Review

Review: The weekend Spa Break by Anne John-Ligali

The Weekend Spa Break CoverTHE WEEKEND SPA BREAK

Friendships Online Series

Part Two

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?
Purchase from Amazon UK
https://amzn.to/2GVSnZX

 

Meet AnneBIO

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews.  She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series.  Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

Social Media Links –

Author blog: http://annejohnligali.com/

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneJohnLigali

Author FB: https://www.facebook.com/annejohnligali/

 

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~Review~

Going into this book, I didn’t know that this is a part two of a series. Or maybe I have just missed it while reading but, I can say that this book can be read on it’s own. In the beginning you might be a bit confused, specially during the prologue but when the story picks up, you can’t even tell that this is a second book. It could easily be a standalone.

What I really liked about this book is how the friendship between two characters has started on the internet. Internet is something that’s in our lives and sometimes we meet great people there. I, myself, have met a lot of friends over the internet. Some of them are my great friends today. Being a part of a book community, internet allows us to meet people from all over the world and connect over something that we all love.

Constance, our main character, is an author which appealed to me as well. I would love to be an author myself, specially of the romance just like Constance is. It would be a dream come true.

In this book, we follow Constance and Estelle over their weekend in the spa and we get to know them better. You really wish you are there with them in the spa resort and get all pampered up. They connect much more, realizing that they have a lot more in common than just being authors. Their life is similar and they can understand each other with what are they going through. At some point, you just wish to jump in jacuzzi with them and hug them tightly.

The twist at the end is something I didn’t expect and I must say I liked it. It made me want to read the next book (which is coming up in November) just to see what will future bring for those two friends. And, girls, it seems like we all need to have that one friend that wears heels.

Rating: 4* out of 5

If you have missed the other spots for the tour; here is the list of the blog that participated.

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Thank you Rachel for a free copy of this book.

With love,

Ana

PS Anne is doing a giveaway on her Twitter:

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To mark the release of part two in the friendships series, I’m giving away a Sanctuary Spa gift set and a signed printed and binded copy of The Weekend Spa Break to one lucky winner. At present, there are no physical copies of The Weekend Spa Break available, so this is a treat. To enter you only have to do is visit my Twitter page and retweet the pinned tweet showing this GIVEAWAY.

A winner will be chosen at random by Tweet Draw and announced on Saturday the 19th of May at 20:00hrs.

Competition is open worldwide.

Good luck!

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Review

Review: The Things We Need To Say by Rachel Burton

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The Things We Need to Say

Sometimes the things we never say are the most important.

Fran loves Will with all her heart. They had a whirlwind romance, a perfect marriage and a wonderful life. Until everything changed. Now Fran needs to find her way again and teaching a yoga retreat in Spain offers her just that. Leaving behind a broken marriage she has some very important decisions to make.

Will needs his wife, he needs her to open up to him if they’re to ever return to the ways things once were. But he may have damaged any possibility he had of mending their relationship and now Fran is in Spain and Will is alone.

As both Fran and Will begin to let go of a life that could have been, fate may just find a way of bringing them back together.

Perfect for fans of Katie Marsh, Amanda Prowse and Sheila O’Flanagan

Purchase on Amazon UKhttp://amzn.to/2kLqSYL

Genre: woman’s fiction, romance
Pages: 384
Format: E-Book
Publisher: HQ Digital
(I have received a free copy of this book)

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Author Bio

Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk. After many false starts she finally made one up that was worth writing down.

After graduating with a degree in Classics and another in English, she didn’t really know what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a paralegal and a yoga teacher.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Her debut, The Many Colours of Us, was an Amazon Kindle bestseller. Her second novel, The Things We Need to to Say, is released on 11 May 2018. She is currently working on her third novel in which the heroine follows the love of her life to live in a city in northern England. It has no autobiographical elements at all…..maybe.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or search Facebook for Rachel Burton Author. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rachelburtonauthor/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/bookish_yogi

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/bookish_yogi/

~Review~

This book will take you on a emotional rollercoaster, for sure. This book is not typical lovey-dovey romance but it is emotional, raw and grown-up book that will take your heart and squeeze it. It will make you cry,  but it will give you hope as well.

