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

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TillyTennant/

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Mistletoe at Moonstone Lake by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor #Bookreview #blogtour #MistletoeAtMoonstoneLake

Mistletoe at Moonstone Lake by Holly Martin, blog tour 7th October 2021

Thanks to Holly Martin for the early review copy and for inviting me on to the blog tour. I’m delighted to take part.

An utterly gorgeous, heartwarming romantic comedy to escape with.

My Thoughts

It can be read as a stand-alone, as it’s a complete story. Cast members from previous books have only support roles.

Holly’s books always hook me in instantly, and this one with the Christmas feels is no exception. I felt like I was there, it felt so real to me.

This is the story of Zoey and Kit. They each have a market cabin at the Jewel Island Christmas Market. They have an hilarious first meeting which goes viral on social media. I love the chemistry Holly Martin injects into the characters, how the sparks crackle. And these two certainly had all the chemistry! But Zoey has a secret that she’s keeping. Will it be happy ever after? Or will it all fall down? OMG, read it to find out.

Sylvia O’ Hare, a frequent hotel guest and author of racy novels, has a bit part  in this story.  She’s always such an entertaining character, she’s always eavesdropping but she instantly knows how people really feel about each other.

I just adore the setting of Jewel Island and this is a fun read, set in and around the Christmas market on the island.

An absolute dream to read and I look forward to hearing more stories from this lovely Island.

Many thanks to the author for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Ebook publication date:- 6th October 2021

Paperback available now.

Amazon UK link, paperback :-  Mistletoe at Moonstone Lake

Amazon UK link, ebook:- Mistletoe at Moonstone Lake

About the Book

Escape to the breathtaking Cornish Coast this winter, where the ocean sparkles in the moonlight and romance crackles like an open fire. This gorgeous new love story by million selling author Holly Martin is the perfect treat to warm your heart this Christmas.

Artist Zoey Flynn hadn’t planned to spend her favourite holiday on the shores of Jewel Island, but when her fiancé breaks off their engagement before their Christmas Eve wedding, this Cornish paradise is just the distraction she needs.

With a cosy cottage to call home for a month and a stall at the island’s famous Christmas market to sell her paintings, Zoey quickly puts her heartbreak behind her. Love is the last thing on her mind. That is until the handsome Kit Lewis crosses her path…

Their connection is instant, but Zoey has a secret. And the deeper she and Kit fall for one another, the harder it is to hide. Kit knows Zoey is holding something back and if she won’t tell him the truth she could lose him forever.

Is keeping a promise from the past worth sacrificing a future with the man she loves? Or might Kit be the one person she can trust?

Love, laughter and long-hidden secrets are waiting for you on stunning Jewel Island. For fans of Jill Mansell, Sarah Morgan and Sue Moorcroft, this is the perfect tale to curl up with this Christmas.

About the Author

Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 26 books.

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Review for The Mallorcan Bookseller @TheMallorcan #Mallorca #Majorca #Balearics #Crime #bookreview #TheMallorcanBookseller

The Mallorcan Bookseller (The 3R International Series Book 1) by Pete Davies

About the book

“Is Anna in?” It took just three words to change his life. Sam Martínez, a London detective, is put on sick leave suffering with PTSD resulting from a firearms incident that went wrong and his best friend was shot. Going home to Mallorca, where he grew up, he helps out in the family bookshop. But before long, he finds himself caught up with helping a family friend who has fallen prey to an IT scam. When another scam victim is murdered, he joins forces with the tough Spanish detective investigating criminal gangs on the island and a former spy to find those responsible for a complex web of crime and violence. Sam finds he has to learn to play by a new set of rules and a different type of justice when he goes up against the ruthless boss of an Armenian organised crime gang.

Publication date 10th December 2020

Amazon UK link: The Mallorcan Bookseller

My thoughts

Crime books and Mallorca, what could be more perfect for me! I love them both.

Ex-police officers always write fabulous books.

I bought this without reading what genre it was after seeing it on one of the Mallorca Facebook pages I follow. I wish I’d got around to reading it sooner. It’s a brilliant crime book, full of scammers, organised criminals and a private group full of ex-special forces and police. Throw local Spanish detectives in too, for a real page-turner.

I loved the setting, in and around Palma. I felt like I was there.

A really great cast of characters who felt real, I wouldn’t like to cross any of them that’s for sure.

I thoroughly recommend this book, in fact I’ve just bought the second in the series The Pollensa Connection.

