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.
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There’s nothing like being told that in three months you’ll be dead to make you think about what you really want in life. Jennifer Cole has just been told that she has a terminal blood disorder and has just three months to live – ninety days to say goodbye to friends and family, and to put her affairs in order. Ninety days to comes to terms with a diagnosis that is unfair, unexpected and completely unpronounceable. Focusing on the positives, (she won’t have to go on in a world without Bowie or Maya Angelou; she won’t get Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s like her parents, or have teeth that flop out at the mere mention of the word apple) Jennifer realises she only has one real regret; the relationships she’s lost. Rather than running off to complete a frantic bucket list, Jennifer chooses to stay put and write a letter to the three most significant people in her life, to say the things she wished she’d said before but never dared: her overbearing, selfish sister, her jelly-spined, cheating ex husband, and her charming, unreliable ex boyfriend – and finally tell them the truth. At first, Jennifer feels cleansed by her catharsis. Liberated, even. Her ex boyfriend rushes to her side and she even starts to build bridges with her sister Isabelle (that is once Isabelle’s confirmed that Jennifer’s condition isn’t genetic) But once you start telling the truth, it’s hard to stop. And as Jennifer soon discovers, the truth isn’t always as straightforward as it seems, and death has a way of surprising you…
I am thrilled to be taking part in my first Random Things blog tour so thank you to Anne Cater for the opportunity to take part.
We meet Jennifer Cole, a HR professional who has been given the worst news imaginable by her doctor… that she has a rare blood disorder and she only has three months to live. Her best friend Olivia convinces Jennifer to write some letters to the people who have hurt her the most; her cheating ex husband Andy, her impossible sister and her ex boyfriend. What will be the results of these letters being sent? Well I won’t go into specifics but let’s just say it’s interesting!
I found the way that Melanie wrote this story truly portrayed Jennifer’s feelings following her diagnosis and as a result was profound and realistic. I was completely engrossed from beginning to end. Clearly my favourite character is Jennifer because although she is not normally the type of person to say what she thinks, I was glad she spoke her mind. However it’s unfortunate for these type of life lessons to be learnt through such distressing circumstances. I found all of the characters of this story fascinating as they are all different in their personalities. Olivia is a rock to Jennifer, her sister Isabelle is bold (in her well meaning ways) and well Harry is deceitful and selfish (but I won’t reveal why)
There were some major plot twists that I was really not expecting (yes more than one!!) This kept me guessing on how this insightful story would end. Melanie’s writing is captivating and intense. I was such a mixture of emotions throughout this story.
‘Death and Other Happy Endings’ is about courage, hope, love, family and realising that in certain situations you just have to put yourself first! ❤ What a debut by Melanie and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next, although I personally feel there’s a sequel to be had following Jennifer’s story! I give ‘Death and Other Happy Endings’ a huge 5*/5* 🙂
Thank you so much to Hannah at Penguin Random House for my copy of this beautiful book.
Melanie Cantor was a celebrity agent and publicist for over thirty years. Her clients included Ulrika Jonsson, Melinda Messenger and Melanie Sykes. In 2004, she hosted a makeover show on Channel 4 called Making Space and in 2017 having just turned 60 she was scouted on Kings Cross station, subsequently appearing as a ‘real model’ in the most recent Dove campaign. She turned her hand to writing in 2008. Death and other Happy Endings is her first published novel.
One perfect villa, four old friends, and a holiday that will change everything… Amy, Linda, Kate and Jane were best friends at school. Now, years later, they have grown apart. When Amy discovers her husband has been stealing from her successful interiors business, and with a milestone birthday looming, she decides it is time to reach out to her old friends once again. So, she decides to invite the other three to her beautiful villa in Mallorca for a reunion weekend. As the four friends gather, secrets are unearthed, old scores settled and new friendships forged. Will this holiday bring them together or tear them apart? And will each of them grasp their second chance for happiness…?
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for ‘A Summer Reunion’. Thank you to Orion Publishing for the opportunity to take part. Please be sure to follow the other stops on this great tour!
