What Goes Around – Rachel Ellyn #Blog Tour

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Book Blurb:

Alice has been playing the perfect Southern wife for over twenty-five years. So when Bob dumps her for some blonde bimbo twenty years her junior, Alice figures she’s entitled to every dollar she can bleed from him. And, once she’s got the money, she’s entitled to use it on a much-needed vacation to Nanm Paradi, a Caribbean resort that sells itself as her “soul’s paradise”.

She’s never experienced anything as luxurious as Nanm Paradi. The staff know her every desire and cater to her every need before she even knows she needs it. She figures this is how the really rich live and she’s ready to take advantage of all of it–the fabulous drinks, the beautiful views, and the handsome men. And when she discovers that voodoo magic is also on offer… well, Bob hurt her bad. She can take some time away from paradise to exact a little pain. Alice would have been happy to leave things at that.

But when she gets hit where it hurts–her bank account–Alice’s game changes. It’s no longer about post-divorce romance. Now it’s about revenge.

What Goes Around is a little bit thriller, a little bit witchy, a little bit romance, and a whole lot of sass.

My review

A quick but enjoyable fast paced read about Alice who has gone away on a holiday after her husband of many years has ditched her for a younger model.

When she gets there she finds out that the resort  has much more to it than meets the eye and she finds out that she could have her revenge on Bob and when he turns up unexpectedly at Nanm Paradi, and she finds out that she can also get her revenge on the woman who broke up their marriage.

A funny tale of a woman scorned and the author packs a  punch with this twisty short story which made for a very interesting read.

Thank you to Emma for my invitation to the tour and for my copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review.

 

About the author

Life and loves after the career.

With degrees in Finance and Economics, Rachel found wonderful success in the business world, which took her I.T. and financial process consulting international. However, with her mind focused on business, and with the lack of training and mentoring in her personal life, marriage success eluded her.

 

After foraging on a path of self-awareness and exploration with a determination to avoid repeating patterns again, she found the key to relationship bliss. Now, combining her passion for writing and storytelling with her skills, knowledge, and drive that led to her business acclaim, Rachel shares her off beat take on the world, and her findings where life, love, divorce, and children are concerned.

Rachel is determined to be a publicist’s nightmare by writing in multiple genres including children’s fiction, flash fiction, romance, and suspense/thriller.

After multiple divorces, she is now happily married and lives in the Kansas City Metropolitan area enjoying the household noise of her soon-to-be empty nest.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/disfunctionaldi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rachelellyn2/

Website: https://www.rachelellyn.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachelellyn/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DisfunctionalDiva

 

 

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Goes-Around-Rachel-Ellyn-ebook/dp/B07WDQVB9T/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=what+goes+around+rachel+ellyn&qid=1567085761&s=gateway&sr=8-3

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/What-Goes-Around-Rachel-Ellyn-ebook/dp/B07WDQVB9T/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=what+goes+around+rachel+ellyn&qid=1567085864&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

 

Publishing Information:

Published in ebook format by Empress In Press on 3rd September 2019.

 

 

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The Secret to Happiness – Jessica Redland

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Everyone deserves a chance at happiness…

Danniella is running from her past, so when she arrives at the beautiful seaside resort of Whitsborough Bay, the last thing on her mind is making friends. After all, they might find out her secrets…

Alison is fun, caring and doesn’t take herself too seriously. But beneath the front, she is a lost soul, stuck in a terrible relationship, with body confidence issues and no family to support her. All she really needs is a friend.

Karen’s romance has taken a back seat to her fitness business. But she doesn’t want to give up on love quite yet. If only those mysterious texts would stop coming through …

When the women meet at their local bootcamp, a deep friendship blossoms. And soon they realise that the secret to happiness is where they least expected to find it…

My review

I really loved this book and it felt really familiar and I could not quite put my finger on why and then I read that the author Jessica based Whitsborough Bay on Scarborough where I spent every summer as a child staying with my family who live there.

The characters Alison, Karen and Daniella all have complicated lives and I enjoyed reading about them but I really found their developing friendships and care for each other engrossing.

I looked forward to picking it up at every opportunity to find out the secret that Daniella is hiding and who is texting Karen the anonymous messages asking about her fiance Ryan’s behaviour and will Alison stand up to the loathsome Dave ?

