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Sarah’s Vignettes Literary Lowdown – 23-29 March 2020

Welcome to this week’s round-up of book life at Sarah’s Vignettes.

How are you? I hope you are keeping safe and well. Have you found lots of great books to lose yourself in? Reading provides the perfect escape 🙂

Keep scrolling to get the lowdown on what’s been going on here at Sarah’s Vignettes, the books I’ve been adding to my shelves, and other bookish delights.

~ On my blog ~

Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman

On Thursday, I shared my review for Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman. This book gave me hope and warmed my heart. It’s the perfect escapist read.

~ On my calendar ~

My VLF
photo from My VLF Twitter page

Whilst we can’t go out and about to book events, we can still join them virtually.

Yesterday I dipped into the My VLF Crime/Thriller Book Festival to listen to an interview with author Sarah Vaughan and join the live Q&A afterwards. Sarah spoke about her upcoming novel Little Disasters (published by Simon & Schuster on April 2nd), her writing and research. She also treated us to a reading from Little Disasters. I was so captivated that I pre-ordered a copy straight away. I want to know how the story continues!

Sarah Vaughan
Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan

All author interviews from yesterday’s Crime/Thriller Boo Festival are available to view on-demand from My Virtual Literary Festival, along with interviews from past events. I would really recommend watching them.

It’s a good time to be accessing virtual book stuff. I’ve seen lots of authors and publishers putting on live events and chats. Check out your favourite authors and publishers social media pages to see if they are doing anything.

~ On my bookshelf ~

I’ve added 1 book to my bookshelf this week.

My Sardinian Summer by Michaël Uras

My Sardinian Summer is a translation from the French: La maison à droite de celle de ma grand-mère (literally translates as the house to the right of my grandmother’s). As a French speaker, I tend to stay away from reading books translated from French as I prefer to read the original. However, I really like the sound of this one and, at 208 pages, it will make a nice afternoon read.

My Sardinian Summer by Michael Uras

Giacomo is stuck in a funk he can’t shake – and a translation he can’t finish. When he’s summoned home to Sardinia, to say a final goodbye to his dying grandmother, he’s offered the perfect opportunity to escape.

On the noisy, sun-drenched island, Giacomo reconnects with long-lost friends and overbearing relatives, relives the childhood he once couldn’t wait to leave behind, and rediscovers new joie-de-vivre within him. Never mind that he’s making no progress on his translation. . .

When the time comes to leave once more, Giacomo wonders: has he fallen back in love with his home-island? Or has he been hiding from something which he needs the courage to return and confront?

But most importantly – is his grandma really as ill as she’s claiming to be?

~ On my bedside table ~

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

I’m reading Conjure Women by Afia Atakora. I’ll be sharing my review here on April 18th.

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

The pale-skinned, black-eyed baby is a bad omen. That’s one thing the people on the old plantation are sure of. The other is that Miss Rue – midwife, healer, crafter of curses – will know what to do.

But for once Rue doesn’t know. Times have changed since her mother Miss May Belle held the power to influence the life and death of her fellow slaves. Freedom has come. The master’s Big House lies in ruins. But this new world brings new dangers, and Rue’s old magic may be no match for them.

When sickness sweeps across her tight-knit community, Rue finds herself the focus of suspicion. What secrets does she keep amidst the charred remains of the Big House? Which spells has she conjured to threaten their children? And why is she so wary of the charismatic preacher man who promises to save them all?

Rue understands fear. It has shaped her life and her mother’s before her. And now she knows she must face her fears – and her ghosts – to find a new way forward for herself and her people.


What books have you been reading and buying this week? Let me know by leaving a reply in the box below.

Until next week, happy reading!

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A Sarah’s Vignettes Book Review: Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman (@LucyColemanauth) ~ @BoldwoodBooks ~ @rararesources #SummerinProvence #BlogTour & #Giveaway

Welcome to Sarah’s Vignettes stop on the blog tour for Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman.

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part and to Boldwood Books for sending me a digital copy of the book via NetGalley.

