Wednesday, 30 May 2018

I'm off on holiday - yes again and a #Giveaway!!

Feels like no time at all since I last wrote that I was off on holiday just before Christmas, but apparently it was almost 6 months, so I think I can have another one.

Tomorrow I am heading off for 10 days of rest, relaxation, reading, sunshine and hopefully good food to Paphos in Cyprus.  I am praying the long ranger forecasts are wrong with their little pics of rain clouds for the next week out there, as I really don't want two holidays in a row blighted by poor weather, after all its almost June, and its the Med, it should be sunny!

Realistically all I want to do on this holiday is laze by the pool and alternate reading and sleeping all day, and then in the evenings hopefully find some entertainment as well as good restaurants (by good I mean ones that do food I like to eat, rather than Michelin Stars!!)


Where I will be staying
As always check out my social media I will try to put pics up from my phone, in addition to taking some with the real camera!

Given my bluetooth keyboard worked so well last time for review writing my intention is to do the same again and read some of my review stack while I'm away - as it is jam packed with auto read / auto buy authors for me, so the books should be great. Will show you the list in a bit!

What's coming up after I'm back?

Well I'm glad someone asked that!


From June 14th until July 15th is my massive Bookish World Cup feature, coinciding with the football world cup.  Delighted to say that as of late last night it is all prepped in advance for the month - and it features each day guest posts from authors talking about some aspect of a qualified country, and/or a review about a book with a link to a country.

Each day a different one of the 32 nations will be featured, and I hope it will be interesting for you all. 

In fact I have reviewed books for just over half the countries, in addition to all the guest posts, so hopefully you will all enjoy it.

And then after that I already have some reviews scheduled and I predict my holiday reviews will appear in August, but will decide that when I'm back.

For those of you wondering about my Rachel Reads Randomly feature - I'm hopeful for its return in middle July but it depends how busy my blog tour organising work is...amazed it has taken me this far into the post to plug Rachel's Random Resources!


And my Review TBR and potential holiday reading choices are







 I am happy to take suggestions on books to read while I'm away - there are far too many great looking books to pick from, and I desperately want to read them all! 

In fact the other day I had so little idea what to read next, I shut my eyes, scrolled back and forth through my Netgalley collection on my kindle, and then randomly pressed the screen and started reading whatever it is that popped up - if I get stuck I may be doing that more often!!

Anyways I will stop rambling now and see you all in mid June, hopefully very relaxed, with a tan and a large number of reviews to copy onto the blog!

And since it is a summer holiday and about to be summer reading season based on that list above, have a summery book giveaway!


Giveaway to win a PB Copy of My Summer of Magic Moments by Caroline Roberts (Open to Europe Only)


*Terms and Conditions –European entries welcome.  Please enter using the Gleam box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Gleam from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Book Review - Spring on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley

Amazon UK
Title: Spring on the Little Cornish Isles
Author: Phillipa Ashley
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 19th February 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


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 woman of your dreams is working for you.

Gaby is running away from painful memories, and where could be more perfect than a remote island off the Cornish coast? But to put the past behind her, she must keep moving … however much she might want to stay.

What a picturesque and gorgeous setting for a book, and by that I'm referring to not only the Isles of Scilly, but also Jess and Will's flower farm.   

In fact I was so taken by the sheer amount of narcissi that are being grown on the farm that I have just had a google to see what they really look like.  O so not my favourite sort of flower, but I can appreciate the hard work that goes into flower farming. 

So can Gaby who has arrived at the farm as a picker for a 6 month contract, although it takes a while for us to know the real reasons she has moved so far from home to pick flowers.  She is a gutsy plucky character that I enjoyed getting to know. 

And her banter with Will is really entertaining.  In the meantime, I felt as though I knew a bit about Jess and her boyfriend Adam as she is Maisie's best friend and Maisie's story was the main one in the first book of this trilogy.   I really enjoyed getting to know her a lot better although the course of true love never did run smoothly! 

Having recently read a run of short novellas with rather shallow characters, it was pure pleasure to delve back into a good length book, full of characters with real hidden depths to them. I loved everything about these characters and had great sympathy for most of them at one point or another. 

There are sections of complete light relief while others are more serious but one thing that ties the book together is superb writing and storytelling.  Although this is book 2 of a trilogy, it can easily be read as a standalone as the focus of this book is different, and I am already looking forward to the next release. 

