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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Blog Blitz - Summer at the Castle Cafe by Donna Ashcroft


When Alice Appleton escapes to the beautiful seaside town of Castle Cove it’s the change of scenery she didn’t even realise she needed. Taking up a job in the charming Castle Café, Alice finds herself surrounded by cream teas, chocolate cake and quirky characters. Could this be the perfect place for Alice to embrace the summer?

Mysterious and handsome Jay O’Donnell has lived in picturesque Castle Cove since he was a child. As a volunteer on the lifeboats, his days by the sea are far from predictable. Haunted by a tragedy from his past, he’s on a mission to save as many people as possible. But when Alice Appleton walks into his life - and turns his world upside down - he begins to realise that perhaps it might just be his turn to be rescued…

As Alice and Jay find themselves unexpectedly falling for each other, will they learn the importance of letting go to make way for second chances? And will Alice find the life she’s always dreamed of in Castle Cove?

Heart-warming, hilarious and utterly romantic, Summer at the Castle Café is perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson, Lucy Diamond and Phillipa Ashley.
The perfect book to relax with over the summer months - a love story which unfolds over the duration of the book as if in real time. I am sure that many people can relate to Alice and Jay's relationship within the book, many will have friends who have been through the same and I am sure, as I was, there were times during the book when I wanted to intercept and give them both a good talking to and make them see what is happening.
The front cover is a great advert for the book - I would love to visit Castle Cove and take in the scenery. Donna's book is the perfect summer read while relaxing in the summer sun.
Thank you to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog blitz in return for an honest review

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

A Family Recipe by Veronica Henry

Today I am very pleased to be a stop on Veronica Henry's blog tour to celebrate the publication of A Family Recipe in paperback.

The brand-new feel-good story from bestseller Veronica Henry - a perfect mix of family, friends and delicious food.
What's the secret ingredient to your happiness?
A Family RecipeLaura Griffin is preparing for an empty nest. The thought of Number 11 Lark Hill falling silent - a home usually bustling with noise, people and the fragrant smells of something cooking on the Aga - seems impossible. Laura hopes it will mean more time for herself, and more time with her husband, Dom.
But when an exposed secret shakes their marriage, Laura suddenly feels as though her family is shrinking around her. Feeling lost, she turns to her greatest comfort: her grandmother's recipe box, a treasured collection dating back to the Second World War.
Everyone has always adored Laura's jams and chutneys, piled their sandwiches high with her pickles . . . Inspired by a bit of the old Blitz spirit, Laura has an idea that gives her a fresh sense of purpose.
Full of fierce determination, Laura starts carving her own path. But even the bravest woman needs the people who love her. And now, they need her in return...

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781409166627

I really enjoy Veronica's books, they are always a great read with strong women at their heart and a really strong family in the background of the stories. A Family Recipe is another such book and has been cleverly told in two timelines. Veronica writes in such a great way, her stories are easy to read but always have a clear message. Veronica has written for a number of television series and whenever I pick up her latest title I can see the characters and the story unfolding before my eyes - I really hope that this (or any of her back list) are taken up by a production company. 

Jill is the  main character of the book and we meet her in 1942, in wartime England, where she has lost love ones and again in the modern day, along with her grand daughter Laura, who is suffering from empty nest syndrome as her children leave home to go to university. Both ladies turn to cooking and the story is told alongside their family recipe books which are stored in a box and come out in times of need.

A Family Recipe is a great story, with strong characters and a believable story. The recipes and foods that are described in the book all sound gorgeous and I will be investigating some of them further. This is a great book to read over the summer months, and I am sure there will be lots of family recipe chutneys and jams at the many summer fayres over the summer months to enjoy while reading it.

Another great read from Veronica - can't wait for the next one!

Thank you to the publishers, Orion Books, for sending me this book to review. 