Words from the author

First of all, that isn’t a bottle of red on my shoulder. It’s a huge bottle about 50 yards behind me on the Vi Rei vineyard in Mallorca.

Okay, something about me? I live in Berkshire in England with my wife and our black labrador.

We have two fantastic children and two great son and daughter in-laws, with whom we love to share holidays (in Mallorca of course!).

After two careers, first as a police officer for 30 years and then as an executive coach, I decided to write my first book in 2020.

Mallorca became my first choice of holiday location back in 2005 and since then we have been going for 2-3 times a year and have fallen in love with this beautiful island.

I really enjoy books that take me away from my everyday thinking, especially on holiday, but I also wanted my book to give my readers something of my experience of Mallorca and in doing so, promote the island and some of the fantastic restaurants and bars I have found with my family over the years – so please go and visit them and if you see Miquel in Contrabando or Quina Brasa in Llucmajor, tell him Pedro sent you!

So now I am a full time author with some ‘grandad’ duties.

Author contact details

Facebook – themallorcanbookseller

Twitter – TheMallorcan

Amazon author page – Pete Davies

Instagram –  the_mallorcan_bookseller

Christmas By The Coast by Mandy Baggot @mandybaggot @Aria_Fiction @HOZ_Books #ChristmasByTheCoast #bookreview

About the book

What would you give for a second chance with the one that got away?

After a terrible heartbreak, Harriet Cookson worked hard to build her life back up. Now she has a dependable boyfriend, a great job and a decent flatshare. But when her beloved grandmother passes away, Harriet drops everything to fly out to the Hamptons to comfort her grieving grandpa.

Christmas is coming and as she arrives on the sandy beaches of her childhood in Montauk, Long Island, Harriet spots someone she never expected to see again – her ‘one that got away’, ex-soldier Mack Wyatt. Now, Mack is determined to win Harriet back and show her that the life she’s been living might be the wrong happily-ever-after.

This Christmas, find out if love letters from the past can pave the way to a brand-new future…

My Thoughts

Harriet has the worst news ever. Her nana has died. She gets the first flight she can from England to New York to support her grandpa Joe. Harriet is in a relationship with Iain, he saved her after her heart was broken, and has travelled with her.

Her grandparents (her dad’s parents) run The Rum Coconut, a tiki bar on the beach in Montauk in The Hamptons.

Harriet (aka Joanna…read it, you’ll see why) spent her summers there when she was a kid. She loved the laid back life there, and the lighthouse. She’d never visited in the winter and it was a lot different, it was less about the holidaymakers and more about the community. And a lot quieter too. Her grandparents and her dad had a broken relationship, and she didn’t know why.

Letters written by Harriet, Mack and Nana are so very touching and are the making of this story. You can say so much in the written form that is lacking in conversation, and of course you can read it over and over digesting every word and meaning.

The book had quite a serious undercurrent with issues of trust and misunderstandings, and characters doing what they thought was the right thing when in fact they should just ‘go with their heart’.

It shows the good in people, the community aspect and it made me warm to the characters including Jude, Ruby and Madame Scarlett. I loved Mack and the way the author wrote about the psychological and physical problems that a veteran has to deal with.

A real treat of a book. Funny, entertaining and emotional in equal measure, just what I’d expect from Mandy Baggot. I love her writing.

Thanks to Mandy Baggot, Aria, Head of Zeus and NetGalley for the early review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date: 2nd September 2021

Amazon UK: Christmas By The Coast

About the Author

Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

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The House on the Water’s Edge by C E Rose. I loved this! @CazEngland @CERoseAuthor @HeraBooks #TheHouseontheWatersEdge #bookreview #blogtour @zooloo2008 #ZooloosBookTours

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

Blog Tour 13th August 2021

Many thanks to Zoe at Zooloos Blog Tours for the invitation to take part, I’m delighted to do so. (https://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/zooloos-blog-tours)

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.

Description

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

Publication date: 11th August 2021

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK:  The House on the Water’s Edge

Amazon.com: The House on the Water’s Edge

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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Author website: carolineenglandauthor.co.uk

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If Only by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #booksontour #blogtour #bookreview #IfOnly

Bookouture Books on Tour, 6th July 2021

Many thanks to Kim Nash of Bookouture for the invite to take part in the book tour, I’m delighted to shout about the new book by Angela Marsons.

