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5* Review- Sue Fortin -The Half Truth -#SummerImpulse

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Every marriage has its secrets…

Tina Bolotnikov, widowed after her husband, Sasha, is killed in a car accident, relocates back to her hometown on the south coast of the UK, to bring up her young son. Her life back in London with her adored husband is now nothing but a memory; a history to pass onto her son.

DS John Nightingale saw his partner killed in the line of duty and has made it his personal and professional quest to bring to justice the Russian gang responsible. Five years on and the killer is still free but as reports come in of Sasha Bolotnikov’s brother returning to the UK, John is tasked with tracking him down and following him to the seaside town of Littlehampton.

Tina finds herself an unwitting connection to a world she knew nothing about. She thought she knew her husband. She thought their past was the truth. But now as the investigation draws her closer to DS Nightingale, professional lines are blurred and crossed, and only he holds the key to her future.

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The Half TruthSuspenseful and sinister from the first page, this crime orientated, romantic suspense draws you into a world of organised crime and the dedicated police squads that track them down.
Five years after her Russian husband, Sasha, died in a an accident Tina is rebuilding her shattered life, her young son Dimitri, who her husband never saw, is her reason for getting up in the morning, She is determined he won’t miss not having a dad.
John Nightingale is still guilt ridden by his partner’s death. The chance to capture his murderer means invading Tina’s life and possibly destroying it again but he owes it to his partner doesn’t he?
Both Tina and John are strong characters, he appears in Tina’s life at a time when she is ready to consider moving on, but there is a strong conflict of interest, which makes any future for the couple unlikely.
The plot is realistic and the characters’ reactions believable. Tina and John wrestle with their consciences and realise life is all about shades, rather than stark right or wrong. Angst and emotional soul searching contrasts with adrenalin filled action scenes.
This story is easy reading but it will provoke your emotions right up to the end.

The Half Truth by Sue Fortin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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#Summer Impulse – Readathon – Harper Impulse

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 This week I’m participating in the Harper Impulse readathon #SummerImpulse.

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The first of my reads was ‘The Reckless Love of an Heir’ by Jane Lark, I love her books, they delve into the less glamorous side of Regency England and whilst this story was more family orientated it still had its serious side and was a great read..

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 5* Review The Reckless Love of an Heir

 In my #summerImpulse graphic I’ve also included books I’ve already read this summer from Harper Impulse,if you follow my blog you will have already read my reviews but if not the links are below:

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The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea – Jane Linfoot

Summer at the Comfort  Food Cafe – Debbie Johnson

A Family Holiday – Bella Osborne

One Last Summer at Hideaway Ba y – Zoe Cook

Escape to the Riviera – Jules Wakes

The Girl Who Lied – Sue Fortin

Found One Secret Baby – Nancy  Holland

Put It Out There – D.R. Graham

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I’ve included a couple older books from authors I like that I  haven’t got around to reading and  a debut book from a new author, released on 19 August. I will post the reviews for these later in the week.

Happy Reading #Summerlmpulse

 

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I’m Keeping You – Jane Lark – Blog Tour – 5* Review

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Today I have Jane Lark on my blog talking about top tips for romantic dates in New York, as part of her ‘I’m Keeping You’ blog tour. I’ve enjoyed reading the books in the ‘ Starting Out’ series. If it’s new to you, here are my reviews of previous books in the series. Click on the image to read my review.

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 The sequel to the US bestselling NA romance, I Found You.

The sun was warm on my hair and face. The river looked cool and inviting. I felt superhuman. I was the best mom in the world…

I’ve faced many demons in my life, but my bipolar brain is the enemy inside me. Even my fairytale knight in shining armour, my husband, Jason, cannot always be there to save me from myself – and since the day I walked into a river with our precious baby son, Saint, our relationship has changed, no matter what he tells me.

Now we risk losing our innocent boy again, but this time to his biological father, my sleazy ex, Declan. So I’m going to New York to fight for my family, but I’m scared because I have to fight myself too. I ran away from my life in New York it feels like going back could ruin everything but if I don’t go we might lose Saint. I can’t lose Saint…or Jason…

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Jason’s and Rachel’s top tips for a romantic date in New York

Underneath the Dumbo end of Manhattan Bridge is a small park with a gravel beech where you can get down close the water, and if you have kids there’s a fairground ride around the corner, it’s a place they’ll take Saint to later, and at sunset a place for a quieter more romantic atmosphere, it’s really quiet there compared to the main Brooklyn Bridge Park.

