The Perfect Mother By Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes @AmazonPub @BOTBSPublicity #Thomas&Mercer #ThePerfectMother #bookreview

The Perfect Mother BLOG TOUR

Blog Tour 18th January 2020

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Caroline Mitchell’s new release, The Perfect Mother. Thank you to Sarah Hardy for the invitation to take part, I’m delighted to do so.

My Thoughts

Not as dark as previous books by this author, still pretty seedy though.

A move away from her detective series, this turned out to be a rather sinister story.

It certainly creeped me out and there was lots of suspense.

Roz is living in Dublin and has a difficult decision to make. Pregnant and keeping the identity of the father a secret, even from her best friend and flatmate Dympna. A Catholic girl in her 20’s with not much money, she doesn’t want to have a termination so looks for other options. She finds a website for couples looking for a baby to adopt. It’s an elite site and she has to pay a fee to register. A couple of days later she is contacted by a couple who are interested. They are known as a ‘diamond’ couple which means they are millionaires and willing to pay a lot of money for a baby. These diamond couples like to keep their real identities secret until they have met the mother, they could possibly be from the world of politics or Hollywood and in the public eye.

Roz thinks she could make some money here, and agrees to fly to New York to meet them. She doesn’t tell the whole truth to Dympna, who is understandably worried about her best friend.

She’s met at the airport and taken to a posh hotel by one of the couple’s staff. Her phone is taken from her, although she also has an emergency phone hidden away which Dympna made her take.

She’s taken to a fabulous house and is astonished to find out that the couple interested are none other than acting royalty Sheridan and Daniel. Daniel is a heartthrob English actor and Sheridan a US child star of her own real life show. They want to bring up the child as their own. This sounds too good to be true!! Roz is to move into their plush basement apartment until the baby arrives and have everything provided for her, even a visiting doctor.

A few strange things start to happen when Roz moves in. Hidden notes being left for her among other things. She starts to feel suspicious and very worried that she’s never going to see the light of day again, especially as there are no windows. Roz suspects that she’s not the first person to live in the basement suite. Sheridan’s behaviour is very erratic and she overhears conversations from the floor above that cause her concern.

Roz tells Sheridan that she wants to attend church and is surprised when she allows it. Accompanied by Sheridan’s PA she attends and I wanted her to shout out that she was being held against her will, but she didn’t because she feared for her own and the baby’s safety.

Back in Ireland Dympna is beside herself with worry after hearing nothing from her best friend for far too long. She has a chat with her dad John who is in the police force and asks his advice. He has some contacts and they start to search for any information.

The clock is ticking and it’s nearly time for the baby to be born. You will need to read the book to find out what happens but it had me totally gripped.

Fast paced with a very good twist!!

Caroline Mitchell always goes to the top of my reading pile. I cannot recommend her books enough, although I missed the addition of a raven/crow in this one!

Thanks to Caroline Mitchell and Thomas & Mercer for the early review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

About the Book  The Perfect Mother cover

She thought they wanted her baby. But they won’t stop there.

Roz is young, penniless and pregnant. All she wants is to be the perfect mother to her child, but the more she thinks about her own chaotic upbringing, the more certain she is that the best life for her baby is as far away as possible from her hometown in Ireland.

Determined to do the right thing, Roz joins an elite adoption service and can’t believe her luck. Within days she is jetting to New York to meet a celebrity power couple desperate for a child of their own. Sheridan and Daniel are wealthy and glamorous—everything Roz isn’t. Her baby will never go hungry, and will have every opportunity for the perfect life. But soon after Roz moves into their plush basement suite, she starts to suspect that something darker lurks beneath the glossy surface of their home.

When Roz discovers she isn’t the first person to move in with the couple, and that the previous woman has never been seen since, alarm bells start ringing. As the clock ticks down to her due date, Roz realises her unborn baby may be the only thing keeping her alive, and that despite her best intentions, she has walked them both into the perfect nightmare…

Publication date 14th January 2020

Buy here your copy from Amazon here:-

UK  : The Perfect Mother

Meet the Author Caroline pic, The Perfect Mother tour

An international #1 and New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author, Caroline originates from Ireland and now lives with her family on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. She now writes full time, with over a million books sold.

