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The Beta Mum, Adventures in Alpha Land by Isabella Davidson

When fellow blogger Isabella from Notting Hill Yummy Mummy contacted me to ask if I would like to review her debut novel featuring a mummy blogger, I immediately said yes.

The Beta Mum, Adventures in Alpha Land by Isabella Davidson

Here is the book blurb.

When Sophie Bennett moves from a quiet sleepy suburb of Toronto to glitzy west London, she doesn’t know where she has landed: Venus or Mars. Her three-year-old daughter Kaya attends Cherry Blossoms, the most exclusive nursery in London, where Sophie finds herself adrift in a sea of Alpha Mums. These mothers are glamorous, gorgeous, competitive and super rich, especially Kelly, the blonde, beautiful and bitchy class rep.

Struggling to fit in and feeling increasingly isolated, Sophie starts ‘The Beta Mum’, an anonymous blog describing her struggles with the Alpha Mums. But when her blog goes viral, she risks ruining everything for herself and her daughter. How long will it be until they discover her true identity? Is her marriage strong enough to survive one of her follower’s advances? And will she ever fit in with the Alpha Mums?

Sophie, Michael and 3 year old Kaya relocate from Canada to London when Michael is offered a new job. Nursery consultant Edward helps them secure a place for Kaya at exclusive Cherry Blossoms nursery. But shy Sophie feels very isolated away from family and best friend Emma.

So first day of term sees Sophie and Kaya encountering a crowd of beautiful stylish yummy mummies waiting at the nursery gate. Sophie even recognises faces from magazine covers. Sophie plucks up the courage to introduce herself to one of the mums, Kelly but she is totally ignored.

A few weeks on and still Sophie hasn’t managed more than a quick hello with any of the other mums. And Kaya isn’t settling in well either. The nursery assistant suggests that Sophie organise a playdate. When Sophie tells Emma how she is struggling to fit in, Emma suggests that Sophie write a blog about it. And that is how Sophie started her blog The Beta Mum, all about her adventures in Alpha Land. She gets 28 views and a comment on her first post and is hooked on blogging. She keeps all her posts anonymous, but one night accidentally mentions Cherry Blossoms in her post. Her blog goes viral. Will Sophie be able to keep her identity secret from all the Alpha Mums? And who is Cyberdad – a Cherry Blossoms father who read her blog and is now frequently emailing her?

The Beta Mum is available on Amazon, currently priced at £9.99 in paperback or £3.99 in Kindle format. I loved this book and could so relate to the storyline. I do hope that there will be a follow-up to The Beta Mum, but in the meantime, do check out some of the posts on Notting Hill Yummy Mummy.

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The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice by Katarina West

I have received a free advance PDF copy of the book “The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice” by Katarina West  to review. I was looking forward to this, having read Katarina’s previous novel “Absolute Truth For Beginners” back in 2015. To find out more about the author you may visit her website or blog.

The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice by Katarina West

Here is the book blurb.

Meet Irene Nylander, a frumpy housewife from Finland… and a yo-yo dieter. She feels trapped in an unhappy marriage, looking after her domineering mother-in-law and living vicariously through romantic movies.

Meanwhile, in Florence, Mimi Kavanough’s star is rising. She has the body of a Barbie princess, the iron will of an army sergeant – and Hollywood in her sights.

On her fiftieth birthday, Irene discovers her husband is having an affair. Devastated, she prays for a way out: she wants to die.

In heaven, a mischievous angel called Aaron hears her prayers. He decides to make Irene and Mimi swap bodies.

How will the two women cope with their unexpected, and very different, second lives? And will Aaron’s meddling get him evicted from heaven?
What will happen if he has to transform into a human being and live on Earth?

This book is set over the course of a fortnight commencing 23 June. It starts with Irene heading to Helsinki for a night out to celebrate her 50th birthday with her best friend Saara after more rudeness from her mother-in-law Horrible Harriet. But Saara doesn’t show, giving an excuse about working late. Irene decides to go to the restaurant alone, but then she spots her husband Henrik, who is supposedly on business in Stockholm. Instead he is having a cosy intimate meal with Saara. Irene rushes out and back to her car, just praying to die, as her life is so unhappy.

