Cover Reveal - Country Rivals by Zara Stoneley

Today on Becca's Books, I'm delighted to be teaming up with Star Crossed Reviews (find on starcrossedreviews.co.uk & over on Twitter) to bring to you the gorgeous cover of Zara Stoneley's Country Rivals. Isn't it lush? That blue sky, that stunning house... Eye-catching doesn't even begin to cover this one. And what I love too, is the rose and leaf patterning either side. So fresh and pretty! Like it? Love it? Let me know what you think in the comment box below!

Available on Goodreads | Amazon UK  


Note from Zara Stoneley (full blurb to be added)

Hi, I’m really excited to be working with Star Crossed Tours for my cover reveal, and thrilled with the new look that HarperCollins have come up with for my Tippermere books. I’ve always loved the covers of the first two books in the series, STABLE MATES and COUNTRY AFFAIRS, but this third one is quite different and extra special. I think it really gives you a sense of where Lottie comes from, and what the story is about. I hope you love it as much as I do! Zara x

About the author

Bestselling author Zara Stoneley lives in deepest Cheshire surrounded by horses, dogs, cats and amazing countryside. When she’s not visiting wine bars, artisan markets or admiring the scenery in her sexy high heels or green wellies, she can be found in flip flops on the beach in Barcelona, or more likely sampling the tapas!

Zara writes hot romance and bonkbusters. Her latest novel, ‘Stable Mates’, is a fun romp through the Cheshire countryside and combines some of her greatest loves – horses, dogs, hot men and strong women (and not forgetting champagne and fast cars)!
She writes for Harper Collins and Accent Press.

You can find Zara Stoneley on Facebook | Twitter zarastoneley.com | Goodreads | Amazon





  


Blog Tour: Review - What She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaile

Today on Becca's Books, I'm absolutely thrilled to be sharing my review of What She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaile as part of the blog tour.

Available on Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US


Title - What She Never Told Me
Author - Kate McQuaile
Publication Date - March 3rd 2016
Publisher - Quercus
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided via publisher via NetGalley)
Pages - 252

Blurb
I talked to my mother the night she died, losing myself in memories of when we were happiest together. But I held one memory back, and it surfaces now, unbidden. I see a green postbox and a small hand stretching up to its oblong mouth. I am never sure whether that small hand is mine. But if not mine, whose?
Louise Redmond left Ireland for London before she was twenty. Now, more than two decades later, her heart already breaking from a failing marriage, she is summoned home. Her mother is on her deathbed, and it is Louise's last chance to learn the whereabouts of a father she never knew.
Stubborn to the end, Marjorie refuses to fill in the pieces of her daughter's fragmented past. Then Louise unexpectedly finds a lead. A man called David Prescott . . . but is he really the father she's been trying to find? And who is the mysterious little girl who appears so often in her dreams? As each new piece of the puzzle leads to another question, Louise begins to suspect that the memories she most treasures could be a delicate web of lies.

Review
When I was first contacted about What She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaile, the title was enough to intrigue me. What, exactly, had Louise Redmond not been told? I wondered repeatedly after reading the blurb. Immediately, a million and one scenarios began firing through my mind. I love it when reading merely a book's title can do that to you as the reader. It's exciting, thrilling and, quite simply, I couldn't wait to begin.

And when I did begin, man was I blown away. Kate McQuaile unravels Louise's story slowly but surely, teasing the reader into this huge mystery that's simmering in the air around her right the way through the book. Curious as to the identity of her real father, Louise always wondered about him but found her mother to be unwilling to share anything with her. Instantly, this fact caught my attention and I couldn't let it go. It was as if my senses suddenly became heightened and I wanted to dig deeper into Louise's mother's reluctance. So, when she passes away and Louise suddenly has no one left who can answer her questions for her, she decides to head back to Ireland to find the missing pieces for herself. What she finds, at the end of a tricky, intricate road to discovery, rocks her, and the reader, to their very core.

