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Historical Fiction

The War Widow Lorna Gray 4* Review

The War Widow – Lorna Gray 4* Review

The echoes of war live long in the mind… Wales, 1947 Injured and terrified after an attempted abduction, desperation drives artist Kate Ward to the idyllic scene of her ex-husband’s recent suicide. Labelled a hysterical, grieving divorcée, no one believes she is being pursued by two violent men demanding answers she cannot give. Not the…

Blog Tour: Summer of Love – Caro Fraser- Extract – 5* Review

Blog Tour: Summer of Love – Caro Fraser- Extract – 5* Review

The dark days of the war are over, but the family secrets they held are only just dawning. In the hot summer of 1949, a group of family and friends gather at Harry Denholm's country house in Kent. Meg and Dan Ranscombe, emerging from a scandal of their own making; Dan's godmother, Sonia; and…

Coming Home to Island House –  Erica James – 5* Review

Coming Home to Island House – Erica James – 5* Review

It's the summer of 1939, and after touring an unsettled Europe to promote her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and the love of her life, the charismatic Jack Devereux. But when Jack falls ill, his estranged family are called home and given seven days to find a way to bury their…

The Silent Woman 3* Review Terry Lynn Thomas

The Silent Woman 3* Review – Terry Lynn Thomas

Would you sell your secrets? Catherine Carlisle is trapped in a loveless marriage, and the threat of World War Two is looming. She sees no way out… that is until a trusted friend asks her to switch her husband’s papers in a desperate bid to confuse the Germans. Soon Catherine finds herself caught up in…

The Sapphire Widow –  Dinah Jefferies –  5*Review

The Sapphire Widow – Dinah Jefferies – 5*Review

Ceylon, 1935. Louisa Reeve, the daughter of a successful British gem trader, and her husband Elliot, a charming, thrill-seeking businessman, seem like the couple who have it all. Except what they long for more than anything: a child. While Louisa struggles with miscarriages, Elliot is increasingly absent, spending much of his time at a nearby…

The Pearler's Wife  Roxane Dhand  2* Review

2* Review The Pearler’s Wife Roxane Dhand

A distant land. A dangerous husband. A forbidden love. The year is 1912. Nineteen-year-old Maisie Porter watches from the deck as England fades from view. Her destination is Buccaneer Bay in Australia’s far north-west. Her fate: marriage to distant cousin Maitland Sinclair, a man she has never met. When Maisie arrives in her new…

Beneath an Indian Sky  Renita D’Silva 5 * Review

Beneath an Indian Sky Renita D’Silva 5 * Review

An unforgettable and heart-wrenching story of love, betrayal and family secrets. In colonial India, a young woman finds herself faced with an impossible choice, the consequences of which will echo through the generations… 1928. In British-ruled India, headstrong Sita longs to choose her own path, but her only destiny is a good marriage. After a chance meeting…

Mystery and Thrillers

5* Review – The Quaker –  Liam McIlvanney

5* Review – The Quaker – Liam McIlvanney

His name fills the streets with fear… In the chilling new crime novel from award-winning author Liam McIlvanney, a serial killer stalks the streets of Glasgow and DI McCormack follows a trail of devastating secrets to uncover the truth… A city torn apart. Glasgow, 1969. In the grip of the worst winter for years, the…

You Were Made For This – 3* Review – Michelle Sacks

You Were Made For This – 3* Review – Michelle Sacks

Adult Themes In an idyllic house in a Swedish wood, Merry and her husband are building their new dream life with their young baby, far away from events that overshadowed their old life in New York. And they’re happy, aren’t they? Blissfully, blissfully happy. When Merry’s childhood friend Frances comes to stay, Frances barely recognises…

Her Name Was Rose – Claire Allan –  5* Review

Her Name Was Rose – Claire Allan – 5* Review

Her name was Rose. You watched her die. And her death has created a vacancy. When Emily lets a stranger step out in front of her, she never imagines that split second will change her life. But after Emily watches a car plough into the young mother – killing her instantly – she finds herself…

