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Rachel’s Random Resources Blogtour Cover Reveal The Dinner in the Sky

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Today we are exited to share the beautiful cover of The Dinner in the Sky. Later, we will review this book so stay in touch.
Synopsis
After a shocking confrontation with an unexpected encounter, Constance tries to piece her life back together and is on a mission to finally move on.

The thought of having her friends near is comforting as they take time out of their busy online lives and meet up at their favourite place, A Cupful of Dreams Café. Everyone seems happy enough until cracks begin to show and all is not as good as it seems. Constance tries desperately to keep positive as there’s so much to look forward to: shopping for posh frocks, dinner at The Shard and a movie premiere.

As things start to look rosy, a few odd tweets begin to pop up from nowhere. At first, they seem innocent, but as the weeks go by and premier night draws near, not only do the tweets increase but they become more obnoxious.

By the time Constance and her chums arrive on the red carpet, she’s determined to work out who the troll could be and to keep them from spoiling her evening. However as Constance soon learns, the troll wants to destroy far more than that!

Breathtaking views of London.

Posh frocks and Paparazzi

But there’s definitely trouble in the air …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anne John-Ligali

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and found of Books and Authors UK, a website that features author interviews, cover reveals, blog posts, features and reviews. She loves all things books, going to book events and meeting other book worms. She has written her first series and is currently writing her first novel.
When Anne is not writing she is likely to be playing with her kids, going for walks in the park, watching Netflix or thinking up more stories. Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London she studies graphic design at the University of Arts and held a number of IT jobs in the city. Anne continues to write romantic comedies, women’s fiction, and has the desire to write a non-fiction book and a few children’s books.

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Rachel’s Random Resources Blogtour Life and other dreams

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Synopsis:
Rick lives here on Earth now, with Cath. His life is boring, writing adverts for cat food and exotic holidays. When he’s asleep, he dreams vividly.

In his dreams, he lives as Dan, spending his time with his wife Vanessa. They live six-hundred years in the future, half a galaxy away. They’re explorers, searching for valuable minerals on Ecias, an alien paradise.

Dan has no dreams about Rick’s life, he lives on Ecias, loves his life and Vanessa.
When the two worlds overlap, Rick starts to question what is real. Events in his waking and sleeping lives are mirrored, similar people inhabit both and coincidences mount up. Then disaster strikes in each world at the same time. In his dreams, Dan is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Meanwhile, after one coincidence too many, Cath thinks that Rick’s dreams are hiding an affair and leaves him.

Is Rick going crazy, or can he be living in two places, in two times, at once? If not, then which one of them is the reality? Will one life carry on when the other is on hold?

Richard Dee’s fast-paced, edgy science fiction -cum- psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!

Review by Life and other dreams Fany Van Hemelen:
What an intriguing and original story!
The way it made me guess about what was the plain truth and the strange tension that was there from the beginning did me love this tale. It wasn’t what you normally expected and a pleasure to read!

When Rick, who happily lives on earth with Cath, is suffering from insomnia, he decides to take an experimental drug. From that moment he does sleep, but is in an imaginary planet Ecias in a dangerous adventure with Vanessa, his stunning wife.

This book has indeed two story lines, one now and the other 600 years in the future. Both are interesting and filled with lively characters and soon I was like Rick wondering what was real? Could he actually be living in the future or was that maybe an unfulfilled dream because, now he has an entertaining and specular job and life. Or did the drug experience him those weird stuff? The world-building and atmosphere of the alien planet was detailed and I was moved by the role of the key players and the beautiful place. This book is gripping and unusual and that’s what I like in books. The mix of sci-fi, mystery and the thrilling effect make this a special book. You have to discover this one if you like to read a fast-paced and different well-written story. I don’t think you will regret it and I hope to read other original narrations by this author.

Richard Dee is a native of Brixham in Devon. He left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986.
Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, working as a Marine Insurance Surveyor and as Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich.

In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as HMS Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority.

Richard is married and has three adult children and three grandchildren.

His first science-fiction novel Freefall was published in 2013, followed by Ribbonworld in 2015. September 2016 saw the publication of his Steampunk adventure The Rocks of Aserol and of Flash Fiction, a collection of Short Stories. Myra, the prequel to Freefall was published in 2017, along with Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, a murder mystery set in space and the start of a series featuring Andorra Pett, an amateur detective. Sequels to Ribbonworld and The Rocks of Aserol have been published, together with a second Andorra Pett story, Andorra Pett on Mars. He also contributed a story to the 1066 Turned Upside Down collection. Richard is currently working on prequels, sequels, and new projects.

