#Review By Lou of Meet The Grubblers By Sarah Louise, Illustrated By Amy Ashworth @sarahlouise_novels @thegrubblers @Random T Tours #BlogTour #ChildrensBooks #MeetTheGrubblers

Meet The Grubblers
By Sarah Louise
Illustrated By Amy Ashworth 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Meet the Grubblers has cake, creatures and a magical world to explore in this positive adventure. 
Discover more in the blurb and my review below.
Thanks to Random T. Tours for inviting me to review as part of the blog tour.

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Review

Meet the Grubblers 3D ImageMeet the Grubblers is set against the pandemic, but also delves into a fantastic adventure. Emily is fed up of Ipad’s and calls over the internet and opens her curtains one day and is magically whisked on an adventure with a mysterious girl called Lucy, who in turn introduces her to The Grubblers, who are up to all sorts of antics… They are curious characters who bring humour and take readers further into a fantastical land, which is brilliant for escapism. Amongst the humour and cake, that features in the book, is mild trepidation as someone has captured Ada and it is up to Emily and Lucy, in this different land, to find her.
This is a positive story with an excellent ending.

You may never open your curtains in the same way after reading this story… There are perhaps more adventures than meets the eye for the imaginative readers…

On, perhaps an even more serious note, I think this is great, considering at the time of writing, Covid-19 has not totally disappeared and for the future as things move onwards, it’s an important reminder of its existence. The book, although set in a magical world for the most part, is also very relatable for children for what had happened in the world, as well as managing to be highly entertaining.

I highly recommend this very fun, entertaining book.

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#BookReview by Lou Orphans of the Storm by Celia Imrie – rated 5 stars @CeliaImrie @BloomsburyBooks #HistoricalFiction #WomensFiction #GeneralFiction #OrphansOfTheStorm #Titanic

Orphans of the Storm
By Celia Imrie

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Orphans of the Storm is a refreshing and captivating historical read that show a different side to relationships in the 1900’s. This is gripping and so engaging, with a fascinating truth about the characters within the story at the end. This is a book I highly recommend!
Discover more in the blurb and then onto my full review.
*Thanks to Bloomsbury for gifting a copy of the book, in exchange of an honest review.

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About the Author

Celia Imrie is an Olivier award-winning and Screen Actors Guild-nominated actress. She is known for her film roles in The Best Exotic Marigold HotelThe Second Best Exotic Marigold HotelCalendar Girls and Nanny McPhee. Celia Imrie has recently starred in the major films Bridget Jones’s BabyAbsolutely Fabulous: The MovieYear by the Sea and A Cure for Wellness. In 2016 she also appeared in FX’s new comedy series Better Things, and returned to the stage in King Lear at The Old Vic. 2017 so far has seen Celia Imrie appear in psychological horror A Cure For Wellness. Celia Imrie is the author of an autobiography, The Happy Hoofer, and two top ten Sunday Times bestselling novels, Not Quite Nice and Nice Work (If You Can Get It).

Website: http://www.celiaimrie.info   Twitter: @CeliaImrie

Blurb

‘Gripping … An epic adventure’ ROSIE GOODWIN

‘Smashing … I was hooked on page one and literally could not put it down. I loved all that she wrote about the true story behind this thrilling tale’ JOANNA LUMLEY

Orphans of the Storm coverNice, France, 1911: After three years of marriage, young seamstress Marcella Caretto has finally had enough. Her husband, Michael, an ambitious tailor, has become cruel and controlling and she determines to get a divorce.

But while awaiting the judges’ decision on the custody of their two small boys, Michael receives news that changes everything.

Meanwhile fun-loving New York socialite Margaret Hays is touring Europe with some friends. Restless, she resolves to head home aboard the most celebrated steamer in the world – RMS Titanic.

As the ship sets sail for America, carrying two infants bearing false names, the paths of Marcela, Michael and Margaret cross – and nothing will ever be the same again.

From the Sunday Times-bestselling author, Celia Imrie, Orphans of the Storm dives into the waters of the past to unearth a sweeping, epic tale of the sinking of the Titanic that radiates with humanity and hums with life.