Blog Tour: I Never Lie – Jody Sabral – Extract and 4*Review

Blog Tour: I Never Lie – Jody Sabral – Extract and 4*Review

Is she the next victim? Or is she the culprit…? Alex South is a high-functioning alcoholic who is teetering on the brink of oblivion. Her career as a television journalist is hanging by a thread since a drunken on-air rant. When a series of murders occur within a couple of miles of her East London…

Murder on the Green – H.V. Coombs –  4*Review

Murder on the Green – 4*Review – H.V. Coombs

Midsomer Murders meets The Great British Bake Off in this foodie delight with murder at its heart. Hampden Green has been quiet for months, allowing Ben Hunter to concentrate on running The Old Forge Café. That is until celebrity chef Justin McCleish announces he is opening a pop-up restaurant at the local opera festival and…

Blog Tour: The Accusation – Zosia Wand – Extract – 5* Review

Blog Tour: The Accusation – Zosia Wand – Extract – 5* Review

Who would you choose if you had to - your daughter or your husband? Eve lives in the beautiful Cumbrian town of Tarnside with her husband, Neil. After years of trying, and failing, to become parents, they are in the final stages of adopting four-year-old Milly. Though she already feels like their daughter, they just…

The Dead Ex – Jane Corry – 4*Review

The Dead Ex – Jane Corry – 4*Review

HE CHEATED. HE LIED. HE DIED. Vicki's husband Daniel once promised to love her in sickness and in health. But after a brutal attack left her suffering from epilepsy, he ran away with his mistress. So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he's missing, her first thought is 'good riddance'.…

Death Notice – 4* Review -Zhou HaoHui –

Death Notice – 4* Review -Zhou HaoHui

For nearly two decades, an unsolved murder case has haunted Sergeant Zheng Haoming of the Chengdu Police Department. Eighteen years ago, two victims were murdered after being served with 'death notices'. In refined calligraphy, their perceived crimes were itemised, and they were sentenced to death. The date of execution was declared, as was the name…

the tall man – Phoebe Locke- 4*Review

the tall man – Phoebe Locke- 4*Review

A SENSELESS MURDER. A TERRIFYING LEGEND. A FAMILY HAUNTED. 1990: In the darkest woods, three girls devote themselves to a sinister figure. 2000: A young mother disappears, leaving behind her husband and baby daughter. 2018: A teenage girl is charged with murder, and her trial will shock the world. Three chilling events, connected by the shadow he casts.…

5* Review-Thirteen – Steve Cavanagh

5* Review-Thirteen – Steve Cavanagh

They were Hollywood's hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead, and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife. This is the celebrity murder trial of the century, and the defence want one man on their team:…

4*Review: Stalker – Lisa Stone

4*Review: Stalker – Lisa Stone

Someone is always watching… Derek Flint is a loner. He lives with his mother and spends his evenings watching his clients on the CCTV cameras he has installed inside their homes. He likes their companionship – even if it’s through a screen. When a series of crimes hit Derek’s neighbourhood, DC Beth Mayes begins…

5*Review: The Blood Road –  Stuart MacBride

5*Review: The Blood Road – Stuart MacBride

Logan McRae’s personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards he’s policing his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the driver’s seat of a crashed car it’s a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago, they buried him. Or they thought they did.…

A Known Evil - Aidan Conway 4* Review

Blog Tour: A Known Evil – Aidan Conway Extract and 4* Review

A serial killer stalks the streets of Rome… A city on lockdown. In the depths of a freakish winter, Rome is being torn apart by a serial killer dubbed The Carpenter intent on spreading fear and violence. Soon another woman is murdered – hammered to death and left with a cryptic message nailed to her…

The Woman Before You Carrie Blake  4* Review

The Woman Before You Carrie Blake – 4* Review

You never know what secrets people are hiding. And when you find out, it’s more sinister than you could ever have imagined. Isabel: Beautiful. Talented. Bored. Mathew: Mysterious. Handsome. Dangerous. For Isabel Archer, dating is a way to pass the time in her otherwise safe and comfortable life. She casts herself as the Perfect Girl for…

Theresa Talbot   The Lost Children 5*Review

Blog Tour: Theresa Talbot – The Lost Children – 5*Review

TV journalist and media darling Oonagh O’Neil can sense a sinister coverup from the moment an elderly priest dies on the altar of his Glasgow church. Especially as his death comes as she is about to expose the shocking truth behind the closure of a Magdalene Institution. The Church has already tried to suppress what…