A lovely feelgood read about a group of woman overcoming obstacles to find happiness.

Thank you to Boldwood books for my copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review and to Megan for my invite to the tour.

 

About the author

Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels including Searching for Steven which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans

Twitter @JessicaRedland

Own website: https://www.jessicaredland.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaRedlandWriter/

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Blog Tour- The Apartment- K.L Slater

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The Blurb

When Freya Miller is struck by tragedy, losing her husband and her home within a short time, she is burdened with many worries. The main one being where she and her five-year old daughter, Skye, are going to live. A chance meeting with the charismatic Dr. Marsden changes all that. He offers the young mother the most amazing opportunity; an apartment at one of London’s most exclusive addresses for a fraction of the market rental cost. It’s an offer Freya simply can’t refuse. Within a couple of weeks, Freya and Skye are moving into Adder House and meeting the other welcoming residents. They very quickly feel part of the family.

But just when Freya truly believes all her problems are history, a series of strange, unexplained occurrences begin. It leaves Freya with the unshakeable feeling that even when their apartment door is securely locked, she and her daughter are not alone. Freya thought she’d left all her troubles behind her yet she soon realises there are problems here that are far more terrifying than before.

For behind the doors of Adder House, everything is most definitely not as it seems.

Old secrets refuse to stay buried and someone is determined to keep a terrible past, very much alive.

 

My Review

Thank you to Anna at Midas PR for inviting me to the tour and for the copy of the audiobook in return for a fair and honest review.

I think with audiobooks the narrator can really make or break the book for me and I was immediately engrossed with Tuppence Middleton’s reading of the book and the main characters Freya and Skye as well as some of the other characters in the book.

Freya has an apparent chance meeting with Dr Marsden who offers her a beautiful apartment in a very high end area which she could never have had afforded in her wildest dreams after the death of her husband. When she moves in strange events start to occur and Freya begins to wonder if there is more to the Marsden’s than meets the eye.

Although Freya does not understand why someone would be trying to frighten her she meets

I really liked the premise of the book and I enjoyed the additional story that runs along side which I will not reveal as I am really worried about giving away spoilers but I have since found out more about ‘Little Albert’ and it is a fascinating and unnerving side to the book.

I will be definitely checking out more of the authors books as this was really gripping I loved it.

About the author:

Kim is the million-copy best-selling author of eight standalone psychological crime thrillers. At the age of 40 Kim went back to university and now holds an MA in Creative Writing. Kim is a full-time writer and lives with her husband in Nottingham. She enjoys travelling, eating out, is an avid film fan and most of all, she loves reading across genres.

Blog Tour Babe Driven Lizzie Chantree

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Babe Driven

Could you ignore the world’s hottest rock stars, if they moved into the villa next door?

True love, humour and happy-ever-after. A sizzling romance read full of giggles, sunshine and searching for a soul mate in paradise by bestselling author Lizzie Chantree.

Brand new 2019 version!

Driving straight out of trouble and into paradise! A laugh out loud, contemporary romance read full of entrepreneurial women, powerful men and exotic locations.

Harriet’s crazily successful business idea is under serious threat, and the danger seems to be coming from inside her own family. She whisks her sister and her friends away to an exotic location to try and work out whose side they are on. It’s time to start damage limitation.

When the girls arrive at the glorious villa owned by Harriet’s maverick business partner Nikki, they find a gorgeous band and their sexy lead singer Max staying next door, out to entice their new neighbours into all kinds of trouble.

This isn’t a holiday for Harriet and she can’t afford to be distracted. She has to sell her business idea to the powerful resort owner, the elusive Mr Grant, while she is there, or she may not have a business to go back to. Harriet will have to choose between family and friends, business or pleasure. For someone who stays out of the limelight, even though her new company is the hottest ticket in town, she’s going to have to avoid the front pages of every newspaper if she wants to survive the ride!

My review

Thank you to Rachel for the invite to the tour and for my gifted copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review.

Alex step sister is shocked at how much Harriet ( Harry) has changed when they go on a holiday together. Harriet is a successful busy woman but has been quite secretive about her business with her family and Alex begins to think that Harriet may have made her money in a dubious way.

