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To Love and Be Loved Amanda Prowse 5*#Review @MrsAmandaProwse @AmazonPub #LakeUnionPress #Love #forgivness #secrets #loss #grief #comingofage @KellyALacey @igbooktours #LoveBooksTours @lovebookstours #ToLoveandBeLoved #BlogTour #BookReview

In this life-affirming tale from bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one woman built a new life to escape her humiliation. Now, can she put the shame behind her and finally find happiness?

Young and desperately in love, Merrin had the whole world ahead of her. But just as her new life was about to start, the ground beneath her feet was cruelly swept away. Devastated by the humiliation, she ran far away from the beloved fishing village she had always called home to lick her wounds and escape her gossiping friends and neighbours.

It hasn’t been easy, but six years later Merrin has forged a new life for herself far from the sea, burying the impulsive girl she once was. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to return to the village she swore she’d never set foot in again.

Reluctantly back in the arms of her community, Merrin begins to realise what she’s been missing out on all these years. As she begins to remember the person she used to be, she is forced to make choices about her future, and to question the past. What does she want from her life? Who is important to her? Who is to blame for everything that went wrong? And can she forgive them, let old wounds heal and finally be her true self again?

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I received a copy of this book from the author via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This story is an emotional insight into family life, friendships, loss, and love in a Cornish fishing village. Merrin is in love, but she runs away from her family, friends, and the fishing village she loves when it goes wrong. The story charts her gradual healing. Merrin returns home after a tragic loss that makes her examine who she is, as she comes to terms with the past and defines the life she wants.

The sense of community and family is strong, the characters vibrant, and the conflicts believable. The lyrical writing is immersive, and the vivid characterisation invests the reader in Merrin and the excellent supporting characters’ lives. It’s an addictive read about ordinary people.

Amanda Prowse

Amanda Prowse is an international bestselling author of twenty-eight novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart-topping titles What Have I Done? Perfect Daughter, My Husband’s Wife, The Coordinates of Loss, The Girl in the Corner and The Things I Know have sold millions of copies around the world. Other novels by Amanda Prowse include A Mother’s Story, which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year Award. Perfect Daughter was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016.

She has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘the queen of family drama’. Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today. Her titles consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine show, as well as featuring on numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on national and independent radio stations, including LBC and talkRADIO, where she is well known for her insightful observations and infectious humour.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning off the bedside lamp at night, that ensure you walk every step with her great characters and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

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The Life You Left Behind Debbie Howells 4* #Review @debbie__howells @BoldwoodBooks #boldwoodbloggers #TheLifeYouLeftBehind #MentalHealth #love #life #relationships #loss #grief #BookReview #MondayBlogs @rararesources

Two strangers.

One missed flight.

It only takes a moment to change a life.

One year ago Casey Cassidy was happy. She had great friends, a wonderful teaching job and a busy life – until with one missed flight, everything changes.

One year later Casey knows what it means to find that once-in-a-lifetime love people dream of. But when Ben leaves, her heart is shattered.

Left facing a year of firsts without him, piecing her life back together seems impossible. But then a friend offers her a home in rural France.

In the solitude and emptiness, Casey needs to come to terms with what’s happened and find a way to move forward. She has no idea where that will take her one year later…

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I received a copy of this book from Avon Books UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This story explores a spectrum of human emotions and experiences. It begins with a serendipitous meeting and ends with positivity, but it is the journey that keeps the reader turning the pages. Casey meets Ben by chance, and their physical attraction quickly followed by emotional commitment seems like the perfect relationship. Told in dual timelines of past(before) and present(after), we experience a beautiful love affair and a tragedy. Mental health issues are at the root of this story, and at times it is heartbreaking to read.

Not an escapist uplit read, the author sensitively highlights how mental health issues are devastating as a severe physical illness to the sufferer and those who care for them. It is an emotional and resonating read.

While working as long-haul cabin crew in her twenties, Debbie trained as a pilot and qualified as a flying instructor. But as the mother of two small children, she wanted a career she could fit around them and started a wedding flower business, Country Flowers. For thirteen years, Debbie created the natural, seasonal designs she became known for to venues throughout the South East.


It was towards the end of this time she started writing, in a notebook in the shade of her garden on her days off, self-publishing three women’s fiction novels, the third of which, Wildflowers, almost but not quite found her a literary agent.

