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Work-In-Progress: Becoming by Michelle Obama #audiobook

I am not used to audiobooks! Writing reviews feels so much complicated when you’ve listened to a story! So bear with me while I tell you about my meeting with Michelle Obama…

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Author: Michelle Obama
Narrator: Michelle Obama
Publisher: Random House audio
Year: 2018
Length: 19h3min
Rating: 5 ⭐️

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former first lady of the United States

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As first lady of the United States of America – the first African American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the United States and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it – in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations – and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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Trapped: #NoWayOut by Cara Hunter @CaraHunterBooks @EllieeHud @PenguinUKBooks #BlogTour

Weekends are for snuggling on the couch with a book and a pot of tea. Let me help you choose your next crime fiction gem!

I would like to thank Penguin Random House, and particularly Ellie, for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and for providing me with a copy of No Way Out.

no way out.jpgTitle: No Way Out
Author: Cara Hunter
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Date of publication: 2019
Format: paperback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 360

The Christmas holidays, and two children have just been pulled from the wreckage of their burning home in North Oxford. The toddler is dead, and his brother is soon fighting for his life.

Why were they left in the house alone? Where is their mother, and why is their father not answering his phone?

Then new evidence is discovered, and DI Fawley’s worst nightmare comes true.

Because this fire wasn’t an accident.

It was murder.

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Happy Friday! #ThePositivityWave 6

Welcome to today’s Happy Friday! My remedy against feeling down is to make a list of all the good things in my life. It can be anything. Really, anything. The smallest gesture from a stranger can change your day, if you open your eyes. Now, I am a pessimistic and I need daily reminders to look for the bright side. Maybe you are too, or maybe the state of our world is weighing on you. In any case, here’s your shot at some happy things!

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Start the Fire: Envy by Amanda Robson @AmandaRauthor @AvonBooksUK

Happy Thursday! What’s your favourite sin? Have you ever been guilty of envy? Thanks to Amanda Robson, you won’t ever feel bad about your own desires!

My biggest thanks to Avon Books UK for providing me with a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

envyTitle: Envy
Author: Amanda Robson
Publisher: Avon
Date of publication: 04/04/2019
Format: paperback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 410

She wants your life – and she’ll do anything to get it…

Erica has always wanted to be exactly like her neighbour, Faye: beautiful, thin, and a mother. But Faye’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems – she has a terrible secret, and slowly but surely, it is threatening to destroy her and everything she holds dear.

When Faye’s daughter Tamsin goes missing after school, the police turn to Erica. But is Erica the only one who has been enviously watching Faye? Or is there another threat hiding in the shadows…?

An unsettling, claustrophobic thriller about jealousy, greed and desire from Sunday Times bestseller Amanda Robson.

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L’hebdo French de Meg: La maison aveugle d’Alex Reeve @storyjoy @SMarsanEditeur (The House on Half Moon Street quickie review)

Le mercredi, c’est chronique française chez Chocolate’n’Waffles! Aujourd’hui, j’ai hâte de vous présenter mon avis sur La maison aveugle, un roman époustouflant!

(For my English friends and readers, you will find a smaller version of the French review in your language at the end of the article!)

Un énorme merci aux Éditions Stéphane Marsan et à Stéphanie de m’avoir fait parvenir un exemplaire de ce roman en échange d’une chronique sincère!

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Your Next Best Read: Amazing Grace by Kim Nash @KimTheBookworm @HeraBooks @rararesources #BlogTour

The day has come. I can finally share my thoughts on Kim Nash’s debut. I was excited when the e-copy landed on my Kindle. I was overjoyed when I started reading, knowing Kim would not let me down… And she did not. I’d like to emphasize the fact that despite knowing Kim as a person, a Bookouture fairy, and a friend, I read and reviewed this novel with an open mind, and it feels even better to be able to say OMG BUY THIS BOOK!

Okay, going ahead of myself! Let’s dive in!

Thank you to Rachel Gilbey for organising a wonderful blog tour!

AMAZING GRACE HI RES
Title: Amazing Grace
Author: Kim Nash
Publisher: Hera Books
Date of publication: 10/04/2019
Format: e-copy
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 281

She’s taking her life back, one step at a time…

Grace thought she had it all. Living in the beautiful village of Little Ollington, along with head teacher husband Mark and gorgeous son, Archie, she devoted herself to being the perfect mum and the perfect wife, her little family giving her everything she ever wanted.

