Blog Tour: The Family Secret by Terry Lynn Thomas

Title: The Family Secret

Author: Terry Lynn Thomas

Publisher: HQ, Harper Collins

BLURB:

Will she find the truth?
England, 1940

After a sudden unexplained disappearance, Thomas Charles comes back into Cat Carlisle’s life with the suggestion she leave London – and the threat of bombs – to move to back her childhood village in Cumberland.

Back in her hometown Cat discovers her childhood friend, Beth Hargreaves, is suspected of murder. As Cat tries to prove Beth’s innocence, she discovers a scheme of deception that affects the whole village. Can she uncover the family truths behind the murder and expose the enemy hiding in plain sight?

REVIEW:

Thank you to HaperCollins for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book depicts a compelling and complex narrative which is full of twists and turns. Mirroring the complexities of World War II, this book will leave you distorted and thinking.

Furthermore, the narratives point of views switches between characters adding to the unease feeling and not knowing who to fully rely on for answers. This also gives the reader wide-spread viewpoint on the story being told, but not a straightforward one at that.

It has been a while since I have read a Historical Mystery like this one and oh man, this makes me miss them so much. Compelling and thought-provoking, while covering an array of themes.

Thomas’s writing is captivating, relatable and mysterious.

AUTHOR:

Terry Lynn Thomas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which explains her love of foggy beaches, windy dunes, and Gothic mysteries. When her husband promised to buy Terry a horse and the time to write if she moved to Mississippi with him, she jumped at the chance. Although she had written several novels and screenplays prior to 2006, after she relocated to the South she set out to write in earnest and has never looked back. 

Now Terry Lynn writes the Sarah Bennett Mysteries, set on the California coast during the 1940s, which feature a misunderstood medium in love with a spy. Neptune’ Daughter is a recipient of the IndieBRAG Medallion. 

She also writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II. The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, is slated to release in April 2018. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn riding her horse, walking in the woods with her dogs, or visiting old cemeteries in search of story ideas.

Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress review…

Author: Vicky Nolan 

Blurb: 

You’re a 15-year-old schoolgirl who has big dreams of becoming a pop star, and then one day you get your lucky break. Polydor records sends you to Copenhagen to make pop music – to make you a recording artist. You get back home and your future is looking brighter than ever – until the High Court writ hits the door mat – you’ve fallen out with your management and they have decided to sue. No, this isn’t a dream, this is now Vicky Nolan’s reality and fast becoming a nightmare, and all while still at school at the sweet age of sixteen.

Read about the trial, the family, Hollywood, London town, the glamour, the dog (eh?) and most importantly, the music. Curiouser and curiouser?

We always talk about ‘making it’ and fulfilling your dreams. The question is, what if you don’t? What happens next? Ultimately, this book speaks about life and family; its hopes and disappointments, Its ups and downs. Scrapbook of an Unfound Songstress is in some way a story that speaks to us all, because in the end, the best stories are always true.

“I’m living my life as consequence of yesterday.
And all of my choices compliment my life today.
There may have been times I could have gone and lost my way,
I could have, I would have, I should have, I don’t care – I’m here now.”

@Captivated_by_Fantasy

Review:

Firstly thank you so much to Vicky for sending me this gem of a book. 

This book is written in a scrapbook/diary-esque format which makes it appear deeply personal and filled with even more passion. The description is soo powerful because of its authenticity and ability to suck you in. 

It is safe to say, I am fully invested in her dreams. I feel like I know her and that is one powerful quality of a book. To connect so deeply with a character’s qualities is amazing but even more amazing when that person is real. 

The reader is right by her side through all the ups and downs making her words fuelled with inspiration and passion. Ahhh the passion in this book makes me so so so happy and eager to take on new challenges and not give up on my dreams.

I just love how clearly developed and coherent her ideas are and the relationship she establishes with the reader with her openness. 

Overall, I would give this book  5 stars because of its authenticity. She pours her heart and soul into this book and you can tell – it is just wonderful.  