I enjoyed this book it was easy to read and I quickly wanted to find out more about Harriet and her business. The story takes a turn when Grant is introduced and we find out more about Babe Driven and Nikki the owner of the villa and Harriet’s business partner and there is much more to the handsome Ben than meets the eye.

There are some great twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and I really enjoyed the catty interactions that the girls have in the villa. Overall its a fun and  great read with some really unlikable characters which I will leave the reader to uncover as I did !

 

Purchase Link  – https://mybook.to/RomanceReads

About the author 

Author Bio – Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers and designers can offer advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex. Visit her website at www.lizziechantree.com  or follow her on Twitter @Lizzie_Chantree
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Website: www.lizziechantree.com

Author page: https://www.viewAuthor.at/LizzieChantree

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lizzie_Chantree

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Giveaway to Win a Lizzie Chantree paperback of your Choice (Open INT).

Choice of books is Babe Driven, Love’s Child, Finding Gina, Ninja School Mum and If you love me, I’m yours.

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#BlogTour Motivational Matters- Wendy H Jones

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Motivation Matters

Has your motivation to write flown out of the window? Do feelings of self-doubt creep in and haunt your writing day? Looking for a way to beat the doubts into submission?

Award winning author and writing coach Wendy H. Jones shows you how, with 366 glorious exercises you can use to boost creativity and change the way you think and feel about your writing. Techniques that can easily be incorporated into your day, becoming part of your writing routine.

My Review

Thank you to Kelly for the invitation to the tour and to Wendy for the gifted copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review.

I am new to writing and I was really excited when I saw this book advertised, it is a great book which fits in your bag easily so that you can be inspired/motivated wherever you maybe.

As the blurb says it is 366 exercises to boost your creativity and they are great. I particularly enjoyed the writing prompts and I will be using these to get me started.

Procrastination is one of my biggest issues when writing so having a place I can turn too to find an activity is invaluable. Some of the little exercises are great and also link in with well-being and mindfulness such as the Puddles of Fun which I will definitely doing the next downpour we have.

There are also practical exercises like tidying your work area which is a big creativity blocker for me and buying stationery (any excuse I love stationery)!

I really enjoyed reading this and it is a book that I will be using a great deal in the future.

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About the author

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Award Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life.
Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy, she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield.
As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia. This led to publication in academic textbooks and journals. Killer’s Countdown is her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series.
Killer’s Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2107. There are now six books in this series with Killer’s Crypt being released in August 2017.
The Dagger’s Curse is the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries for Young Adults. This book is currently shortlisted for the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year.
She is also a highly successful marketer and she shares her methods in the book, Power Packed Book Marketing.

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Blog Tour- Duality- Two Sides of the Same Coin (Lies and Misdirection Book 5)-K. J. McGillick

 

 

 

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Two sides of the same coin. Completely alike. Completely different.

 

What started out as a normal art restoration project for Melinda Martin soon took on a life of its own. Could this unusual painting actually be a Botticelli masterpiece thought to have perished as part of Savonarola’s Bonfire of the Vanities? Had Melinda’s friend, Lana, a well-known art picker inadvertently acquired stolen art; art that might have ties to the occult and worth millions? Did a bad business decision endanger everyone who touched this potential treasure?

When the painting disappears and both women are found dead, the police think it’s an open and shut case. The husband – it’s always the husband. He had means, motive, and opportunity, and acted strangely cold after the fact.

Is it a case of mistaken identity? Does a secret relationship put Mr. Martin in the crosshairs of an assassin sent to retrieve the painting? Or is he really a sociopath forger with mysterious ties to the Vatican?

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/DUALITY-Sides-Same-Coin-Misdirection-ebook/dp/B07VR84PWG/

UShttps://www.amazon.com/DUALITY-Sides-Same-Coin-Misdirection-ebook/dp/B07VR84PWG/

My review 

I was drawn to this book by the art references and although this is book 5 in the series, I did not have any problems with getting into the story.

Woken in the early hours of the morning Dalia and Mary find themselves caught up in a murder investigation with one of Dalia’s client’s Mr Martin who as the ex husband of one victim’s and a associate of the other and he is quickly becoming the prime suspect.

Mr Martin who is mild mannered gentleman is shocked when he discovers that both murders are linked by papers that are left with the victims. When a further incident happens a third paper is found. It is up to Dalia and Mary to solve the crime but are they putting themselves in danger too as they find themselves immersed in the dark side of the Art world.

