A Home at Cornflower Cottage by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #bookreview #AHomeatCornflowerCottage

A Home at Cornflower Cottage by Tilly Tennant

About the book

Escape to the flower-filled fields and hedgerows of the Cotswold countryside, to a tiny cottage and a summer that could change everything….

Amelie has lived in Cornflower Cottage since she was born. She did her homework at the scrubbed kitchen table and helped her mum hang washing from the line on the old oak tree in the garden. And when her beloved parents died, Cornflower Cottage became Amelie’s armour against the world.

The trouble is that Cornflower Cottage is too big for just her. With a broken boiler and a leaking roof, Amelie knows she must do something to make ends meet. When she meets Xander, a scruffy, brown-eyed nature documentary maker living out of his backpack in a nearby hotel, Amelie rents him a room, hoping a lodger will solve her problems.

She soon realises that her troubles are only just beginning. Xander’s muddy clothes all over the cottage and early morning jaunts to photograph otters are going to take some getting used to. But when an argument turns into a heart-to-heart, she finds herself confessing how lonely she has been.

Before long, laughter echoes round the cosy farmhouse kitchen once more and sparks begin to fly. But when a face from Xander’s past appears at Cornflower Cottage Amelie’s happy home is shaken once more. Xander has changed Amelie’s quiet country life forever. Should she open her heart to someone who has hidden things from her? Or let him leave, and lose the love that makes her house a home?

A completely beautiful romantic comedy about being brave, following your heart and moving on. Fans of Holly Martin, Jessica Redland and Nicola May will be swept away by A Home at Cornflower Cottage.

My Thoughts

A really lovely book. Easy to read

Still grieving from the loss of her parents, Amelie has no nearby relatives and her inherited cottage is starting to cost her dearly in repairs. The cottage sounded gorgeous and I’d love to live there even though it was a bit remote.

The surrounding countryside and walks by the river sounded idyllic.

Amelie works at a nearby hotel, officially as a chambermaid but in reality, is an employee that does a bit of everything.

There is a long term occupant, Xander, at the hotel who is working on an environmental project nearby. To help him and his partner out, and to help her own money situation, she offers them a room to rent at her cottage.

Amelie’s boyfriend Decker is a bit put out about this as you might expect, but she goes ahead with the agreement anyway.

You’ll need to read it to find out what happens. It really is a heartwarming story, with lots of humour thrown in too.

I thoroughly recommend it.

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

Publication date: 1st July 2022

Get your copy here:-  A Home at Cornflower Cottage

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.

Social Media

Facebook:  https://facebook.com/TillyTennant/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TillyTenWriter

Website: https://tillytennant.com/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/tillytennant6000

Six Graves by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #bookreview #SixGraves #KimStone

Six Graves by Angela Marsons

My Review – All the stars!

Oh my gosh, what a brilliant story. Angie Marsons, what are you doing to me?! You had me worried! And with Symes, a character I absolutely love to hate (urgh *shudders*) featuring in this book, it added a ridiculous amount of tension for me.

Totally unputdownable.

Go on everybody, read the whole series!

Love Angie Marsons, she always delivers.

I actually can’t say anything new other than ‘just read it!’

The 16th in the D.I. Kim Stone series, and it is brilliant.

I eagerly await every book as they come out, and read them right away…..I just can’t wait.

The plot was fast-paced and I couldn’t put it down, reading at every opportunity. The short chapters are perfect for that. The quality truly blows me away with each book. The books are just so effortless to read. I love them.

Fabulous as always, I love Kim Stone and her team.

I recommend this book 100%, and all the others in the series. Please read them all!

Angie Marsons is definitely one of my favourite authors, I think the books are just fantastic and I can’t wait for the next one.

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

Publication Date: 12th May 2022

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK: Six Graves

About the book

It’s a typical teenage bedroom with posters covering the walls and clothes littering the floor. But the girl lying on her bed, wearing a delicate chain around her neck, is lifeless. A circle of red stains her white vest top. How had the girl’s mother looked down at her sleeping child and pulled the trigger?

When Detective Kim Stone rushes to the scene of a house fire, she’s shocked to discover it’s claimed the lives of two teenage children and their parents. But this tragedy is not quite as it seems. Each body is marked by a gunshot wound and the mother, Helen Daynes, is holding the gun.

The case sparks painful childhood memories for Kim who suffered at the hands of her own abusive mother, but it just makes her more determined to uncover the truth. As Kim untangles Helen’s past, she finds a history of clinical depression. But did it drive Helen to murder her loved ones?

Then Kim uncovers a tiny, vital clue in Helen’s bedroom that throws the investigation wide open. Could someone else have killed the Daynes family?