I am thrilled to be involved with this tour. I love Lucy Coleman’s writing, having previously read and reviewed Magic Under the Mistletoe and A Springtime to Remember as well as The Secrets of Villa Rosso and A Greek Affair by Linn B. Halton (also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman). I am delighted to be able to share Summer in Provence, Lucy Coleman’s upcoming novel, with you today.

I have my review to share with you and there is also a chance for you to win a paperback copy of A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman and a Boldwood Tote Bag. But first, here is a taster of what Summer in Provence is about.

~ Publisher’s Description ~

Is a change as good as a rest?

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on traveling the world.

Fern’s not much of a back-packer so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out.

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Château de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a heart-warming, sun-drenched and magical French adventure.

~ My thoughts ~

I am in serious danger of repeating myself in this and future reviews for any book I read by Lucy Coleman or Linn B.Halton. How many times can I say I absolutely love Lucy/Linn’s books! If you’ve visited my blog recently, you will know I reviewed A Springtime to Remember and loved it. Well, guess what? I loved Summer in Provence too!

I read Summer in Provence before we all had to stay at home and I was captivated for hours. If I picked it up now, I would be so grateful to Lucy Coleman for transporting me to Provence and helping me escape the current situation for a few hours.  This book gave me hope and warmed my heart.

I like the storyline for Summer in Provence. Fern and Aiden have been together since their late teens and married for seven years. When they win some money on the lottery, Aiden has an itch he needs to scratch: to backpack around the world and discover more about himself…alone. He suggests to Fern that they both take a year out of work and use the time to each do their own thing. So, Aiden goes around the world and Fern goes to Château du Verdon, a retreat in Provence. The story then follows Fern on her year at the retreat and the people she mets. She goes on quite a journey of self discovery. There is a real sense of community at the retreat. Each person has their own reasons for needing the escape and the solace the retreat provides, including Fern.

Summer in Provence has some good messages about finding yourself, taking a step back to reflect, and discovering what it is you truly want in life.

I instantly connected with Fern, as I do with all Lucy’s female protagonists. I really cared about her from the first page. For me, a writer possesses a great skill to provoke this reaction in a reader. 

There is no question that Lucy Coleman knows how to tell a story and to draw her reader in from the beginning. She always goes much deeper than I am expecting and knows how to pull on my heart strings. Summer in Provence is no exception.

Thank you to Lucy Coleman for writing such beautiful stories that I devour in hours.

~ Where to find Summer in Provence ~

Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman

Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman is due to be published as an eBook in the UK by Boldwood Books on 2 April 2020. It can pre-ordered at Amazon UK and found on Goodreads.

~ About Lucy Coleman ~

Lucy Coleman

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels – including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture, working in the garden, or practising Tai Chi.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she is an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the SoA and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Connect with Lucy at:

~ Giveaway ~

Win a signed paperback of 'A Springtime to Remember' and a Boldwood Tote bag (Open INT)

Win a signed paperback of ‘A Springtime to Remember’ and a Boldwood Tote bag (Open INT)

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Sarah's Vignettes Literary Lowdown ~ 16-22 March 2020

Welcome to this week’s round-up of book life at Sarah’s Vignettes.

How are you? It’s been a weird week, hasn’t it. It’s also been a relatively quiet week here on the blog. I have been fortunate though to receive some lovely books from publishers. They are all detailed further down in this blog post.

Please stay safe during this time and I hope you find lots of great books to lose yourself in. Reading can provide the perfect escape at any time but, for me, it’s needed more than ever right now.

~ On my bookshelf ~

I’ve added 4 books to my bookshelf this week, all due for publication in April and May. It’s going to be an awesome couple of months for reading if this little lot are anything to go by.

This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik

This book is already out in hardback and digital. It’s due to be published in paperback by Zaffre on April 30th. I’ve read such good things about Ayisha’s writing that I am really looking forward to reading it.

I’ll be sharing my review for This Green and Pleasant Land here on publication day 🙂

This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik

In the sleepy village of Babel’s End, trouble is brewing.

Bilal Hasham is having a mid-life crisis. His mother has just died, and he finds peace lying in a grave he’s dug in the garden. His elderly Auntie Rukhsana has come to live with him, and forged an unlikely friendship with village busybody, Shelley Hawking. His wife Mariam is distant and distracted, and his stepson Haaris is spending more time with his real father.