Review

Orphans of the Storm whisks readers back in time to September 1911, Nice, France, where readers meet Marcella, who has children and is in the process of divorcing her husband. Celia Imrie really captures that sense of nerves as Marcella wonders if she should go through with it or not, even though she has already stepped foot into the solicitor’s office. Readers also see what happened in the lead up as time flips back to 1907.
It’s an interesting part of history with this slant of life, as not many women would have contemplated this at that time, but there were some that certainly did. It brings a bit of history that isn’t talked about much or shown very little at this time. It’s certainly attention grabbing and brings, perhaps, a fresher appeal, so even if it is isn’t a reader’s usual genre or time period for reading about, I think they’ll find something different in Orphan’s of the Storm.

Marcella works as a tailor and readers are treated to all sorts of fabrics, in words, but really she would rather be a singer. The romantic entanglement was one between Marcella and Michael, but all isn’t what it seems. It becomes one of controlling behaviours. Celia Imrie captures love and this darker side very well and shows how things start to turn in this relationship and the increasing jealousy of Michael. It’s written with disarming authenticity and readers can really be pulled in further by this.

There is also some humour to be found within the characters, which lifts it and brings something more jovial to the story.

The book also shows what was happening from Michael’s life from 1912 in Calais and the people he meets. It also shows his life in London. The attention to detail is inspired. Celia Imrie has a talent for creating an epic story that enthralls and holds you there in the world she creates. There’s the crowds of people at RMS Titanic and the atmosphere and the sense of the scale of the journey being embarked, that readers then join too.

There are twists and turns that ensue, involving Marcella, Michael and the children in reaction to what happened in previous years.
There is also the fact of being on the Titanic. Although everyone knows what happens, there is still drama injected from involving the family and of course the iceberg. Tension, action and emotions are written very well, in a believable manner. The book also takes readers beyond that fateful day of the Titanic and illustrates what happened next most excellently. Moving onwards from that is a bit about the characters you’ve just read about. This book is based on some real people. A great deal of research has clearly gone into this to create not only a compelling story, but one that goes onto say a bit more about the people behind the fictional story beforehand, which is as fascinating as fiction.

The Orphans of the Storm is even better than I thought it would be and the writing really is exquisite and captivating. This is a book I highly recommend.

#Review by Lou – Carried Away by E.L. Haynes #ELHaynes #Fiction

Carried Away
By E.L. Haines

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Cats in ways you may not expect, politics in terms you would expect and a pandemic causing catastrophie and yet characters to get to know and nestled within, other trends like more TV watching create a thriller that everyone can relate to…. It isn’t all as dark as it would seem in what is a surprisingly beautifully written book.

I thank E.L. Haines for getting in touch via my Contact Page on the blog to request a review of his book – Carried Away. Discover more about him and the book below, plus my review after the blurb and a purchase link.

About The Author

Ethan is a self-published author under the name E.L. Haines. His latest book, Carried Away, is a pandemic thriller based on the global response to COVID-19 in 2020. Ethan is a passionate researcher with a special interest in medical literature, which almost always finds its way into his fiction books. He also doubles as a medical journalist, tracking the latest developments in the health field for FARR.

 

Blurb

Carried AwayIn the midst of a deadly global disease, sometimes it’s hard to say which is worse: the pandemic, or the pandemonium.

Sparrow is visiting Italy, just trying to enjoy a decent pizza, when the locals start dropping dead from a mysterious disorder. Soon, he’s caught up in rampant rumors, a panicking population, and a competition to find the cure.

All the while, he’s fighting off ferocious felines and defending himself from hospital patients who are definitely not zombies. Zombies aren’t real.

But cats are real. And you’ll never look at Whiskers the same way again.

You can’t spell catastrophe without C-A-T.

