Book Review & Tour: Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams

Here is another book review for you. I’m so glad I have made a few spare hours a week to have the time to get back into my reading. This past week I have been engrossed in Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams by Mary Gibson. Below is my review, blog tour banner (so you can see who else is on the tour!) and giveaway to win your very own copy!

Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams by Mary Gibson

Book Description

Frank Rossi promised Matty the world. The Cockney Canary would become a world-famous movie star. As his wife, she would be one half of a power couple, feted and adored by all. But the Wall Street crash puts paid to that and as Frank becomes more violent and unstable, Matty knows she must escape and so she flees at dead of night.

Once home in Bermondsey, she goes into hiding and starts desperately looking for work. But only the hated biscuit factory, Peek Frean’s, is hiring. Then, as a secret from her past comes back to hurt her, Matty learns that Frank is on the move, determined to find her and get her back.

My Review

Matty dreams are shattered. She was promised everything in America by Frank but that didn’t happen. All poor Matty wants is out of this life. It all started well for her, singing is all she wants to do but money troubles saw her world crashing down around her. Scared and  terrified of what Frank could do next she runs back to her old hometown of Bermondsey.

Here Matty knows she has to find work. Working in a biscuit factory is all there is, but needs must. Her family is around her to help her put her old life behind but Matty cannot help but to keep looking over her shoulder, wondering when Frank will reappear.

I love the way Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams is written. A story of dreams that are unfortunately broken. The author captures the atmosphere of the 1930’s perfectly. The characters are well thought out and are the backbone of the story. Plus the name of the book is just scrumptious! A fantastic heartfelt read with a cup of tea and some biscuits.

I have given Bourbon Dreams and Tattered Dreams 4 out of 5 stars.

Publication Date: 12th January 2017

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Genre: Historical, Drama, Fiction

Format: Hardback

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Blog Tour for Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams


The lovely publishers have given me two copies of Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams to give away. To enter please fill in the rafflecopter below.

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If you enjoyed this post, you may like my review of The Children of Lovely Lane

Thanks for stopping by, as always I love to read your thoughts.

*I was given a copy of Bourbon Creams and Tattered Dreams in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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  1. Helen Craigs
    19th February 2017 / 9:58 pm

    The 80’s, as I met my husband, got married and had 2 of my 3 children (the 3rd one was born in 1990)

  2. Tammy Neal
    19th February 2017 / 9:42 pm

    60s looked so much fun and I love the music x

  3. Ellen Stafford
    19th February 2017 / 9:06 pm

    Early 1900s….I love looking at pictures from back then.

  4. Scott Fallon
    19th February 2017 / 8:27 pm

    1920s. Full of style and class. And I like silent movies

  5. Natalie Crossan
    19th February 2017 / 8:18 pm

    The swinging 60s 😀 😀 😀

  6. sharon martin
    19th February 2017 / 7:47 pm

    1970’s, love the music

  7. Kathryn Hipkin
    19th February 2017 / 7:16 pm

    I like the 70s music – even though it really was the decade that style forgot!

  8. Sirley Young
    19th February 2017 / 6:25 pm

    The noughties because that’s when I was living in Thailand 🙂

  9. terri kelly
    19th February 2017 / 5:35 pm

    80s for the random clothes!

  10. Pauline Burroughs
    19th February 2017 / 4:38 pm

    The 70’s, it was such a fun time

  11. Theresa Alison
    19th February 2017 / 12:20 pm

    The 80s because they had some funky dress sense going on lol..

  12. Sarah Parker
    19th February 2017 / 9:54 am

    I have great memories of the 90’s 🙂

  13. angela edmonds
    19th February 2017 / 9:22 am

    i loved the 70s mainly because everything was much simpler then xxx

  14. claire little
    19th February 2017 / 12:16 am

    the 60s looked so much fun

  15. 18th February 2017 / 11:42 pm

    I think the nineties for me – everything just seemed to gel

  16. Jo McPherson
    18th February 2017 / 9:31 pm

    Probably the 80’s, takes me back to my youth

  17. Lara Latchem
    18th February 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Love the 50’snot really sure why just always been fascinated with everything from then

  18. Deborah Bird
    18th February 2017 / 7:58 pm

    I think the 90’s for me as I was in my teens then 🙂 However I would love to go back to the 40’s or 50’s!

  19. Sue Johnson
    18th February 2017 / 3:36 pm

    70’s the decade I fell in love and got married. Still am 43 years later!!!!

  20. rebecca beesley
    17th February 2017 / 10:34 pm

    probably 70’s although i was too young to remember it, there is something comforting about the retro decor that carried over into the early 80s.

  21. Diana
    17th February 2017 / 9:39 pm

    90s were fun!

  22. Juli Savage
    17th February 2017 / 10:54 am

    Love the 50’s because of the style of clothes and the rock n roll music

  23. Sarah S
    17th February 2017 / 10:39 am

    I loved the 80s, dared to dress in anything we felt like wearing

  24. Heather brannan
    16th February 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I loved the 80’s for the boy bands, leather jackets and bright neon fashion!

  25. Katherine Lucas
    15th February 2017 / 8:54 pm

    50’s as it was an innocent time

  26. donna l jones
    15th February 2017 / 1:56 pm

    The 1950’s the fashion was lovely

  27. Rachael Ashmore
    15th February 2017 / 1:54 pm

    The 40s/50s the whole family values and community spirit it’s a shame it’s not the same now

  28. Jo Glasspool
    15th February 2017 / 9:52 am

    The 90’s, loved the music!!

  29. Dee Gillespie
    15th February 2017 / 6:38 am

    My favourite decade would have to be the 60’s. Amazing music, maxi and mini dresses, out of this world make-up and a lot of changes going on in the world. A really interesting time.