I had been worried that I had forgotten everything about the series but the first pages where I am reminded of the various islands names a lot of the info came back to me, plus a few short character recaps brought me back up to speed with the series. 

Full of beautiful flowers, great locations some action packed scenes and fully formed characters, this is a fabulous book that I am delighted to have found the time to read. 

Thank you to Avon and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Book Review - Heroic Justice by M. A. Comley

Amazon UK
Title: Heroic Justice
Author: M.A. Comley
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Jeamel Publishing Limited
Publication Date: 13th November 2017
Rating: 5 Stars


One killer. Several gruesome murders...

 Two hundred miles apart!

A complex issue that will take two exceptional detectives to solve.

Who is targeting his victims in public places? What is his motive?

Lorne is prepared to lose sleep and to travel the length of the country searching for clues.

But the killer is canny... ups his game with devastating consequences.

Lorne shakes her head in confusion when the truth is revealed...

A fast-paced thriller with a surprising outcome one not to be missed.

Yet another fabulous installment in what is one of my favourite crime series of all times.  

Despite getting insights into the serial killer's mind, I had no idea how on earth Lorne was going to catch this one, or even work out who it was.   The crimes were so senseless and even after the finale I'm still not completely sure I will ever follow the motivation.  But then I haven't had the same experiences as that character, so I'm sure it may sense to them 

It was great to see Lorne team up with Hero Nelson in Manchester, which added a new dimension to the book, an a timely reminder to me that I really do need to read all the other series this talented author writes. 

I loved catching up with Lorne and her family, and am very interested to see how the new direction Charlie is going in develops in future books.  

This is an incredibly fast paced book that kept me on my toes and utterly hooked the entire time.  I loved it. 

Monday, 28 May 2018

Book Review - A Garden In Cornwall by Laura Briggs

Amazon UK
Title: A Garden In Cornwall
Author: Laura Briggs
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 30th May 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


With their lives exactly what they've always dreamed, Matt and Julianne await the arrival of the third member of their family — but their happiness is threatened when their landlady Mathilda announces her intention to sell their beloved Rosemoor Cottage for an impossible value. Devastated, Julianne struggles to accept the cold reality of her and Matt making their home elsewhere. 

Matt's life has taken a new turn as he finally puts aside his academic work to pursue his gardening hobby as a career: his first new job as a landscape designer involves neglected Penwill Hall's 'lost' garden — one with a truly romantic Cornish past. But the task of restoring its legendary beauty from nearly seventy years ago proves difficult among the ruins lost in weeds and wilderness. 

With notions of secret gardens and wartime stories echoing in her thoughts, Julianne is determined to help Matt and the estate’s new owner after the discovery of a hidden mural in the hall itself, depicting a breathtaking garden that may well be the lost one. Her efforts to uncover the past lead her to a curmudgeonly local gardener who just may hold the knowledge that would restore the 'lost garden' to its former glory. Will Julianne's quest help her find a way to deal with losing the home she loves? 

Hellos and farewells abound as Dinah returns to lend a helping hand at Cliffs House and Julianne relives her favorite memories of her and Matt's beloved cottage in Book Twelve — the final installment in the bestselling series A WEDDING IN CORNWALL.

If feels like the end of an era, when after 12 installments this absolutely wonderful series has had to come to an end.  And with it a book that really is a great new story by itself, but also has a nod to the past and to the unwritten future. 

I am already crossing my fingers that the author decides at some point in the future to revisit the lives of Matt and Julianne, as I am sad that I won't get to read any more about their lives, or about any of the characters that we have grown to love. 

Rather fittingly for a series that at the heart has had the romance between an event organiser and a gardener, this last book features a secret garden with  a mystery behind it, and a small scale event that Julianne was involved in organising. 

There is even the introduction of a few new characters, one of which i would love to get to know better, if only there were moe books, the rather intimidating new housekeeper at Cliff House. 

This book really did have a bit of everything from nostalgia, to a mystery to a massive declaration of love,.  I really enjoyed it, as have the rest of the series and as much as I do want more, I am also incredibly curious to see what else Laura Briggs writes next. 

