#Review: The Pets At Primrose Cottage A Place to Hide by Sheila Norton @NortonSheilaann @EburyPublishing

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PART ONE of a serialised novel – a charming and romantic story about living the simple life and the joy of animals.

Emma Nightingale needs a place to hide away. Pursued by the demons left by her ex-boyfriend, she takes refuge in quiet Crickleford, a sleepy town in Dartmoor, where she can lay low.

Life in Crickleford is quiet and peaceful, but it won’t be for long if people discover the truth about Emma’s past. Not wanting to make too much of a fuss, she ends up lying about why she’s there – she’s looking after some cats, she says – then suddenly the town’s new ‘pet-sitter’ is in high demand!

While looking after an Alsatian, Emma finds all attention is on her, and the handsome young reporter from the local paper takes an interest in her story…

Note: this is part one of a four-part serialised novel. The full length paperback will be available in April 2018

Review

Emma turns up in Dartmoor town Crickleford looking for somewhere to hide. After a mysterious and public split from her famous boyfriend, she wants out of the public eye and to just melt into the background away from the press and people who know her. In Crickleford nobody knows her or her past and that’s just what she wants.

While looking for a job, on top of a mountain of lies to protect herself, she stumbles into becoming the town’s new pet sitter and so begins an adventure she doesn’t envisage when she first moved there. At least until a good looking local reporter knocks on her door wanting to talk to her.

Emma is a great character full of light and there are a lot of laughs that come along with this book. As always the addition of pets are wonderful Sheila has a way of making them a full part of the cast of her books with complete personalities of their own.

The only downside to this book is that it ended and I was just getting fully engrossed in the story.

A huge thank you to Sheila Norton and Ebury for the eARC via NetGalley so that I could read and honestly review this book.

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TitleA Place to Hide
Series: The Pets at Primrose Cottage #1
Author: Sheila Norton
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit
Publisher: Ebury
Publication Date: 23 November 2017
Review Format: eBook
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Pages: TBA
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#Review: Alice in Brexitland by Leavis Carroll @LucienDYoung @EburyPublishing

Description

Lying on a riverbank on a lazy summer’s afternoon – 23rd June 2016, to be precise – Alice spots a flustered-looking white rabbit called Dave calling for a referendum. Following him down a rabbit-hole, she emerges into a strange new land, where up is down, black is white, experts are fools and fools are experts…

She meets such characters as the Corbynpillar, who sits on a toadstool smoking his hookah and being no help to anyone; Humpty Trumpty, perched on a wall he wants the Mexicans to pay for; the Cheshire Twat, who likes to disappear leaving only his grin, a pint, and the smell of scotch eggs remaining; and the terrifying Queen of Heartlessness, who’ll take off your head if you dare question her plan for Brexit. Will Alice ever be able to find anyone who speaks sense?

Review

I will be honest, satires aren’t my thing normally, but I was persuaded by the political slant on this and the fact that like a fair few people I’m living in a state of despair at the state of the country right now! Sometimes having a good laugh at the thing that’s causing you the most stress is just what you need the most!

Alice in Brexitland is a lighthearted romp through wonderland but not as we know it, Alice now falls down the rabbit hole and lands in Brexitland, our now familiar characters are reincarnations of the politicians who have played a huge part in our political landscaping in the past couple of years and Alice’s interactions with them is laugh out loud hilarious.

Writing as Leavis Carroll to ensure the authenticity of the satire, Lucien Young has even included the American political story with Trump making an appearance as Trumpty Dumpty, I think his personality was completely nailed and I was in stitches reading this.

I’ve said before that my sense of humour tends to miss the point with comedy. I often don’t laugh when I should and I watch comedy with a confused expression not quite understanding why everyone is laughing. That didn’t happen here. I laughed from cover to cover and the illustrations throughout just added to the hilarity.

This isn’t a big book, it took me an hour to read it, but it’s a great light-hearted read which really kind of puts our political climate into check!

A huge thanks to Lucien Young and Ebury Publishing for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.

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TitleAlice in Brexitland
Series: N/A
Author: Lucien Young
Genre: Satire | Comedy | Politics | Non-Fiction
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication Date: 1 June 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Hardcover
Pages: 112
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#Review: The Vets at Hope Green: Part 4: A New Start by Sheila Norton @NortonSheilaann @EburyPublishing

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PART FOUR of a serialised novel – a heartwarming and inspiring story about living the simple life and the joy of animals.

The last few months have been hard for Sam. Her dream to work as a vet is slowly becoming reality, and she is beginning to encounter the struggles and heartbreaks that someone in a job like this must face.

But what’s more heartwarming and inspiring than a litter of new piglets? On a call to a farm with Joe, Sam can’t help but feel a sense of renewal in her own life as she witnesses one of the most glorious and natural processes of all.

Sam’s thoughts inevitably turn to her own child – will she be able to cope when the baby is born? And with her love life so shaky, will a fatherless child turn out all right?

Note: this is part four of a four-part serialised novel. The full length paperback will be available in June.

Review

Et fini.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this novella series and this final part was the icing on the proverbial cake.

We finally see things come together for Sam, after settling into her life in Hope Green it’s time for her to give birth and things finally become crystal clear as to why Joe has been so moody with her. While I had worked out his reasons back in part two (I have great psychic powers don’t you know?!), all the anticipation since then and now getting confirmation was fantastic and well worth waiting for.

We also found out why her friend who was Queen Bitch in the last part acted the way she did and why other things linked to her happened the way they did. I’m not sure I would have been as forgiving as Sam but Sam is a far better person than I am!