Bilal’s mother’s dying wish was to build a mosque in Babel’s End, but when Shelley gets wind of this scheme, she unleashes the forces of hell. Will Bilal’s mosque project bring his family and his beloved village together again, or drive them apart?


The Lost Child by Emily Gunnis

This one is already out in eBook and is due to be published in paperback by Headline on April 16th. I loved Emily’s first book The Girl in the Letter so I am sure The Lost Child will be just as good. I’ll be sharing an extract here on April 4th.

The Lost Child by Emily Gunnis

Her mother was the victim. Her father was the suspect. She was the only witness…

Rebecca Waterhouse is just thirteen when she witnesses her mother’s death at the hand of her father in Seaview Cottage.

But what else did Rebecca see?

Years later, Rebecca’s daughters Iris and Jessie know their mother will never speak of that terrible night. But when Jessie goes missing, with her gravely ill newborn, Iris realises the past may hold the key to her sister’s disappearance.

With Jessie in trouble, Iris must unravel a twisting story of love and betrayal in her mother’s family history.

Only then will Seaview Cottage give up its dark and tragic secret…


Just My Luck by Adele Parks

This is Adele Parks’ 20th novel and I am thrilled to both have a copy of the book and to be on the blog tour. I loved Adele’s last book Lies, Lies, Lies and I have been itching to read this one as soon as I first heard about.

Just My Luck is due to be published in paperback by HQ, HarperCollins on May 14th. I’ll be sharing my review here on the same day 🙂

Just My Lucy by Adele Parks

It’s the stuff dreams are made of – a lottery win so big, it changes everything.

For fifteen years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends, the Pearsons and the Heathcotes. Over dinner parties, fish & chip suppers and summer barbecues, they’ve discussed the important stuff – the kids, marriages, jobs and houses – and they’ve laughed off their disappointment when they failed to win anything more than a tenner.  

But then, one Saturday night, the unthinkable happens. There’s a rift in the group. Someone doesn’t tell the truth. And soon after, six numbers come up which change everything forever.

Lexi and Jake have a ticket worth £18 million. And their friends are determined to claim a share of it.


Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

Oh, hello, beautiful book cover 🙂 I’m really intrigued by this book. The publisher thought I’d enjoy it because I’ve read The Familiars by Stacey Halls.

Conjure Women is due to be published in hardback by 4th Estate on April 16th. I’ll be sharing my review here on April 18th.

Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

The pale-skinned, black-eyed baby is a bad omen. That’s one thing the people on the old plantation are sure of. The other is that Miss Rue – midwife, healer, crafter of curses – will know what to do.

But for once Rue doesn’t know. Times have changed since her mother Miss May Belle held the power to influence the life and death of her fellow slaves. Freedom has come. The master’s Big House lies in ruins. But this new world brings new dangers, and Rue’s old magic may be no match for them.

When sickness sweeps across her tight-knit community, Rue finds herself the focus of suspicion. What secrets does she keep amidst the charred remains of the Big House? Which spells has she conjured to threaten their children? And why is she so wary of the charismatic preacher man who promises to save them all?

Rue understands fear. It has shaped her life and her mother’s before her. And now she knows she must face her fears – and her ghosts – to find a new way forward for herself and her people.

~ On my bedside table ~

The Last Crossing by Brian McGilloway

I’ve 100 pages left to read of The Last Crossing by Brian McGilloway. I’ll be sharing my review here on April 11th.

The Last Crossing by Brian McGilloway

Tony, Hugh and Karen thought they d seen the last of each other thirty years ago. Half a lifetime has passed and memories have been buried. But when they are asked to reunite – to lay ghosts to rest for the good of the future – they all have their own reasons to agree. As they take the ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland the past is brought in to terrible focus – some things are impossible to leave behind.

In The Last Crossing memory is unreliable, truth shifts and slips and the lingering legacy of the Troubles threatens the present once again.


What books have you been reading and buying this week? Let me know by leaving a reply in the box below.

Until next week, happy reading!

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Sarah’s Vignettes Literary Lowdown ~ 9-15 March 2020

Welcome to this week’s round-up of book life at Sarah’s Vignettes.

