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Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite (@BCopperthwait) @bookouture #bookreview

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Description

Some secrets you can never tell.

Everyone thinks the Thomases are the perfect family: grand London house, gorgeous kids.
They don’t know wife Dominique is a paranoid wreck.
They don’t know husband Ben is trapped in a web of deceit.
They don’t know daughter Ruby lives in fear of the next abusive text.

But someone knows all their secrets.

Can the lies that bind them destroy them all?

This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed Doors, Sometimes I Lie, and The Girl on the Train will be captivated. 

My thoughts

Starting at Christmas Day, then going back a couple of weeks had me hooked. I was keen for the story to get back to Christmas Day and find out what had happened. Looking at the family with their lovely house, cars, watches, posh schools etc you’d be thinking that here was a successful businessman with the perfect life. Wrong! Things were not so rosy in the Thomas household. It drew me in, keen to get to the bottom of each family member, their friends, their colleagues, their schoolfriends. Dominique’s nightmares were awful, so vivid.

Thoroughly recommend this book, a read filled with tension!!

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Publication date 13th October 2017

Get your copy here

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A Very Vintage Christmas by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #bookreview

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Description

(An Unforgettable Christmas Book 1)

The fairy lights are up and shoppers are flooding the snowy seaside promenade. It’s going to be a busy month at Forget-Me-Not Vintage, a magical shop with a warm heart where every item has a story to be told.

With bright red hair and an infectious smile, Dodie is a hopeless romantic and absolutely one of a kind, just like the pieces in her shop.

When Dodie finds a love letter in the pocket of an old woollen coat, she makes it her mission to deliver it to its rightful owner. Following the address, she manages to persuade the handsome but reluctant new tenant, Edward, to help her with her search.

As the story of the letter unfolds, Dodie is there, as always, to pick up the pieces and make things right. But who will be there for her when her own love story needs a helping hand?

Is it too much to dream of a happy ending like the ones in the black and white movies she adores?

If you’re looking for a sweep-you-off-your-feet romance that will warm you through and through then the door to Forget-Me-Not Vintage is always open. Perfect for fans of Jane Linfoot, Debbie Johnson and Jenny Colgan.

 

My Review – 5 stars

I was dying to read this one, I love Tilly Tennant books, they are always so lovely.

A feel-good story set in Bournemouth, somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit.

The story was set around Dodie’s vintage clothes shop, and a letter she finds in a beautiful old coat. She is one of those people who goes out of her way to help people, to be kind…I love her! Dodie wants to reunite the letter with the family of the coat-owner. During this search she comes across Ed, he is currently living at the address on the letter.

Along the way we meet a great cast of characters. Dodie’s Nan who was a delight, a bit forgetful and a full social life. Isla, Dodie’s best friend. Ryan, Dodie’s Boyfriend. Nick, a homeless guy.

With Dodie’s walks along the beach and through the festive market, I felt I was there seeing the wooden cabins, smelling the festive food delights. And that dip in the sea on Christmas Day….brrrr.

As soon as I saw that Julia was from Cleveleys I had goosebumps.

It truly was a heartwarming Christmas romance.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy.

Publication date 28th September 2017

Get your copy here A Very Vintage Christmas

5* for The Surrogate by Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction @bookouture #bookreview

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Description

You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’

Be careful what you wish for…

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets.

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family…

From the no. 1 bestselling author of The Sister and The Gift, this is an unputdownable psychological thriller which asks how far we will go to create our perfect family.

 

My thoughts – I loved it!!

The story is told in the present day, but flashbacks from Kat and Nick are thrown into the mix.

We learn about Kat’s past with her first love Jake. And her old schoolfriend/best friend Lisa.

In the present day we follow Kat and Nick’s relationship, and their quest to become parents.

Kat was sure she saw a shadow. Was someone watching her? Was it her imagination? She is feeling a bit paranoid at the moment.

Through a series of flashbacks we learn that someone has been trapped. Who was it, who was the one locking the door? You will have to find out for yourselves.

It was a suspenseful read, very twisty-turny. Lots of really shocking scenes too. There were a lot of secrets and lies. I was suspicious of everyone, wondering if they would be the missing link. As the conclusion was reached I was gobsmacked, I never guessed at all.

