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Good Neighbours Mary Grand 5*#Review @authormaryg @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #boldwoodbloggers #psychological #suspense #friendship #neighbours #relationships #secrets #mystery #MurderMystery #GoodNeighbours #BlogTour #BookReview #IsleofWight #MondayBlogs

It was meant to be a safe place to start again… 

In need of an escape from her failing marriage, Nia agrees to house-sit her aunt’s cottage on the Isle of Wight. She feels sure the cosy close in a quaint harbour town will be a safe place to hide and figure out what to do next. 

But things are not all as they seem in the close, and the neighbours who welcome her with open arms, are keeping secrets. When Nia finds the body of one of her new friends lying on the beach, she feels sickeningly sure that the killer is dangerously near to home.

Who killed her friend and why did she have to die? And if Nia discovers the answers she’s looking for, is she next on their hit list? Good neighbours may become good friends, but they can also make deadly enemies…

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My Thoughts…

The sense of menace is evident at this novel’s inception and intensifies with each event in this psychological suspense set on the Isle of Wight. The Close residents initially appear friendly and open, but they all have secrets. Nia is housesitting for a favourite aunt seeking an escape from a controlling marriage. She feels safe in the nice close where she lives, but when someone dies, the accusations start, and the sense of danger is tangible.

It is soon apparent that Nia is initially an unreliable narrator. She is likeable, and her character develops realistically and satisfyingly, becoming more self-aware and sure of herself. Nia realises she has value and can see the truth, something that is necessary for her to move on and solve the murder of her new friend Ruby. Immersive and claustrophobic, this is addictive reading.

I like the vividly described island setting, the detailed characterisation and clever plotting that hides as much as it reveals until the satisfying conclusion.

Mary Grand

Mary Grand is the author of six novels and writes gripping, page-turning suspense, with a dark and often murderous underside. She grew up in Wales, was for many years a teacher of deaf children and now lives on the Isle of Wight where her new novel, Good Neighbours is set

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It Started With A Kiss Lisa Hobman 5*#Review @LisaJHobmanAuth @BoldwoodBooks #boldwoodbloggers #BlogTour #BookReview @rararesources #Love #Romance #Friendship #MondayBlogs @bookandtonic #Edinburgh #ItStartedWithAKiss

Can two strangers’ dreams lead to their destiny?


American Star Mendoza is living in her dream location, Edinburgh, a place she discovered in British novels while growing up.

Employed at a trendy city-centre coffee shop, quirky, pink-haired Star spends her days fantasising about a handsome businessman she serves daily.


He’s totally out of her league but a girl can dream, right?

Fin Hunter is exhausted from striving for his father’s elusive love and approval, and from following a life path of his family’s making.

When things go drastically wrong Fin decides it’s time to stand on his own two feet and follow his own dream.

Star is bereft when her handsome stranger stops coming to her coffee shop, but a chance encounter in the most unlikely of places leaves her wondering if her fantasy could now become a reality?

Can opposites attract over their love of a city and music or is their story simply doomed to fail?

Previously Published as ‘Star Attraction’

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My Thoughts…

Star and Fin are opposites. She works in a coffee shop and is a free spirit; he is a successful lawyer, yet when they meet, there is a spark, and as their story plays out, they discover more similarities than differences in the things that matter.

Excellent characterisation and world-building draw the reader into this lovely couple’s lives. They are flawed and relatable, and as their relationship deepens, they help each other become their true selves. The vibrant setting complements a story full of angst and love.

I like the story’s immersive qualities that invest the reader in Star and Fin’s lives and make what happens matter.

Lisa Hobman

Lisa Hobman has written many brilliantly reviewed women’s fiction titles – the first of which was shortlisted by the RNA for their debut novel award. In 2012 Lisa relocated her family from Yorkshire to a village in Scotland and this beautiful backdrop now inspires her uplifting and romantic stories. Her first title for Boldwood Dreaming Under an Island Skye was published in February 2021.