As well as her crime series, Caroline also writes stand-alone psychological thrillers. The most recent, Silent Victim reached the Amazon number 1 spot in the UK, US and Australia and won first place as best psychological thriller in the US Reader’s Favourite Awards. Her previous thriller, Witness, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Awards in New York. She has also been shortlisted for ‘Best Procedural’ in the Killer Nashville awards. Her crime thriller, Truth And Lies recently became a No.1 New York Times best seller and has been optioned for TV. Her works have been translated worldwide and her book, The Silent Twin, has been converted as an interactive app in the Chapters Interactive game.

Author Social Media Links:

www.caroline-writes.com

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3076677.Caroline_Mit

https://twitter.com/Caroline_writes

www.pinterest.com/Writeparanormal

https://www.facebook.com/CMitchellAuthor/

 

 

 

Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza @TheCrimeVault #NineElms #KateMarshall #blogtour

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Blog Tour 12th January 2020

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza. Thank you to Kirsteen Astor at Little, Brown Book Group for the invitation to take part, I’m delighted to do so.

I also have an extract from the beginning of the book to share with you on this link

Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza

My Thoughts – I loved it!

I am a huge fan of this author and he certainly knows it!!

I couldn’t wait to get started with this one. What a great plot. Robert Bryndza has the ability to hook me in straight away.

I like the fact that it isn’t actually a police procedural, rather more of a private investigation from characters who just couldn’t let it lie. Kate Marshall is now lecturing in Criminology at a University on the South Coast. She has an assistant, Tristan Harper. I like Tristan, early 20’s, tall, cropped hair, tattoos. I had a good visualisation of him. They made a good team. Forensic pathologist, Alan Hexham, was a guest lecturer at the University and provided valuable information to Kate. Since her days in the force are behind her she’s tried live a peaceful life. But, when a body is found, Alan Hexham contacts Kate due to the injuries he finds in the autopsy. They are just like a previous case. When another body is found Kate feels like a copycat killer is at large as the similarity to her last case is alarming. She just can’t help getting involved.

Kate receives a message from the parents of Caitlyn Murray about their daughter who went missing in the 90’s and she feels something isn’t quite right so offers to look into it.

A brilliant story, gripping and thrilling. Quite seedy subjects too. Unexpected twists and turns made for an unputdownable book. Really gruesome in parts, it made me cringe. But I just couldn’t stop reading, it’s packed with action. I feel like it’s something you’d see in the news, one of those horrible things that shocks the nation.

There was a horrible description of a waxy-faced redhead who, bizarrely, I felt I’d seen in my dreams/nightmares.

Towards the end I felt I could see the direction I thought it would take starting to unfold, I was panicking big-time!!

If you’ve never read any books by Robert Bryndza….why not?!

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

Hardback copy out on 9th January 2020

Get your copy on the link below:-

Nine Elms book link

Description Nine Elms

A Kate Marshall Thriller, Book 1.

Robert Bryndza is ready to take the world by bestselling storm again with the introduction of Kate Marshall, a woman with a dark secret and a powerful sense of justice.

A DETECTIVE WHO WOULD STOP AT NOTHING

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.

UNTIL A KILLER STOPPED HER IN HER TRACKS

But when Kate was tasked with tracking down a vicious serial killer, even her sharp instincts couldn’t help her find him – until he found her.

NOW, HE’S BACK FOR MORE

Sixteen years after her narrow escape, Kate lives a quiet life on the English coast, though her years with the police are still with her. And when one day she receives a letter from someone in her past, she is pulled back into the twisted mind of a murderer she knows only too well – and into a case only she can solve.

Author Bio RobertBryndza

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestselling Detective Erika Foster series. Robert’s books have sold over 3 million copies and have been translated into 29 languages. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

Author Social Media Links:

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobertBryndza

Website: https://robertbryndza.com/

Instagram: @robertbryndza

 

The Man Across The Street by Marcie Steele @marcie_steele @BOTBSPublicity #bookreview #blogtour #fabulous

The Man Across The Street Blog tour graphic

Blog Tour 4th January 2020

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for The Man Across The Street by Marcie Steele. Thanks to Sarah Hardy from Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo for inviting me to take part, I’m delighted to be part of it.

My Thoughts – I adored it!

Part 1 of The Hope Street Series.

Hope Street is in the town of Somerley, a town that has a village-feel about it. It’s a close-knit community where everyone seems to know everyone, where people stay through the generations. Where the shops and the pub, the Hope and Anchor, are mainstays of the community.