Keep scrolling to get the lowdown on what’s been going on here at Sarah’s Vignettes, the books I’ve been adding to my shelves, and other bookish delights. I hope you find some books here to escape with.

~ On the blog ~

On Tuesday 3rd March, I went to Simon & Schuster’s Spring Blogger Evening. This was my first blogger event at Simon & Schuster and SJ and her team really know how to put on a showcase!

There were perfectly themed cupcakes, a quiz, flat lays, author pitches and Q&As, author 2 truths and one lie (what is said at a Blogger Evening, stays at a Blogger Evening!), and good merchandise. We got to hang out with the authors, get our proofs signed and mingle. This week I wrote a blog post about the evening, the authors and their books.


Jack & Bet by Sarah Butler

On Wednesday, I shared my review of Jack & Bet by Sarah Butler. is a heartwarming story with kindness at it’s core and I am glad that I got a chance to read it.

~ On my bookshelf ~

I’ve added 2 books to my book shelf this week.

SJ at Simon & Schuster sent us a link to download Paige Toon’s upcoming novel: The Minute I Saw You . It’s not out until May 14th so I feel privileged to already have a copy to read and review.

The Minute I Saw You by Paige Toon

Some people believe that it’s possible to fall in love simply by gazing into another person’s eyes . . .

When Hannah and Sonny meet, a spark ignites that is hard to ignore and impossible to forget. Weeks later, their paths cross again, but Sonny appears distant and reluctant to meet Hannah’s eye. It soon transpires that Sonny is at a crossroads. He’s committed to making serious life changes – ones that can’t and won’t include romance.

Hannah has her own reasons for wanting to keep their budding friendship platonic. Plus, she’s only in town temporarily, housesitting for her uncle. But as the summer hots up and the chemistry between them intensifies, Hannah and Sonny discover that there’s more to each other than meets the eye…


I’ve heard a lot of good things about Saving Missy by Beth Morrey so I could resist no longer when I went to the supermarket yesterday!

Saving Missy by Beth Morrey

Saving Missy by Beth Morrey

Missy Carmichael’s life has become small.

Grieving for a family she has lost or lost touch with, she’s haunted by the echoes of her footsteps in her empty home; the sound of the radio in the dark; the tick-tick-tick of the watching clock.

Spiky and defensive, Missy knows that her loneliness is all her own fault. She deserves no more than this; not after what she’s done. But a chance encounter in the park with two very different women opens the door to something new.

Another life beckons for Missy, if only she can be brave enough to grasp the opportunity. But seventy-nine is too late for a second chance. Isn’t it?

~ On my bedside table ~

Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman

I finished reading Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman last night and I’ll be sharing my review here on 27th March. Doesn’t that cover just make you smile?! 🙂

Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman

Is a change as good as a rest?

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on traveling the world.

Fern’s not much of a back-packer so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out.

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Château de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a heart-warming, sun-drenched and magical French adventure.


What books have you been reading and buying this week? Let me know by leaving a reply in the box below.

Until next week, happy reading!

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A Sarah’s Vignettes Book Review: Jack & Bet by Sarah Butler (@SarahButler100) ~ @PicadorBooks ~ @annecater #RandomThingsTours #BlogTour

I am thrilled to be sharing my review of Jack & Bet by Sarah Butler with you today.

My thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour and to Picador for sending me a copy of the book in return for my honest review.

Before I share my review with you, here is what Jack & Bet is about.

~ Publisher’s Description ~

Even the longest marriages have their secrets . . .

Jack Chalmers is a man of few words, married to a woman of many. He and Bet have been together for seventy years – almost a lifetime – and happily so, for the most part.

All Jack and Bet want is to enjoy the time they have left together, in the flat they have tried to make their home. Their son Tommy has other ideas: he wants them to live somewhere with round-the-clock care, hot meals, activities. Bet thinks they can manage just fine.

When they strike up an unlikely friendship with Marinela, a young Romanian woman, Bet thinks she has found the perfect solution – one that could change Marinela’s life as well as theirs. But this means revisiting an old love affair, and confronting a long-buried secret she has kept hidden from everyone, even Jack, for many years.