Thank you to Laura Briggs for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Friday, 25 May 2018

Book Review - Island Life Sentence by Carrie Jo Howe

Amazon UK
Title: Island Life Sentence
Author: Carrie Jo Howe
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Unbound
Publication Date: 6th March 2018
Rating: 3 Stars


Peg Savage has contractually agreed to move to Key West, Florida. The smudged signatures on the damp cocktail napkin are irrefutable proof. "An adventure..." her husband Clark says. Peg can't swim; she's afraid of bridges (there are 42 of them); and she doesn't want to leave her friends. However, after a bottle of Cabernet, a move from Chicago to the southernmost city in the United States seems like the best decision ever. But now Clark has taken a long term job in Cuba and she's on her own. Neither her dog Nipper, nor the ghosts in the attic, offer up any good advice. But how hard can it be living in paradise? Peg dives into island life but the more effort she makes, the wider her wake of catastrophes. 

This was a reasonable easy book to read once I got into the swing of it, and thankfully it wasn't too long.  For although I did sort of enjoy reading it, I also found myself rolling my eyes more and more at the book. 

I really wasn't keen on Peg the main character, she was whiny, spineless, seemed scared of everything and despite moving across country on her husbands wishes, she just had no real oomph about her for most of the book.  That being said she was responsible for all the funny moments in the book while she tries to break out of her comfort zone and tries to make friends. 

There are some fabulous descriptions of Key West, and I did believe Peg was genuinely frightened at various points, especially of storms and hurricanes and water, and the scenes that involved her seeing possible ghosts were a bit freaky. 

However for anyone that knows me, I do love animals in books, and Nipper and his new friend Lulu are fabulous dogs, and I loved the interactions between their owners too. 

Island Life Sentence is a pleasant way to spend a few hours reading a book, and if you know nothing about life in Key West, or what Cuba is like then you will most probably love this book.  Had I felt more empathy with Peg I may have enjoyed it a lot more. 

Thank you to the author for supplying a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Q&A - Would You Rather? with Catherine Isaac - Blog Tour

Today I am delighted to welcome Catherine Isaac to Rachel's Random Reads, and she has agreed to answer my new fun interview questions entitled - Would You Rather?

1) Would you rather live under the sea or in space? 

Space. Ideally in a Princess Leia costume and with a young Han Solo by my side.

2) Would you rather go skiing or sit by a beach on holiday? 

Ski-ing. I’d take an action-packed holiday over a beach any day. I’m quite an energetic person, so writing and reading books are literally the only times when you’ll see me sitting still for an extended period of time. 

3) Would you rather read ebooks, audiobooks or physical books? 

Definitely physical books, preferably hardback. But I’m a recent convert to Audible, which I listen to if I’m doing chores around the house or garden. I’ve just listened to The Essex Serpent and loved it so much I ended up buying a physical copy too.

4) Would you rather play or watch sports? 

Play. See above about not being able to sit still. I can’t claim to have many brushes with sporting glory since I played netball at school, but I’m always the first to jump up for a game of rounders on a sunny day.

5) Would you rather only be able to whisper the whole time, or shout the whole time?

Whisper. I live in a house with three very boisterous boys and it is LOUD. So I’d welcome the opportunity of communicating in a more civilised manner.

6) Would you rather always be late or always be unprepared? 

Unprepared. I think any working mother is used to winging it.

7) Would you rather have your own luxury car, or private plane? 

Private plane, because you can be in the most luxurious car in the world but if you’re stuck in traffic it’s still a miserable experience.

8) Would you rather look like a fish or smell like a fish? 

This one made me laugh out loud! Neither sounds very appealing but I’ll say smell; I’d simply douse myself in Sure for Women and hope for the best.

9) Would you rather have free books for life or free food for life? 

I’ll recklessly say books although I dread to think what that would do to my already bulging bookshelves. 


10) Would you rather give up social media or alcohol? 

I haven’t had a drink since 2017 and haven’t found it too difficult – so, alcohol! 

Thank you so much Catherine for answering me questions, I really hope you enjoyed them and let me just say how much I enjoyed You Me Everything when I read it last week, and for those who missed it my review can be found here

Author Bio


Catherine Isaac was born in 1974 in Liverpool, England. She studied History at the University of Liverpool, before completing a postgraduate diploma in Journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University. She began her career as a graduate trainee at the Liverpool Echo. At 27, she was appointed Editor of the Liverpool Daily Post and held the position for five years. For a decade she has written under the pseudonym Jane Costello. She wrote her first book, Bridesmaids, while on maternity leave. She has since written nine books, all Sunday Times bestsellers in the UK.

