and works part-time in marketing. ‘Motherwhelmed’ is her first novel.

#BlogTour for “Live A Little” by Madeleine Reiss @MadeleineReiss @Tr4cyF3nt0n

#BlogTour for “Live A Little” by Madeleine Reiss @MadeleineReiss @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Synopsis

Two Sisters. One road trip. What could possibly go wrong?

Lottie has always followed the rules, her life is comfortable and she is – finally, finally – marrying her long-term, sensible, boyfriend Dean. 

Tina is carefree, wild and, maybe, just a little bit careless. She doesn’t understand Lottie’s obsession with settling down with ‘dull Dean’. There’s so much to explore in the world. 

The two sisters have drifted apart since the death of their older sister. Without her, Lottie and Tina realise how little they know each other. Desperate to remedy this, Tina convinces Lottie to set out on a road trip across the US, just the two of them. 

But Tina has one more surprise in mind to shake up Lottie’s life – she must say yes to everything Tina suggests, no matter what . . .

My Review

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for ‘Live A Little’ Thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the tour invite.

Just by reading what this book is about I knew I just had to be involved. Getting to know Lottie and Tina has certainly been an eye opener as they journey to America to go on the road trip of a lifetime (and for a purpose!) These are sisters with two completely different personalities but that’s what kept the storyline full of surprises. Lottie is a very much by the book kind of person and Tina just doesn’t think before she acts. So you can imagine the sparks that fly between them. Then to add Spike, their American friend into the mix gave the story more drama than ever!

I very much enjoyed ‘Live A Little’ and I was sad to get to the end! I loved Madeleine’s writing and I found myself vividly imagining their road trip, especially the amazing surroundings. If you want to escape into a beautiful story about love, betrayal, loss and friendship then I urge you to get started with this story. I am very much looking forward to reading more of Madeleine’s books in the future 😊 I give ‘Live A Little’ 4*/5*

Thank you to Bonnier Zaffre for an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley.

Author Bio

Madeleine Reiss was born in Athens. She worked for some years in an agency for street performers and comedians and then as a journalist and publicist. She currently works part-time at a brain injury charity and writes novels for the rest of the week. She has two sons and one grandson and lives in Cambridge with her husband and an extremely paranoid cat called Ruby.

She wrote her first novel at the age of fifty after her mother badgered her to enter a book writing competition that was being advertised on The Alan Titchmarsh Show. In order to stop her mother phoning her up and asking if she had done anything about it yet, she sent off three chapters of a book she had started and abandoned a few years before. To her amazement she won the competition and a publishing contract with Harper Collins. Joy was quickly followed by anxiety since she knew she then had to actually write the book.

This book was ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’. Since then she has written two more – ‘This Last Kiss’ and ‘Before We Say Goodbye.’

#BlogToir for “Heart in the Right Home” by Lisa Hill @lisahillie @Tr4cyF3nt0n

#BlogToir for “Heart in the Right Home” by Lisa Hill @lisahillie @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Synopsis

Wedding bells are chiming in the village of Clunderton, but will it be happy-ever-afters all around? Rebecca Cavendish thinks not. All she’s feeling is shame and remorse since her affair with property mogul, Edward Hardwicke, whilst in another corner of the village, Louise Edwards is slowly coming to the conclusion she might not be in love with husband, Johnnie, anymore. 

Meanwhile, Lottie Hardwicke is resisting the urge to do what she does best…interfere. When Edward’s son, James, turns up announcing Hardwickes’ intentions to develop land on the outskirts of the village into residential homes, and Edward makes a further shocking announcement, a divide begins to set hold amongst the villagers, perhaps more monumental than the country being torn apart by Brexit…

Will Lottie refrain? Or will she cave-in to that need to interfere, and ensure everyone ends up with their heart in the right home?

My Review

It’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘Heart in the Right Home’ Thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the tour invite.