Hannah Lockley lives at number 34. She is 39, soon to be 40, and a hairdresser working part time at Hope Street Hair. Her mum Martha has recently died and Hannah is feeling a bit lost in life. Hannah had been caring for Martha who was injured in a car crash that took the life of her dad a long time ago. She’d had to take it all on as her younger sister Olivia had disappeared 18 years ago and never been in touch.

Phoebe lives at number 41, across the road from Hannah, and is Hannah’s best friend.  They’ve known each other since they were 5 years old. Phoebe is divorced with two children, Tilly 14 and Elliot 7. She runs Hope Street Hair and is tall, blonde and athletic with a very dirty laugh.

Workaholic Doug is 49 and has just had a heart attack. He has a building company with his brother Alex and after his health scare he needs to relax and focus on getting his work/life balance at a more sensible level. He decides to move away from home and rent in a different area for a little while. He moves into number 35, directly across the street from Hannah. On their first encounter he feels a spark….and so does Hannah.

Being such a close-knit street everyone is soon wondering who the handsome new stranger is, and they all try to find out! Doug starts working for Robin Marriott, who has a training company for maintenance and other odd jobs.

Thelma, 78, who lives at number 32 right next door to Hannah is a smartly dressed and beautifully made up lady. Sharp witted too. She’s having a bit of boiler trouble so cheekily asks Doug if he can help. Of course he agrees and is shocked to find out how shabbily the landlords contractors are treating the tenants. Thelma gives him a bit of a grilling too.

I love the interactions between the residents, the normality of it all. Lovely, warm characters that you can easily relate to. It made me want to live there and have lots of friends and acquaintances rather than being a bit antisocial as I am! I look forward to getting to know some of the other residents in the books to follow.

All in all this was a feel-good story that I adored. Marcie Steele has the knack of drawing me in from the first page and I just couldn’t stop reading.

Thank you to Marcie Steele for the early review copy, it was an honour to read it x

Marcie Steele also writes crime thrillers as Mel Sherratt.

About the Book The Man Across The Street cover

Maybe I’m scared to be happy…

Meet Hannah – she’s been her mum’s sole carer since she was eighteen. Now alone after Martha’s sudden death, Hannah feels lost in the only place she’s known as home, Hope Street. Coming up to a milestone birthday, she’s wondering what her purpose in life is.

Meet Doug – a workaholic, he’s in the office from dusk ’til dawn, and when he has a heart attack. Now on the mend, he needs to de-stress his life and focus on living it, to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Doug moves to Hope Street, number 35. Hannah lives at number 34, directly opposite. From the moment they meet, there’s a spark.

But there are secrets too. Hannah’s mum has been keeping something from her, her sister upped and left over twenty years ago, and there can’t be such a simple reason why Doug has moved to Somerley. Can there?

The Man Across the Street is the first of a new series by bestselling author, Marcie Steele. It features a host of characters living on Hope Street in the market town of Somerley, also featured in The Somerley Series. Each character will have their own standalone story in books to follow.

‘Marcie Steele writes with such down to earth warmth that you wish you could live in her stories. The Man Across the Street is no exception, full of characters that you’d love to be friends with.’ Tilly, Tenant.

‘Love, secrets, intrigue, heartache. Find it all on Hope Street. An engaging tale of ordinary lives to warm you heart
and restore your faith in mankind.’ Imogen Clark

If you love an uplifting story about new beginnings, then The Man Across The Street is the perfect read to curl up with. Fans of Hannah Ellis, Debbie Johnson and Emily Harvale will love this book.

Publisher: Blood Red Books

Publication Date: 1st January 2020

Amazon Link: The Man Across the Street

Author Bio Mel-0111

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a meddler of words. Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. I’m a romantic at heart and have always enjoyed writing about characters that fall in and out of love, have good friends to hang around with, and live in communities with great spirit.

I have written three books in The Somerley Series and the first in The Hope Street Series, The Man Across The Street.

I can often be found sitting in my favourite coffee shop, sipping a cappuccino and eating a chocolate chip cookie, either catching up with friends or writing on my laptop.

