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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 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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Review: Not Thomas

Not Thomas Not Thomas by Sara Gethin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



When I first started to read this, I was a little put off in the way it was written, its through young Thomas eyes, using his words, his child way of looking at things which at first I personally found annoying as he would repeat himself. As the book grew on me and I stepped back from this thinking how a young boy Thomas age would talk, I got well into this.

This is a story that will 'knock your socks off' its shocking, its emotional and it darn right moving.
I grew to love Thomas and just wanted to pick him up, take him home and give him a childhood. Poor little love.

We find some hidden background behind his Mother. Shes quite young and had had issues herself.
That becomes clearer as the story unfolds.
As sometimes follow they get attracted or become attractive to the male rogues of this world and she was no different. Shes a bad Mother in all round the clock details.

Thomas doesn't know any difference its his 'normal' life.
He gets teased for his manners, teased for his mannerisms and teased because he smells.

A neighbour and her daughter wait outside his house gate each morning to walk him to school.

His teacher Lowri secretly feeds him sandwiches using the ploy that her husband has made too many.

School holidays are counted down by biscuits. There's not an adult to tell him.
He practically sees to himself, maybe a packet of crisps is his supper. But the pink packets are saved for his Mother. I thought very sweet, but, so undeserving of this boys thoughtfulness.

Yes there are visitors seeking if everything is OK, but they can't be let in as Thomas is on his own and he can't open the door if his Mums not there, he shouldn't go out either so his 'black chair' becomes his hideaway.

He has three objects that he cares for. And one that is left behind at his Grans and Granddads home which he used to live in, that he no longer lives in for reasons that become clearer as time goes on.

That's enough about the story.

The writing is superb. I got halfway through this read before I really and truly was hooked. It was my mindset I had to alter and adjust to reading from a child's POV.

It was very moving and there are more secrets that come out towards the end.

Never read a book by this author before and I can honestly say I never heard of her [sorry] but I will definitely be following her for future reads.

My thanks to Cottage Tours

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Review: Two Sisters

Two Sisters Two Sisters by Kerry Wilkinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Two Sisters by Kerry Wilkinson published by Bookoutour is a most stunning latest novel of intrigue and beguiling twists from this author. I never think this author can do better, but this one really did draw me in and make me forget whatever was going on around me.

I adore the cover, and I really loved this plot in this book.

Megan was 10 years old when her brother Zac went missing. Now a century on she gets a visit from the Police saying that her parents have been in a fatal car crash. Megan has a sister Chloe who is studying away and so they don't get to see each other often, but they need to go clear out the summer home that their parents had. So much to do, clear it out, clean it up and put it up for sale. A lot to do for two young people.

But that is not the only reason for Megan to return, she received a postcard a few days ago with the signature Z for Zac on it. Of course this stirs up a lot of unrest. Zac was never found so is he out there somewhere even now?

Megan has an eating disorder which becomes explicitly obvious early on. I felt for her, she had the raw deal growing up I thought and some issues. This has left her with very big mental health and emotional anguish which also becomes clear, there is a tenderness in Megan and I grew to quite like her as well as Chloe.

On and around the Island we see there are two sets of groups, the ones that live there and the youngsters who spend their summer there whilst their rich parents are jet setting around the globe.

I am not sure which is the more strange, the ones that life there or the young folk who visit, its clear that is lots that went on that Megan needs to find out so she asks lots of questions which sort of isolates her a little.

Its an intriguing story that will grow and grow and widen out so that there is so much depth within it you fall right in.

I have to thank Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: After I've Gone

After I've Gone After I've Gone by Linda Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have come across some very interesting subject themes and plots in my time as an avid reader then a reviewer for the past 7 years, this one will stand out in my memory as one that I have enjoyed so much I was either talking about it or anxious to get back to my Kindle to read more of it.

I actually read this in one day by the aide of sync on my Ipad and Iphone. I either had one in my hand or another whilst waiting in the car, waiting at the doctors, waiting for supper to cook.
I was glued.

Jess Mount is 22 years old. She lives a nice relatively quiet life with her dad. Her Mother passed away and Jess found this hard to deal with, she had a bit of a breakdown.

Sadie is Jess best friend, she is strong, loyal and loves Jess to bits very supportive and protective of her.

This is the age of cyberland, social media at its best. Namely, Facebook.

Whilst Jess posts normal stuff to her wall, there is something tragically puzzlingly wrong.
Her Facebook posts have skipped forward 18months, how can that happen? You can't go forward. This happens after she meets Lee, Mr Perfect.


She is now living side by side with Facebook, each time logging on to see her future unfolding.
Its unsettling, its made her anxious, of course it has, is this for real? Or is she having another breakdown.

She shows Sadie, only Sadie can't see it. No screen shots, nothing will show it up as proof.