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Titel: Life and other dreams | Leesfragment | Auteur: Richard Dee | Uitgeverij: | Categorie: Psychologische Thriller | Uitvoering: paperback of E-book | pagina’s | Verkrijgbaar sinds:|Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 22-03-2019 | Prijs: $3.96 | Bestellen

LoveBooksGroupTour #Blogtour A Letter from Sarah

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Synopsis
Adam’s sister, Sarah, has been missing for seven years, but he hasn’t given up hope of finding her. He is a sculptor and lives with his bedridden father who is a bully and a curmudgeon.

One morning, as the anniversary of Sarah’s disappearance nears, Adam receives a letter from her and she is apparently alive and well, living in New York. Adam travels to Brooklyn to search for Sarah as he’s desperate to see her, but she seems determined to avoid him.

Sarah’s letters arrive weekly, but she continues to remain elusive. Adam is perplexed by Sarah’s requests for secrecy, as is his father and his girlfriend, Cassandra.

He is determined to find her, whatever the cost to his wellbeing, health and sanity….

Review A Letter from Sarah by Fany Van Hemelen:
What a touching story about loss, grief, family and starting over again!

Adam lost, seven years ago, his sister. One day she went missing and till now nobody knows what happened to her. Adam has to cope with the pain and has strange dreams and visions. Sometimes his minds tell him he has to believe she’s still alive and happy, other times he sees her in horrifying situations and perhaps dead.
Cassandra, his lover, was supporting him always but, at this moment, she is tired of his obsession and has her own struggles to deal with.

From the day Sarah disappeared, Darius, their father refused to leave his bed and got depressed. Adam can’t make things right for him anymore. When Nigel, a friend of Adam, moved for a while to their home, he becomes unexpectedly a very good and respected friend from the old man. At the same time Adam received, around her anniversary, a letter from Sarah. First, he can’t believe she is fine, but in the letter are special things mentioned almost nobody as aware of Suddenly more letters are sent to him. Sarah lives apparently in New York and has two kids and an unhappy marriage. Adam decides to be strong and go look for her even if he don’t know her address and he promised not to say to anyone. Sarah has told him she will see him again, but not in the near future. Cassandra, his lover, was supporting him always but, at this moment, she is tired of his fixation and has her own struggles to deal with.

This emotional story is about how ordinary people, like you and me, change by night vision. What I loved about this moving narration was the depth in it! This is a psychological drama where nothing is what it seems and from the first sentence I was touched. Like everybody I wanted to know what really happened to Adam’s sister. Of course I was guessing for the truth and finally the end hit me!

Dan Proops has the talent to write about real people with their weaknesses and strengths. I was involved in the mystery and loved some people, but could hate others. It was very intriguing how the story was built up and how the author created illusions and emotions in my mind about the mental health and purposes of the key players.

When you like a poignant story with great characters, an exciting ending and a delicate way of saying hard things then this is your book!

Dan Proops has been a full time writer for six years and has completed four novels and a memoir. He wrote short stories as a teenager gleaning knowledge from his grandmother, the legendary advice columnist, Marje Proops.

Dan was a professional artist, and had a one man show at the age of fourteen in London. He’s had many exhibitions over a long career and his artwork was purchased by internationally acclaimed art dealer, Eric Franck. His artwork appeared frequently in the national press and his painting was featured in Image of the Week in the Times. One of his exhibitions was previewed in the Telegraph by columnist Colin Gleadell.

Dan lives and works in London. He is a Twitter influencer and has a following of 22, 000. Dan has been using the twitter platform for some years. In 2016 he had a wide outreach and his tweets were seen by 1.5 million users.
Dan lives and works in Londen.

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Titel: A Letter from Sarah | Auteur: Dan Proops | Uitgeverij: Urbane Publications | Categorie: Literaire romans | Uitvoering: paperback | 368 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781912666218 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 15-03-2019 | Prijs: €14,99 | Bestellen

Rachel’s Random Resources Blogtour Knowing You

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Synopsis
An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret…

Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in, but despite being bullied at school is now content. She is dating ambitious Lenny, has her dream job in publishing and runs a book club at the local retirement home.