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Blog Blitz - Finders Keepers by K T Finch

Finders Keepers: An Absolutely Gripping Mystery Thriller (Paperback)

A split-second decision throws ordinary family man Noah’s life into chaos in this utterly gripping thriller that will have you hooked from the first page to the last. If you love James Patterson, Harlan Coben and Gregg Hurwitz, you’ll love Finders Keepers.
What if you could change your life with one little lie?

Noah Kendall loves his family, but hates his teaching job. Mortgage, bills and mouths to be fed: he’s stuck in a rut. And with more debts piling up each day, he knows that something has to change.

As he opens yet another red letter, he has to get out and clear his head, despite the heavy Alaskan snow outside. His legs ache as he runs deeper into the forest, until he notices something in the distance – a crashed car, sitting dead still. Inside, a girl sits slumped in the driver’s seat, eyes closed, mouth open, skin grey beneath the winter frost.

And then beside her he sees it: a bag of money. And lots of it. Enough to pay off his debt and start a whole new life. And it’s just sitting there, waiting for him to take it...

What would you do?

This book was previously published as The Dead Girl.

'An unputdownable mystery thriller that will have you on the edge of your seats' says Amazon and I must agree! I was up late into the evening finishing this book as I just couldn't put it down. K T Finch has a fantastic writing style and I love to pick up the new thriller and get lost in it, living the twists and turns as they unfold and I am always left shocked by the ending.

I felt that K T Finch started the fast impact of pace from the first chapter. I loved the cast of characters - they each had their own mysteries and personal characteristics and I really liked Noah as a main character, he had his flaws but I found him really interesting.

I will definitely be seeking out some more of K T Finch's back catalogue and am looking forward to the next release.

Thank you to Bookouture for inviting me to be a part of this blog blitz.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Blog Blitz - Cross Your Heart by Kierney Scott

Blinking her eyes open, she looks around the room, taking in the bed and the wardrobe full of clothes she’s never seen before. This isn’t her bedroom. Those aren’t her clothes. She begins to cry as she wonders if she’ll ever see her own home again.

Three young girls are missing. All of them cold cases. All of them forgotten. But when Detective Jess Bishop identifies a disturbing link between them, she’s determined to find out what happened, and fights to re-open their cases. 

At the scene of each abduction the kidnapper left a clue – a small bag of candy – in place of the missing child.

And then a fourth child is taken. Eight-year-old Ava is snatched from her hospital bed and when a bag of candy is found in her room, Jessica knows it’s the same kidnapper.

As the pressure to solve the case pushes Jess and her team to breaking point, Jess takes a personal risk she fears she’ll live to regret. But she has no choice.

Out of hospital, Ava can only get sicker: Jess is running out of time. Can she find Ava before it’s too late?

An absolutely gripping thriller that will have your pulse racing. Cross Your Heart is perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gardner. 

Cross Your Heart is the second instalment in the new series about Detective Jess Bishop. I really enjoyed the first book and have been looking forward to this second instalment.

Cross Your Heart follows Detective Jess Bishop as she investigates three cold cases which all concern the kidnapping of a child. While investigating the three cold cases another child goes missing, and there are similarities to the three cold cases.

Kierney Scott writes fantastic crime thrillers and Cross Your Heart is another fantastic read.  I have enjoyed learning more about Jess and the surrounding cast are all interesting characters. Jess has her own demons which continue to affect her during this book and I really enjoyed this part of the writing.  Kierney's writing style is brilliant and she captures the suspense and intrigue as the cases unfold. I had a few late nights while reading this book, just wanting to find out more before closing the book (which got harder and harder the further I got towards the end).

Another fantastic read. Thank you to Bookouture for the ARC in return for an honest review (Apologies it has been posted one day late, due to Broadband issues).