Lee seems to be the perfect boyfriend, pays her lots of attention, compliments, kind, giving and supportive. Hes everything she needs right now.

But....
alongside this is the revelation that she is dead, yes DEAD. On facebook at least. What's happening, who is doing this, how could this happen, is she going mad?

Tributes from her Father
Heartfelt pour outs from Sadie, its all there. But how did she die.

This plays on her mind all the time. She refuses to look at her Facebook wall. But come on, its tempting right? Even if it scares you witless.

I just had to keep on reading and reading, who or what is happening and is this really going to happen to her?

I got so annoyed at Jess, I wanted her to just see what was happening in front of her eyes as the story unfolded. I wanted to grab her and shake her WAKE UP....
You can change this, you do have the power to change this.

I enjoyed this so much its shot up my charts of what I have read this year, for sure.

My thanks to Quercus Books via Net Galley for my early copy.



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Review: Champagne for Breakfast

Champagne for Breakfast Champagne for Breakfast by Maggie Christensen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This made a lovely fresh change from my usual reading, its great to get a different genre and break things up a little as a regular reviewer.

I was so glad to get the chance to read this. It was gifted to me in the post. My first thoughts were for the cover, a pretty mature young woman on the cover with the water and boats behind. Nice open blue skies. So first off the cover was inviting, and being a "mature" woman myself of a certain age, it was refreshing to read that yes, older woman [and men] still can pull!!!

Rosa is celebrating her 50th birthday alone after breaking up with her boss, a relationship that lasted 6 years. Like so many affairs with married men, do they really leave their wives? The percentage is low on that one. So of course, her Boss was never going to leave and marry her.

She can't stay in the same firm working for him can she, so she needs to look for another job. She finds a new job but within the same company and now meets Henry. Henry escaped some scandal, which we later find out.

Its not just a mature love story this, its a great read with some hidden agendas behind it which made it much more than 'just a romance'.

The writing is well thought out as is the story line.

And what a great title.

If you are looking for a nice easy read, something to curl up with, then you won't get far wrong with this.



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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Review: Guilty

Guilty Guilty by Laura Elliot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a read! I absolutely loved this book. Laura Elliot can sure tell a tale as she has in her previous books which has also gripped my attention from beginning to end.

Guilty starts off with a gripping narration.
A point where it says "A message to the Fearless.
Then it says that no one can call them chicken again.

Intrigued? I know I was.

Just the cover drew me in, but once I started to read I just honestly couldn't put this down.

Karl Lawson has his own wife and family, nearby lives his brother and his wife and family. Their eldest daughter Constance loves her Uncle Karl and seems to turn to him when she has arguments with her parents as most teens do. This particular argument involves Karl as hes provided a night out for the Constance and the girls but under his supervision.

But her parents isn't agreeable to this.

Karl knows a bit of what Constance has been doing, but sorted it. Justin his brother doesn't know, so imagine when it all comes out.
Except.....
Constance is missing.

There ensues the story of a brilliant plot.

What if everyone had suspicions on you. Karl was under great suspicion with the Journalist outside his home, his wife even not sure about him, so much so she moves out taking his daughter with her.

He looses his job too.

I just really got my teeth into this one big time.

There is a huge twist in this that you won't see coming and not everything is as it seems.

I personally recommend this book.

My thanks to Bookoutour for my copy via Net Galley

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Review: Forsaken

Forsaken Forsaken by Laydin Michaels
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I am not going to rate this book. I see a lot like it and a few didn't. I am leaning to the side 'didn't'.

I thought it sounded really good going by the blurb which enticed me to read this. I picked this up several times and laid it aside for another book more than once.

This is a love story between two women. Its intense, erotic and could have been so tender but its written in a rushed way. It all happens just a little bit too soon. Its not a well rounded story, its not well written and I am wondering out it got published with the results it has.

It really wasn't for me at all. Not the story, that would have been fine, but there was something missing from it which I would say 'emotional substance' it was a bit wooden.

Thank you to Bold Strokes Books via Net Galley for the chance to read this.

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Review: Disclaimer

Disclaimer Disclaimer by Renée Knight
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A well told psychological thriller fast paced and snappy.

Revelations coming out left right and centre, so much so that it left me dizzy and like a dog chasing its tail. Hence the 3 stars, it lost me!

I just couldn't connect to most of the characters, they didn't seem real to me, a bit wooden and stiff.

Catherine's past comes back to haunt her.
Same kind of story that's been told over and over really. I did enjoy the mystery of it once it was revealed [I did sorta guess though].

Raw emotions within the plot, I got that.
Its just a subject matter that's been written time and time again, just with different characters.

Its a middle of the road rating from me, it just didn't blow me away as an avid reader.
It just didn't stand out from many books like this in this genre and subject. Not for me anyhow.