Review

Vector is based in Catania, which is beautifully scenic and made up of elderly retired people and the youthful unemployed and both feel like they’ve given up as they have the same goals of doing very little and seem trapped in the mundane parts of the cycle of life. Vector is different and wants to know if there is more to life than the same old routines. It sparks my interest, as does the lives of Cruz and Carrie. Sparrow is an interesting character, readers can get to know very well. Suddenly an innocent time in Italy, enjoying pizza, turns into a nightmare that has everything thrown at it and turns into thriller with a race against time, which twists and turns. 

There is something beautiful, yet organic about the descriptions, that enriches what readers and characters are seeing.

It’s a brave book, that is well considered with a truth about it and is highly topical as it talks about male suicide and also a pandemic beginning with the World Health Organisation (WHO) getting involved. It mirrors a bit about what is happening in the world today, including within hospitals. This isn’t just about a pandemic though, it has intrigue on a political slant. The book even has cats within it, for all the cat-lovers and to highlight the cat trend, but are they all cute and fluffy? That would be telling…
It isn’t all dark and bleak, there is good food and the characters everyday lives to get stuck into and trending tv programmes. So it does have some lift to this multi-layered book.

Such books may be too soon for some people hit hardest by the pandemic, but at the same time, there will be people to stomach it now lockdowns are easing. In some ways the book is important to add to a slowly growing collection of these books because people’s memories do fade in time and some, like this one, mixes fact and fiction, so some parts are more recognisable than others to create a thriller of story. I look at it like this, just like all those books and films about the First and Second World Wars are written and shown, that show different takes on catastrophic events, books like this one are doing the same with the pandemic.

Purchase link:     Amazon

Something Different by Lou – Books by Lorraine Johnston for various charities – Dive in to discover more #ChildrensBooks #WhiteleysRetreat #ScotlandsCharityAirAmbulance #WildlifeTrust

Charity books picI have something different today. It’s something quite wonderful and joyous! It’s something that you, the reader, can really get involved in. Today I am writing here about 3 books. Not just any 3 books The money raised for these books will go to very well-known Scottish Charities – Whiteley’s Retreat, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance and Scottish Wildlife Trust. The books are full of humour and friendship. There are added extras for children to amuse themselves with as they can get creative with bookmarks and puppets. You don’t need to have children to be able to assist the charities, I have provided info and links to each charity so you can find more info about them.
First let me tell you about the author and then let’s get back to the books and the charities.

Author Raine picEach book is written by Lorraine Johnston. Supporting Scottish Charities through book sales is incredibly important to her. When her and I spoke over video call, she shown real passion for charities. This is definitely not some vanity project she is doing, she shown real knowledge of the charities and a true care for them.
She went on to tell me how she used to support them in all sorts of physical and energetic ways, before being diagnosed with MS. Writing has allowed her to have a purpose again, but to write so that other people from all different walks of life as well as wildlife as she has a passion for people and nature.
Website: www.writerlorrainejohnston.com   Now onto discover the wonderful books and charities…

Each book has humour, adventure, friendship, courage, facts about the animal they’ve read the story about and an extra fun activity they can do. Each book has bright, bold illustrations accompanying the story.

Whit of Whiteley’s Wood – 100% of All Proceeds go to Whiteley’s Retreat – offers free short breaks for families who have children with life-altering illnesses.

Later Tartan Gator – £1 from each book sale will be donated to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

MacMoley Moves Home – £1 from each book sale will be donated to The Wildlife Trust.

All books can be bought from her website www.writerlorrainejohnston.com  OR Foggie Toddle Books – An Independent bookshop Located in Wigtown.
Find out more about the books and the charities in turn, below.

Whit of Whiteley’s Wood

Whit of Whitelys WoodsFull of humour and empathy, young readers can fly in to join Whit, a young Long-Eared owl, who finds herself in a bit of a pickle to say the least. In excellent rhythm, she soon discovers that, thankfully, she discovers immense friendship in a horse, a mole, a mouse, a fox and birds, who all do their bit to help her and save her from what was almost a completely disastrous flight. There is much warmth and courage in this uplifting and cheering story amongst the wildlife. Continue further than the story’s end to discover the most uplifting quote by Oscar Wilde that is perfect for these times we are living in. Further still, discover how to make a paper bag puppet and fun facts about owls. All perfect to keep children amused.