A date night dinner at Clark’s Diner/Restaurant opposite the exit from the Clark St Subway stop in Brooklyn. They serve amazing fried chicken and waffles and at amazing prices too 😉

Prospect Park a less tourist filled escape from the New York traffic than Central Park, but it has its own Zoo, and a period house, with lovely quiet romantic walks about a lake where you can be serenaded by buskers whose music echoes back from under the arches of the wide stone bridges.

A trip to Coney Island ‘the playground of the world’ – ‘down by the boardwalk’. How fabulous to be able to have a day on the beach and dip your toes in the ocean on the edge of a capital city and to ride the rollercoasters and play old fashioned fairground games, as well as getting your fortune told by Zoltar.

For a hotter night out, The Ravel Hotel, restaurant and nightclub, Penthouse808, with awesome views of the heart of New York, great cocktails, try a Blueberry Mojito, and music.

BoHo Karaoke Orchard, Manhattan, because as we all know from the first book in the series, I Found You, Rachel loves a bit of Karaoke when she’s high and Jason has become a convert and caught ahold of her excitement.

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Rachel and Jason love each other but living the dream is harder than dreaming the dream. Their relationship undergoes some severe tests, as they battle for the custody of Saint and come to terms with the reality of living with mental illness.

The dual points of view give a realistic insight into Rachel and Jason’s raw emotions, as they fight their own fears and an outside force that threatens their family unit. The plot is simple but the characters are complex and if you empathised with Rachel and Jason in ‘I Found You’, you will be firmly in their corner for this book.

Sensual, shocking and sleek, this story pulls you in with its angst and holds your attention with its believable characters and plot until the last word.

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

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Photo - Jane LarkJane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult romance and author of a No.1 bestselling Historical Novel,’The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’, as well as a Kindle overall top 25, bestselling author in the United States of America.

She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.

When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write.

Now Jane is writing a Regency series as well as contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations at last.

You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’ a story crafted from reality.

Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses these to create more realistic plots.

‘Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it’s wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.’

Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.

 

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4* Review: While I Was Waiting – Georgia Hill

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June 1963, Clematis Cottage, Stoke St. Mary, Herefordshire

I am really not sure why I am writing this. A foolish whim by a foolish old lady and it will probably sit in a box unread and decay much like its writer when Death makes his careless decision.

But perhaps someone will find it. Someone will care enough to read and somehow I know that will happen.

April 2000, Clematis Cottage, Stoke St. Mary, Herefordshire

Tired of her life in London, freelance illustrator Rachel buys the beautiful but dilapidated Clematis Cottage and sets about creating the home of her dreams. But tucked away behind the water tank in the attic and left to gather dust for decades is an old biscuit tin containing letters, postcards and a diary. So much more than old scraps of paper, these are precious memories that tell the story of Henrietta Trenchard-Lewis, the love she lost in the Great War and the girl who was left behind.

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While I Was WaitingRachel finds ghosts, history, mystery and romance, when she leaves London and escapes to the rural idyll of Herefordshire.

Enchanted by Clematis cottage, she finds all is not what it first appears. When she moves in, drastic renovation is necessary for the bricks and mortar to match up to the cottage’s perfect outlook. Employing the local builders is the only way and they come highly recommended. Gabe is very easy on the eye, he compensates for the dust and the disruption but he is so different from what Rachel’s used to. Will he fit into her ordered world? The passion between Gabe and Rachel simmers, before it boils over but can they learn to celebrate each other’s differences, or are they doomed to crash and burn?

Rachel is determined to make her new life work. The villagers are interesting characters and their interaction is vital to her character’s growth and development. I particularly like Stan and Sheila, who in their different ways, both offer Rachel more advice and encouragement than her own parents.