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What Next? Shari Low 5*#Review @sharilow @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #WhatNext #selfdiscovery #Romance #Friendship #secrets #bucketlist #Marriage #Relationships #BlogTour #BookReview #romcom #boldwoodbloggers

Two weeks, four friends and one big bucket list of secrets to unravel…

Val Murray and her best friend, Josie had been planning a ‘Thelma and Louise’ bucket list style holiday.
Now Josie is gone, and Val needs to make the trip before it’s too late.
But Val doesn’t want to do it alone, so she enlists the help of her nieces, Carly and Carole, and their best pal, Jess, who jump at the chance to join Val on a trip of a lifetime.
What Val doesn’t realise is that Carly, Carole and Jess are all at turning points in their own lives, nursing crushing secrets, lies and betrayals.
Somewhere between Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York they all hit a crossroads and have to decide if they want to return to the lives they left behind or let Josie’s last wishes take them on a brand new adventure.

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My Thoughts…

It’s clear from the heartwarming nature of this story that these characters are special to the author. I love the beautifully flawed quality of the characters that make them so relatable. Carly and her friends are off on a road trip with Aunty Val. This bucket list adventure has many surprises, but the strength of the friendship and familial connections are at its heart.

I love the characters, the often hilarious things that happen to them and the poignant moments that make it authentic. I enjoyed every moment, and I hope it won’t be their last adventure together.

Shari Low

Shari Low is the #1 bestselling author of over 25 novels, including One Day In Summer and My One Month Marriage and a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. She lives near Glasgow.

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Spring Tides At The Starfish Cafe Jessica Redland 5* #Review @JessicaRedland @BoldwoodBooks #BlogTour @rararesources #Romance #Friendship #Heartwarming #UpLit #Family #Relationships #Love #secrets #BookReview#boldwoodbloggers #WhitsboroughBay #cafe #SpringTidesAtTheStarfishCafe #bookandtonic

Welcome back to The Starfish Café – where you will find stunning views, delicious food and lifelong friendships.

A new season…
As winter turns to spring, Hollie – the owner of The Starfish Café – is feeling content as she settles into her new life with her loving boyfriend, Jake, and their adorable dog Pickle.
But when an unwelcome visitor threatens the future of her café, Hollie must stay strong to protect her family’s legacy…
A leap of faith…
Emerging from an unhappy relationship, Tori finds herself with nowhere to stay and nobody to talk to. The long-hidden secrets of her past weigh heavily on her until a chance encounter with Finley, struggling to come to terms with his own secrets, provides an opportunity to open up.
Can she find the strength to stop hiding from her past and face up to her family? Especially when that would mean letting her guard down and learning to trust again…
A fresh start…?
Little do Hollie and Tori know that their lives are about to collide at The Starfish Café and they may be able to help each other with a fresh start. After all, with good friends in your life, nothing is impossible…

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My Thoughts…

A springtime visit to the seaside is always welcome. Add in some believably created characters, a complex mix of emotion and drama and a welcoming cafe, and I’m in book heaven. The second story in the Starfish Cafe series continues from the first with many favourite regulars and some intriguing new faces.

I enjoyed finding out about Hollie and Jake’s relationships and their home life, which is relatable and uplifting to read. This story takes the reader on an emotional journey full of laughs, shocks and tears with new characters Tori and Finley, whose tentative friendship is a focus of this.

The authentically created setting makes the story stand out. It’s full of realistic details that bring it and the characters to life. It’s the perfect book to escape with for an hour or two.

Jessica Redland

Jessica Redland is the top 10 bestselling author of over thirteen novels, including The Secret to Happiness. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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Poison at the Village Show Catherine Coles 4* #Review @catherinecoles @BoldwoodBooks #boldwoodbloggers #BlogTour #BookReview @rararesources #PoisonattheVillageShow #cozymystery #historical #crimefiction #cosycrime #1940s #MarthaMillerMystery

With the war finally over the residents of Westleham village are trying to reclaim a sense of normality and the upcoming village show is proving to be a popular event!

Newcomer, Martha Miller, has high hopes for the village show. Since her husband Stan left for work one day and never returned, some of the villagers have treated Martha with suspicion – why would a good man like Stan simply up and leave? Was it something Martha did?

All Martha knows is that she’s hoping that she can win people over and hopefully they’ll buy her delicious homemade plum gin, too and she’ll be able to make ends meet.

