Review of The Nick of Time by John Pye @CathedralOfLies #TheNickOfTime #police #Staffordshire #Stoke

The Nick of Time by John Pye

About the book

A journey in time through the author’s career with Staffordshire Police – from cadet to inspector – from schoolboy to man.

‘The practical jokes and camaraderie kept us sane.’

The book presents a cameo of some of the events which went on behind the scenes of policing in the seventies, eighties and nineties. A lifetime of side splittingly funny tales are mixed with some sad and tragic stories which made up the ‘policeman’s lot’ along with the black humour which often served to temper the emotions and relieve the stress.

Snippets of social history – now long forgotten are recalled – the ‘Policeman’s window’, the obsessive checking of property and other routines of the day. Most of all, the absurdly funny and unusual tales recalled from a career as a front line bobby:

Vampires in Stoke on Trent? Exploding treacle tins in Biddulph? A policeman caught short on duty? Naked constables in the back of van! Find the missing body!

It was all in a day’s work.

Get your copy on Amazon UK here:- The Nick of Time

My thoughts

I’ve read all of John Pye’s crime fiction books, and thoroughly recommend them.

I’ve met him many times at events and I know he’s a retired police officer. I really feel like I’ve got to know him better through this book. It was nice to see the old pictures of him, especially that old drug squad photo!

This book is his journey from cadet to retirement from the force.

All set in areas I know well. The Lesley Whittle murder was centred around where I grew up and I remember the police going house to house. It was certainly very scary for my nine year old self. I lived in Stoke town too, and his night shifts around there took me to familiar places.

I loved reading about all the courses he attended. He certainly got up to plenty of mischief!

A few words from the author

I’m John Pye, a retired UK Detective born in 1950. Writing has been both my passion and my hobby since retirement and my career as a police officer was without doubt the motivating force behind this. Little did I realise when I joined the force just how much written work was involved and as an eleven plus failure it was a big learning curve.

It wasn’t until I finally came to hang up my handcuffs some 27 years later that I realised that I’d become quite adept at writing and actually enjoyed it. I’ve always had a passion for history and so initially I completed a few articles for a local newspaper supplement – these were published and I realised that I had been bitten by the writing bug!

My latest book ‘Where the Silent Screams are Loudest’ came out in October 2020 and was complete change for me. Whilst the genre, again is crime fiction this story is set in 2019. It required a huge amount of research to get up to speed in areas of modern day policing and I remain stunned at the help that I received from some of the country’s top experts who happily gave me some time from their busy schedules.
I am a big fan of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus and readily identify with the reality he creates. I also love Frederick Forsyth and Joanne Harris as great authors.

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Heartcross Castle by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @0neMoreChapter_ @HarperCollinsUK #HeartcrossCastle #bookreview Fab-u-lous!

Heartcross Castle by Christie Barlow


(Love Heart Lane Series, Book 7)

Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what.

A second chance…

When her grandfather Marley passes away Grace Power discovers she’s been left the beautiful but crumbling estate of Heartcross Castle. As a single mum of three, Grace has no idea what she’s going to do with it – but who can say no to a roof over their kids’ heads and a chance to get away from past hurts?

And a forever home…

Heartcross Castle is full of secrets – especially a lost security deposit box that holds the truth to everything… But when celebrity chef Andrew Glossop sets his eyes on the castle and, to make matters worse, mistakes Grace as the new housekeeper, Grace tells him there is absolutely NO CHANCE he is getting his hands on her home.

Devastated to have got it so wrong, Andrew will do anything to make it up to her – but is she willing to listen?

My Thoughts

It was fabulous. I’ve loved all the Love Heart Lane Series, very special.

These books make me feel so good!

In this story Grace is the lead character. She is so lovely. A mum of three boys, and with a problem past. She finds herself back ‘home’ in Heartcross. She has mixed feelings about returning because of the circumstances in which she left Heartcross. And because her grandad has died. She’s a bit excited to escape to the castle after a few years of living in poor accommodation, with an abusive ex.

The state of the once-grand castle does shock her though.

Her old friends are so happy to see her after all these years, and they easily fall back into their banter. Everyone is so kind, it warms my heart.

Andrew, a famous chef, rents the old servant quarters across the courtyard from the castle. He has known riches all his life and is shocked to see Grace living on limited funds. The attraction between them is sparky!

