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Blog Tour: The Man Across The Street by Marcie Steele Ellen's Review

Hi lovelies,

Today, Ellen is taking part in the blog tour for The Man Across The Street by Marcie Steele, and I’ll be sharing her review with you all.

About the author:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a meddler of words. Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. I’m a romantic at heart and have always enjoyed writing about characters that fall in and out of love, have good friends to hang around with, and live in communities with great spirit. 
I have written three books in The Somerley Series and the first in The Hope Street Series, The Man Across The Street.
I can often be found sitting in my favourite coffee shop, sipping a cappuccino and eating a chocolate chip cookie, either catching up with friends or writing on my laptop.

Twitter: @marcie_steele

Facebook: MarcieSteeleAuthor

About the book:

Maybe I’m scared to be happy…

Meet Hannah – she’s been her mum’s sole carer since she was eighteen. Now alone after Martha’s sudden death, Hannah feels lost in the only place she’s known as home, Hope Street. Coming up to a milestone birthday, she’s wondering what her purpose in life is.

Meet Doug – a workaholic, he’s in the office from dusk ’til dawn, and when he has a heart attack. Now on the mend, he needs to de-stress his life and focus on living it, to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Doug moves to Hope Street, number 35. Hannah lives at number 34, directly opposite. From the moment they meet, there’s a spark.

But there are secrets too. Hannah’s mum has been keeping something from her, her sister left over twenty years ago, and there can’t be such a simple reason why Doug has moved to Somerley. Can there?

The Man Across the Street is the first of a new series by bestselling author, Marcie Steele. It features a host of characters living on Hope Street in the market town of Somerley, also featured in The Somerley Series. Each character will have their own standalone story in books to follow.

‘Marcie Steele writes with such down to earth warmth that you wish you could live in her stories. The Man Across the Street is no exception, full of characters that you’d love to be friends with.’ Tilly Tennant.

‘Love, secrets, intrigue, heartache. Find it all on Hope Street. An engaging tale of ordinary lives to warm you heart and restore your faith in mankind.’ Imogen Clark

If you love an uplifting story about new beginnings, then The Man Across The Street is the perfect read to curl up with. Fans of Hannah Ellis, Debbie Johnson and Emily Harvale will love this book.

Click the link below to order your copy:

The Man Across The Street by Marcie Steele

Ellen’s Review:

I have been a fan of Marcie Steele since 2015 and always hoped there would be more books from her. The Somerley Series was so heart warming and I do love a feel good novel!

The Man Across The Street is the first in a new series set on Hope Street which is in the market town of Somerley. The community spirit is strong in the residents, everyone knows each other and are happy to lend a hand when required. I really enjoy this in a book; totally gives me the warm and fuzzies!

The story mainly concentrates on two residents of Hope Street. Hannah who is struggling to come to terms with the death of her mother of who she has been a carer since being 18. She is left feeling lonely and without purpose especially as she has lost contact with her sister due to a mysterious conflict within the family. We then have Doug, a workaholic who has had a heart attack. He arrives in Hope Street hoping for rest and recuperation but has secrets of his own that he isn’t eager to share.

Neither of them are expecting romance to land on their doorstep but it is obvious from the first meeting that there is a spark between them. Of course the path to true love isn’t a smooth one and the couple must discover a lot about themselves before they can think about getting together.

I loved this book and am so excited that there is more to come from this new series!

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The Second Chance Shoe Shop by Marcie Steele Blog Tour

Hi everyone,

It’s my stop on the blog tour for The Second Chance Shoe Shop by the lovely Marcie Steele a.k.a Mel Sherratt! I’m super excited to be a part of the tour because I absolutely love Marcie’s books. I’ve read all three within the day of purchase, I just get hooked immediately. I’m sharing my review today and some questions I got to ask Marcie!

Marcie’s books are my remedy to a constant stream of dark thriller/crime/psychological books that I read as they are so light and beautifully uplifting that you can’t help but feel happy reading them.

As I said, I have read and loved Marcie Steele’s previous books and you can read my review of That’s What Friends are for by clicking the link below.

That’s What Friends Are For by Marcie Steele

Funnily enough, I can’t lay my hands on my review for Stirred With Love but it was 5 stars for sure!

