Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A Vicarage Christmas
Kate Hewitt
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Series: The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite Bk 1
Genre: Women’s fiction/romance
Release Date: October 18, 2017
Publisher: Tule Publishing

Welcome to Thornthwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…
Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy, chaotic bustle of the busy vicarage.
When she finished school Anna left for Manchester and tried to avoid coming back home and the well-meaning nosiness being a Holley sister in a small village like Thornthwaite meant… but when her father says he has an important announcement to make, she’s drawn back home for the happy chaos of a vicarage Christmas. 
Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, Anna heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate! 
Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his
own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?




Kate Hewitt is the author of over 60 novels of women’s fiction and romance. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling an emotionally compelling story. An American ex-pat, she now lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five children.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Bad Sister
Sam Carrington

Guest review
Julie Williams

Avon – kindle 05/10/17 PB 14/12/17

This is the second book written by Sam Carrington and equally enjoyable. This psychological thriller has many twists right up to the end that kept me alert and eager to discover the link between Psychologist Connie Summers, the body of an ex criminal and her client Stephanie.

Unscrambling family secrets whilst helping investigating officer D I Lindsay Wade, brings both fear and pain into her life and it is this that gives Connie the understanding of just how difficult life is for Stephanie and her son while in witness protection. 

I particularly enjoyed the developing relationship between Connie and Lindsay and the bond they both shared by the end of the book. 

This novel has a good plot which covers lies, fear, blackmail and coincidences amongst others that make for an interesting and intense read.

My thanks to NetGalley for the ARC this is my own opinion.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Christmas at the Gin Shack
Catherine Miller

Welcome in the festive season with love, laughter and the perfect G&T in Christmas at the Gin Shack – the most uplifting holiday read of 2017!

Gingle bells, gingle bells, gingle all the way…

Olive Turner might have lived through eighty-four Christmases, but she’ll never get bored of her favourite time of year. And this one’s set to be extra-special. It’s the Gin Shack’s first Christmas – and there’s a gin-themed weekend and a cocktail competition on the cards!

But, beneath the dazzle of fairy lights and the delicious scent of mince-pies, Olive smells a rat. From trespassers in her beloved beach hut to a very unfunny joke played on her friends, it seems that someone is missing a dose of good cheer.

Olive knows she’s getting on a bit – but is she really imagining that someone in the little seaside town is out to steal Christmas? More importantly, can she create the perfect gin cocktail before Christmas Eve – in time to save the day? 

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Author Bio

When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren't full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with HQDigital UK. There is a possibility she has aged remarkably in that time. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, came out in March 2016. She is now the author of four books and hopes there will be many more now her twins have started school. Either that, or she’ll conduct more gin research on Olive’s behalf.

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Fatal Masquerade
Vivian Conroy

It's my turn today on the Fatal Masquerade BLOG TOUR. I have a guest post by the author for you.

Meet the cast for this masked ball adventure ...

Lady Alkmene - used to grand parties, but still impressed with her hostess's efforts: Chinese lanterns everywhere, boats on the waterways, flower arrangements full of priceless orchids and birds of paradise. A night of lighthearted fun seems guaranteed. But why is her best friend Denise so nervous? And what is reporter Jake
Dubois doing at a party he should despise for its opulence? Jake Dubois - reporter who can't stand titles or wealth. And who never says no to a challenge. And his task at the masked ball is a challenge indeed, especially with Lady Alkmene around to ask questions about his presence and ... stumble onto a dead body!
Mrs Hargrove - perfect hostess and reluctant stepmother to the volatile Denise, who claims to know a little secret about her. A little secret that could just ruin everything Mrs Hargrove worked so hard to achieve. She can't let that happen ...
Mr Hargrove - oil magnate and aviation enthusiast, supposedly working on a new engine, eager to get acquainted with the upper ten and move up the social ladder, but having your guests questioned by the police might not be the best way to go about that. Denise Hargrove - determined to make this the night of her life. But is the one guest she is waiting for really who he claims to be?
Relatives who jump at their own shadow, a sinister psychiatrist who can't stop talking about poison cases, conniving staff, and disaster is just waiting to strike. Trust Alkmene to be in the heart of it. With Jake by her side, she can crack the case, can't she? But this time things are different. This time the danger is closer to home than ever before ...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Secrets We Keep
Faith Hogan

Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: February 2017
Publisher: Aria Fiction – Head of Zeus

Two distant relatives, drawn together in companionship are forced to confront their pasts and learn that some people are good at keeping secrets and some secrets are never meant to be kept..
A bittersweet story of love, loss and life. Perfect for fans of Patricia Scanlan, Adele Parks and Rosamunde Pilcher.
The beautiful old Bath House in Ballytokeep has lain empty and abandoned for decades. For devoted pensioners Archie and Iris, it holds too many conflicting memories of their adolescent dalliances and tragic consequences – sometimes it’s better to leave the past where it belongs.
For highflying, top London divorce lawyer Kate Hunt, it’s a fresh start – maybe even her future. On a winter visit to see her estranged Aunt Iris she falls in love with the Bath House. Inspired, she moves to Ballytokeep leaving her past heartache 600 miles away – but can you ever escape your past or your destiny?

Extract from Secrets We Keep by Faith Hogan

‘I’ve never seen anything like it,’ Kate said. It was her first thought as they turned down the cove and saw the bathhouse snuggled into the cliff face. It was a turreted, stocky grown-ups sandcastle. ‘It could have been emptied from a child’s bucket,’ was her first reaction. It had been painted, white with a light blue trim once, then the waves and the spray had all but washed that away. It still sat proudly, if shabbily, on a huge flat rock, that upturned in a lip over the sea. It was a plate, large enough for any giant.
‘Genesis Rock – it’s a metamorphic rock, probably over a thousand million years old,’ Rita said. ‘Sorry, did I mention I taught geography and home economics, once upon a time.’
‘No, but I probably should have guessed.’
‘I don’t remember the bathhouse even being open. I could imagine that I’d have spent all my days here if I had.’ Rita looked at the washed white walls that reached high into the cliff face.
‘Well, Archie said they ran it for a few years, but he didn’t say when it shut.’ This place probably held sadness for Archie, if his brother died here. Kate couldn’t feel it. Instead, it made her feel energized, as though the sea was spraying something like an invitation deep into her lungs. It made her heart pound with an expectation she hadn’t felt in years. Even the deserted castle keep that loomed up in grey stone at the tip of the headland seemed to carry a hopeful secret in its towers.
‘It must have been lovely once. Even now, you can see.’ Rita rested her hands on the thick window ledge, her nose pressed firmly to the cold glass of the windows. ‘It looks like they just closed up one evening and never came back.’
Kate walked to the back of the bathhouse; it dug into the cliff face, as though the construction of one depended on the other. Alongside the building, a small narrow road clung to the cliff for a couple of hundred yards before it feathered off onto what counted as a main road in these parts. Far below, the waves lapped serenely against the stone. It was low tide now; Kate wondered how close the water actually came to the rock. ‘I’d love to get a look inside.’ Rita followed her round to the front of the bathhouse. They peered through a sea sprayed window for a few minutes. Inside, Kate could see there were tables and chairs, a small stove and an old-fashioned counter where once someone had taken orders for afternoon tea. ‘It’s a little cafĂ©, wouldn’t it be lovely if it was open for coffee?’ Kate mused, it was so much more than just a bathhouse.

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Already an international best seller, Faith Hogan is an original voice in women’s fiction, she has been hailed as a Maeve Binchey for a new generation. Her stories are warm and rooted in a contemporary Irish landscape which has lost none of its wit or emotion thanks to its modern vibe.
Faith Hogan was born in Ireland. She gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway. She has worked as a fashion model, an event’s organiser and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector.
She was a winner in the 2014 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair – an international competition for emerging writers.
‘Secrets We Keep,’ is her second novel published with Aria Fiction. Her first, My Husbands Wives has been a top ten best seller and is currently available in paperback.


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Friday, 6 October 2017

The Girl from Ballymor
Kathleen McGurl

What would you sacrifice for your children?

Ballymor, Ireland, 1847
As famine grips the country Kitty McCarthy is left widowed and alone. Fighting to keep her
two remaining children alive against all odds, Kitty must decide how far she will go to save
her family.

