The Girl I Used To Be by Mary Torjussen @MaryTorjussen @annecater #BookReview #RandomThingsTours

Happy Thursday everybody!

Super excited to be part of the blog tour and share my review with you today for this exciting thriller! Many thanks to Anne for my invitation!💕

My Thoughts

4 Thrilling Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a quick compelling read… The true brilliance of this book is the fact that gemma the main character could be any of us…. she could be you… she could be me… so throughout this entire book all I could think is….. what would I do in this situation? And there are definitely no easy answers… and truth be told even after finishing this book I still have no idea what I would do!

Gemma has a pretty good life… a loving husband, a beautiful son, a successful business…. however Gemma is a bit stressed out and a little jealous of her husband Joe getting to stay home with their son… so one night while away at a conference she decides to cut a little loose and go out to dinner by herself… she wakes up the next morning with a killer hangover and no memory of the night before… last thing she remembers is having dinner with a male colleague…. this is where you ask yourself, what would I do in this situation? Would you tell your husband? Would he trust that you did not cheat on him? Do you trust that you did not cheat on him? To make a bad situation worse a month later Gamma starts receiving blackmail pictures and correspondence…. The more time gemma spends debating whether or not to confess to her husband what is going on, the larger hole she digs herself and the more lies she tells….

Reading about gemma navigating her self through this complex situation was so engrossing… she was so relatable and likable you really wanted her to figure things out… as the book progresses there are some definite reveals and twist that I did not see coming… so perfectly paced… I seriously finish this in a day, could not put it down! A fabulous thriller from start to satisfying ending…

Strongly recommend to all my psychological thriller loving friends and if you haven’t jumped on the psychological thriller bandwagon yet, what are you waiting for???

*** many thanks to Headline for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

The morning after real estate agent Gemma Brogan has dinner with a prospective client, she’s furious at herself for drinking so much. But there will be more to regret than a nasty hangover.

She starts receiving mementos from that night: A photo of a hallway kiss. A video of her complaining about her husband. And worse…much worse. The problem is she doesn’t remember any of it.

As the blackmailing and menace ramp up, Gemma fears for her already shaky marriage. The paranoia, the feeling that her life is spiraling out of control, will take her back to another night–years ago–that changed everything. And Gemma will realize just how far the shadows from her past can reach…

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Meet the Author

Mary Torjussen has an MA in Creative Writing from Liverpool John Moores University. She worked for several years as a teacher and lives outside of Liverpool, where Gone Without a Trace is set.

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The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane Part Three – Autumn Leaves by Emily Harvale #LilyPondLane @rararesources @emilyharvale #BookReview

Happy Thursday y’all! And happy back to school to my highschooler, cannot believe the summer is over where did it go???

Delighted to share with you today my review for the third book in this engaging serial! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Emily Harvale for this charming story💜🐸

Autumn Leaves

The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane

Part Three – Autumn leaves

Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was equally astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.

But it didn’t take long for Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick to settle in. Now Mia’s mum, Lori has joined them, and they’re all enjoying village life. Mia’s keen to overcome her fear of water and with Garrick by her side, she’s confident about the future.

Until a fortune teller’s predictions give everyone cause for concern. Now Mia’s not so sure of anything, except that someone still wants her to leave. That makes her more determined to learn all she can about Matilda – and the codicil.

But as the mists roll in over the sea, are autumn winds making passions cool? And when more than one unexpected visitor gives Mia a shocking surprise, is everything about to change?

My Thoughts

5 Enchanting Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

It was so nice to be back in Lily Pondale at Sunbeam cottage with these fabulous characters! At the end of the last book Mia and friends visited a fortuneteller… what did the fortuneteller see in their future? And do these fortunes come true? This is the third book in this four part serial… I would strongly encourage you to read these books in order, otherwise you will truly be lost…. not to mention you will want to spend every minute possible with these delightful characters!

This was probably my favorite book in this serial so far… I love the addition of Lori, Mia’s mother she is quite the character… this book was also filled with many surprising plot twists all taking the story in the direction I wanted it to go… don’t you love when an author can read your mind? We also got to know a little bit more about mysterious Aunt Matilda and her intriguing past… it is quite amazing how much fabulousness is packed into this little book….

It’s hard for me to properly gush when I don’t want to give anything away… just know this is a delightful story set in a charming village filled with engaging characters… from first page to last you feel as though you are living in this village and friends with these characters…

The fourth book is sitting on my Kindle but I think I’m putting it off because I’m not ready to say goodbye to these characters…

Absolutely recommend this enchanting serial… perfect for reading poolside in the summer or fireside in the autumn!

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

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Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

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Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was even more astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year. 

But a lot can happen in a very short time, and life in Little Pondale is not going quite as Mia hoped. She may have finally beaten one fear, but now heartbreak threatens to drown her.

And when at last, she starts to unravel the mystery of Matilda’s past, she uncovers an extraordinary plan for her own future. Now just who can Mia trust? 

As the nights draw in and cold winds steal through Sunbeam Cottage, she turns to an unlikely source for comfort and support. But with the fortune teller’s warning still ringing in her ears, is Mia about to make the biggest mistake of her life?

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