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Ottercombe Bay – 5* Review Bella Osborne – Gin and Trouble #2


Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.

With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?

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My Thoughts…

With a title like ‘Gin and Trouble’, you get an inkling that everything isn’t going to go smoothly for the folks in Ottercombe bay. This is my first taste of Ottercombe bay, and obviously, it’s better to have read the first book, but there’s enough backstory to make it readable as a standalone and still enjoy it. Not reading the next instalment is not an option as this ends on a cliffhanger and you have to know what happens next.

Daisy last connection with her mother has been stolen, and she is sad. Her mother’s untimely death is shrouded in mystery, which may become more evident as the series progresses. Her unexpected and unwelcome inheritance is the subject of this book, and it’s an idea from Max her nemesis that leads to her renovating the old railway buildings with Max her unlikely but a willing helper. There is definitely, a romance in the making here. More mystery revolves around the return of Max’s father, and there is angst and guilt as Max comes to terms with this.

I loved the characters in this book, realistic and quirky, and the problems associated with renovation and opening a new venture add interest to this lovely story, can’t wait for the next one.

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

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The Wife #4 M. L. Roberts ‘Til Death Us Do Part’ 5* Review

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Michael and Ellie are that couple.

The ones who have it all.

Success, charm, trust…but no relationship is perfect, and the events of the past cast a shadow over their charmed life together.

When lecturer Michael starts to mentor a new student, Ellie fears that history is repeating itself. As paranoia takes its ugly hold, it’s clear some things just can’t be forgotten…or forgiven.

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My Thoughts…

Paranoia or intuition, which is it that makes Ellie believe her husband is lying to her? The final part of this enthralling, psychological thriller, keeps its secrets almost to the end. When you think you know everything there is another breathtaking revelation that leaves you with a chill down your spine.

Ellie’s mental health continues to deteriorate, her marriage to Michael reaches the breaking point, but Liam is more than willing to take his place. Is this what she wants? Ellie’s not sure about anything, but her need for the truth. The outcome of the terrible night that destroyed her is played out, and we find out why she can’t put it out of her mind. While this is not a surprise, it does give you further pieces towards solving the psychological puzzle.

The story continues with its twisty plot. Will Ellie learn the truth or is it all in her mind, the fall out from her night of terror. The final instalment reveals all and is a nail-biting end to an original, gripping serial.

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

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To Have And To Hold

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The Wife- In Sickness and In Health #3 M.L. Roberts- 5* Review

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Michael and Ellie are that couple.

The ones who have it all.

Success, charm, trust…but no relationship is perfect, and the events of the past cast a shadow over their charmed life together.

When lecturer Michael starts to mentor a new student, Ellie fears that history is repeating itself. As paranoia takes its ugly hold, it’s clear some things just can’t be forgotten…or forgiven.

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My Thoughts…

The psychological tension is ramped up in this penultimate episode of the serial. Book 2 – ‘In Sickness and In Health’, ends with a life-changing event for Ellie, although not entirely surprising from the reader’s point of view. Is Michael the true villain of this? Or is it all in Ellie’s troubled mind? Maybe Liam isn’t the selfless, knight in shining armour Ellie believes him to be?

Ellie thinks she is in control but is she? There are so many questions in this third book, which has a dark, sinister ethos. Ellie is in danger but is she her own enemy or is there someone else controlling her life for their own ends.

There is a shocking ending to book 3, but I’m not convinced everything is as it appears to be. Can’t wait for the finale of this gripping, emotional serial.

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

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The Wife – For Better, ForWorse – #2 M.L. Roberts – 5* Review

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Success, charm, trust…but no relationship is perfect, and the events of the past cast a shadow over their charmed life together.

When lecturer Michael starts to mentor a new student, Ellie fears that history is repeating itself. As paranoia takes its ugly hold, it’s clear some things just can’t be forgotten…or forgiven.