Present day
Arriving in Ballymor, Maria is researching her ancestor, Victorian artist Michael McCarthy –
and his beloved mother, the mysterious Kitty who disappeared without a trace.
Running from her future, it’s not only answers about the past that Maria hopes to find in
Ireland. As her search brings her closer to the truth about Kitty’s fate, Maria must make the
biggest decision of her life.

About Kathleen McGurl
Kathleen McGurl lives near the sea in Bournemouth, with her husband, sons and cats. She began her writing career creating short stories, then she got side tracked onto family history research. She has always been fascinated by the past, the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.

Maria is heading to Ireland to try and trace her family history. Her ancestors, the McCarthy family, were trying to survive the potato famine in the 1800's and Kitty is left to try and feed her children before it's too late. Her eldest son, Michael, spens his days looking for work to help his mother feed his siblings.

This is a book where the chapters alternate from 1847 onwards back to the present day and meet up at the end!! I love these style of books as you just can't help reading another chapter, just to see how it all comes together!!

The author obviously researched thoroughly the potato famine and her attention to detail with regards to accents, places and the history of Ireland is exceptional.

This book brought a little tear to my eye because of what Kitty had to sacrifice for her children and how the poor people of Ireland suffered during that period and the struggle of trying to find enough food to feed your children. 

I really enjoyed this book and loved the cover! I will definitely love to read other novels from this author.

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

The Stolen Marriage
Diane Chamberlain

Yet another review for you by my very good friend Julie Williams for The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain on Publication Day. Enjoy!

Another fabulous book from Diane Chamberlain this time it is a wonderful historical fiction. This one is set in 1944 and tells the story of a young 23 year old woman Tess De Mello and how she overcomes the many obstacles and heartache that is put in front of her in order to achieve the life she truly deserves.

Diane has researched thoroughly for this book and it certainly shows as she explores the subjects of racial discrimination, social classes and America’s polio epidemic at that time, to name but a few.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Stolen Marriage and have no hesitation in recommending this 5 star tale. Be prepared for heart tugging moments and surprises along the way.

Published by Macmillan

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Moonlight Over Manhattan
Sarah Morgan

Happy Publication Day to Sarah Morgan for Moonlight over Manhattan. My lovely friend and fellow reviewer, Julie Williams, loves her books and so is delighted to review this book today on Publication Day! 

Sarah Morgan is known as “The Queen of Romance” and this latest stunning Christmas novel shows just why. I am always excited when a new book comes out as Sarah is one of my favourite authors and after reading this one, it has set me up for Christmas even though it’s only autumn!

Moonlight Over Manhattan continues the Manhattan With Love series and this instalment tells Harriet’s story. 

Having previously been introduced in earlier books in this series, I was able to connect straight away with the main character who is not only shy, caring and vulnerable, but also ballsy. 

Harriet Knight decides that she needs to change now that her twin sister Fliss has moved out so she sets about a daily challenge until December that really scares her. It is whilst doing just this that she meets ER doctor Ethan for the first time. Neither of them are prepared to commit to a relationship but there is definitely a magical spark there.

Characters from a previous trilogy are re-introduced as the tale progresses, much to my delight as it is fabulous to see how the handsome O’Neil brothers as well as other residents at Snow Crystal including the dogs are doing when Ethan invites Harriet there for a vacation.

A 5 Star novel, which can also be read as a standalone if you haven’t read the others in this series.

Published by Harper Collins HQ

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Christmas At Mistletoe Cove
By Holly Martin

This delightful story takes us back to Hope Island at Christmas time with its town brightly decorated it is the most magical setting. Everyone is looking forward to the festivities and Eden Lancaster is most excited of all as her best friend Dougie Harrison is back from New York and not just for the holidays but for good. 

There is definitely a spark between the two of them but neither of them is keen to start up a romantic relationship as their long lasting friendship is so good they do not want to jeopardise it.

This is a lovely fairy tale that I was addicted to from the start and complete with hopes, dreams, wishes and fairy dust this is just what I needed when reading a Christmas romance story. 

Holly Martin writes some gorgeous tales and I would not hesitate in recommending you read not only the others in this Hope Island series, but all her others. She brings all the characters to life with warmth and depth that leaves you feeling that you have gained some more friends.

A 5 star read. 

Published by Bookouture

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