Broken Bones by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #bookreview

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(Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 7)

They thought they were safe. They were wrong.

The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood.

As more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable.

At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered.

The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light.

A gripping new crime thriller from the Number One bestseller – you will be hooked until the final jaw-dropping twist.

My Review – 5 stars

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

I was hooked in from the start, there is just no let-up in the content.

Yet again it was one of those books that I wanted to read at every opportunity, so fast-paced.

I love Kim’s working relationship with Bryant, he knows her so well. Stace was let out of the office this time and partnered up with Dawson, she featured much more than her usual role of being attached to a desktop pc. Still love the spelling out in the local dialect J

I think the story was excellent, and I never guessed how it would go.

Reading an Angie Marsons book I find out so many things. I feel like I learn something new with every book. This time it was the modern day slave trade and people ownership, I just had no idea at all. I think I must live in a nice, cosy bubble, with my nice family and nice house where nothing bad ever happens!

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.

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

Publication Date 3rd November 2017

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A Cosy Candlelit Christmas by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #bookreview #blogtour #Blogblitz

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Blog Tour 28th October 2017

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Tilly Tennant’s new release, A Cosy Candlelit Christmas. I’m delighted to be part of it.

Also check out my fellow bloggers on today’s stop at links below.

Stardust Book Reviews at  https://stardustbookreviews.wordpress.com

Chat About Books at  https://chataboutbooks.wordpress.com

Ginger Book Geek at  https://gingerbookgeek.wordpress.com

Little Miss No Sleep at https://littlemissnosleep.wordpress.com

My Review – 5 stars

The second book in the Unforgettable Christmas Series. Having just finished A Very Vintage Christmas (review here), I was dying to read this one. It could easily be read as a standalone too as it hardly refers to book 1.

It truly is a gorgeous snowy alpine delight.

We follow Isla, Dodie’s best friend from A Very Vintage Christmas, on a trip to meet her father. How will that go, seeing as he had abandoned her as a child? Isla can hardly remember him. Throw in a couple of love interests and we have the perfect heart-warming story. Tilly Tennant’s description of the beautiful French resort of St Martin-de-Belleville made me feel like I was there. The hotel seemed a perfect place to stay, and the lady who owned it needs a story writing of her own. Isla’s trip out to the glacier with Seb sounded fantastic. I loved Seb’s geekiness and his bowties. Justin was a nice guy, but a bit of a charmer. All that snow falling, it was idyllic. I would’ve been falling all over the place! 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.

Definitely cosy, and when the power went down…..definitely candlelit too.

I thoroughly recommend this book, in fact all the books by Tilly Tennant are just so lovely.

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

Publication date 26th October 2017

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(An Unforgettable Christmas Book 2)

All Isla wants for Christmas is to be left in peace, but in the Alps there’s potential for romance in every snowflake that falls…

It’s the week before Christmas and Isla McCoy has just received an unexpected gift: a letter announcing she is due a life-changing inheritance, but only if she’s willing to make peace with the father who abandoned her.

She has absolutely no intention of making amends, but who could resist an all-expenses-paid trip to the French resort of St Martin-de-Belleville?

There she meets smooth-talking Justin and nerdy glaciologist Sebastian; two very different men, with two very different agendas. Torn between her head and her heart, Isla finds herself utterly lost in a winter wonderland of her own feelings.

Surrounded by twinkling candles and roaring log-fires, Isla’s resolve finally begins to melt. But will she learn how to reconnect, not only with a whole new family, but with herself and her heart?

A gorgeously heart-warming festive read to help spark a little romance in those long winter nights. Perfect for fans of Jane Linfoot, Debbie Johnson and Jenny Colgan.

 

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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 www.tillytennant.com

 

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

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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

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

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(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

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

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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

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

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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 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

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