As this is the final part lots of things are clarified and loose ends tied up for Sam and I had plenty of giggles and tears in this book even as things were being tied up and Sam’s story being brought to a close. I couldn’t help but laugh at her Nana everytime she says “What do I know, I’m just you’re Nana” she was such a hoot!

I can’t recommend this highly enough, and if you’re reading this in June after the full novel is released I highly recommend picking the full book up!

A huge thanks to Sheila Norton and Ebury Digital for the eARC in return for my honest review.

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TitleThe Vets at Hope Green: Part 4: A New Start
Series: N/A
Author: Sheila Norton
Genre: Chick-Lit | Romance
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication Date: 13 April 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: TBA
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#Review: The Vets at Hope Green: Part 3: Too Close To Home by Sheila Norton @NortonSheilaann @EburyPublishing

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PART THREE of a serialised novel – a heartwarming and inspiring story about living the simple life and the joy of animals.

Things are finally starting to look up for Sam – a chance at her dream job as a vet, and a new friend (who is a huge animal lover himself – a very important detail!) What more could she ask for?

But something is eating away at her: her boss Joe is acting strangely around her – he’s definitely hiding something. And having dreamed of being a vet for so long, she cannot afford to put a foot wrong.

When a call to tend to a sick pony comes into the practice, it all strikes too close to home for Sam and Joe. The odds are stacked against her, and she risks losing everything…

Note: this is part three of a four-part serialised novel. The full length paperback will be available in June.

Review

Things are starting to come together in this penultimate installment of The Vets at Hope Green. Sam settles into the village and her new job and gets over quite a personal scare. Her relationships in the village grow as she forms firm friendships and gets to know more of the residents.

She gets a visit from an old friend from London who it turns out isn’t so nice and could do with a bit of a lesson in what a friend is and how a friend acts and one of her new friendships gets a bit complicated.

She also learns more about her boss Joe and why he’s not exactly the friendliest person to be around, could this be the turning point for a friendship between them?

The story continues with the theme of enforcing just how important animals are for human healing and support, it has a great feel-good vibe and the novella can be easily read in about an hour so a nice quick afternoon read.

Ending on a whopper of a cliff hanger I can’t wait to see what’s in store with the final installment.

A huge thanks to Sheila Norton and Ebury Digital for the eARC in return for my honest review.

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TitleThe Vets at Hope Green: Part 3: Too Close To Home
Series: N/A
Author: Sheila Norton
Genre: Chick-Lit | Romance
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication Date: 16 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: TBA
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#Review: The Vets at Hope Green: Part 2: Follow Your Heart by Sheila Norton @NortonSheilaann @EburyPublishing

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PART TWO of a heartwarming and inspiring story about living the simple life and the joy of animals.

Working as the receptionist at her local London vets, Sam dreams of escaping to a quieter life in the country. Spending time with her Nana and her lovely but elderly dog Rufus has sparked something within Sam, and all she wants is to start afresh. But her boyfriend Adam is in London, and something tells her that it won’t be an easy conversation.

But then something happens that makes her going-nowhere receptionist job seem much more appealing: she finds a little stray cat called Ebony, in need of love and nurturing back to health. Faced with a dilemma, she must choose between her heart’s desire and the little ball of fluff burrowing her way into Sam’s heart…

Is it possible to have it all?

Review

I was so pleased to get back into this lovely story, to find out what happens next for Sam in her quest for happiness after the events in part one. In part two we see her return to her Nana’s home in Dorset (which isn’t really a surprise),  and she has big decisions that she almost forces on herself to make.

The thing that dawned on me and became really prominent whilst reading this part of the story was how the animals were really important for people’s welfare. They are more than just bit-players in a bigger story here. They are key to our characters well-being and happiness. I’m not a pet owner, although I am an animal lover so I get how an animal can affect people deeply. In this book I’m seeing the affect different animals are having on different people and it’s very moving seeing this in action.

It’s also key that we all get stuck in rut’s and find ourselves afraid to make changes. At the beginning of this story this is where Sam is and I think this book is gradually showing us what a bit of bravery can do, what closing your eyes and jumping, trying new things can bring.

This is a really pleasant read and I read part two very quickly in a just over an hour. It’s a real shame it wasn’t a bit longer as just as I was getting my teeth in it had ended but part three is coming soon and I wait with baited breath!

A huge thanks to Sheila Norton and Ebury Publishing for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.

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TitleThe Vets at Hope Green: Part 2: Follow Your Heart
Series: N/A
Author: Sheila Norton
Genre: Chick-Lit | Romance
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication Date: 16 February 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 61
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#Review: The Vets at Hope Green Part 1: Escape to the Country by Sheila Norton @NortonSheilaann @EburyPublishing

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Working as a receptionist in a London vets, Sam is living far from her idea of a simple life. She’s always broke, rents a tiny flat and is constantly arguing with her boyfriend. But the worst part is that her career is going nowhere. She wants to be a vet, but the most contact time with the animals she has is a quick hello when she books in their next appointment.

Something’s got to give, so when her parents suggest visiting her Nana Peggy in a small quiet picturesque village, she agrees, thinking a bit of R&R could do her good.

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Review: Seven Deadly Sins

Title: Seven Deadly Sins
Author: Corey Taylor
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication Date: 19 July 2012
Format: All
Pages: 272
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Book Blurb:
‘I was 22 years old, a hard-on with a pulse: wretched, vice-ridden, too much to burn and not enough minutes in a hour to do so’.

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