Pursuing her dream of a traditional publishing deal, she went on to write her first psychological thriller, the Sunday Times bestseller, The Bones of You. Four more have followed including the e-book bestseller The Vow, but it’s another long-awaited dream come true that her women’s fiction novels have now found a home with Boldwood.

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Posted in Book Review, Crime, Detective, New Books, Psychologist

The Midnight Killing Sharon Dempsey 4*#Review @svjdempz @AvonBooksUK #BookReview #CrimeFiction #Ireland #TheMidnightKilling

She’d cycled this way hundreds of times before, every twist and turn familiar. She didn’t know this would be the last. 

When the body of local architect James McCallum is found hanging in the grounds of his former school one cold, dark night, DI Danny Stowe and forensic psychologist Rose Lainey suspect foul play behind his apparent suicide.

To their astonishment, the trail leads to a 20-year-old cold case of a missing girl and a teenage party. But what was James’ fascination with the case, and how is it linked to his death?

Secrets don’t stay buried forever – but the real killer will stop at nothing to hide theirs

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I received a copy of this book from Avon Books UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

The second book featuring DI Danny Stowe and psychologist Rose Lainey set in the north of Ireland, explores a suspicious death. Close-knit teenage friendships, financial difficulties and marriage stress are all possible clues, but there is an unexpected twist that makes this complex police procedural take a distinctly noir turn.

The Northern Irish setting is vibrant, and both Danny and Rose’s pasts are an integral part of the plot. The investigation is detailed, and the police team have a believable dynamic. Vivid characters, a distinctive setting and a poignant, twisty plot make this compelling crime fiction.

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A Scottish Highland Surprise Julie Shackman #CoverReveal @G13Julie @0neMoreChapter_ @rararesources #AScottishHighlandSurprise

Discover the secrets and surprises that the scenic Scottish town of Briar Glen has to offer…

When wedding planner Sophie Harkness refuses to move a friend’s wedding to accommodate a spoilt bridezilla, she finds herself out of a job. That is until she discovers her late grandma has purchased a local shop for her in the pretty Scottish town of Briar Glen.

Surprised and delighted, Sophie opens her own porcelain shop in honour of her grandmother. But when an unusual tea set is left with Sophie, along with a mysterious letter, she can’t help but be intrigued by the story behind the antique.

And when the handsome but aloof art critic Xander North comes knocking on her door, Sophie is about to find out the true colourful past of her latest treasure.

The perfect feel-good romance.

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Publication Date: 22nd April 

Julie Shackman is a former journalist from Scotland, who has always wanted to write feel-good romance. As well as being an author, Julie also writes verses and captions for greetings card companies. Julie admits to having an obsession with stationery and handbags. She is married, has two sons and a Romanian rescue pup, who she named Cooper. A Scottish Highland Surprise is Julie’s sixth novel.

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Posted in Book Review, Cozy Mystery, Crime, Friendship, Murder Mystery, Mystery, New Books

A Death at Silversmith Bay Emma Jameson 4*#Review @bookouture @msemmajameson #MurderMystery #JemimaJagoMystery #Mystery #IslesofScilly #BookReview #Cornwall #ADeathatSilversmithBay #cosymystery

Librarian Jemima Jago can’t resist a whodunnit, but finding a body in a bookshop is a plot twist she could never have expected…

Jem Jago is back at work with her antique books, and spending her weekends exploring her new home—the windswept Isles of Scilly—in her little sailboat, Bellatrix. She’s really starting to settle into island life. Unfortunately, murder in the Scillies is not as rare as some of her manuscripts…

On a trip out to picturesque Penzance with best friend Micki, the pair stumble across an intriguing mystery, not of the fictional kind. In Tatteredly’s second-hand bookstore, they discover the body of beautiful Gina Marrak, Micki’s former sister-in-law.

Jem can’t bear to see Micki so distraught, and with the hapless Detective Conrad in charge of the inquiry, she must do some sleuthing of her own to find out the truth. As she convinces Gina’s so-called friends to talk, Jem learns she wasn’t actually well-liked in her little corner of Penzance. Did the jilted lover, the pretentious pub landlord or the rowdy real estate agent bump off poor Gina?

Poking around the scene of the crime, Jem finds an unusual book that leads her down an unlikely path. But can Jem get to the bottom of the mystery before the terrible tale comes to an end for her too?

A fun, cozy page-turner filled with mystery and intrigue, from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emma Jameson.

