Blog Tour: Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay by Bella Osborne {Review}

Hey Everyone,

Today I have a review for Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay by Bella Osborne as part of the blog tour hosted by Rachel’ss Random Resources.

Happy Publication Day Bella!:)

Blurb…

Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.

With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?

Review…

I haven’t read anything by Bella Osborne before so I didn’t really know what to expect. Lately my reading material has been leaning towards the darker side of life so it was a nice refreshing change to read something a bit different.

I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Daisy was easily relatable and as the story progressed it felt like we really got to know and understand her and see how she developed.
The minor characters, especially Max all displayed unique personalities and added depth to the overall story.

The plot was interesting and flowed really well, a perfect blend of romance and mystery.

I will most definitely be picking up more by this author in the future.

Purchase Links…

Amazon – http://mybook.to/OttercombeBay

KOBO – https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/coming-home-to-ottercombe-bay

Social Media Links…

Twitter – @osborne_bella

Facebook – https://en-gb.facebook.com/BellaOsborneAuthor/

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge. The opinions are my own and are not said out of bias.

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Self-Care Splurge

Hey everyone.

I’m sorry, I had to use the word splurge. Once it was in my head it had to go on the title:D

Today I want to talk about self-care. Self-care is something I’ve never really taken part in doing. I’ve always been one of these people who need to be busy at all times. I don’t relax easily and fidget constantly if I try.

When I was poorly I learnt that self-care is actually very important. Taking time to yourself to replenish your mind, body and soul is not only therapeutic but creates less stress and better health and wellbeing.

I told myself that once I am back on my feet I will spend more time indulging in things that help me to relax and distress. Whether that’s having a nice bubble bath, doing my nails, straightening my hair or even applying make-up.

Today I went to the shop as I needed new mascara and some facial scrub as my cheeks have become very dry and flaky, not a look I like lol.

This was my little splurge. I ended up buying a little more than I set out for but I can’t wait to have some pamper time.

Hospital left my feet dry so this nail brush and pumice will be amazing to use. My nails have also got very brittle and snap as soon as they get any growth so I got these fab press on nails to try and I also got some new blusher as mine is very low. I’ve never tried highlighting so I’ll give it a go once I’ve watched many YouTube videos lol.

I am so looking forward to this weekend, I’m going clothes shopping as my entire wardrobe is too big and needs replacing. I may sneak in a handbag or 2 while I’m at it.

If you have any self-care tips I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

The Village Witch Hocus Pocus Box {June}

Hey everyone.

Today I bring you an unboxing of June’s Hocus Focus Box by The Village Witch. The theme for this month was Summer Solstice and Festivals.

When this box arrived I could smell it before I even opened it. There was a gorgeous subtle citrus scent coming from it.

The contents of this box are absolutely gorgeous and so very me. The scents are all citrus which are my favourite, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruits and even a hint of coconut.

The spell that came with the box is really great and really fun, I am looking forward to doing this.

So let’s look at the contents:

  • Spell sheet instructions
  • Summer Zing Aura Spray
  • Summer Zing Ink
  • Summer Solstice Oil
  • Summer Solstice Spell Shooter
  • Summer Solstice Magical Bonfire Burning Mix
  • Summer Cleansing Salt
  • Small Dreamcatcher
  • Magnetic Polaroid Photo Frame
  • Festival Savings Tin
  • Hanging Twizzler
  • Goodie Bag

There was a new and exclusive item in this box, the spell shooter. What a fun product! I can’t wait to go into the garden and complete my spell with this witchy party popper. Even the paper in it is biodegradable.

I’ve hung the Twizzler at my back patio door for now, once I’ve finished my garden it’s going to go out there.

So far the Summer Solstice box is my absolute favourite. The quality is as good as all the other boxes and the scents are amazing. The Village Witch really pull put the stops when making these boxes. The boxes are £30 including postage and always exceed their value.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Previous Unboxing Posts : Mar/Apr/May

*Disclaimer – I received this product free of charge. All opinions are my own and without bias.

The Retreat by Mark Edwards {Review}

Hey Everyone,

Today I bring you a review of The Retreat by Mark Edwards.

I’ve been a fan of Mark’s for quite some time after reading one of his other novels, The Magpies. After that I went on a binge and read loads of his work.

I picked up The Retreat not that long ago as I had it pre-ordered but I’ve only just got around to reading it and wow, it was amazing.

I absolutely loved it. The book initially gives the impression that it is heading down a certain road but the twists and turns never fully reveal what is going on until the end.

