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Blog Tour – ‘Behind the Scenes’ by Sophie Childs


‘Behind the Scenes’ is Sophie Childs debut novel.  It was published by So Vain Books on the 26th February 2015.  Today sees the start of a blog tour in celebration of Sophie Childs book.  I was kindly sent a copy of ‘Behind the Scenes’ to review.

Bethan Brooks lives in Kilburn with her boyfriend, Lee.  Bethan having recently got herself a secretarial job finds herself working for the boss from Hell.  However, it seems she doesn’t have much choice at the moment but to stick it out.  You see, she has to support Lee whilst he spends his time rehearsing with his band and singing at weddings.  He keeps telling her that one day they’ll make it big, but that’s hard to believe.  Bethan is a big film fan so escapes by treating herself to trips to the cinema.

One day on her commute to work Bethan gets a big surprise when she sees her favourite actor on the tube and soon finds herself chatting to him.  A further encounter finds Bethan being invited to spend a day on set.  This leads to serious repercussions for her but maybe it was meant to be, especially when Bethan soon finds herself involved in the world of glamour and celebrities.

On first starting ‘Behind the Scenes’ I wasn’t too sure if I would like it, but I was soon engrossed and found myself really enjoying it.  I thought Bethan was a bit too dreamy at first but as the saying goes anything can happen.  I was so glad that she was able to achieve what she wanted to.

I didn’t warm to Lee at all.  He struck me as wanting to have his cake and eat it right from the start.  He didn’t want to support Bethan at all which I thought was very selfish.  It seemed to be all about him.

I found this story to be very predictable at times but that didn’t put me off.

‘Behind the Scenes’ is a light-hearted, relaxing and enjoyable read.

I give this book 4 out of 5.



One very lucky person has the chance to win a copy of ‘Behind the Scenes’ in paperback.  To enter just leave a comment telling me why you love to read.


Terms and Conditions 

This competition is open internationally.

The closing date is the 15th March 2015 at 23:59 p.m.

The winner will be randomly chosen and contacted by myself and their details given to So Vain Books who will send out the prize.


Below is the list of bloggers taking part in this blog tour:-

Monday 2nd




Tuesday 3rd




Wednesday 4th




Thursday 5th



‘Friends & Rivals’ by Tilly Bagshawe

I was one of  the lucky people who was selected to read and review this book for Lovereading.co.uk.  ‘Friends & Rivals’, published today, is I’m sure going to be very popular.

This is the first book I’ve ever read by Tilly Bagshawe, so I was pleased to be given the opportunity to review it and of course to discover another author.  ‘Friends & Rivals’ throws you into the world of celebrities and all the fame, glamour and backstabbing that goes with it.

Catriona has been married to Ivan, her philandering husband, for twenty years.  She loves him passionately and even though he has had affairs in the past, she has forgiven him.

Ivan and Jack are partners of a successful music management company.  Jack sends Kendall who is a very promising young singer to the UK so that Ivan can help promote her there.  It doesn’t take long however for Jack to offer her a better contract and then to jump into bed with her.  Once the media get wind of the affair it becomes public knowledge, which leaves Catriona totally devastated.

Ava is an innocent seventeen-year-old who is thrown into the world of fame.  When she is pitted against Kendall, the whole world watches, waiting to see who will come out the winner.

I found this to be an extremely addictive read and I was left wanting more.  It was quite amusing seeing names of actual famous celebrities throughout.  My favourite characters were Catriona and Jack, although it was Kendall and Ivan who made the story really interesting.  If you’re after pure escapism, read this book.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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