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I received a copy of this book from Bookouture via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Jemima Jago’s life is often complex and none more so than when she returns to Penzance. Not just juggling her career and home life, she has an unexpected houseguest and makes a gruesome discovery. Jemima is the quirky amateur sleuth that defines the cosy mystery genre. She has family drama, mysteries to unravel, and romantic entanglements and still manages to solve the crime ahead of the police.

If you are a fan of Cornish life, fun sleuthing and a host of unique characters, this cosy mystery is worth a read.

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In Harm’s Way Anthony Mosawi 4*#Review @MichaelJBooks @PenguinUKBooks #BookReview #Political #spy #thriller #supernatural #suspense #InHarmsWay

SHE CAN SEE WHAT’S COMING . . . BUT CAN SHE STOP IT?

YOU DON’T TRUST HER . . .

As the head of GCHQ, Robert Watermen is trained to seek out threats – before they become dangerous. He trusts data and numbers, not people. So when he meets Sara Eden, he doesn’t know what to think.

BUT YOU NEED HER . . .

She’s not an agent. But she knows things that not even his most powerful computer systems do. And she can predict events that no one else can see coming.

THE FUTURE DEPENDS ON HER . . .

When terror strikes the capital, Robert faces a choice. Trust his instincts? Or put the fate of countless lives in the hands of a stranger . . .

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I received a copy of this book from Penguin UK – Michael Joseph Publishing via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

A balance of political suspense, high octane intelligence thriller, and the supernatural draw the reader into a world of power, secrets and terror. My second encounter with Sara Eden finds her in the auspices of Robert Waterman, head of GCHQ and former protege of Salt. With contemporary terrorist themes, Sara has a personal agenda, but her unique psychic skills make her invaluable. The action is fast-paced and balanced with mystery and poignancy. The themes are not new, but Sara, Waterman and MI5 operative Ritz are complex characters with a believable dynamic, making this an addictive read.

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A Laird for the Governess Catherine Tinley 5* #Review @CatherineTinley @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #MillsandBoonHistorical #Hebrides #HarlequinHistorical #HistoricalFiction #ALairdfortheGoverness #HistoricalRomance

A penniless governess

And the dour Laird of Ardmore

Lydia Farnham must travel to a remote Scottish island to work for widower Alasdair MacDonald, who doesn’t trust her or her unconventional teaching methods! Yet as his daughter flourishes, so, too, does the intense connection between Lydia and Alasdair. Only she should know better than to fall for the handsome laird when it could leave her without a job, or a home…

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

The first book in the Lairds of the Isles series is an insightful romantic tale that highlights the plight of women in early nineteenth-century society through its engaging storytelling and complex characters.

Lydia’s life as a governess is unpredictable and unsafe due to various evil men. The chance to escape to a remote destination instantly appeals, but everything is different, even the language. She wonders how safe she will be on the remote isle with the uncompromising Laird.

The attraction is instant and unwelcome for both of them, but as they get to know each other in the close-knit castle community, they form a tentative friendship. Lydia and Alasdair’s bond strengthened through Laird’s daughter, a lovely character, and tragic events.

The gentle romance and sense of community make this an engaging and uplifting romantic read.

Catherine Tinley

Catherine Tinley is an award-winning author of historical romance. She writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Her first book, Waltzing with the Earl, won the Rita Award for Best Historical Romance 2018, while Rags-to-Riches Wife won the RoNA Award for Best Historical Romance 2021. She has loved reading and writing since childhood and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, Sure Start, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cats, and dog. 

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Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, New Books, Saga

The Cornish Captive Nicola Pryce 5*#Review @NPryce_Author @CorvusBooks #BlogTour #BookReview @rararesources #secrets #lies #friendship #historicalromance #HistoricalFiction #Saga #histfic #Cornwall #1800s #TheCornishCaptive

The sixth novel in a stunning series set in eighteenth-century Cornwall, perfect for fans of Bridgerton

Cornwall, 1800.
Imprisoned on false pretences, Madeleine Pelligrew, former mistress of Pendenning Hall, has spent the last 14 years shuttled between increasingly destitute and decrepit madhouses. When a strange man appears out of the blue to release her, she can’t quite believe that her freedom comes without a price. Hiding her identity, Madeleine determines to discover the truth about what happened all those years ago.


Unsure who to trust and alone in the world, Madeleine strikes a tentative friendship with a French prisoner on parole, Captain Pierre de la Croix. But as she learns more about the reasons behind her imprisonment, and about those who schemed to hide her away for so long, she starts to wonder if Pierre is in fact the man he says he is. As Madeleine’s past collides with her present, can she find the strength to follow her heart, no matter the personal cost?

