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Review: How to Walk Away by Katherine Center (@katherinecenter) @panmacmillan

I am delighted to share with you my review of How to Walk Away by Katherine Center.

Thank you to Ellis Keene at Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Before I share my thoughts with you, here is what How to Walk Away is about.

~ Publisher’s Description ~

Maggie Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked so hard and so long for: her dream job, a fiancé she adores and the promise of a perfect life just around the corner. But on what should have been the happiest day of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a single catastrophic moment.

In hospital Maggie is forced to confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Charlie, wallowing in self-pity while demanding forgiveness. Then there’s her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally there’s Iain, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Iain, who won’t let her give in to her despair, who makes her cry, but also manages to make her laugh . . .

Maggie’s new life is nothing like she expected. But could it be more than she had ever dared hope for?

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center is an uplifting story of learning to live – and love – again.

~ My thoughts ~

Wow!! What a book!! How to Walk Away is one of the best books I have read this year and it absolutely blew me away. I don’t think there is anything I can say in this review that will do it the justice it deserves but I will do my best.

Firstly, I must mention how simple yet powerful the cover is. It really does sum up how fragile life is and how it can be turned upside down in an instant. As the blurb says, Maggie has it all: a dream job, a great fiancé, the promise of the perfect future ahead. One moment completely changes the course of Maggie’s life and How to Walk Away is the story of the aftermath of this incident and how it affects Maggie, her family and her fiancé.

When starting a new book, I give it 50 pages to draw me in and make me want to keep reading. Well, How to Walk Away captivated me from the first page and I arrived so quickly at page 50 because I did not want to put it down. I could have easily read it in one sitting. Katherine Center has a style of writing which made me feel so comfortable and at ease that I was right there in the story, accompanying Maggie on her journey.

In her novel, Katherine Center explores numerous emotions including love, sadness, grief, resilience, resentment, learning to be someone new, seeing the world and those around you differently. She does this in such a way that we, as readers, do not have time to linger in the feeling of the emotion before moving onto the next one, mirroring how Maggie is feeling them.

How to Walk Away is a wonderful, life-affirming book. I finished it with a heart full of joy and hope and the biggest smile on my face.

This quote from Nina George, author of The Little Paris Bookshop, on the back cover sums it up perfectly: ‘If you read just one book this year, read How to Walk Away.

~ Where to find How to Walk Away ~

How to Walk Away was published in the UK by Pan Macmillan on 9th August 2018 and is available at the following links:

Goodreads            Amazon UK          Amazon US

~ About Katherine Center ~

New York Times best-selling writer Katherine Center writes bittersweet comic novels Katherine Centerabout how we get back up after life has knocked us down. She writes about hope, and love, and how we hold onto life’s joys, even in the midst of all its hardship.  Katherine is the author of six novels, with more on the way. Her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, was recently optioned for a movie.

Find out more at http://katherinecenter.com/, follow Katherine on Twitter @katherinecenter  and visit her Facebook page @katherinecenterfans

 

 

 

Blog Tours · Books · Linn B. Halton · Reviews

Review & Giveaway: The Secrets of Villa Rosso by Linn B. Halton (@LinnBHalton) @HarperImpulse @rararesources

I am delighted to share with you my review of The Secrets of Villa Rosso by Linn B. Halton.

Thank you to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be part of the tour and for arranging an e-copy of the book from Harper Impulse in return for an honest review.

Before I share my thoughts with you, here is what The Secrets of Villa Rosso is about.

~ Publisher’s Description ~

Some places stay with you forever…

When Ellie Maddison is sent on a business trip to Southern Italy, she’s reminded why she loves her job – set amongst rolling vineyards and rich olive groves, the beautiful Villa Rosso is the perfect escape from her life back home. But what Ellie isn’t prepared for is the instant connection she feels to the estate’s director Max Jackson, or the secrets they share that are as intertwined as the rambling vines that cover Villa Rosso.

It’s not long before Ellie finds herself entangled in the history of the place, trying to understand the undeniable effect Max is having on her. As their relationship grows, what will Ellie discover about this idyllic villa and those who have walked through its doors?

What started as a simple work trip will change Ellie’s life forever.

~ My thoughts ~

Have you ever been to a place where you feel so comfortable with the surroundings and the people but yet it’s the first time you’ve ever been there? This is what happens to Ellie Maddison when she visits Villa Rosso and feels a deep, familiar connection with Max. Ellie has found her soul mate in her husband Josh and so we follow Ellie on her journey as she tries to deal with the lasting effects from her trip.

This is the first book by Linn B Halton I have read and it certainly won’t be my last. Through writing which flows effortlessly, I was transported from the very first word, into Ellie’s world and the descriptions of Italy and the interior design world are devine!

I thought the structure of the story worked really well. It begins with a party for Ellie and Josh’s nineteenth wedding anniversary, where Ellie sees something unsettling. It then goes back in time and Ellie takes us on her journey from the trip to Italy, the mystery which surrounds Villa Rosso, meeting Max and to her life when she returns to England.