First thing's first. The characters. I absolutely loved Louise, and found myself connecting to her on a much deeper level when it came to wanting to know about her father. I myself was in this position once upon a time, although luckily for me, my answers were provided. The complete opposite happens for Louise, and I felt immense frustration on her behalf. There is nothing worse than wanting to have some answers when there's no one there to provide them, and when Louise found herself in this position, I could have screamed. For me, I could understand Louise's need to find her father. I really can. I believe it's only natural to want to know where you came from, and this is all Louise wanted, so I was unsure as to why her mother wouldn't share the details. Of course, this all becomes clear much later on into the novel, and trust me when I say that the wait is oh-so-worth it. Besides the urge to find her father, Louise was a well-developed character who I found incredibly interesting. There were so many layers to this woman, so many different aspects of her to investigate. But the one thing I couldn't leave alone was the recurring dream and memories Louise experienced of a small girl posting a letter through a letterbox, outside in the cold. As the story progresses, it taunts Louise, as if begging her to pay a little more attention to it, and pay attention she does. There's something she can't quite put her finger on about the memory, and when it begins returning more and more, she's sure that it's trying to tell her something. Is she right? Or is it all just part of her imagination? It was a delicious mystery, all wrapped up with a teasing, tangling bow.

I found this novel addictive from beginning to end. In fact, I didn't dare to put it down for fear of missing something. As new characters were introduced to the plot, new facts and new destinations, I was pulled further and further into this new avenue of Louise's life that she'd never even known existed. Kate McQuaile ensured my interest didn't wane once. There was twists and turns aplenty, red herrings and false alarms. It was enough to drive me wild. I couldn't get enough of Louise's discoveries and hoped against hope that before I turned the final page, all would be revealed and that I wouldn't be left hanging. I'm not sure I would have been able to cope with that in this instance. To my relief, Kate McQuaile ties up this story absolutely flawlessly, leaving me with no choice but to sit in silence for a good few minutes afterwards to gather my thoughts.

Exceptionally written with a stunning twist, and exploring themes alongside this like Louise's failing marriage, this was a novel to truly get my teeth into. Packed with mystery, secrets and the desire to keep on turning those pages, I loved What She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaile. To me, this story had it all and then some. I was captivated from page to page and completely wrapped around the author's finger as her storytelling took hold of me. It was fantastic.

Becca's Books is awarding What She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaile with five of my bookish stars. I can't wait for the next offering from this new-to-me author. Kate McQuaile has such style to her gripping storyline, I can only wait patiently for her next book. Special thanks to Quercus for providing me with a review copy of What She Never Told Me by Kate McQuaile.

You can find Kate McQuaile on Twitter

Be sure to keep up with the rest of the stops on the blog tour!








  














Cover Reveal - The Second Love Of My Life by Victoria Walters

Good morning! I'm super excited this morning to be sharing with you the updated cover of Victoria Walters' The Second Love Of My Life. The proofs of Victoria's debut novel have been doing the rounds and it seems that people are loving this story. So much so that the book's cover now has a fabulous quote from the one and only Giovanna Fletcher sitting proud as punch on the front. I honestly couldn't be more excited for Victoria!

So, without further ado, let me show you the updated cover of Victoria Walters' The Second Love Of My Life...

Available on Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US


Title - The Second Love Of My Life
Author - Victoria Walters
Publication Date - April 7th 2016 (Paperback & eBook)
Publisher - Headline Review

Blurb
In the Cornish town of Talting, everyone is famous for something.
Until recently Rose was known for many things: her infectious positivity; her unique artistic talent; and her devotion to childhood sweetheart Lucas.
But two years ago that changed in one unthinkable moment. Now, Rose is known for being the young woman who became a widow aged just twenty-four.
Though Rose knows that life must go on, the thought of carving out a new future for herself is one she can barely entertain. Until a newcomer, Robert, arrives in Talting for the summer...

Can Rose allow herself the chance to love again?


Sounds beautiful, doesn't it? I've recently read the short-story prequel to The Second Love Of My Life (find my review of The Summer I Met You here) and utterly adored it! It was the perfect introduction to the characters of Talting and managed to get me pretty excited about the full novel which arrives in April. And as for the cover? Don't get me started. *swoon*

Anyhow, do let me know your thoughts on this book/the cover. I have a feeling this is one for us all to get pretty excited about, and from the looks of things, plenty of people will agree with me on that!