May be an image of text that says "WHITELEYS RETREAT"Whiteley’s Farm Retreat – 100% of all proceeds of this book will go to this charity.

Whiteleys offers amazing spaces for the whole family to enjoy and explore, both on the doorstep and in the surrounding area. We have two high quality, five star assisted catering cottages where families can enjoy short therapeutic breaks complemented with a variety of animal, art, horticultural, holistic, music and recreational therapies. There is a Sensory Hub, a Play Park, Animal Therapy Area, a Wellbeing Garden.

Once a farm, Whiteleys has many exciting opportunities for development: we have plans to create a Sensory Play Barn, Outdoor Recreational Areas, Woodland Pathed Walks and ultimately a Centre of Excellence for children and young people with cancer and life altering illness. We are developing our Young Shoulders Programme, Bereavement Breaks and Sibling/Carers Weeks throughout the year. You can follow these on our social media channels, too.
Find out more about them on their media below:
 Websitewww.whiteleysretreat.com    Facebook: WhiteleysRetreat     Twitter: @whiteleysayr         Instagram: whiteleys_retreat/   LinkedIn: whiteleys-retreat-2733b6164

Purchases can be made from www.writerlorrainejohnston.com  OR Foggie Toddle Books

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A visit to Audubon Zoo in this rhyming book, brings much fun and unexpected effects, when the visitors ignore the “Do Not Feed The Animals At Any Time” signs and feed an alligator a whole haggis. A girl then buys some blue chocolate frogs to help with the unintended consequence of eating the haggis as he feels sad. Children will have much fun as they watch surprising changes in the alligator. At the back of the book, they will also find bookmarks to have fun, personalising for themselves.

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Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance | SCAAScottish Charity Air Ambulance £1 of all proceeds of this book will go to this charity.

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) saves and
                                    improves lives across Scotland every day. 

SCAA currently operates two helicopters, both EC135-T2is, and one rapid response vehicle – taking expert paramedic care to the scene of time-critical emergencies, whether it be on a road, in a field or at someone’s home.  SCAA then transports patients to specialist hospitals to receive the most appropriate advanced care.

SCAA makes a difference – a patient’s chance of survival and full recovery are greatly increased if they receive the right medical care within the first hour of injury or illness.  The fast response of SCAA and its ability to reach Scotland’s most remote and rural areas saves vital minutes when every second really does count.

SCAA can be airborne within five minutes of receiving an emergency call and can reach 90% of Scotland’s population within 25 minutes.

As Scotland’s only charity air ambulance, SCAA is funded by the people of Scotland, primarily through donations, fundraising, events and our life-saving lottery.

Website: https://www.scaa.org.uk/     Twitter: @ScotAirAmb   Instagram: scaa_charity/   YouTube: ScotAirAmb

Purchases can be made from www.writerlorrainejohnston.com  OR Foggie Toddle Books

Moley MacMoley

MacMoley CoverMacmoley has too much stuff in his home, so he decides to find another one. He packs his porridge bowl and bagpipes and sets off to tell his friends – Fox, Rabbit, Vole and Shrew, who are all very busy. Children can have fun as they follow Moley MacMoley on an adventure through the tunnels he digs, to see if he can ever find a home that is big enough for him and all his belongings. It has a surprise and fun twist at the end as Moley MacMoley realises something about what home means.
Then children can learn fun facts about moles and see photos. There is a section about cute collectables. The book is dedicated to all those who care for wildlife.

Springwatch Competition - The Scottish Beaver TrialScottish Wildlife Trust – £1 of all proceeds of this book will go to this charity.

For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas.

The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. It also manages a network of around 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.
Find out more on their media below:

Website: https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/    Twitter: @ScotWildPolicy   
Facebook: Scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/social     YouTube: https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/social/#youtube

Purchases can be made from www.writerlorrainejohnston.com  OR Foggie Toddle Books

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