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‘Appleby Farm’ Series by Cathy Bramley – Cover Reveal

Appleby FarmCathy Bramley has written another eBook series and today I am pleased to be taking part in the cover reveal.  Read more about ‘Appleby Farm’ below.

 

After I finished writing Ivy Lane earlier this year, my editor asked me if I’d consider a spin-off series, taking one character from Ivy Lane and plunging them into a new setting and a new story with perhaps a few surprise visits from some old friends from Ivy Lane. I thought this was a great idea and immediately set to work creating Appleby Farm, which I’m hoping readers of Ivy Lane will fall in love with.

It’s set in the glorious Lake District, an area I adore, and follows the story of a young woman and her fight to save the farm which has been in her family for generations. It features lots of wonderful people including a very attractive farmer on neighbouring Willow Farm, Vintage tearooms, a trip to Paris and a wedding. Appleby Farm will be published by Transworld in four monthly parts between February and May 2015 and they are all available to pre-order now!

The covers themselves have been designed by Kate Forrester, the same illustrator who drew my Ivy Lane covers and I think she has conjured up the warm and friendly farm set in the beautiful Lake District perfectly.

The link to part one on Amazon UK is http://smarturl.it/Af1

Blog Tour – ‘Keep Your Friends Close’ by Paula Daly + Competition

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Last year I reviewed Paula Daly’s debut novel, ‘Just What Kind of Mother Are You?’  You can read what I thought about it here:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/jwkomay/

Since then I have been waiting patiently for Paula’s next book to come out and was thrilled when I found out it was being released soon.  As part of this blog tour I was asked to review ‘Keep Your Friends Close’.

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‘Keep Your Friends Close’ was published by Bantam Press on the 13th March 2014.  I was sent an advance reading copy from Alison Barrow at Transworld Publishers.

Natty and Sean Wainwright have a good marriage, two lovely teenage daughters and a successful business running a hotel in Windermere.  Everyday life might be that little bit mundane at times but in general things are okay.

Felicity, the youngest of the two daughters has gone on a school trip to France.  Natty’s oldest friend, Eve who has been living in America for the past few years decides to come and visit.  Whilst they are sitting together catching up on things Natty receives a telephone call.  Felicity has been taken seriously ill and is in hospital.  Natty travels to France alone safe in the knowledge that Eve is there to help Sean out.

When Natty returns home with Felicity two weeks later she doesn’t expect the welcome back she receives.  Sean informs her that he has fallen in love with Eve and that their marriage is over.  Natty is naturally left feeling devastated and angry but she knows she has to put on a brave face for the children.

This novel asks a very important question: What would you do if your best friend stole your life?  I don’t think it’s one many of us would be able to answer somehow.  It’s just unthinkable!

From start to finish I found ‘Keep Your Friends Close’ very hard to put down.  It was just so gripping.  There were lots of twists and turns, plus some real shockers.  Paula Daly has proved once again that she can write a great psychological thriller.  She really does have a knack of getting right into her characters minds.

Beautifully written with lovely descriptions of the Lake District, for me ‘Keep Your Friends Close’ is another winner.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

 

I am giving away 2 copies of ‘Keep Your Friends Close’.  To enter leave a comment telling me why you want to win this book.

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to UK residents only.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 6th April 2014.

Winners will be notified within 7 days and their details will be passed on to the publisher who will send out the prizes.

Good luck! 🙂

 

Visit www.claremackintosh.com tomorrow for the next part of this blog tour.

 

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