You can almost feel the love that couple shares but also, can feel their heartache and pain that they have been through and are going through. The story progressed and developed in a nice pace that you didn’t feel like anything was rushed. You also get a glimpse in their history which explains a lot of how they are acting right now and why they acted like they did. The story is said from both Will’s and Fran’s POV which gives you a good understanding of what they’re both going through at the given moment and doesn’t leave you wondering or blaming the other side.

Their life as a couple hasn’t been easy even if the start was almost fairytale like; they fell for each other at the first sight even if the age difference was there. Their love grew with each moment that they spent together yet, there was one thing that pushed them apart more than brought them together and that was having kids.

The things that Fran have been through are really though. It is really admirable that she still had strength to get up and move on with her life after everything. A lot of other women, including me, would be devastated by everything. Fran found her strength in Yoga and in the retreat, that she was leading as a teacher, in Salou, Spain. I love Yoga (and should be doing it totally) and I have been in Spain (I would love to revisit). I have been to Salou but only for Port Aventura adventure park. But when I imagine descriptions of Salou, it seems like a really nice place. And, when I go to Spain again, I would love to visit Tarragona. Maybe I should do a yoga retreat there.

We get to know other people in this book very well; for example, students at yoga retreat. You’re drawn into their stories as well since every one of them has a reason why they are there and it is not that easy to stay cold hearted.

This book will stay on my mind for a long time, I believe. I recommend you to read this book even if you’re not a fan of romance. This was my first book that I’ve read from Rachel but it won’t be my last one, for sure.

Thanks to NetGalley, HQ Digital and Rachel for giving me opportunity to read this book.

Rating: 5 out of 5*

With love,

Ana

 

Review

Review: One Summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge

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To Rome…with love?

Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She’s bought herself a one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she’ll never forget.

Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the utterly charming family-run La Dolce Vita pizzeria, she’s already fallen in love with the bustling capital!

Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn’t take long for long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly…

A deliciously heartwarming romance to have you dreaming of summer. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Caroline Roberts.

Purchase from Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2rrwXfT

Genre: woman’s fiction, romance
Pages: 384
Format: E-Book
Publisher: HQ Digital
(I have received a free copy of this book)

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Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat who thinks it’s a dog. When not writing she spends her days cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Game of Scones hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Best Romantic Ebook category at the 2015 Love Stories Awards.

Links
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor
Website: http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

~Review~

One Summer in Rome.. A perfect summer read if you ask me. But not only summer read. This book can be read at any time.

This might be a romance book but I loved diversity in it (aside my obvious favorite, romance). When I see such a diversity in a books that are often called easy-read, my heart just grows and I personally think that romance books need more diversity. In recent years, a lot of them are full of it which is great. And this book right here is a pure gem among the genre. LGBTQ member, a person with disability, mentioning of an addiction problems, mentioning of current day problems like terrorist attacks.. ← something that you will find in this book as well.

We don’t get only romance, as I’ve said, but we also get characters dealing with their problems of self acceptance, self love, abuse. That’s why I loved this book so much.

I have never been in Rome even tho I was in Italy but this book made me want to go visit Rome and see it. It is described with a lot of love and knowledge about this town that left me wonder, did author visit it once? The whole Italian vibe was nicely described in the book. I would also love to visit that small village that was mentioned once when they visited it. I’m a sucker for small villages and beautiful scenery.
Ohh, I know very well how hot summers in Italy can be. Originally being from Croatia (which means, being sea neighbor to Italy), our summers get pretty hot as well. I could practically feel the sweat and how is it working in the sun since I worked often enough in the summer to know it. Or just walking around in the summer heat.

I was pleasingly surprised when I saw a mention of crystals and that the main character is such a big lover of those. I love crystals my self and believe in their healing properties so crystals being mentioned in a book made me smile like crazy.

All in all, please, give this book a read. It is such a wonderful book and deserves a read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


Rating: 5* out of 5

With love,

Ana

Review

Review: The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

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Genre: woman’s fiction, romance
Pages: 403 pages
Format: E-Book, paperback
Publisher: Nowell Publishing
(I have received a free copy of this book)

Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?