  30. Jo Glasspool
    14th February 2017 / 6:16 pm

    The 90’s, loved the music and loved growing up in the 90’s!

  31. Dale Dow
    14th February 2017 / 6:02 pm

    The 1950’s,. I love the fashion

  32. Sarah Ann
    14th February 2017 / 3:49 pm

    The 90’s for the boybands!

  33. Claire Ward
    14th February 2017 / 7:24 am

    The 90s I have the best memories

  34. Kate Knight
    12th February 2017 / 8:36 am

    The 90s …my childhood years

    11th February 2017 / 7:20 pm

    The 80’s met my wife

  36. Amanda tanner
    10th February 2017 / 10:52 pm

    The 90s when i was a teenager. Going out and meeting new friends. Discovering alchohol for the first time.

  37. Amanda tanner
    10th February 2017 / 10:52 pm

    The 90s when i was a teenager. Going out and meeting new friends. Discovering alchohol for the first time.

  38. Iris W
    8th February 2017 / 9:45 pm

    The 80s my teenage years

  39. Toni Pearson
    8th February 2017 / 7:21 pm

    love the 80’s…my childhood memories. x

  40. Annabel Greaves
    8th February 2017 / 12:07 pm

    I love the 80s, it makes me feel nostalgic for my childhood

  41. Richard Tyler
    8th February 2017 / 1:55 am

    The swinging 60s for crazy times!

  42. Jo Carroll
    7th February 2017 / 1:08 pm

    Every decade in the last Century seems so well defined compared to the naughties where everything just seems to blend into one almighty re-hash of everything that’s gone before? I think the 60’s stand out for change but my favourite is probably the 40’s…a much simpler time when family was all important as people knew the experience of loss from the War.

  43. Ella Langford
    7th February 2017 / 12:17 pm

    The eighties….. my era !!

  44. Sylvia Paul
    6th February 2017 / 9:45 pm

    I love reading about the 40s. I find the war years so interesting

  45. lorraine polley
    5th February 2017 / 12:31 pm

    love the 50s because of the music and clothes

  46. Ellie Wood
    5th February 2017 / 10:25 am

    The 1920’s it all looks so elegant

  47. Samantha O'D
    4th February 2017 / 3:00 pm

    The 60s, I love the music

  48. clair downham
    4th February 2017 / 2:11 pm

    the 80s brings back memories

  49. Lisa Wilkinson
    3rd February 2017 / 10:20 pm

    1990s – best music, worst clothes!!

  50. Christine Lockley
    3rd February 2017 / 8:16 pm

    I love the 1940’s – great style and so resourceful, would have loved to learn lots of their hints, tips and tricks

  51. Lorraine Stone
    3rd February 2017 / 2:12 pm

    The 80’s. Great music, Wham, Duran … we had the lot 🙂

  52. Elizabeth Hinds
    3rd February 2017 / 12:01 pm

    The 90’s because it was the decade I grew up in, so I associate it with care-free times. It was also the era of the Spice Girls – what’s not to love?!

  53. Laura Jeffs
    3rd February 2017 / 8:42 am

    Love the 50’s, because the pace of life was slower then

  54. Spencer Broadley
    3rd February 2017 / 5:58 am

    Late 70s/early 80s for some of the best rock music made (although a lot of my favourites started late 60s)

    2nd February 2017 / 9:56 pm

    50 and 60s, love the music and fashion.

  56. Katie m
    2nd February 2017 / 8:52 pm

    The 90’s love the music

  57. Janet Birkin
    2nd February 2017 / 7:04 pm

    The swinging sixties, flower power, everything was so colorful & happy

  58. michelle o'neill
    2nd February 2017 / 6:38 pm

    love the swinging 60s

  59. Kim Styles
    2nd February 2017 / 5:53 pm

    the 1950s the post war years where everyone began to enjoy a huge technological leap in modern appliances radio and tv and fashion and music changed to be less reserved

  60. simon tutthill
    2nd February 2017 / 5:06 pm

    love the 80s,great movies great music and plenty of good memories too

  61. 2nd February 2017 / 4:45 pm

    The 1970s, when I went to University, met and married my husband, travelled halfway round the world and had my first baby. It’s when all my greatest memories were made.

  62. Kelly Hirst
    2nd February 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Love the 90s – lots of happy memories and some of the best music and movies

  63. amy bondoc
    2nd February 2017 / 1:22 pm

    i love the fashion from the 50 and 60s

    2nd February 2017 / 12:31 pm

    50’s.. I just love the clothes and music.. I was born too late for sure!!

  65. christine shelley
    2nd February 2017 / 12:05 pm

    This one, Oh and I had a wonderful year

  66. Mark Palmer
    2nd February 2017 / 12:01 pm

    The 80s for the awesome music.

  67. Pamela Gossage
    2nd February 2017 / 11:56 am

    I love the 70s.I was in my youth

  68. Michaela Hannah
    2nd February 2017 / 6:11 am

    I loved the 90s – my youth!

  69. cheryl hadfield
    1st February 2017 / 9:33 pm

    My fave decade was the 80s

  70. Andrea Upton
    1st February 2017 / 9:08 pm

    That is a hard question, but I think perhaps the 90’s

  71. lynn heath
    1st February 2017 / 7:50 pm

    I think the 90’s as I had a ball!!!

  72. Kim M
    1st February 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Would have loved to have lived in the 50’s – seemed to be simpler times x

  73. paula cheadle
    1st February 2017 / 6:25 pm

    I like the 60’s as that was when I was born

  74. Susan B
    1st February 2017 / 2:35 pm

    I loved the 60s because it was ground-breaking in many ways.

  75. Sparklett21
    1st February 2017 / 9:36 am

    My favourite decade is the noughties. I felt & looked my best & I met my fiancé????

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