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Today I am thrilled to welcome you to my post to celebrate another brilliant book from Bombshell Books, an imprint of Bloodhound Books specialising in women’s fiction, chick-lit & romance. The book in the spotlight today is The French Escape, which was published on 20th September 2018.


Book Feature:

Description:

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It’s fair to say that Flick has had a terrible year. Her beloved father died, she had the wedding of her dreams and only hours after the ceremony her husband ran out on her. 

Brenda, fed up with her daughter living like a hermit, decides to drag Flick off to France to stay in a chateau. What could be better than an idyllic escape?

But when they arrive Flick discovers the chateau is all but abandoned.

The only upside of her French escape is the handsome and mysterious neighbour, Nate.

Nate loves his life living in the cottage on the grounds of the abandoned chateau but that is about to be put in jeopardy…

Can Nate and Flick ever learn to come to terms with the past and find love again?

 

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Having enjoyed Suzie Tullett’s previous books, I was thrilled to find out that she had a new book coming out! There’s something really lovely about Suzie’s books, maybe it’s the way that she writes, maybe it’s the way she creates her characters, or maybe it’s just the book I need at the time, but each of her books has been a delight to read.

Readers meet Flick as she and her sleeping mother are on their way to a mysterious French holiday destination, well mysterious for Flick as her mother hasn’t really given her much detail other than where to programme the satnav for. But when they arrive, Flick is astounded, they are staying at a chateau, albeit one that looks in need of a massive overhaul, but breathtakingly beautiful.
Interspersed through Flick’s story, is narration from Nate, someone who has a history that he wants to keep securely locked away and likes living in the relative remoteness of the woods.
Both of these characters has their own struggle, they are trying to rebuild their lives and find a way to move forward. I think it was Nate’s story that was the most intriguing, what secret is hiding in his past, why doesn’t he want to be recognised?

The wonderful descriptions of the settings and the food are simply wonderful, the chateau sounds so full of character and the icy cold shower sounded like such a shock to the system! I could almost see the picturesque views, the market in town, it just all came to life from the pages.

Aside from Flick and Nate, there are some really fun and quirky characters in this book, each of them so very different from the other, and I will admit there were ones I took more easily to than others. Brenda, Flick’s mother, bless her heart, just wants the best for her daughter. And as a mother I could sympathise with her, I could understand why she would do whatever it took to make her daughter happy, her methods might not be the most straightforward, but she has a heart of gold. Julia was another character I liked, always there to pick up the pieces for her nephew, always there with a word of wisdom or dole out a sharp reminder that life isn’t easy.

The French Escape is a lovely romantic comedy, it has the great “will they, won’t they” element to it, it’s the sort of escapism that you want from a book. A good story, great characters and enough mystery to keep you hooked!

Highly recommended!

You can buy a copy of The French Escape via Amazon UK

 

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** My thanks to Sarah at Bombshell Books for the opportunity to read this book and inviting me to be part of the blog blitz **

 

Description:

Lydia knows first-hand that ‘having it all’ isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. As far as she’s concerned, when it comes to job versus family, it’s a case of one or the other. And whilst most women her age have spent years climbing the corporate ladder, she’s made a career out of bagging her perfect man. Now nearly thirty and still single, Lydia wonders if she’d made the right choice.

Realising the time has come to take stock, she goes against her family’s wishes and goes travelling in the hope of finding a new direction. At least that’s the plan.

So when Sam comes along, she decides to tell a little white lie, re-inventing herself as a professional chef – not exactly the best new identity for a woman who can’t cook. But the truth can’t stay hidden for long and when her family show up unexpectedly things go from bad to worse…

Can Lydia find love? Will she ever learn to cook?

Little White Lies and Butterflies is a heart-warming comedy about finding your place in the world.

My Thoughts & Review:

After reading Suzie Tullett’s previous book The Trouble with Words I was delighted to be offered an early review copy of her next book by the publisher.
Despite this being only the second book that I’ve read by this author, I definitely have a new name to add to the list of go to authors for when I need a book to pick me up or offer an escape, she’s right there alongside Holly Martin, Darcie Boleyn, Rachel Griffiths and Jenny Colgan.

I won’t go into the ins and outs of the plot, that’s something for you to discover on your own, preferably with a hot cuppa and a chocolate biscuit or two.  But I will say that I loved how the story flowed so easily in this book, the way it all wound perfectly together despite the madcap escapades of certain characters.
Lydia, wants to find her soul mate, her perfect match, the one…..and in doing so she has a strict list of criteria she is looking for and not willing to deviate from it.  But with this mindset she is potentially missing out on perfectly nice men in search of a mythical man that might not exactly exist.  There were times I could sympathise with her, if you were to settle down you would want it to be with someone special, someone who is the chocolate to your digestive, but there were also times that I wanted to give Lydia a shake and tell her to stop being so quick to judge.  To open her eyes and see what was right in front of her, see who was in front of her.

There were so many moments in this that I found I was chuckling out loud, seeing little white lies becoming huge whoppers that snowballed cataclysmically made this such a humorous read.  However, this book has more to offer than just light-hearted comedic read, it has romance, and some enthusiastic family members that cause embarrassment and panic.  But ultimately it has an important lesson to share – everyone has their own place in this life, it may not be apparent if you are quick to judge and only see one perspective, look deeper and try to appreciate what’s around you.

I absolutely love Suzie Tullett‘s style of writing, it flows beautifully and it feels like it transports you into the book.  The descriptions of the Greece were mesmerising, the beaches became such clear images in my head, the sights and smells (especially food) felt so rich and authentic.  One of those books that’s perfect to lose yourself in for an afternoon.