There were some funny ‘chicken’ scenes and the fountain scene gave me shivers.

Hector was the old gardener at the castle and grandad’s best friend and he was still there. Grace’s boys and Hector hit it off straight away, such a lovely relationship between them.

It definitely is a place you don’t want to leave. A place I now know so well that I feel like I’m living in the book. I know the people and all the places.

A real escape from the real world. Can you tell I loved it?!

This is book 7 in the series. I recommend reading Love Heart Lane, Foxglove Farm, Clover Cottage, Starcross Manor, The Lake House and Primrose Park (which were equally fabulous!) as it would give you the full back story of the people in the small village of Heartcross. They can all be read as stand-alone as each book focuses on a different character, with villagers popping up from the other books, but why miss out on enjoying them all. Once you read one you’ll be hooked.

It’s got everything you could want from a book, the community spirit, family and friendship.

I am so happy to shout about Christie Barlow books to everyone.

Thanks to HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date:- 31st December 2021

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Amazon UK: Heartcross Castle

About the Author

Christie Barlow is the number 1 international bestselling author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Foxglove Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada & Australia.

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being.

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Dark Target by Mick Williams @mickwilliamsau2 #bookreview

Dark Target by Mick Williams

About the book

An Old Farts Club Story.

The Old Farts Club returns in the explosive sequel to the award-winning debut, Exodus.

A sniper’s bullet buzzes the ear of retired bomb disposal expert, John McIntyre, leaving his colleague dead in the street.

When McIntyre discovers the sniper was only the first part of a kill-team sent to stop their investigation into mysterious happenings in the North Sea, he calls in a favor from an old military friend, English, the latest recruit of The Old Farts Club.

While The Club heads overseas to help McIntyre, a purse snatching at home leads Dud’s wife, Evie, and her sister on a chase across the country to confront the thief – a journey that develops into an adventure more perilous and chilling at every turn.

But when the guys find themselves isolated in unchartered waters, and the girls realize the stakes are much higher than they expected, both will have to call on outside help if they are to have any chance of survival.

Get your copy from here:- Dark Target

My thoughts

A real thrilling all-action adventure, which ended up being quite a sinister story.

The Old Farts Club: a small group of mixed-age military veterans with various ‘skills’.

And I just love their tracking down skills.

I really liked the scenes in the pub. Brutal but very very good. The underground vaults were great scenes in my head as I visualised all the kit, like a James Bond film.

Towards the end when they were all on the platform and they were chasing around the corridors, it was very tense.

My take on the great cast of characters…

Macca (McIntyre)– I loved his Scottish accent and how it was written so I could read it with a Scottish voice.

Sarge, Dud, English, Marbles – love the skills.

Tony from the bar, brutal!

Marte, a very nasty woman!

Numbers – he is so clever with his satellite imagery.

Penny (Mrs English) getting in the act too.

Evie – fearless and so strong. Loved this character.

Sam – scared of everything but love how her bravery was brought out.

Carina – I liked her.

A Charlies Angels type spin off in the future would be great, featuring the ladies!?

I thoroughly recommend this book. In fact any book by this author.

He writes many different genres and they are all brilliant. Dark humour, romance and all-action stuff. He’s definitely one of my favourites.

About the author

Mick Williams moved from Stoke-On-Trent, England to Kentucky, USA. Then, after almost a decade, he moved back. Then, after three years, he moved back again.

This time he’s staying.

In between reading, writing and listening to good music he still watches proper football and, for his sins, follows his local team, Port Vale. He does also still cheer for the Indianapolis Colts.

He was adopted by two cats, Crash and Thud, and resides with his patient wife (who is also tiring of moving!) in Kentucky.


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A Reason to Breathe by Mick Williams @mickwilliamsau2

A Reason to Breathe by Mick Williams

About the book

(The ‘Reason’ Collection Book 2)

Is it okay to grow old disgracefully?

Seventy-two-year-old Henry Edwards has a bucket list that he is determined to complete before he ‘checks out’. A list that contains things like bungee jumping, flying aircraft, and swimming with dolphins.

Henry is also wheelchair-bound with a permanently fitted catheter bag.

Tom, Emma and the gang return to continue their trip through life’s lessons but, when Emma volunteers them to help complete Henry’s list, the trip becomes bumpier.

