Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Christmas At The Foyles Bookshop by Elaine Roberts Review / Blog Tour



This is the third and final book in the Foyles series featuring main characters Victoria , Molly , and Alice. The story is set during WW2 in England and although it is a war time story it is also a terrifically heartwarming festive tale too. The story takes us into the lives of each woman , each with her own highs and lows , love , loss , drama and courage . There was great camaraderie between the friends and a strong sense of community as they banded together during often  heartbreaking , trying times . I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all but especially those of you who enjoy war time stories and bookshops . 


I received this book in exchange for a review. 




Christmas at the Foyles Bookshopby Elaine Roberts

 

 

About the author

 

Elaine Roberts had a dream to write for a living. She completed her first novel in her twenties and received her first very nice rejection. Life then got in the way until she picked up her dream again in 2010 and shortly afterwards had her first short story published. Elaine and her patient husband, Dave, have five children who have flown the nest. Home is in Dartford, Kent and is always busy with their children, grandchildren, grand dogs and cats visiting.

 

 

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Twitter: @RobertsElaine11

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About the book

 

Alice, Victoria and Molly couldn't be more different and yet they share a friendship that stems back to their childhood – a friendship that provides everyday solace from the tribulations and heartbreak of war. 

All the Foyles girls want this Christmas is their loved ones back safe and sound and to look foward to a New Year without the shadow of war...

The final book in Elaine Roberts' heartwarming Foyles Girls trilogy.

Perfect for fans of Elaine Everest, Daisy Styles and Rosie Hendry.

 

 

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

October TBR



Hello lovelies , it’s been quite a while since I sat down and wrote a blog post where I was not writing a review , so I thought that today I would do just that . 

My reading this year has been a real mixed bag of thrillers , fiction , autobiographies, YA and non fiction ... a little of almost every genre . Below are some of the books I am intending to read through this month ... again it’s a bit of a mix of genres , another book not shown is Stephen King’s new story “The Institute “ , which I am listening to at the moment and it’s awesome , you can expect a review very soon on that book . Wishing you a lovely and peaceful Sunday XX 



A Brew To A Kill by Cleo Coyle 

The Portrait Of A Lady by Henry James 

Runemarks by Joanne Harris

The Professor by Charlotte Brontë

Holiday Buzz by Cleo Coyle 

Once Upon A Grind by Cleo Coyle 

Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle 

Dead To The Last Drop by Cleo Coyle 

Yoga For Life by Josephine Fairley


Family Friendly Knits by Courtney Spainhower. 

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Secrets Of The Mist by Kate Ryder. Review / Blog Tour



This is an intriguing timeslip story set in Dorset in England and centers around main character Maddie , Maddie is an Irish girl working in England , and while on location with her job she falls in love with The Olde Smithy Cottage and decides to buy it , here is where the story really gets going !

The story has it all , history , mystery , intrigue and love , with a brave and smart heroine in the center of it . The back story of this tale is really good , we get glimpses of the past throughout the book , almost in a dream like way but not quite , each bit a little unnerving but completely engrossing . As the story progresses there is a growing sense of unease in the cottage and that builds even more as the story went on , flashes of the past  become more frequent and mix with present day which I enjoyed immensely . If you enjoy time slip books then this is a terrific one to add to your reading list , but it is a very enjoyable book for any fiction lover too  . 


I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review. 





Secrets of the Mist by Kate Ryder

 

About the book

A gorgeous timeslip romance for fans of Kate Mosse, Diana Gabaldon and Barbara Erskine.

Maddie is restless in London. She has friends, a job and a sort-of boyfriend, but something in her life is missing. Then she visits the ancient village of Walditch, deep in the Dorset countryside. Something stirs in her, and on a whim she buys a centuries-old cottage and moves there three months later. Her friends think she's crazy, but for Maddie it feels like coming home.

Late at night in the cottage, Maddie hears strange noises and sees mist gathering indoors and out. When she starts investigating the cottage's history, she becomes drawn into the tragic story of a family who lived here 400 years ago. Meanwhile, Maddie starts to fall in love with a local carpenter – but he has a relationship already...