And, oh my god can Vicky S-I-N-G.  

She is beautiful inside and out and you must go and buy her book and support her because she deserves it so much!  

About the author:

Professional female vocalist Vicky Nolan performs impressive vocals to your favourite songs in her own unique, classic style. From Motown to RnB, Classical to Contemporary Pop and everything else that’s in-between. 

http://www.vickysingsforyou.co.uk

@unfoundsongstress

Book update- 

I have just finished reading my review copy of Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher. OMG I LOVVVVVVVEEEEE IT!!!


I am currently reading Turtles All The Way Down by the one and only JOHN GREEN. I have been longing for this book since the moment I finish all of his other books.

What are you currently reading?

More Bookish Confessions…

Hello lovelies, I had done a few of these now and they have been really possible so I thought I would do another one.

  1. I sometimes skim read. I know, I know I really shouldn’t but I do.  cute-baby-skim-reading-gif.gif
  2. It makes me ANGRY when there are labels on the front of my books…retailers, can you stop this? Seriously, just pop it on the back. That why I won’t be emotionally traumatised when the price sticker ruins the front of my book while being pulled off. Dear people of stick stickers or labels on my books please stop because you are making us both sad. 6358540524267936031522091466_tumblr_munyx9kpM51ql53vgo1_500.gif
  3.   Sometimes go through reading ruts where I don’t read for a couple of weeks. (Don’t threat though because it’s normally resolved by me having the urge to people and then I read loads a once…it is a blessing and a curse.)  To be fair this normally happens when I become hooked on a netflix show…BLAME NETFLIX. giphy.gif
  4. Sometimes I read multiple books at the same time (not literally of course) but i’ll read one then put it down for a while and then pick up another one. tumblr_mdw0qa8Hbh1rh4ay4o1_250.gif
  5. Occasionally films inspire me to read. Wait, let me explain…if I watch a film and I thoroughly enjoy it and I didn’t know it was a book before release I will read the book. (If I know it is a book, I will read it before it comes out)  Also, if I really connect with a character and they have a favourite book or are reading something that I have not read, I will read it. 1.gif

If you want to check out my other posts like this one…click on the links below.

Bookish Habits part one.

Bookish Habits part two.

Bookish Habits part three.

Thank you so much for reading… 

My weird (yet wonderful) bookish habits – Part Two.

I had a really positive response to the first post about my bookish habits…we are all a little weird and I LOVE IT. This is my second post and I love hearing what you reply, so please comment below and lets be weird and wonderful together.

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Read part one here –

Here I discussed my impulse to talk to anyone reading a book, stifling a yawn with my book, hating on people who abuse books and my favourite reading location.

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  1. Smelling books. New or Old I will give a book a cheeky little smell. Have you ever walked into a old vintage book shop and thought wow, it smells amazing. I wish they made candles in old book scent because I would burn that for daaayyyyssss. I always think old books smell well loved if that makes any sense at all. P.S. Early season Rory gives me life, she was a complete bookworm.giphy.gif
  2.  Leaving books scattered around the house. I am sooo guilty of this and it irritates my mum so much, she would always say she knew when I was back from university because she would just find books in random places. I need access to books at all times okay, what if something happened and I had to stay in that room…it would be okay because I would have a book with me.

rapunzel-books.gif  3. Always having a book on me.  I won’t leave the house unless I have a book with me. You never know when you will have a spare minute to read. Waiting for someone?-read. Early somewhere?-read. Unhappy?- Read. Bored?- Read. Legit the other day I went to Bath for the day with my best friend and I thought I would be early to the station so I grabbed my trusty version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 

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4. Going on holiday and packing more books than clothes. THANK YOU KINDLE FOR MAKING MY LIFE EASIER NOW! When I use to visit my dad in Denmark over summer I would take like ten books for a week trip and SMASH them all. He would have to work somedays so I would just read in his apartment or walk to the park and read.  I still sometimes take physical copies of books with me but prefer to take my kindle nowadays because it is lighter and easier to carry. Although I prefer reading books over kindle books? what’s your thoughts on this matter?