You Me Everything is her first novel writing as Catherine Isaac. Since writing the novel, Catherine has achieved a large following ahead of its publication. Alongside her decade long relationship with Simon and Schuster, You, Me, Everything has been her first opportunity to write for a US audience, and film rights for the novel have been optioned by Lionsgate.


Catherine now lives in Liverpool with her husband Mark and three sons. In her spare time she likes to run, walk up mountains in the Lake District and win at pub quizzes, though the latter rarely happens.

Twitter - https://twitter.com/CatherineIsaac_



Set in the French countryside over one hot summer, You Me Everything is a tender novel about finding joy and love even in the most unexpected places. 

Jess and her ten-year-old son William set off to spend the summer at Ch√Ęteau de Roussignol, deep in the rich, sunlit hills of the Dordogne. There, Jess’s ex-boyfriend and William’s father, Adam, runs a beautiful hotel in a restored castle. Jess is bowled over by what Adam has accomplished, but she’s in France for a much more urgent reason: to make Adam connect with his own son. Jess can’t allow Adam to let their son down because she is tormented by a secret of her own, one that nobody - especially William - must discover.

By turns life-affirming, heart-wrenching and joyful, You Me Everything is a novel about one woman's fierce determination to grab hold of the family she has and never let go, and a romantic story as heady as a crisp Sancerre on a summer day.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Book Review - Love, Lies and Wedding Cake by Sue Watson - Blog Tour

Amazon UK
Title: Love, Lies and Wedding Cake
Author: Sue Watson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookoutre
Publication Date: 23rd May 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


An absolutely hilarious, laugh-‘til-you-cry, romantic comedy about how life never quite goes to plan…


Faye is in crisis. You wouldn’t know it, because of the big fat smile on her face, but inside, she’s one step away from nuclear meltdown. And she shouldn’t be. Dan is the man of her dreams. And he’s just asked her to marry him.

But Faye’s been down the marriage road before and it ended up with her having Ryan Gosling fantasies while her ex-husband obsessed about the plumbing. Faye and Dan, on the other hand, have been living their lives to the fullest, travelling around the world, having sex under the stars... They've never argued about unrolling socks before putting them in the laundry.

Besides, even if she wanted to say yes, how could she move to the other side of the world? Because marrying Dan would mean living in Australia. Beautiful, warm and a gazillion miles from Faye’s daughter, Emma, a single mum with her own crazy little girl who both need Faye every single day. Leaving them – even for someone who makes her as happy as Dan – simply isn’t an option. 

Dan is offering Faye everything she ever wanted. So why does she feel like she’s about to lose it all?

Hilarious, delicious, inspiring are just three of the words I want to use to describe Love, Lies and Wedding Cake which is utterly brilliant! 

It is the long awaited sequel to Love, Lies and Lemon Cake and despite it being a few years between reading them, I realised I remembered the basics, and especially Faye and Dan, within a few pages, which to me is the sign of an author writing memorable characters.  This could be read as a standalone, but honestly why deprive yourself of the joy of reading two fabulous books?! 

Full of tantalising food descriptions and gorgeous travel scenery where I felt like I was part of the action, what this really is, is the story of two people trying to work out if they can live their dreams, do what is needed of them as responsible adults and still be in each others lives. 

The directions that Faye and Dan go in this book will surprise you if you had read the first book and know just how in love and perfect they seem for each other, but equally I loved seeing them both grow as people.  

I also loved the way that I have suddenly twigged how some of Sue Watson's book have a small connection, and I always enjoy seeing links between an authors work, like a special nod to her fans, and the character in question is rather memorable from the books set in Appledore. 

And then there is Rosie, Faye's grand daughter, who is adorable, but is 3 going on 30, with a turn of phrase best suited to the adults she is mimicking.  She picks up on any bad language and it seems like her favourite word is "bruddy".  Every single scene she was in had me smiling. 

Oh and Faye's best friend Mandy is also a hilarious tonic, she works in a beauty spa, happens to love men, and well during Vajazzle week was wearing a t-shirt that even confused poor Rosie, as she recognised a front bottom on it!! 