Mark has such an amazing writing style, you find yourself drawn into the world he creates as the imagery is so realistic and written so well.

Mark creates characters that you feel you understand, like you know them. They all have a depth and soul.

I would give this book a 5 star rating and recommend it to anyone who loves mystery or thriller books.

I’ve picked up A Murder of Magpie’s which is the sequel to The Magpies and I can’t wait to read it.

You can pick up a copy of The Magpies here and find out more about Mark and his other books here

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson {Review}

Good Morning,

Today I have a review of the 2nd novel by Kiltie Jackson.

I loved Kiltie’s first novel A Rock n Roll Lovestyle, so when I got the opportunity to read this I wasn’t going to say no.

Blurb…

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree
to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December to fulfill their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

Review…

Well I have to say Kiltie definitely has a way with words. After I read her first book I was hooked on her style. Kiltie writes in a way that is so easy to follow the book is over before you realise it’s even begun.

The characters have such depth you feel like they are real people who you know really well. Kiltie knows how to write a great villian because in both novels I’ve felt such utter dislike for them and not an ounce of sympathy.

This plot for this story is really good and has a great addition of being rather humourous. I love the twist of adding Death as a character and it really makes this novel stand out.

It was really good to see characters we grew to love in Kiltie’s first book have roles in this one as well. It is done in such a way that you really don’t need to read the first and allows this to be strong as a stand-alone novel.

Unfortunately for you An Artisan Lovestyle isn’t released until 28th June but it is well worth ordering, currently the kindle price is less than £2 which I assure you is a massive bargain.

You can pre-order from Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise xx

*Disclaimer – This ARC was given to me free of charge. This however, does not bias my review or opinion. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Finally A Diagnosis!

Hey everyone.

I’m back today with an update on my health. Yesterday was a big day for me. I had an appointment with my consultant to finally get the results from the biopsy that was taken during surgery on the 20th April.

It turns out I have Crohns Disease. This was a much better result than what it could have been. However, it is still very much life altering. There is no cure for Crohns and it is a very unpredictable chronic illness.

The consultant is hopeful that with the right preventive medication that I should be able to manage things well. I have been referred to a specialist and IBD nurse to get everything started.

I was happy that he said he wants me to start swimming in two weeks to build up my strength and mobility. I love swimming so that works really well for me.

Today I plan to start setting up a health bullet journal as I feel it will be really helpful in tracking all the appointments, symptoms and food issues as well as holding information and such.

I am not going to lie, I’m somewhat scared of going forward, Crohns is new to me and I’ve got a lot to learn about my body and with it been unpredictable it means I know I will have bad days and weeks ahead of me but I am grateful to finally have some answers and support.

The last few months have been a massive struggle and things have been hard. I always thought It was rough before but it was nothing compared to this.

I’ve had an iron infusion, 4 blood transfusions, over 4 weeks in hospital, a minor operation, major operation and 4 infections since leaving hospital but I am getting there. I have another surgery to face within the next few months to get the stent removed from my kidney. I’m trying to be positive now and start planning my new life.

*Warning*

There are photos below from my time in hospital so contain transfusions and neck cannula etc and displaying my weight loss (total of 8 stone, 3 of which was due to my illness over the last 3 months).

Thank you for reading and sticking with me during this time. Its very much appriciated.

Emma-Louise x

Close Your Eyes by Darren O’Sullivan {Review}

Hey Everyone,

Today I have a review for you for the book Close Your Eyes by Darren O’Sullivan. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this which was fantastic as I had heard such good things about him with his debut novel Our Little Secret.

Blurb…

Close your eyes…and count to ten.

He doesn’t know his name. He doesn’t know his secret.
When Daniel woke up from a coma he had no recollection of the life he lived before. Now, fourteen years later, he’s being forced to remember.

A phone call in the middle of the night demands he return what he stole – but Daniel has no idea what it could be, or who the person on the other end is. He has been given one warning, if he doesn’t find out his family will be murdered.

Rachael needs to protect her son. Trapped with no way out she will do anything to ensure they survive. But sometimes mothers can’t save their children and her only hope is Daniel’s memory.

Review…

Let me start by saying this book was brilliant. It takes a lot for me to really enjoy a good thriller as I find most of them fairly predictable but this kept me on the edge all the way through. There were a fair few twists which I didn’t see coming a mile off. I guessed who the perpetrator was as it was unveiled in the book, Darren did a great job there.