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I received a copy of this book from Corvus Books in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

I was drawn in from the first page of this authentic historical fiction set in 1800 Cornwall. There are lots of characters, but if, like me, this is your first time reading a book in the Cornish Saga, a comprehensive list of characters is at the beginning of the book.

Full of historical detail and cleverly crafted characters, this is a compelling romantic saga of one woman’s captivity, liberation and quest for justice. The vivid sensory imagery brings the setting to life. The story shows how few rights women had in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and how vulnerable they were to abuse and loss of liberty.

Friendship, mystery and poignancy make this an engaging and, at times, heartbreaking story to read. Gentle romance riven with conflict, lies and secrets makes you empathise with Madeleine and Pierre.

The ending is climactic and satisfying.

Nicola Pryce trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. She has always loved literature and completed an Open University degree in Humanities. She is a qualified adult literacy support volunteer and lives with her husband in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset. Together they sail the south coast of Cornwall in search of adventure.

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The Interview C.M.Ewan 5*#Review @chrisewan @panmacmillan #TheInterview @RandomTTours #BookReview #BlogTour #PsychologicalThriller #PsychSuspense #Thriller #CrimeFiction

It’s 5 p.m. on a Friday.
You have been called to an interview for your dream job.
In a stunning office thirteen floors above the city below, you are all alone with the man interviewing you.
Everyone else has gone home for the weekend.
The interview gets more and more disturbing.
You’re feeling scared.
Your only way out is to answer a seemingly impossible question.
If you can’t . . . what happens next?

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I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillan in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

The Interview is a compelling and intense thriller. There is a balance of action, some violent and psychological suspense that keeps the reader riveted. A young woman goes for an interview at a prestigious PR company in their ultra-modern offices. She is nervous, and it’s clear from the start she is anxious about the interview and if she is ready to do the job if she gets it. The building is only partly occupied and very high-tech. The setting is integral to the story.

There are only a few characters, but they are all impactful. The plot is twisty but believable and explores contemporary themes. The conclusion is adrenaline-fueled, poignant and satisfying.

C.M, Ewan

C M Ewan is a pseudonym for Chris Ewan, the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of many mystery and thriller novels. Chris’s first standalone thriller, Safe House was a bestseller in the UK and was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. He is also the author of thrillers A Window Breaks, Dead Line, Dark Tides and Long Time Lost, as well as The Good Thief’s Guide series of mystery novels. The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award and has been published in thirteen countries.

Chris lives with his wife and two children in Somerset, where he writes full time.

Posted in Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Friendship, New Books

Brown Eyes Frances Ive 4*#Review @healthysouluk @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #family #friendship #marriage #dog #BrownEyes

A watchful eye as a marriage falls apart. The phone call, the rows, and the split are all observed by the family Labrador. He knows the habits and senses the moods of his beloved family members. Seeing them unhappy and hurting each other is unbearable. Where did his perfect life go?

With her marriage to Phil in crisis, two children at the challenging teenage stage, and a close friend in peril, Meriel’s world is falling apart. She finds solace in the arms of another man, but is this the answer for her? It is her stubbornness that threatens the family’s future together until a major loss has a life-changing effect on her. A sliver of hope returns.

Like a fly on the wall, Benji the dog sees it all.

Narrated by both the dog and Meriel, Brown Eyes is a novella (a short read) written by the author of Finding Jo and Give and Take with a Capital G & T.

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My Thoughts…

Family life and relationships seen through the eyes of the family dog, Benji the Labrador, is a unique and insightful view of discord, friendship and marriage. Dual viewpoints from the dog and the woman whose marriage breaks down give the reader an emotional and intense idea of life within the family setting.

The dog’s viewpoint is an engaging mix of humour and poignancy, and anyone who has lived with a dog will recognise the behaviour. There is lots of detail in this story, but you empathise with the characters, especially Benji, and want them to work out their problems.

I liked the dog’s perspective best, but all the characters resonate.

A career as a journalist/PR led to health writing for UK nationals newspapers and consumer mags. Out of the blue I was inspired to write my first novel, Finding Jo, which I self-published in January 2021. Brown Eyes is my 2nd novel, written a few years ago. It was inspired by our black Labrador Benji. Before Finding Jo, I previously had only non-fiction books published, including One Step Ahead of Osteoarthritis (2019), a positive approach to staying mobile.

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