Who doesn’t love a story about a tight community and a lot of drama!?!? Well I very much do! At first I was confused with the introduction of so many characters at once however that will just be me as I haven’t read the first in the series. Though now I definitely will also read that in the future too.

I fell in love with the community of Clunderton and it’s interesting residents. Getting to know the strong women that are Lottie, Louise and Rebecca was an inspiration. With so much going on in their lives they come together to help each other when needed. I very much related to Louise and her situation. I very much wanted for her to be able to change this to make herself happy. I felt for Rebecca and Lottie was just like the glue that kept everyone together.

There were plenty of story twists that I personally wasn’t expecting so this definitely made me want to read on at any opportunity. Once I got to know the various characters I was so invested in the drama that I felt it could actually be a soap opera. I thought Lisa’s narrative was dramatic and riveting. I highly recommend this jam packed story to all.

‘Heart in the Right Home’ is about coming together in an hour of need and a magical sense of community ❤️ I give ‘Heart in the Right Home’ 4*/5* 😊

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

Author Bio

Lisa grew up in the village of Bussage, near Stroud, in the Cotswolds until she returned to Cheltenham as a teenager. She is married to her very own hero, Matt, and has three sons, Hamish, Archie and Laurence. Her first encounter of a romance author was chats over the garden wall between her father, Godfrey, and Mrs Cooper from the neighbouring village of Bisley. It came as quite a surprise in later life to find that Mrs Cooper was in fact Jilly Cooper! Lisa’s writing inspiration now comes from other Cotswolds authors including Jill Mansell and Katie Fforde. 

Lisa writes contemporary women’s fiction with a light-hearted tone. What interests her most is people, their interactions, emotions and relationships. It’s probably why her career to date has been based in property; she confesses herself that she is ‘naturally curious’.  

When she’s not busy writing, helping Matt run his electrical empire, or being her sons’ taxi service, Lisa enjoys long walks with the family gundog, Sparky, and is training to be a counsellor where she hopes, one day, to be able to provide therapy in the form of writing to those who need it. 

Lisa is a graduate of the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme and attributes this supportive and informative scheme to her career to date, including her debut novel, Meet Me at Number Five, and this year’s perfect summer read Heart in the Right Place.

“Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe” by Debbie Johnson

“Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe” by Debbie Johnson

Synopsis

My name is Willow Longville. I live in a village called Budbury on the stunning Dorset coast with my mum Lynnie, who sometimes forgets who I am. I’m a waitress at the Comfort Food Café, which is really so much more than a café … it’s my home.

For Willow, the ramshackle café overlooking the beach, together with its warm-hearted community, offers friendship as a daily special and always has a hearty welcome on the
menu. But when a handsome stranger blows in on a warm
spring breeze, Willow soon realises that her quiet country
life will be changed forever.

Curl up with this gorgeous novel and make yourself
at home at the Comfort Food Café
.

My Review

I am a huge fan of this series and it was great to catch up with the amazing residents of Budbury. I would definitely say that they can all be read as standalone books.

This story focuses on Willow Longville who works in the Comfort Food Cafe and owns her own cleaning business. Home life is quite difficult for Willow as her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s and she is her mother’s carer. Donna gives this storyline the respect and sensitivity it deserves. Not only does she portray the devastating symptoms but the point of view of the carer’s feelings and role too. The way the residents come together for Willow is so heartwarming. Her siblings then return to Budbury but can they help Willow too?

Then enters a new resident to Budbury, the lovely Tom. He is in the village for a specific reason but can he achieve what he needs to? I urge you to visit this lovely village at your earliest convenience!

I flew through Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe and I can’t wait to read the next in the series (which is already on my kindle waiting!) This story (and the rest in the series) are pure escapism at it’s best. Which is exactly what I needed 😊 I give ‘Sunshine at the Comfort Food Cafe’ 5*/5* ❤️

Author Bio

Debbie Johnson is an award-winning author who lives and works in Liverpool, where she divides her time between writing, caring for a small tribe of children and animals, and not doing the housework. 