Again I loved the cover, complementing The Sister and The Gift perfectly.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for my review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publication date 27th September 2017

Get your copy here The Surrogate

Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor @bookouture #bookreview 5*

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Description

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 she’s always wished for?

Christmas at Mistletoe Cove is like a warm hug on a cold winter’s day. The perfect treat this Christmas for fans of Debbie Johnson, Cathy Bramley and Miranda Dickinson.

My Thoughts – 5*

A totally gorgeous, romantic story!!

I haven’t read the other books from this series but it didn’t make any difference. It can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I’ve read a few other books by Holly Martin and they are all equally good.

The author paints the perfect picture of the landscape, the beaches, the pretty village. It had me Googling the Scilly Isles and looking in awe at their beauty.

I loved the ‘too much information’ from Eden’s Dad, it gave me a giggle and cringe in equal measure.

Of course I fell in love with Eden and Dougie, such lovely characters and they’ve been best friends since they were kids.

I totally recommend this. I think Holly is a fab author, this book made me feel all fuzzy, goosebumpy and emotional.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the early copy in return for an honest review.

Publication date 22nd September 2017

Buy here on Amazon UK Christmas at Mistletoe Cove

She Did It by Mel Sherratt @writermels #BloodRedBooks #SheDidIt 5* #review

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Description

Work colleague. Friend. Killer.

From the million seller author comes a gripping psychological thriller.

A successful businesswoman, Tamara enjoys her champagne lifestyle to the full. At least, that is the front she displays to the world. As well as being lonely, she’s running out of money. A promising new member of staff brings the injection of fresh blood needed to win the contract that will turn things around.

Working for Tamara is a perfect ruse for Esther. But, along with fake references and qualifications, she also has a plan for revenge. Sensing Tamara’s vulnerability, Esther uses their acquaintance as a way of getting close to someone who hurt her in the past.

Tamara is keeping things secret. Esther has a dark side she is trying to hide. For both of them, lying is a habit. But when mistakes begin to catch up with Esther, and people start dying, Tamara…

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Bobby Loves Rosie #bohojewellery #beadedbracelets #stretchbracelets #stackingbracelets

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Bobby Loves Rosie

Handmade in the UK jewellery with a bohemian vibe. Mostly one off pieces using a selection of beads, gemstones and styles.

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Today I’m not talking about books. I want to talk about some fab jewellery I found via social media.

I have a Cairn Terrier and I’ve connected with lots of other owners via social media….mainly Facebook and Instagram.

One of these owners is Laura.

She has her own business, Bobby Loves Rosie (Bobby is her Cairn Terrier). I noticed she had an Etsy page selling jewellery, really lovely affordable jewellery.

I’ve bought quite a few pieces and I love them.

I’ve added links, please have a look. I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll love, and great for gifts too.

It’s not only jewellery, also fabric bags & pouches and wooden signs.

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“Handmade in the UK jewellery with a bohemian vibe.
Mostly one off pieces using a selection of beads, gemstones and styles.”

 

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“Semi-precious and glass bead handmade jewellery by Bobby Loves Rosie. Designed for every day wear each piece is thoughtfully created making affordable and thoughtful gifts for yourself or your loved ones.”

A few examples here:-

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Here is some background information from her Etsy page https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BobbyLovesRosie

“Bobby Loves Rosie was established in 2007, and its beginnings were in the idyllic surroundings of the Cotswolds. From a small shop selling a limited range of products, Bobby Loves Rosie has since moved back to London and expanded its offering. We have created our own exclusive range of handmade wooden products which are perfect gifts to commemorate special events, and we also stock other pretty homeware products.

Wooden Signs and Blocks, all handmade in the UK. All our products are handmade with care and attention in our workshop near London. We only design and sell items we would love to own ourselves (in fact we do own quite a few!).

You might be wondering who Bobby and Rosie are. Well, Bobby is a Cairn Terrier who was a rescue dog that came to live with us. He is a very gentle, very funny character who doesn’t stay clean and pretty for too long as he likes exploring on his long walks. Rosie is also a rescue dog – a little Jack Russell who lives a few doors down from Bobby.

I am Laura… dog walker, dog groomer and dog playmate who sometimes, when Bobby is sleeping, is allowed to make signs and blocks in our workshop.”

There is a website too https://bobbylovesrosie.com/