With new babies, sick children, and stressful jobs, it’s going to take everything they have to make Henry’s dreams come true.

The heart-warming follow-up to A Reason to Grieve.

Get your copy from here:- A Reason to Breathe

My Thoughts

The author knows how much I admire his style. Even though he writes different genres they always have that unique Mick Williams humour.

This book can definitely be read as a stand-alone, although it’s nice to revisit some of the characters from A Reason to Grieve.

Henry is living in an old folks home and wants to complete a few tasks before he dies. He and his friends come up with a bucket list, a list that he needs help from his friends to complete. There are certainly a variety of tasks, ranging from driving a fast car to star gazing. Each friend chooses a task to participate in with Henry.

A great cast of characters as usual from this author. Characters that you warm to and feel like you already know. We get invested in the family life of them all, the ups and downs, the happy and sad times.

Some of the stories about the residents in the home where Henry lives had me in stitches.

A real fun read that touches on some serious subjects written perfectly.

I thoroughly recommend anything by this author!

About the author

Mick Williams moved from Stoke-On-Trent, England to Kentucky, USA. Then, after almost a decade, he moved back. Then, after three years, he moved back again.

This time he’s staying.

In between reading, writing and listening to good music he still watches proper football and, for his sins, follows his local team, Port Vale. He does also still cheer for the Indianapolis Colts.

He was adopted by two cats, Crash and Thud, and resides with his patient wife (who is also tiring of moving!) in Kentucky.

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The Couple on Maple Drive by Sam Carrington @sam_carrington1 @AvonBooksUK #TheCoupleonMapleDrive #bookreview

The Couple on Maple Drive by Sam Carrington

About the book

Have you heard about the couple on Maple Drive?

Isla barely leaves the house after her brutal mugging.

Her boyfriend Zach moved in with her after the attack. To look after her.

But something else has happened now. Right on their doorstep.

I don’t want to say that someone’s out to get her…

I just hope they find out the truth before it’s too late.

Or at least before the secrets they’re hiding from each other surface.

Because those could be even deadlier…

My Thoughts

I love a book that keeps me guessing and takes me by surprise. This is definitely one of those books.

My first by this author and I loved it!

It certainly had me on the edge of my seat and got my brain in gear.

Full of intrigue and suspense, it gripped me and I couldn’t put it down. It had my heart racing, I just didn’t know who to trust.

Give this one a read, you won’t be disappointed!

Thanks to Avon Books UK and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date: 9th December 2021

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About the Author

Sam Carrington lives in Devon with her husband, two border terriers and a cat. She has three adult children and a new grandson! She worked for the NHS for fifteen years, during which time she qualified as a nurse. Following the completion of a psychology degree she went to work for the prison service as an Offending Behaviour Programme Facilitator. Her experiences within this field inspired her writing. She left the service to spend time with her family and to follow her dream of being a novelist.

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The House on the Water’s Edge by C E Rose. I loved this! @CazEngland @CERoseAuthor @HeraBooks #TheHouseontheWatersEdge #bookreview #paperbackpublicationday

The House on the Water’s Edge by C E Rose

My Thoughts

In her last phone call with her mother Ali was busy and dismissive of her. Her mum’s last words to her were “I have something I need to tell you”. Her Mum, Eve, was due to visit Ali at the weekend but that never happened after a tragic accident.

What was her mother wanting to tell her?

Her sister Laura lives in Canada and comes over to attend the funeral. They play on the swings and reminisce about their childhood.

Ali takes baby Joe and goes to her mum’s house in Norfolk to sort things out after her death. Her dad had died a long time ago, and this visit brought back memories from his last summer. Her memories are triggered by old photos and letters, where she finds some things confusing and not as she remembered. Her mum had had some help around the property, looking after cleaning and gardening. And some of her parent’s old friends rally round her.

The setting on the Norfolk Broads was lovely, I’ve been there once, and it was nice to revisit it in this book.

I thought her husband Miles was a dodgy character, he wasn’t supportive in her new parent role. Her mother-in-law Madeleine was an interesting character. It must have been difficult for Ali to pause her career and dealing with the grief along with motherhood added extra hardship.

Perfectly-paced, full of suspense and twists that I wasn’t expecting.