There is no doubt in my mind that this a perfect summer read,  take it with you to the poolside or beach,  and ignore the odd stares as you laugh out loud and maybe shed a few tears too!  

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 



Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Book Review - An American in Cornwall by Laura Briggs

Amazon UK
Title: An American in Cornwall
Author: Laura Briggs
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 25th April 2018
Rating: 4 Stars


Taking a break in North Cornwall to soak up the summer sun, Julianne is spending her holiday with her best friend Aimee from Seattle — who's taking a holiday herself in Cornwall as a 'shop sitter' in a small village. Eager to introduce Julianne to her new friends and show off the quirky secondhand shop she's minding for the next few months, Aimee sweeps her off to quaint St. Petroc, only a few miles from the sea. 

Just when everything looks perfect for a week of historical haunts and lazy afternoons in the sun, a scheming local businessman makes a disastrous announcement that changes everything — and Julianne rallies to help Aimee not only defend the future of the shop in her care, but all the rest of the village's high street as well.

From an oily businessmen to a chatty bookshop owner, to a kindhearted solicitor and a crazy hen night planner, Julianne's latest adventure in Book Eleven is as impossible, impulsive, and charming as any she's experienced before. 

Well this was the 11th and penultimate book in this long running series, that I have been enjoying.  So for this story we are transported to a different part of Cornwall, where Julianne's friend is staying and looking after a shop on an exchange sort of programme. 

The story had a save our village high street sort of feel to it, which is a common theme in books at the moment, at least the ones I read. However being a novella suddenly being thrown into a new location with loads of new characters I found a bit discombobulating, but once I was getting into the swing of things  it was great. 

Although given the way book 10 ended, it took until around 70% of the way through, for the story that I I thought the timeline was wrong on to be explained,  which may have added to my unsettled feeling reading this book. 

Despite all that there are some fabulous scenes in this and the hen party planner character whose name escapes me for the moment provided some great comedy gold moments on a night out with Julianne and Aimee. 

More so than a lot of the other books this one can definitely be read as a standalone novella without any problems at all I believe.  

Not the best book in the series, but still an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.  Can't wait to start the last book in this series to see how it all turns out. 

Thank you to Laura Briggs for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Book Review - Dying Truth by Angela Marsons - Blog Tour

Amazon UK
Title: Dying Truth
Author: Angela Marsons
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 18th May 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead. 

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable - whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim. 

Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.

The utterly addictive new crime thriller from the Number One bestselling author – you will be gripped until the final shocking twist.

How on earth am I meant to review this?  I mean lets make this quick, if you are a fan of thrillers, heart stopping action, Angela Marsons, Kim Stone, Bookouture books, and want to be as opened mouthed as I am at the end of the book - then just make it a priority to read this one. 

Easily the best book in the series, some of it may work better if you have read the previous books in the series but at the heart of it is a fascinating set of circumstances leading to multiple deaths. 

I didn't have a clue who had done it,well I had one but I was so wrong, thankfully, and just wow.  This is police procedural at its best.  

Most of the book is focused on solving what is going on a a prestigious boarding school, after the first girl that dies is made to look like a suicide.  But if I say anything else about the plot I will spoil things completely, just trust me its a cracker. 

The writing is definitely the best yet, and the storyline well you can tell from this that I'm very impressed.  It is complex, intriguing, and the writing hooked me in completely.   I read the majority of this book in a few short hours not pausing for breathe.  

What I am though is very curious as to what the next book in the series will bring and I know I will be first in line to read it when its available. 

And if you didn't get the message at the top of this review, here is is put simply - Amazing book, best in the series and just wow! 

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 



Friday, 18 May 2018

Guest Post about The Development by Jackie Kabler - Blog Tour


As a writer you’re often asked about where the inspiration for your books comes from. My answer is generally very simple – from driving! I live in Gloucestershire and work in London, which is a four- to five-hour round trip, and I do that four times a week. That’s a lot of driving, and a lot of thinking time. I love listening to true crime podcasts as I drive, and the inspiration for my last book, The Deadline, came from listening to a podcast about an alleged miscarriage of justice – a man locked up for a crime he always maintained he didn’t commit. It got me thinking – what if that happened to somebody I know? What if a close friend of mine was charged with murder, and she said she was innocent? Would I believe her, if all the evidence was against her? How far would I go to help her clear her name? That became the plot for a book, when TV reporter Cora Baxter has to try to prove that one of her best friends is innocent of murder.

