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Blog Tour: The Brighton Guest House Girls by Lesley Eames

I’m super delighted to be taking part of this blog tour and I’ll definitely be sharing my review about the book soon.


About the book:

A saga of immense charm and warmth, with three characters you won’t forget. Thea, Anna and Daisy forge an unbreakable friendship through adversity.

Thea’s loathsome stepbrother is trying to trick her out of her inheritance of her parents’ beautiful house in the seaside town of Brighton by means of a Will which Thea believes to be forged. He gives her three months in which to leave. Afterwards she will face destitution.

Anna is pregnant and grieving, her explorer fiancé lost at sea. Her violent father drives her from the family home in the back streets of London’s Bermondsey and her fiancé’s upper-class relatives cruelly reject her.

Daisy is in search of independence, running from a man she doesn’t want to marry.

Together the three girls setup Thea’s home as a guest house and embark on a mission to outwit her stepbrother by proving his fraud. In a race against time, nothing will turn out to be quite as it seems.

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An excerpt from The Brighton Guest House Girls, courtesy of Aria

‘Away with you,’ her father said. ‘Get out of my sight.’

Anna hesitated for just a moment then ran upstairs to the room she shared with her brothers and sisters where she leaned her palms on top of the small chest of drawers and let her head drop forward,breathing deeply to try to quell the mounting panic. But it was only a matter of time before her mother and the children came up, and Anna didn’t want them to find her looking scared. Pushing herself upright, she studied her reflection in the small mirrorthat hung on the wall.

Her face was even paler than usual while her dark eyes were large with fear. Swallowing, Anna smoothed her hands over the heavy brown hair that she kept drawn into a bun on the nape of her neck like a Victorian governess, then attempted a smile. She didn’t linger to see if she’d succeeded but turned away from the mirror to pack her things.

The tiny house –surely long overdue for demolition –had only two rooms upstairs, a crude curtain separating the bed in which Anna slept with hersisters from the bed in which her brothers slept. Having brought home cardboard boxes so they could keep their possessions in an orderly fashion under the beds, Anna kept the room spotlessly clean and tidy.

Those possessions were admittedly few. There were the books, writing tablets and pencils that Anna had bought, the doll that had been passed down between them and scraps of fabric that Anna had used to teach the girls sewing. There were also wooden carvings made by the man at number twenty-six who’d been blinded by gas in the war, catapults, a ball and things scavenged from the banks of the Thames when the tide was out –small bottles, pipes, a model boat with the rigging missing, and bits of glass worn smooth after years in the river.

Anna took a bag from her box, opened a drawer and began to pack her modest collection of clothes, aware that her fingers were shaking badly. Her mother and the children crowded into the room after her. They were white-faced and saucer-eyed, and little Mary was crying openlynow.

Anna took a deep breath and renewed her attempt at a smile. ‘It’s going to be fine.’‘But where will you go? How will you manage?’ her mother asked.‘I have friends, Ma. I’ll cope.’‘Your pa says you mustn’t even write to us.’

‘I’ll write care of MrsFawley next door but don’t fret if you don’t hear from me for a while as I get myself established.’ Anna turned to Mary. ‘You’ll keep up the lessons?’

Mary worked in a bakery but the other children were still in school and Anna had always given them extralessons. ‘’Course I will,’ Mary promised.

‘What’s happened to me changes nothing,’ Anna insisted. ‘The better you’re educated, the more choices you’ll have about how you earn a living.’ Earning a good living was the way out of slum housing and poverty. The way to dignity and satisfaction too.

‘Listen to what Mary tells you,’ Anna bade the others.

‘We will,’ Lizzie promised, then she held out her shiny sixpence. ‘I want you to have it.’

Anna’s throat tightened.

‘I’ve got tuppence you can have,’ Joe said.‘And I’ve got ninepence,’ Mary said.

‘Here, love.’ Anna’s mother held out five or six coppers. ‘It’s all I’ve got till your pa gets paid.’

Anna swallowed. ‘You’re all wonderfully generous but I can’t take your money.’

She took her mother into her arms instead and kissed her, then did the same to each of the children. ‘I love you all dearly,’ she told them.


About The Author

Born in Manchester but currently living in Hertfordshire, Lesley’s career has included law and charity fundraising. She is now devoting her time to her own writing and to teaching creative writing to others. In addition to selling almost 90 short stories to the women’s magazine market, Lesley has won the Festival of Romance’s New Talent Award and the Romantic Novelists’ Associations Elizabeth Goudge Cup.

Twitter: @LesleyEames
Facebook: @LesleyEamesWriter


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Book Review : The Silent Patient

Book Title : The Silent Patient
Book Author : 
Alex Michaelides
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date :
February 5th 2019


The Deets : So where do I start! Alicia, she’s our silent patient. Shoots her beloved Husband, Gabriel, five times and never speaks another word. Then comes Theo, our Protagonist, a psychotherapist who is convinced he can help with Alicia’s case and can get her to speak.

Just my thoughts : I absolutely loved it!! It was such a page turner. I loved how the book focused on the physiological side of our characters, the many possible theories, the art references and some more. There were parts where I found a bit dragged and unnecessary to the plot and would have loved to skip.