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5. Spending hours on end in libraries and bookshops.  Guilty again. I got spend an endless amount of time roaming the shelves in bookshops and libraries. Being surrounded by books fills me with a sense of comfort and belonging and I LOVE IT.

tumblr_o14lftvOZc1tzv1dpo1_500.gif 6. Talking about fictional characters as if they are real. I am a nightmare when it comes to this. They are real to me okay, they have touched my heart and now live in there. When I was going to my dissertation meetings my supervisor had to sit me down and advise me to stop writing and discussing the characters as if they were real. So…instead of writing Nick and Amy volitile relationship, I would have to write Flynn constructed the characters of Nick and Amy to give the illusion of a volatile relationship.Blah Blah Blah.

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So here are six more reading habits of mine. Do you do the same? What do you think of mine?

 

 

B-O-O-K-S ✨

Treat ya self Thursday 😏

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes 

The girl who wouldn’t die – hunting a killer who shouldn’t exist.

In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras, leaving anachronistic clues on their bodies, until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and turns the hunt around. 

                           Amazon – £2.29 


 

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt 

Twelve-year-old Harriet is doing her best to grow up, which is not easy as her mother is permanently on medication, her father has silently moved to another city, and her serene sister rarely notices anything. All of them are still suffering from the shocking and mysterious death of her brother Robin twelve years earlier, and it seems to Harriet that the family may never recover. So, inspired by Captain Scott, Houdini, and Robert Louis Stevenson, she sets out with her only friend Hely to find Robin’s murderer and punish him. But what starts out as a child’s game soon becomes a dark and dangerous journey into the menacing underworld of a small Mississippi town.

                            Amazon- £2.81 


 
I love Edger Allan Poe and couldn’t resist this beauty!  

                           Amazon – £16.99 

The Goodreads Tag

1. What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

I finished Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. I love it, very empowering!

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2. What are you currently reading? 

Hallow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2) by Ransom Riggs

3. What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
4. What book do you plan to read next?

The Girls by Emma Cline

5. Do you use the star rating system?

Yep, all the time. I always feel guilty going below a 3 though haha.

6. Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?
Hell yeah! Did 100 last year but with loads of third year university work to do this year…I have put it at 50.

7. Do you have a wishlist?
Oh my god, yes and it gets longer and longer everyday!

8. What book do you plan to buy next?
Lunar Park & The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis

9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?
“We read to know we’re not alone.” ― William Nicholson, Shadowlands

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

10. Who are your favorite authors?

Gillian Flynn

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11. Have you joined any groups?

umm… under My Groups – Addicted to YA, Top 5 Wednesday and Savvy Readers

The week where I try to read loads📚📚

Within the last week I have finished the following books… 

  1. The Girl On The Train 
  2. The Shock of the Fall 
  3. North and South 
  4. Papertowns 

I have also started…

  1. Not that kind of Girl 
  2. The Rosie Project 

This is currently what I am doing with my day…     
Have any of you lovely people read any of the books I mentioned? If so comment below and let me know what you thought, I will be writing reviews for each soon ❤️

Hi, my name is Shannon and I need to be sent to book rehab…

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So over the last two weeks I have purchased a lot of books! I love buying books so much so  prepare yourself…

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I do not have these copies so I thought I would get them…

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I have read The Book Thief but that was when I was at school (so I borrowed it from the library). So I wanted my own copy because I love it so much!

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My bookshelf is already overly full but I cannot seem to stop buying books! FOR MY OWN GOOD, PLEASE SEND ME TO BOOK REHAB! Have you read any of these? ( If so, lets chat)

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Sunday reading 📚📖

Feeling so contempt right now, snuggled on the sofa with a cup of tea and this book. 

  

It’s been three years since the devastating accident … three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future—and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I StayWhere She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.