It certainly had me gripped!

The notion of ‘respectable hair’ made me laugh and reminded me of my own mother.

Thanks to Hera Books and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.


Sometimes the past is best left buried

Since the birth of baby Joe five weeks ago, Ali Baker has been struggling to cope. Starved of sleep and haunted by painful memories from the past, she’s a million miles away from the polished, professional barrister she has worked so hard to become.

Then her mother tragically and unexpectedly dies, leaving Ali an orphan. Haunted by her loss, Ali can’t forget her mother’s last words to her: There is something I really need to tell you…

Heading back to the Norfolk Broads to sort her mother’s things, Ali is plunged into memories of her family’s picture-perfect summers on the river.

But as she starts to uncover secrets hidden within the isolated house, Ali is drawn into a dark web that threatens to destroy everything she believed about her childhood – and her very sanity.

Ali may finally discover her mother’s secrets… but at what cost?

A twisty psychological thriller that will have you gripped.

Publisher: Hera Books

ebook publication date: 11th August 2021

Paperback publication date: 9th December 2021

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About the Author

Caroline is a psychological thriller writer living in Manchester. She likes to write multi-layered, dark and edgy domestic suspense stories that delve into complicated relationships, secrets, lies, loves and the moral grey area. She admits to a slight obsession with the human psyche, what goes on behind closed doors and beneath people’s façades. She also enjoys performing a literary sleight of hand in her novels and hopefully surprising her readers.

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Darkness Falls by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza @BooksSphere #DarknessFalls #KateMarshall #Review

Darkness Falls by Robert Bryndza

About the book

Kate Marshall’s investigation into a journalist’s disappearance sends her down an unexpectedly twisted path in a riveting thriller by the author of Shadow Sands.

Kate Marshall’s fledgling PI agency takes off when she and her partner, Tristan Harper, are hired for their first big case. It’s a cold one. Twelve years before, journalist Joanna Duncan disappeared after exposing a political scandal. Most people have moved on. Joanna’s mother refuses to let go.

When Kate and Tristan gain access to the original case files, they revisit the same suspects and follow the same leads—but not to the same dead ends. Among Joanna’s personal effects, Kate discovers the names of two young men who also vanished without a trace.

As she connects the last days of three missing persons, Kate realizes that Joanna may have been onto something far more sinister than anyone first believed: the identity of a serial killer hiding in plain sight. The closer Kate comes to finding him, the darker it’s going to get.

My Thoughts – 5 stars

Robert Bryndza hooks me in straight away, and I just sat, read and indulged myself.

Omg, I love this author. What a fabulous story, so clever. I raced through it.

It’s one of those ‘please just read it’ books.

A great plot, and a thrilling ride.

Kate Marshall was a rising star in the London Metropolitan police force. Young, ambitious and with a keen sense of justice, she solved several high-profile murder cases. She would stop at nothing….until a killer stopped her in her tracks. Since her days in the force are behind her she’s tried live a peaceful life.

Kate lectured in Criminology at a University on the South Coast. Her assistant was Tristan Harper. I like Tristan, early 20’s, tall, cropped hair, tattoos.

Kate and Tristan have set up a private investigation business. It’s pretty quiet at the moment, until they get a call from a mother who’s desperate to find out what happened to her daughter.

The relationship between Kate and Tristan is a special one, and I look forward to more from the intrepid two in the next book. This is the third in a series but the author gives enough information of the back story to be read as a stand-alone.

I am a Robert Bryndza addict and he certainly knows it!!

If you’ve never read any books by Robert Bryndza….why not?! You are guaranteed to love them.

I’ve recommended Robert Bryndza’s books to people all over the world and everyone loves them, he’s a global superstar!!

Thanks to Sphere and NetGalley for the review copy of this this fabulous book in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication Date: 7th December 2021

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The Life She Wants by Mel Sherratt @writermels @bookouture #review #TheLifeSheWants #TeamSherratt

The Life She Wants by Mel Sherratt

About the Book

From behind the curtains, Sarah spotted the man coming out of the house, followed by the woman. It would be strange seeing people in the property. She wondered how much it would change their lives. For now, she would bide her time and hopefully get to know them better. She needed to gain their trust.

