Thursday, 29 June 2017

The Summer of Impossible Things – by Rowan Coleman

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

If you could change the past, would you?

Thirty years ago, something terrible happened to Luna’s mother. Something she’s only prepared to reveal after her death. 

Now Luna and her sister have a chance to go back to their mother’s birthplace and settle her affairs. But in Brooklyn they find more questions than answers, until something impossible – magical – happens to Luna, and she meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. 

At first Luna’s thinks she’s going crazy, but if she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will she have to sacrifice her own?

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Rowan Coleman has created something unique and magical with this story. I’m still totally in awe and very mesmerized.

Luna’s and her sister’s journey takes us to Brooklyn after their mother’s death. What they find are a lot of mysteries. However, for some reason Luna can travel back in time. She meets her mother in 1977. Of course Luna is confused and thinks she is going crazy. Of course she wants to change things, but could that have consequences?!

Rowan Coleman really makes impossible things possible in this book and she does that in a fantastic way. Her writing takes you into the story immediately, it’s like watching a movie. I truly went through all the emotions in this book and I think the atmosphere is not to beat!

It’s about love and family and all this is included in the story in a beautiful way. This story is truly amazing!

The title and the cover are perfect for this story and so beautiful!


Rowan Coleman on Twitter: @rowancoleman
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Lesley Pearse 25 in 25 Blog Tour

Global bestseller Lesley Pearse is celebrating the release of her 25th novel, The Woman in the Wood with a 25 in 25 blog tour, revealing a different fact ever every day about Lesley and each of her 25 bestsellers each day.
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14. A Lesser Evil: The character of Dan in A Lesser 
Evil is very like my ex-husband. I portrayed the best 

Fifteen-year-old twins Maisy and Duncan Mitcham have always had each other. Until the fateful day in the wood . . .

One night in 1960, the twins awake to find their father pulling their screaming mother from the house. She is to be committed to an asylum. It is, so their father insists, for her own good.

It's not long before they, too, are removed from their London home and sent to Nightingales - a large house deep in the New Forest countryside - to be watched over by their cold-hearted grandmother, Mrs Mitcham. Though they feel abandoned and unloved, at least here they have something they never had before - freedom.

The twins are left to their own devices, to explore, find new friends and first romances. That is until the day that Duncan doesn't come back for dinner. Nor does he return the next day. Or the one after that.

When the bodies of other young boys are discovered in the surrounding area the police appear to give up hope of finding Duncan alive. With Mrs Mitcham showing little interest in her grandson's disappearance, it is up to Maisy to discover the truth. And she knows just where to start. The woman who lives alone in the wood about whom so many rumours abound. A woman named Grace Deville.

Purchase Link ~ The Woman in The Wood

About Lesley Pearse:

Lesley Pearse was told as a child that she had too much imagination for her own good. When she grew up she worked her way through many jobs from corsetry sales in Cooks of St. Pauls (featured in Dead to Me), to bunny girl to nanny; from gift shop owner to dressmaker finally finding her true vocation when she became a published author age 49. Since then Lesley has become an internationally bestselling author, with over 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.
A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines, there is no set formula for a Lesley Pearse novel although strong heroines and difficult circumstances are pervasive. Whether historical adventures such as Gypsy or Never Look Back or the passionately emotive Trust Me, Lesley is inspired by stories of courage and adversity and often gives voice to women lost in history. She is passionate about her research and her stories have taken her far and wide; from Alaska to the Crimea. Lesley now lives just outside Torquay in Devon where she loves to spend time walking on the beach with her grandchildren and dogs.
A fantastic speaker and committed and passionate fundraiser for the NSPCC, Lesley is a much sought after guest at literary lunches, library events and festivals up and down the country. Lesley was also selected as the first Ambassador for National Libraries Day in 2014. 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

I love Singing

 „You sang really well tonight.“

I sing in a choir with 100 members and hearing that sentence from the conductor just felt great.
I have liked singing ever since I can remember, my mum brought me to it. I sang in my high school choir, then joined the uni choir, as well as the choir I sing in now. We are called „Audite Nova Zug“. We sing everything from classical stuff like the Messiah to Rock and Pop Classics.