About the author

Victoria Walters has always loved creating stories. Her first book was handwritten when she was sixteen years old, and was closely modelled on the Sweet Valley High series. Victoria studied sociology at Warwick University and has since worked for a business publisher and as a Waterstones bookseller. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry (named after Harry Potter, not Harry Styles).

Her debut novel THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE will be published by Headline in 2016.

DANCING IN THE FIRE, her New Adult romance, was the winner of a short story competition run by Simon and Schuster and is available as an eBook exclusive now.
You can find Victoria Walters on Twitter | victoria-writes.com









Book Review: The Woman Who Upped and Left by Fiona Gibson


Title - The Woman Who Upped and Left
Author - Fiona Gibson
Publication Date - February 25th 2016
Publisher - Avon
Format - Kindle Edition (Provided via publisher via NetGalley)
Pages - 400

Blurb
Forget about having it all. Sometimes you just want to leave it all behind.

Audrey is often seized by the urge to walk out of her house without looking back - but she can't possibly do that.

She is a single parent. She is needed. She has a job, a home, responsibilities... and a slothful teenage son's pants to pick up.

But no one likes being taken for granted - Audrey least of all - so the time has come for drastic action. And no one's going to stand in her way...

Review
What an utter joy this was!

It's been such a long time since I last delved into a Fiona Gibson novel, and so I'd forgotten how absolutely wonderfully uplifting, funny and easy-to-slip-into Gibson's books are. I had a feeling, once I'd read the blurb and seen the fantastic cover of The Woman Who Upped and Left, that I'd enjoy this book. Talk of single mother Audrey, who feels she's being taken for granted despite the monumental amount of work she does , is something I'm sure the majority of women can relate to. Picking up her teenage son Morgan's pants, tidying up after him, and trying to keep out of his way as he and girlfriend Jenna lay about the house wrapped around each other made this one entertaining read. It was humorous, witty and ultimately, one of those feel-good novels that leaves you grinning as you turn the final page.

In The Woman Who Upped and Left, we're introduced to Audrey, single mother and utterly devoted to her teenage son Morgan, despite his laziness and refusal to clean up after himself. Fiona Gibson ensured that Audrey's love for her son radiated through her day-to-day grumbles. I adored the relationship between mother and son that was explored throughout this novel, the invisible thread that, no matter how far apart they were, seemed to bind them together. So, when Audrey wins an award for dinner lady of the year, she's given two choices as her price. The first is a cash prize, and the second is a French cookery course at the ridiculously luxurious hotel Wilton Grange. At first diving straight in for the cash prize, Audrey realises that what she deserves more than anything is a break, so she goes for the cookery course instead, and who can blame her?! From Fiona's incredible descriptions, I wanted to skip away to Wilton Grange myself. I could imagine it all so clearly in my mind and couldn't wait for the moment when Audrey would arrive.

What follows on from the cookery course at Wilton Grange are a number of hilarious shenanigans, brand new friendships, and not forgetting the fretting of her son Morgan. This book had me giggling away through the night, squealing in frustration at Stevie, and swooning over Hugo. The food was delicious and set my taste-buds tingling, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching Audrey take to the cookery tasks alongside her new friends. Not only this, but Fiona also includes the fabulous character who is Mrs B, adding a wonderful feel of home and heart to the story. There was so much for me to get excited about, to look forward to and wait to be revealed. Fiona's books never fail to deliver in the way that they make me feel cosy and comforted all at once. From joyful smiles to exasperated head shakes, I went through it all and couldn't have finished this book with a bigger grin on my face. It was an utter, utter treat, and already I'm hankering after the next fabulously feel-good novel from Fiona Gibson.

Becca's Books is awarding The Woman Who Upped and Left by Fiona Gibson with five of my bookish stars! I always know that with Fiona I'll be left realising that life is a roller-coaster. Everyone has their bad days and their good days, it's just how we choose to perceive them that changes everything. Hugest thanks to Avon and Fiona Gibson for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.



  









Blog Tour: Review - Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky


Title - Blueprints
Author - Barbara Delinsky
Publication Date - February 26th 2016
Publisher - Piatkus
Format - Paperback (Provided via publisher)
Pages - 512

Blurb
Home is where the heart is...

