#bookreview A Thousand Tiny Disappointments by Sarah Edghill. @EdghillSarah @BloodhoundBooks

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Delighted to share my review with you today for a new novel called A Tiny Thousand Disappointments. I was contacted by the author herself asking if I would like to read a copy in exchange for a review. I said I would be happy to and I’m so glad I did! It is a wonderfully written debut novel and has received some great comments from some great authors.

A Tiny Thousand Disappointments is published by Bloodhound Books and was released on September 21st. It is available to buy on Amazon.

Release date: 21st September 2021

Published by Bloodhound Books

Available in paperback and EBook (as I write the kindle version is available at just 99p)

SYNOPSIS

Martha is being pulled in too many directions, trying to be a good mother, a loving wife, and a dutiful daughter. Despite it all, she’s coping. But then her elderly mother is rushed to the hospital and dies unexpectedly, and the cracks in the life Martha is struggling to hold together are about to be exposed.
 
When she discovers her mother has left her house to a stranger, she’s overwhelmed by grief and hurt. Getting no support from her disinterested husband or arrogant brother, Martha goes on to make some bad decisions.

If she were a good daughter, she would abide by her mother’s final wishes. If she were a good daughter, she wouldn’t destroy the evidence . . .

MY THOUGHTS

An extremely well written debut about a woman called Martha and her day to day struggles and situations brought about by events in her life over the last few years.

After the sudden death of her mother, she soon discovers that neither herself or her brother have been left her mother’s house, and although neither of them ‘need’ it financially, they expected it and they can not understand why their mother would make such a decision. On finding this information, Martha has to make a quick decision on how to handle the matter. This act later fills Martha with regret and in doing so, along with the lack of support from family and friends, makes Martha question her role as a daughter and re-evaluate her life and herself.

The characters within this book and the relationships Martha has with those characters are so believable and somewhat relatable, that this story soon placed itself into my imagination, enabling me to become quickly and utterly absorbed. Her emotions and thoughts are marvellously described by the author as are the actions of others, particularly the character of the brother-in-law who had me inwardly raging at one point in the book. Although both Martha and her brother are comfortable off and perhaps because of this, it really makes you think about the whole issue of inheritance and if parents are expected to leave what they have to their children.

There are two other very key elements to this story and that is Martha’s marriage and her son. I won’t go into these major parts of the book, as it will give too much away, but they are key to how Martha responds to things and the overall outcome of the story. The inclusion of the character of Martha’s friend is also a very interesting addition to Martha’s story.

I very much enjoyed this novel, and although moving and poignant, I found it an uplifting read. I look forward to reading more from this author.

THE AUTHOR

Sarah Edghill worked as a journalist for many years, writing for a range of newspapers and magazines, before turning her hand to fiction.

She is an alumna of the Faber Academy Novel Writing course and her work has won prizes and been short-listed in novel and short story competitions.

She lives in Gloucestershire with her husband, three children and far too many animals.

Sarah can be found on Twitter at @EdghillSarah or www.sarahedghill.com.

#BOOKREVIEW ONE SUMMER IN MONTE CARLO BY JENNIFER BOHNET

It’s my stop on the blog tour today for One Summer in Monte Carlo by Jennifer Bohnet and I am delighted to share with you my review. Thank you to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy via Netgalley.

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SYNOPSIS

One Summer in Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo means different things to different people; a billionaires playground, overflowing with glitz and glamour but also where dangerous secrets hide.

For Nanette Weston, and her then fiancé, F1 racing driver Zac Ewart, their dream life came to an abrupt halt 3 years ago following a car accident which Zac walked away from, but left Nanette being airlifted back to the UK, never to return and never to see her fiancé again.

Monte Carlo was a place she wanted to forget, not revisit. But when her friend and employer, Vanessa asks Nanette to look after her children in the Principality for a few months, Nanette knew she had no choice but to return.

As the F1 circus once again comes to town, with Zac in pole position, mistakes of the past, leave legacies for the future…

REVIEW

I’ve read a number of Jennifer’s books now and they are always a delight. A drop of French sunshine, gorgeous settings, a sprinkling of romance and an interesting story. What more do you need?

Nanette, who previously worked in the hectic and glamorous world of Formula One and once engaged to the famously talented top driver Zac had vowed never to return to Monaco. After leaving three years previously following a car accident she has little memory of and the end of her relationship with Zac, it is a part of her life she always thought she needed to keep buried away. However, after being asked by her best friend and employer, Vanessa, to return, now as nanny to Vanessa’s twins, she is to stay with the children’s father and grandfather whilst Vanessa is away for a few months with her new husband in the Amazon rain forest. It all sounds very exciting and exotic, but danger and trouble lay ahead for both women and the author writes an engaging and interesting story from both of these character’s perspectives.

The two story lines, though very different from one another, worked well together and gave the book a fast moving pace. There is a good mystery element running through this book which made me keep on turning those pages along with the brilliantly described settings.

I’m a big F1 fan and having been to a number of races as well as visiting Monte Carlo/Monaco whilst on holiday in France, it was wonderful to read of the principality in the lead up to a Monaco grand prix. To feel the buzz of excitement and the hustle and bustle of a packed Monaco, the sound of the cars and all that the teams bring with them. I could sense that the author knew what she was talking about. You don’t need to be a lover of racing to enjoy this book however, as the atmosphere of a more normal Monaco and the description of the Amazon are wonderfully done.

This new novel gives us yet again a lovely cast of characters and the author’s usual sun soaked France oozes from the page. There is also a smaller romantic story line included, which is enjoyable and believable, but the main story is a fast moving mystery of what Nanette learns about people she once knew and though she still did. But does she?

Thanks so much to BoldWood Books for my advanced digital copy

This book was previously published as Follow Your Star by Jennifer Bohnet.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3cqDnQh

AUTHOR BIO

Jennifer Bohnet is the bestselling author of over 14 women’s fiction titles, including Villa of Sun and Secrets and A Riviera Retreat. She is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France.

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