The cottage’s former owner Hetty, now deceased, has her own story to tell and when a journal and fading letters are discovered, Rachel and the reader are flung back into the early twentieth century and the tragedy and illusions of ‘The Great War’.

Intrigued, Rachel’s tendency to obsess make her determined to find out what really happened in Hetty’s life when the journal and letters leave her with more questions than answers. The sojourn into the past has parallels to Rachel’s present and with some supernatural encouragement she is determined to find out the truth. Rachel’s emotional journey is what makes this a feel good read and the ending is truly magical.

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

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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5* Review – Country Affairs (Tippermere #2) – Zara Stoneley

 cover65462-mediumBLURBWelcome back to Tippermere for the wedding of the year…

Scatty but loveable Lottie Brinkley is famous throughout the village for her disorganised personality so when she steps up to plan the perfect wedding the only likely outcome is disaster.

When her globetrotting, love cheat of an ex, Todd, literally crashes the wedding on a not-so-noble steed, things definitely look set to take a turn for the scandalous. As rumours of why he’s back spread through the village quicker than the stable girl can drop her knickers, is Lottie’s future with sexy eventer Rory Steel about to fall at the next fence?

With a wave of unexpected pregnancies, steamy shenanigans in the hay and a farrier with more than shoeing horses on his mind, will Lottie ever be ready to take on the coveted title of Lady of the Manor and restore the Estate to its former glory?

As the heart of the village, Tipping House Estate, makes its move into the 21st Century, pulses start to race in a novel packed full of charm, hunky stallions (the guys that is), and a daring plan that just has to succeed…

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Country AffairsThe opening chapter of ‘Country Affairs’ sets a high standard for the rest of the book to follow but I’m happy to say, the more you read, the better it gets. 

If this is your first visit to Tippermere then the introduction to the cast of characters and the village setting is invaluable. It makes this fun and witty story easy to read as a standalone. If, like me you devoured ‘Stable Mates‘, then this second book in the Tippermere series has all the humour and heat but also shows how the irrepressible Lottie has matured. The only question; has she outgrown sexy Rory?

The characters are a curious mix of realism and caricature and it works well. On the outside they are easily recognisable but each has hidden depths, which makes you want to know their story. The animal characters are a comic delight and will make every reader, who loves dogs and horses, smile.

The simple plot allows the characters to tell the story and keeps you guessing right until the end; who will get the girl? This story would make wonderful television.

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

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review – Strawberries at Wimbledon – Nikki Moore – Love London #5

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Sipping Pimms and eating fresh strawberries at Wimbledon are the perfect start to the British summer for Rayne. Immersed in her career as a journalist in the City, she’s been too busy and distracted to give men – or other outside interests – much of a chance lately. That’s something her friend Lily thinks she should correct, coming up with the perfect ‘sex with an ex’ solution – much to the amusement of the crowd on Centre Court!

When Rayne runs into old flame Adam, former good guy who is now all grown up with a hint of bad boy about him, it’s a tempting thought. But is that such a good idea, when she knows that four years ago, she broke his heart?

Back from travelling the world and settling into running the family business, Adam never expected to see his university girlfriend again. And he definitely didn’t think he would still be angry with her for running away, or that she would still have the same stunning effect on him. But she does, so maybe the perfect way to get her out of his dreams and from under his skin, is to have a hot sex-filled night with her? The only trouble is, one night might not be enough…

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Strawberries at WimbledonGame Set and Match to a lovely romantic story full of sensuality, poignancy and humour. The Wimbledon atmosphere of comeradie and competition provides an iconic setting for a reunion romance between Rayne and Adam. Opposites certainly attract in this love story. Both characters are from different backgrounds but they share emotional baggage from their childhood and their university days that makes an unexpected meeting full of angst and passion. 

Rayne is a strong character who has built on her unique upbringing and used it to achieve the career she wants. Adam is a perfect match for the dedicated journalist but the history between them and words previously left unsaid threaten any future they may have. I loved Lily’s take on their relationship and her interactions with both characters she is a wonderful source of humour and commonsense in this story.
This short story flowed like a novel and the ending was believable.
A lovely summer read.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Strawberries At Wimbledon – Nikki Moore – Author Interview.