But what happens when a mother and daughter are forced to question everything they thought they knew about themselves?

Jamie MacAfee's life is almost perfect. She loves her fiancée, even if she hasn't quite worked out why she won't set a wedding date and she certainly adores her job, working as an architect on their family home renovation show. Meanwhile, her beloved mother Caroline has built up her confidence after a painful divorce, working closely alongside her daughter as the very successful host of Gut It! Everything is going to plan, until the lives of both women are changed overnight.

When the TV network plan to replace Caroline with Jamie as the show's host, Caroline is left feeling horribly betrayed - and old in the eyes of the world. Then tragedy strikes, leaving Jamie to guardian to her small orphaned step-brother and fiancée to a man who doesn't want the child.

Review

Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky is the first novel I've read by this author. When I was first contacted about taking part in the blog tour, I couldn't wait to discover what this book was all about. The blurb reeled me right in with talk of family dramas and issues which is something I adore sinking my teeth into. It sounded meaty and packed with themes for the author to explore and how having read, I believe Barbara Delinsky did a very good job of exactly that.

Jamie and Caroline both work hard at their home renovation show Gut It!, Caroline being the host, favoured by viewers all over the world. Jamie, on the other hand, adores the renovation side of things, the building of homes and turning them into something beautiful. Everything changes though, when the network let Jamie in on their plans to replace Caroline with none other than her very own daughter. Having only just managed to re-build her confidence after her divorce, this comes a huge blow to Caroline, and I couldn't wait to see how the novel would progress from this point onwards.

One thing that truly shone through to me was the relationship between Caroline and Jamie. Despite the things that develop, it was clear that beneath the cracked surface, their love for each other was stronger than anything that came tumbling their way. Both women go through a number of changes throughout this novel, and I enjoyed seeing how they overcame those issues and began to grow and change as characters. There were a number of secondary characters which brought a certain light to the novel when the topics began to get slightly heavy. Well thought-out with unique and interesting personalities, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of them in turn.

For me, personally, I felt that part-way through the novel, the pace was lost a little bit. It wasn't enough to deter me from continuing to read, but I did lose interest until things picked up again later on, when tragedy struck and took these characters away from their own struggles, I suppose, towards something much more life-changing. Watching how Jamie coped when the worst happened, and seeing the effect of this event on the surrounding characters, was interesting and added a whole new dynamic to the story itself.

As you know, I do love a good family drama and just as in real life, Barbara Delinsky captures the pressures, drama and unforeseen events that very often come hurtling towards us when we least expect it perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed Blueprints and I'd love to take a look through the author's previously published novels to pick up another.

On that note, Becca's Books is awarding Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky with four bookish stars. With so many themes explored and characters introduced, there was so much to discover and it was wonderful.

Special thanks to the publisher for providing with a review copy of Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Author Bio


Barbara Delinsky is the author of over seventy novels, with over 30 million copies in print. Her books regularly appear on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Reminiscent of Debbie Macomber, Diane Chamberlain and Nora Roberts, Delinsky has a legion of committed fans, her writing is romantic, warm, emotional and consuming and appeals to both lovers of romance and of women's commercial fiction.

You can find Barbara Delinsky on Facebook | Twitter | barbaradelinsky.com




  
   








Author Interview with Cathy Bramley, bestselling author of Ivy Lane, Appleby Farm and Wickham Hall

Today on Becca's Books, I'm absolutely over the moon to be welcoming the one and only Cathy Bramley to the blog for an author interview with me! Cathy's books are an utter delight to read and quite simply, capable of charming the socks off anybody. I'm a firm fan of her books so it's a real treat to have Cathy here. Without further ado, welcome to Becca's Books, Cathy!


So, Cathy. SO MUCH has been going on for you! You’ve released Conditional Love, Ivy Lane, Appleby Farm, the recent Wickham Hall, and next up in March is The Plumberry School of Comfort Food (which I’m super excited about!) Tell us, how are you feeling?

I feel very fortunate actually! Although sometimes when I’m working on covers and final edits for Plumberry, promotion for Wickham Hall and writing the first draft of a new one for 2017 I do get a bit mixed-up with my main characters’ names and yearn for a less hectic publishing schedule!

