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Far from Home by T A Williams #Review #BeneathItalianSkiesBook3

  As ever, I am delighted to feature another romance by T A Williams , set in beautiful Italy. Far from Home was published by Canelo on May 9th. The secrets of the past will unlock her future… Working in the fast-paced foreign exchange market in Canary Wharf, Amy never expected her job to drive her to collapse. With her doctor advising she take a month off work, when Amy receives a solicitor’s letter informing her of a surprise inheritance in Italy, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. But who on earth has left her a house in the sleepy Tuscan hills? As she gets to know the town and its inhabitants, Amy discovers more about the mysterious man who named her in his will. Shocking family secrets come to light, leaving Amy questioning the life she knew. The town of Sant’Antonio holds more than just secrets. Here, Amy meets Adam, a renowned TV journalist whose documentaries take him to dangerous places. But as their attraction grows, so do Amy’s worries. Her life is in England,

The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith #Review #Giveaway

It's time for another wonderful Orenda blog tour for Eve Smith's speculative fiction, The Waiting Rooms. For the chance to win an e-copy of it, follow the details which are at the foot of this post. 

Decades of spiralling drug resistance have unleashed a global antibiotic crisis. Ordinary infections are untreatable, and a scratch from a pet can kill. A sacrifice is required to keep the majority safe: no one over seventy is allowed new antibiotics. The elderly are sent to hospitals nicknamed ‘The Waiting Rooms’ … hospitals where no one ever gets well.

Twenty years after the crisis takes hold, Kate begins a search for her birth mother, armed only with her name and her age. As Kate unearths disturbing facts about her mother’s past, she puts her family in danger and risks losing everything. Because Kate is not the only secret that her mother is hiding. Someone else is looking for her, too.

Sweeping from an all-too-real modern Britain to a pre-crisis South Africa, The Waiting Rooms is epic in scope, richly populated with unforgettable characters, and a tense, haunting vision of a future that is only a few mutations away.


The Waiting Rooms is an amazing debut novel by Eve Smith which has so many echoes of the world we are living in, that you find yourself nodding in recognition at some of the measures which are described. Following a global antibiotic crisis, we are presented with a transformed world of control and restriction. Alongside this, we follow Kate's story as she searches for her birth mother. Alternating between life in South Africa before 'The Crisis', and life in a changed world, you begin to realise that there might be dark forces at play. 

    In this thriller, the tension is kept up, despite the changing timelines, and you cannot help but feel anxious at the world as described. Reading it at the current time adds a frisson and makes the plighty of the elderly even more chilling. With some well drafted characters and an intriguing plot, this has all the hallmarks of a great read. Be sure to read Eve's description at the end of how she got her inspiration for the story. I found it even more unsettling than the book and there is more information on her Website.  

In short: Chilling and oh so credible! 

About the Author

Eve Smith writes speculative fiction, mainly about the things that scare her. In this world of questionable facts, stats and news, she believes storytelling is more important than ever to engage people in real life issues. Set 20 years after an antibiotic crisis, her debut novel The Waiting Rooms was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize First Novel Award. Her flash fiction has been shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and highly commended for The Brighton Prize. Eve's previous job as COO of an environmental charity took her to research projects across Asia, Africa and the Americas, and she has an ongoing passion for wild creatures, wild science and far-flung places.

You can follow Eve here: Twitter   |  Website  |  Facebook 
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Book link: Amazon UK

Thanks to Eve Smith, Karen Sullivan and Anne Cater of Orenda Books for a copy of the book and a place on the tour.

Check out the rest of the tour!

Giveaway (International)

To win an e- copy of The Waiting Rooms, just Follow and Retweet the pinned Tweet at @bookslifethings and good luck!

 Closing Date is July1st 2020 and there is one winner.

*Terms and Conditions –  International.  The winner will be selected at random via Tweetdraw from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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