Love to Give Book Review

Love to Give

By Denise Johnson

After struggling with years of infertility, Denise’s college roommate offers to have her and her husband, Ron, adopt her baby. The couple are thrilled, especially when they find out they are pregnant themselves. Sadly, it isn’t until years later that they become parents and are faced with tragedy after tragedy.

I really loved this book. I ended up staying up very late two nights in a row to finish it. I had to find out how Ron and Denise’s story ended. I cannot believe that tragedies they had to walk through. The emotions were so real. It truly broke my heart. But the ending of the book is full of beautiful blessings. Life often doesn’t make sense. Some people experience such tragedy, while others don’t. God has a plan for each of us. Denise learned to cling to God and to trust Him, not matter how much her heart broke.

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Bulletproof Proposal Guest Post

Are you hoping for a proposal this valentines day_

Guest Post by Rebekah Bryan

I am very excited to share this post with you. As most of you will be aware, I have published my latest book ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’.

This is my second book and I decided to write a novelette. I love the idea of a short story, the reader can enjoy it in one or two sittings, fitting it in around their hectic lifestyles.

The idea for ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’ came when a close friend of mine was waiting for her partner to propose. I thought about what someone might do in that situation and I think most people would try and gain control, giving rise to the idea for my new book.

This story was an exciting piece for me to write. I took on Lisa’s character with ease as she was fun to write about (I think I could also see some of myself in her). Authors will tell you to write about a topic that you would want to read yourself and this is a book that I would want to snuggle up with. I also love the cover, which I had great fun designing, and I am guilty of choosing a book by its cover, so I hope it will attract you too. My wonderful husband put together the book trailer and I think it is a wonderful teaser of what’s to come.

‘The Bulletproof Proposal’ was published in November 2017, and my hope is that you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it. Please leave a review if you liked it, on either Amazon or Goodreads, and tell your friends and family about it, it would be much appreciated.

To Download ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’ for FREE (14th February only) click here.

Here is the book blurb & trailer.

After five years of dating Lisa is anticipating that all-important question, will you marry me?

Impatient, Lisa decides to take matters into her own hands and propose to Matt, after all it is the 21st Century.

Only she takes it one step further and with the help of her best friend Mandy, she prepares the ultimate proposal.

What she doesn’t know is whether this will be the beginning of her happily-ever- after or the beginning of the end.

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The Bulletproof Proposal

The Bulletproof Proposal

By Rebekah Louise

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I was given this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. This was a cute short story about a woman not only proposing to her boyfriend, but planning the entire wedding without him and surprising him! Putting together a wedding in two weeks would be my nightmare, but it was fun to read about how she did it and made it happen. I love reading about wedding planning, as I had so much fun planning my own. Like main character, Lisa, I wasn’t sure how her boyfriend, Matt, was going to respond. I love when my chick lit books are not completely predictable.

I would have loved if this story were a bit longer and more fleshed out. It did feel rushed. Overall, though, I enjoyed this quick read that gave me happy memories of planning my own special day.