But as glasses of Martha’s gin are passed around, disaster strikes. Alice Warren, Chairwoman of the village show slumps to the ground after taking a sip. It’s clear she’s been poisoned!

Martha is shocked, but not surprised when fingers of suspicion once again point her way. Determined to prove her innocence, Martha sets about trying to find the real culprit. But who would kill Alice and why?

Ably helped by the new vicar, Luke Walker, Martha quickly tries to get to the bottom of this mystery. But with the villagers closing ranks, it quickly becomes apparent that the only person with a motive is Martha herself…

Will Luke and Martha discover who is behind the poisoning before it’s too late?

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

My Thoughts…

Set in post world war two rural England, the first Martha Miller mystery has all the ingredients of a compelling cosy mystery. A gossipy village community, a mysterious disappearance, a murder, and a likeable and intelligent amateur sleuth. Martha is already the subject of village conjecture when her husband leaves for work one day and doesn’t return. Some villagers believe she was lacking as a wife, some believe something sinister is afoot, and Martha is the instigator. So the chance to help with the village show an opportunity to enjoy everyday village life after the war is taken eagerly by Martha, but things do not go to plan.

Finding herself the subject of villagers’ insinuations once again, Martha sets out to find out who wanted to kill the head of the Village show committee and why? Helped by her sister and the attractive, kind new vicar, the mystery unfolds with numerous suspects.

In a character-driven mystery, the reader gets to know Martha and her friends, and they are likeable and relatable characters. The investigation into the murder is engaging, and the broader puzzle of Martha’s husband’s disappearance draws the reader into Martha’s world.

The well-described postwar rural setting makes it easy to visualise the characters and the village. This book is a promising start to the Martha Miller Mystery series.

Catherine Coles

The daughter of a military father, Catherine was born in Germany and lived most of the first 14 years of her life abroad. She spent her school years devouring everything her school library had to offer! Catherine writes cosy mysteries that take place in the English countryside. Her extremely popular Tommy & Evelyn Christie mysteries are set in 1920s North Yorkshire. Catherine lives in northeast England with her two spoiled dogs who have no idea they are not human!

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One Greek Summer Kate Frost 5*#Review @katefrostauthor @BoldwoodBooks #BoldwoodBloggers @rararesources #BlogTour #BookReview #Romance #RomCom #Greece #Summer #OneGreekSummer #Family #Secrets

Taking a chance on love is just the beginning…

When Harlow Sands arrives on an idyllic Greek island to work on a big-budget movie, it should be the opportunity of a lifetime. But her uncertainty over the direction of her life and the high expectations of Maeve Fennimore-Bell, her domineering Hollywood producer mum, threatens to ruin her summer on beautiful Skopelos

Location manager Tyler Reed has his fair share of demons. His and Harlow’s lives have been entwined for over a decade and now forced to work together, their complicated past begins to unravel.

Harlow is desperate to break free and make her own way in the world, but with a fractured family, a long-hidden secret and a need to belong, can her happy-ever-after be found during one Greek summer?

Escape to the beautiful Greek isles with bestseller Kate Frost for the perfect uplifting, feel-good romantic read.

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

My Thoughts…

Set on the picturesque Greek island of Skopelos, this is a romantic story with hidden depths. Harlow has a problematic relationship with her film producer mother, Maeve, forced into the assistant location manager role, epitomising their controlling relationship. Working for Tyler, the location manager, is also problematic as they have known each other for many years in a poorly defined relationship that is more toxic than therapeutic. Meeting the aptly named Adonis is surprisingly intriguing for Harlow, and it makes her take a deep look at her life and its direction.

The island is brought to vibrant life and allows the reader to escape. The plot is simple but explores contemporary issues through the characters. The romance is full of chemistry but gentle, and the film location setting and romantic conclusion make this a satisfying and uplifting read.

Kate Frost

Kate Frost is the author of several bestselling romantic escape novels including The
Greek Heart and The Love Island Bookshop. She lives in Bristol and is the Director of
Storytale Festival, a book festival for children and teens she co-founded in 2019.