Author Links

Twitter  https://twitter.com/Marcie_Steele

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

Blog/Website https://marciesteele.wordpress.com

My 10 Favourite Reads of 2019. @jaxandwillsmum @CazEngland @HollyMAuthor @AnnaMansell @mk_golding @mandybaggot @KimTheBookworm @RobertBryndza @Iona_Grey

2019 favourites of the year

It’s been a tough choice but I’ve narrowed down my 10 favourites of the year. All but one were published in 2019.

In the order I read them, here they are:-

 

Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin. Published by HQ Digital. @HQDigitalUK

Amazon UK link Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop

About the book Rosie's Travelling Tea Shop cover

An absolutely perfect laugh out loud romantic comedy.

The trip of a lifetime!

Rosie Lewis has her life together.

A swanky job as a Michelin-Starred Sous Chef, a loving husband and future children scheduled for exactly January 2021.

That’s until she comes home one day to find her husband’s pre-packed bag and a confession that he’s had an affair.

Heartbroken and devastated, Rosie drowns her sorrows in a glass (or three) of wine, only to discover the following morning that she has spontaneously invested in a bright pink campervan to facilitate her grand plans to travel the country.

Now, Rosie is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, and the chance to change her life! With Poppy, her new-found travelling tea shop in tow, nothing could go wrong, could it…?

My review

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Betray Her by Caroline England. Published by Piatkus. @PiatkusBooks

Amazon UK link Betray Her

About the book Betray Her new cover

Best friends forever.

That’s the pact you made.

You’d do anything for her.

And you have.

She’s always had it all.

If you could take it for yourself . . . would you?

My review

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The Summer of Chasing Dreams by Holly Martin. Self published on Amazon. 

Amazon UK link The Summer of Chasing Dreams

About the book The Summer of Chasing Dreams cover

Discover an unforgettable romance this summer.

Eva Blue is about to go on a trip of a lifetime, but one adventure she didn’t count on was falling in love…

Eva is quite content with her life in London. In her job as a cover designer, she works at home, and often in her cosy pyjamas. She’s happy to stay in her safe little world and not explore much outside of it.

She is the opposite of her mum, a free spirit who craved finding adventure and thrills in all corners of the world. But on the day her mum’s will is finalised, Eva finds a list of all the dreams her mum wanted to achieve in her life. Things she never did because she fell pregnant with Eva.

Eva decides these dreams will not go unfulfilled – she is going to be brave and complete them for her mum. As Eva has no experience travelling the world, she hires a guide to go with her on this holiday.

Gorgeous but rude Thor Anderson is not the person she would choose to accompany her on this adventure, but somehow she gets stuck with him. As they discover the world together Eva starts to think he might not be as bad as she first thought. She is swept away by Thor’s kindness and mischievous sense of humour. While Eva wrestles with moving out of her comfort zone, Thor is running from a past heartache. Sparks fly between them, but will a simple holiday romance be enough or can they put aside their pasts to embrace their futures?

My review

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Her Best Friend’s Secret by Anna Mansell. Published by Bookouture. @bookouture

Amazon UK link Her Best Friend’s Secret

About the book Her Best Friend's Secret cover

She deserves the truth. But it will ruin her life. What would you do?

In summer, the small Cornish village of Gorran Haven fills with tourists, but in the colder months its pretty narrow streets are blissfully quiet, the bell on the village shop door rings only for locals, the beach is unspoilt, empty and safe.

It’s been over twenty years since four very different teenage girls sat on that beach, and swore to be best friends forever. Their lives went different ways after Emily left. But each remembered that promise. And none truly found friendship like it again.

Now, Emily’s back, with a secret she can’t face. She tries to hide away, take time to heal and make some difficult choices, but she runs into one of her old friends, and soon the four are reunited. Lolly, warm as ever, is a successful physiotherapist, married with kids. Yet smart, strong Amanda, who cherishes her teenage daughter, is alone and seemingly stuck in a dead-end job. And creative Jess is so much quieter than Emily remembers.

The bond is still there, and Emily realises their friendship might keep her together, but there are reasons why the women fell out of touch. Secrets that have lain dormant for decades start to surface, and then one of the women discovers a betrayal so big, it could turn each of their lives upside down.

It’s always those we’re closest to who have the power to tear us apart. Can friendship give Emily and her friends the strength to survive a devastating shock, or are some things unforgiveable?

My review

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Little Darlings by Melanie Golding. Published by HQ Digital. @HQstories

Amazon UK link Little Darlings

About the book Little Darlings cover

THE TWINS ARE CRYING.