We meet four women; Amy, Kate, Linda and Jane who were the best of friends at school. However that was more than forty years ago. Amy decides to offer an olive branch and invite them to Mallorca for a long weekend of sun, sea and sand. The story is mainly told from Amy’s perspective, however we also hear from the other women too, this had me turning the pages all too quickly. They all have their own challenges in life but Fanny intertwines these storylines perfectly. I found all of the main characters interesting and really wanted to know how each of their stories ended. I feel there could be more to share of the lives of these four incredible determined women.
‘A Summer Reunion’ is about friendship mainly however we see themes such as trust, betrayal and family life issues. Also knowing who has your back no matter what happens 🙂
This is my first and certainly won’t be my last read by Fanny Blake. I love her writing style, it can be very light hearted but when she needs to write about serious matters this is felt through the pages ❤ ‘A Summer Reunion’ will take you on a journey of twists and turns that you won’t see coming (well I certainly didn’t see them coming!) I give this beautifully written story 5*/5*.
Thank you to Alainna at Orion Publishing for an advanced copy of this book.
Fanny Blake was a publisher for many years, editing both fiction and non-fiction before becoming a freelance journalist and writer. She has written various non-fiction titles, acted as ghost writer for a number of celebrities, and is a former books editor of Woman & Home magazine. She has been a judge of a number of literary prizes, including the Costa First Novel award, the Desmond Elliott Award, the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year award and the British Book Awards. She is also the commissioning editor for Quick Reads and a book reviewer. She has written seven novels, including Our Summer Together and An Italian Summer.
I am beyond thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal for ‘The Secret – Violet’s Story’ by the lovely Eliza. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to take part, for which there was no hesitation to agree. This is the third instalment in the ‘Life on the Moors’ series.
Now onto the actual cover of Eliza’s latest book….this cover is just as amazing as the previous two books in the series. I love the use of colours and the fact there are some similarities to previous covers, therefore you just know they come as a lovely package!
So finally I am pleased to reveal the cover to ‘The Secret – Violet’s Story’…. 🙂
It’s been two years since glamorous and ambitious Violet Smith fell head-over-heels in love with blacksmith Jimby Fairfax, and moved back home to the North Yorkshire village of Lytell Stangdale to be with him.
Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Their romance is blooming and Romantique – the business she set up with Jimby’s sister Kitty, designing luxurious underwear and burlesque costumes with the odd wedding dress throw in – is thriving.
But on a romantic weekend break, a face from her past triggers a series of events which send Violet into turmoil. She finds herself with no alternative but to reveal a secret she’s buried deep for the past sixteen years. A secret she hasn’t shared with anyone, not even her best friends, Kitty and Molly, and they share everything.
With the revelation forcing a wedge between herself and Jimby, heartbroken Violet fears that he won’t ever be able to think of her in the same way again and won’t want anything more to do with her.
As ever, Kitty and Molly rally round, offering their advice and support but Vi is worried that keeping her secret was just a step too far for Jimby.
Will she succeed in showing him their love is strong enough to overcome it?
The Secret – Violet’s Story is book 3 in the Life on the Moors Series.
Eliza lives in a 17th-century cottage on the edge of a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden. Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake. Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming stories with happy endings.
After a shocking confrontation with an unexpected encounter, Constance tries to piece her life back together and is on a mission to finally move on.
The thought of having her friends near is comforting as they take time out of their busy online lives and meet up at their favourite place, A Cupful of Dreams Café. Everyone seems happy enough until cracks begin to show and all is not as good as it seems. Constance tries desperately to keep positive as there’s so much to look forward to: shopping for posh frocks, dinner at The Shard and a movie premiere.
As things start to look rosy, a few odd tweets begin to pop up from nowhere. At first, they seem innocent, but as the weeks go by and premier night draws near, not only do the tweets increase but they become more obnoxious.
By the time Constance and her chums arrive on the red carpet, she’s determined to work out who the troll could be and to keep them from spoiling her evening. However as Constance soon learns, the troll wants to destroy far more than that!
Breathtaking views of London.
Posh frocks and Paparazzi
But there’s definitely trouble in the air …
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for ‘The Dinner in the Sky’ Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to take part. Please be sure to follow this whole fabulous tour!