Meanwhile up in Little Heaven, prankster punk angel Aaron has already caused havoc that day by pretending he spotted a demon. Now he realises Irene needs help and he says Jump as her car is just about to crash.

At the same time, Hollywood star and model Mimi is enjoying herself on a yacht near the Italian island of Monte Cristo when she hears a voice in her head saying Jump. It makes perfect sense to her, as she jumps into the sea.

And just like that Irene and Mimi swap bodies. But what will happen to Aaron, since angels are not permitted to meddle with humans like that. And how will Irene and Mimi get on in their new lives? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

This book is available on Amazon and is currently 99p in Kindle format. I loved this book with its mixture of fantasy and chick-lit. It is the first story in the Angel Aid series, so I’m really looking forward to book 2.

And the author is hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway 10 Amazon Kindle copies of The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice. Open worldwide.

a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And you may see my other giveaways here.

The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice by Katarina West

I’m participating in the book tour and you may like to check out some of the other blog stops on the tour.

13 June, Tuesday

Rocksprings Crafts

14 June, Wednesday

The Cosy Dragon

Creative Misfit

15 June, Thursday

Hall Ways

The Writing Desk

16 June, Friday

Joyful Antidotes

Mademoiselle Women

17 June, Saturday

Linda’s Book Bag

18 June, Sunday

Novel Gossip

19 June, Monday

Yet another blogging mummy!!!

20 June, Tuesday

Sarah Smiles

Leila’s Bookshelf

Kraftireader

22 June, Thursday

Hello Booklover

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Never Eat Yellow Snow by Lior Blum

I have received a free e-copy of the book Never Eat Yellow Snow by Lior Blum to review. To find out more about the author you may visit his website.

Never Eat Yellow Snow by Lior Blum

Here is the book blurb.

Never Eat Yellow Snow is a story about the bonds of friendship and forging true kinship in the most unlikely of settings.

As a recent divorcee Caesar should be sowing his seed but racked with guilt (a prerequisite for a young Jew) he is in the midst of an identity crisis, which may or may not be the reason for his impotence. Celeste can’t get enough. Her passion for the big ‘O’ has led her down a path of kink and perversion. Jaded, there is only one depravity left to try; a monogamous relationship but is she capable of fidelity? Alex on the other hand enjoys sex in the bosom of a relationship, trouble is all her partners end up cheating on her and now she is disillusioned. The Retreat specialising in psychosexual and group therapy is their last resort at a shot of ‘normality’.

This story is set at The Retreat, a spa in rural Canada for the dysfunctional with sexual hang-ups. Pretty much everything in it is to do with sex or genitals or nakedness. Even in the bedside drawers at The Retreat, you get a copy of the Kama Sutra rather than the Bible. The three main characters are Alex who reached the end of the line with cheating partners, when she realised her ex had another girl watching them having sex via his phone. Then there is Celeste who can’t get enough of orgasms and has kept a diary scoring everyone she has had sex with. She doesn’t recall how many partners she had – perhaps 800. And finally Caesar, who divorced his wife Sarah, but has been impotent since the divorce. What is causing his impotence and why does he keep having nightmares about castration?

Apart from the one-to-one and group sessions with the sexual therapists and bizarre evening entertainment, there is plenty of time to enjoy the spa and country surroundings. So we see friendships develop between attendees at The Retreat.

I have to say this book wasn’t for me. I don’t mind a few steamy sex scenes in a story, but the whole premise of this story is sex. And it was just too much as far as I was concerned, particularly the more kinky aspects. But I did enjoy the epilogue which drew the story to a very satisfactory conclusion.

Never Eat Yellow Snow, the debut novel from Lior Blum is available on Amazon, currently priced at 99p in Kindle format. Not for me, but if it sounds like your cup of tea, then give it a try.

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Story of a Secret Heart by Cassi Ellen

I have received a free e-copy of the book “Story of a Secret Heart” by Cassi Ellen to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her blog.