Can Maddie solve the riddle of the past? What is her connection with the family that lived there so many years ago? And can she and her true love ever be together?

Previously published as The Forgotten Promise.

About the author

Kate Ryder writes romantic suspense with a true-to-life narrative. Her passion is writing (a period during which she studied acting only confirmed her preference for writing rather than performing!). Since then she has worked in the publishing, tour operating and property industries, and has travelled widely. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors. Kate lives in Cornwall with her husband and a newly acquired rescue cat.

In 2017 Kate signed a 4-book publishing contract with Aria (digital imprint of award-winning independent publisher, Head of Zeus). Her first novel, 'Summer in a Cornish Cove', saw her nominated for the RNA's 2018 Joan Hessayon award. Under its original self-published title, 'The Forgotten Promise', ‘Secrets of the Mist’, was shortlisted for Choc Lit's "Search for a Star" and awarded a Chill with a Book "Book of the Month".

 

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Twitter: @KateRyder_Books

 

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Daddy’s Girls by Sarah Flint . Review / Blog Tour .



From the opening chapter of this book I got chills , the killer had a messed up way of playing with his victims and his small mercies were heartless and disturbing . All this from just the first chapter ! 

The plot kept up a strong and steady pace throughout the entire book with no dull parts whatsoever......some parts were downright eerie. 

These characters are very interesting , both the good and bad ones , and their description , and the description of the places are so well written it is magnificent , you almost feel like you are there  , I got goosebumps while reading it . The description of complex police procedures during cases like this was fascinating and every little detail was really well thought out making it truly engrossing. There was red herrings thrown into the story and that just added to the enjoyment . 

Truly a terrific book that I would not hesitate recommending to all you crime / thriller story lovers , it won’t disappoint! This is an author to watch out for , for future book releases.  


I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.





Sarah Flint – Daddy’s Girls

 

About the book

 

He wasn't always a killer. At first, he just wanted to talk.

 

D.C. Charlie Stafford has an odd case on her hands. And it may be her toughest one yet.

A burglar who isn't interested in valuables, the subject of Operation Greystream is a strange but smooth operator. In the dead of the night, gloved and masked, he visits the elderly. He doesn't hurt them and, if they beg, he won't take anything of real value. All he wants is conversation... and they're powerless to refuse him.

But then 87-year-old Florence Briarly is found by her friend, cold to the touch and neatly, too neatly, tucked into bed. And Charlie realises this case has taken a sinister, urgent turn. Now this stealthy burglar has had a taste of murder, it's only a matter of time until he craves it again...

 

About the author

 

With a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers. She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters.

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Twitter: @SarahFlint19

 

 

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Christmas At Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble. Review / Blog Tour




The story is set in Bath , England in 1911 and centers around two main characters , Cornelia Culford , a woman going through a desperate divorce from her no good husband and Stephen Gower , a former Scotland Yard employee but now a security man at Pennington’s. Stephen is not long at Pennington’s when he is asked to help out with something not in his job description , there is deep concern that there may be a very dangerous killer lurking in Bath ,  those he cares for could be in danger so he says yes to the request . 

The story combined murder , mystery and romance wonderfully , Stephen is a knight in shining armor and not one to be messed with , I was rooting for him to get his man ! Cornelia is a formidable woman , seeing her confidence grow was delightful and I was eager to see how everything would work out in the end for her . The plot was a complete treat with plenty to keep me interested in the characters , danger , love and bad guys , all while being set somewhere completely delightful .

I recommend this to any fiction fan  . 


I received this from Netgalley in exchange for a review.







Rachel Brimble – Christmas at Pennington’s

 

About the book

 

Gripping drama as Pennington's department store prepares for a glittering Christmas in 1911, but a killer stalks the women of Bath.


Christmas sees Pennington's at its most glorious, thronged with shoppers, its grand staircase and balcony adorned with holly, mistletoe, tinsel and lights. It should be the happiest time, but dramas are seething beneath the surface.

For Cornelia Culford, in charge of jewellery, a divorce hearing looms, where she could lose custody of her young sons to her overbearing and unfaithful husband.