There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

~Review~

When I said yes to reviewing this book, I didn’t thought that this book will be like this. Our main character, Rosa, isn’t your usual heroine; the one who has a completely supportive family and friends. In fact, her upbrining wasn’t in the family at all. She is unable to feel happy and doesn’t let herself be loved. What I loved about her a lot is that she won’t let anyone look down on her, she will fight for herself.

Her whole life turns around when one day she gets contacted that she has inherited a shop at the place she’s never even heard of. The timing was perfect; she was just fired from another job. She goes down to the village with he sausage dog named Hot. Slowly, she starts clearing up both the shop and the flat above it so that she has a place to stay instead of paying a room.

She starts settling down slowly but few things happen along the way and we get to see how the village is “working”. We see how close people are and that they would do everything for each other. She falls in love but finds out that she was having a false hopes. Even if she thought that the village will be nothing but quiet and sleepy place, it is nothing like that.

The book is no way boring. It has enough mysteries to keep you going and enough romance for you to enjoy. This book is really worth reading in my opinion. Romance is my favorite genre to read and this book is one of the gem pieces in this genre.

Rating: 4,5 out of 5*

With love,

Ana

Tag

The 100 Truths Tag

Hello everyone!

So, I saw this tag over on Dora’s blog and decided to do it. I tracked it down until I found a post that has all 100 questions and found it on Boston Book Reader’s blog so here is the full version.

The basics

1 What’s your name?
Ana
2 Any nicknames or aliases?
Well, mostly Ana or Destiny
3 Your gender?
Female
4 Your star sign?
Pisces
5 How old are you?
26
6 Your relationship status?
Single
7 Any children?
Nope
8 Any pets?
Sadly none
9 Any tattoos or piercings?
I have 1 tattoo (want more) and 6 piercings (3 on left earlobe, 2 on the right earlobe and 1 conch)
10 What do you like about yourself?
That I can read fast and that I try my best to be understanding
11 What do you dislike about yourself?
I hate it that when I hit my sad point, I’m really sad and don’t listen to anyone. >.<
12 Righty or lefty?
Righty

Lasts

13 The last thing you drank:
Tea
14 The last thing you ate:
Pizza
15 Your last phone call:
My boss
16 Your last text message:
From one shop that they are having a sale
17 Your last email:
From Udemy about the courses on the sale
18 The last song you listened to:
Do u dirty by Kehlani
19 The last book you read:
I’m reading Autoboyography at the moment
20 The last time you cried:
Couple of weeks ago because of one band I like (I can’t remember now)
21 The last blog you read:
It is Dora’s blog
22 The last person you spoke to:
My friend/Destiny
23 The last place you visited:
Düsseldorf/Duisburg
24 Your last holiday abroad:
Christmas spent at home (Croatia)

Have you ever?

25 Have you ever gotten back with an ex?
Sadly

26 Have you ever been cheated on?
No

27 Have you ever cheated on someone?
No

28 Have you ever lost someone special to you?
Yes

29 Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?
No, I’m happy to get tipsy

30 Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?
Yes

31 Have you ever met someone who changed you?
Yes and I hope to meet more people like this

32 Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?
Yes

33 Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?
Yes

34 Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?
Yes

35 Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
My ex’s probably

36 Have you ever kissed a stranger?
No

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken?
Yes

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?
No

39 Have you ever been arrested?
No

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?
No

41 Have you ever done something you regret?
Yes

42 Have you ever had a threesome?
Nope

43 Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?
Yes

44 Have you ever misjudged someone?
I have

YOUR BELIEFS AND OPINIONS

45 Do you believe in God?
No

46 Do you believe in yourself?
I wish I do believe in myself more

47 Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Oh yes

48 Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes

49 Do you believe in aliens?
Yes

50 Do you believe in miracles?
Yes
51 Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?
Yes
52 Do you believe in love at first sight?
It never happened to me, so I don’t know
53 Can money make you happy?
Yes and no
54 Would you describe yourself as a feminist?
Yes
55 Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
Pro-choice
56 Do you have strong political beliefs?
No
57 Do you have strong religious beliefs?
Kinda
58 What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?
Memories

Right now

59 Are you eating anything right now?
No, but I’m hungry

60 Are you drinking anything right now?
Tea
61 What are you listening to right now?
Nothing
62 What are you thinking about right now?
Food 🙂
63 What are you waiting for right now?
Waiting for? Nothing at all.
64 What are you most excited about right now?
Uhm, going back home at the end of April 🙂
65 What’s your pet peeve right now?
People standing right in front of the train doors when they open and not letting people get out
66 What’s your favourite thing right now?
My iPod
67 If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?
Probably making some food

Firsts

68 Your first best friend:
Kristina, back in the primary school

74 Your first job:
I did summer jobs so if those count; working on a slushy stand
75: Your first childhood memory:
Locking myself in the toilet

Which would you choose?