She writes feel-good emotional women’s fiction, and has sold more than 750,000 books worldwide. She is published in the USA, Canada, Australia, India, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey and the Ukraine. Her best-sellers include the Comfort Food Cafe series, Cold Feet at Christmas and The A-Z of Everything.

Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe won the Contemporary Romance of the Year title at the 2017 Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards, and Pippa’s Cornish Dream was named as the best short novel at the Love Stories Awards.

You can find her supernatural crime thriller, Fear No Evil, featuring Liverpool PI Jayne McCartney, on Amazon, published by Maze/Avon Books.

Debbie also writes urban fantasy, set in modern day Liverpool. Dark Vision and the follow-up Dark Touch are published by Del Rey UK, and earned her the title ‘a Liverpudlian Charlaine Harris’ from The Guardian.

#BlogTour for “Love, Unscripted” by Owen Nicholls @OwenNicholls @annecater

#BlogTour for “Love, Unscripted” by Owen Nicholls @OwenNicholls @annecater

Synopsis

Owen Nicholls’ Love, Unscripted is an uplifting love story, following film projectionist Nick as he tries to understand the difference between love on the silver screen and love in real life. Perfect for fans of David Nicholls, Nick Hornby and Laura Barnett.

For Nick, love should look like it does on the big screen. And when he meets Ellie on the eve of the 2008 presidential election, it finally does. For four blissful years, Nick loved Ellie as much as he loved his job as a film projectionist in his local cinema. Life seemed picture perfect. But now it’s 2012, Ellie has moved out and Nick’s trying to figure out where it all went wrong. With Ellie gone and his life falling part, Nick wonders if their romance could ever be as perfect as the night they met. Can love really be as it is in the movies?

My Review

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for ‘Love, Unscripted’ Thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for the tour invite.

Nick Marcet works in a cinema, to him it’s a job he adores because of his passion for film and being a projectionist. Nick faces very uncertain times with his job, his home and his relationship. What more could go wrong?!

Nick and Ellie have been in a relationship for four years. However Ellie suddenly leaves Nick making him question what went wrong. Owen takes us on an exploration of events alternating between the night Nick and Ellie met at an interesting party and his current life. I found this gave a lot of depth to the story and to be able to fully understand these two characters.

I loved how real Nick and Ellie were, in the sense of their thoughts and feelings on each other and their perspective on life. I felt completely invested in their story and itching to know the end but at the same time not wanting to turn the last page!

I said to myself one word when I finished this story and that was “Wow!!” ‘Love, Unscripted’ is about self reflection and having the courage to go after what you feel you deserve in life ❤

I am very excited to see what Owen creates next and will definitely be adding his future novels to my list!! 🙂 I give ‘Love, Unscripted’ a very much deserved 5*/5*

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

Author Bio

OWEN NICHOLLS is a screenwriter with a Masters in Scriptwriting from the University of East Anglia. His first screenplay — a biopic of the filmmakers Powell and Pressburger — was optioned to Bedlam Productions, the BAFTA and Academy Award-winning producers of The King’s Speech. His work has appeared in Empire and NME, and in 2018 he was selected for the Escalator Scheme run by the National Centre For Writing. Love, Unscripted is his first novel. 

When he isn’t writing you’ll find him in the cinema, watching everything from the latest Pixar to the best in independent film. 

Owen lives in Norfolk, England with his wife and children.

#BlogTour for “The Summer of Going Topless” by Liz Davies @LizDaviesAuthor @rararesources

#BlogTour for “The Summer of Going Topless” by Liz Davies @LizDaviesAuthor @rararesources

Synopsis

Candice Summerville is invisible. No one seems to notice her – not really. Heck, she often doesn’t notice herself, except for her monthly scrutiny in the mirror to check on her body’s steady slide towards middle age.

