#Giveaway The Dog Walker by Lesley Thomson @HoZ_books @LesleyjmThomson

 

I think that A Kind of Vanishing by Lesley Thomson was one of the first books I ever bought for my Kindle and I thought it was terrific. The Dog Walker is the fifth in The Detective’s Daughter series featuring Stella Darnell and was published by Head of Zeus books earlier this month. I had hoped to have a review for you today but it is still one book away on my to-be-read list so watch out for my review soon. What I do have for you is a very generous giveaway from the publishers, who are offering you the chance to win one of three copies of the book. First of all, here’s what it’s about:

A haunted house, a broken family and a body that has never been found. Stella and Jack must reawaken the secrets of the past in order to solve the mysteries of the present.

January, 1987. In the depths of winter, only joggers and dog walkers brave the Thames towpath after dark. Helen Honeysett, a young newlywed, sets off for an evening run from her riverside cottage. Only her dog returns.

Twenty-nine years later, her husband has asked Stella Darnell, a private detective, and her side-kick Jack Harmon, to find out what happened all those years ago.

But when the five households on that desolate stretch of towpath refuse to give up their secrets, Stella and Jack find themselves hunting a killer whose trail has long gone cold…

Sounds great doesn’t it and how atmospheric does that cover look? So now for your chance to win a copy. It’s UK and Ireland entrants only I’m afraid due to postage costs. You can enter up until midnight on Tuesday 25th April and I will contact the winners within 24 hours.

Click here to enter the giveaway

 

If you’re not lucky enough to win a copy, you can buy one from all good bookshops or order a copy online here: The Dog Walker

 

Lesley Thomson

(Author photograph by Melanie Lockett)

Lesley Thomson is a Londoner. Her first crime novel A Kind of Vanishing won The People’s Book Prize in 2010. The Detective’s Daughter is a number one bestseller and Sainsbury’s ebook for 2014. Ghost Girl, the second in the The Detective’s Daughter series (2014) went to number one in Sainsbury’s e-chart and is another bestseller. The Detective’s Secret was published in 2015. The Runaway, an ebook short about Stella Darnell (the detective’s daughter) came out in July 2015 and the fourth in the series, The House with No Rooms in 2016. The Dogwalker, another case for Stella and Jack, came out in April 2017.

Faithless by Kjell Ola Dahl #extract @orendabooks

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you will know I am a big fan of Orenda Books and they they publish lots of fantastic crime in translation. Faithless is by Norwegian author Kjell Ola Dall (translated by Don Bartlett) and is part of his Oslo Detectives series, featuring Gunnarstranda and Frølich. I have a extract from the book to share with you today but first here’s what the book is about:

When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her… and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder. As he begins to look deeper into the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich’s colleague Gunnarstranda finds another body, and things take a more sinister turn. With a cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway casting a shadow, and an unsettling number of coincidences clouding the plot, Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers – and the killer – before he strikes again.

I have the first two chapters for you to read to whet your appetite and if, after you’ve read them, you are desperate to read more, you can order a copy of the book online by clicking here. It is available in both e-book and paperback.

Click here to read chapters one and two

 

One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.

Subliminal Advertising of Ideas #guestpost by @RobertEggleton1

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Today I’m joined by Robert Eggleton, author of Rarity in the Hollow, who has written a really interesting guest post about subliminal messages and allegory in his work. You’ll find buying links and more about the author at the bottom of the post.

The following article examines the subliminal advertising of ideas as exemplified by my debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow, adult literary fiction with a science fiction backdrop, and within the context of modern advertising philosophies and practices.  

Potential consumers of products and services are exposed to ongoing direct advertising pitches via all media: television, radio, magazines, newspapers, email, social media sites, blogs…. Since it’s the advertising fees that pay for many particular medium, most of us have gotten used to it. At least half of the time, direct advertising works. https://www.decisionanalyst.com/whitepapers/adeffectiveness/

 Some people take steps to minimize exposures to direct advertising, such as clicking on remote controls, purchasing movie packages with presentations that don’t include commercials, turning on computer software protection to prevent pop-up adverts…. Perhaps in retaliation, some prominent magazines have blocked the reading of their articles if the viewer is not willing to accept its advertising.  