Anyway!!! On to the good stuff! 🙂








About the book (via Goodreads):

All Riley Flynn wants is to meet someone who makes her happy. But attracting the right kind of man is not easy, and with her heart still hurting from her last break-up, Riley believes she’ll never find love again.

A year ago, Sadie Stewart’s whole world was shattered when her husband, Ross, died. She has struggled to keep herself together for the sake of their young daughter, but with the anniversary of his death approaching, Sadie finds herself overwhelmed by grief.

Sadie and Riley work at Chandlers shoe shop, in the charming town of Hedworth. But when Chandlers is threatened with closure, the friends are confronted with the loss of not only their jobs, but also their support network – the glue that holds them together when they are close to breaking.

As they put together a plan to save their beloved shop, Sadie realises that she might just be learning to live again. Could it be that new beginnings are just round the corner? The campaign also finds Riley unexpectedly crossing paths with charming photographer, Ethan. Maybe her second chance at love is right under her feet …


My Thoughts:

Marcie Steele has outdone herself this time. The Second Chance Shoe Shop is a gorgeous read. Packed with likeable, relatable characters that I defy anyone not to identify with someone in this book.

The Second Chance Shoe Shop focuses on Riley Flynn, her struggle to find love and her attempts to reinvent Chandler’s shoe shop as a trendy fashionable shop. At every corner, the current owner is there to thwart her ideas and bring her back to earth with a bump.

As well as Riley, there is a fabulous ensemble cast of characters throughout the novel. All of the characters are facing big changes, real changes. The kind that you or I could easily experience. For me, this is what makes Marcie Steele’s books so great. Focusing on normal lives means the reader can instantly relate to some of the issues facing her characters.

Another thing I loved about this book was the mention of characters in Marcie Steele’s other novels. It was such a lovely thing to see names I recognised cropping up in different parts of the book. While not a series as such, it’s great to see how the lives of those living in the fictional town of Hedworth are intermingled in the books.

The Second Chance Shoe Shop is a beautiful read, with brilliantly character-rich writing and an engaging and honest plot. At its heart, a novel of true friendship and love.

I’ve said it before, but reading Marcie Steele’s books genuinely feels like catching up with old friends over coffee. Th Second Chance Shoe Shop is no different! I absolutely loved it, and I came recommend it enough! I gave it 5 huge stars on Goodreads 😊

The Second Chance Shoe Shop is out now and you can purchase a copy by clicking the link below:

The Second Chance Shoe Shop by Marcie Steele

Mini Q&A with Marcie Steele

1- Did you know when you wrote Stirred With Love that the characters would crop up in the future books? I loved seeing familiar names in The Second Chance Shoe Shop!

I didn’t. But as I decided to write That’s What Friends are For set in the market town of Hedworth, which had been mentioned in Stirred with Love, it felt good to have the same setting. So who knows who might turn up in the future? I might even put all the characters in one book further along the line.

2- If you could pick a favourite character from The Second Chance Shoe Shop, who would it be and why?

I think it would have to be Riley because I saw a little bit of her in me. When I was made redundant in 2010, I took a year out to concentrate on getting a book deal. During this time, I built up a blog called High Heels and Book Deals and networked with lots of pr people, publicists, publishers and editors, as well as authors. It had masses of hits and followers and I’m sad in a way that I had to close it down. But it became too time consuming alongside writing, and also running a website under my own name, when I did eventually get published.

But, by doing this, I got invited to all sorts of things and met some fabulous people, and I learned the discipline of writing every day as well as a bit of design and dedication to running a website. Like Riley, I realised I was capable of doing far more than I had originally thought. It gave me lots of confidence. Sometimes it’s good to push yourself out of your comfort zone. You never know what it might lead to. So, it was good to follow Riley on her journey, too.

3-Social Media is a powerful presence in The Second Chance Shoe Shop between flash mobs, dating websites etc, did you find it easy to include it in the story?

I did. It also makes the book feel modern and on trend. I’ve had so many people say they would love to have seen or taken part in the flash mob, as well as the #shoelove campaign, which is why I have replicated some of it for the launch of the book – not the flash mob, though! As well as the darker side of social media, as in people not being who they say they are, or trolls and online bullies, there is a lot of good online. I have met some fantastic people over the years and I wanted to show that side of social media too.