The Plumberry School of Comfort Food has got my bookish senses tingling, and I’m sure the same goes for your countless other fans too. I’m sure March will be here before we know it, but could you possibly tell us a little bit more about your gorgeous new series?

Verity Bloom is the sort of girl who puts others before herself and over the last few years has suffered quite a bit of heartache because of it. This is the story of how she finds the courage to chase her own dreams and rediscover what truly makes her happy. Oh and there is a lot of food involved of course!

Comfort Food. We all eat it. For me, it’s probably a hearty lamb stew, garlic bread or soup! What food falls into that category for you, Cathy?

Gosh, how long have you got…! Simple things like thick white toast with real butter, my mum’s cottage pie (she adds lentils and a pinch of cinnamon) and scones and clotted cream with homemade jam.

I’m dying to know, have you seen anything of the covers for your new series yet? I understand you can’t share until given the go-ahead, but if you have, tell us… ARE THEY GORGEOUS?

We’ve approached the covers for the new series slightly differently. Normally we do the covers for parts one to four first and then create a slightly different look for the paperback. This time we’ve done the paperback cover, which I’m totally thrilled with, but I haven’t seen the covers for the series yet and I cant wait!

Your books have seriously taken off and I couldn’t be happier for you. What’s been your favourite part of it all? The writing itself? Connecting and chatting to readers? Events?

Firstly, Rebecca, I’d like to say the same to you. I've loved seeing your transition from blogger to author and I’m totally thrilled for you. There are lots of things to love about being a writer, here are a few of my highlights:
Seeing my books on shelves when I go shopping (this is possibly the best bit)
Getting to the end of a particularly tricky scene and being really happy with it.
Seeing the finished cover design for the first time.
Feedback from readers, particularly on Facebook. Every positive comment gives me such a buzz, especially when I’m having a hard day.
Receiving proof copies from other authors asking me for a cover quote – I feel ten feet tall when this happens.
And finally, being part of the book community is such a privilege. I've only been part of this family for three years, but I've never experienced such wonderful support and kindness like it, especially from other authors.

I know that this is a difficult question but, out of all of your novels so far, is there one that you feel particularly close to? One that you enjoyed writing more than the others?

I think I will always feel close to Tilly Parker at Ivy Lane. I love that woman!

How will you be celebrating the publication of the first book in the Plumberry School of Comfort Food series? Any special plans?

I have to hold my hands up here – I am terrible at celebrating the publication of the digital books! I tend to wait until the paperback comes out. But you’ve made me feel guilty now, perhaps I should do something…

Do you still feel nervous when a story of yours is set free?

VERY!!

When it comes to reviews, how do you deal with any negative ones? Do they help you, do you think?

I don’t give them head space.

On a scale of one to ten, how hungry is your next series going to make us?

Read with a plate of snacks to hand – that’s my advice!

Favourite place to write?

I have an office and I always write there. However, I was in Italy in a hotel last week researching the next book. There was a huge desk, a window with traditional wooden shutters and lemon trees outside my window. That was pretty amazing!

Favourite thing to have on-hand when writing?

Coffee, my thesaurus and a notebook (even though I write straight onto a laptop, I like to scribble ideas and words on real paper)

Do you have any novels by other authors that you’re looking forward to dipping into this year?

You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell and The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, to mention just two!

Best piece of writing advice you ever received?

Writing is re-writing. Your first draft is about you telling yourself the story. Then you re-write it for your readers.

Any final words?

I can’t think of anything profound, but I will say that if you find a copy of Wickham Hall in Sainsbury’s with an exclusive sticker on it, you're in for a treat!

Cathy, thanks so much for being on Becca’s Books today. It’s been truly wonderful having you and I wish you every success with the release of The Plumberry School of Comfort Food. I, for one, cannot wait!


Excited to learn more about Cathy's upcoming release, The Plumberry School of Comfort Food?


Verity Bloom hasn't been interested in cooking anything more complicated than the perfect fish finger sandwich, ever since she lost her best friend and baking companion two years ago. 

But an opportunity to help a friend is about to land her right back in the heart of the kitchen! The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is due to open in a few weeks’ time and has rather gone off the boil. It needs the kind of great ideas that only Verity could cook up . . .
But as Verity tries to balance stirring up publicity, keeping their top chef sweet and soothing her aching heart, will her move to Plumberry prove to be a sheer delight . . . or a recipe for disaster?