You can buy a copy of Little White Lies and Butterflies via:

Amazon

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Hello and welcome along to The Quiet Knitter!  It’s Friday, and that can only mean one thing (well for here anyway!), it’s time for another post to “Celebrate Indie Publishing”.
This week I am delighted to bring you a book from Bombshell Books who are an imprint of the fantastic Bloodhound Books – I thoroughly recommend checking out both as they have some cracking books to offer!  Today’s book in the spotlight is “The Trouble With Words” by Suzie Tullett and she’s kindly taken some time out to face a grilling for the author feature.


Book Feature:

Published: 29 July 2017

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Annabel is desperate to have a baby – there’s just one problem. She’s single and after losing her husband in a hit and run accident, she’s just not ready for another relationship. 

Dan is on the hunt for the perfect woman but when his mother drops a bombshell, he starts to feel the pressure.

When Dan and Annabel’s worlds collide, both start to think that maybe they’ve found the solution to their problems. But things are about to get messy.

Can Dan and Annabel get what they want?

Both will soon find out that the trouble with words is finding the right thing to say.

 

My Thoughts & Review:

This has to be one of the most powerfully emotive books I’ve read this year, it’s so packed with laughter, love and raw human emotion that this reader cannot help but give this book special place in her heart.

An enjoyable story that is equally heartbreaking as it is heartwarming, it restores your faith in humanity, kindness and unquestioning friendship through the wonderful cast of characters and their takes on life.
In the beginning I will admit to not being entirely sure of Annabel.  Her grief felt so raw and it seemed that she was rushing straight into having a baby, perhaps this was just her method of survival, we all know that grief can do funny things to people and we will do whatever it takes to just make it through a moment in time relatively intact.  But once her thought process becomes clearer, the reader begins to understand her more.
Dan on the other hand, well there’s fictional boyfriend material if ever you needed it!  It would seem that he has a heart of gold, he wants to try and keep people happy.  His relationship with his mother is so lovely, the dialogue between them felt very natural and was cause for some laughter.  Dan’s mother, what a character!  Her outlook on life is one I applaud.  Why keep things for best indeed!  If you want to wear a ballgown to nip down to Tesco for loo rolls then on you go, enjoy!  Might drag out my wedding dress and wear that next time I pop out for the shopping.  The sparkle in her eyes what shines bright with mischievous intent is so abundant throughout the story.

The easy flow to the writing makes this a quick but enjoyable read.  With so much emotion woven into the story I felt like I’d been on a rollercoaster, and there was one point I was convinced by specs were covered in dirt as I was struggling to read properly, not realising it was due to the tears threatening to spill from my brimming eyes.

It’s easy to say that a book has left a lasting impression on you, that characters have stayed with you after you’ve finished the book, but this is a book that leaves you almost feeling bereft once you reach the end.  I became so invested in the characters and I genuinely felt as a loss once I’d read the final words, there’s no doubt in my mind that this is a special book and one I will be sure to buy a paper copy of for the bookcase so I can revisit soon.  Suzie Tullett is a writer who has secured her place on my “must read” list, and I will be keeping an eye out for her next projects!

You can buy a copy of “The Trouble With  Words” via:

Amazon
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Book Depository

 


Author Feature:

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Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. Her motto is to ‘live, laugh, love’ and when she’s not busy creating her own literary masterpieces, she usually has her head in someone else’s.

Suzie lives in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with her husband and two Greek rescue dogs.

What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?

One of my favourite things about being an author is the fact that I can work anywhere. All I need is a notebook and pen or a laptop and I can take myself off to a café or the beach to write. Like now, the weather is so glorious I’ve set myself up in the garden. It’s lovely to have the freedom to change environments like this.

What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?

In contrast to the above, there are times when authors have no choice but to sit at the desk for hours on end, especially when it comes to meeting tight deadlines. This is when being an author can be quite a lonely business. I can go days and days without seeing a real live person, so the isolation can be difficult. 

If you could have written any book what would it be and why?

There are so many books I’ve read that I absolutely love and all for different reasons. Wearing my author hat though, I’d probably choose the Harry Potter series. Not only are they hugely successful, I’ve heard it said many time that J.K. Rowling is responsible for getting a whole generation of people reading. Now that’s an accolade any author can be proud of.

How do you spend your time when you’re not wrapped up plotting your next book?

When I’m not plotting my next book you’ll usually find I’ve swapped the keyboard for a saw, or a hammer, or a tile cutter. We bought a run down house a couple of years ago so I’m turning into a bit of a DIY expert.

Do you have a set routine for writing?  Rituals you have to observe? I.e. specific pen, silence, day or night etc.

When it comes to starting a new book I like to write long hand, so a beautiful notebook and extra sharp pencil is a must. I don’t have any rituals as such, but I do have to have silence. No radio or music playing in the background, I find these too distracting. Once I’m in the writing zone, however, it’s a different story. Anything can be going on around me and I wouldn’t notice. In fact, a neighbour’s house once caught fire and I missed the whole event. Thankfully it wasn’t a big fire and no-one was hurt, but still, you’d think I’d have seen or heard something!
A huge thank you to Suzie for taking part and for sharing some more about herself, it’s always nice to get to know the person behind a book, and if I need some DIY done I know who I’ll be calling!!
If you would like to know more about Suzie and her books, check out the following links:

On Twitter: @SuzieTullett
website: suzietullett.com


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