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Confetti Over Bluebell Cliff Della Galton 5*#Review @DellaGalton @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #Family #Romance #selfimage #Friendship #BlogTour #BookReview #boldwoodbloggers #ConfettiOverBluebellCliff

Art dealer Ruby Lambert is on a mission to lose her baby weight ahead of her sister Olivia’s wedding in 6 months’ time. To add fuel to the fire, Ruby has also been ‘honoured’ with the unenviable task of being Head Bridesmaid. So determined not to let Olivia down, she signs up to a swanky new diet & fitness club, The Bluebell Booty Busters.
Uncertain of what to expect Ruby meets Harry Small, a wealthy local businessman who ‘joins’ Booty Busters, after pressure from his wife, who’s worried about his health and growing waistline.
Ruby and Harry soon team up as diet buddies, supporting each other through their dieting crises. But something seems amiss at Booty Busters when they both discover that if it looks too good to be true; it probably is….
Will Ruby and Harry ever reach their targets?
And will Ruby do her sister proud and be the Belle of the Ball?

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

My Thoughts…

This story has an original theme explored through believable characters, which engender the reader’s empathy. A slow-burn romance is at its heart, but it also explores themes of self-esteem, body image, controlling relationships and friendship.

Ruby is looking forward to being a bridesmaid for her sister’s wedding, but she would like to look good in the wedding photographs. Joining a new diet and fitness group at the local hotel is the perfect opportunity. She meets some interesting people there, including Harry, the only man there also wanting to lose weight but his reasons for doing so are more complex and darker.

Told from Ruby and Harry’s viewpoints, this is their story that begins with camaraderie and develops into something more. Characters from previous books in the series feature too, which is great for those familiar with the Bluebell Cliff hotel, but if not, it’s a perfect place to start the series.

Mr B, the arrogant chef fond of playing practical jokes on others, is on form in this book, but this is a lovely escapist read. It’s easy to become immersed in the character’s life in this idyllic setting.

Della Galton

Della Galton is the author of many books, including Ice and a Slice.  She writes short stories, teaches writing groups and is Agony Aunt for Writers Forum Magazine.  She lives in Dorset. Della’s new fiction series launched with Sunshine Over Bluebell Cliff in May 2020.

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A Cottage Full of Secrets Jane Lovering 5*#Review @janelovering @BoldwoodBooks #friendship #romance #relationships #healing #secrets #selfbelief #Cottage #NorthYorkshire @rararesources #boldwoodbloggers #ACottageFullofSecrets

Cottage Two, Bracken Ridge Farm sits at the end of a pitted track, with the glorious Yorkshire moors stretching behind it. 

Just a simple two up, two down, the cottage holds the promise of a new start for two very different women, but it is also full of secrets. 

Fifty years ago, newly-wed Stella is relishing making the little cottage a happy home. But for all the lovingly handmade curtains, and the hot dinners ready on the table for her husband, Stella’s dreams of married life jar painfully with the truth.

Fifty years later, the cottage is a new beginning for Tamzin. Determined to get away from her previous life, she makes the move to the wild and vast Yorkshire countryside. 

When Tamzin finds a sepia photo of a woman, Stella, standing in the cottage’s garden, there’s a sadness in her eyes that Tamzin recognises.  As the cottage reveals more of its secrets, Tamzin is desperate to find out whether Stella got her happy ending.  And as she gradually makes new friends, and starts to win over her mysterious neighbour Euan, Tamzin dares to dream about her own happy ending too… 

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My Thoughts…

Stella, in 1973 is packing the leave the cottage she loves. Nearly fifty years later, Tamzin arrives at the same place to start a new life. Two women generations apart but with more in common than is immediately apparent.

The story is set in North Yorkshire and filled with descriptions of picturesque scenery and vibrant wildlife. It’s the characters that make this story so engaging. Tamzin running from her former life, is wary of others and is determined to live her life as she wants to. Euan lives in the neighbouring cottage. His unfriendliness masks a host of secrets that the story reveals. Jill is the person who helps Tamzin construct a run for her orphaned fox, but she is more critical as emotional support for both Euan and Tamzin and is a lovely character.