I enjoyed this book it is fast paced easy to read and drew me in quickly. Which is a great way to start a thriller in my opinion.

I think in hindsight I would have liked to have known more about Mary and Dalia and by reading the other books in the series I imagine this would give the reader this insight to the ladies.

I enjoyed the fact that Mary is in her 90’s which made me think of her as rouge Miss Marple type character as she is very ballsy for a woman in her 90s and her tenacious character made me laugh on a number of occasions.

Thank you to Rachel for the invitation and for the copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review.

About the author

J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/KJMcGillickauthor/

Kathleen McGillick

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https://www.goodreads.com/Kmcgillick

 

 

Keep it Kind- My thoughts on negative book reviews and preferences.

This week there has been a lot in the press about writers and their opinions about genres of books they dislike.

I have read lots of comments online and I have say some not very nice ones about the authors and the genres. A book that I have been reading also has received some really negative reviews online and I have to say that it is really sad to read them

I totally understand that not everyone will enjoy someone’s writing. I also understand that everyone is entitled to express an opinion about a book.

In fact most of us bloggers write regularly ‘ I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review’

However does honest need to be brutal and unkind?

Sometimes to the point that it feels like a personal attack. I don’t think so. I work in a library and on a daily basis I see a huge number of people taking out different kinds of books. Everything from Mills and Boon to War and Peace. The thing that they all have in common is that these books are chosen by a reader and read for different reasons. It could be the cover, someone else’s recommendation etc.

I have started books that I have not finished and that is fine. I read entirely for pleasure and the reason I started blogging last year was that I was signed off work with anxiety and it helped me to manage it and a day does not go by when I do not feel grateful that I found this as I love it.

So I guess what I am saying is it’s fine not to like a book, it is fine to be honest about if you enjoyed it or not. It is also fine not to enjoy certain types of genres.

However, I feel that the important thing to remember is someone has spent many hours writing the book. It may not float your boat, it may not tick the boxes for grammar or sentence construction. You may not like the characters or the style but reading is subjective and I see this on a daily basis.

So in conclusion I would say try to keep it kind and remember that behind those words is a person, who has feelings and has worked hard and what may be someone’s read of the year maybe on someone else’s DNF pile.

Read because you love it and if you don’t love it that is fine but I will always try to keep the review kind.

Have a great weekend

Karen x

Blog Tour-The Nine Lives of Jacob Fallada- Neil Randall

 

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The Nine Lives of Jacob Fallada

Nine stories

One artist

The whole world against him

 

The Nine Lives of Jacob Fallada is the story of an outsider, a lonely, misunderstood young artist who chronicles all the unpleasant things that happen to him in life. Abandoned by his parents, brought up be a tyrannical aunt, bullied at school, ostracised by the local community, nearly everyone Jacob comes into contact with takes an instant, (often) violent dislike towards him.

Like Job from the bible, he is beaten and abused, manipulated and taken advantage of. Life, people, fate, circumstance force him deeper into his shell, deeper into the cocoon of his fledgling artistic work, where he records every significant event in sketches, paintings and short-form verse, documenting his own unique, eminently miserable human experience.

At heart, he longs for companionship, intimacy, love, but is dealt so many blows he is too scared to reach out to anybody. On the fringes of society, he devotes himself solely to his art.

 

My Review

Thank you to Rachel for the invitation to the tour and for the copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review.

Poor Jacob! This is possibly one of the saddest books I have ever read. Jacob who lives with his vile Aunt is involved in an incident as a child which stays with throughout his whole life. However, it is after this event that he discovers art and this gift helps him throughout the rest of his sad life and he uses it as a coping mechanism and it does help him.

Each of the  nine chapters represent another story of Jacob’s life and mostly with unfortunate consequences. Although the book was very dark and sad, I hoped that Jacob would find some peace and I won’t give away anything but I was gripped with this little book.

So much is packed into the Jacob’s nine lives I think it will stay with me for a long time.