However, when her relationship with Lenny begins to falter, Violet, hurt and alone, seeks the advice of her new flatmate, Bella. She changes her image and with her head held high aims to show that she doesn’t need Lenny in her life to be happy and successful.

Her long-term friends Mable and Farah worry about Bella’s influence and slowly Violet starts to distance herself from them. When she was a child, her closest confidant and companion was a boy called Flint. Her mother didn’t approve of their closeness and he suffered a terrible end. She won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says…

Knowing You is about friendship and knowing who to trust with your deepest secrets; it’s about taking control of your life and not being afraid to stand out. Perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan, Gail Honeyman and Amanda Prowse

Review Knowing You by Fany Van Hemelen:
What a stunning novel that starts as a feelgood book, but has more depth than you think! A darker story, perfect for this time with lovely characters and unrevealed stories!

Violet is working at Thoth publisher and loves her work. It doesn’t feel as work, books are her passion. As a kid, she already adored books and they were her friends and she could forget everything between them. At school she was bullied and when she was between other kids she stood aside. They don’t love reading and she fell apart. School was hell and to cope with the pain she decided to meet new friends. Flint was her soulmate, but he needs to disappear, just like she lost somebody else she loved before. Now she is happy with her life and settled, but when Lenny drifted away she is devastated.

Violet is feeling terrible, but moves on and when she has a new flatmate Bella they decide she has to be an empowered, strong woman. Violet is doing everything to prove Lenny she didn’t need him and she is good enough. This is the beginning of a new perfect Violet. From the kind and genuine booklady who always was there for her friends and her bookclub lovers she is changing in a very selfish person who didn’t need anybody. Her colleagues and friends try to convince her Bella is no good and Violet is diminishing, but she ignores them. Of Course nobody is perfect and Violet is putting so much effort to be the beauty, well-trained fit body and to fit in she has no time for nothing else anymore then struggling to be the ideal woman…

Knowing you is an incredible story with difficult themes and I think it’s bold to write them down. Samantha Tonge has decided to write this book to let the world know you can beat “Bella” and the most important is to stay in touch with your soul and be your own unique self.

Knowing you has a part that “plays” in the present and a section in 2001 where you get to know more why she is the woman we met today. I loved the details about the book stuff, the book ladies of her book club at the retirement home and her colleagues. The story is starting as a Feelgood-story with humor, but then subtly evolve into a darker story. This novel develops as a psychological thriller with delicate and difficult secrets.

When the book gets more depth, it wasn’t possible anymore to put this down. I was sometimes mad at the new horrible Violet, but at another part I just want to say:

“Run away, listen to your heart and life isn’t easy, but hey, it’s going to be okay”.

I was truly gripped by this emotional and sensitive tale.
I adored it that men and woman could be sensitive in this engrossing book. Violet is a complex person with traumatic experiences that alter her personality forever.
What an unexpected twist and unbelievable secret fold out at the end, this book blows me away!
Samantha Tonge, I can’t wait to read your next one!

Samantha Tonge

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

 

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Titel: Knowing You | Auteur: Samantha Tonge | Uitgeverij: Canelo | Categorie: Feel Good Romans | Uitvoering: E-book | ISBN13: 9781788632218 | Verkrijgbaar sinds:|Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 14-03-2019| Prijs: €2,99 | Bestellen

Rachel’s Random Resources Blogtour This Strange Hell

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Synopsis:
A suited man runs from a burning tower in Melbourne as bodies rain down upon him.

Before the city’s millions can compose, he boards a train into the countryside. Hiding his identity and changing his appearance, the man finds his way to Sulley Ridge, a lawless town in the heart of the harsh Victorian outback.

The following day, a burned man wakes up in a hospital bed. Surging with rage, he speaks a name. Within an hour, the suited man’s face is across every screen in the country. It’s the greatest manhunt Australia has ever seen.

But as he tries to camouflage in Sulley Ridge, he soon realises the town has its own problems. Under the iron fist of a violent leader, the locals are trapped within slow and torturous decay…

As we learn more about the night of the burning tower, the connection between the suited man and the burned man threatens to leave a trail of destruction across the state.

Here is the story of a man on the run from his past, as the line between sanity and evil is danced upon.