Just as Kim feels she’s making progress, a deadly threat is made to her own life by a dangerous psychopath from her past. Biting back her fear, she keeps digging. And when Kim hits upon a shocking secret that changes everything she thought she knew about Helen, she realises that the remaining family members are in grave danger.

Kim is under pressure like never before, and the monster circling her is getting ever closer. Four bodies already. Four graves fresh in the ground. Who will be next? Can Kim find the killer and save herself before it’s too late?

An absolutely nail-biting mystery thriller that will have you gasping out loud. You won’t come up for air until you’ve reached the breathtaking final twist. Fans of Karin Slaughter, Mark Billingham and Robert Dugoni will love Six Graves.

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 5 million in 7 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 28 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 and the translation of Dead Souls, La Verita Sepolte, recently won the prestigious Primo Bancarella award.

Social Media Links

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Twitter: WriteAngie

Amazon: Author page

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

The Café at Marigold Marina by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #BooksonTour #bookreview #TheCaféatMarigoldMarina

Books on Tour 8th April 2022

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

My Thoughts

This has to be one of my favourite books by Tilly Tennant.

It really got under my skin and into my heart.

Fergus had been searching for somewhere to follow his dream of owning a business. He’d had several dream ideas in the past that never went more than the idea stage. When a café came on the market by the marina near to Stratford, hundreds of miles away from their native north east, he thought it the perfect place for a new dream. His wife Rosie of course went along with his dream. The café was a real mess, and before they got to the opening stage Fergus tragically died.

Rosie bravely pushed on with the plan even though she is grieving her loss, and with no family nearby to support her.

The café successfully opened, I loved the ambience of it with the décor and could almost smell the bacon and coffee.

The marina had a few businesses including a book barge, gift shop, a farm shop and boat hire. The owners really looked out for Rosie, giving her wonderful support.

A fabulous story of friendship, family and secrets with a great cast of characters.

I loved Kit from the book barge and his sister Tabitha, both with worries of their own.

Nicole from the gift shop had supported Rosie but was prone to some odd behaviour.

Grant from the boat hire was lovely, and the group outing on the bikes was such fun.

Rosie’s friendship with Kit was so nice. Him teaching her to swim was just the best, she was so brave.

A real heart-warmer this one, it got me so emotional too.

I thoroughly recommend it.

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

Publication date: 8th April 2022

Get your copy here:-  The Café at Marigold Marina

About the Book

Welcome to the café on Marigold Marina, where the smell of freshly baked cakes fills the air, the boats bob merrily in the mellow evening sun and an unexpected meeting means the chance to love again…

When Rosie inherits the café on Marigold Marina after her husband’s tragic death, she is determined to pour her heart into his dream. Nine months later, as she serves coffee and cakes to customers, she is all smiles and laughter. But when the sunshine-yellow doors of the café are closed, she allows her heart to break all over again.

Rosie doesn’t have much room in her life for anything but the café. But when Kit, the owner of a bookshop barge, starts to come by regularly for lunch, she finds it difficult to ignore his dark eyes, dishevelled curls and warm smile. As the pair grow closer, and Kit teaches Rosie how to swim in the sparkling marina waters, Rosie begins to hope that she might get a second chance at happiness.

But just as she is letting herself open her heart for a second time, she discovers the shocking secret that the husband she loved for so many years kept hidden from her. And when Kit disappears when she needs him the most, she closes her café for good and leaves the marina. But has she cut herself off too quickly? Will moving away allow her to move on? Or can she only find true happiness if she learns to trust again?

An absolutely gorgeous and heartwarming read about what can happen when you leave your comfort zone and listen to your heart. Fans of Shari Low, Heidi Swain and Nicola May will fall in love with The Café at Marigold Marina.

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.

Social Media

Facebook:  https://facebook.com/TillyTennant/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TillyTenWriter

Website: https://tillytennant.com/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/tillytennant6000

The Life She Wants by Mel Sherratt @writermels @bookouture #review #TheLifeSheWants #TeamSherratt

The Life She Wants by Mel Sherratt

About the Book

From behind the curtains, Sarah spotted the man coming out of the house, followed by the woman. It would be strange seeing people in the property. She wondered how much it would change their lives. For now, she would bide her time and hopefully get to know them better. She needed to gain their trust.

When I met Richard, I fell for him instantly. He was able to give me everything I had always wanted, the dream house, security and above all, love like I’d never known. We lived a quiet life in the middle of nowhere; we didn’t need anyone else.