Purchase Link:

https://www.jnewbooks.com/books/the-nine-lives-of-jacob-fallada

Author Bio – Neil Randall is the author of seven published novels and a collection of short stories. His work has been published in the UK, US, Australia and Canada

Social Media Links – Twitter: @NARandall1, https://www.facebook.com/neil.randall.583, Instragram: neilrandall4869
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Riverflow by Alison Layland

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Book Blurb:

After a beloved family member is drowned in a devastating flood, Bede and Elin Sherwell want nothing more than to be left in peace to pursue their off-grid life. But when the very real prospect of fracking hits their village, they are drawn in to the frontline protests. During a spring of relentless rain, a series of mysterious threats and suspicious accidents put friendships on the line and the Sherwells’ marriage under unbearable tension. Is there a connection with their uncle’s death? As the river rises under torrential rain, pressure mounts, Bede’s sense of self begins to crumble and Elin is no longer sure who to believe or what to believe in.

 

About Alison Layland:

Alison Layland is a writer and translator. Raised in Newark and Bradford, she now lives on the Wales/Shropshire border. She studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University and translates from German, French and Welsh into English. Her published translations include a number of bestselling novels.

 

 

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlisonLayland

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlisonLaylandAuthor/

Website: http://www.alayland.uk/

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Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Riverflow-Alison-Layland/dp/1909983977/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=riverflow&qid=1562847625&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Riverflow-Alison-Layland/dp/1909983977/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1562847916&sr=8-1

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/riverflow/alison-layland/9781909983977

Foyles: https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/riverflow,alison-layland-9781909983977?term=riverflow+ali

Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Alison-Layland/Riverflow/23619095

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Riverflow-Alison-Layland/9781909983977

 

 

Publishing Information:

Published in paperback and ebook formats by Honno Press on 20th June 2019.

Fake Like Me- Barbara Bourland

 

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The plot

What really happened to Carey Logan?

After a fire decimates her studio, including the seven billboard-size paintings for her next show, a young, no-name painter is left with an impossible task: recreate her art in three months-or ruin her fledgling career.

Homeless and desperate, she flees to an exclusive retreat in upstate New York famous for its outrageous revelries and glamorous artists. And notorious as the place where brilliant young artist Carey Logan-one of her idols-drowned in the lake.

But when she arrives, the retreat is a ghost of its former self. No one shares their work. No parties light up the deck. No one speaks of Carey, though her death haunts the cabins and the black lake, lurking beneath the surface like a shipwreck. As the young painter works obsessively in Carey’s former studio, uncovers strange secrets and starts to fall–hard and fast–for Carey’s mysterious boyfriend, it’s as if she’s taking her place.

But one thought shadows her every move: What really happened to Carey Logan?

 

My review

Thank you to Quercus books for the invitation to the buddy read for an absolutely enthralling read from beginning to the twist and the end.

I saw this book before I was invited and I was desperate to read it. Set in the art world and it revolves the nameless narrator who in the beginning  came across to me as Carey Logan super-fan.

An artist her self, she has a chance meeting with Carey at a show before Carey’s death. After the fire destroys all her work she gets offered the chance to work in a a studio at the infamous Pine City.  She becomes even more involved and infatuated with Carey’s life and her world.

I love the authors depiction of Pine City, in my head it was a bit like Jurassic Park when they revisit it when its run down and left behind. The artists are still working there but are all reluctant to discuss Carey and her work and they  like Pine City are all a shadow of their previous glory.

Our narrator is a great character and I really didn’t like her to begin with as I felt she was trying to hard to be like Carey but as the story progresses we start to see her true self and when she makes a speech about her work and this really showed how she was her own person.

In addition to the Pine City artists, the narrators friends Max and Charlie are also heavily involved in the art world and it is through them that she learns more about Carey but also discovers the truth about her suicide and that is an outstanding twist !

I would love to have seen her own paintings as they sound magnificent and I loved how the author depicted these huge masterpieces. It is a really great read I had to be really strict not to read in one sitting for the Buddy Read but I loved it and it’s Rebeccaesque qualities.

The buddy read was a really great way to read this book as there was just so much to discuss every week I will really miss it and the live chat with Barbara was amazing. I loved hearing about how she wrote the book and developed the characters and her love of art and experience with the art world.

Thank you to all the team at Quercus for a fantastic experience.

About the author

Barbara Bourland was formerly a freelance writer and web producer for titles at Conde Nast and Hearst, among others. She lives in Baltimore, MD, with her husband and their dogs.