I came across Cassi after she liked one of my recent book reviews. I do try to visit those who like / comment on my blog and when I popped over to Cassi’s blog, I discovered she was looking for reviewers for her book.

Story of a Secret Heart by Cassi Ellen

Here is the book blurb.

A broken heart hurts, but it can also be fun……

Ever been in a bad relationship? Ever discovered that you were being cheated on?
As Cassi, a 30-year old single woman, leaves a long-term, unhappy relationship, she struggles with the pain and anguish of a broken heart. When, by chance, she meets a handsome stranger, he introduces her to a world that she didn’t even know existed. As she begins to slowly forget all about her broken heart she learns to have fun again. It is then that her life starts to spiral out of control and all she can do is laugh and hang on tight. Through her trials and tribulations, Cassi has to find her inner strength and keep a smile on her face even in front of adversity.

Story of a Secret Heart is about breaking up . . . and breaking down. It’s about the roller-coaster ride of a breakup and all the dating and relationship stories in-between.

This is a true story. Cassi is 10,000 miles from home, and has been living in Australia for 5 years with Guy. One night she arrives home an hour early to an empty house, when expecting Guy to be home. She texts him, and he lies, saying he is at home. He continues to lie when he does get back, saying he popped out to the garage. Cassi is too heart-broken to listen to his lies and Guy moves out. After several weeks at rock-bottom, Cassi’s girl friends take her out but when she gets back very drunk in the middle of the night, the lift in the apartment block is broken, so she can’t get up to her flat because Guy had taken the emergency fire door key. Cassi bangs in desperation on what she thinks is the fire door, but by mistake it is actually someone’s apartment. The handsome stranger assists her back to her flat.

Cassi soon becomes friends with the stranger, Ben, but he is from a different world of gangsters, prostitutes and drugs, On the rebound, she has sex with Ben. She starts to discover Ben’s world, and finds herself doing things or being in places she would never have dreamed of, like a brothel. You’ll have to read it, to find out everything Cassi gets up to. I certainly found it hard to take it all in. What a fun read. Cassi was on a real rollercoaster.

Story of a Secret Heart is available on Amazon, currently priced at £1.99 in Kindle format. I enjoyed this book and recommend it.

Cassi is now writing Story of a Secret Heart – book2

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Happily by Sophie Tanner

I have received a free PDF copy of the book “Happily” by Sophie Tanner to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Happily by Sophie Tanner

Here is the book blurb.

How far will you go for your Happily Ever After?

Chloe Usher’s had enough of being asked why she’s ‘still single’; people can’t seem to understand why she’s not freaking out about the slippery slope to spinsterhood. But, as far as Chloe’s concerned, life is sweet; she’s happy, she loves her job, her friends and her flat share next to Brighton beach. One summer evening, after being told that she will never know what love is until she has children, she decides to say ‘actually, I do!’ and announces to her friends that she’s going to marry herself. She’s not quite prepared for the huge reaction to her news on social media and finds herself thrust firmly into the public eye; suddenly she’s a spokesperson for every crazy cat lady out there. With the warm support of her colourful extended family, Chloe attempts to justify her self wedding and the events that unfold take her on a bumpy journey of self-discovery – making exciting new connections and settling old ghosts.

Well this is a story line that I have never come across before. Fairly near the beginning of the book, the main character Chloe decides to marry herself. She has the support of her friends and most of her family, although her dad thinks it is a crazy idea. Her news soon goes viral on social media and both TV and Woman’s Life magazine want a piece of her story. Everyone wants an invite to the wedding which she is holding at her uncle and aunt’s private beach in Devon, with her uncle doing the catering himself. However she gets very differing reactions from two of her ex-boyfriends, one negative and one positive. Chloe also ensures that the press give coverage to both the wild animal charity that she works for and to her uncle’s catering business. And not only is the wedding unusual, but the hen night is very different too.

Happily is available on Amazon, currently priced at 99p in Kindle format. I loved this book, especially as it is such an unusual unique storyline and highly recommend it. And I liked how all the other characters besides Chloe become so real for the reader.

Also I was interested and intrigued to find out that Sophie Tanner, the author has indeed married herself too, just like Chloe in the story.

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