Blog Tour: 3*Review – Her Greatest Mistake – Sarah Simpson

Blog Tour: 3*Review – Her Greatest Mistake – Sarah Simpson

Do we ever know what goes on behind closed doors? Eve and Gregg were the perfect couple, with the perfect marriage...which has become the perfect lie. Gone is the charming, attentive Gregg - instead, Eve wakes up each morning beside a manipulative and sinister man who controls his wife’s every move. So Eve flees…

Guilt – Amanda Robson 5*Review

Guilt – Amanda Robson – 5*Review

There is no bond greater than blood . . . When the body of a woman is found stabbed to death, the blame falls to her twin sister. But who killed who? And which one is now the woman behind bars? Zara and Miranda have always supported each other. But then Zara meets Seb and…

Body and Soul John Harvey  5*Review

Body and Soul John Harvey – 5*Review

‘The heavy manacles around the girl’s wrists, perhaps not surprisingly, looked very much like the ones that had been found on the studio floor. For a moment, she had a vision of the chain to which they were attached being swung through the air, taking on force and speed before striking home.Then swung again.’ When…

Our Kind of Cruelty Araminta Hall  4* Review

Our Kind of Cruelty Araminta Hall – 4* Review

Most of us spend our whole lives searching for the person who’ll make us feel complete. But Mike and Verity know they’re different. They’ve found their soulmate, and nothing can tear them apart. Not even the man Verity is marrying. Because they play a secret game, one they call 'the Crave', to demonstrate what they…

The Death Chamber – Lesley Thomson – 4* Review

The Death Chamber – Lesley Thomson – 4* Review

Queen's Jubilee, 1977: Cassie Baker sees her boyfriend kissing another girl at the village disco. Upset, she heads home alone and is never seen again. Millennium Eve, 1999: DCI Paul Mercer finds Cassie's remains in a field. Now he must prove the man who led him there is guilty. When Mercer's daughter asks Stella Darnell…

If You Go Down To The Woods – Seth C Adams 3* Review

If You Go Down To The Woods – Seth C Adams – 3* Review

We were so young when it all happened. Just 13-years-old, making the most of the long, hot, lazy days of summer, thinking we had the world at our feet. That was us – me, Fat Bobby, Jim and Tara – the four members of the Outsiders’ Club. The day we found a burnt-out car in…

The Craftsman – Sharon Bolton 5* Review

The Craftsman – Sharon Bolton – 5* Review

Devoted father or merciless killer? His secrets are buried with him. Florence Lovelady's career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares, the victims were buried...ALIVE. Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now…

Time Is A Killer 4* Review – Michel Bussi

Time Is A Killer 4* Review – Michel Bussi

It is summer 1989, and fifteen-year-old Clotilde is on holiday with her parents in Corsica. On a twisty mountain road, their car comes off at a curve and plunges into a ravine. Only Clotilde survives. Twenty-seven years later, she returns to Corsica with her husband and their sulky teenage daughter. Clotilde wants the trip to…

4*Review- Turn A Blind Eye – Vicky Newham

4*Review- Turn A Blind Eye – Vicky Newham

A headmistress is found strangled in her East London school, her death the result of a brutal and ritualistic act of violence. Found at the scene is a single piece of card, written upon which is an ancient Buddhist precept: I shall abstain from taking the ungiven. At first, DI Maya Rahman can’t help but…

The Two Houses 4*Review – Fran Cooper

The Two Houses 4*Review – Fran Cooper

'The Two Houses sit grey and brooding beneath a pale sky. They cling to the hillside, cowering from the wind, because always, before everything up here, there is the wind. The Two Houses were not always two. But if it is human to build - even up here, in this blasted northern hinterland -…

Trial By Fire – Will Jordan 4* Review – A Ryan Drake Novella

Trial By Fire – Will Jordan 4* Review – A Ryan Drake Novella

In a tense and action-filled novella, Ryan Drake and his team must go to Ukraine to find a compromised CIA source – but is new unit member Keira Frost up to the job? Tech specialist Keira Frost has just graduated to the big leagues. But despite numerous commendations for outstanding achievement and a tour of…