Huge thanks, as always, to Marcie Steele and Bookouture! 🙂
Make sure to follow the blog tour as it weaves it’s way through these fab blogs! 👠❤️


Books Review

That’s What Friends Are For by Marcie Steele

My thanks to Bookouture, Netgalley and the lovely Marcie Steele for my copy of her new book.

For any of you that don’t know, Marcie Steele is the alter ego of superb crime thriller author, Mel Sherratt.

(I have serious hair envy Mel 😉)

Anyway, I digress, as usual!!!

That’s What Friends Are For is the second Marcie Steele book I’ve read. The first, Stirred With Love, was brilliant. Such a step away from my usual crime reads, and really well written (I gave it 5⭐️ and read it in a day!!!).

About the book (via Goodreads): 

Best friends tell each other everything… right?
Sam and Louise have been best friends since they hung their coats side by side on the first day of primary school. Now in their thirties, they’re just as close, but life is a little bit more complicated…

On the outside, thirty-something Sam seems to have it all; the gorgeous husband, the beautiful home and the flourishing business. But things are not quite as rosy as they seem. So when handsome stranger, Dan, walks into her life, Sam finds his attentions hard to resist.
Louise might seem like life and soul of the party, but her outgoing exterior hides her sadness about the heartbreak in her past. She just wants someone to love – but all Louise gets left with is a quick fumble with an ex at the end of the night.
When a glamorous face from the past returns to shake things up, things get even more complicated for Sam and Louise. And just when they need each other the most, they’ve reason to wonder whether they ever really knew each other at all.

My thoughts:

Anyone that knows me, and reads my blog, knows that I pretty much only read crime/thrillers/police procedurals et al so this isn’t my usual fare. However, the moment I heard the new Marcie Steele was on Netgalley, I instantly downloaded and began reading it. After loving her previous book, I knew I was in for a treat with That’s What Friends Are For.

Marcie/Mel has a lovely writing style in these books. It hooks you immediately, and you feel as if you’re reading about your friends. It’s almost comforting because picking up one of these kinds of books makes you feel right at home within the pages.

Sam and Louise could easily be you and your best friend, they are that relatable. I loved them both equally as characters as they are very down to earth and likeable.

Both have their own issues (haven’t we all?! 😂) but their friendship seems to be very strong. Alas, the girls run into problems in their respective lives and it leads to trouble brewing between them.

Family and relationships are the main themes in That’s What Friends Are For, and they are addressed beautifully by Marcie Steele. I loved all the intermingling stories between the supporting characters on the book. Whether they work together, are related, or even a minor character, they are all written so well that you can imagine them in your head.

Due to the nature of the majority of books I read, it’s not often (thankfully!!!) that I can put myself in a characters position, but with Louise and Sam and their respective families it was easy to draw comparisons as it’s just so real.

As an avid crime reader, I can happily say that I would easily continue reading Marcie Steele’s books as long as she continues writing them. These books are the perfect antidote to the depraved psychopathy in the books I usually read! 😉

I would absolutely recommend That’s What Friends Are For, especially if you enjoy well written, character rich, heartwarming books. An easy 5⭐️’s from me on Goodreads.

That’s What Friends Are For is out on December 11th. You can pre-order it HERE

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30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 7

A guilty pleasure book…

So, I’ve been googling guilty pleasure books and the same ones come up, Fifty Shades, Twilight and so on!

Now, I’ve read all of them, but I wouldn’t really call them guilty pleasures as I don’t re-read them. They’re not books that I hide or don’t admit to reading!

Same with the Hunger Games trilogy, I’ve also read some of The Mortal Instruments books too, and both of those appeared on guilty pleasures lists!

Maybe because my genre preference is crime/thrillers and so on, anything out of my usual genre could be a guilty pleasure?! I don’t know!

I’ve only read a handful of non crime books in the past year, mostly for Rick O’Shea’s book club on Facebook! Station Eleven (meh!) was one, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nightime (double meh!!), and I read Stirred With Love by Marcie Steele (Mel Sherratt) this year too.

I thoroughly enjoyed Stirred With Love. It was so different to my usual reads that it was escapism at its best. It was a great story, not as predictable as other books in the “chick lit” genre. Lighthearted but serious at the same time, it had some lovely themes.
I guess Stirred With Love is my guilty pleasure book this year…
Marcie Steele has another book coming out in December and I think then there’ll be two books on my guilty pleasure list 2015.