76 Love or money?
Love

77 Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook just because my whole family is on there
78 Hook up or relationship?
Relationship.
79 Dogs or cats?
Cats
80 Coffee or tea?
Tea
81 Beer or wine?
None of the above
82 Sweet or savoury?
Favoury
83 Introvert or extrovert?
Introvert
84 Vampires or werewolves?
Vampires
85 Seaside or countryside?
Seaside
86 Summer or winter?
Summer
87 Books or movies?
Books
88 Horror or comedy
Comedy

A few random questions to finish on

89 Do you wish you could change your past?
Nope, it made me who I am today

90 What’s your dream job?
Good question, not sure. I like my current job a lot.
91 What’s your guilty pleasure?
Youtube
92 What are you afraid of?
Losing my loved ones?
93 What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
A police woman XD
94 If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Transportation (as in go from one place to another in matter of seconds)
95 If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
My mental health and to be more positive
96 Would you want immortality?
Nope
97 If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?
I’m not really sure
98 Would you say you are happy?
Yes
99 What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?
Be yourself and don’t let anyone else choose something for you.
100 Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
In love with a person that I love and the said person loves me back.
I tag everyone that wants to do this tag.
With love,
Ana
TBR

April To-Be-Read

Hi everyone!

I’m here with a post of the books that I would love to read in the month of April. I hope that I will be able to read all of those or at least the half of them.

  • Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  • The signature of all things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • One summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge
  • The things we need to say by Rachel Burton

I hope that I will be able to read all of those specially because ‘Heir of Fire’ and ‘The signature of all things’ are both over 400 pages long and I will be travelling home at the end of the month. I will keep my fingers crossed to finish all of this.

What do you plan to read in the month of April? I would love to hear all about your TBR list for this month.

With love,

Ana

Monthly wrap up

March Wrap up

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Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing good. I’m here with one more Monthly wrap up, this time for the month of March aka my birthday month. I feel like that this month I haven’t been reading that much. 😦 I was sick for a week this month and seriously I feel like this month just flew by. But let’s list down books that I’ve read.

  • The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan –> Jenny is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, romance author. I love all her books, seriously. There hasn’t been a book that I’ve read from her and didn’t like. I have fell in love with the small Scottish village (and I was sad that it doesn’t exist in real life). I loved how everyone is just so close to each other in that village and I know what it means when everyone knows every little thing about you. My grandma comes from an island where everyone knows every single thing about you. I loved that one of the characters was gay and that he wasn’t portrayed as those gay guys you see in women fiction. 4,5*
  • Modern Guide to Witchcraft by Skye Alexander –> This one is more spiritual book, if I can call it spiritual. I am into Witchcraft so it was more a book to learn from than an easy read. I loved it since it was really nicely laid out and easy to understand and not boring for sure. I will be buying more books like this, for sure. 4*
  • Discovering Kwan Yin by Sandy Boucher –> Another one for spirituality since I feel connection to Kwan Yin. I wanted to read and “learn” more about Kwan Yin. It was interesting book and I see myself re-reading this one for sure. 4,5*
  • Du willst es doch auch by Aya Sakyo –> Manga written in German; yaoi manga to be specific. Bought it on a whim since I wanted to read more mangas again. I liked it but it wasn’t mind blowing to be honest. I want to read more mangas so I would love to have some recommendations. There are some that I am keeping an eye on but am lazy to buy. >.< So, overall, rating for this one is: 3*
  • The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May –> The review for this one is coming up in April so keep your eyes out for that one. One thing I can say: I really really liked it!!! 4,5*

This was my wrap up! Let me know what great books you’ve read in March. I will be uploading my April TBR soon.

With love,

Ana