If Only by Angela Marsons

My Thoughts

Cher, Deb and Sarah each have their own problems, and after some drunken messing around with an old spell book picked up by book-hoarder Cher things start to change. Coincidence? Very probably. But it makes for a fabulous book. It’s light-hearted and very easy to read. And I think everyone will relate to some aspects of the story, be it having a crush on someone at work or a mother-in-law to be.

Some of the antics of Deb’s mother-in-law to be were hilarious and equally cringey, especially the trying on of bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses.

A lovely book about friendship, such great well-developed characters that I felt I knew the girls so well. Lots of humour and it definitely gave me a giggle. There were some touching parts too.

Angela Marsons is the crime queen, but this softer side is a fabulous read. I loved it.

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

Publication Date: 6th July 2021

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About the Book

“I want Michael Hunter to fall so deeply in love with me that he can’t bear to be more than fifty feet away,” Cher declares to her best friends over cheesecake and wine. But what if she’s searching for happiness in the wrong place?

As Cher types up letters about overflowing rubbish bins in a job she hates, she dreams of Michael Hunter. He’s gorgeous, smart, funny and he’s about to become her new boss. But he barely looks at Cher except to ask for a coffee refill. How can she get him to notice she’s the perfect girl for him?

While Cher ignores the warning from workmate Dan that Michael is bad news, her friends have their own problems to fix. Sarah is longing to start a new life with a man who won’t commit, and bride-to-be Deb should be looking forward to her wedding, but her future mother-in-law is turning it into a nightmare from hell… If only her fiancé could see it that way.

So, when one summer evening, over several glasses of wine, Cher, Sarah and Deb stumble across an old book and decide to cast a wishing spell, they don’t think for one minute that it will come true. It’s just three best friends having a laugh and throwing some herbs around the garden. Or is it?

Totally unputdownable, absolutely full of laugh-out-loud ‘I’ve so done that’ moments, and plenty of emotional twists and turns that will keep you refilling your wine and racing through to the end. The perfect romantic comedy for fans of Shari Low and Sophie Kinsella.

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 Bookouture.com 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, including Blood Lines, Dead Souls, Broken Bones, Fatal Promise and Dead Memories reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.

Social Media Links

Facebook: AngelaMarsonsAuthor

Twitter: WriteAngie

Amazon: Author page

Website: http://angelamarsons-books.com/

Ten Days by Mel Sherratt @writermels @bookouture #blogtour #BooksOnTour #review #TenDays #localandproud #Stoke #Staffordshire #TeamSherratt

Books on Tour 3rd July 2021

Today I’m sharing my review of Ten Days by Mel Sherratt as part of the blog tour. Thanks to Noelle Holten from Bookouture for inviting me to take part.

My Thoughts

Eva Farmer, a journalist at Stoke News, is covering stories where women disappear and turn up again ten days later with no knowledge of who the person is who held them or where they’ve been held. She’s interviewed the women and the stories of their time held are virtually the same, small room, no conversation and little food. Eva’s husband Nick is a police officer and is working on the investigation.

When Eva wakes up in a room that is eerily the same as described by the three women, she knows she is the next victim. She has no memory of how she got there.

As the story is told over the next ten days we are treated to a nerve wracking and tense thriller. The abductor stays quiet for a long time, but then we learn more about their background. And we also learn about Eva’s background, in which she didn’t have an easy childhood.

Told in alternating chapters between Eva and the abductor, it is a real page-turner that I didn’t want to put down. It got my heart racing. There were some emotional parts, with the subjects of domestic abuse and child neglect covered.

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

#TeamSherratt #TenDays

Thanks to publishers Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an early copy in which I give my honest opinion.Publication Date 28th June 2021

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About the Book

Can her own dark secret set her free?

Day one. As my eyes adjust to the darkness, I slowly start to recognise my surroundings: the small hole in the door and a narrow window allowing only a small chink of light. The jewellery given to me by my loving husband is gone and I am wearing someone else’s clothes. The room is exactly as the first woman described. And the second. And the third… It’s then I know, I am the fifth woman to be taken.

Just days before, I had interviewed the third victim for the local paper. Her story was the same as those before her: an ordinary woman, locked away for ten days then released with no explanation, and nothing – nothing she could think of – to link her to the others. Throughout the ordeal, her abductor stayed eerily silent.

I tell myself I’ll be safe; that I can brave the loneliness and survive just like the others. But as the days pass, I can’t help thinking of the fourth victim who is still missing.