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My Thoughts…

So book 1-  ‘To Have and to Hold’, intrigued me with its skilful buildup of psychological tension and in book 2 – ‘For Better, For Worse’, the story continues. Ellie’s tragic past is revealed, which explains much about her current state of mind and motivation. The story is told entirely from Ellie’s point of view, but the actions of others, who touch her life are important to this story. There is a profound, if not unexpected ending, making reading book 3 – ‘In Sickness and In Health’, essential.

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

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‘To Have and to Hold’ (The Wife-Book 1) M.L Roberts… 5* Review

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‘Michael and Ellie are that couple.

The ones who have it all.

Success, charm, trust…but no relationship is perfect and the events of the past cast a shadow over their charmed life together.

When lecturer Michael starts to mentor a new student, Ellie fears that history is repeating itself. As paranoia takes its ugly hold, it’s clear some things just can’t be forgotten…or forgiven.’

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My thoughts…

 

Great build up of psychological tension. Believable characters. The intense storytelling makes it hard to tell what is true and what is in the main character’s mind, building up the suspense and drama. Worth reading.  Can’t wait to see ‘what happens next’.

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

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5* Review: Sunshine and Secrets (Willow Cottage #1-) Bella Osborne

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Beth is running away. With her young son Leo to protect, Willow Cottage is the lifeline she so desperately needs. Overlooking the village green in a beautiful Cotswolds idyll, Beth sees a safe place for little Leo.

When she finally uncovers the cottage from underneath the boughs of a weeping willow tree, Beth realises this is far more of a project than she bargained for and the locals are more than a little eccentric! A chance encounter with gruff Jack, who appears to be the only male in the village under thirty, leaves the two of them at odds but it’s not long before Beth realises that Jack has hidden talents that could help her repair more than just Willow Cottage.

Over the course of four seasons, Beth realises that broken hearts can be mended, and sometimes love can be right under your nose…

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The auction scene at the beginning of this amusing serial definitely epitomises Beth as a romantic comedy heroine. Beth is the proverbial ‘fish out of water’ in the country idyll. Beth’s ‘townie’ observations about her surroundings are vivid and often comical. The story is a curious mix of laugh out loud hilarity and dark undercurrents of menace. Beth is running and a rundown cottage in an off the beaten track rural village is a better prospect than a glamorous apartment in London for Beth and her young son Leo.
Brusque and sexy Jack is more than a little attractive to heart worn Beth but what is he hiding? The villagers bring the story to vivid life. There is an atmosphere of secrets, hinted at but not explored, making reading the next part of this funny, poignant serial a must. Life in London continues without Beth through the eyes of her best friend Carly.
I can’t wait to read what happens next to Beth, Carly and Jack and of course Willow Cottage.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins Avon UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

Sunshine and Secrets by Bella Osborne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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4* Review: The Girl Who Lived By The River -Part 4 – Mark Daydy

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It’s 1978. Will Tom’s chances of finally taking his relationship with Claire to the ultimate levels of ecstasy be affected by her being in a different country? What exactly is Tom’s musical destiny? And is he the man to finally sort out his mixed-up family?

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The Girl Who Lived By The River: Part FourThe final part of ‘The Girl Who Lived by the River’ takes place in 1978.
Tom, now eighteen realises what it means to be an adult and starts to reassess his teenage aspirations and dreams. His on/off relationship with Claire is ongoing but with the release of her group’s first single, the chance she will want what Tom has to offer her seems remote.
Tom’s reactions to the political and industrial unrest of this time show how he has matured from the beginning of the book.
The final instalment of Tom’s teenage angst reveals the secrets of the family mystery and answers the question of when he will lose his virginity. There are certainly a few surprises along the way.
If you enjoy ‘retro’, I recommend this book, which captures the late seventies perfectly and introduces the reader to realistic, memorable characters. This is an enjoyable read.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

 

The Girl Who Lived By The River: Part Four by Mark Daydy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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