For Stephen Gower, being head of security at Pennington's is the perfect refuge from a tragic past at Scotland Yard. But soon the past will call him back, as Joseph Carter and Elizabeth Pennington beg him to help solve the murder of Joseph's first wife, now that it seems as if the killer has struck again.

For Joseph and Elizabeth, their marriage depends on exorcising the past. But can it ever be laid to rest?

 

About the author

 

Rachel Brimble lives in Wiltshire with her husband of twenty years, two teenage daughters and her beloved chocolate Labrador, Tyler. Multi-published in the US, she is thrilled to have a new beginning writing for Aria in the UK. When Rachel isn’t writing, she enjoys reading across the genres, knitting and walking the English countryside with her family…often stopping off at a country pub for lunch and a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Magic Under The Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman . Review / Blog Tour


 
I am a huge fan of Christmas , so when I got the chance to get a review copy of this gorgeous looking festive book from Netgalley I jumped at the chance . I am so glad I did .

Leesa and Cary are the main characters of the story , they work together and are very successful at what they do but are not close until they find themselves thrown together in a most unexpected way over Christmas  . I loved this story , the characters past relationships were not great so it almost helps them now to see what they are looking for in their lives , especially at Christmas time when family and loved ones are near , this made it a romantic and daydream worthy read . It was interesting reading about Leesa and Cary with their respective families and the dynamic between them all especially when they were up to a little mischief with them  . I especially liked Cary’s grandmother who was a romance writer with plenty of spirit  , she had a good heart and I loved her plot parts . 

I think if you like your romance story with a Christmasy backdrop that will leave you with a warm and cozy feeling then this might just tick all the boxes for you . 


I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.




Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman

 

 

About the author

 

Lucy lives in the Forest of Dean in the UK with her lovely husband and Bengal cat, Ziggy. Her novels have been short-listed in the UK's Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Lucy won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.

 

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Twitter: @LucyColemanAuth

 

Facebook: @LinnBHaltonAuthor

 

About the book:


Christmas and romance are in the air...

 

It's December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn't relishing spending Christmas at his family's country estate either.

So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They'll spend half of the holidays with each other's families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten...?

Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed... It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!

 

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Friday, September 13, 2019

The Truth by Naomi Joy. Review / Blog Tour .



This was an exceptionally dark and twisty tale about a marriage and what went on behind those closed doors , the story is told primarily from the wife’s perspective but we do get unfavorable glimpses about the husband  . 

I was fascinated with the description of the bones of this marriage   , my focus was constantly being pulled in opposite directions from about mid way through the book  as I tried to figure out who was trustworthy ......who was the good guy here . 

The plot became darker towards the end and there was a deep sense of foreboding , I felt it could not end well for these characters so I was glued to the page . I needed to read it as quick as I could to get ALL the answers :0) , none of which I will give you ... sorry guys ... you will have to read this awesomeness yourselves . If you like a page turner that keeps you guessing go out and get this immediately, you will adore this .Enjoy!

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for a review . 



The Truth by Naomi Joy

 

About the book

 

Perfect wife. Perfect life. Perfect crime.

Anthony is not the man everyone believes him to be. And Emelia is not the woman he wants her to be.

Theirs was a whirlwind romance, Anthony was the doting boyfriend, the charismatic and successful career man who swept her off her feet. But now Emelia is trapped in a marriage of dark secrets and obsession. She is no more than something Anthony wants to 'fix', one of his pet projects.

Emelia has no escape from the life that Anthony insists on controlling, so she shares her story through the only means she can – her blog. Yet Anthony can never find out. Forced to hide behind a false name, Emelia knows the only way that Anthony will allow her to leave him, is death.

Trapped with a man she knows is trying to kill her, Emelia is determined that someone will hear her story and Anthony will meet his ends. That everyone will discover the truth.

About the author

 

Naomi Joy is a pen name of a young PR professional who was formerly an account director at a prestigious PR firm in London. Writing from experience, she draws the reader in to the darker side of the uptown and glamorous, presenting realism that is life or death, unreliable and thrilling to page-turn.

 

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