The plot concept was great. It felt like we were joining Daniel on this wild ride and uncovering things as he was which added to the atmosphere.

Darren’s writing style flows so well and he isn’t afraid to write graphically or against what is generally expected which is what gave this novel that extra bit of edge.

I would gladly give this 5 stars and recommend it to any lover of a good crime/thriller. I will definitely be reading his other title now.

You can purchase Close Your Eyes here for UK customers and here for US customers.

If you fancy checking out Darren’s debut novel Our Little Secret you can find it here.

To find out more about Darren you can do so here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

*Disclaimer – I received this book free however, all opinions are my own and are expressed without bias.

Recent Purchases {May}

Hey everyone.

I thought I’d share with you my more recent purchases. Not all are planner related. There are some bookish items as well.

Lets start with my YourWorldOfColour orders. I ordered these beautiful spring/summer feel kits and some matching day of the week covers along with some swear word quotes. These are bright, fun and amazing quality.

Next is my first ever order from Linouspots. These are lovely watercolour stickers and didn’t cost a fortune in shipping. They arrived really quickly.

I purchased this Filofax Ranger from a destash in a group. I am now using it as a wallet/purse combo.

I ordered more inserts from Queen Mabel and Doris as mine are almost empty. I got two different weekly styles and some dotted inserts.

Now we have another destash purchase. These are fab and I couldn’t resist for the price.

Last but not least an order from Fable and Black which are one of my favourite stores for bookish goodies. I got the Rattle The Stars Throne of Glass cup and a Bad Witch badge.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Rock-A-Bye Baby by L.R.W Lee {Release Day}

Hey Everyone!

Today I bring the the exciting new fantasy release of Rock-A-Bye Baby by L.R.W Lee.

Rock-A-Bye Baby is the prequel book to Lullaby by the same author.

Here is the blurb for Rock-A-Bye Baby.

Winds Blowing. Boughs Breaking. A Cradle Falling. Can the Sand Maiden Prevent Disaster?

Alissandra, an immortal Sand Maiden, and daughter of the most powerful king in Dream Realm, has always been close to her father despite being one of twenty-two children. She’s put him on a pedestal and sought to make him proud of her as she weaves the dreams of her many mortal charges helping them make sense of thoughts that need refinement, problems that need solutions, worries that beg for action, and things they should or shouldn’t have said.

But with her latest charge, she starts to sense that her father isn’t all she dreams he is. It’s hard to accept that the parent you love isn’t perfect, but how do you do it when he’s a god? How far do you let him push before you say no? And how far do you go to push back?

I’ve read it and have to say it is amazing. It is the perfect lead up to Lullaby. Which I would also highly recommend. Both of these books are incredibly well written and the storyline is on that will suck you right in and make you invested in the characters. It’s impossible not to love Allisandra.

Rock-A-Bye Baby is available in Paper and Kindle format and can be purchased here for UK customers and here for U.S customers.

If you want to try before you buy you can download the first 3 chapters here.

To find out more about the author you can visit her website here.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

Emma-Louise x

June TBR List

Hey everyone. Can you believe we are heading into June? I know I can’t, it’s going far too quickly.

I thought I would share with you my June read list.

First we have;

Close Your Eyes by Darren O’Sullivan.

Blurb…

He doesn’t know his name. He doesn’t know his secret.

When Daniel woke up from a coma he had no recollection of the life he lived before. Now, fourteen years later, he’s being forced to remember.

A phone call in the middle of the night demands he return what he stole – but Daniel has no idea what it could be, or who the person on the other end is. He has been given one warning, if he doesn’t find out his family will be murdered.

Rachael needs to protect her son. Trapped with no way out she will do anything to ensure they survive. But sometimes mothers can’t save their children and her only hope is Daniel’s memory.

The Retreat By Mark Edwards

Blurb…

A missing child. A desperate mother. And a house full of secrets.

Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found—and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive.

Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.

When Lucas’s investigation leads him and Julia into the woods, they discover a dark secret—a secret that someone will do anything to protect…

What really happened that day by the river? Why was Lily never found? And who, or what, is haunting the retreat?

From the bestselling author of Follow You Home and The Magpies comes his most terrifying novel yet.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Blurb…

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

The stunning sequel to the Sunday Times bestselling Caraval

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more – and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets . . . including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about – maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . the games have only just begun.

That’s it for this month. Feel free to pop a comment below recommending any books for July or sharing your tbr list.

Emma-Louise x