THE TWINS ARE HUNGRY.

LAUREN IS CRYING.

LAUREN IS EXHAUSTED.

Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . . .

Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her new-born twins when a terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves her convinced someone is trying to steal her children. Lauren, desperate with fear, locks herself and her sons in the bathroom until the police arrive to investigate.

When DS Joanna Harper picks up the list of overnight incidents that have been reported, she expects the usual calls from drunks and wrong numbers. But then a report of an attempted abduction catches her eye. The only thing is that it was flagged as a false alarm just fifteen minutes later.

Harper’s superior officer tells her there’s no case here, but Harper can’t let it go so she visits the hospital anyway. There’s nothing on the CCTV. No one believes this woman was ever there. And yet, Lauren claims that she keeps seeing the woman and that her babies are in danger, and soon Harper is sucked into Lauren’s spiral of fear. But how far will they go to save children who may not even be in danger?

My review

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One Last Greek Summer by Mandy Baggot. Published by Aria. @Aria_Fiction  @HOZ_Books

Amazon UK link One Last Greek Summer

About the book One Last Greek Summer cover

Beth Martin is 31, newly divorced and wondering just what life holds for her…

Best-friend, Heidi, is adamant that all the answers lie in Corfu – the island where the girls partied away their youth. So cue a trip to a sun-drenched Greek island, ouzo cocktails, a trip down memory lane… and Alex Hallas, the man Beth has never quite forgotten.

As they dance under the stars, the sand beneath their toes, old feelings begin to resurface and Beth might just have a chance to take back her life. If they can learn to love the people they’ve become…

My review

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The Little Village of Happiness by Holly Martin. Self published on Amazon. 

Amazon UK link The Little Village of Happiness

About the book The Little Village of Happiness Blog cover

Let The Little Village of Happiness warm your heart and make your spirits soar.

Willow McKay needs a fresh start. Her recent break-up may not have left her heartbroken but it’s certainly wounded her pride. Desperate to escape the whispers and stares of her town’s gossips, an advert offering homes in a picturesque village in the grounds of a majestic castle on the Cornish coast sounds like just what she needs. Without thinking twice Willow applies for a cottage and packs up her life for the village of Happiness.

But when Willow arrives she finds a crumbling ruin and ramshackle cottages, nothing like the pretty picture the advert had boasted. It seems Happiness was too good to be true. That is until she meets the incredibly handsome estate manager Andrew Harrington…

His passion for restoring the village to its former glory is contagious and soon they are working together to bring happiness back to Happiness. And as sparks fly between them Willow can feel herself falling. But Andrew is holding something back.

Can Willow risk her heart again? And will they succeed in transforming the old village to its original beauty before it’s too late?

My review

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Escape to Giddywell Grange by Kim Nash. Published by Hera Books. @HeraBooks

Amazon UK link Escape to Giddywell Grange

About the book Escape to Giddywell Grange cover

A dog’s life is just what Maddy needs

Maddy Young thought she had it all.

Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick.

Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.

Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.

Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.

Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.

But when her old life – and her old boyfriend – comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?

My review

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Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza. Published by Little, Brown Book Group UK.  @BooksSphere

Amazon UK link Nine Elms

About the book Nine Elms cover

A Kate Marshall Thriller, Book 1.

Robert Bryndza is ready to take the world by bestselling storm again with the introduction of Kate Marshall, a woman with a dark secret and a powerful sense of justice.

A DETECTIVE WHO WOULD STOP AT NOTHING

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.

UNTIL A KILLER STOPPED HER IN HER TRACKS

But when Kate was tasked with tracking down a vicious serial killer, even her sharp instincts couldn’t help her find him – until he found her.

NOW, HE’S BACK FOR MORE

Sixteen years after her narrow escape, Kate lives a quiet life on the English coast, though her years with the police are still with her. And when one day she receives a letter from someone in her past, she is pulled back into the twisted mind of a murderer she knows only too well – and into a case only she can solve.

