The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #bookreview #blogtour #Blogblitz #TheChristmasWish

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Blog Tour 28th October 2018

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Tilly Tennant’s new release, The Christmas Wish. I’m delighted to be part of it. Thanks to Noelle Holten at Bookouture for inviting me to take part.

Check out my fellow bloggers on today’s stop, and all the other reviews on the hashtag #TheChristmasWish

My Review – 5 stars

A truly gorgeous Lapland delight.

It was so sad when Matilda, Esme’s grandma died. She’d been spending some time with her in the Peak District after splitting with her boyfriend Warren. In the days running up to her death they’d been having such fun, baking, shopping, chatting. In fact on a shopping trip for Christmas gifts Matilda had bought a trip to Lapland for the two of them, Esme didn’t find out about this until after Matilda had died.

Esme braves it and decides to go on the trip alone. There is a Facebook group for people going on the trip and she sees that a few solo travellers are also going. Four of them meet at the airport and friendships are formed before they’ve even left England. The author’s characterisation is fab, I feel like I know and care for these people, apart from Warren!

I loved the trips out that the group went on, the snowmobiles and chasing the Northern Lights were such fun.

Tilly Tennant’s description of the beautiful Lapland resort made me feel like I was there. Beautifully written, another place this author has made me want to visit.

Even though it was set in December, it wasn’t overly Christmassy and you could read it any time of the year and enjoy it.

I thoroughly recommend this book, in fact all the books by Tilly Tennant are just so lovely. With both happy moments and sad moments it’s the perfect heart-warming story.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

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

Publication date 22nd October 2018

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Lose yourself in this beautiful romantic comedy set in a land of sleigh rides, sparkling starry skies and gingerbread cottages. Perfect for fans of Karen Swan, Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell.

Christmas is coming but it doesn’t feel that way for Esme Greenwood. Recently jilted by her cheating fiancee Warren, she’s had enough of London life and escapes to Thimble Cottage in the Peak District, home of her beloved grandmother Matilda.

While Esme mourns for the wedding she’ll never have, Matilda puts her granddaughter back together again with comforting words and generous helpings of fruitcake and together, they plan the trip of a lifetime, to Lapland to see the northern lights, somewhere Matilda has always dreamt of going.

But tragedy strikes and when Matilda dies, Esme screws up the courage to go on the trip on her own to honour her beloved grandmother’s wishes. At the airport she meets a motley crew of characters including Zach, a handsome, brooding, out-of- work actor and together they set off for an adventure.

Beneath the indigo skies of Lapland, Esme and Zach grow closer. But when Esme is bombarded by messages from Warren promising he’s changed and she discovers that Zach is hiding something very significant – will her head be turned? And when a trip to the northern lights reveals the full extent of Zach’s own secret past, is there any hope that Esme will get the happy ending that her grandmother wished for her?


Meet the Author

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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 tenth 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. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at

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Hush Hush by Mel Sherratt @writermels @AvonBooksUK #HushHush #Stoke #Staffordshire #TeamSherratt #blogtour

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My Review – I loved it!

Today I’m sharing my review of Hush Hush by Mel Sherratt as part of the blog tour. Huge thanks to Sabah Khan from Avon Books for inviting me onto the tour and for my review copy of the book.

Firstly I feel privileged to be one of the first to read this book. Thank you Mel.

The first instalment in a new crime series is always exciting.

For me, one of the bonuses of this author’s writing is the way she makes me feel like I know everyone already. Like I’ve known them all my life. There’s no confusion about who’s who, no looking back and wondering where I’d seen the name before. The depth of the characters jumps out of the page.

DS Grace Allendale is introduced to us. She was born in Stoke but moved away when she was a child. She’s recently returned to the Stoke area after working in Manchester.

Heading up a team she’s keen to earn her new colleague’s trust. It doesn’t take long for that trust to come into question. There’s an incident involving the Steele family. They are her relatives, and even though she’s estranged from them some people are very quick to jump to the wrong conclusions. It’s very awkward for her at times.

Some of the scenes are very gritty, so well described that I was cowering away. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, lots of suspicions, making it a real page-turner.