The developing friendships, healing and humour keep you turning the pages. The mystery surrounding Stella is heartbreaking, but thankfully Tamzin and Euan’s stories conclude in a hopeful way. I love the growing friendships, gentle romance and Euan and Tamzin’s emotional recovery facilitated by the cottage and the natural way of life. There are many sad moments, but ultimately it is uplifting.

Jane Lovering is the bestselling and award-winning romantic comedy writer who won the RNA Novel of the Year Award in 2012 with Please Don’t Stop the Music. She lives in Yorkshire and has a cat and a bonkers terrier, as well as five children who have now left home. 

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Wishing Under a Starlit Skye Lisa Hobman 5*#Review @LisaJHobmanAuth @BoldwoodBooks #boldwoodbloggers #BlogTour #BookReview @rararesources #Skye #parenting #Dating #Love #Romance #Friendship #MondayBlogs @bookandtonic

Glentorrin bakery owner, and lone parent, Caitlin Fraser, is single and finally ready to mingle.
With her daughter, Grace, about to become a teenager, and her friends all settling down, Caitlin decides she deserves a shot at happiness too.
Resisting the pull of dating apps, Caitlin embarks upon a series of disastrous singles events where she bumps into fellow villager, and astronomy buff, Archie Sutherland, who is nursing his own past secrets.
When Grace’s best friend’s father, handsome Lyle Budge, asks Caitlin to dinner, things progress quickly and she has a taste of what their future as a family could be, much to both their daughters’ delight! But when Archie makes a shocking discovery, and he turns to Caitlin for help, she soon discovers Lyle isn’t the sharing type, meaning prickly ultimatums loom for everyone.
Will wishing upon the stars over Glentorrin help Caitlin to figure out her way forward? Or is her hunt for romance like a once in a lifetime comet, easily missed in the blink of an eye?

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

My Thoughts…

This is another emotional story set in Skye. The story focuses on Caitlin, a single mother who has invested her life in Grace, her daughter. Deciding she would like to start dating now her daughter is almost a teenager leads to many humorous and poignant moments in this engaging story.

Believably flawed characters and realistic friendship dynamics draw the reader into Glentorrin’s community and become invested in their lives. The location is vividly described and integral to the story.

The ending is romantic and heartwarming.

Lisa Hobman

Lisa Hobman has written many brilliantly reviewed women’s fiction titles – the first of which was shortlisted by the RNA for their debut novel award. In 2012 Lisa relocated her family from Yorkshire to a village in Scotland and this beautiful backdrop now inspires her uplifting and romantic stories. Her first title for Boldwood Dreaming Under an Island Skye was published in February 2021.

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A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow Jessica Redland 5* #Review @JessicaRedland @BoldwoodBooks #BlogTour @rararesources#Friendship #UpLit #Secrets #FamilyDrama #Wedding #Relationships #BookReview #boldwoodbloggers #AWeddingatHedgehogHollow

It’s time for the wedding we’ve all been waiting for…

Life at Hedgehog Hollow is never dull, although Samantha hopes that the new year ahead will be a little less chaotic as she prepares to marry the love of her life, Josh. But disaster strikes when she checks the rescue centre’s bank account after the festive season and discovers it has been emptied. Who would do such a thing, and why? With the future of Hedgehog Hollow now in jeopardy, planning a wedding has lost its shine.

Phoebe is desperate to escape the shadow of her family, infamously known for their attacks on Samantha’s beloved rescue centre. Could the kindness of the Hedgehog Hollow team be the chance she needs for a fresh start, or will her family’s secrets continue to drag her back?

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My Thoughts…

This warm, uplifting read sensitively explores themes of abuse and violence. It takes you on an emotional rollercoaster of highs and lows. Told from dual viewpoints, we learn what’s happening in Samantha’s life and Phoebe’s heartbreaking secrets. There are lots of heartwarming hedgehog stories that define this story. Family life for Samantha and Joshua is never dull. There are more developments of past themes in this book.

This believable, emotional story is full of humour, poignancy and romance with characters that immerse you in their lives.

Jessica Redland

Jessica Redland is the top 10 bestselling author of over thirteen novels, including The Secret to Happiness. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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