Taken – Monty Marsden Blog Tour – 5*Review

Taken – Monty Marsden Blog Tour – 5*Review

It's been two years since mass murderer, Giacomo Riondino, disappeared after killing Greta Alfieri...Dr Claps, devastated and guilt-ridden by Greta's death has been on a man-hunt for Riondino ever since. Meanwhile, an American girl disappears on the 382nd step of the Cerro trail in Guayaquil, Ecuador. No one saw her disappear. Who took her? And how? When…

The Wife – The Complete Series – M.L.Roberts 5* Review

The Wife – The Complete Series – M.L.Roberts 5* Review

I loved 'The Wife', series by M.L.Roberts and now all four parts are available in one book. 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…

Romance

Blog Tour: Caroline Roberts  The Cosy Seaside Chocolate Shop – 5*Review

Blog Tour: Caroline Roberts The Cosy Seaside Chocolate Shop – 5*Review

When Emma opened her gorgeous little chocolate shop in the harbour village of Warktonby-the-Sea, she realised a lifelong dream. Love is also blossoming with her hunky beau, Max, who’s slowly healing her fragile heart. Summer is here, and life has never felt so sweet. Until the rain clouds start to gather… A rival sweet…

The Sister Swap – Fiona Collins –  4*Review

The Sister Swap – Fiona Collins – 4*Review

Meg simply doesn’t have time for men in her life. Instead, she has a strictly one-date rule, survives on caffeine and runs one of the biggest model agencies from her smart office in London. That is until she collapses one day at work and the doctor orders her to take some R&R in the country……

Blog Tour: The Distance – Zoe Folbigg – Extract – 4*Review –

Blog Tour: The Distance – Zoe Folbigg – Extract – 4*Review

Under the midnight sun of Arctic Norway, Cecilie Wiig goes online and stumbles across Hector Herrera in a band fan forum. They start chatting and soon realise they might be more than kindred spirits. But there are two big problems: Hector lives 8,909km away in Mexico. And he's about to get married. Can Cecilie, who's…

5* Review – Zara Stoneley The Wedding Date

5* Review – Zara Stoneley – The Wedding Date

One ex. One wedding. One little white lie. When Samantha Jenkins is asked to be the maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding, she couldn’t be happier. There are just three problems… 1) Sam’s ex-boyfriend, Liam, will be the best man. 2) His new girlfriend is pregnant. 3) Sam might have told people she…

A Home at Honeysuckle Farm Christie Barlow 4*Review

A Home at Honeysuckle Farm – Christie Barlow – 4*Review

A family secret One shocking argument and ten-year-old Alice Parker’s world was turned upside down. Her peaceful life at Honeysuckle Farm in the quiet rural village of Brook Bridge swapped for the bustling metropolis of New York City. Alice’s life was changed forever… A second chance Now, thirteen years later, Alice’s American dream is…

Poppy’s Place in the Sun Lorraine Wilson  4* Review

Poppy’s Place in the Sun – Lorraine Wilson – 4* Review

Sometimes you need to lose yourself to find your way home… With only her trusty dogs Peanut, Treacle and Pickwick by her side, Poppy Kirkbride could be forgiven for having doubts about her move to a quiet village in rural France. But as the sun shines down on her ramshackle new home, Poppy knows she’s…

A Year of Taking Chances 4* Review Jennifer Bohnet

A Year of Taking Chances – 4* Review – Jennifer Bohnet

Life is about to change forever… When best friends, Tina and Jodie, make a drunken New Year’s Eve vow to change their lives before they hit the big 3 – 0, neither expected to end the year with much more than another hangover… Twelve months later, Jodie is married and living in Provence – and…

A Bride for the PlayBoy Prince – Sharon Kendrick, Sandra Marton, Maisey Yates – 5*Review

A Bride for the PlayBoy Prince – Sharon Kendrick, Sandra Marton, Maisey Yates – 5*Review

Designer Lisa Bailey knows she doesn’t belong in Prince Luciano’s world. Yet when one stolen encounter leaves her unexpectedly pregnant, Luc is determined to claim his queen! Prince Draco Valenti wears his icy exterior like a suit of armour…. until he meets lawyer Anna Orsini. While they’re at odds in business, in the bedroom…

