The Weekend Spa Break — a review


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Anne John-Ligali brings the world of indie-authors to life in this installment in her Friendships Online Series.  The Weekend Spa Break is a little slow to get into, at first.  There’s a lot of daily minutiae that kind of starts to bog you down, but stick with it.  She brings forward a couple of topics that are difficult, yet important.  The book itself is well-written and explores the various aspects of indie writing through the characters.  You have your writers (Constance, Estelle, and Stan), your blogger (Karmel), your Beta reader (Henry), and your cover designer (Jagger).  They all have their quirks and you start the book wondering just how close these people are.  Estelle and Constance hide a lot from each other, but their spa break really brings them together and you can feel them relaxing as their conversations finally move from superficial to deep.

The conversation between Constance and Estelle about autism and how it affects the mothers of children was simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking.  And that surprise visitor?  It’s a doozy.  I can usually predict what the surprise is going to be, but this one threw me for a loop.  Overall, I’d say this was a nice, quick read that didn’t expect a lot of heavy thinking from the reader.  I’m looking forward to (hopefully) more Julio in the next installment.


Friendships Online Series

Part Two

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?




Meet Anne.pngAnne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews.  She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series.  Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.



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To mark the release of part two in the friendships series, I’m giving away a Sanctuary Spa gift set and a signed printed and binded copy of The Weekend Spa Break to one lucky winner.  At present, there are no physical copies of The Weekend Spa Break available, so this is a treat.

To enter you only have to do is visit my Twitter page and retweet the pinned tweet showing this GIVEAWAY.

A winner will be chosen at random by Tweet Draw and announced on Saturday the 19th of May at 20:00hrs.

Competition is open worldwide.

Good luck!

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