But when her ancient, practical estate car is consigned to the scrap heap, Candice falls in love with a cute, purple convertible, and from that moment on her life begins to take on a whole new meaning. Strangers wave at her and people stop to talk, and suddenly she isn’t invisible any longer.

Life seems to be looking up, especially when she meets silver fox and handy-man, Paul. There’s just one fly in the ointment, one thing she that has her second-guessing herself.

Is it the car that Paul sees – or is it her?

My Review

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Summer of Going Topless’ Thank you as ever to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to take part.

Once I read the synopsis of this book I just knew I was going to enjoy it. This is definitely not the first book I am going to read by Liz.

The story mainly focuses on forty something year old Candice Summerville, in the beginning she is definitely stuck in a bit of a rut working in a library in IT, she has been long divorced and her two sons Ivan and Preston have long since left home. She also feels invisible, even to herself sometimes.

A breakdown of her car leads Candice to purchasing a purple convertible sports car, little does she know how much this car is going to change her life. I was completely and utterly invested in Candice’s life. I wanted her to be living the best live she could. I won’t go into specifics on how she changes her life but you should definitely find out for yourself. I also loved Paul’s character, he’s such a charming gentleman. Liz intertwines some unexpected events to keep you on your toes!!

Liz has such a charming writing style that’s warm and witty. It is such an easy going read that I just flew through! 🙂 ‘The Summer of Going Topless’ is about slowly discovering yourself again and living life to the full ❤ I give this beautiful read 4*/5*!

Thank you to Liz and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book.

Where to buy!

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Author Bio

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.

She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.

She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it. 

You can find Liz on Twitter!

“What Happens Now?” by Sophia Money-Coutts

“What Happens Now?” by Sophia Money-Coutts

Synopsis

‘No question about it, there are two little purple lines. I’m pregnant.’

After eight years together, Lil Bailey thought she’d already found ‘the one’ – that is, until he dumped her for a blonde twenty-something colleague. So she does what any self-respecting singleton would do: swipes right, puts on her best bra and finds herself on a first date with a handsome mountaineer called Max. What’s the worst that can happen?
 
Well it’s pretty bad actually. First Max ghosts her and then, after weeing on a stick (but mostly her hands), a few weeks later Lil discovers she’s pregnant. She’s single, thirty-one and living in a thimble-sized flat in London, it’s hardly the happily-ever-after she was looking for.

Lil’s ready to do the baby-thing on her own – it can’t be that hard, right? But she should probably tell Max, if she can track him down. Surely he’s not that Max, the highly eligible, headline-grabbing son of Lord and Lady Rushbrooke, currently trekking up a mountain in South Asia? Oh, maybe he wasn’t ignoring Lil after all…

My Review

There is such a thing as a book hangover right? Well that’s exactly how I am feeling after finishing ‘What Happens Now?’ I honestly didn’t want it to end so I made this read last as long as I could. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book I knew it would be right up my street!

Lil is such a strong character, she discovers she’s pregnant after a one night stand with Max. She is determined to keep her baby no matter what anyone thinks, she tells Max and leaves it up to him for how involved he wants to be with the baby. Her life is super chaotic as she’s a teacher for an all boys school. I love how Lil has such a great support system in her mother and step father, also her best friend Jess and her brother Clem. How will Lil and Max navigate their relationship with a baby? I urge you to read the book and find out! 🙂

I am now a huge fan of Sophia’s writing, how her characters have such strong personalities and bonds with another and how she had me engrossed to the point I didn’t want the story to end. ‘What Happens Now?’ deserves 5*/5* ❤

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

Author Bio

Sophia is a British journalist and author who spends most of her time writing at her kitchen table in West London and making 59 cups of tea a day. She has written two novels – The Plus One and What Happens Now? – and hopes to carry on writing books that make people laugh forever. Because we could all do with more of a laugh, these days, couldn’t we? Sometimes, if she’s not drinking lukewarm cups of tea in her leggings at home, she appears on radio and television talking about important topics such as Prince Harry’s wedding and the etiquette of the threesome.