Book Review: No Filter by Maxine Morrey

No Filter

I am very pleased to bring you my review of No Filter by Maxine Morrey.

In an Instagram world, can you find love just by being yourself…

Popular lifestyle blogger, Libby Cartwright, is being boggled by business when help shows up in the shape of gorgeous but shy, Charlie Richmond. Libby’s determined to keep it at ‘just good friends’ – she’s dated someone from ‘Corporate Land’ before and it didn’t end well. As she and Charlie begin spending more time together, Libby is starting to waver  – until she discovers something which makes her question if she’s ready for love.

Still reeling, she suffers another blow as her blog is attacked in a national newspaper, for promoting unachievable perfection. Libby knows it’s not true – but the only way to prove that is to strip off the armour she’s been wearing for years.

Is she brave enough to show the world she’s far from perfect? And will Charlie be by her side if she does…

I am a big fan of Maxine Morrey – I have already read and reviewed Around the World with My ExThe Christmas ProjectWinter’s FairytaleSecond Chance at the RanchNo Place Like Home and Coming Home to Wishington Bay (wow, I didn’t realise she’d written so many!) so of course I was going to read #No Filter. 

Libby Cartwright is a popular lifestyle blogger who doesn’t really know where to start when it comes to organising the financial side of her business.  Recognising her own weakness in this area she very happily accepts the help of her friends brother, Charlie.  A corporate accountant, shy Charlie offers his assistance in his spare time to help her get her business into order.  Spending time together means their friendship blossoms, but they are from different worlds – having dated a corporate man before she knows it could never work with Charlie.

Charlie is a handsome, unassuming accountant who is very successful at what he does.  In fact, he couldn’t be more different from the outgoing, bubbly Libby.  However when he finds himself helping Libby professionally as a favour, he can’t help but want to spend time with her.

When I first picked up this novel I wasn’t sure.  Bloggers and influencers are the new normal in society, but as someone that rarely wears makeup, definitely does not have the most immaculate home and does not have the most up to date gadgets, its a little outside of my own life sphere.  However, because I love Maxine’s writing I was happy to give #No Filter a shot!  Libby is not at all who I thought she would be.  She clearly works very hard on her own brand, and is choosy about which labels and brands she will work with.  She certainly does not aspire to be perfect, although I can see why she may come across that way.  I really grew to love her character as she learnt more about herself, the kind of person she wants to be, and how she wants to be portrayed to the public.  Charlie is an integral part to her learning these things.  Whilst they both make mistakes (don’t we all!), they are each able to teach the other things about themselves that they wouldn’t necessarily have discovered for themselves.  There are times when you just want to knock their heads together, but ultimately their blossoming friendship is a pleasure to follow, and you really root for them both, individually and as a couple.

This is yet another Maxine Morrey novel that I am more than happy to recommend.  So in these strange times where staying in is the new going out, grab yourself a copy of #No Filter, a glass of wine and settle in for a good reading session!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Author Bio

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Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten.

As time went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a local history book on Brighton. However, novels are her first love.

In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her first romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read, sew and listen to podcasts. Being a fan of tea and cake, she can (should!) also be found doing something vaguely physical at the gym.

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*BLOG TOUR* Until the War is Over by Rosemary Goodacre

Today it is my pleasure to bring you my review of Until the War is Over by Rosemary Goodacre, and part of her fabulous blog tour!

In a world destroyed by war, can hope survive?

Summer 1918: Young couple Amy and Edmond Derwent, after their experiences on the front line of battle – Edmond as an officer and Amy as a VAD in France – have now settled back in England and are starting to build a life as a family, with the arrival of baby Beth bringing them much-needed joy. But while she may have married into the wealthy Derwent family, now living with her in-laws in their grand home, Amy’s modest upbringing means that she is never truly accepted by Edmond’s family.

The Great War rages on, and while the men are off fighting, those left at home steel themselves for tragic news, praying that their loved ones return safely.

Edmond, still struggling with the effects of the injury he sustained at Ypres, feels the guilt of remaining at home while his friends are sent into battle. But life at Larchbury is not without its own problems – as food becomes scarce, and the Spanish Influenza causes deaths throughout England, tragedy strikes closer to home and it seems no one is safe from heartbreak.

Can Amy and Edmond keep their love strong, even in a world crumbling all around them?

A captivating family saga set in WW1 about the power of love amongst the heartbreak of war – if you like Rosie Goodwin, Katie Flynn and Val Wood, you’ll be swept away by this engrossing, emotional novel.

I was very excited when I discovered Until the War is Over was due to be published.  It’s no secret that I am a fan of historical fiction set during either of the World Wars, and I was lucky enough to read and review Until We Meet Again previously which I loved.  When I’m reading characters, I am always happy to discover sequels because it means we get to learn a little more about them, and what happens to them.  Until the War is Over was no exception.

As we had discovered in Until We Meet Again, Amy and Edmond had had a difficult start to married life, with both of them recovering from injuries sustained in France towards the end.  With Edmonds injury forcing him out of the war, and the arrival of baby Beth both of them find themselves back at Larchbury whilst the war continues to wage both at home and abroad.

I really enjoyed reading about both Amy and Edmond.  They are both determined characters, and despite the adversity they each face they battle on.  Tragedy continues to hit them, with the loss of friends and further injuries and illnesses sustained by loved ones.  Amy finds her VAD training is essential being back at home with the onset of Spanish Flu, the silent killer that is spreading through towns and villages.  With so many things keeping them apart, Amy and Edmond continue to fight to be together.

This is such a lovely novel.  Whilst it could be read as a standalone, I would advise reading Until We Meet Again to give you more understanding about the characters and how they got to where they are.  It really highlights the events towards the end of World War I, showing how people were suffering both at home and at the Front.  The feelings of both loss but also hope resinate throughout the novel.  I am more than happy to recommend this novel to you all!

Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖

Thank you to Rosemary Goodacre and Sarah Hardy at Book on the Bright Side Publicity & Promo for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Purchase Links

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Author Bio

Rosemarie Goodacre

Rosemary Goodacre is thrilled to have a three book deal with Hera Books. Her World War I romance Until We Meet Again was published on 31/10/19.

Previously Rosemary has had a novella published, entitled A Fortnight is not Enough, and a science fiction story in the anthology Telescoping Time.

Rosemary has always loved languages and travel, mainly in Europe. In her spare time she enjoys country walking, bridge and classical music. She lives in Kent, England.

Twitter: @RoseGoodacre