This is a sure fire winner, I loved it and I look forward to the rest of the series.

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

#TeamSherratt #HushHush

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to Mel Sherratt and the Avon Books family for my review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication Date 18th October 2018

Get your copy from Amazon UK here Hush Hush by Mel Sherratt

About the Book

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A gripping new series from million-copy bestseller Mel Sherratt

A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.

All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped.

To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you?

An unforgettable thriller that fans of MARTINA COLE and CARA HUNTER won’t be able to put down.

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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, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes. Since 2012, she’s sold over one million books. All eleven 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. In 2017, she was named as one of her home town of Stoke-on-Trent’s top 100 influential people.

Contact Mel: or Twitter at @writermels

One Dark Night by Tom Bale @t0mbale @bookouture #OneDarkNight #bookreview

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He sees his wife’s eyes watching him in the rear-view mirror, the kids up on their knees to get a better look. That’s when he hears the scream…

You’re driving home from a family outing one afternoon, when a speeding car cuts you up, nearly causing you to crash. Like anyone would, you pull over to confront the driver.

But a glance into the backseat of the speeding car reveals a woman fighting to escape. She is terrified and she’s screaming for your help: these men have murdered her husband…

What would you do?

An addictive thriller with plenty of twists – fans of Harlan Coben, James Patterson and Robert Dugoni will be completely hooked.

My Thoughts

What an exciting story, it had me gripped, full of twists and turns.

In true Tom Bale style it’s a race against time, making my heart race. I could feel the tension building through the chapters

It had my nerves jangling from the start.

Starting out with a bit of road rage, and then taking you through the country lanes racing this way and that with hardly time to draw breath.

I felt I was in one of the cars for some of the early scenes, blimey….swinging this way and that…phew. And then onto that disused building, numerous scary moments there.

Some fantastic scenes, gruesome too. Unfortunately, I could visualise them so well!

Did they all know too much and who would pay the price?

Another one of Tom Bale’s books, See How They Run, will always be one of my favourites.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

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

Publication date 23rd October 2018

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK One Dark Night

Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #bookreview #backablogger #bloggersblast #FatalPromise

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(Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 9)

Eeeny meeny, miney, moe. Who lives, who dies only I know.

When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell – a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead?

As the investigation gets underway, Gordon’s son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim’s sure this was no accident.

Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.

With Kim and her team still grieving the loss of one of their own, they’re at their weakest and facing one of the most dangerous serial killers they’ve ever encountered. Everything is on the line. Can Kim keep her squad together and find the killer before he claims his next victim?

The killer is picking off his victims at a terrifying pace, and he’s not finished yet.

From multi-million copy number one bestseller Angela Marsons comes another absolutely nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat crime thriller.

My Review – 5 stars

The ninth in the D.I. Kim Stone series, continuing in the same way….brilliant and gripping.

I read at every opportunity, the short chapters were perfect to sneak in when I could and also gave a good pace to the book…..another chapter, just one more etc.

Kim is still suffering from the leg injury picked up in the previous book, obviously this doesn’t stop her as she is as stubborn and headstrong as usual!

There is a new member of Kim’s team. It’s a bit awkward as the previous gang were so close-knit. They have a little move about with the desks and Stacey moves to a new spot. This seems to comfort her a bit. The newbie, Penn, will have a tough time fitting in. He does his best, bless him, and brings in cakes and biscuits. He’s very good at his job so this goes a long way in calming the waves.

Kim and her team struggle to get a firm lead in the tangled web of information they have.

How the author keeps coming up with these fab books just astonishes me, the content is amazing. It wouldn’t be an Angie Marsons without some brutality and shocking scenes. The car crash creeped me out!

I recommend this book 100%, and all the others in the series.

Angie Marsons is definitely one of my favourite authors, I think the books are just fantastic.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

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

Publication Date 19th October 2018

Get your copy here from Amazon

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Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor @bookouture #bookreview

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Christmas has arrived at Hope Island, promising snowflakes, surprises and plenty of seasonal joy. So snuggle up and fall in love at Mistletoe Cove …

Growing up on Hope Island, Eden Lancaster always believed that if you wished hard enough for something, dreams really could come true. But Eden’s greatest wish is also her biggest secret: she has been completely in love with her childhood friend, the charming and attractive Dougie Harrison, for as long as she can remember. And he has no idea.