Indirect advertising of products and services is also prevalent. For example, I live in Charleston, West Virginia. Each day on the afternoon news, a local optometrist, a local dentist, a fat-reduction doctor, or a local family attorney, one of the same four advertisers over and over again, field consumer questions as part of the news broadcast. Their practices are booming! I suspect that you have seen the same type of indirect advertising in your localities.

The vast majority of media claims editorial ownership over what appears. Not that long ago, a new word was coined and primarily, in effect, refers to the advertising of that which was not properly paid for: SPAM. “The origin of the term comes from a 1970 Monty Python’s Flying Circus skit. In this skit, all the restaurant’s menu items devolve into SPAM. When the waitress repeats the word SPAM, a group of Vikings in the corner sing “SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, lovely SPAM! Wonderful SPAM!”, drowning out other conversation, until they are finally told to shut it. http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/09/how-the-word-spam-came-to-mean-junk-message/

In some online communities, such as forums, messages that are considered to be Spam are deleted and the member who posted Spam is sometimes blocked from participating on the forum in the future. Typically, comments on blogs are moderated and only those approved by the administrator will appear in public. Spam in public seems under control.  

Personally, I seem to be getting less Spam by private email than I used to get. I don’t know why because I have rarely successfully blocked anything from sources, including an annoying advertising service called Mindfield. As an exception to better judgment, several years ago, I did agree to participate in this program. It surveys consumers who earn points that can be cashed in for products. After an initial trial, I concluded that participation wasn’t worth my time and that the program was just another form of indirect advertising, not genuine to its stated mission. I’ve given up trying to get off that mailing list. While more annoying than the occasional male enhancement advertisements, numerous attempts to unsubscribe to Mindfield have proven futile for me.

You probably get Spam email, as well. I’ve gotten used to it and now regard it to be a minor inconvenience and not worth ranting about as have been a most prominent historical reaction to Spam in some circles. Like the Monty Python skit that I mentioned above, I’ve visited places online where ranting about Spam was the major topic of conversation.

The entirety of the Spam phenomena inspired me to name one of the characters in Rarity from the Hollow after it. DotCom is an android sent to Earth to recruit and train the protagonist, Lacy Dawn, to fulfill her destiny as the savior of the universe. A recurring pun throughout the story, his name stands for the repetitive marketing of that which is least needed. Before being assigned to the Lacy Dawn Adventures project, the android’s original role, the purpose for its creation, was to Spam the Universe.  

In 1974, a great book was published about the implementation of an advertising technique that was neither direct nor indirect. Advertisers were using subliminal communications. Commercials were hidden in images, such as within ice cube of glasses of liquor, and flashes of texts not perceived by the conscious mind were flashed on screens so fast that audiences did not perceive them as having been received. https://www.amazon.com/Subliminal-Seduction-Wilson-Bryan-Key/dp/0451061489 1974

About the time that this book was published, I had just enrolled in graduate school. I remember several parties where part of the recreation was looking at advertisements in popular magazines, such as Esquire or Playboy, to find and announce hidden images, such as a picture of bare female breasts inside an ice cube. From memory, it seems like a preponderance of the hidden images found were sexual, as if to say that if one buy this or that product that he or she will be sexier.

Unlike some other countries, the U.S. has no specific law prohibiting subliminal advertising. It is now regulated under the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that provides for revoking the license of broadcasters who engage in subliminal advertising. http://smallbusiness.chron.com/laws-subliminal-marketing-69892.html With the tremendous increase in the size of the marketplace since cyberspace has been invented, the effectiveness of the FCC regulation is unknown. I could find no recent updates that addressed the matter. If deregulation under the Trump administration touches the FCC, a reemergence of subliminal advertising could become something to pay attention to in the future.