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Sipping Pimms and eating fresh strawberries at Wimbledon are the perfect start to the British summer for Rayne. Immersed in her career as a journalist in the City, she’s been too busy and distracted to give men – or other outside interests – much of a chance lately. That’s something her friend Lily thinks she should correct, coming up with the perfect ‘sex with an ex’ solution – much to the amusement of the crowd on Centre Court!

When Rayne runs into old flame Adam, former good guy who is now all grown up with a hint of bad boy about him, it’s a tempting thought. But is that such a good idea, when she knows that four years ago, she broke his heart?

Back from travelling the world and settling into running the family business, Adam never expected to see his university girlfriend again. And he definitely didn’t think he would still be angry with her for running away, or that she would still have the same stunning effect on him. But she does, so maybe the perfect way to get her out of his dreams and from under his skin, is to have a hot sex-filled night with her? The only trouble is, one night might not be enough…

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Congratulations on your latest release Strawberries at Wimbledon, Nikki. Can you share the highlights of your writing journey with us?

There have been loads of highlights over the last fifteen years, when I first started writing my first novel – both big and small. (Writing took a back seat for eight years in the middle while I pursued a HR qualification and had my son). The moments that stick out in my mind include:

• The first positive report I received about one of my manuscript from a reader on the Romantic Novelists Association ‘New Writers Scheme’ which said the book was of publishable standard.
• Getting an Honorable Mention for the RNA Elizabeth Goudge Trophy in 2010 and the phone call from Katie Fforde (one of my favourite authors, and the judge that year) that followed, congratulating me and telling me to keep writing.
• Being offered my first publishing contract for my short story ‘A Night to Remember’ published in the best selling RNA/ Mills and Boon anthology last February.
• Being offered a four book contract with HarperImpulse (the digital first romance imprint of HarperCollins) in October 2013. Thrilled doesn’t even begin to cover it! 
• The day my debut novel Crazy, Undercover, Love was published (April 2014)
• Being contacted by readers, bloggers and reviewers to say nice things about my stories or ask if I can write an article for them/what I’m writing next/if I’m going to write a sequel.
• Crazy, Undercover, Love being shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon Award (for new writers).

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t feel incredibly lucky and grateful to be doing something I love so much.

What’s the inspiration behind #LoveLondon, your current series of short stories?

The #LoveLondon series came from me pitching my second full length novel Picnics in Hyde Park (a romance wholly set in London) to my lovely editor Charlotte, and her brilliant idea to write a number of London based short romances leading up to the novel. The idea has evolved a number of times, but we eventually settled on a linked series that would start at Christmas – Skating at Somerset House – with a story to follow roughly once a month to capture key dates or events, with one character in each short related to / friends with one of the main characters, Matt or Zoe, from Picnics. And so New Year at The Ritz, Valentine’s on Primrose Hill, Cocktails in Chelsea and Strawberries at Wimbledon were created to follow my Christmas baby.

Are there specific writers, or other people, who have influenced your writing style?

I read widely over a number of genres – romance, thrillers, crime, horror, non-fiction, mainstream women’s fiction – and I get something different from every one, whether it’s entertainment, education, escapism or inspiration.

I read a lot of Mills and Boons books in my teens and I’m sure that’s had a lot of influence on the fact that I love writing about love and write up the hotter end of the scale (depending on what the story needs e.g. Skating at Somerset House is towards the sweeter end as it’s a cosy Christmas read, whereas Cocktails in Chelsea is hotter because I was aiming for a springtime, flirty read). I also read a lot of Christopher Pike in my teens (American teen / YA horror writer) and when I went back and read a few of the books recently I could see that his ‘voice’ in places had a similarity to mine, even though we write in completely different genres. Cecelia Ahern, Sue Moorcroft (award winning author who happens to be my aunt), Katie Fforde, Jill Mansell and JoJo Moyes are female writers I really admire and who I think have influenced my writing style / aspirations.

Your latest release, is the fifth story in the #LoveLondon series, ”Strawberries at Wimbledon’, another iconic London event. How does Wimbledon fit into this tale about first love revisited?