So, when the empty house next door is sold, I am wary. Will our neighbours invade the perfect life Richard has built for us? As soon as I meet Juliette and Danny, I am reassured. Overwhelmed by grief after the death of their young daughter, they have moved in search of a quiet life and a chance to start again. Over dinner one evening, we hit it off instantly and I know they are just the neighbours we need.

All is well until Juliette spots a young girl in our garden. Richard convinces her that she is seeing things, that it’s the grief taking over. But Juliette won’t let it go. She is sure she saw a child. She believes that Richard is threatening her. She starts to think that I’m not safe.

I need to convince Juliette that she’s imagining it. I need to keep Richard happy. If I am to protect everything I have built for myself, she must never find out the truth.

That my perfect life is built on the deadliest lie.

A heart-stopping psychological thriller with a truly brilliant twist, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, T.M. Logan and K.L. Slater.

My Thoughts

Oh my gosh. What a fabulous book. This had my heart racing.

I loved Juliette, I felt like we could be friends in real life being so down to earth, but I was so worried for her with the things she saw. Richard totally freaked me out and I was dying to find out what was going on. The cottages were lovely, the setting perfect and I almost wanted to live there!

I totally recommend this super suspenseful book.

Due to illness my reviews are very short at the moment, but I want to say ‘just buy it!’

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

#TeamSherratt

Thanks to publishers Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an early copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication Date: 29th November 2021

Get your copy here…

Amazon UK: The Life She Wants

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 1.8 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.

Website www.melsherratt.co.uk

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/writermels

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

Stolen Ones by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #bookreview #StolenOnes #KimStone

Stolen Ones by Angela Marsons

My Thoughts – All the stars!

How brilliant, I loved it!
Love Angie Marsons, she always delivers.

I actually can’t say anything new other than ‘just read it!’

The 15th in the D.I. Kim Stone series, and it continues in the same brilliant way.

I eagerly await every book as they come out, and read them right away…..I just can’t wait.

It was weird that there was a real missing child in Australia at the same time.

The plot was fast-paced and I couldn’t put it down. I read at every opportunity, the short chapters are perfect for that. The quality is always there, truly blows me away with each book. The books are just so effortless to read. I love them.

I love Kim Stone and her team.

Dr Alex Thorne, she’s a nutter 😄, one of those characters that I just love to hate. I always dread her turning up in an Angie Marsons book.

This was a one of those books that really has your heart pounding as the team race to uncover the truth and piece everything together.

I recommend this book 100%, and all the others in the series. Please read them all!

Angie Marsons is definitely one of my favourite authors, I think the books are just fantastic and I can’t wait for the next one.

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

Publication Date: 11th November 2021

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK Stolen Ones

Description

25 years ago he took a girl. Today he takes another.

One August afternoon, eight-year-old Grace Lennard skips into the garden of the childcare centre she attends and vanishes into thin air. Rushing to the scene of Grace’s disappearance, Detective Kim Stone finds a chilling piece of evidence: the engraved heart bracelet belonging to Melody Jones – the little girl who was taken from a playground exactly twenty-five years ago.

Hours before, Steven Harte had walked into Halesowen police station and confessed to having information that would lead Kim to Melody. And he told Kim she’d have a more urgent problem to deal with first. Now Kim must play Steven’s twisted game if she’s to find Grace alive.

With only twenty-four hours to make every second of Steven’s interrogation count, and scan his behaviour for hidden clues, Kim and her team soon link Steven to the abduction of several vulnerable girls – two were kept for a year and then released, unharmed – but where are Melody and the others?

Then small bones are discovered in the grounds of a local park, and Kim fears the worst.

Kim may think she’s close to convicting a killer, but the case is about to get even more complex. Steven is hiding one final explosive truth and he’s not the only one. Dr Alex Thorne – the evil woman Kim did her best to keep behind bars is about to reveal a shocking secret to Kim that will hit her where it hurts the most. Kim knows she must put aside her own demons to save Grace and find the other missing girls in time. But can Kim untangle Steven’s web before any more innocent lives are lost?

An edge-of-your-seat thriller that will leave your heart in your mouth. You will be totally hooked on the utterly addictive, number one, multi-million-copy bestselling Detective Kim Stone series.

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 reached the #1 spot on Amazon on pre-orders alone.

Facebook: AngelaMarsonsAuthor

Twitter: WriteAngie

Amazon: Author page

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

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

Get your copy here from Amazon UK:- My Best Friend’s Wedding

Other buy links:

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Audible:

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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/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/TillyTenWriter

WEBSITE: www.tillytennant.com

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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

BUY LINKS: 

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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

Get your copy here…..

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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.

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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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Amazon UK: The Butterfly Garden

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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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