Week in Review – 18 June 2017

It’s been a fairly quiet week this week recovering from my surgery and slowly getting back onto my feet. It’s given me plenty of reading time though so I’m pleased with that!

There are still a couple of days left to vote in the TBR Topple poll if you haven’t already. This will determine which book from my TBR I have to read this month! The new poll will start the beginning of July.

So, onto my bookish update this week…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

I’m very pleased as one of these is one I’ve had on my TBR for almost a decade! It finally got taken from the shelf and I read it really quickly…just goes to show what taking that leap can do!

New Books

It’s official I have no willpower, no, none at all!

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I’ve reviewed Under the Tuscan Sky, Mother of WolvesMoxieThe Shifter Clans Boxset, and The Lost Sentinel.

Other Posts

This week I had book blitzes for The Dragonian’s WitchSeducing the Heartbreaker, and Joy Ride. There was also a cover reveal for Eye of the Tiger.

Giveaways

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  • £10 Amazon voucher, eCopy of Under a Tuscan Sky & a signed notebook (UK Only Tour-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • Seducing the Heartbreaker Prize Package incl signed copy (Blitz-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter
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#BlogTour: Under A Tuscan Sky by Karen Aldous @KarenAldous_ @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to day two of the Under A Tuscan Sky blog tour from Neverland Blog Tours. Today I have my review for you which I hope you will enjoy!

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Escape to Tuscany this summer with Karen Aldous’s brilliantly uplifting read. Perfect for fans of Erica James and Cathy Kelly.

A summer she’ll never forget…

When Olivia Montague’s grandmother passes away, she decides it’s finally time to make some changes in her own life. So she breaks up with her ‘going nowhere’ boyfriend and embarks on a journey to her Nonna’s home in Tuscany.

Until now, Olivia has always believed that she’s incapable of love, after being abandoned by her parents as a baby. But with each day spent at the gorgeous villa nestled in the rolling Italian hills, she feels her heart begin to flutter…

And when handsome antiques dealer Hugh St. James arrives on the scene, she realises things might be about to change forever!

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Olivia is stuck, she’s stuck in a life with a boyfriend, Will, who she doesn’t love. Keeping a list of pro’s and con’s about Will she call’s her “wilting will” list the only pro is that he has “a pretty face and barbecuing skills”. She also doesn’t believe she is capable of love or is lovable, very much the product of having been abandoned by her Mother as a child.

Her Grandmother, Nonna, in Italy has just died and she is responsible for the estate and Olivia hopes to get some answers about what happened to make her Mother up and leave her the way she did. Olivia ends up with far more than answers on this journey.

Olivia is a 40-year-old caught in a cycle of relying on other people to help her cope with everything. She’s been abandoned as a child and she’s found a friend to help her cope and then Will and now even being alone in Italy she’s finding other people to help her. She suffers with anxiety and I’m always going to applaud authors for tackling mental health but I really didn’t connect with this character and I felt she really didn’t help herself at all.

She came across to me as someone in their mid-twenties rather than someone near my own age. She was very naive and immature and nothing about her demeanour felt like someone who was 40.  I felt like her way of dealing with her anxiety was to rely on other people rather than to learn coping mechanisms to get through it. Which really is no way to get through life.

Despite how I felt about her, I did really enjoy reading the book, I felt like the fixes Olivia got herself into were sometimes quite amusing and I was willing the story to go in certain directions and it often didn’t. There were two main romantic storylines and I honestly had no idea where the book was going with either of them.

Alberto is the over the top Italian who Olivia meets on the plane, almost immediately he’s declaring his undying love for her and telling her how wonderful she is. What I loved about this relationship was how in control Alberto was from second one. Olivia doesn’t even realise what is happening and is swept along. Proving her point about how people often don’t give her a say in her life. There were so many things in this relationship that for me would have been big fat warning signs of “are you kidding me?” but Olivia found them romantic and cute. Thus proving my point that the woman is a tad off her rockers.