My thanks to Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for my copy via Net Galley.

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Review: Together

Together Together by Julie Cohen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love stories are not usually my thing. But I did enjoy this one as I do like this authors books.

Robbie and Emily have been married for several years. Two sons and grandchildren have blessed them in their latter years.

Robbie was a boat builder and Emily and daughter did love to spend his hard earned money. Emily was an obstetrician to both well paid jobs.

An OK life, a good life, or so it seemed.

Age has now kicked in and Robbie has developed dementia. I thought then it was going to be based on that and his deterioration however I was wrong.

There is a huge secret they both share that if it comes out will change all their lives.

This is written in a kind of reverse order, it made a good change and kept me on my toes.

I need to thank Orion Publishing group for providing my copy via Net Galley.



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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Review: You Belong To Me

You Belong To Me You Belong To Me by Samantha Hayes
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

This book was so addictive that I couldn't put it down. It took my mind off my coughing, I'm laid up with the flu.

I read this in one sitting.

I've read other books featuring obsession but this one goes right to the brink. I never want this to happen to me or anyone.

Isabelle has a past, shes living and working in India now as a teacher. A letter arrives stating that her parents have been killed in a car crash and would she return home.

There starts a unfolding of her to loose her grip on reality, a journey of manipulation to great proportions.

I dare not say much more or I'll spoil the story.

Will she be driven crazy?

My thanks to Random House Cornerstone. Via Net Galley

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Review: After the Crash

After the Crash After the Crash by Michel Bussi
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I always get my doubts, when a book is translated from another language to English; however, it was done very well and I was pleasantly surprised.

This is a weird but wonderful concept of a plane crash, the only survivor being a 3 month old child.
Known as the Miracle Child.

A battle of custody ensues from the two sets of Grandparents.

Set in the 1980's they didn't have the DNA expertise as they do today so it wasn't as easy to determine a child's paternity.

I just found the twist a little OTT
It left me somewhat dizzy with some of the unbelievable concept that the author tried to make me as a reader believe.

Far too many shocks in this book that became the norm, and I wasn't shockable anymore.

The safety net of the plot ceased to be, it was almost a train wreck.

I see that quite a lot of reviewers loved this book, however, for me, it left me gasping, and not in a good way.

Thank you Orion Publish via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: Three Twisted Stories: Go Deep, Necessary Women, Remmy Rothstein Toes the Line

Three Twisted Stories: Go Deep, Necessary Women, Remmy Rothstein Toes the Line Three Twisted Stories: Go Deep, Necessary Women, Remmy Rothstein Toes the Line by Karin Slaughter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Go Deep

What a great humdinger of a story was this!
This is about Charlie. He owns a car dealership, has a wife, daughter who love to spend his hard earned money.

He has a girlfriend on the side and nearly 70 employees.
A very busy man.

There is a fast paced unexpected crime that will happen that will knock your socks off.


Necessary Women

A 14 year old girl watches her Mother die in poverty. Her Dad is a truck driver who is gone for long periods before he goes to his next destination.
She tells her dad about a boy she likes however her Mother wants her to stay away from him.

She explains how she got pregnant with her and hadn't fulfilled her dreams.
She wants more for her daughter and for her not to end up like her living the life she had.

Father and daughter has tricks up their sleeve that are full of dark humor and will surprise you.


Remmy Ruthstein tows the line

Mindy is searching for Remmy when she meets his half brother, then his Mother, then a facial hairy nasty old woman.
This was an hilariously fun read.
Clever and ingenious.
The longest tongue in the world.



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Review: Missing You

Missing You Missing You by Harlan Coben
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this a bit slow going at first, so was a struggle to get into it.

Once I got to the part where Kat's friend who sets her up with a dating service account things started to warm up quite nicely.

Shocks and surprises happen when she logs onto her account. A lot started to go on within these pages which starts to heat up your interest.

Lots of twist and turns which Harlan Coben is known for.



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Review: The Darkness Within

The Darkness Within The Darkness Within by Lisa Stone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I adore Cathy Glass books and have done for many years, so, when I saw she was releasing a psychological thriller totally unlike the books she writes and using the pen name Lisa Stone, I just hadto read it.

So this is her debut novel in this genre and that is how I chose to read it. Like a totally different person. It worked well for me so that I could mentally pull back on how I knew her to write.

I read this as I would a debut novel from any new aspiring author.

Psychological thrillers are right up my street and back again.
This has proved to be of no exception.

I could see that the character Shane, was a nasty piece of work. He treated Rosie his girlfriend in the most abusive manner.

It starts when Shane goes out driving under the influence of many disagreeable substances and ends up dead.

Jacob has been waiting on the heart transplant list for some time, his health is deteriorating rapidly, he has a change of an organ left from Shane's terrible accident.