The One-Maria Realf – 4*Review

The One-Maria Realf – 4*Review

Lizzie Sparkes should be the happiest girl in the world – she’s three months away from marrying The One in the wedding of her dreams! But then The One before the One walks back into her life with a bombshell. Alex’s unexpected return changes everything, and now Lizzie faces an impossible dilemma. Because how can you leave…

Conquering His Virgin Queen Pippa Roscoe 4*Review

Conquering His Virgin Queen – Pippa Roscoe – 4*Review

Six months ago, their marriage ended… He has twelve hours to claim her back! Odir Farouk is about to become king—but to take his throne, he needs his errant wife by his side! Odir denied his hunger for Eloise, refusing to compromise power for passion. His rejection drove her away. Now Odir has until news…

Unmasked -4* Review Stefanie London

Unmasked -4* Review Stefanie London

Lainey Kline has one goal before she leaves Melbourne forever: transform herself into a sexy siren, sneak into the season’s most glamorous masquerade ball and seduce Damian McKnight. Only there’s a teeny little problem — one deliciously hot night isn’t nearly enough. Now Lainey wants more. But while getting naked is one thing, taking…

Women's Fiction

Blog Tour: Emma Burstall - A Cornish Secret – Extract – 4*Review

Blog Tour: Emma Burstall -A Cornish Secret – Extract – 4*Review

Be careful what you kiss for... Esme Posorsky is an enigma. For as long as people can remember, she has been part of community life in the quaint Cornish fishing village of Tremarnock, but does anyone really know her? She is usually to be found working in her pottery studio or at home with…

Blog Tour: Kitty Wilson –  The Cornish Village School Q&A and 4*Review

Blog Tour: Kitty Wilson – The Cornish Village School – Q&A and 4*Review

Rosy Winter is definitely not looking for love Following heartbreak, Rosy has rebuilt her life in the beautiful Cornish village of Penmenna. Now, headmistress of the local school, she is living by The Rule: no dating anyone in the village. Easy right? But Rosy Winter has a new neighbour, handsome gardener Matt. In Penmenna…

Blog Tour: Janet Hoggarth Guest Post and 4* Review – The Single Mums’ Mansion

Blog Tour: Janet Hoggarth Guest Post and 4* Review – The Single Mums’ Mansion

Amanda Wilkie unexpectedly finds herself alone with three children under five in a rambling Victorian house in London, after her husband walks leaves them claiming he’s just ‘lost the love’, like one, might carelessly lose a glove. A few months later, Amanda’s heavily pregnant friend, Ali, crashes into her kitchen announcing her partner is also…

Blog Tour: Chloe Esposito – Mad –  Extract – 4* Review

Blog Tour: Chloe Esposito – Mad – Extract – 4* Review

Adult Read Seven days of sun, sin, secrets - and seven days to steal her sister's life . . . Beth has always been the golden girl, leaving her twin Alvie in her shadow. Beth has everything Alvie ever wanted - the money, the hot husband, the cute baby, the fast car. So when Beth…

5* Review: Sarah Morgan –  How to Keep a Secret

5* Review: Sarah Morgan – How to Keep a Secret

When three generations of women are brought together by a crisis, they learn over the course of one hot summer the power of family to support, nourish and surprise Lauren has a perfect life...if she ignores the fact it's a fragile house of cards, and that her daughter Mack has just had a teenage personality transplant.…

Blog Tour: Shari Low With or Without You Guest Post – 5* Review

Blog Tour: Shari Low – With or Without You – Guest Post – 5* Review

When Liv and Nate walked up the aisle, Liv knew she was marrying the one, her soul mate and her best friend. Six years later, it feels like routine and friendship is all they have left in common. What happened to the fun, the excitement, the lust, the love? In the closing moments of 1999,…

Blog Tour: Kate Ryder Summer in a Cornish Cove 5*Review

Blog Tour: Kate Ryder – Summer in a Cornish Cove – 5*Review

Oliver Foxley is an acclaimed movie star and global heartthrob. But under the glare of the spotlight his ‘perfect’ life - and marriage -is slowly starting to crumble. Cara Penhaligon is a struggling young Cornish artist and widowed mother of two children. Life has been unbearably harsh to Cara, but meeting Oliver might just give…