When I met Richard, I fell for him instantly. He was able to give me everything I had always wanted, the dream house, security and above all, love like I’d never known. We lived a quiet life in the middle of nowhere; we didn’t need anyone else.

So, when the empty house next door is sold, I am wary. Will our neighbours invade the perfect life Richard has built for us? As soon as I meet Juliette and Danny, I am reassured. Overwhelmed by grief after the death of their young daughter, they have moved in search of a quiet life and a chance to start again. Over dinner one evening, we hit it off instantly and I know they are just the neighbours we need.

All is well until Juliette spots a young girl in our garden. Richard convinces her that she is seeing things, that it’s the grief taking over. But Juliette won’t let it go. She is sure she saw a child. She believes that Richard is threatening her. She starts to think that I’m not safe.

I need to convince Juliette that she’s imagining it. I need to keep Richard happy. If I am to protect everything I have built for myself, she must never find out the truth.

That my perfect life is built on the deadliest lie.

A heart-stopping psychological thriller with a truly brilliant twist, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, T.M. Logan and K.L. Slater.

My Thoughts

Oh my gosh. What a fabulous book. This had my heart racing.

I loved Juliette, I felt like we could be friends in real life being so down to earth, but I was so worried for her with the things she saw. Richard totally freaked me out and I was dying to find out what was going on. The cottages were lovely, the setting perfect and I almost wanted to live there!

I totally recommend this super suspenseful book.

Due to illness my reviews are very short at the moment, but I want to say ‘just buy it!’

Mel Sherratt is one of my favourite authors, I just love her writing style and thoroughly recommend her books.


Thanks to publishers Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an early copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication Date: 29th November 2021

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Amazon UK: The Life She Wants

About the Author

Mel Sherratt novels take you to the heart of the crime. She writes psychological suspense, police procedurals and crime dramas – fiction with a punch. Shortlisted for the CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in the Library Award 2014, she finds inspiration from authors such as Martina Cole, Lisa Jewell, Mandasue Heller and Clare Mackintosh.

To date, she’s sold over 1.8 million books. All sixteen of her crime novels have been bestsellers, each one climbing into the kindle UK top 10 and several number ones. She’s also had numerous Kindle All-star awards, for best read author and best titles.

Mel lives in Stoke-on-Trent, with her husband and terrier, Dexter, named after the TV serial killer, and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her books.




Stolen Ones by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #bookreview #StolenOnes #KimStone

Stolen Ones by Angela Marsons

My Thoughts – All the stars!

How brilliant, I loved it!
Love Angie Marsons, she always delivers.

I actually can’t say anything new other than ‘just read it!’

The 15th in the D.I. Kim Stone series, and it continues in the same brilliant way.

I eagerly await every book as they come out, and read them right away…..I just can’t wait.

It was weird that there was a real missing child in Australia at the same time.

The plot was fast-paced and I couldn’t put it down. I read at every opportunity, the short chapters are perfect for that. The quality is always there, truly blows me away with each book. The books are just so effortless to read. I love them.

I love Kim Stone and her team.

Dr Alex Thorne, she’s a nutter 😄, one of those characters that I just love to hate. I always dread her turning up in an Angie Marsons book.

This was a one of those books that really has your heart pounding as the team race to uncover the truth and piece everything together.

I recommend this book 100%, and all the others in the series. Please read them all!

Angie Marsons is definitely one of my favourite authors, I think the books are just fantastic and I can’t wait for the next one.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication Date: 11th November 2021

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25 years ago he took a girl. Today he takes another.

One August afternoon, eight-year-old Grace Lennard skips into the garden of the childcare centre she attends and vanishes into thin air. Rushing to the scene of Grace’s disappearance, Detective Kim Stone finds a chilling piece of evidence: the engraved heart bracelet belonging to Melody Jones – the little girl who was taken from a playground exactly twenty-five years ago.

Hours before, Steven Harte had walked into Halesowen police station and confessed to having information that would lead Kim to Melody. And he told Kim she’d have a more urgent problem to deal with first. Now Kim must play Steven’s twisted game if she’s to find Grace alive.

With only twenty-four hours to make every second of Steven’s interrogation count, and scan his behaviour for hidden clues, Kim and her team soon link Steven to the abduction of several vulnerable girls – two were kept for a year and then released, unharmed – but where are Melody and the others?