The Secrets of Villa Rosso is Ellie’s story so is told solely from her point of view. I connected with her in a way I have never connected with a character before. Every thought. Every feeling. I was living Ellie’s experiences with her. When I had to put the book down because real life had to happen, I was left wondering how she was. Hats off to Linn B. Halton for writing which touched me in this way. Ellie also deeply feels things and this is mirrored in the strength and depth of the writing. It oozes off of every page.

Beautifully written and with a clever storyline, The Secrets of Villa Rosso is a story which I know will stay with me for a very long time. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to escape in a page-turner this Summer.

~ Where to find The Secrets of Villa Rosso ~

Goodreads            Amazon UK          Amazon US

~ Giveaway ~

Win a signed copy of The Secrets of Villa Rosso (Open Internationally)

To be in with the chance of winning this great prize, click here.

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

Please note that Sarah’s Vignettes is not responsible for this giveaway. 

~ About Linn B Halton ~

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

The Secrets of Villa Rosso - LinnLinn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Harper Impulse (Harper Collins) and Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus); she’s 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 or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

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

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

Find out more and read chapter one from each of Linn & Lucy’s novels at http://linnbhalton.co.uk/, follow Linn on Twitter @LinnBHalton and @LucyColemanAuth , visit her Facebook page @LinnBHaltonAuthor and her Amazon author pages: Linn B. Halton and Lucy Coleman

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Advanced Review Copy · Blog Tours · Books · Claire Cock-Starkey · Non-Fiction

Blog Tour, Review & Extract: A Library Miscellany by Claire Cock-Starkey (@nonfictioness) @BodPublishing

I am delighted to be on the blog tour for A Library Miscellany. Thank you to Claire Cock-Starkey for asking me to be part of it and for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I have an interesting extract to share with you about Book Thefts followed by my review. First, to whet your appetite, here’s what the book is about: Continue reading “Blog Tour, Review & Extract: A Library Miscellany by Claire Cock-Starkey (@nonfictioness) @BodPublishing”

Advanced Review Copy · Anthology · Blog Tours · Books · Crime · Short Stories

#BlogTour: CWA Anthology of Short Stories: Mystery Tour edited by @medwardsbooks @the_cwa @OrendaBooks #CWAMysteryTour

Today, I am delighted to be sharing with you my thoughts about the CWA Anthology of Short Stories: Mystery Tour. Thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for asking me to take part in the tour and for sending me a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Before I share my thoughts with you, here is what the anthology is about. Continue reading “#BlogTour: CWA Anthology of Short Stories: Mystery Tour edited by @medwardsbooks @the_cwa @OrendaBooks #CWAMysteryTour”

Blog Tours · Books · Non-Fiction · Paul Anthony Jones

#blogtour: The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities by Paul Anthony Jones (@HaggardHawks) @eandtbooks

Today, I am delighted to be featuring an extract from The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: A Yearbook of Forgotten Words by Paul Anthony Jones as part of the blog tour.

The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities is a fun book which you can dip in and out of and discover a forgotten word for each day of the year accompanied by a fascinating story significant to that date.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alison Menzies and Elliott & Thompson for asking me to take part in the tour and for sending me a copy of this delightful book.

Scroll down to find out more about The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities and to discover the rather interesting forgotten word for today, 30 October. Continue reading “#blogtour: The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities by Paul Anthony Jones (@HaggardHawks) @eandtbooks”

Blog Tours · Books · Lesley Pearse

#Blogtour: #25in25 #TheWomanInTheWood by Lesley Pearse (@LesleyPearse) #LoveLesley @ed_pr @MichaelJBooks

I am absolutely thrilled to be part of this special blog tour celebrating the publication of Lesley Pearse’s 25th novel: The Woman in the Wood. Thank you to ed public relations for having me!

To celebrate this fabulous achievement, each stop on the blog tour has a fact from Lesley Pearse about one of her 25 books.

I am delighted to be able to share with you a fact about Lesley’s 23rd novel, Without a Trace. First, here is what the book is about.

Continue reading “#Blogtour: #25in25 #TheWomanInTheWood by Lesley Pearse (@LesleyPearse) #LoveLesley @ed_pr @MichaelJBooks”

Blog Tours · Books · Jennifer Bohnet · Recommended Reads · Reviews

#Blogtour #Review The Little Kiosk by the Sea by Jennifer Bohnet (@jenniewriter) @midaspr @HQstories

I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for The Little Kiosk By The Sea by Jennifer Bohnet.  I am sharing this first stop on the tour with Clare over at A Book and Tea, so please do go and visit her blog too.

The Little Kiosk By The Sea was first published by Carina as an e-book on 18 August 2015 and, subsequently, published in paperback original by HQ on 15 June 2017.

Continue reading “#Blogtour #Review The Little Kiosk by the Sea by Jennifer Bohnet (@jenniewriter) @midaspr @HQstories”