His dad is a Rev and of course very religious. His Mother is worried about Jacob of course as she doesn't want to see her son die.

Rev Andrew and Elizabeth are an upstanding family in the community, Shane is a very amicable young man.

Jacob receives Shane's heart.

Hence starts the tale of Cellular Memory.
That's when I recalled a couple of films I had watched in the past so this is not a new thought or concept but a very interesting one.

Now whether this is feasible or not it evoked an intriguing thought.

I remember a film where someone's hand was transplanted onto someone else's arm, it took on the form of this evil person who once owned it.

The premise of the story is well thought out, well written and emotional for all parties. I found myself Googling this Cellular Memory for any latest thoughts in this area.

There were a couple of question marks over the exchange of drugs, but its minor details compared to how the story was told and the impact it has on its reader.

Thought provoking stuff I would say!!

I think the Rev should have had more of a role to play, but this is just my preference.

I feel this author has a lot more to give in this genre if this debut novel is anything to go by.
I look forward to what she does next.

My thanks to the author and Avon Books UK for my early copy via Net Galley.

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Review: Her Husband's Lover

Her Husband's Lover Her Husband's Lover by Julia Crouch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a dark psychological thriller that involves two women. Louisa and Sophie.

The book starts with a gripping lead.
An accident that involves Sophie, her children and her husband.

The accident only left Sophie, she had serious injuries.

She lost her husband Sam and children.

I am not giving anything away by telling you this as this is nothing to what you discover as you read more and more.
Sam had a lover Louise. He was going to leave his wife Sophie for Louise.

Sophie wants to take away and strip bare everything Louisa ever had from Sam.
Her inheritance, her reputation, and everything she stand for, even her life.

Louisa is heartbroken, Sophie is pregnant.

Louisa, the wife and Sophie the pregnant mistress.

This is a story darker than dark. You think it would be straight forward, jealousy, revenge, but no.
WHAM.

The ending will get you between the eyes, leave you gasping.
Then you stop, then you realise just how addictive this book was.
Superb.

My thanks to Headline in providing me with my copy.

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Review: The Lucky Ones

The Lucky Ones The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well well well. Should I be surprised that this author Mark Edwards has left me gasping for breath at the end of this read? Definitely not! Compared to other books written by Mark Edwards I should have known that I'd be left with the thought "What a fabulous enjoyable read that was!"


Do not read the Letter from Author at the back of the book until you've read the full story. It might give away details that may spoil your enjoyment.

I personally look forward to reading The letter at the back from Mark as he intrigues me on how he comes up with his subject matter.
This sounded like a challenge to him at times working on themes and intricately adding data and making it as factual (even though it's fiction) as possible.

The plot is water tight.
The book is long with short snappy chapters that lead us awe inspiringly into another.

It's told in two parts. It's been very cleverly knitted together where the seams are invisible.

I was glued to this book. And I love how some authors make areas of known parts that are real come to life.
This author does that.

He clearly makes each person in his story become reality to us readers, breathing life bit by bit. I imagine them as empty shells and as we read air gets pumped into them bit by bit as we learn and understand the characters he's created.

A couple of reviewers who have knowledge of certain factual within this book have pointed out some "mistakes" for the majority of us who just enjoy a good plot, excitement and ignore some mistakes will find this an acceptable in the degree of the brilliance of this authors work.

The DI female is a formidable woman.
She's come from a big town to a small village/town that has never seen the likes of what has been happening here, and maybe, will never see again....
But who knows.


We are thrown off the scent a few times and I have to humbly admit to being fooled, I was held out on the climax big time with this one for sure.

The attention to detail was a delight to read and some amusing sentences believe it or not.

Ben was such a lovely person trying to raise Ollie his son the best way he could since his marriage split up.
Not always did it go to plan.

There were several characters in their happy places within this thrilling thriller that gripped me by the throat as much as the Villian gripped Ben by the balls.



An absolutely superb read.

Thank you to Thomas & Mercer, Mark Edwards and the Publicist for my copy.



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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Review: Fell

Fell Fell by Jenn Ashworth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This is a book that dropped through my letterbox from Sceptre. I read the blurb and the premises seemed fine to me, captured my interest even though this is not my usual taste of books. I really find things spirits and ghosts a bit of a turn off.

The plus sides are that it is very atmospheric and very well written to get you believing in what is being narrated here.

When the "speaking from husband and wife" who are no longer alive but seen to be taking care of their daughter from they're graves is quite haunting to read [to say that least]

The aim of their protection for they're daughter from beyound the grave and to correct a wrong is quite enthralling.

There is definitely a chase on to believe in miracles within this read.

I can understand that readers who like this kind of 'ghosty' tales are hooked, they will be more than satisfied with this story, alas for me, it didn't 'float my boat'.