Blog Tour: Together Forever Sian O’Gorman 4* Review

Blog Tour: Together Forever – Sian O’Gorman 4* Review

Tabitha Thomas gave up on a happy family life with Michael her absent, high-flying husband long ago. Instead, she concentrated her energies on their daughter, Rosie, and her career as a head teacher at a local primary school. However, trouble looms on the horizon… While Rosie struggles with the most important exams of her life,…

Ottercombe Bay#3 – Raising the Bar – Bella Osborne  5* Review

Ottercombe Bay#3 – Raising the Bar – Bella Osborne – 5* Review

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,…

5*Review – Letters to Iris – Elizabeth Noble

5*Review – Letters to Iris – Elizabeth Noble

Gigi and Tess aren't the most obvious of friends. Gigi is a grandmother, Tess is pregnant for the first time. But when they meet, each one is coping with their own secret sadness. Tess is writing letters to her unborn baby with no one else to turn to, and Gigi has reached breaking point in…

A Grand Old Time 4* Review Judy Leigh

A Grand Old Time 4* Review Judy Leigh

Evie Gallagher is regretting her hasty move into a Dublin care home. She may be seventy-five and recently widowed, but she’s absolutely not dead yet. And so, one morning, while the rest of Sheldon Lodge is asleep, Evelyn walks out the front door and never looks back. So begins a road trip that will take…

The Cows 5*Review – ‘Don’t Follow the Herd’ Dawn O’Porter

The Cows 5*Review – ‘Don’t Follow the Herd’ Dawn O’Porter

A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd. Three women. A whole world of judgement. Tara, Cam and Stella are very different women. Yet in a society that sets the agenda, there’s something about being a woman that ties invisible bonds between us. When one extraordinary event rockets Tara…

Spring on the Little Cornish Isles The Flower Farm  Phillipa Ashley

Spring on the Little Cornish Isles – The Flower Farm – Phillipa Ashley – 5* Review

Jess has lived at the idyllic flower farm on the Isles of Scilly her whole life, but when her boyfriend Adam leaves without explanation, Jess discovers that even her little slice of Cornish heaven can be lonely. For the first time in Will’s life, he’s met someone he can’t stop thinking about. But nothing is simple when the…

Blog Tour: Little Woodford – Catherine Jones – The Secrets of a Small Town Extract and 4*Review

Blog Tour: Little Woodford – Catherine Jones – The Secrets of a Small Town Extract and 4*Review

Trouble comes to the sleepy market town of Little Woodford - a world of allotments, pub quizzes, shopping and gossip - the heart of middle England. Little Woodford has a sleepy high street, a weekly market, a weathered old stone church and lovingly tended allotments. A peaceful, unexciting place, the very heart of middle England.…

A Place to Remember Jenn J McLeod 5* Review

A Place to Remember – Jenn McLeod – 5* Review

A multi-generational contemporary romantic saga set in a cattle ranch in Central Queensland, Australia. A man loses five years of his life. Two women are desperate for him to remember. Running away for the second time in her life, twenty-seven-year-old Ava believes the cook's job at a country B&B is perfect until she meets the…

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

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,…

Historical Crime/Mystery/ Thriller Fiction

Vendetta - Derek Lambert - 4* Review

Vendetta – Derek Lambert – 4* Review

For the beleaguered German and Russian armies, there is no war beyond the carnage in the city’s grim skeleton, and the terrible winter at their heels. Desperate men need heroes to boost their morale: orders come from the very top for a duel between champion snipers Antonov the Russian, and Meister the German – a…

The Saint Peter’s Plot – Derek Lambert – 4* Review

The Saint Peter’s Plot – Derek Lambert – 4* Review

As the Russians and the Western Allies race towards Berlin, the Nazi hierarchy plots to escape the inevitable retribution facing them at the end of World War II. Kurt Wolff is a handsome, blond SS Captain and a member of Hitler’s personal elitist bodyguard. Yet he still has to know the greatest honour of all.…

