French Roast (The French Twist Series #4) by @GlynisAstie #Contemporary #ChickLit #TuesdayBookBlog

  • Author: Glynis Astie
  • Published: May 2017 by Tikinou Publishing
  • Category: ChickLit, Contemporary, Family, Novella, Books, Reading, Book Review

Sydney Durand, the quirky yet lovable heroine of the French Twist series, is back for one final instalment in a very special novella. 

As the wife of a gorgeous and romantic Frenchman and the mother of the most angelic boy ever, Sydney is living a life of sheer perfection. She’s gone through quite a bit to achieve this charmed life, and now nothing is going to bring her down. Or so she thinks.

French Roast rounds out the French Twist series, set a few years after the end of French Fry and Sidney is back…full on.  Becoming a mother has failed to relax the over anxiousness and her slight(ish) neurotic tendencies are still very much alive and well. Continue reading

Ignoring Gravity

  • ignoring-gravity-by-sandra-danby1Author: Sandra Danby
  • Publisher: BSBN Books
  • Provisional Publication: September 2014
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction
  • four-stars

I was given a copy of the book by the author in exchange for my review.

Rose Haldane is confident about her identity. She pulls the same face as her grandfather when she has to do something she doesn’t want to, she knows her DNA is the same as his. Except it isn’t: because Rose is adopted and doesn’t know it. Ignoring Gravity connects two pairs of sisters separated by a generation of secrets. Finding her mother’s lost diaries, Rose begins to understand why she has always seemed the outsider in her family, why she feels so different from her sister Lily. Then just when she thinks there can’t be any more secrets…

Rose Haldane’s world falls apart when she and her sister discover their dead mother’s diaries while sorting through her belongings. It starts a chain of events that catapult Rose through a roller coaster of emotions. Using her journalistic skills Rose starts the search to find out the truth and slowly uncovers events that touch many lives.

Meanwhile Rose’s sister, Lily, is dealing with marriage problems as well as the changing family dynamics.

It’s a fascinating and intriguing tale of family, love, loyalty and new beginnings and pulled me in from the start. There’s a thread of romance running through which doesn’t overshadow the main story of Rose’s search for her true identity.

The characters are well written and developed, real and with flaws, distinct and visual. A very enjoyable and attention holding read.

About the author

sandra-danby-author-19-3-14Since she can first remember, Sandra Danby has loved reading. Hardback, paperback, e-book, new or pre-loved, borrowed from the library and friends, magazines and newspapers, she reads them all. She grew up on a small dairy farm at the bleak edge of East Yorkshire where England meets the North Sea. At the age of four she was making magazines full of her own stories. When missed by her mother, she was usually found in a corner with her nose in a book. She devoured everything from the Famous Five and Secret Seven to Swallows and Amazons, from Little Women to George Orwell and Mary Stewart. All this reading led her first to a degree in English Literature in London, then to journalism. Now she writes fiction full-time… and still reads at every spare moment.

Sandra is now writing Connectedness, the sequel in which Rose Haldane travels from Yorkshire to Malaga, Spain, in pursuit of the birth child of controversial artist Justine Tree.

To pre-order Ignoring Gravity please click here

To find out more you can connect with Sandra on her websiteTwitter, Facebook and Goodreads

There’s a book trailer for Ignoring Gravity here