Review This Strange Hell by Fany Van Hemelen:
What a dark story about the thin line between evil and good when a gang is the boss in your town!

This dark story has an incredible start that gripped me immediately. A suited man runs away from a burning tower and is searching a place to hide. From the beginning you search for leads what the connection of the man with the fire is. Suddenly a burned man is telling the police the suited man is the perpetrator and by these words the biggest manhunt in age starts.

The assumed killer of more than a hundred victims finds a shelter place in Sulley Ridge. After a while he finds out this town in the Victorian outback has his own problems. Kids are gone, schools are closed and many people have moved away from a mean gang is the boss now. Siphon and his members torture people, rape women and take the money. When the stranger discover what a terrible life the townspeople have, he is shocked. Charlene, who once was a school teacher, now has to protect her family and everybody is petrified of the evil men.The lawless town is paralysed by fear and it looks like the frantic people just wait who will be the next victim. Some good people just cross the line between good and bad when they are confronted with torture or when their families are threatened. Some townspeople give the murderer the benefit of the doubt. In this town the man can make a difference and let the world know he is not insane. The burned man is hunting at him and one day he not only has to confront the evil from his past, but another enemy is on the line. Can the suited man be a blessing in disguise?

The start of this creepy story was unbelievable and even the writing style is more observing not touching I was gripped in a moment. The author first is playing the story in your head like a film. He is the observer and that’s why I think he uses an unusual way of writing. Later, when the suited man changes in a man with feelings and thoughts, he gives him a name. The characters in this book are well-developed and their weaknesses are more visible than their strengths. I loved the grey area of the key players. The author makes it clear when you’re in danger it isn’t quite simple to stay on the good side or to be brave to fight the evil. The narration starts with a big bang, then slows down a bit and at some point the thrilling effect is back and stays till the end. In this gripping story not everything is what it seems and those are the best books. Even though there was a sluggish part in this story this Australian thriller gets under my skin. I couldn’t wait to read what was going to happen with the suspected man and if the townspeople will have the power to fight the evil.

Author C. J. SUTTON

Author C. J. SUTTON
C.J. Sutton is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Masters in journalism and creative writing and supports the value of study through correspondence. His fictional writing delves into the unpredictability of the human mind and the fears that drive us.
As a professional writer C. J. Sutton has worked within the hustle and bustle of newsrooms, the competitive offices of advertising and the trenches of marketing. But his interest in creating new characters and worlds has seen a move into fiction, which has always pleaded for complete attention. Dortmund Hibernate was his debut novel, released by Crooked Cat Books on July 18. It is available now – mybook.to/dortmundhibernate
His new novel, This Strange Hell, will be released on March 15.

 

 

 

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Titel: This Strange Hell | Auteur: C. J. SUTTON | Uitgeverij: Independently Published | Categorie: | Uitvoering: paperback | 290 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781795250160 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 12-03-2019 | Prijs: €13,49  | Bestellen

Rachel’s Random Resources Blogtour The Forgotten Secret

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Synopsis
A country at war
It’s the summer of 1919 and Ellen O’Brien has her whole life ahead of her. Young, in love and leaving home for her first job, the future seems full of shining possibility. But war is brewing and before long Ellen and everyone around her are swept up by it. As Ireland is torn apart by the turmoil, Ellen finds herself facing the ultimate test of love and loyalty.

And a long-buried secret
A hundred years later and Clare Farrell has inherited a dilapidated old farmhouse in County Meath. Seizing the chance to escape her unhappy marriage she strikes out on her own for the first time, hoping the old building might also provide clues to her family’s shadowy history. As she sets out to put the place – and herself – back to rights, she stumbles across a long-forgotten hiding place, with a clue to a secret that has lain buried for decades.
For fans of Kate Morton and Gill Paul comes an unforgettable novel about two women fighting for independence.

Review The Forgotten Secret by Fany Van Hemelen:
The forgotten secret is a heartbreaking and insightful historical dual timeline book about fighting for your beliefs you can’t put down!

Clare Farrell is married for twenty-five years with the very controlling Paul. When she becomes, by heritage, the owner of a farmhouse in Ireland she decides to start over. Now she will make her own decisions, stay in touch with friends and will go to find out their family’s history .