Hearing that sentence gave me a great feeling, especially since our choir is so big. I have never had big ambitions with singing, that’s why a choir is actually perfect. I dream of singing a little solo once maybe, but I also know that there are better singers out there.
I got to every rehearsal, sit in the front, enjoy it, learn fast, can read music, sing off by heart and it’s just wonderful to get some appreciation for it. Normally, people like me are overshadowed by the talented ones, even though they are never there. I got the chance in high school, where I had solo parts in a musical and I also got the chance in the little choir I was helping out at. However, that chance was taken from me in front of everyone, with the reason that my voice didn’t fit. Of course the explanation is understandable, it might be true that other voices sound better together, but it put me really down. I really needed this and it just makes me even more passionate about music and singing.

I had voice lessons from the start, in high school and then also at uni and I really learned a lot. The more you practice the more you also realize how important the technique of singing is. That actually surprises me when I look at famous singers and stars, especially Adele. She used the wrong technique and even now I still don’t like the way she sings; I still think it’s the wrong technique. It’s not about the strong voice, because a lot of stars just push and press, which is not good. Another thing I have realized is that the key and tones are actually set really low in their songs, which makes it easier for them to reach the high notes and everyone is amazed. In the end the high note is not even that high. Of course not all the singers are doing it, which makes me like all the others even more.

Our next project after the Messiah is going to Musical Classics, which I’m really excited about, because I love musical theatre so much. Singing is one of my biggest hobbies and I wouldn’t want to change it for anything. It brings my joy every day!!!

Monday, 26 June 2017

The Second Chance Café in Carlton Square – by Lilly Bartlett

Original Cover (UK)
My own copy (US cover)

The blurb:

One chance isn't always enough
Everyone expects great things from Emma Billings, but when her future gets derailed by an unexpected turn of events, she realises that getting back on track means travelling in a different direction.
She finds that new path in the closed-down pub on Carlton Square. Summoning every ounce of ingenuity, and with the help of her friends and family, she opens the Second Chance Café. The charity training business is meant to keep vulnerable kids off the streets and (hopefully) away from the Metropolitan Police, and her new employees are full of ideas, enthusiasm … and trouble. They'll need as much TLC as the customers they’re serving.
This ragtag group of chancers have to make a go of a business they know nothing about, and they do get some expert help from an Italian who's in love with the espresso machine and a professional sandwich whisperer who reads auras, but not everyone is happy to see the café open. Their milk keeps disappearing and someone is cancelling the cake orders, but it's when someone commits bloomicide on all their window boxes that Emma realises things are serious. Can the café survive when NIMBY neighbours and the rival café owner join forces to close them down? Or will Emma’s dreams fall as flat as the cakes they’re serving?

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

This is book two of Lilly Bartlett’s Carlton Square series and is actually set two years after the first one, so it can easily be read as a standalone. It’s lovely though to already know the characters and the first book was wonderful.

Emma is now happily married and has twins. She is now experiencing the real life: toddler dramas, marriage problems, exhaustion and much more. The Second Chance Café is a new path for her. Of course opening a café adds some more work and drama to the story, which was very exciting.

Emma is a very relatable and so are all the other characters. They are a great bunch and so much fun to follow around. This book is so much about family and friendship, which is great and Emma needs this fab community of people.

The book is full of great humour and the atmosphere Lilly Bartlett created is beautiful. The storyline has a great flow and there are so many fun and authentic moments in it.


Lilly Bartlett Bio

Lilly Bartlett’s cosy romcoms are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

Lilly is the pen-name of Sunday Times and USA Today best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power comedies under her own name.