You can find Food, Glorious Food, Part One of The Plumberry School of Comfort Food by Cathy Bramley on the links below -


After four years of flinging herself round the dancefloors of Nottingham's nightspots, British author Cathy Bramley somehow managed to get an honours degree in business.

She then plunged herself into the corporate world of marketing, working on high-powered projects such as testing the firing range of SuperSoaker water guns and perfecting the weeing action of Tiny Tears until deciding in 1995 to set up her own marketing agency.
She now lives in an idyllic Nottinghamshire village with her husband, two daughters and a dog called Pearl.
Random Facts about Cathy Bramley:
Lucky charm: pottery frog out of a Christmas crackerFavourite tipple: Polish cherry vodkaBest ever Christmas present: Potter's Wheel (toy version)Hates the expression: Compliments to the chef

You can find Cathy Bramley on Facebook | Twitter | cathybramley.co.uk














Book Review: The Summer I Met You by Victoria Walters


Title - The Summer I Met You
Author - Victoria Walters
Publication Date - February 11th 2016
Publisher - Headline Review
Format - Kindle Edition
Pages - 65

 
It wasn't love at first sight. It was a summer of love...

When Emma leaves her Cornish hometown of Talting for a summer in Devon, the last thing she dreams of is falling in love.

But sometimes the people who affect us the most come along when we least expect it.

As the summer comes to an end, will it herald the start of something that could last for ever?

 
I've had my eye on debut author Victoria Walters for quite some time now. In fact, since the moment her novel The Second Love of My Life got caught on my bookish radar, I've been eagerly anticipating the gorgeous prequel that is The Summer I Met You, just to get a taste of what I'm in for when April finally rolls around. Though it be short, it is wonderful, and we're given a sun-dappled glimpse of Emma as she reluctantly spirals into a passionate, heady relationship with John. As prequels go, The Summer I Met You is a delightful one, focusing on those first exciting flutters of romance, along with the worries and niggles that accompany it.

Although Victoria's novel is set in the Cornish town of Talting, The Summer I Met You takes the reader and Emma to Devon. Being called upon to share in her cousin's twenty-first birthday celebrations, Emma arrives and unpacks, happy to be back at the farmhouse she remembers so well. Although Victoria's descriptions aren't of the in-your-face variety, in my mind I had a perfect vision of the house and the various animals that came alongside it. It filled me with the desire to skip away myself, somewhere with the rolling sea nearby with an ice-cream to hand. Whilst here, Emma accompanies Amy to the beach and, in the strangest of circumstances, or perhaps fate, she stumbles across John.

What follows is a chemistry between these two characters that Emma found impossible to ignore. Despite her reluctance to become so involved with another man after her not-so-pretty past when it came to relationships, there's something about John that she can't turn away from. It's as if they click right into place, and this is perfect for someone like me who, I'm not ashamed to admit, fully believes in love at first sight. I am of the hopeless romantic variety and this short but sweet story had me swooning left, right and centre. Coupled with the gloriously sea-and-cliff dotted setting, with the rush of meeting someone who sets your soul alight, it was a perfect treat to ease me into the full novel arriving in April.

It's not all plain-sailing for Emma and John though. In just the short time they come to know each other, troubles wriggle their way between them, doubts and worries Emma can't seem to let go of, which is entirely understandable once you learn more about her past. I absolutely adored hearing about her life back in Talting and can't wait to learn more about this setting in The Second Love of My Life. Victoria also introduces us Emma's best-friends back home, Rose and Lucas, who we do get to meet later on. Flicking back and forth between the 'then' and the 'now', I was excited to discover what had led Emma and John to meet, and how their relationship would work once her time in Devon came to an end. That fizzed through my mind constantly as I read and I think I was almost as worried as Emma about how everything would fall into place.

Although this a bite-size introduction to Victoria's debut in April, it was wonderfully uplifting, full of sparks of chemistry, young love and that romantic essence that I can never get enough of. There's a challenge for Emma and John to decide what they will make of their new-found feelings, and it leads readers nicely into Talting, where the story will pick up again later this spring. I, for one, cannot wait to delve further into Talting and be reunited with these characters. There's something brewing in the Cornish town, and I'm not sure I'm ready to handle it...