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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Review: Beneath the Surface

Beneath the Surface Beneath the Surface by Sibel Hodge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sibel Hodge is an author that I can't but eagerly await her "latest book" I just know I'm in for a fabulous read, I can always be assured of this. She's one of my top psychological thriller writers.

From the very first book I read written by this author I was hooked.

I find her books well worth waiting for.

I'm surprised at each different plot, different theme, realistic characters in her book, how she feeds life, breath and emotion into each.

When I started this book I knew I wouldn't be able to do much else. I'd want to sit and read it all.

The female lead is a strong woman, the author also lets her readers in to her vulnerability too to make her more human. Emotional. So we can find sympathy.

The way the story starts grabs you in its net and that's where you wriggle around in your seat reading this.
Enjoying the plot.

There are deaths, unexplained suicides. She has a lead, like a hunter, she goes after her prey.

I loved the topical theme within this plot. It gave me something to think about in reality too.
This is newsworthy stuff!

Secrets
Money
Lies

Who is to be trusted.

The families who suffered in this domino effect I really felt for.

My review will become clearer once you've read the book.

I thank the author. I thank Thomas & Mercer via Net Galley for my copy.

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Review: Liar

Liar Liar by K.L. Slater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well this author has done it again, shes written unputdownable psychological thriller that has kept me on tender hooks all the way through and although I got a whiff of dirty misdemeanours, some were never confirmed by the author leaving [me] the reader totally in awe and captivated long after I read the last page.

Judi was a likeable person. I admired how close her grown son Ben was to her, and of course, she helped him look after his two sons after his wife died. Cleaned house, did the washing and ironing and fed them.

Ben meets Amber. Its never easy for us Mums when children fall in love and meet someone. But Ben had been married and Judi got along with her previous daughter-in-law so seeing that she wants her son to be happy then she would befriend Amber. But the author lead us down another route which I didn't expect or see coming.

Then there is her husband.
Then there are Ambers secrets and past.
Judi's other son had died but we don't know how. But Judi's grief is very much at the forfront within these pages.

Judi is also going through the menopause and gets hot flushes. I know first hand how that can affect a woman, sleepless nights, mood swings, forgetfulness and sometimes being just darnright unreasonable. So most times she just came across as a middle aged woman who adored her son, grandkids and just resented having to take a back seat now that Amber was on the scene.

Is that the reason why Judi dislikes Ben's new girlfriend?
Maybe her grief has got her to the point of focusing on Ben and her grandsons, after all, apart from her job, who else needs her.

There are rapid movements within this tale that will get your stomach twisted in knots, you won't know if you are coming or going.

I took one evening to get to 90% and finished it off the following morning whilst eating my breakfast, this was definitely a book I personally couldn't put down.

I loved this authors previous psychological thrillers, her last one BLINK had me on the edge of my seat.

I shout yeahhhhhhh when I see she has another book, so I'm sure to do the same on her next published book.

I was chatting to my husband about this book this morning, eventhough I have started another book this one will stay with you.

THANK YOU bookoutour and NET GALLEY for my copy

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Review: Watching Edie

Watching Edie Watching Edie by Camilla Way
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don't know why I didn't get to this book sooner. I certainly wish I had of done. It's a great premise, fabulous plot and twists that kept me spinning.

The thing is, the author drips enough that you need to keep reading and sniffing where the final trail leads you. It's a guessing game what "happened" so you're shouting " come on, what was it".

Edie is new in the area. Happy in her own skin. A social kind of person, fits in with anyone, pretty too and attracts attention although she's not aware of this and neither does she use it to her advantage.

Opposites attract.

Heather is the first friend she makes.
Not very social, doesn't mix easy. Over weight and she has some background.

Edie is happy with her new friend.
Heather is too.

It's a dark complex read for many reasons. It certainly kept me awake reading into the early hours when I should have been asleep.

I'm trying very hard to not give spoilers away. Once you have read this you will understand why.

The last book I read by this author I loved. I wondered if she could at least nail it again for me.
Yes! She did.
She can't write fast enough for me. I just loved it.

My thanks to the Harper Collins UK via Net Galley for my copy and also to Goodreads for my paperback copy which I shall treasure.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Review: What Goes Around

What Goes Around What Goes Around by Julie Corbin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is told in two fold.
One by the betrayed.
The other, by the betrayer which makes for fantastic writing.

It's dark, its obsessive, it's compelling.

There's a secret that hangs in the air throughout this book that once revealed made me think twice about this particular female. It altered my perception and brought a lot of what I thought, into question.

As per, this author really knows how to work her audience "us readers" giving us enough tit bits we beg for more salivating.

