The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriteer @bookouture #bookreview

Happy Tuesday book friends!

Today I have another charming Christmas book for you, this time the book takes you to Lapland and the sight of the beautiful Aurora Borealis! A huge thank you to Noelle for my invitation and to Tilly Tennant for this delightful story❄️


Christmas is coming but it doesn’t feel that way for Esme. Jilted by her cheating fiancée Warren and mourning the death of her beloved grandmother she’s determined not to let life beat her and books a trip to Lapland, on a holiday that her grandmother had always dreamed of taking.

Beneath the indigo skies of Lapland, love is the last thing on Esme’s mind but she can’t ignore a spark with Zach, a broodingly handsome actor, also nursing a broken heart. But when Esme is bombarded by messages from Warren promising he’s changed and she discovers that Zach is hiding something-will her head be turned? And when a trip to the northern lights reveals the full extent Zach’s own secret past is there any hope that Esme will get the happy ending that her grandmother wished for her?

My Thoughts

Star light, star bright, where the hell is Mr. Right?💫

This was a charming story filled with all the wonders of winter… this however was not a book filled with fluff, it took on some serious subject matter that added another dimension to the story… it also takes you to Lapland and The spectacular beauty of the Northern Lights… now I’ve never considered vacationing in a cold climate, but these lights are quite alluring…. I truly had no idea they were so colorful, I don’t know what I thought, But now I get the draw!

Esme has just left her lying cheating boyfriend and return home to live with her grandmother…. grandmother spoils her with the comforts of home and food and the two of them begin to fantasize about a trip to Lapland… but when Grandma is no longer able to go and Esme gets back with the lying boyfriend Warren, the trip might no longer happen… but when Esme realizes that lying is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Warren he is also manipulative and controlling, she begins to think that a solo trip might not be such a bad idea after all…. what I really liked about the travel company is that they introduced people traveling alone to one another, and so Esme met an eclectic crew of characters including Zack….

This book really picked up for me when they got to Lapland, I loved every single minute of that adventure… Esme really blossomed as a character when out of the clutches of Warren… there must be something so liberating about traveling alone, I’ve never done it, but I could see where it would just give you a confidence boost…. and it wouldn’t hurt if there was a handsome Zack on the trip as well… I really liked the relationship between these two it developed sweetly and slowly…. there was also a lot of will they? Won’t they? Zack has a secret and Esme has evil Warren…

This really is a heartwarming winter Romance with just a tiny dash of Christmas…. recommend to anyone who enjoys a nice sweet romance with some likable characters and a beautiful setting….

*** A big thank you to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

23776_1435621208482_8239110_nAuthor Bio:

Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.

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Isolation Junction by Jennifer Gilmour #IsolationJunction @JenLGilmour @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

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Today I am sharing with you my review for this book that was a bit of a personal journey for me… thank you very much to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Jennifer Gilmour for her courage💕

Isolation Junctionblock the roadFirst published in 2016, Jennifer has republished a second edition with the changes in Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

This is the republication of Isolation Junction and what a difference it is. A make over with a new book cover, new content, with Pict Publishing, third person only (as opposed to third and first in first edition) and the incidents in correlating order.

IJ - NEW COVER Isolation JunctionRose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’.

She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. But through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business.

It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.

After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t will she be able to do it? Will Tim help her? And will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?

Based on true events.

My Thoughts

A real and raw look at emotional abuse…

For anyone who is a regular visitor to my blog or a regular reader of my reviews you know that I was in an emotionally abusive marriage for many years…. The reason I share this is because I don’t want anyone to be ashamed of being a victim of abuse, it is definitely not your fault! Looking back really makes me cringe at everything I was willing to put up with, but I did it for my family, I did it for my kids, I did it because I didn’t know what else to do… I still feel a tremendous guilt for staying as long as I did, the damage it has done to my children, but my hope is that in my leaving my daughter has learned to never let a man treat her that way and my sons have learned never to treat a woman that way… to paraphrase Oprah, you did the best that you could, and when you knew better, you did better… if just one person reads this book or reads my review and take the first steps getting out of that toxic abusive relationship then I think this author has accomplished amazing things!

This book is very hard for me to review it is brutal and it was written from the heart… Rose is trapped in a marriage to a controlling and emotionally abusive man… in my opinion sometimes emotional abuse is more damaging then physical abuse… it is also easier to ignore and to hide because the bruises are on the inside…. Rose is also a mother and sometimes when the abuse is not being done to your children you are more willing to put up with it…. it is such a vicious cycle and I truly appreciated Rose’s fortitude throughout this book, I really wanted her to succeed and get out of this horrible situation…. my one little niggle is I wish that she had done it without a man…. I mean Tim was fabulous, but I guess I just wanted Rose to be able to get out of there on her own!

There is a very powerful story packed in this little book that I think is very important for everyone to read…. there is also a quiz that I found very telling as I answered many of those questions yes, A quiz that tells you if you are being emotionally abused or not? Yes, you don’t always know, the abuser is generally very manipulative and makes you feel as though most of it is your fault…. if the house was only cleaner, if the kids were only quieter, if you just lost a few pounds, if you hadn’t cut your hair, and so on and so on and so on…reading this book, and writing this review has been very cathartic for me, I truly got a lot out of it and I hope that someone else picks it up and finds it as powerful as I have! The more we all understand abuse the less power it will have over anybody’s life, so this isn’t just for abuse victims, this is a book for everybody….

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel for my copy of this book ***

IJ - Jennifer GilmourAbout the author:

Born in the North East, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children.  In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base. Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business.

 From an early age, Jennifer has had a passion for writing and started gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years.  A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write this first novel. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again.






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Divide and Rule by Rachel McLean @rachelmcwrites @rararesources #bookspotlight

RRR Divide and Rule blog tour announcement banner v2Divide and Rule e-bookJennifer Sinclair’s fight to save her political career, her family and her freedom has failed. Traumatised by prison violence, she agrees to transfer to the mysterious British Values Centre.

Rita Gurumurthy has betrayed her country and failed the children in her care. Unlike Jennifer, she has no choice, but finds herself in the centre against her will.

Both women are expected to conform, to prove their loyalty to the state and to betray everything they hold dear. One attempts to comply, while the other rebels. Will either succeed in regaining her freedom?

Divide and Rule is 1984 for the 21st century – a chilling thriller examining the ruthless measures the state will take to ensure obedience, and the impact on two women.

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I’m told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories – well, I’m sorry but I can’t help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They’re inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

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