Monday, May 30, 2016

Beauty and the Recluse by Ellie Gray - Book Review & Giveaway


About Ellie Gray


Ellie lives in the beautiful East Riding of Yorkshire with her partner, David, and two children, Joe and Abbie.

Ellie is a contemporary romance author, published with the lovely Tirgearr Publishing, and is a proud member of the Romantic Novelist Association.

Her debut novel, Beauty and the Recluse, was published in February 2016 and her second novel, Love on the Nile, is due to be released in the Summer of 2016. Inbetween working full-time in public services and studying for an MSc in Public Management, Ellie is currently working on her third novel.

A few random pieces of information about Ellie:
 
Favourite TV shows – The Walking Dead, The X-Files, Nashville, Dr. Who, The Great British Bake-off!
 
Favourite Music – I’m an 80’s girl!, country, sixties, Elvis, classical (when I’m writing)
 
Favourite Food – Indian, tapas, crisps, cheese
 
Favourite Drink – black coffee – copious amounts when I’m writing, Sauvignon blanc when I’m not.

Find out more at
 
Twitter: @elliegray58

Book review

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Review by Anniek

Kiya has lost both of her parents to a terminal illness. After the death of her father she doesn't feel like going back to university and pick up her Law studies. Now an orphan with no place to call home Kiya has to find a job as soon as possible. She spots an ad in a store and decides to call in to see of the job is still available. Kiya gets the job as a housekeeper and is amazed by the enormous and beautiful house she gets to live and work in. She immediately falls in love with the property and the surroundings.

Kiya's employer is a little weird. He has left her a note to welcome her and has also written down instructions. Kiya can't use the kitchen at certain hours and a few rooms are off limits. She finds these rules odd but does her best to meet all the expectations. Ever since she started working she hasn't seen or spoken to her employer until one day she forgets to check the time and barges into the kitchen.

St. John lives all alone in his very big house and he prefers to keep it that way. A few years ago he was in a car accident that scarred his face. His fiancée left him while he was still in the hospital. These events made him believe he is hideous and he pulls back from physical contact with other people altogether, only a handful of people get to see him and he keeps everyone else at a safe distance.

Meeting Kiya was not what St. John had in mind but he can't seem to stop thinking about her. She doesn't pull back from him because of his ugly scar and she is also not afraid to confront him head-on when he's being unreasonable. Unfortunately he isn't the only one who has been captivated by her good looks and wonderful character. Will St. John be able to put his past behind him and start letting people in again?

Kiya and St. John are made for each other, but they were so frustrating at times. They are both thinking about the other, but they are never speaking about what they feel, which results into a lot of misunderstandings. The only thing I wanted as a reader was to finally get to that stage where they would let their walls down, because they both deserved so much more in life.

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and this story shows that ugliness can also be on the inside. His physical scar only shows how loving St. John is, because he got it protecting someone else. I wanted him to find some good things in life again after all he went through and I kept my fingers crossed that he would live happily ever after with Kiya. I love a lovely romantic story and Beauty and the Recluse is really sweet.
  
Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a $20/£20 Amazon gift card.

72 comments:

  1. The book cover looks cute 😊

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  2. The cover looks very sweet lol

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    1. Thanks, Amber - I think it reflects the story really well.

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    1. Thank you, Jolanda - it's gorgeous, isn't it?

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  4. I really like the cover, it's not over the top and very cute!

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    1. Thanks, Sally - I'm so pleased everyone seems to like the cover.

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  5. Thanks for all your lovely comments about the cover - I'm so pleased you all like it. Ellie

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  6. I love the book cover! Catches my attention!

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    1. Hi Connie - I'm glad you like the cover. The designer did a great job!

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  7. The cover is lovely. I especially like the ivy tower.

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    1. Thanks, Richard - I love old buildings and the one on the cover was just perfect for the story.

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  8. Love the old building and I could do with a hug like that!

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    1. A romantic old mansion and a hug like that - heaven! Glad you like the cover.

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  9. i think the book cover is adorable!

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    1. Thank you, Edye - I'm glad you like the cover

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  11. nice cover, it would appeal to my Wife

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    1. Thanks, Anthony - I'm thrilled that it seems to be appealing to such a lot of people

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  12. My oldest sister I search for romance books for her. I can look at the cover and know she would be interested

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    1. Hi James - yes, I know what you mean. We all hear about 'don't judge a book by its cover', but the truth is we often do. That's why I'm really pleased with this cover - it fits so well with the story.

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  13. Love the cover, it's classic :)

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  14. Nice cover - very sweet and wholesome.

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    1. Thanks, Karen - it fits the story really well.

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  15. I usually don't like faces\people on book covers (sorry, it's just not my thing) '^^

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    1. Hi Zoe, book covers are really subjective and what appeals to one person can really put others off - so no problem. Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment :)

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  16. The cover is very romantic. I like it :)

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  17. I think it's a really cute cover, lighthearted :)

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  18. It's a lovely cover, very simple but pretty.

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  19. I like the cover - it's attractive, cosy and somehow "welcoming" for want of a better word!

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  20. cute, but a bit cheesy. sorry ..

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  21. I like the house in the background but think the couple make it a bit 'cheap' & self-published rather than professional.

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  22. It's a great cover, but not much different than many I've seen out there xx

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  23. The cover image is run-of-the-mill but I like the use of the house in the background.

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  24. The cover feels a little overdone to be totally honest, maybe putting actual people infront of an actual house would have given it a more natural and less photoshopped feel and maybe picking a more 'normal' looking pair of people would have been nice.

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  25. The cover is fantastic :) Thank you so much for the chance x

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  26. Simple but still screams "pick me up and read me" lol :)

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  27. As a housekeeper myself i wouldn't wear that dress for work but hey it is romantic fiction! I would read the book based on your dialogue above though, sounds great!

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  28. I really like the cover - especially the house in the background.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  29. The book description sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

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  30. The cover is adorable, very sweet :)

    - Ana M

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  31. I like the cover, it's simple but nice.

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  32. I do like the cover but to be honest I prefer them without the characters so clearly defined in photographs. Your words paint a good enough picture to spark my imagination without it...not a criticism - just my own preference. x

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  33. I love the cover looks great

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  34. Lovely pic of the building but personally I prefer less 'visible' people on a book cover x

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  35. I really like the book cover! It is fun, flirtatious, engaging, and intriguing! Looking forward to checking this book out!

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  36. I love the cover...it looks cute!

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  37. I prefer illustrations to photographic covers

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  38. I love retakes on fairytales, and this one sounds great.

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