My sincere thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for my copy.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

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Review: Come Sundown

Come Sundown Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read Nora Roberts books before and enjoyed them.
I never find them too demanding but with the best concoction of spices to get your mouth watering to read more.

This one was with no exception.

We have back and forward events which are not difficult to keep abreast of.

Nora Roberts once again shows us the ability of human nature.
Love, patience and healing despite the hurt, pain and sadistic happenings.

This is told over four generations so quite an expanse of time.

It's a wonderfully captivating read.

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Review: Secrets of Southern Girls

Secrets of Southern Girls Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very powerful story that captivates you with every page you turn.

Ten years ago Julie accidentally kills her best friend. There was no punishment by law for her, she's punished herself.

She left her hometown determined that nothing and no one would bring her back.

She was wrong.

Her marriage falls apart, she just surviving with her daughter Beck.
Reb is always breaking through the surface of her mind although at times she's been busy and distracted but things have a way of surfacing. Resurfacing. And people.

August who was Rebs fella came to seek Julie out as he believes she has a diary left from Reb.
She doesn't.

Of course now she wonders what's in this diary and what will be revealed.

Augusts words play on Julie's mind.

"if you don't have it, who in the hell does"

I was really eager by that time to find out myself!!

So carrying on reading I was hastily turning pages.

This is a knockout of a read. I so thoroughly enjoyed it.

My thanks to SOURCEBOOKS landmark via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: The Cutaway

The Cutaway The Cutaway by Christina Kovac
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Power, greed and unethical filthy dirty politics.

At first I wasn't so sure of this book, it took me a few chapters to get into it as it's told by the first person, who I don't always find easy to follow. It's like someone sitting by me telling me a story.
Nothing wrong in that, especially in this book The Cutaway.

It's lead by a strong journalist woman who knows what she wants and gets it. A very powerful influential female who would stand her ground and stand up for what she believes in.
Which she proves many times over and over in her role.

When a story of a woman going missing goes acrosss her desk, she is struck by something she remembers.

As the plot thickens and she investigates further she finds walls going up, doors being closed and excuses being made.

Something is going on, but what is it?

As with the hustle and bustle of a newsroom you get caught up with it all.

This is a superb debut novel from this new author. Writing on a theme of what she knows well.
I can't wait for her next book.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Review: When I Wake Up

When I Wake Up When I Wake Up by Jessica Jarlvi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a book that I would encourage everyone who knows me about my love for books, should read. It's had me glued. When I had to put it down I couldn't stop thinking about what I was reading.

Anna is a teacher, she's a committed teacher who goes that extra mile for her pupils.
There is one pupil who has "issues" that Anna gets involved in. But this pupil has other ideas.
He wants more than Anna can give, but, does she know that?

The other couple in this story has an unconventional lifestyle. Sooner or later they get tangled up and interwoven in each other.

I found this a compulsive read, an eerie read. I also didn't have a hunge who was the culprit although some seemed a little too obvious. The author took me on a guessing game, a thrill of a ride that I thoroughly enjoyed and was reluctant to get off.

I can't wait for more.

My thanks to Aria for the chance to read this.
And via Net Galley.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Review: Baby dear

Baby dear Baby dear by Linda Huber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I took just two days to read this. Picking it up with every free available chance I got.
It's compulsive reading at its best. A topic that is clear and defined here when a couple tests come back who are trying for a baby and it's not happening.

Caro and Jeff.
Caro is aching for a baby of her own to love.
Jeff finds out his sperm count is almost non existent.

We oftentimes think of the women's Point of view, emotions and longings but hardly ever think of the mans.
This made me think.






It was a very unusual take on a man taking a child because of his shock into not being able to fulfil his 'duty' for his wife to become pregnant.

My take was how he become quite mentally unstable with his emotional justified thoughts only to himself.
Amazing

Of course parenting and producing babies do not just lay with the woman and this portrays how a man could actually feel as unbalanced as any female finding she could not become a mother naturally

Max
How I loved max
And Julie was the sweetest person while Caro.,,, well.., love or money vs life style. Caro was her own worst enemy.

I loved this book SO much
And have been your constant stalker since reading The cold cold sea.

I'm looking forward to my part in the blog tour

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy and to Linda Huber giving me such an outstanding read again.

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Review: Allie and Bea

Allie and Bea Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Catherine Ryan Hydes books, I find morals behind most of her stories or they leave me with something to think about once I've read the last page.

Bea is an older woman, she's kind of lead a sheltered life in some respects. Her husband dies and she's found herself very short of money. Her husband didn't plan for the future.

The little bit of money she had in the bank is no longer there. She's been caught up in a telephone scam.

Bea has no option but to take some precious belongings to a friends house, keep some for her needs and give up her home. Traveling as a homeless person in a van.

There begins an unusual relationship with Allie.
Bea is forced to stop for this 15 year old who is hitch hiking.

