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Blog Tour – ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ by Daniela Sacerdoti

Blog Tour

Today it is my turn on this blog tour and I am absolutely thrilled to be taking part.  Last year I read and reviewed Daniela Sacerdoti’s previous novel, ‘Set Me Free’ and I absolutely loved it, so I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was to read this book.  ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ is out in paperback this month, published by Black and White Publishing.  It is the fourth book in the Glen Avich series.

Isabel Ramsay lives in Glen Avich with her husband, Angus.  A successful artist, she has never really got over her mother’s death, even though she died when she was very young.  Haunted by what happened all those years ago, Isabel finds that her own life is spiralling out of control and unable to bear the pain any longer she decides to end her life.  But then Isabel wakes up and discovers that she hasn’t died after all.  She remembers a vision of a mysterious woman who has saved her, but doesn’t understand how this could be so.

With Isabel’s family and friends worried out of their minds, Angus and his brother find a companion to watch over Isabel.  Angus’s work means he is away quite a lot from home and he doesn’t want Isabel to be alone.  Isabel doesn’t like anyone in her home but somehow she accepts having Clara there.  Clara connects with her in a way no one else can.  She helps Isabel to face up to her painful past, rediscover her passion for art and encourages her to live her life again.  But there is something mysterious about Clara.

I tend to comment if I really love a book cover and this one is just beautiful.  It is picture perfect like a postcard.  The snow looks so lovely that you just don’t want to disturb it.

When I first started reading ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ I wasn’t sure if I would like it as much as the previous novel.  I thought it might be a little bit too depressing, but after a couple or so chapters I found myself really getting into the story.  Daniela Sacerdoti portrays her characters so well that you end up feeling as if you’ve known them forever.  It was nice meeting up with some of the characters from the previous book.  It felt like a reunion of old friends.

I could really understand how Angus was feeling.  He was put in a very tricky situation and was naturally scared in case Isabel tried to commit suicide again.  I thought that Clara was exactly what Isabel needed.  She was really good for her.  I found myself trying to work out what the mystery was about Clara, although I did have an idea.

‘Don’t Be Afraid’ is a beautiful, poignant and magical story and its one I won’t forget for quite a while.  I think this is a wonderful book for people who suffer from depression.  I am really looking forward to reading Daniela Sacerdoti’s next novel.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

 

 

‘Don’t Be Afraid is available to buy from Amazon:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Afraid-Glen-Avich-Book-ebook/dp/B014JABSES/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1452448414&sr=1-1&keywords=don%27t+be+afraid

 

Blog Tour – ‘Set Me Free’ by Daniela Sacerdoti

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‘Set Me Free’ is Daniela Sacerdoti’s latest novel.  It was published by Black and White Publishing in paperback on the 30th April 2015 and it is also available as an eBook.  I am truly delighted to be a part of this blog tour.  Below is my review and a competition.

 

Review

Margherita’s marriage seems to be falling apart.  After trying for a baby and not having any success, Margherita and Ash decide to adopt a child.  A few years later Margherita eventually falls pregnant and is naturally over the moon.  However, her husband doesn’t seem to be very pleased with her news and is of very little support to her.

Needing a break and some time away to think things through, Margherita decides to spend the summer in Glen Avich where she can help out at her mum’s new coffee shop.  She also feels that she needs to spend time reconnecting with her adopted daughter and young son.  Glen Avich can have a very strange effect on some people and when Margherita starts working for Torcuil Ramsay at the rather neglected Ramsay Hall things begin to change.  Margherita finds that she is happy and Lara begins a new friendship with a local boy called Mal.  But there is something about him that just doesn’t add up.

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Set Me Free’ from start to finish.  The prologue which was set in 1916 had me totally intrigued.  Daniela Sacerdoti writes beautifully.  I thought her descriptions of the characters and Glen Avich were wonderful.

Most of the characters were really likeable.  Margherita was just so lovely and kind.  Lara had had a very difficult time of things at the start of her life and Margherita gave her buckets full of love and lots of understanding.  Maybe Ash simply found it hard to be a proper dad, I don’t know, but he sure didn’t deserve to have Margherita as his wife.

I absolutely loved the sound of Ramsay Hall and I felt as if I was in there with the characters.  How I would love to have explored all the rooms and spend time in the library surround by all those lovely books.

Some of the cakes and biscuits which were baked for the coffee shop sounded scrumptious.

‘Set Me Free’ is a story of love, loss, hope and pastures new.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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Black and White Publishing have produced a small recipe book containing baked products which are mentioned in ‘Set Me Free’.  I was sent a copy of it with the book and it is lovely.  The recipe book is free to download from their website:-

http://www.blackandwhitepublishing.com/index.php/books/view/set_me_free

You can also get it free from Amazon:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Margheritas-Recipes-Daniela-Sacerdotis-Bestselling-ebook/dp/B00VA69C84/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1429526611&sr=1-1&keywords=margherita%27s+recipes

 

Competition

Black and White Publishing have kindly offered two paperback copies of ‘Set Me Free’.  To enter just leave a comment telling me what your favourite baked products are.

 

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open worldwide.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 18th May 2015.

The winners will be randomly chosen and notified within 7 days of the closing date and their details will be passed on to Black and White Publishing who will send the prizes out.

 

Good luck! 🙂

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