I also get inspired by the scenery and buildings I see as I drive, and that was very much the case with my new book, The Development. I live north of Bristol, and so when friends and family come to visit, Bristol airport is the most convenient. I was driving there to pick someone up one day, and suddenly started forming the plot of a novel in my head as I drove under the beautiful Clifton Suspension Bridge. It’s a stunning construction, but sadly is also a well-known suicide spot, so I started thinking “what if some poor person was up there right now, planning to jump? What if I saw it happen? What if they landed right in front of my car?”. (I’m not sure if everyone’s mind works like this – maybe it’s just the mind of a crime writer!)

And then, I pushed the idea a little further. What if the death turned out to be suspicious? What if somebody else was up there on the bridge too? What if there were odd circumstances leading up to all this? What if it wasn’t actually suicide at all, but murder, made to look like suicide? Those musings became the beginnings of The Development, which starts with Cora Baxter driving home from work and witnessing the horrible death of a young woman. I suppose a lot of writers work like this, irrespective of genre – what if this happened? What if that happened? What if somebody did this? What would the outcome be? “What ifs” definitely help pass the time on a long, tedious drive!
After three Cora Baxter books, I’ve now started work on something a little different, more of a psychological suspense novel, and that too was inspired by something I was listening to as I was driving to work. A two-hundred-and-twenty-mile commute may not be for everyone but for me it provides plot lines for my books, so long may it last! 

Thank you Jackie for this great post. I can't wait to read The Development and see what happens next with Cora Baxter. 




After a stressful week, TV reporter Cora Baxter is ready for a quiet weekend. But what she hadn’t counted on was witnessing the shocking death of a young woman on her way home. She discovers seventeen-year-old Leanne had been protesting against a new housing development, angering the powerful establishment. Leanne’s death is ruled a suicide, but when puzzling information comes to light, Cora decides to investigate further.


She doesn’t know what an unscrupulous businessman, a suspended police officer and hate-mail sending neighbours have to do with the case – but she knows there is a news story there.

With her eccentric camera crew on hand to help, can Cora tie the strands of Leanne’s case together – or will other forces interfere?

The Development is the third in the Cora Baxter Mysteries series.

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Author bio: Jackie Kabler is a journalist, TV presenter and author. She spent twenty years as a TV news reporter for GMTV, ITV and BBC news, and now works as a presenter for shopping channel QVC and is author of the Cora Baxter Mysteries, a series of  murder mysteries set in a television newsroom. The Development is her third novel. Jackie lives in Gloucestershire with her husband, who is a GP. 

Twitter @jackiekabler

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Book Review - Five Years From Now by Paige Toon

Amazon UK
Title: Five Years From Now
Author: Paige Toon
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Goody bag
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 17th May 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


What if you met the right person at the wrong time?

Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart.

Five years later, they find each other.  Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they must separate.

For the next two decades, fate brings Nell and Van together every five years, as life and circumstance continue to divide them. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?

‘One day, maybe five years from now, you’ll look back and understand why this happened…’

What a beautiful story, so easy to read, and it tugged on the heart strings, but at the same time I suspect will have me later think back over my own life in 5 year chunks to see how things have changed, or what may have been the effect of something else. 

This is the story of Nell and Van, and how their lives intersect at 5 yearly intervals.  We meet them aged five when Nell's dad is living with Van's mum.  In a rollercoaster of emotion and life changing moments you are drawn  into their lives and over the few hours it took for me to devour this this book , I feel as though I have grown up alongside them. 

I loved getting to know both Nell and Van, along with their friends and the other locals in Cornwall that they grew up with.  There are plenty of unexpected turns in this book which just added to the one more page syndrome that I had while reading this. 

Read the book in two sittings, the majority of it sitting out in the garden, refusing to move or do more work until well I ran out of pages.   I was hooked on this story, although if you are a slower reader, the book is split into 5 year snapshots, so you could read a chapter and come back to the next knowing that the characters have grown a bit older in your absence. 

I totally love Paige Toon's books and her writing is as wonderful as ever before I have always found her books to be exceptionally quick to read and this was no exception,  it was a fabulous book to read on a hot spring day,  while mentally being in Cornwall with Nell and Van. 
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