However, as has been the tradition in fiction, at least until Young Adult and Romance novels overwhelmed the marketplace, instead of products and services, insights and ideas have been marketed in stories. There are many examples, but one of the best known authors to market ideas, in my opinion, has been the works by Charles Dickens. In all fairness, however, when Harry Potter gave Dobby, the House Elf, a sock to free the elf from slavery, that act was a mostly hidden antiracism statement by the author. While not exactly subliminal, it was probably not obvious to most readers either.    

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Rarity from the Hollow is a story of victimization to empowerment. Early tragedy feeds and amplifies subsequent comedy and satire. In a nutshell, Lacy Dawn is an abused child living in an impoverished hollow who learns that she is the unlikely saviour of the universe. The Advance Review Copy (ARC) of the novel was awarded two Gold Medals by major book review organizations, was named one of the best releases of 2015 by a Bulgarian book critic, and received twenty-six five star reviews and forty-three four star reviews by independent book review bloggers on Amazon.

I especially appreciated the book review of the ARC of Rarity from the Hollow by Awesome Indies (excerpt): “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.http://www.awesomeindies.net/ai-approved-review-of-rarity-from-the-holly-by-robert-eggleton/

As with most other reviews of the ARC, many of the messages in the story addressed by the above review were obvious. A different review hinted that there could be something more in my story beyond the obvious. Readers’ Favorite found (excerpt): “…Full of cranky characters and crazy situations, Rarity From the Hollow sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved… Robert Eggleton is a brilliant writer whose work is better read on several levels. I appreciated this story on all of them.” https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/rarity-from-the-hollow

One aspect of my story that was not obvious to any reviewers of the ARC was its political allegory. The allegory was not hidden, and certainly not subliminal. Quite the opposite, it was in your face parody and farcical.

First, there is no political advocacy in my novel, one side or any other. With respect to allegory, Rarity from the Hollow was the first, if not the only, science fiction adventure to specifically predict the rise of Donald Trump to political power. Please see this press release:  http://www.pr4us.com/pr-2618-trump-presidency-predicted-in.html.

You would have to read the novel to find out how Lacy Dawn, the protagonist, convinced Mr. Rump (Bernie Sanders) to help talk Mr. Prump (Donald Trump) into saving the universe. The allegory includes pressing issues that are being debated today, including illegal immigration and the refuge crisis, an issue that several European commentators have compared to cockroach infestation; extreme capitalism / consumerism vs. domestic spending for social supports; sexual harassment…. Mr. Prump in my story was a projection of Donald Trump based on the TV show, The Apprentice. The counterpart, Mr. Rump, was based on my understanding of positions held by Bernie Sanders as I wrote the story. Part of the negotiations in the story occur in the only high rise on planet Shptiludrp (Shop Until You Drop), a giant shopping mall and the center of economic governance, now more easily identifiable as Trump Tower.

The political allegory in Rarity from the Hollow was not addressed by ARC reviewers of the novel because so few worldwide considered Donald Trump to be a serious political contender until the primary elections in the U.S. He, simply, was off the political radar. The allegory in the novel is much more obvious now that Donald Trump has become a household name. I guess that one could consider the political allegory hidden by world circumstances, but not as a technique used by me, the author.

On 1-6-17, the first review of the final edition of my novel was published, five stars. At this point in time, Donald Trump was well-known and generally considered controversial candidate for President of the U.S. Most polls still didn’t expect him to win. The closing lines of this review were: “…Brilliant satires such as this are genius works of literature in the same class as Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm.’ I can picture American Lit professors sometime in the distant future placing this masterpiece on their reading list.” https://marcha2014.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/5-stars-for-rarity-from-the-hollowby-robert-eggleton/

There are a couple of hidden messages in Rarity from the Hollow and this article is the first place that I’ve mentioned them. I guess that these messages could be considered semi-subliminal and I’m not going to elaborate because I don’t want to spoil the story for any potential readers.