Hugh is an antiques dealer who comes to view Olivia’s Nonna’s property, there’s an instant ping of chemistry which of course Olivia ignores but a friendship does spark. Hugh does everything possible for Olivia to show her he is reliable and trustworthy, whilst being parked firmly in the friend zone. It’s hard to fathom how she’s so blind to why someone would do so many things out of the kindness of their heart, but as I said before she’s completely naive and I started to think quite a bit stupid aswell.

So as much as I’ve ragged on the leading lady in this review, I did really enjoy this book, I just really spent most of the book wanting to give Olivia a good clip around the ear, needless to say if she was one of my friends it would have been lectures at dawn!

Sending a huge thanks to Karen Aldous, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.

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Karen Aldous - Author ImageAbout Karen Aldous

Karen Aldous enjoys village life on the edge of the north-downs in Kent with easy access to the buzz of London. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing, she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such as walking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine!

Karen gets much of her inspiration from her travels and if she had to choose, France, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and the USA would be her favourites. However, wherever she goes, she discovers a new character emerges in ‘Karen’s World’. She likes to write about strong independent women who can direct their own lives – but struggle to control them! And, of course there’s always a gorgeous hunk or two!

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1st prize: £10 Amazon voucher, eCopy of Under a Tuscan Sky & a signed notebook

2nd & 3rd prize: eCopy of Under a Tuscan Sky & a signed notebook

(UK Only Tour-Wide Giveaway)

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TitleUnder A Tuscan Sky
Series: N/A
Author: Karen Aldous
Genre: Chick Lit | Women’s Fiction | Romance
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 14 June 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 384
Buy: Amazon UK

Week in Review – 11 June 2017

My surgery went well this week, but the after effects knocked me for six. Luckily Hubs managed to get some last minute compassionate leave and took the rest of the week off of work so I wasn’t struggling around the house.

Recovering has also meant taking a bit of a break from blogging which I’ve really needed. I think with some bad experiences the past few weeks things were getting on top of me and taking a few days out helped me find my mojo again. I realised I’d become really negative and that’s not at all who I like to be.

Walking out of Darkness the 10-mile hike I’m taking part in, to raise funds for Bipolar UK has been postponed, this works out quite nicely for me as I will now be in full health when it happens in September rather than just getting back on my feet in a couple of weeks time. If you would like to sponsor the details are in the sidebar.

I had a nice chunk of money in my gift wallet on my amazon.com account so decided to treat myself to the US versions of Jen Williams’ Copper Cat books. I absolutely adore the US covers and really wanted to add them to my shelves. They arrived this week and they are even better in person than the pictures give them credit for.

So, onto my bookish update this week…

Currently Reading

What I’ve Read

New Books

Bought / Freebies

Book Post

eARCs

Reviews

This week I’ve reviewed Alphabet of Thorn and Skullsworn

Other Posts

This week I had the blog tour for Mother of Wolves; book blitzes for My Roommate’s Girl, Falling for Dante, and Down and Dirty. There was also a cover reveal for Pot Love and Pot Love 2. Finally, Shelley Wilson was on The Bookshelf this week.

Giveaways

  • Signed Copy of My Roommate’s Girl + Chocolate (Blitz-Wide International Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card (Blitz-Wide International Giveaway) Rafflecopter
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card (Blitz-Wide International Giveaway) Rafflecopter

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#BlogTour #Review One Moment At Sunrise by Karen Aldous @KarenAldous_ @HQDigitalUK

Welcome to BrizzleLass Books for today’s stop on the One Moment at Sunrise Blog Tour organised by Neverland Blog Tours. My review of this book is below I hope you enjoy it and pick up the book for yourself. Oh and of course, enter the Giveaway at the end of the post, there’s a £15 Amazon Voucher and a copy of the book up for grabs!

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Escape to the south of France with the irresistibly compelling new story from Karen Aldous – the only book you’ll need this summer!

Nothing will ever be the same again…

Continue reading #BlogTour #Review One Moment At Sunrise by Karen Aldous @KarenAldous_ @HQDigitalUK