Becca's Books is awarding The Summer I Met You by Victoria Walters with five gorgeous, bookish stars! I absolutely flew through this and couldn't get enough of the author's style and brief but spot-on descriptions that opened up this world to me. Bring on The Second Love of My Life!











Blog Tour: Review - Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull

Today on Becca's Books, I'm delighted to be sharing my review of Rebecca Mascull's Song of the Sea Maid as part of the blog tour.


Title - Song of the Sea Maid
Author - Rebecca Mascull
Publication Date - February 11th 2016
Publisher - Hodder Paperbacks
Format - Paperback (Provided via publisher)
Pages - 320

In the 18th century, Dawnay Price is an anomaly. An educated foundling, a woman of science in a time when such things are unheard-of, she overcomes her origins to become a natural philosopher.
Against the conventions of the day, and to the alarm of her male contemporaries, she sets sail to Portugal to develop her theories. There she makes some startling discoveries - not only in an ancient cave whose secrets hint at a previously undiscovered civilisation, but also in her own heart. The siren call of science is powerful, but as war approaches she finds herself pulled in another direction by feelings she cannot control.

Song of the Sea Maid is the first novel by Rebecca Mascull that I've had the pleasure of reading, although I do have a gorgeous copy of her first book The Visitors waiting patiently on my bookshelf. It constantly catches my eye whenever I pass by my desk and I really hope to get to it soon, because after reading Song of the Sea Maid and falling so very deeply in love with Mascull's style, characters and truly brilliant voice, I feel that I'm in for a splendid treat.

Rebecca Mascull's Song of the Sea Maid follows the tale of Dawnay Price, from living alongside her brother on the streets of a filthy 18th century London who is snatched up in the thick of the night, leaving her alone and scared, to her travels far, far away. As soon as the character of Dawnway was introduced to me, although she is given this name rather than owning it from birth, I absolutely and utterly adored her. There was something incredibly strong and vibrant about the young girl, something that far outshone the dirt and dust she is shrouded in on the night her brother is taken away from her. Mishaps lead to Dawnay Price being taken to an orphanage and there, beneath the watchful eye of Matron, she falls into a strict routine beside the other children. Not one to stick to the rules, Dawnay's mind has long outgrown the minds she's surrounded by and it quickly becomes clear to those around her too. She is clever, desperate to have her education lengthened and made the most of. There was a certain stubbornness about her that reminded of myself in some ways. She stuck so firmly to her beliefs, it was impossible for her to be swayed once she'd made her mind up. From beginning to end, despite not having the most appealing characteristics at first sight, I'm certain that Dawnay will remain with me for a very long time to come. Not just your average heroine, there's something seriously special about her and even though I spent my time while reading this book with Dawnay, it still didn't feel like enough.

Packed with juicy slithers of historical information and alternating themes, there was so much for me to sink my teeth into while reading Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull. Threaded throughout this beautiful tale were so many wonderful aspects of life! How to be brave and bold being just two of them. There's travel, discovery, hardship and the determination to come through and succeed. Rebecca Mascull took me back in time, and from there took me on an incredible journey that I won't be forgetting in a hurry. Enticing, rich and vibrant with such fantastically put-together characters to guide my way, it was an absolute pleasure to read this novel, and I really can't wait to read more from Mascull. This is storytelling of the highest quality, I utterly adored it.

Becca's Books is awarding Song of the Sea Maid by Rebecca Mascull with five of my bookish stars! I fell in love with Mascull's style from only the first couple of pages and have been left with a taste for it. An absolutely beautiful tale.

 I'd like to thank Hodder and Rebecca Mascull for providing me with a review copy of Song of the Sea Maid in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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My first novel THE VISITORS (2014) tells the story of Adeliza Golding, a deaf-blind child living on her father's hop farm in Victorian Kent. My second novel SONG OF THE SEA MAID (2015) is set in the C18th and concerns an orphan girl who becomes a scientist and makes a remarkable discovery. Both are published by Hodder & Stoughton.

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