Religion. What religion would you guess that the author holds after reading this line from the story? “Jesus is everybody’s friend, not just humans.” Does the author believe that all the Biblical passages used by antiabortionists to support that position could be interpreted to mean something entirely different, something big and about life in the universe?

War. If, before needing Lacy Dawn’s help, Mr. Prump in Rarity from the Hollow had exhausted all options to war against cockroach infestation (the refugee crisis, illegal immigration, ISIS….) after millennia of various efforts, does the author believe that President Trump’s plan to build a wall on our southern border or to significantly increase the military budget will solve our problems or resolve issues?

Thanks so much for the opportunity to tell you about my debut novel. Please keep in mind that half of author proceeds from the project are donated to prevent the maltreatment of children. For a very touching audio about the nonprofit agency, please check this out: http://www.childhswv.org/

About the author:

Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997.                                

Today, he is a retired children’s psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. 

Purchase links:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Rarity-from-the-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton/9781907133954?ref=grid-view

http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B017REIA44

http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow 

https://weightlessbooks.com/genre/fiction/novel/rarity-from-the-hollow/

 Author Contacts:

http://www.lacydawnadventures.com

https://www.facebook.com/Lacy-Dawn-Adventures-573354432693864/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13603677-rarity-from-the-hollow 

https://twitter.com/roberteggleton1

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Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett #Review @laura_jbarnett @wnbooks

I looked up Weidenfeld and Nicolson, the publishers of this book, on Twitter and they say they ‘specialise in exceptional fiction and non-fiction‘. I think it is fair to say that Laura Barnett’s Greatest Hits comes into the category of exceptional fiction. I loved the author’s debut work, The Versions of Us, but think I may like this one even more. Now you are going to have to wait a while for this as it’s not published till June, but trust me it will be worth the wait. 

Retired and reclusive singer Cass Wheeler is putting together songs for a Greatest Hits album. As she listens to her songs as she tries to select them, she looks back on her career and reflects on her life. She has written hundreds of songs, had a eventful life, experienced love and loss and stopped singing ten years ago after a personal tragedy struck.

Each of the chapters of the book begins with the lyrics of one of Cass’s songs and mentions when it was written, which album it appeared on (if any) and who was involved in the production. An album of the songs will be released at the same time as the book, with singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams bringing Cass’s songs to life. It’s a really intriguing concept and I’m looking forward to hearing the songs.

Cass Wheeler is a wonderful character. The way her story is written going right back to her difficult childhood, following her singing career, her love life, motherhood and the sad losses in her life all helps to make her a fully rounded person. In fact she is such a strong believable character that it felt as though I was reading the biography of a real singer, rather than the story of a fictional character.

Greatest Hits is exactly the kind of book I enjoy. It moves effortlessly between past and present hinting at and revealing a little of what happened as the story progresses. Cass was a character I totally believed in and I so enjoyed reading her story. Even though she had known much sadness in her life, she had also known much joy and love and lived a full life. There were other terrific characters in the book too notably Cass’s Aunt Lily, her assistant and friend Kim, Ivor her partner both musically and romantically, and her supportive friend Johnny. There were a lot of characters who moved in and out of Cass’s life particularly in the music industry and I did on occasion lose track of who was who especially if they only made brief appearances but I’m sure that’s down to my poor memory rather than any fault on the part of the author.

Greatest Hits is a book which I am sure will be a huge hit (pun completely intended!) when it’s released. It’s a book to lose yourself in as, along with Cass, you relive her life through her music and memories. It’s a story about loving and losing and coming to terms with your past and is full of emotional highs and lows. 

Thanks to the publishers W&N (part of Orion book) for my copy of this book via Netgalley. Greatest Hits will be published on 15 June 2017 in hardback and as an ebook. It will be available from all good bookshops or you can order a copy online here: Greatest Hits

From the back of the book

Cass Wheeler – a British singer-songwriter, hugely successful since the early 70s, whose sudden disappearance from the music has been the subject of intense speculation among her fans – is in the studio that adjoins her home, taking a journey back into her past. Her task is to choose sixteen songs from among the hundreds she has written since her early teens, for a uniquely personal Greatest Hits record, describing the arc of her life through song.