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Veronica’s Bird Blog Tour

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Veronica’s Bird

Veronica’s Bird: Thirty-five years inside as a female prison officer  Veronica Bird was one of nine children living in a tiny house in Barnsley with a brutal coal miner for a father. Life was a despairing time in the 1950s, as Veronica sought desperately to keep away from his cruelty. Astonishingly, to her and her mother, she won a scholarship to Ackworth Boarding School where she began to shine above her class-mates. A champion in all sports, Veronica at last found some happiness until her brother-in-law came into her life. It was as if she had stepped from the frying pan into the re: he took over control of her life removing her from the school she adored, two terms before she was due to take her GCEs, so he could put her to work as a cheap option on his market stall. Abused for many years by these two men, Veronica eventually ran away and applied to the Prison Service, knowing it was the only safe place she could trust. This is the astonishing, and true story of Veronica Bird who rose to become a Governor of Armley prison. Given a ‘basket case’ in another prison, contrary to all expectations, she turned it around within a year, to become an example for others to match. During her life inside, her ‘bird’, she met many Home Secretaries, was honoured by the Queen and was asked to help improve conditions in Russian Prisons. A deeply poignant story of eventual triumph against a staggeringly high series of setbacks, her story is lled with humour and compassion for those inside. Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Veronicas-Bird-Thirty-five-inside-officer-ebook/dp/B077NXT42X About the authors: After thirty-five years working for the Prison Service, Veronica Bird is now retired and living in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. She is still an active proponent of the justice system and continues to lecture across the country and is a supporter of Butler Trust, which acknowledges excellence within the prison system. A qualified architect and Swiss-trained hotelier, Richard Newman enjoyed a forty-year career designing and managing hotels worldwide before retiring in 2001. Since then he has gone on to publish a number of novels: The Crown of Martyrdom, The Horse that Screamed, The Potato Eaters, The Green Hill, Brief Encounters and most recently The Sunday Times bestseller, A Nun’s Story. He is currently working on a new novel about retirement and an autobiography of his time in the Middle East. He lives happily with his wife in Wetherby, West Yorkshire where he enjoys being close to his family.

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My Review

I love memoirs about interesting people and this book was no exception! I was given this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. Veronica lived a horrific childhood, never seeing any way out of her lot in life. But Veronica was born with tenacity and she starts crawling out of the hole at a young age by getting a scholarship to a boarding school. When Veronica’s selfish brother-in-law pulls her out of school so they can get free labor, Veronica still makes a plan to escape. Eventually, she ends up as a prison guard, knowing that her family member will not be able to get to her behind the bars. Veronica works hard and keeps rising up the ranks and ends up improving the prison system. Veronica is a true inspiration. She was given no advantages in life, yet she worked hard and never gave up. She made her own life for herself. I love the matter-of-fact way she writes about her circumstances without a “feel sorry for me” vibe. I found the stories of prison life fascinating, as they are not usually discussed with the public. It was so interesting to be a part of a world, through reading, that is so different from my own. This is a great read for fans of memoir and autobiography. *Pictures and content provided to me as part of the book tour*

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The Single Girl’s Calendar Book Tour

The Single Girl’s Calendar

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Book Summary

A task a day to cure a broken heart.

Esmé Peel is approaching thirty with some trepidation, but hope in her heart. If she can just get her long-term boyfriend Andrew to propose, she will have ticked everything off her ‘things to do by the time you’re 30′ list. She didn’t reckon on finding another woman’s earring in her bed however, and soon she finds herself single, homeless and in need of a new plan. Her best friend Carys gives her the perfect present – The Single Girl’s Calendar – which has a different cure for heartbreak every day:

Day 1: Look and feel fabulous with a new hair style.

Day 2: Step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Day 3: Reconnect with friends and enjoy!

Despite thinking it’s a bit of a gimmick, Esmé hasn’t got any better ideas, so she puts the plan into action. By the end of week one she has four new male housemates, and despite a broken heart she is determined to show Andrew she can do more than survive, she can thrive.

My Review

3/5 chickadees singing! I received this book as part of the book tour and am voluntarily reviewing it. I absolutely love the idea of the single girl’s calendar! Seriously, this needs to be a real thing. How much easier would the month after a break-up be if you had a calendar telling you what to do? Pushing you out of your comfort zone?

Poor Esme finds out on her anniversary that her boyfriend cheated on her. Thanks to the suggestions on the Single Girl’s Calendar a friend gave her, she moves in with 4 of her brother’s friends. Jonah is the playboy male model Esme can’t help but be attracted to. Esme thinks roommate Asa would be attractive had he not ruined his face with a huge tattoo. Dom moved to be away from his family, but is constantly going back to their house. Russ has a 4 year old boy named Toby who visits on the weekends. As Esme continues to follow the suggestions on her calendar, she finds herself and changes her life.