Then small bones are discovered in the grounds of a local park, and Kim fears the worst.

Kim may think she’s close to convicting a killer, but the case is about to get even more complex. Steven is hiding one final explosive truth and he’s not the only one. Dr Alex Thorne – the evil woman Kim did her best to keep behind bars is about to reveal a shocking secret to Kim that will hit her where it hurts the most. Kim knows she must put aside her own demons to save Grace and find the other missing girls in time. But can Kim untangle Steven’s web before any more innocent lives are lost?

An edge-of-your-seat thriller that will leave your heart in your mouth. You will be totally hooked on the utterly addictive, number one, multi-million-copy bestselling Detective Kim Stone series.

About the author

Angela Marsons is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone series and her books have sold more than 3 million in 3 years.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, and their cheeky Golden Retrievers.

She first discovered her love of writing at Junior School when actual lessons came second to watching other people and quietly making up her own stories about them. Her report card invariably read “Angela would do well if she minded her own business as well as she minds other people’s”.

After years of writing relationship based stories (The Forgotten Woman and Dear Mother) Angela turned to Crime, fictionally speaking of course, and developed a character that refused to go away.

She is signed to for a total of 16 books in the Kim Stone series and her books have been translated into more than 27 languages.

Many of her books reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.

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My Best Friend’s Wedding by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #bookreview #booksontour #MyBestFriendsWedding

Books on Tour 9th October 2021

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Tilly Tennant’s new release, My Best Friend’s Wedding. Thanks to Noelle Holten at Bookouture for inviting me, I’m delighted to be part of it.

My Thoughts

Another absolutely yummy book by Tilly Tennant, her books grab me straight away and I just couldn’t stop reading. I can feel the Christmas spirit coming already!

After a rubbish six months, suit shop worker Libby is to be chief bridesmaid at her best friend Willow’s wedding.

Before the wedding we get to find out why the six months have been rubbish, namely ex-fiancé Rufus dumping her. Libby’s big worry is that he will turn up as a wedding guest, as he was originally invited as Libby’s partner. She is obsessive about everything and needs to be in control, so when Rufus does turn up she can’t cope. She should just ignore him after what he did, but she still keeps an eye on him around the wedding reception.

During the reception Libby catches the eye of a handsome man, Noah, an old friend of Tomas the groom. As the day progresses the snow falls, which makes the Christmas Eve wedding feel extra special, and guests start to worry they won’t get home. As the snow continues to fall heavily, the roads are impassable and there is a power cut. The party carries on in the candlelight. The little bridesmaids who Libby christened the ‘trio of torment’ added a lot of comedy moments to the story, dancing and playing in the snow in their posh dresses. Noah and Libby kept the trio entertained while they got to know more about each other. They get chatting and are actually a perfect match.

Everything was on the same set, so I could really imagine the lovely stately home of Lovage Hall.

Lighthearted and easy to read, certainly a wedding and Christmas Day to remember.

A very sweet story which I devoured on holiday. It drew me in and I couldn’t put it down.

I thoroughly recommend it.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date: 8th October 2021

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About the book

Falling snow, sparkling champagne and an ex that Libby would rather forget…

Everything was in place for Libby’s own wedding day – the ancient church with roses around the door, the frothy white wedding dress of her dreams… That is until her Mr Right, Rufus, turned out to be Mr Wrong and dumped her out of the blue. For her cousin.

Six months later, Libby is the chief bridesmaid for her best friend Willow in a Christmas Eve wedding at stately home Lovage Hall. Despite having to wear an enormous fuchsia dress, Libby knows she has to look her best, as the wedding is the first time she will see Rufus again…

As the guests sip champagne at the beautiful reception, and Libby does her best to avoid her ex, the snow outside falls faster and faster, making it impossible for the guests to leave. Snowed in at Lovage Hall, Libby is charmed by American Noah with his dark cropped hair and dimpled cheeks, and the two of them share their dreams and a very passionate kiss.

But when the morning comes, and the snow melts, a shocking revelation about Noah comes to light and Rufus reveals a devastating secret. Can Libby trust her heart to make the right decision for her own happy ending?

A gorgeous, romantic heart-warming read with characters that will find their way into your heart and stay there. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Shari Low and Jenny Colgan.

Meet the Author

From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage. Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.

I am also very happy to call her my friend