It has been over a decade since Cass last put out an album; ten years since a tragedy catapulted her into a breakdown. In the course of this one day – both ordinary and extraordinary – each song Cass plays sets off a chain of memories, leading us deep into her past, and into the creative impulse that has underpinned her work.

This is the story of a life – of highs and lows, love and separation, success and failure. Of what it is to live a fulfilled life, and how to make peace with our mistakes.

Chill With A Book Awards #guestpost by @paulinembarclay

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I’m so pleased to welcome Pauline Barclay back to the blog today. I have seen the ‘Chill with a Book Awards’ mentioned in various Facebook Book groups and on Twitter but didn’t know a lot about them. Pauline set up the awards to support Indie authors and has written a guest post explaining more about the awards.

“I want Chill Awards to be the emblem of great books by great authors …”

Being an Indie author, with six books published, I understand the importance of making sure my work is polished to shine like a diamond. The use of an editor, proof reader, book cover designer are all part of the team in helping to prepare my books for publication. It’s tough out there with thousands of books competing for readers attention and as an Indie author, like everything else in the publishing process, promoting is part of the job!

Being passionate about supporting authors, in particular, Indie authors, I set up Chill with a Book Awards in September 2016. There are four Awards and all are designed to promote the best from Indie authors. In this short time interest in the Awards has been overwhelming. Indie authors from all over the world including USA, Australia, UK and Europe have submitted their books for consideration for an Award. Within weeks it became an international Award. I am amazed and excited as I want Chill Awards to be the emblem of great books by great authors and for authors to be proud to receive the accolade. Running the Awards is incredibly time consuming, but when the readers’ evaluations forms are returned and you see a great read has been discovered, it is a wonderful feeling. However, the Awards are not for everyone, only the best will be honoured.

The four Awards are…

Readers’ Award.

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Book of the Month Award – each book honoured with a Readers’ Award is automatically nominated for a Book of the Month Award.

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Book of the Year Award – each book honoured with a Book of the Month Award is automatically nominated for Book of the Year Award.

Book of the YEAR

PB Award – is a special Award given by me.

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A brief outline on how the process works:

Once a title has been accepted for consideration it will be read by an equal number of Chill’s readers and checked against the following criteria…

Were the characters strong and engaging?

Was the book well written?

Did the plot have you turning the page to find out what happened next?

Was the ending satisfying?

Have you told your friends?

Awarded books will be promoted on Chill with a Book’s web site and splashed across Social Media.

A small fee of £16 is charged for each book accepted for consideration payable via Paypal (the fee is for the purchase of Kindle copies for readers and any balance left is used to maintain Chill’s Award programme)

There are limited places each month for books to be considered and if Indie authors are interested in submitting a title, please email Pauline at paulinechill@hotmail.com in the first instance.

I hope you share with me that it is an exciting time for Indie authors and I look forward to seeing more great well written reads sporting one of the coveted Chill with a Book Award buttons on every book shelf.

For more about Chill with a Book Awards click on the link: www.chillwithabook.com

Thank you so much Joanne for giving me the opportunity to talk about this exciting venture on your fabulous Blog site. 

My pleasure Pauline, it was great to learn more about the Chill With A Book Awards.

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Cover Reveal! A Bake Off in Cornwall by Laura Briggs @paperdollwrites

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I’m pleased to be helping author Laura Briggs reveal the cover for her forthcoming novella A Bake Off in Cornwall. It’s the fifth in a series of Cornish-themed romance novellas but can easily be read as a stand-alone. Perfect for when you are in the mood for a short romantic read – with a few cakes thrown in! A Bake Off in Cornwall will be published on 18th May and you can preorder for only 99p by clicking here.