When Dougie leaves his successful life in New York to return home to Hope Island for good, Eden can’t escape her feelings. Her heart is full of hope that her romantic dreams are finally, at long last, going to come true…

This Christmas could change everything. But can a lifelong friendship really turn into the perfect romance? And will Eden get the happily ever after…

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The Warning by Kathryn Croft @KatCroft @bookouture #TheWarning #review

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My little boy’s room was empty, his bed neatly made. Alarm bells should have rung immediately. Then the knock on the door came. All I remember is a thick fog wrapping itself tightly around me. This couldn’t be happening to us.

Three years ago, nurse Zoe’s son Ethan was found drowned in a muddy river by their home, along with his best friend Josh. With no witnesses, their deaths were ruled a tragic accident.

Heartbroken, Zoe and her family, move away from her home. They’re just beginning to get back to some kind of normality, when, out of the blue, Zoe receives an anonymous email:

You need to find out the truth about what happened to your son. Don’t let this rest. Don’t believe the lie.

Shaken, Zoe starts an obsessive hunt for the truth. But why is her husband so reluctant to help?
And why is Josh’s mother so determined not to believe her?

My Thoughts

A fast-paced story, kept me turning the pages.

A mother’s worst nightmare, the death of a child.

Three years had passed since the tragic accident in the river that took her son Ethan, and his best friend Josh. Out of the blue Zoe receives an email, and then text messages. Who is sending these, and why? Of course she can’t let it pass her by, and she embarks on a quest to find out who, what, why. Her husband Jake, and Josh’s mother Roberta don’t seem as anxious to follow it up which made me more suspicious of all the other cast members.

The characters are very believable and the story was pretty gripping!

I definitely recommend this one if you like a psychological thriller.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

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

Publication date 12th October 2018

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK The Warning

5* for Coming Home to Maple Cottage by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor @bookouture #bookreview #ComingHomeToMapleCottage

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This utterly addictive new novel from bestselling author Holly Martin will make you smile until your cheeks hurt, sob tears of pure joy and fall head over heels in love with a totally unforgettable romance…

Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandcastle Bay was never part of Isla’s plan but, after her brother Matthew’s tragic accident, her whole world changed as she unexpectedly became a mother to the little boy she adores so much.

Leo Jackson was always known as Matthew’s fun-loving and wild best friend. But now Matthew is gone, it’s time to put his colourful past behind him. His role as Elliot’s godfather is the most important thing to him. And even though Leo and Isla are two very different people, they both want to give Elliot the childhood he deserves.

As the three of them enjoy time together watching fireworks, baking cakes and collecting conkers, Isla begins to see a softer side to charming Leo, with his twinkling eyes and mischievous sense of humour. And, despite herself, she begins to fall for him.

But does Leo feel the same way? Isla knows their situation is complicated but is it too complicated for true love… or will the year end with a happy new beginning for them all?

A glorious, feel-good romance that will make you want to snuggle up under a warm blanket with a hot chocolate and the one you love. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.

My Thoughts

An utterly gorgeous book.

This story has all you want and need in a modern romantic novel, it gets a bit steamy at times too!

A picture-perfect setting, the small English seaside town called Sandcastle Bay.

The story isn’t just about Isla and Leo, but also her friends and family, his family and some of the villagers. Aunt Agatha was making me chuckle again. Some of the things Elliot came out with made me laugh, especially in front of Aunt Agatha or one of her friends. I was definitely cringeing along with Isla. Most of the cast were in ‘The Holiday Cottage by the Sea’ and ‘The Cottage at Sunshine Beach’, which I also adored. This can easily be read as a standalone though.

I thoroughly recommend this book, a perfect light-hearted getaway.

Funny, touching, steamy. It ticks all the boxes for me.

Thanks to Holly Martin for another great book.

Escape to Sandcastle Bay in your imagination, like I did. It was nice to catch up with the area and with the people I feel like I know!

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

Publication date 28th September 2018

Amazon link:-

Amazon UK  Coming Home to Maple Cottage