My review

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Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey. Published by Simon & Schuster UK. @simonschuster

Amazon UK link Letters to the Lost

About the book Letters to the Lost cover

Winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2016

1943, in the ruins of Blitzed London…

Stella Thorne and Dan Rosinski meet by chance and fall in love by accident. Theirs is a reluctant, unstoppable affair in which all the odds are stacked against them: she is newly married, and he is an American bomber pilot whose chance of survival is just one in five.
… He promised to love her forever

Seventy years later Dan makes one final attempt to find the girl he has never forgotten, and sends a letter to the house where they shared a brief yet perfect happiness. But Stella has gone, and the letter is opened by Jess, a young girl hiding from problems of her own. And as Jess reads Dan’s words, she is captivated by the story of a love affair that burned so bright and dimmed too soon. Can she help Dan find Stella before it is too late?
Now forever is finally running out.

My review

 

The Blossom Twins by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #TheBlossomTwins #bookreview #booksontour #blogtour

The Blossom Twins - Blog Tour Poster

Blog Tour 12th December 2019

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Carol Wyer’s new release, The Blossom Twins. Thanks to Sarah Hardy and Kim Nash for inviting me to take part, I’m delighted to be part of it.

My Thoughts

A horrible crime is committed and Natalie’s team are assigned to the case. Natalie is shocked at the scene and the familiarity of it to an old case she worked on where two girls were murdered, posed and petals were scattered around the scene. But that killer was locked up back then. The ‘I’m back’ note was not one she was expecting to receive.

When two girls are found in an almost identical pose she suspects that the ‘Blossom Twins’ killer has returned. DS Briggs, a colleague from the original investigation is brought in to help Natalies’s team and she still doesn’t like him!

It’s such harrowing case to read about.

The author weaves the case in with Natalie’s home life in a very chilling manner.

We get a bit more of her personal life in this one, things I hoped for and things I just can’t ever imagine. I was totally reeled in, all the emotions. The tension in the last quarter of the book was unbearable and I couldn’t put it down.

Oh my gosh!

I mean…

Seriously!….

This totally shocked me!

What a twist!

Carol, all those days with hardly any sleep are totally worth it to a reader like me. Thank you x

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

About the Book 5 The Blossom Twins cover reveal

(Detective Natalie Ward Book 5)

Their parents thought they were hiding…

One beautiful summer’s evening, thirteen-year-old twins Ivy and Erin Westmore snuggle down in a tent in their back garden, giggling and sharing secrets.

When their mother goes to wake the girls the next morning, their tent is empty.

The alarm is raised and Detective Natalie Ward is put onto the case. When the twins’ bodies are discovered on nearby marshland, covered with deep pink petals, an icy shiver travels down Natalie’s spine. Everything about the girls’ deaths reminds her of a horrifying case she worked on earlier in her career, which saw a killer of the worst kind placed behind bars.

The next day, that feeling is heightened when she receives a chilling note saying ‘I’m back’. Is this killer a copycat or did Natalie put the wrong person in prison all those years ago? In a small town, where no stranger goes unnoticed, what is Natalie missing?

Consumed by the case, determined to prevent more deaths, Natalie misses the fact that it is her attention the killer wants. And to get it, he has his sights set firmly on her precious daughter Leigh…

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

Publication Date: 12th December 2019

Amazon.co.uk: The Blossom Twins

Amazon.com:  The Blossom Twins

About the Author Carol Wyer Author pic for The Sleepover

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

One Night on Ice by Mandy Baggot @mandybaggot @Aria_Fiction @HOZ_Books #OneNightOnIce #bookreview

One Night on Ice cover

My Thoughts

Previously published as Breaking The Ice, I had totally missed it with the original title.

True Mandy Baggot style, a lovely romantic story.

Mandy writes a leading man who I fall for every time and Jimmy Lloyd was the one this time, with his ‘Minstrels’ eyes. I warmed to skater Jimmy from the start, he’d had some bad press and I felt for him.

Samantha, her whole life revolved around her job at the Civic Hall and when its very existence was threatened it was awful for her. She went into fight-mode, and Jimmy did too.

A fabulous story of an ice show and the goings on at the Civic Hall.

Samantha’s sister Cleo played a big part in the story too.

I absolutely loved it!

The cover design is gorgeous.

Her other Christmas books are definitely worth a try if you enjoy this one, and her books set in Corfu will take you through the Summer season with a smile.

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

About the Book

Two very different people. One magical city. A chance to fall in love.

When routine-driven box office assistant, Samantha Smith, meets the stars of Skating on Broadway her life is turned upside down.