Well what can I say about this story…I have to be honest and say I haven’t read the two previous books in the series (wish there were more hours in the day!) but this will change as I am definitely going to be purchasing them. That didn’t stop me from getting to know Constance and the rest of the gang following this beautifully written story. However Anne provided a snapshot of what has happened already in the series and that definitely helped to understand the events leading up to this story.
We meet Constance who is the main character, she is a single mother to her autistic son Charlie. Constance comes up against many challenges in her life, including her love life. That doesn’t stop her from sticking up for herself. I’m not giving away any spoilers but I found myself shouting “Go Constance!!” I absolutely adored her group of crazy friends. She has best friend Estelle then there’s the eccentric Jagger and Stan included in this brady bunch amongst other quaint and amusing characters. I would love to meet up with them all at A Cupful of Dreams Cafe for tea and cake! 🙂
I won’t go into specifics of the story however I found that Anne kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens in the end and I was certainly kept guessing. I also feel there could be another book to be written for these characters.
I found the format of the story captivating with the short and snappy chapters so I was able to put it down when I needed to. I also love the social media aspect.
‘The Dinner in the Sky’ is about friendship, family, love and mostly going with your gut instinct. I for one can’t wait to read the whole series from beginning to end as I enjoyed ‘The Dinner in the Sky’ so much. I give this dramatic story 4*/5* ❤
Thank you so much to Anne for an advanced copy of this book.
Anne John-Ligali is a writer and found of Books and Authors UK, a
website that features author interviews, cover reveals, blog posts,
features and reviews. She loves all things books, going to book events and
meeting other book worms. She has written her first series and is currently
writing her first novel.
When Anne is not writing she is likely to be playing with her kids, going for walks in the park, watching Netflix or thinking up more stories. Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London she studies graphic design at the University of Arts and held a number of IT jobs in the city. Anne continues to write romantic comedies, women’s fiction, and has the desire to write a non-fiction book and a few children’s books.
Could the lemon groves of Sicily be the perfect place to start over? The irresistible new novel by Jo Thomas, the author of Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard, will transport you to the island of mountains and sparkling blue seas. When life hands you lemons… is it ever too late for a second chance? Zelda’s impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could just be what she needs. And who better to settle down with than the person who knows her best? But the sun filled skies and sparking seas can’t hide the shadow hanging over Citta d’Ora, which means not everyone is pleased to see their arrival. The dreams of Zelda and her fellow new residents had of setting up a new life might be slipping away. But a friendship with a restaurateur Luca could be about to unlock the possibilities that lie in the local lemon groves. And there’s a wedding on the horizon that might be just what the town needs to turn it around… Could summer in Sicily help Zelda learn to trust her instinct and follow her heart?
I am actually kicking myself that I have only gotten around to reading one of Jo’s books now! I finished ‘My Lemon Grove Summer’ in three days.
Jo has either been to Sicily or her research skills are perfect as she describes the destination flawlessly. I felt transported to Citta d’Ora with Zelda, Lennie and the rest of the gang that just want a second chance in life. We meet Zelda and Lennie who are best friends and they have realised that maybe they should go ahead with the pact they made years ago of being with each other if they didn’t find ‘love at first sight’ thus they travel to Sicily for their fresh start together. We then meet lots of other quaint characters that also want their second chances for reasons of their own. However they all face their challenges when the locals don’t want them there, will it work out?
I found Jo’s writing captivating and I could clearly imagine every scene even down to what each character looks like. That is what makes reading magic for me. ‘My Lemon Grove Summer’ is about love, friendship, family and above all taking chances to get that fresh start in life ❤
Now I’m off to purchase some more of Jo’s books to add to my ever growing TBR pile as they just have to be on there! 🙂 ‘My Lemon Grove Summer’ is a book you definitely need to add to your reading list. If I was going on holiday this year, I would definitely take it with me to read on the beach!
Thank you so much to Anna at Headline Books for an advanced copy of this beautiful summer must read.