Blog Blitz :The Killing Time – M.J Lee 4*Review

Blog Blitz :The Killing Time – M.J Lee 4*Review

As tensions simmer in Shanghai, children go missing… Shanghai 1932: Inspector Danilov hasn't recovered from the death of his child... but across a Shanghai riven with communal tensions, children are going missing. Missing, and then murdered. Who is responsible? Why have the children's bodies been exhibited for all to see? Just as Danilov thinks the…

Blog Tour: Jeff Dawson –  No Ordinary Killing – Extract – 4* Review –

Blog Tour: Jeff Dawson – No Ordinary Killing – Extract – 4* Review

The Empire has a deadly secret... 1899, South Africa: As the Boer War rages, Captain Ingo Finch of the Royal Army Medical Corps pieces together casualties at the front. Then, recovering in Cape Town, he is woken by local police. A British officer has been murdered, and an RAMC signature is required for the post-mortem.…

Children's Fiction

5* Review – My First 123, My First Colours – (Twirlywoos)

5* Review – My First 123, My First Colours – (Twirlywoos)

It’s the Twirlywoos! Today they’re learning all about . . . Counting and colours! Introducing two new early learning concept books with a Twirlywoos twist! Packed full of their trademark slapstick humour but with a strong educational underpinning, every child can learn something new with the Twirlywoos! Amazon UK My Thoughts... These two digital books are full of…

My First MOG 123 – Judith Kerr – 5* Review

My First MOG 123 – Judith Kerr – 5* Review

Join everyone’s favourite pet, and learn to count with MOG! Mog is the forgetful cat that everybody loves, and now you can learn to count with her in this brand new book for very young readers. This delightful book is the perfect introduction to counting, and with its gorgeous illustrations and Mog’s unique humour, it’s…

All Aboard the Toilet Train – Bing 5* Review

All Aboard the Toilet Train – Bing 5* Review

Join Bing on a toilet training adventure in this interactive sound book – perfect for encouraging young children to use the toilet with confidence. Bing doesn’t use his potty anymore – he uses the big toilet, and you can too! It can be scary at first, but with a little practice, you’ll be catching the…

Literary Fiction

More Than Us  - Dawn Barker 4* Review

Blog Tour: More Than Us- Dawn Barker – Guest Post – 4* Review

When parents disagree on how to care for their child, is it justifiable to take extreme measures? Emily and Paul have a glorious home, money in the bank and two beautiful children. Since leaving Scotland for Paul to play football for an Australian team they have been blessed. But sadness lies behind the picture-perfect family…

Falling Short – Lex Coulton – 4*Review

Falling Short – Lex Coulton – 4*Review

Sometimes getting it wrong is the only way to get it right . . . Frances Pilgrim's father went missing when she was five, and ever since all sorts of things have been going astray: car keys, promotions, a series of underwhelming and unsuitable boyfriends . . . Now here she is,…

The Earth Bleeds Red – Jackson Paul Baer 4* Review

The Earth Bleeds Red – Jackson Paul Baer – 4* Review

Scott Miller has everything he’s ever hoped for. He has a successful marriage to Jessie, a stunningly beautiful, creative woman. His seventeen-year-old daughter, Ashley, is both gorgeous and intelligent and has just been accepted to the University of Notre Dame, where Scott received his PhD. He has a comforting home in the woods, and a…

Young Adult

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HIstorical Romance

A Lady Becomes a Governess –  Diane Gaston – 4* Review

A Lady Becomes a Governess – Diane Gaston – 4* Review

A most unlikely governess……with a shocking secret. Lady Rebecca Pierce escapes her forced betrothal when the ship she's on wrecks. Assuming the identity of a governess she believes has drowned, she enters the employ of brooding Lord Brookmore, who's selflessly caring for his orphaned nieces. Inconveniently, she's extremely attracted to the viscount, with her only…

A Wedding for the Scandalous Heiress – Elizabeth Beacon  4* Review

A Wedding for the Scandalous Heiress – Elizabeth Beacon 4* Review

A stolen kiss from a dashing stranger... at her own betrothal ball! When Isabella Alstone receives a shockingly passionate kiss from a handsome stranger at her betrothal ball, she scandalously ends her engagement. She is even more surprised when she discovers exactly who the stranger is! Ruggedly striking Wulf FitzDevelin is illegitimate, penniless and her…

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