And then I hear the voice coming through the door. ‘You said everything would be fine. But it wasn’t was it?’ It is then that I realise. If I am to make it out alive, I need to revisit a dark secret of my own that I have spent a lifetime trying to forget.

An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller with a truly brilliant twist, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, T.M. Logan and C.L. Taylor.

This book was previously titled Invisible Victim.

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 1.7 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.

Social Media Links

Website www.melsherratt.co.uk

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/writermels

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MelSherrattauthor/

A Cut for a Cut by Carol Wyer @carolewyer Published by Thomas and Mercer 29.6.21 @AmazonPub #ACutForACut #CarolWyer DI Kate Young Book 2 #blogtour #bookreview @DamppebblesBTs @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

A Cut for a Cut by Carol Wyer

Blog Tour 30th June 2021

Today it’s my turn on the blog tour. Many thanks for the invite from Emma Welton at Damp Pebbles Blog Tours. I’m delighted to take part.

My Thoughts

After the first in the series, An Eye for an Eye, this is a brilliant follow up and I will be eagerly waiting for the next in the series! I feel so incredibly lucky to have read an advance copy.

Kate is having trouble knowing who to trust, and following the second murder she really feels like something is amiss in the force. She is being very careful who she asks questions of and who she shares with. It was a frustrating case for the team as they just couldn’t seem to find any hard evidence.

Kate’s step-sister Tilly and her young son were visiting from Australia, and fitting in some family time was tough. Tilly reveals some details about her own rape many years ago which Kate hadn’t known at the time. There are some crime scene descriptions that had me wincing, but they set the scene of how the mind of the killer works.

Kate is still having conversations with Chris and she does things in an unconventional way sometimes but I love the quirks of her personality.

I found it a very tense read and my heart was racing.

It’s a cracking book, a truly gripping read which I totally recommend.

Many thanks to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Carol Wyer for the early copy in which I give my honest opinion.

About the book

DI Kate Young Book 2

DI Kate Young can’t trust anybody. Not even herself.

In the bleak countryside around Blithfield Reservoir, a serial murderer and rapist is leaving a trail of bloodshed. His savage calling card: the word ‘MINE’ carved into each of his victims.

DI Kate Young struggles to get the case moving—even when one of the team’s own investigators is found dead in a dumpster. But Kate is battling her own demons. Obsessed with exposing Superintendent John Dickson and convinced there’s a conspiracy running deep in the force, she no longer knows who to trust. Kate’s crusade has already cost her dearly. What will she lose next?

When her stepsister spills a long-buried secret, Kate realises she’s found the missing link—now she must prove it before the killer strikes again. With enemies closing in on all sides, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to bring them down. But time is running out, and Kate’s past has pushed her to the very edge. Can she stop herself from falling?

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (29 June 2021)

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: A Cut for a Cut

Amazon USA:  A Cut for a Cut

Amazon Australia: A Cut for a Cut

About the author

Winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer is an award-winning author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping crime fiction.

A move to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in LITTLE GIRL LOST, the #2 best-selling book on Amazon, #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible and Top 150 USA Today best-seller.

A second series featuring DI Natalie Ward quickly followed and to date her crime novels have sold over 600,000 copies and been translated for various overseas markets, including Norwegian, Italian, Turkish, Hungarian Slovak, Czech and Polish.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.

She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr Grumpy… who is very, very grumpy.

To learn more about Carol, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer. 
Carol also blogs at www.carolwyer.com

The Butterfly Garden by Sophie Anderson @MSophieanderson @bookouture #TheButterflyGarden #bookreview

The Butterfly Garden by Sophie Anderson

About the Book

I blamed my son for the death of my daughter…

When twenty-five-year-old Erin loses the man she loves, she flees London for Cornwall and takes a job at Hookes End, a huge house clinging precariously to the Cornish cliffs. The owner, frail reclusive novelist and butterfly enthusiast Maggie, has kept the curtains of her dusty house drawn for many years. But as she and Erin spend evenings together by the fireside, sharing stories of the past, Erin feels her shattered heart begin to heal. In return, Erin agrees to help Maggie find her long lost family before it is too late.

Years ago, Maggie’s son Lucas ran away to the other side of the world after the death of her daughter ripped the family apart. Maggie is desperate to see Lucas again – there is something she needs him to know.