Until that fateful day when she walked in on Mark kissing his secretary – and her perfect life fell apart. Now she’s a single mum to Archie, trying to find her way in life and keep things together for his sake. Saturday nights consist of a Chinese takeaway eaten in front of the TV clad in greying pyjamas, and she can’t remember the last time she had a kiss from anyone aside from her dog, Becks…

Grace’s life needs a shake up – fast. So when gorgeous gardener Vinnie turns up on her doorstep, his twinkling eyes suggesting that he might be interested in more than just her conifers, she might just have found the answer to her prayers. But as Grace falls deeper for Vinnie, ten-year-old Archie fears that his mum finding love means she’ll never reconcile with the dad he loves.

So when ex-husband Mark begs her for another chance, telling her he’s changed from the man that broke her heart, Grace finds herself with an impossible dilemma. Should she take back Mark and reunite the family that Archie loves? Or risk it all for a new chance of happiness?

A funny, feel good romance about finding your own path and changing your life for the better – readers of Cathy Bramley, Jill Mansell and Josie Silver will love this uplifting read.

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Posted in Life in General

Happy Friday #ThePositivityWave 5

Welcome to today’s Happy Friday! My remedy against feeling down is to make a list of all the good things in my life. It can be anything. Really, anything. The smallest gesture from a stranger can change your day, if you open your eyes. Now, I am a pessimistic and I need daily reminders to look for the bright side. Maybe you are too, or maybe the state of our world is weighing on you. In any case, here’s your shot at some happy things!

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Never Like That In Traffic: #DeathBeforeCoffee by Desmond P. Ryan @RealDesmondRyan #MikeOShea #damppebblesblogtours

I’m on a roll! One day, two fab books! Tonight, I’m talking about a book that made me laugh, roll my eyes, and race through time!

My biggest thanks to the fantastic Emma @ damppebblesblogtour for giving me the opportunity to discover this author and book. I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour.

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Title: Death Before Coffee
Author: Desmond P. Ryan
Date of publication: 8th February 2019
Format: e-copy
Source: blog tour organiser
Number of pages: 245

By 2:27 on a Thursday afternoon, the one-legged man from Room 8 at 147 Loxitor Avenue has been beaten to death with a lead pipe. Twenty-eight minutes later, Detective Mike O’Shea is testifying in a stuffy courtroom, unaware that, within an hour, he will be standing in an alleyway littered with beer cans and condoms while his new partner—the man who saved his life thirteen years ago—flicks bugs off of a battered corpse with a ballpoint pen. When a rogue undercover copper prematurely hauls in the prime suspect, Mike blows a fuse, resulting in an unlikely rapport developing between him and the lead homicide detective sergeant, a woman known for her stilettos and razor sharp investigative skills.

At the end of his seventy-two-hour shift, three men are dead and Mike O’Shea is floating in and out of consciousness in an emergency room hallway, two women by his side. Death Before Coffee, the second book in the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, weaves a homicide investigation through the life of an inner-city police detective intent on balancing his responsibilities as a son, brother, and newly single father with his sworn oath of duty. When faced with death, Mike is forced to make decisions that stir up old memories, compelling him to confront his demons while fighting the good fight.

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Abracadabra: #IWantYouGone by Miranda Rijks @MirandaRijks @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Some books take you by surprise. Some books exceed your expectations and turn a normal day into a fabulous exciting time. I Want You Gone is one of those books!

Thank you to Emma @damppebblesblogtours for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

i want you gone
Title: I Want You Gone
Author: Miranda Rijks
Publisher: Inkubator Books
Date of publication: April 2019
Format: e-copy
Source: blog tour organiser
Number of pages: 300

The only obituary you never want to read – is your own.
Laura Swallow is dead.
A life cut tragically short, says the newspaper obituary.
But that’s a lie.
Estate agent Laura did not die in a car accident. She is alive and well.
At first, Laura thinks it’s a sick joke. But multiple announcements of her death are followed by increasingly sinister real-life events.
Already fragile, struggling to recover from a recent divorce, Laura is plunged into a living nightmare.
Who can she trust? Her new lover? Her clients and work colleagues? What about her ex-husband and his smug fiancée? Can Laura even rely on her best friends? And why is it that Laura’s present troubles are so tied up with her sister’s sudden death all those years ago? But one thing Laura is sure of – someone out there wants her to suffer. Wants her gone.
Forever.

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