Tender, moving and beautifully told, Sarah Butler’s Jack & Bet is an unforgettable novel about love and loss, the joys and regrets of a long marriage, and the struggle to find a place to call home.

~ My thoughts ~

I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting from Jack & Bet but I didn’t anticipate it being so emotional. I feel like I should have realised it could be with two 90 year olds as the main characters but this one caught me. I really enjoyed it though.

Jack and Bet Chalmers are celebrating 70 years together. Their son, Tommy, wants them to move into a home but they want to stay in their flat in Elephant & Castle, London. When they meet Marinella, a student from Romania, Bet thinks they have found the perfect solution. However, for Bet, this means unearthing a secret that has long been buried.

The story is told from 3 points of view: Jack, Bet and Marinella. I liked how this gave the perspective of the past and the future. For a shorter novel, 256 pages, the depth of detail into each character’s story is impressive. It would have been good to have had some of the story from Tommy’s point of view though as I found it hard to warm to him.

Sarah Butler explores many themes in Jack & Bet including: long-term marriages, past lives, how we don’t always communicate with those we love when we have been with them for a long time, jealousy, society’s view of old people, how old people view the world, grief, loss, love, role reversal between parents and children, the relationship that we have with properties. The later one is an interesting one. Jack and Bet moved into their current flat after the block of flats they were in previously is being knocked down. They haven’t really settled into the new one, even though they have been there for a few years. Their old flat holds so many memories for them and both Jack and Bet are naturally reflective about it.

Jack & Bet is a heartwarming story with kindness at it’s core and I am glad that I got a chance to read it.

~ Where to find Jack & Bet ~

Jack & Bet cover

Jack & Bet by Sarah Butler was published in Hardback by Picador in the UK on 5 March 2020. It can be found in all good bookshops as well at Amazon UK and on Goodreads.

~ About Sarah Butler ~

Sarah Butler

Sarah Butler is the acclaimed author of two previous novels, Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love and Before the Fire. Her writing has been translated into fourteen languages. She is also the author of a novella, Not Home, written in conversation with people living in unsupported temporary accommodation. Sarah is a part-time lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and lives in Manchester with her family.

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Simon & Schuster Spring Blogger Evening 2020 ~ @simonschusterUK @TeamBATC #TeamBATC

Tuesday 3rd March started out as a normal day: I got up and went to work. Part way through the morning, I noticed that fellow book blogger Rachel Gilbey had tagged me in a tweet, drawing my attention to the fact that SJV, Brand Development Director at Simon & Schuster, had a couple of spaces open up on her Books and The City Spring Blogger Evening. Well, I jumped at the chance and thankfully a space was still available! 

This was my first blogger event at Simon & Schuster and SJ and her team really know how to put on a showcase! There were perfectly themed cupcakes (made by Restoration Cake), a quiz, flat lays, author pitches and Q&As, author 2 truths and one lie (what is said at a Blogger Evening, stays at a Blogger Evening!), and good merchandise. We got to hang out with the authors, get our proofs signed and mingle. Sometimes, the best days cannot be planned 😊 

Before I delve into the authors at the event and their books, I am going to side track for two minutes and explain a little about flat lays – yes, I heard some of you say earlier ‘what the hell are flat lays?!’.

A flat lay is a photo taken at a birds eye view of a collection of items laid out on a flat surface, with one item as the main focus whilst the others are decorative. Flat lays are a game changer, particularly for book photography. They have been around for a while but it’s only recently, since I’ve got more into bookstagramming – the book side of photo sharing app Instagram – that I’ve really taken notice of photo composition.

On Tuesday, the Simon & Schuster marketing team had laid out 7 flat lays for us, one for each book. They’d arranged lots of objects related to the book and placed the book in the middle. This was genius! The photos of the books below are from the flat lays. 

Now onto the books!! There are some fabulous books coming out this year from this magnificent seven.

Sara-Ella Ozbek

The High Moments by Sara-Ella Ozbeck

Up first was Sara-Ella Ozbek and her debut novel The High Moments, out on May 28, 2020. Sara-Ella read from the first few pages. It made me laugh and also made my eyes water. This is a book to watch!