Allie herself has a story.

I just loved this story a great deal.
What kept going through my mind was " you can't teach an old dog new tricks" .....oh yes you can!

I would highly recommend this book if you love this authors previous books, you are going to be heartwarned by this one.

Thank you to Lake Union Publishing via Net Galley for my copy.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Review: One Mother's Journey: Creating My Family through In Vitro Fertilization

One Mother's Journey: Creating My Family through In Vitro Fertilization One Mother's Journey: Creating My Family through In Vitro Fertilization by Jennifer Prudenti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a wonderful aide to anyone going through, thinking of starting or friends and family who want to support a couple going through IVF treatment.

The minute details from the glossary that this couple learnt and researched that the hospitals don't inform you about.

The emotional stress and damage when you pay and it fails only for your need of paying for yet another round of treatment to reach your desire. Your need.

It's told openly and honestly.

There is nothing worse for a couple who want a baby to be told there is something wrong with the anatomy of one of the partners.

We sometimes fail to see that the urge to have a family is something males feel too. Focusing mostly on the female.

I saw a friend go through IVF so when I read the chapter on The Wait. The words I remembered echoed what this lady Prudenti started to explain.

Retrieving the nine eggs does not promise that all will be able to be fertilized. This is AFTER the numerous injections she had to go through even leading up to the retrieval.
Prudenti thought it was, so, she went to the beach with her friend feeling quite composed and hopeful. Whilst there she receives a call. They informed her of how many of the eggs had been fertilized. Only four.
Having assumed that all the eggs would fertilize it came as a huge eye opener to her.
Then she was told that there was no guarantee that they would make it to the transitional stage.

In writing the honest and informative account with no stone unturned makes this a vital asset to anyone considering IVF.
The hopes, the realities, the pitfalls the burdens.
And your relationship needs to survive the journey as do your strength, finance and commitment.

I was glad to receive this book in my post mail.

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Review: Pearls of Daily Life - Short Stories and Poems on Self-discovery

Pearls of Daily Life - Short Stories and Poems on Self-discovery Pearls of Daily Life - Short Stories and Poems on Self-discovery by Antonia Löschner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was asked if I would read these short stories and poems about self discovery. I was apprehensive as I usual read fiction apart from the odd books based on true stories and the odd autobiography.

In our busy lives nowadays and the hustle and bustle stressful lives we lead there is never enough time in a day to think about our own needs and we might get "lost" along the way.

The author is a DR. In sociology-cultural anthropology and a certified mediator who also works as a life coach for people who face difficulties in life changing transitions of any kind. She sure knows what she's talking about.

I loved the short stories the best.



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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Review: Should You Ask Me

Should You Ask Me Should You Ask Me by Marianne Kavanagh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although this is a slow moving story, it has to be this way due to the lovely Mary Holmes tale. A powerfully well written book that needs to be savoured.

It's 1944 on the Isle of Purbeck.
Human remains were found nearby which Mary has information of.

She wanders into the Police Station to tell her tale and to inform them of what she know.

The Officer left to write down her information is William.
William is suffering from his injuries that ended his army career.

This is not just about the mystery of the remains, although there is a huge story behind this of lies, deception and betrayal.
It's also about how Mary's revelations draw out Williams past.

At the end of it all, William needs to decide something vitally important. And Mary's past secrets are revealed.

This is such an evocative read I had to finish this in one sitting.

Mary's past and Williams present.
History and future.
What will William do.

My thanks to the publishers Hodder & Stoughton plus Rebecca Mundy for my copy.



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Monday, 8 May 2017

Review: Leopard at the Door

Leopard at the Door Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rachel is returning home to Kenya after being away for six years.
Her Mother died and she was sent to England.
She is 21 now.

Returning to Kenya was going to be exciting for Rachel, but, she soon learns that things have changed.
Kenya is now not a safe place.

We learn plenty about Rachel, her past, her present.
And we learn about Kenya.

There were many animal scenes that were quite graphic which I had to skip over as they were a little stomach churning for me.

A well told story.

My thanks to Penguin books UK via Net Galley for m copy and PA

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Review: The Girl Who Was Taken

The Girl Who Was Taken The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is written from the Medical POV within the Police force which makes this read outstanding.

From this authors book last year which I thoroughly enjoyed I made a note to watch for any subsequent books he may write this year of 2017.

This book has simply ingrained in me that I need to follow this author. The writing is superb.
It made me turn page after page working along to discover more and more about this plot.

I'm going to hold back rigidly in not portraying to anyone any more than what other reviewers have written or what's in the blurb because, quite simply, this is a book you need to pick up and devour yourself.

The fast pace this takes never dips. For me there was always something new being discovered.

For those who love this genre (and maybe for those that just enjoy a " good book") will love this authors style.