All in favor, should I say Aye? I would definitely say Aye, and I would totally recommend it. Especially to those who are looking to try out a thriller genre. You would love it!

Do you have space on your shelf? My way of asking would you pick it up and read.

Thank you @littlebrown for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.

 

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Book Review : Normal People

Book Title : NormalPeople
Book Author :
  Sally Rooney
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
August 28th 2018


That awkward moment when you realize, you are from the minority who didn’t like a hyped up book.

I actually had the chance to read it before any major hype. It was recommended by a fellow book club member thinking it would make a good discussion.

And a good discussion it did make. That’s it. When it came to the book itself, I had some issues with it.

So it’s about two main teenage characters, Connell and Marianne, and their on/ off, romantic? Not romantic? kind of relationship through the course of about four years throughout the book. Connell the popular guy, Marianne the not-so-popular-almost-invisible kind of person.  It talks about love, relationships, identity issues, mental health and a bunch of other subjects that I thought added to the story.

What I liked about the book, is, the prose. It was well-written, though I did struggle at first with it as there was no quotations at all but I thought it added a new something to the book. I also liked how it went back and forth in time, with cliffhangers at every end of chapter.

What I didn’t like about it, was the story/plot itself. I felt it dragged in a lot of places to the point of boredom. I also felt the book just didn’t want to end. It was over exaggerated and over dramatic sometimes that had me roll my eyes more than a couple of times.

I would recommend it though. It’s worth the read and I do think it would make a good book club discussion.

 

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Book Review : Behold the Dreamers

Book Title : Behold the Dreamers
Book Author :
Imbolo Mbue
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date :
June 26th 2017


I really wanted to LOVE this book so much but sadly I didn’t. Maybe I just had my own ideas of what it should have been and I was expecting more than what it was.

The book follows the story of Jendi and Neni, and their son, who migrated from Cameron to the United States hoping to live that American Dream. Working and studying hard, they soon realize it’s not as easy or glamorous as they thought it would be.

I loved how it touches subjects about hopes, dreams, love, marriage, wealth vs poverty and so much more. The writing style makes it super easy to follow the plot and connect with the characters.

It wasn’t a struggle for me to finish it and I did look forward to knowing how it ended, not because of the creativity of the plot but because I kind of fell in love with the characters themselves and I found myself rooting for them!

I do recommend that you pick it up. It could be a good one for you and it could be that you’d find it mediocre like I did.

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Book Review : The Hating Game

Book Title : The Hating Game
Book Author :
Sally Thorne
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
August 9th 2016


One of the most hyped up books that I was recommended to since I was in the mood for a romantic read, and sadly, the hype is wrong about it.
Well, for me anyways.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. They spent their working days, sitting across from each other, hating and playing hateful games. To make things hatefully worse, they were up for the same promotion of their dream job. This caused even more tension between them but at the same time, surfaced another feeling that perhaps could be something other than hate?
I do realize I used the word “hate” a lot but believe me, 387 pages and it’s bound to be in mostly every sentence.

Ok, I’m exaggerating a bit but my main point is, the book focused so much on that word and feeling, that it was almost forced.
I did not feel their hate, I did not feel their attraction and I certainly won’t categorize this or add it to my recommendations for a romance read.

I do, however, recommend that you do pick it up, make up your own mind about it and hey! You might not end up “hating” it. Not that I hated it, mind you!

 

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Book Review : The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Book Title : The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Book Author :
Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
July 29th 2008


That awesome moment when you read a good book and you can’t wait to tell the whole world about it!

I just finished it last night, and here I am writing my review and urging you to pick it up.

I had this one on my TBR for a long time now – I could easily say 10 years! I think I bought it the minute it got out. And guess what made me pick it up? Why, because of its movie of course!!

The funny part is, while reading it, I totally forgot that I just read it to check the movie adaptation later.

So, it all started with a letter that our Protagonist, Juliet, who was also an aspiring writer, received from Guernsey letting her know that they have found a book of hers with her name and address, which lead her to connect with the residences of Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and thus began a series of letters and telegrams between them, portraying their love for books and reading.

This was such a delightful read. You cannot but help falls in love with every character mentioned. The whole idea of the letters added a whole new charm to the plot and events told.

I would totally recommend, actually FORCE you to pick it up and read it! That is if you are a fan of awesome books!

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Book Review : The Wedding Date

Book Title :  The Wedding Date
Book Author : 
Jasmine Guillory
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
January 30th 2018


I am not a very generous person when it comes to my stars and I could be a tad bit difficult when it comes to ratings. So it’s really a big thing that I gave this book a four star rating!

And it certainly deserves it.

Stuck in an elevator with a guy she doesn’t know, and agreeing to go to a wedding as a first date, is something Alexa wouldn’t dream of doing. But something about Drew, – and his charm! makes it super hard to resist him or refuse his offer to become his fake girlfriend to assist him with his ex’s wedding festivities.

A delightful read about long distance relationships, love, attraction and all those ingredients that would make the perfect romantic story.

I totally loved!

It as it had that “feeling good” read, packed with awesome characters and you can’t help but fall in love with Alexa and Drew.
I would totally recommend it to those who are looking for a light read and a fix of steamy romance.