About the book

Baking fever is sweeping through Cornwall this summer and, with the announcement that Cliffs House is hosting a popular baking contest, Julianne and her friends couldn’t be more excited— until Dinah announces that she’s one of the chosen contestants! Julianne promises herself to do everything possible to support her friend in the face of stiff competition … and two extremely competitive international judges…all while learning a few lessons in the kitchen under the oh-so-close tutelage of Matthew himself.

With love as the secret ingredient, and sparks flying from more than the contestants’ caramelizing torches, Book Five in the bestselling Cornwall series is a recipe for summer romance!

Then. Now. Always. by @Isabelle_Broom #review @MichaelJBooks

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This is the first of Isabelle Broom’s books which I have read having somehow not got around to previous books My Map of You and A Year and a Day which I have heard others raving about. Be warned that if you haven’t already booked your summer holiday before your read this book, you will want to go to Spain after you’ve read it!

One thing I had heard about Isabelle Broom’s novels was that she creates an amazing sense of place and that was absolutely true. In fact, last week I read about one blogger who had just returned from a trip to Prague having booked it after reading A Year and a Day.  

The storyline follows Hannah, a tv researcher who has the opportunity to go to Mojacar in Southern Spain with her boss Theo who she has a huge crush on, her best friend Tom and Claudette, the presenter who Hannah doesn’t have much time for. She hopes that among the beautiful surroundings and in the heat, some passion may grow between her and Theo as she uses her knowledge of Mojacar to show him around and impress him. While there, she meets artist Elaine and becomes friends with her as she finds out more about the artist’s colony which used to be in the town. To her annoyance, her half-sister Nancy turns up unexpectedly. She has never really got along with Nancy, feeling resentful of her relationship with their father, who left Hannah’s mother when Hannah was only two.

The setting of this book, Mojacar is a town in Southern Spain which is in the Almeria region and is close to the Mediterranean Sea. As you can see from the photo above, it is stunningly beautiful. The author’s descriptions of the town reminded me very much of Mijas, further along the coast not far from Malaga, where I have spent several holidays. Isabelle Broom paints a vivid picture making easy to visualise the white of the houses shimmering in the heat with splashes of pink from the bougainvillea trailing over balconies and the deep blue of the sky and the sea. I could imagine the heat of the sun, the coolness of the sea and almost smell the lemons in the air. The author certainly created a perfect sense of the location of her novel.

I enjoyed reading about Hannah as she lusted after her gorgeous boss and tried to engineer ways for them to be together. She reminded me a little of the hapless Bridget Jones with her lovelife, though was much more together than Bridget in her professional life. The relationship between Hannah and Nancy was really interesting too. Hannah felt abandoned by her father and that he favoured Nancy. I could completely understand her hurt at being let down at some crucial points in her life such as when her dad didn’t come to a school show or didn’t take her to a friend’s party in a country manor. She was clearly hurting and saw Nancy as the source of this rejection. The way the relationship between the sisters developed over the course of the book was a really strong part of the story for me.

Then. Now. Always., a quote from the book about love in case you were wondering, is a very enjoyable read, perfect to get you in the mood for a holiday or to enjoy on a lazy sunny afternoon. It’s escapist and romantic and shows that the love you think you want, isn’t always the love you really need.

Thanks to the publishers Michael Joseph Books for allowing me to read a copy of this book via Netgalley. It will be published tomorrow, 20th April, in paperback and as an e-book. You can order a copy online here: Then. Now. Always.

From the back of the book

Hannah can’t believe it when she’s offered a trip to sunny Spain with her best friend and dreamy boss . . . what’s the catch?

Twenty-eight year old Hannah is ready for an adventure. She and her colleagues are in Spain for a month to film a documentary, and it’s a dream come true. Not least because Hannah will get to spend long summer days with Theo, her boss (and crush). If only Tom (Hannah’s best friend and cameramen) and Claudette (the presenter) would stop getting in the way…

Then things become even more complicated when Nancy, Hannah’s half-sister arrives. What on earth is she doing here?

For once in her life, can’t Hannah just have one perfect summer, free of any drama?