Erin wants to help Maggie find peace so she vows to track down her lost son. But when at last she finds Lucas, in a far- away place of searing heat and pearly sands, it becomes clear that he is hiding something too.

As Erin grows closer to Lucas and unravels the webs of deceit entangling mother and son, she learns about the terrible tragedy that changed their lives forever: the night when a little girl in a fairy nightdress went missing. But with Maggie’s time fast running out, is it too late for them to find the forgiveness they need to move on?

A heart-wrenching page-turner about a family ripped apart by guilt and lies. Set against the storms of the Cornish coast and silvery tropical sands of a distant paradise, The Butterfly Garden is a story of love, loss and letting go. Fans of Jojo Moyes, Harriet Evans and Lucinda Riley will be gripped.

My Thoughts

A wonderful story of friendships, secrets and families.

Author Maggie usually writes detective novels. She has written a new story in a totally different style, a very moving story. Due to her failing eyesight she advertises for some ‘eyes’ to help her type it up. As the book moves on we realise the book is connected to Maggie in some way. I was desperate to know what had happened to Maggie’s son Lucas, through the pages of the story Erin was typing up for Maggie. I loved the relationship between Maggie and Erin, the care and closeness that built up as Maggie’s illness progressed and her eyesight worsened.

That house on the edge of the cliff sounded magnificent, though in need of a good clean. But the views, wow! I felt like I was there.

Erin had a strained relationship with her parents after splitting with her lover, and when things were revealed from the past it was even more awkward.

From Cornwall to Costa Rica, this powerful story drew me in.

Those tropical beaches, rainforest and jungle creatures added to the perfection.

The sea, waves and beach cafes were idyllic.

Some difficult subjects which are dealt with perfectly by the author.

A fabulous debut novel, I look forward to reading her next one.

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

Publication Date: 21st June 2021

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The Hotel at Honeymoon Station by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #bookreview #TheHotelatHoneymoonStation

My Thoughts

Tilly Tennant books always warm my heart.

A really gorgeous story which I devoured over a rainy weekend. It drew me in and I couldn’t put it down.

Emma had lost her Mum when she was little and had been caring for everyone ever since rather than thinking of number one. Her little sister was off to pastures new with a new dream job and Emma had always felt like the boring one with her mundane job and sponging boyfriend. A chance meeting with an old schoolfriend sparks a chain of events that takes her to Dorset.

The blurb tells you it’s to turn the old station into a hotel, but my gosh it was a huge project.

The girls rent a cottage in the delightful village of Honeymoon. It really is a beautiful setting and I imagined I was there with them. Some contractors let them down and a couple of local brothers step in to help out. The pace of life is slower than back home, and there is so much work to do. Aiden, one of the brothers, is on friendly terms with Emma and they go on some lovely strolls around the area where he tells her tall stories from the past. She’s never quite sure whether they’re true or not though!

It really is a lovely book, with great village characters and lovely friends.

I thoroughly recommend it.

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

Publication date: 18th June 2021

Get your copy here:-  The Hotel at Honeymoon Station

About the book

Run away to the Dorset countryside, to the sleepy village of Honeymoon, where rose-adorned thatched cottages soak up the sunlight and Emma is risking everything for a brave new start on life and love…

When Emma’s useless fiancé tells her a lie she cannot forgive, she decides enough is enough. She leaves him, quits her dead-end job and travels hundreds of miles away to the ancient village of Honeymoon in the Dorset countryside, to help her friend Tia turn the old train station into a boutique hotel.

Tia has told Emma that it will be a project, but when Emma arrives in Honeymoon and sees a weed-choked crumbling ruin, her vision of an idyllic life in Dorset begins to disintegrate. But when she meets twinkly-eyed builder Aiden in the village shop, and sparks fly between them, she can’t help but feel that the stars have for once aligned.

As work begins on the hotel, Emma and Aiden grow closer, and on sun-dappled evening walks, he tells her the secrets of the village. But there are some villagers who wish that Emma had never arrived in Honeymoon… And when Emma is involved in a terrible accident on site, and then discovers what Aiden has been keeping from her, it feels like the universe is telling her to leave Honeymoon for good. What if she was wrong to say goodbye to all that was safe and familiar? Will she ever be able to find her happy-ever-after in Honeymoon?

A completely gorgeous and romantic read about being brave and taking chances on love and life. Fans of Shari Low, Jill Mansell and Milly Johnson will be enchanted by The Hotel at Honeymoon Station.

Meet the Author

Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.

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