One day Clare is discovering a hidden treasure and from that moment she decides to search for the past. Clare has to dig for the truth at a terrible period in history. In Ireland brave men and women had fought in the past to get free from England. Independence was their wish and sometimes they gave their lives to conquer this. Ellen O’Brien was living at this troubling time. As a maid of a well-known bold madam and the love of someone who was involved in serious businesses she had to decide at what side she stood and how far her loyalty went.

I really loved or sometimes disgusted the characters in this timeline. Some of them were incredibly brave, maybe sometimes a bit naïve and they did all for their country. Ireland was not a peaceful place in 1919 and these were certainly not a happy timeline, but one about repression, victims and sad times. I was moved by the fearless women and angry about the insensitive ones. By letting her characters think and act like they did this author has written an emotional and thoughtful book about war and dreams.

The storyline about Clare is much lighter, but now it’s not the war that cursed pain, but a manipulative husband. Perhaps this timeline is not completely realistic, but I think the author did put this in the book to assure the balance is good and the narration is fluent to read. The Forgotten Secret is an historical must read by touching key players and an emotional story about being brave now and in the past!

Kathleen McGurl

Kathleen McGurl lives near the sea in Bournemouth, UK, with her husband and elderly tabby cat. She has two sons who are now grown-up and have left home. She began her writing career creating short stories, and sold dozens to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Then she got side-tracked onto family history research – which led eventually to writing novels with genealogy themes. She has always been fascinated by the past, and the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.

 

 

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Titel: The Forgotten Secret | Auteur: Kathleen McGurl | Uitgeverij: Hq Digital | Categorie: Feelgoodromans| Uitvoering: E-book | pagina’s | ISBN13: 9780008236991 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: maart 2019 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 12-03-2019 | Prijs: €11,72  | Bestellen

Rachel’s Random Resources One day Blog Blitz Thicker than water

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Synopsis:
Six years after floods made her family homeless, Jess Dyer has found safety on the wild North Yorkshire coast. Her sister-in-law Ruth is forging a role as doctor to their community of refugees and the rock around which the family revolves.
But the family is haunted by memories of the journey north and the loss of their mother Sonia. And their community is under attack from the local population.
When Jess answers a distress call at sea, she brings strangers to their village and puts Ruth in jeopardy. Jess must calm the community, mount a rescue mission and keep her brother Ben from tipping into insanity.
Will she succeed? And will she find Ruth before it’s too late?
Thicker Than Water is a gripping thriller about family, belonging and revenge.

Review Thicker than water by Fany van Hemelen:
A nice crime story about a new community and their journey to save the family!

First, I have to tell you I never read a book by Rachel McLean before this one. I think when you would like to discover this it’s better to read the first one in this series. Now I just fell into a story in the future and I had no clue about what really happened in the past.

Thicker than water starts with a self-sufficient community on the North Yorkshire coast. Six years ago a flood almost completely destroyed the United Kingdom. Jess and her brother Ben could survive and found a safe haven.

In this village they have begun a new life with other inhabitants and their group has developed a system of law and order. A steward is democratically chosen and their task is to hold the community together. When a new steward stands up, this isn’t the right decision for everyone. After a criticized rescue at sea, the new steward has organised, a nightmare appears. The situation gets out of control when beloved ones are in danger. Jess has to maintain peace and has to let the townspeople believe she is capable to solve the mystery. Ben, her brother is going insane when his lovely Ruth is in jeopardy. Ben is not the only one who is almost flipping, the whole community is angry and rebellion is not far away. The dangerous journey will reveal the ugly truth and nothing will ever be the same again.

Thicker than water is an easy crime read, with short chapters and an unexpected twist. It’s an entertaining crime story, but unfortunately it didn’t grip me as expected. Maybe I will love the next one more. The book is told from different perspectives and the tension is nicely builds up, but I was a bit disappointed. Perhaps I had loved it more when the story had more depth.

Rachel McLean

Rachel McLean
My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.
What does that mean? In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.
Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen? My books aim to fill that gap.
If you’d like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I’ll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I’ll let you know when my books are on offer.

 

 

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Titel: Thicker than water |Auteur: Rachel McLean| Uitgeverij: Rachel Mccollin Ltd | Categorie: Fantasy & Science fiction| Uitvoering: paperback | 370 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781999878252 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: mei 2018 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 11-03-2019 | Prijs: € 16,99 | Bestellen