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Blog Tour: The Secret Letters by Taryn Leigh

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog tour for The Secret Letters by Taryn Leigh. The cover of this one is just gorgeous! 

Book Description:

RACHEL, saved from an attack twelve years before by a faceless stranger, never got to thank him, never knew his name.

Despite the devastation she chose to rise above it to help others from their pain by becoming a psychologist…. Her only issue now is that she’s an expert at fixing everyone else’s problems, and blind to her own.

After a long relationship with her boyfriend WILL starts to go south, she turns to her best friend AMELIA for guidance.

Suddenly her world is turned upside down when tragedy strikes and she’s left with no one to comfort her but Will’s rude older brother RUARI.

Paralyzed by fear, she struggles to take grip of her life, until the day when anonymous letters begin to appear from the stranger who saved her twelve years before.

The Secret Letters
Author: Taryn Leigh

Published: August 9, 2020
241 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: July 24-August 1, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

The Secret Letters This is one that covers a lot of themes: romance, various relationships, trauma and survival, unfaithfulness, with a little bit of mystery thrown in.  It is also a fictional tale based on a real life attack.

Twelve years ago Rachel was attacked and then saved by an unknown person.  In the aftermath she begins to receive letters from her ‘hero’ to try to help her to come to grips with what happened  and help her heal.  He never makes himself known to her and eventually the letters stop.

Since surviving the attack, twelve years has passed and Rachel has become a psychiatrist and truly wants to help others face their issues. She has a boyfriend of 11 years and lately things have become stagnant.  She also meets an older gentleman she wants to help named Mr. Lemon. His story is just as important as Rachel’s and takes shape in the novel as well.  There was just something about the two of them that resonated with me.  I adored him and need a Mr. Lemon in my life!

Then tragedy happens to Rachel a second time and her life is turned upside down again for a variety of reasons…. Then the letters start coming again.

This is a novel that covers so much emotion and you cannot help but become fully invested in the story.  I did figure out who the mystery letter writer was at relatively early on, but that did not take away the enjoyment of the novel.  I just sat back and enjoyed the story and waited to see how Rachel would react to everything.

The story is based out of South Africa where Leigh is from and she is very descriptive in her writing; she makes you feel like you actually are in South Africa:  I would love to see a zebra in the ‘real world’ living its life like a deer does here in Georgia!

This is a powerful read that deals with very heavy subjects that are difficult to handle, but also about overcoming those tragedies.  Add a little bit of mystery and a sweet and possible developing romance and you just about have everything covered!

This is one I definitely recommend.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Taryn Leigh is a South African Author, who spent her childhood with her nose buried in books. Her love for reading transpired into her ambition to become an Author.

Taryn Leigh’s first book, Perfect Imperfections, is available in Paperback, eBook and AudioBook. She lives in Pretoria with her husband and son.

Contact Taryn:
Website
Instagram:@tarynleighbooks
Twitter: @tarynleighbook

Blog Tour: I Love You Too, Daddy by Shervin Jamali

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog tour for I Love You Too, Daddy by Shervin Jamali.  This novella was just released this week, is a short one at just 80 pages, and as of now has made my top read of the year!

Novella Description:

A young man hears a voice, compelling him to write the story of his life.

About a father, and brother, he adores. And perhaps a mother, who got lost in the shuffle. But there’s so much more. The voice convinces him others might benefit from his tale. That they too could overcome loss as a result.

So Jason writes his emotional journey.

I Love You Too, Daddy
Author: Shervin Jamali
Published: July 14, 2020
80 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: July 3-4, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Shervin Jamali is a ‘new to me’ author for 2020 and he did it again with another 5 star review! (the first for me was Remember) I plan to read all of his novels, and I Love You Too, Daddy is his newest and as of right now it is my top read of 2020!

This is a review where I don’t think I can give the novel the kudos it deserves. You will just have to read it. I Love You Too, Daddy is a fictional memoir of Jason and his life.   This is one everyone should read as it deals with loss due to death and everyone has lost someone precious to them.  The loss of someone precious can leave life-long emotions.  Myself, I lost my dad at 19, so I expected to cry while reading. I can say I didn’t but came close: I mean, look at the title of the memoir!  Jamali captures those feelings of loss perfectly through Jason’s memoir.

Through the short chapters that give Jason’s age at the start, we see Jason grow up.  The novella is brief at just 80 pages and can be read very quickly.  You are fully invested in Jason’s life as he narrates.  And be on the lookout for Michael who makes appearances in all of Jamali’s novels.

The only disclaimer I can give is that if you have recently lost someone and your grief is still fresh I would not read this right away unless you want a good ugly cry, which you might actually need.

If you have not read anything by Jamali, do look into his books.  They are only .99 on kindle! They are well worth the price.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Shervin Jamali has been writing for as long as he can remember as he had so many stories “locked away” but it wasn’t until he completed the first draft of ‘The Devil’s Lieutenant’ (2016) that he decided to turn his writings into books. His books are the perfect outlet for his daytime job as an IT consultant and he looks forward to the day he will be a full-time writer.

After having lived in sunny Florida, Shervin Jamali now resides in Knoxville, Tennessee. In his spare time, Shervin likes to put together jigsaw puzzles whilst contemplating plots for his next book.

Contact Shervin:
Twitter @ShervinJamali
Amazon Author Page

 

Books by Shervin Jamali:
I Love You Too, Daddy
Insaniam
Remember 
The Devil’s Lieutenant
Escape from Hell

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Blog Tour: Flying Solo by Zoe May

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog tour for The Flying Solo by Zoe May. If you enjoy ‘chick-lit’ at all, then this is one you must read! It is also available now.

Book Description:

Rachel Watson has it all worked out. By 30, she’s ticked off most of the goals on her Life List. She’s a homeowner, a partner at her law firm, she has a gorgeous boyfriend, lots of hobbies and loads of good friends. The only thing that’s missing is a ring on her finger.

According to her Life List, Rachel should be getting hitched around now, so when her boyfriend, Paul, plans a romantic date, Rachel’s pretty confident he’s going to propose. Except Paul has other ideas. He’s jetting off to India to find himself.

Distraught, Rachel doesn’t know what to do. Not one to easily admit defeat, she embarks on a mission to win him back.

Flying solo to India is definitely not on Rachel’s Life List, but could her trip teach her some unexpected lessons about love, life and herself? Could she realise that perhaps her Life List wasn’t exactly what she wanted, after all?

Flying Solo
Author: Zoe May

Published:  July 6, 2020
247 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 22-July 1, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Flying Solo was a welcome break from the thrillers and memoirs I have recently been reading.  Chick lit novels are always so much fun to read and Flying Solo was definitely fun!  With all Chick lit books you ultimately know there is going to be some sort of happy ending, but the journey is also fun to go on to get to get to that ending. In Flying Solo’s case, it takes us to India and inside an ashram! We get an idea of what life is like in India when Rachel first arrives and she goes through some culture shock. Reading this made me want to read more of books that take place in India.

Rachel was fun to travel with in that zaniness that it seems all British singletons possess.    They all seem to have a bit of Bridget Jones in them and I love Bridget!

This is a complete story with an ending, but closer to the last quarter of the novel, it goes with a new direction. This part of the novel is ‘unfinished’ and I hope that May continues this story. I really enjoyed this one and I would love to know what happens next!

This was definitely a fun read with a unique travel experience to India!  If you enjoy chick lit at all you need to pick this one up!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes. Zoe’s Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/zoemayauthor/

She posts updates and blogs on her website, www.zoemayauthor.co.uk

Contact Zoe:
Website
Twitter @zoe_writes
Instagram @zoe_writes

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