Friday, 20 April 2018

The Man I Think I Know by Mike Gayle

The Man I Think I Know: A feel-good, uplifting story of the most unlikely friendship (Hardback)

This is the stunning new novel from bestselling author Mike Gayle, for fans of The Keeper of Lost Things and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. A powerful and bittersweet story of an unexpected male friendship and an unlikely love story, a thought provoking storyline told with Mike's distinctive wit and insight, touching on issues which affect us all. This uplifting tale reminds us of the simple courage at the heart of every human being.
Ever since The Incident, James DeWitt has stayed on the safe side.
He likes to know what happens next.
Danny Allen is not on the safe side. He is more past the point of no return.
The past is about to catch up with both of them in a way that which will change their lives forever, unexpectedly.
But redemption can come in the most unlikely ways. 
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781473608986

Mike a fantastic author and I have enjoyed  reading all of his back catalogue. In The Man I Think I Know I think that Mike has developed his writing style and I was entranced in the book from the first chapter and I didn't want the book to end as I really liked the characters James and Danny.

I really liked Mike's style of writing and being introduced to the character through both James and Danny's eyes. I felt like a fly on the wall observing from within. I really enjoyed reading from the points of view of someone with a brain injury, a point of view that I don't think has been widely written from but is very insightful and well done.

The storyline is one which will tug the heart strings of many readers and I recommend it to all.You may want a box of tissues at times but as a whole the book is a great read and one which has a feel good factor for all concerned.

Thank you to the publishers, Hodder and Stoughton, for inviting me to take part in the is blog tour in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Blog Blitz - The Last Thing I Saw by Alex Sinclair

A perfect family. A moment that will change everything.

Emma wakes up in hospital with no memories of the past 24 hours and no idea why she’s there. And her husband and son refuse to visit her.

As she frantically tries to piece together her memories to find out what happened, Emma is desperate to ensure her loved ones are safe. But all she can remember is the last thing she saw before she blacked out: a pair of cold, dark eyes…

An addictive and page-turning psychological thriller that will having you looking over your shoulder and checking the doors are locked. If you love B.A. Paris, Shari Lapena and K.L. Slater, The Last Thing I Saw is for you.

Previously published as Don’t Let Me Die. This edition contains significant editorial revisions.

'The Last Thing I Saw' is a fantastic read. The narrative is fast paced and draws the reader in from the first line and grips them tight, not loosening its hold until the very last line!! Alex Sinclair has an excellent writing style which is captivating, tension building and atmospheric all rolled into one and has produced a thriller which will remain in my mind for many weeks to come.

As a reader I was immediately nervous of how I would feel in Emma's place, stuck in a hospital bed and having no memory of the previous 24 hours. I felt the terror that Emma was enduring and had to carry on reading to unpick what had happened since.

This is a fantastic psychological thriller but ensure you have plenty of time to read the book before starting it as it is very difficult to put it down once started.

Thank you to Bookouture for sending me the book to review in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Blog Blitz - The Next Girl by Carla Kovach

Today I am pleased to be a part of Bookouture's Blog Blitz to celebrate the publication of Carla Kovach's The Next Girl.

You thought he’d come to save you. You were wrong.

How can someone vanish without a single trace?

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her for the short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again…
Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. 

The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive...

The Girl Next Door is Carla Kovach's first novel in her new DI Gina Harte crime series and I am already looking forward to the next one in the series. The Next Girl was fast paced, yet it was not rushed. There were two clear storylines to the plot: the police procedural storyline along with a plot line set four years previous when Deborah goes missing on her at home. 

Great crime series need a strong police lead and I really liked DI Gina Harte. She is a strong woman, who cares about her profession and gives the job her all as she strives to get justice and find out who committed the crime.  There is a tricky relationship between her and her daughter and this plays a part in the book - I look forward to reading more about Gina and learning more about this history.

I recommend this to any of my blog readers who are looking for a new series of books to try,DI Gina Harte is one to watch.

I have read that the author, Carla Kovach, lives in Redditch and as I grew up there I hope she has the opportunity to do local events in the Worcestershire area so I can chat with Carla about all things DI Gina Harte.

Thank you to the publishers, Bookouture, for inviting me to take part in this blog tour.