It wasn't until the very last chapter a light bulb went on in my head as to who the villain was, the one responsible.

I got to know Megan well, at first she was a complete stranger, but, when she started to recall things I endeared to her maturity in coping with what she learnt through hypnosis and at one time I thought the therapist wouldn't be able to bring her back to the preset time. That was unnerving.

I was so in a slump of reading before reading this book, it's really been a turning point for me.

An author to keep your eye on for sure.

My thanks to Kensington books via Net Galley for my copy

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Review: The Other Side

The Other Side The Other Side by Kaylor Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This deep and powerful story is told from two sides.

This couple have been married before. Both have hangups and baggage plus scars from their previous relationships.

One of the partners husband had an affair. This has left trust, emotional damage on the person left who was the victim, not to mention damage to someone's esteem.

The other partner was ate up over the not seeing his kids from his previous relationship.

Now these two unite and are a unite themselves. Will cracks appear?

They begin to live and start a new life. Nice quaint little place until........new neighbours move in then this plot speeds up no end.

The climax of this well written story sure is the apex. I was excited and startled at the end with m jaw dropping.

I can't wait to read more from this new author.



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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Review: The Lies Within

The Lies Within The Lies Within by Jane Isaac
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this series. And I love Will Jackman.
He's not your usual run of the mill hard cop. I've got to know him quite well.

He's trying to solve this particular case when there are 9 years separating this particular case that seems to have a connection with the past one.

It's a snappy fast paced read which I thoroughly took to heart and enjoyed.

I would like to thank Lucy PA for sending me an advanced copy as a gift. She knows I'm a huge fan of this authors books.


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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Review: Petals

Petals Petals by Laurisa White Reyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book far exceeded my expectations in as much as I didn't think it would hook me as much as it did.
Having never read any of this authors books before (and I usually read over 200+ per year) I think I will be continuing to look more into any other books she's published.

Here is a young woman that comes from parents who are of different race.
The father comes from Guatemalan and mum is white.
Her mother is dead and she's trying hard to come to terms with this.
I liked how the author moved us to and fro with the girls thoughts.

Her father wants to introduce her to his family so decides a trip is needed.

Guatemalan
She has to meet the extended family who she is reluctant to meet but not only that, why were they not close when her mother was alive?

Bit by bit her healing starts to happen.

It's beautifully woven that will suck you in with emotion.

I really enjoyed reading this.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Review: The Alcoholic's Daughter

The Alcoholic's Daughter The Alcoholic's Daughter by David Sherman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really tried with these one.
I don't hardly ever give up on a book because many times I've been proved wrong. But not this time.

There was repetitive narration. Really off putting.
The writing needed some attention to give some umph to this plot.

Thank you to the publishers for sending me a widget to read this though

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Review: Last Witness

Last Witness Last Witness by Carys Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm on the book tour for this one and I'm thrilled.
I read book 1 which was really good, so was happy to pick up book 2 and dive into it right away.

The first book was fast paced and kept my attention and juices going, I had high hopes for this one too.
I can honestly say that I throughly enjoyed getting into this one too.

It was great to catch up with the next revelation in this plot. The characters were the same and because of what I'd previously read it was easy to get engrossed.

Once you start this book, be prepared to get nothing else done.

My thanks to Aria via Net Galley for my early copy.



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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Review: Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell
My rating: 0 of 5 stars


I look forward to each and every book this author writes with anticipation as she never lets me down. I know I am in for a good read, a bumpy ride and a full head on collision.

This book in the series was of no exception for me.

One by one women are being taken. Who is this person who is using these girls to fulfill his fantasies?
We learn quite early on, however, it doesn't take anything from the storyline, infact, it enhances it.

Nathan is the father of Detective Ruby Preston child. There is still love and attraction there but Nathan is on the wrong side of the tracks.
Now he is the suspect in this crime.

Ruby is a detective who breaks rules and you see this many times, but she has huge respect from not only her team but her superior.

Not saying any more!

Its one that needs to be read and savoured.

My thanks to Bookoutour and Net Galley for my copy

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Review: Dead Letters

Dead Letters Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is marketed in the thriller genre, so I was expecting more excitement thank what I got.

It kicked off well enough with the twin girls and how they were named.
Then an email arriving to one of the twins informing the other twin that her sister was dead, so that got me interested.

But I have to be honest in saying that the book was a roller coaster ride for me in between loving it, then it dipping to where I lost a bit of interest
The book is written very well .

There was an element of 'thriller and intrigue' to it, but I did struggle in places but I kept with it, and I am so glad I did as the 'thriller' elements did released itself within the letters left behind by the dead twin sister.

Its a cat and mouse tale which does have a very good edge to it.

I would definitely read more by this author.

My thanks to Corvus for my copy

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