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I am thrilled to welcome you to my stop on Nicky Clifford’s blog tour for Never Again and share my review of her book with you.

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Description: 

Mountains, Mystery, Romance: Can you run from your past?
Harriet Anderson’s life is spiralling out of control. Unused to such mayhem, she ditches her high-powered job to take refuge in the Swiss Alps where she meets Philippe Smith, a crime writer with a dark and shadowy past. Thrown together by chance, is their fate intertwined? Will the karma and romance of the mountains and the quaintness of the Alps soothe their troubled souls?
Or will their rocky paths create avalanches that cannot be avoided…

My Thoughts & Review:

Never Again is a wonderful début novel from Nicky Clifford, rich with scenic detail, wonderfully rounded characters and a story that captures the attention of the reader.
When I first read the description of the book I did wonder if it would be a quick read, a tale of a romance but it turned out to be so much more and I am so thoroughly glad that I took a chance on reading this.

The setting for the book is absolutely spectacular, and the descriptive nature of Nicky’s writing is beautifully vivid that the reader can almost step into the setting through the narrative.  Only bad thing was that I was desperately craving apple strudel but had to make do with ryvita…..just not the same is it?!

The characters are very interesting, they appear likeable and realistic.  The secondary characters are also great, adding extra layers to the story.   The idea that both Harriet and Phillipe are trying to recover from what life has thrown at them makes for interesting reading and the author explores this well by slowly immersing the reader in their respective tales, ensuring that just the right amount of information is given away at the right time to keep the reader guessing.  Doing this allows the reader to feel empathy and understanding towards the characters, especially Phillipe.  Harriet on the other hand, despite being a kind soul does come off as needing a shake or a clout round the ear at times.
I particularly liked the drama between Harriet and Phillipe, understanding their pasts makes it more interesting when seeing the dynamic between them and is enjoyable reading.

This was an enjoyable book to read, the romance aspect was just right to balance with the drama and mystery element.  It’s the perfect book to pick up on a quiet afternoon and become completely lost in, the writing draws the reader in and carries them off, Nicky Clifford has a wonderful style of writing that is a joy to read and I still cannot believe that this is her début!  I’ll be keeping an eye out for her in the future and recommend you do too!

You can buy a copy of Never Again here.

About the Author:

Writing has always been a passion for Nicky Clifford and as a student she penned poems, short stories and articles, many of which were successfully published. But a lack of confidence in her novel writing led her to follow a different career path and for many years she worked in the corporate world of HR & Training.

Now with her sons having reached their teens and with her husband’s encouragement, Nicky has decided to focus on her writing once again and, glued to her writer’s chair, has completed three novels. Her debut novel, Never Again, is the first to be published and hits the contemporary romance shelves this autumn. The book is set in her home county of Berkshire and also in the Swiss Alps where Nicky has many happy memories, having worked there in her student days.

As well as dedicating her time to writing, Nicky also works part-time for a local charity. She will make a donation from the book royalties to the charities, Auticulate and Childhood Tumour Trust. Having completed a writing course at Reading University, she is a member of her local writing group which she says, were staunch in their support and have helped enormously in encouraging Nicky to launch her first book.

Nicky was a keen ice-skater, managing to perfect backwards crossovers, mohawks and one foot turns, but has recently hung up her boots to spend more time relaxing with her friends and family at home in Berkshire.

Website: www.nickyclifford.com
Facebook: NickyCliffordWriter
Twitter: @NickyNovelist


Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour for reviews, Q&A pieces and fantastic guest posts written by Nicky!

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