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Monday, 24 July 2017

Review: Disobey

Disobey Disobey by Jacqui Rose
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


TAKEN was the first book I have read by this author and I enjoyed it. This time I didn't enjoy this.
I really couldn't connect to quite a few plots.

We have prostitution, lies, violence, murder and very bad language within the pages. I get how this is as and where the story has to be, but it was nothing like TAKEN and written [for me] in a way that the author was pandering to the needs of her audience, a bit like a comedian who has to swear every other word because its expected of him.

I just couldn't get past all of that.
Blame it on my age!

Thank you HarperCollins UK, Avon via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: The House of Eyes

The House of Eyes The House of Eyes by Kate Ellis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I haven't read any of this series so was wondering if I was going to enjoy this or feel like I've missed out by not reading the previous books.

I didn't, it was fine as a stand-alone.

Its every parents worse nightmare when a child goes missing and the same too for Darren Hatman.
But when the DI didn't want to pursue the investigation I was appalled even if this child did have a history of running off.
So she wants to run off to London to become a model. But if the father says hes worried then they should be also.

Anyway, the DI starts to do some investigation and finds out Darren's daughter has a stalker. So now this takes on an entire different dimension.

So where is Leanne?
Did someone take her, did she leave on her own accord, is she in danger?
Its a slow moving story at times I found frustrating until half way through then it picked up and had me on a rollercoaster ride not knowing where it might end, or crash.

This book wasn't a book that blew me away but it was nicely done.....in the end. I just needed to stick with it, so because of the slow start I knocked off one star I personally like something that grips me by the scruff of the neck almost right away.

My thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK via Net Galley for my copy


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Friday, 21 July 2017

Merryn Allingham The Secret of Summerhayes Blog Tour and give away

Merryn Allingham

The Secret of Summerhayes
Published by HQ in paperback original on
27th July 2017 - £7.99



A war-torn summer
A house fallen into ruin
A family broken apart by scandal…





Summer 1944: Bombed out by the blitz, Bethany Merston takes up a post as companion to elderly Alice Summer, last remaining inhabitant of the dilapidated and crumbling Summerhayes estate. Now a shadow of its former glory; most of the rooms have been shut up, the stunning garden is overgrown and the whole place feels as unwelcoming as the family themselves. What secrets does the hidden garden hold and what will it mean to uncover it?

Struggling with the realities of war, Alice is plagued by anonymous letters and haunting visions of her old household. At first, Beth tries to convince her it’s all in her mind but soon starts to unravel the mysteries surrounding the aristocratic family’s past.

An evocative and captivating tale, The Secret of Summerhayes tells of dark secrets, almost-forgotten scandals and a household teetering on the edge of ruin.

Merryn Allingham spent her childhood moving around as a soldier’s daughter, and the desire to travel stayed with her into adulthood when working for an airline introduced her to a vast range of people and adventures around the world. Later settling down in Sussex to raise a family, Merryn earned a PhD from the University of Sussex and for many years taught university literature until turning to her own writing. She has published six Regency period novels under the name Isabelle Goddard, and The Secret of Summerhayes is the 6th title under Merryn Allingham. www.merrynallingham.com



When I received this book to read my eyes went straight to the cover, its so bright and attractive, deep colours plus I took a look at the lady on the front cover who seems to be looking back over her shoulder at something or maybe someone. There's a large house or mansion in the background that caught my eye too, she appears to be standing in the grounds of it.

In 1944 Bethany was a school teacher, a primary school teacher, but the school got bombed.
So now Bethany is without employment and needs to find work.
She applies to become a companion to an old lady who lives in the Estate of Summerhayes. 

Going back to the front cover, you can see in the distance Summerhayes, I lovely building, regal standing there but, inside its fallen to pieces over the years. The old lady Alice lives in just two rooms.

With the war going on the Military have taken over parts of the building. Even the grounds are suffering. 

The companionship between Bethany and Alice grown, but then things take a turn. Alice starts to receive letters from her daughter who she hasn't seen in years. 
This takes Alice repeatedly back in the past. Bethany sometimes struggles bringing Alice back to the present. 

Are these letters actually from her daughter though? Or are there more mitigating circumstances.

This is a well written easy to follow read which lead me on quite a journey with Bethany taking care of her caree Alice. I thought the bond between them became stronger as time went on. 

I did feel complete sorrow for Alice where any Mother would react the way she did when a letter comes out of the blue, so many things, so many memories and so many wounds.


My thanks to HarperCollins UK for supplying me with this fabulous book. 

Released 27th July 2017

Please see my blog for the tour and book giveaway.


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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Review: A Mind To Kill

A Mind To Kill A Mind To Kill by John Nicholl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have had the privilege of reading all of this authors books. As soon as a new book of his comes out I finish reading the book I'm on and jump right in because I've learned to love his style of writing and the insight and ability he has to get inside the mind of his characters which then means he breathes air into them, thus, making the reader envision them as real people no matter how horrid some of them turn out to be.

We have Detective Inspector Gareth Gravel know as Grav.
It opens where he needs to impart some bad news to a couple.

Having a terrible unforgivable crime happen to your young daughter then despite all the interviewing and the going over and over of what happened, the CPS say there isn't enough evidence. And despite Grav knowing that justic hasn't been done, there isn't a single thing he can do.

We get to know the girl, the daughter who has now grown, left home, but has she got over and come to terms with her past?

Herein lays the story that is so awesomely told to us readers we will be flicking page after page.

"Just one more chapter" will be the statement of many a reader who reads this book because once you start, you can't relax.

This keeps you on the brink right the way through, well, it did me.

The chapters are quick and snappy so suddenly you are almost at the end.

Love the ending.

With this authors incredible talent, the way he can draw on his experiences in his prior work, the wheels of his ageless mind churning out such reads, I can honestly say I look eagerly to his book, after book, after book.

If you love audio I expect he will bring it out in that too as he did his previous books and with the voice of what I've heard from his other books it's so well done.

This is an author who likes to write and jump just a little over the edge sometimes to keep his readers gasping.

I love that!

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I have some awesome news, due to many publishing houses I am now going to be able to host some giveaways from them, and also from authors and my own personal copies.

I will be using Random to select the winners once I have checked out what is required to win that item has been fulfilled. 

Here are some of the books I will be hosting as giveways soon. AND MANY, MANY MORE ......



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Review: One Last Thing

One Last Thing One Last Thing by Rebecca St. James
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Well I don't often have to do this thank goodness. But I am not going to star this review.

This is a book I got from Net Galley courtesy of Thomas Nelson--FICTION when I was eager to keep clicking to read more books, I have calmed down since then thank God. I do my research if its a new author to me and make sure its something that I have at least 80% chance of enjoying.

I just didn't enjoy this.

I read it from beginning to end, but from one reader to another, it was like trudging through thick mud.
This book really needs to be worked on.

I also didn't realise how religious this book is. Yes Christian orientated but really down your throat 'get in there' type of read which for me personally was quite off putting.

There are so many subject matters that are being addressed its quite lewd.
Pornography, prostitution, addiction, abuse, stripping, suicide, public shaming, sexual addiction and financial problems that are such wide topics that this book really can't solve within its pages.

This made the story seem cheap and nasty.

Enough explained I think



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Review: The Bullet

The Bullet The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Tried my best, but really couldn't get into this one.

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