Immediately attracted to lead skater, Jimmy Lloyd, Samantha does her best to deny her feelings. But when all you can do is burst out laughing and hyperventilate every time you’re under pressure, keeping things under wraps is a hard task.

When the future of her beloved Civic Hall is threatened, Samantha must rise to the challenge to ensure its survival. Constantly scrutinised and criticised by her zany sister Cleo and her brogue-wearing boyfriend Jeremy, can Samantha save her job, save the Civic Hall and stop her panic attacks just long enough to give away her heart?

Previously published as Breaking the Ice.

Publication date 5th December 2019

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK:- One Night On Ice

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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Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey @Iona_Grey #LettersToTheLost @simonschuster #wonderfulbook #bookreview

Letters to the Lost cover

This is not the kind of book I would usually pick up with it being set in the war years.

I’m reading it long after it was first published and I have a friend to thank for the recommendation.

My friend is Kerry from https://chataboutbooks.blog/. She has been going on and on about how fabulous it was so when the opportunity came along to attend #ChaseBookfest in Staffordshire, where Iona Grey was one of the featured authors, me and Kerry jumped at the chance as it wasn’t far from where we live in North Staffs. We listened to the author read an extract from her latest book, and Kerry attended a Q & A session with tea and cake too. There was a pop up Waterstones shop and we purchased a paperback to have signed by the author. Kerry was astonished to realise that her review for another book by Iona Grey, The Glittering Hour, was ‘top Amazon review’ and the author knew who she was. It was a lovely moment to witness and Kerry had a real fan-girl moment. I also had my copy signed where the author wrote ‘Hope it’s not a disappointment’. It certainly wasn’t!! The Glittering Hour is now on my reading pile.

Description

Winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2016

1943, in the ruins of Blitzed London…

Stella Thorne and Dan Rosinski meet by chance and fall in love by accident. Theirs is a reluctant, unstoppable affair in which all the odds are stacked against them: she is newly married, and he is an American bomber pilot whose chance of survival is just one in five.

… He promised to love her forever

Seventy years later Dan makes one final attempt to find the girl he has never forgotten, and sends a letter to the house where they shared a brief yet perfect happiness. But Stella has gone, and the letter is opened by Jess, a young girl hiding from problems of her own. And as Jess reads Dan’s words, she is captivated by the story of a love affair that burned so bright and dimmed too soon. Can she help Dan find Stella before it is too late?

Now forever is finally running out.

My Thoughts

This has got to be one of my favourite ever books!

It has two stories running parallel, one set in the war years and the other in the present day.

Jess, a singer in a band, runs away from her abusive partner at the end of a gig and finds herself in a derelict cottage in a back lane in London. It’s obviously been empty for a while and has no services, but there are still a few belongings there from the previous occupant. She hides out in there and is surprised when a letter arrives. She opens it and finds it’s from Dan, an old guy in the USA, and he’s searching for a lost love from seventy years ago. She has a look around and comes across a box of letters, filed in date order. She has nothing else to do so starts reading them. The letters are from Dan to Stella during the war years. She is touched to read these and wants to help Dan in his search. Jess is discovered hiding at the cottage by Will, who is an heir hunter. Things don’t run smoothly here and after a few hiccups Will wants to search too.

The story of Stella and Dan was set in some incredibly difficult times during the war.

Stella is a girl with no family, educated in the poor school. She is still firm friends with Nancy who she’s known since those school days. Stella becomes a housekeeper at the vicarage and ends up marrying the vicar. It seems a perfect happy-ever-after partnership, but it is far from it.

A chance meeting between her and Dan at a bombed church is the spark.

Dan is a pilot stationed in East Anglia for the US Air Force. Reading about some of the bombing raids on Germany was very tough, and many of his comrades were lost in the war. We know that Dan is still alive, but not well, as we meet him as an old man at the beginning of the book. The worry of being a casualty of war is felt as his letters are read throughout the book.

I loved reading the letters and got a real insight into his feelings for Stella.

A truly beautiful love story.

Stella and Dan, Jess and Will will stay on in my head for a long time. I love how the two stories run seamlessly into each other. This book made me feel so many different emotions from sad to happy, I was totally swept along by the story. The ending was perfect and I finished it in tears.

I can’t recommend it enough.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Paperback Original edition (23 April 2015)

Get your copy on Amazon UK here:- Letters to the Lost