When Charlotte and I were working out titles and themes for the series, we wanted a really summery story and a British event in London we could set it against, so Wimbledon was perfect. Wimbledon is where Adam and Rayne, university sweethearts, run into each other again after nearly five years apart, just after Rayne’s friend Lily has suggested in the middle of Centre Court (much to the crowd’s amusement) that Rayne should ‘have sex with an ex.’

Do you have a tried and tested writing process you can tell us about?

My stories spend a lot of time percolating in my head before I get any words on paper. I think of ideas while I’m washing up, or in the shower, or driving to work and try to jot brief notes down on paper ASAP if it’s practical. I usually do a handwritten spider diagram to set out the main characters, their backgrounds and personalities, the setting and themes too. By the time I start writing I have a very good idea of how the story is going to be structured and will unfold, but apart from that I kind of write into the wind i.e. it’s organic! The characters often do things I wasn’t expecting, but I’ve found that tends to make the story better. If it’s unpredictable it makes it more fun for me, and if I’m having fun I figure my readers are too. I often don’t write in order; I go back and forth and write scenes when they are most vivid in my head. After finishing the first ‘dirty draft,’ I put it away for a few weeks and then go back to it to redraft. I revise each story at least four times and then again after I’ve had my editor’s notes. I am a horrible perfectionist so it always takes me longer than planned to finish a story to the point I’m happy with it.

The final book in the #LoveLondon series is ‘Picnics in Hyde Park’ when is this released and what’s next for you?

It’s due out on 25th June. I can hardly believe it; the last six months have flown by and I’m feeling a bit sad that the initial publication journey for this series is almost over. But of course I’m hoping the series itself will have a long and happy life. As for what’s next, I’m planning on taking a break from writing for a month or two to focus on doing some local media press – I would love to go on the radio – and perhaps organise a few book signings with my two paperbacks. After that I’m going to spend a few months working on a commercial women’s fiction book and may start looking for an agent. Of course, at some point I’m planning to do more with HarperImpulse given how fab they are.

What comes first when you’re crafting a story; setting, characters or plot? Why do you think this is?

With the romances, for me, it’s usually the characters that come first, and the plot grows from them; their personalities, backgrounds, conflicts and dreams. I think it’s that way for me because if I thought of the plot first I’d be afraid I’d then be trying to shoehorn the characters into it, which could make it feel forced. Saying that, for the commercial women’s fiction book I’m working on next, the plot and main character came to me at the same time.

Are you a social media addict or phobe? Do you have a favourite social media platform?

I’m a bit of a social media addict. I love Twitter, and Facebook follows closely behind. In one way that’s great because it means I’m not afraid of using the platforms and can be very visible to my readers; talking and sharing things with them, as well as thanking them regularly (bloggers and reviewers too) and chatting with other authors / aspiring writers in the community. On the other hand it’s not so great because I end up on Twitter far too often when I should be writing!

Where do you do most of your writing? Why is this your favourite place to write?

I do most of my writing either in my front room, which I have as my writing room with my bookcase, laptops, filing cabinet and book covers stuck up on the wall. I like writing in there because it’s very light and airy. Sometimes I write on the sofa or in bed when I want to be comfy and warm (really bad for the neck, back and shoulders though). To be honest I can write pretty much anywhere, as long as I have my laptop and there’s a plug handy!

Thanks for having me on your blog Jane.

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4* Review: Access All Areas – Charlotte Phillips

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After losing her elderly parents, portrait photographer Anna will do anything to avoid losing the family home – the only thing she has left of her perfect childhood.

When a friend who works at the exclusive boutique hotel, The Lavington, provides a hot tip – an A list film star is staying there with her rumored toyboy lover – Anna comes up with a plan. A photo of them together could be the answer to all Anna’s money problems.

Unfortunately, she’s the worst paparazzi photographer on the planet and Jack, the hotel’s new head of security, back in England after globetrotting as bodyguard to the stars, isn’t about to allow a picture on his watch. No matter how cute the photographer might be…

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Access All Areas‘Access All Areas’ is a contemporary tale, full of humour and romance. Like the previous ‘Do Not Disturb’ books, this story features an unlikely couple, who meet unexpectedly at a boutique hotel. Opposites attract and help each other view life differently.