I loved the plot of this book: a woman starting over after a bad break up. Esme was a relatable character, although she did annoy me at times with her inability to make up her mind and be consistent. She had a good heart. The secondary characters were well fleshed-out. Asa could be over-the-top bossy and I’d be upset with him, but he had another side, too. I had mixed feelings about him and Esme at times, but I suppose that’s a reflection of human nature. Everyone has flaws!

This book had good pacing and kept my attention the whole time. I liked seeing Esme’s character growth. She really developed as she had to consistently leave her comfort zone in order to complete the calendar tasks. I wish I had her bravery at times! I also enjoyed the ending a lot! It was sweet and satisfying. I predicted some, but not all, of it.

This is a super cute and fun book for fans of chick lit.

About Erin Green

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Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. She writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and copious amounts of tea. Erin was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017 and previously, Love Stories ‘New Talent Award’ in 2015.

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Twitter (her favourite) @ErinGreenAuthor

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Web Page. www.eringreenauthor.co.uk

 Book Excerpt

A March engagement could easily become a June wedding; she’d plan like crazy between now and Easter – though seriously what was there she didn’t already know? She knew which dress, knew which cousins would be bridesmaids. Money wouldn’t be an issue thanks to Andrew’s astute saving habit and her parents’ additional gifts – she was their only daughter after all. The horse and carriage, the fresh flowers, matching rings, the once in a lifetime honeymoon in the Maldives and not forgetting the sumptuous reception at The MacDonald Burlington Hotel – perfect for a city centre wedding. How romantic would it be to have the reception where they’d first met? Or more precisely, above where they’d met in The Bacchus wine bar situated in the vaults beneath the hotel.

How had seven years passed so quickly?

A girls’ night out with Carys, her life-long school friend, was not supposed to be a ‘pick-up’ night. Simply two ladies sharing a bottle of merlot, a good chat and a few girly giggles. Yet, every time Esmé had looked up to speak to Carys, his dark smouldering gaze interrupted her focus. Could he have been more obvious? His constant staring had been verging on improper. And finally, after thirty minutes, he’d braved the distance between his group and their table to introduce himself.

She’d played gooseberry to Carys’s beaus on more than one occasion, so fair was fair.

Esmé smiled at the irony as her hands busily worked the duvet cover. Seven years of dating had led from one dimly lit room to another, though tonight would guarantee more than a scribbled phone number and a promise to call. Like then, she’d be ready and waiting. He’d made her wait three days. Carys had been certain he’d call in two given his reluctance to leave their table as his friends drank up and moved bars.

Esmé began flinging the medley of pillows and satin cushions to the far side of the room. The decorative headboard looked ugly and bare without the satin pillows. Another purchase chosen by Andrew, and which frequently embarrassed her in the throes of passion when it vibrated against the wall.

From the foot of the bed, Esmé grabbed the neatly folded hospital-bed corner of the spent cotton sheet, she gave one hefty pull in order to strip the mattress in one fluid movement and that’s when it appeared.

An earring.

Esmé paused and stared at the offending item lying, as proud as punch, just off centre by their large headboard.

A gold dangling earring complete with a turquoise crystal. An earring that she had never seen before.

The handful of spent cotton dropped from her clutches and she slowly sidestepped towards the head end of their bed. She needed a closer look but any sudden movement might cause the item to disappear. It didn’t. It stared boldly at her.

Had he cheated? And, in our bed! Had she slept all week with another woman’s earring inches from her own gold studs?

Esmé wasn’t sure how long she remained statue like, staring in silence, but when Andrew arrived home from his shift at the airport the silence was broken for several hours.

Links to Buy:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2DiT75Q

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2BoAz6Q

iBooks: http://apple.co/2BIjDoL

*All content and pictures provided to me as part of the book tour*

 

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