Santa Montefiore

Santa Montefiore
Here and Now by Santa Montefiore

Next was No. 1 bestselling author Santa Montefiore and her upcoming novel Here and Now. This sounds like an emotional read but a heartwarming one too. It is a positive take on dementia and follows a community that comes together to capture memories for one of their own. It’s out on July 9, 2020.

Paige Toon

Paige Toon
The Minute I Saw You by Paige Toon

Then Sunday Times Bestselling Author Paige Toon told us about The Minute I Saw You, which is out on May 14, 2020. When Hannah and Sonny meet, it’s love at first sight. However, they are both trying to fight it for reasons us readers find out as we go along. This is going to be a curling up with a cuppa read.

Holly Hepburn

Holly Hepburn
Coming Home to Brightwater Bay by Holly Hepburn

Holly Hepburn, author of A Year at the Star and Sixpence, introduced Coming Home to Brightwater Bay, set on the Orkney Islands. It follows an author on her journey to find her writing mojo, a welcoming community and some love interests. We are promised a handsome viking!! Coming soon.

Christina Pishiris

Christina Pishiris
Love Songs for Sceptics

Christina and I had actually met the previous Saturday at RNA London Chapter meet-up. At Simon & Schuster, she spoke about her debut novel Love Songs for Sceptics and introduced us to Zoe, one of her main characters, through her own version of Reddit‘s ‘Am I the Asshole?’ . It’s out now in Kindle and due out in paperback in April 2020.

Caroline Scott

Caroline Scott
When I Come Home Again by Caroline Scott

Next, Caroline Scott introduced her second novel When I Come Home Again. Set in the aftermath of the First World War, a soldier has lost his memory and appeal goes out to try and find out his identity. Three women come forward claiming him as their own but who is telling the truth? I think it will be a powerful read. Watch out for this one hitting shelves in hardback from October 29, 2020.

Anstey Harris

Anstey Harris
Where We Belong by Anstey Harris

Last but not least and fresh from her RNA Award win for The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton the previous night, Anstey Harris read from her upcoming novel Where We Belong. It is about a mother and son who move into a museum for a summer and the secrets they uncover. It’s out in hardback on May 14, 2020.


Thank you to SJ and her BATC team for a wonderful evening and for the very generous goody bag. I feel like part of the gang now. I cannot wait for the next S&S event!! 

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Spotlight on: Her Husband’s Mistake by Sheila O’Flanagan (@sheilaoflanagan) ~ @headlinepg ~ @annecater #RandomThingsTours #BlogTour

Happy Publication Week to international bestselling author Sheila O’Flanagan! Her latest novel Her Husband’s Mistake hit the shelves in paperback yesterday.

I am delighted to be a part of this blog tour celebrating Her Husband’s Mistake and my thanks to Anne Cater for the invitation to take part.

Scroll down to find out more about Her Husband’s Mistake , where you can purchase the book from (no affiliate links in this post) and to read a little about Sheila O’Flanagan.

~ Publisher’s Description ~

Roxy’s marriage has always been rock solid.

After twenty years, and with two carefree kids, she and Dave are still the perfect couple. Until the day she comes home unexpectedly, and finds Dave in bed with their attractive, single neighbour.

Suddenly Roxy isn’t sure about anything – her past, the business she’s taken over from her dad, or what her family’s future might be. She’s spent so long caring about everyone else that she’s forgotten what she actually wants. But something has changed. And Roxy has a decision to make.

Whether it’s with Dave, or without him, it’s time for Roxy to start living for herself . . .

~ Where to find Her Husband’s Mistake ~

Her Husband's Mistake by Sheila O'Flanagan

Her Husband’s Mistake by Sheila O’Flanagan is out now! It’s available from all good bookshops as well as at Amazon UK, Amazon US and can also be found on Goodreads.

~ About Sheila O’Flanagan ~

Sheila O'Flanagan

 Sheila O’Flanagan is the author of many bestselling novels including The Hideaway, What Happened That Night, The Missing Wife, My Mother’s Secret, If You Were Me, and All For You (winner of the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award). She lives in Dublin with her husband. 

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