Written in the first person and following a reverse chronology which subverts the typical illness story, ‘Please Read this Leaflet Carefully’ follows Laura Fjellstad in her struggles to live a normal life. Having been diagnosed with severe endometriosis in her twenties, she believes that the only way to survive her painful and debilitating illness is to be completely self reliant. In between doctors appointment and in and out of hospitals, Laura confronts single parenting after her divorce, leading a life her own teenage self would be in awe of. To be devoured intensely in one sitting, ‘Please Read this Leaflet Carefully is a heartwarming debut novel with bracing emotional insights and piercing descriptions of pain that linger in one’s mind long after the last page. It is also a beguiling meditation on relationships, motherhood, menopause, sexuality, pain and a woman’s life journey to come to terms with her own body.
When I read the synopsis for ‘Please Read this Leaflet Carefully’ I thought ‘wow I know I will relate to this book on some personal level’ little did I know once I finished it how relatable this story is to me.
We meet Laura who since being a child has struggled with her health and having late diagnosis of endometriosis amongst other health problems would have been her worst nightmare. Karen takes us on a journey of Laura’s life from 2016 to 1995 and the struggles she faces with constant pain and dealing with judgement from her family, friends and even health professionals. I don’t mind saying this but the reason I related so much to Laura’s story is that I don’t have endometriosis however I do suffer from a few chronic pain conditions. There were moments in this story where Laura’s inner thoughts were actually what I think and feel. You wonder whether by being chronically ill you could cope with being a mother? Having a job? Just simply living a normal life? Or should I tell any potential partners that I am poorly?
Reading this story had me thinking I just wanted to tell Laura that everything would be ok and I just wanted to give her a hug at numerous points in this story also to tell her she is not alone in this battle ❤ Karen’s writing and the way she has told this story has really hit me in the heart and it’s a story that I will remember for a very long time. I also thought it was interesting how she went back in time rather than starting with those early days in Laura’s life, this added mystery and suspense to the story.
I highly recommend you read ‘Please Read this Leaflet Carefully’. I am thrilled that Karen has written a book where so much awareness will be raises and I think it’s going to be a hit! This isn’t actually my normal kind of read but I’m beyond excited I have read this poignant story. I give ‘Please Read this Leaflet Carefully’ 5*/5* 🙂
Thank you so much to Jordan at Dead Ink Books for an advanced copy of this book.
The Book of Wonders is a moving, heart-warming tearjerker of a novel about finding the strength to carry on in the face of devastation, and how the most unlikely, painful moments can often be the ones which teach us that life is worth living. Live everyday like it’s your last. Thelma is the busy single mum of 12 year old Louis. When he is involved in an accident, their lives are changed forever. Louis falls into a coma and the doctors are not optimistic: if he doesn’t regain consciousness in the next four weeks, he will probably never wake up again. At home in Louis’ bedroom, a devastated Thelma finds a list of all the things he wants to accomplish in his life, and suddenly sees a way to survive: she will fulfill her son’s dreams, in the hope that it will bring him back. With the help of his nurse, Thelma sets up an Ipad in Louis’ hospital room so he can follow her adventures. His first wish: to spend a day in Tokyo. Thelma has just one desperate hope, that her son will come back to her.
Well I can’t recommend ‘The Book of Wonders’ enough and I’m beyond excited that this book is being released into the world. I devoured it in two days and that’s only because I wasn’t able to read it in one sitting!
Thelma is a hardworking single mum who would do anything for her son Louis, quite like any mother. She faces her worst nightmare but carries on living for Louis with his book of wonders, everything he wants to accomplish in his life. She also learns a lot about her son. Thelma also realises what’s most important in her life. The chapters are short so easy to put down when needed, not that I wanted to put it down!
Julien has created a compelling, compassionate story that shows the special relationship that a mother and son have and when faced with devastation she is determined to bring her son back. This is such a poignant story about love, family, hope and most of all living life to the fullest as you don’t know what is around the corner ❤
‘The Book of Wonders’ has to be one of my favourite reads of 2019 so far and very much deserving of 5*/5*. It is a must read that tugs on your heart strings 🙂
Thank you so much to Milly at Quercus Books for an advanced copy of this book.