Portrait photographer, Anna ignores her scruples to solve some pressing financial difficulties. Her fragile emotional state threatens her success but puts her on the radar of new head of security, Jack.

Yin and Yang perfectly describes this mismatched couple but the physical attraction between Anna and Jack, proves impossible to ignore. Catapulted into a brief, passionate interlude; the sensual scenes have plenty of heat.
This well paced story has realistic and often humorous dialogue. Getting the perfect money shot is full of comic incidents.

‘Access All Areas’ is quick easy reading, perfect escapism.

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

Access All Areas by Charlotte Phillips

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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5* Review: In the Shadow of Winter – Lorna Gray

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The relentless winter of 1947 holds post-war Britain in its deadly grip, and Eleanor Phillips rides out from her beleaguered Cotswold farm to rescue a stranger lost in the storm. But the near-dead man is no stranger and when she recognises Matthew Croft, the old ties of a failed romance tug deeply. Her sweetheart has returned from the war…

Suspicion, the police and the panicked flight of a desperate man beat a path to her door. And with a wanted man hidden in her home and stealing back into her heart, Eleanor must be on her guard—for the net is closing in on them both and enemies are all around…Historical Buy LinksAmazon UK
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In the Shadow of WinterSet in the devastating winter of 1947 ‘In the Shadow of Winter’ is an atmospheric story brimming with history, mystery, romance and suspense. Written in the first person, the story reads as Eleanor’s memoir. It allows the reader to experience post war rationing and poverty in a wholly realistic way. I remember my own grandparents and parents shuddering, when they recounted this cruel winter, so close to the austerity of WW2 and this story has the same authenticity.

Eleanor believes herself to be an eccentric person. In many ways this is true but it makes her easy to imagine and like. A strong, independent woman, Eleanor overcomes the obstacles thrown in her way and I admired her spirit. Her household is unconventional, but loving. The animals, which are an integral part of it, have distinct personalities, recognisable to anyone who shares similar lives with their animal friends.

Matthew is the perfect anti-hero. Seen through Eleanor’s eyes his transformation is believable and enlightening. The interplay between Eleanor and Matthew is interesting and sweetly romantic, in keeping with the attitudes of 1940’s England.

Absorbing and chilling, yet tempered with echoes of a lost romance, which makes Eleanor’s struggle to do what it is right, poignant. Well paced with plenty of action packed scenes, this story is one of the best I’ve read this year for its imagery and originality.

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

In the Shadow of Winter by Lorna Gray

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review: The Love List – Eve Devon

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Falling in love is just not on Nora King’s To Do List…

Neither is accidentally super-gluing her shoe to her hand right before the biggest presentation of her life!

With all the hard work she’d put into securing the family business after her father’s death, Nora has no choice but to accept help from a knight in shining armour.

Disaster relief worker Ethan Love is still haunted by his last deployment, and desperate for distraction. He’s in town to ask Nora for a major favour, and swooping in to save her presentation is a sure way to get her on side.

As Ethan sticks around and helps Nora through her grief, her barriers tumble down…but will she dare to swap her To Do lists for a How to Fall in Love list?

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The Love List‘The Love List’ is a story of contrasts; humour and sadness, business and pleasure, passion and hatred all interwoven to produce a lovely romantic story with a contemporary edge.

Nora King’s life is the family company she now runs. It takes all her time and occupies all her thoughts, conveniently allowing her to park her grief for the loss of her father at the bottom of her to do list. The only non business luxury she allows herself is shoes and one particular pair walk her into romance with the larger than life Ethan who takes his role as trouble shooter both in his business and personal life very seriously.

Nora is a witty, geeky woman who hides behind her business attire to avoid emotional upheaval. Her feminine obsession with shoes is the only snippet of the true Nora she allows to surface. Ethan is a man of action who constantly uses his adventurous streak to help other in disaster situations. This ‘hands on’ help is a kick back to his childhood and parents who were money rich but emotionally poor when it came to their offspring.

The romance is tender and charming and as it progresses you realise the lovers have more in common than fiery passion. The ending is poignant as befits such an engaging romantic story.

I received a copy from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

5* Review of Best Laid Plans – Eve Devon

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