Friday, 31 July 2020

Book Review - Summer at my Sister's by Emily Harvale


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Title: Summer at my Sister's
Author: Emily Harvale
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley 
Publisher: Crescent Gate Publishing
Publication Date: 31st July 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

Twin sisters. One scorching summer. A bucketful of secrets.

Diana’s life is perfect. Her twin sister, Josie’s – not so much. But when secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change.

Diana has a rich and successful husband, two talented youngsters and an adorable dog. She always looks as if she’s stepped from the cover of a magazine. Her immaculate second home by the sea, for idyllic summers with her perfect family, was actually featured in one.

Josie has a messy, compact flat, dates, but not relationships, and she can’t even keep a houseplant alive. She moves from job to job, goes clubbing with her friends and often looks as if she’s fallen through a hedge.

Although Josie loves Diana deeply, each year she declines the invitation to spend the summer with her sister. Or any other family holiday. Because Josie has a secret.

But is Diana’s life so perfect? Or is she also hiding something? When secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change. Josie could finally have the life she’s always wanted … if she’s brave enough to take a chance.

This is the first book in my new series of standalone books set in Seahorse Harbour.

I love Seahorse Harbour and everyone who lives there.  This is yet another marvellous setting for a book from the imagination of Emily Harvale.   I would happily go on holiday there, if not live in the harbour, its such a great sounding place. 

And I love the various seahorse protection activities that go on in the harbour too.  Oh and the 3 incredibly fit guys - we have Mikkel, Asher and Liam - and I really wasn't sure based on first impressions who would be the key one. 

I always enjoy losing myself into an Emily Harvale novel and this is no exception, and I'm pretty sure had real life not got in the way that I'd have read it in a day, it is a lovely summer read, and all the characters are just so realistic. 

Henry had me charmed from the first scenes he appeared in and always raised a grin with his antics!   I do love a four legged friend.  Josie isn't as keen initially on this rather large dog, but  she has agreed to spend the summer with twin sister Diana. 

As the story progresses we learn just why it is Josie hasn't been back to Seahorse Harbour since she was a teen,  just what it is that is troubling Diana, and just why their mum and aunt Elsie haven't been speaking in recent years. 

There are plenty of secrets to come out, as the bond between the sisters grows, as does Josie's love of her niece and nephew who she didn't really know that well.  I loved Becca's part to play in the story and her best friend Orla, showing just how sweet teen love is. 

There is so much going on in this book I wouldn't be able to even hope to hint at it all, and its so much fun reading it for yourself. 

If you enjoy relatable characters, a fabulous small town setting, and some relationships that will keep you on your toes, with character growth too - then this is definitely coming highly recommended from me.  I loved it, and can't wait for the next Seahorse Harbour book this Christmas.  

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


Book Review - The Village Shop For Lonely Hearts by Alison Sherlock

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Title: The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts
Author: Alison Sherlock
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Publication Date: 9th July 2020 
Rating: 5 Stars

After losing her job in New York, Amber Green isn’t looking forward to visiting her godmother in the sleepy village of Cranbridge. With its empty lanes and rundown shops, it’s hardly a place to mend her lonely heart.

But when Amber discovers that Cranbridge Stores, owned by her godmother Cathy and son Josh, is under threat of financial ruin, she realises that her skills as a window dresser might just be able to help save the struggling shop.

When disaster strikes, Amber and Josh must unite to save both the shop and the village from flooding.

Can Cranbridge Stores become the heart of the village once more?

And as the village begins to come back to life, perhaps Amber will discover a reason to stay…

Left me with a smile on my face and a keen desire to read hopefully more Riverside Lane books. 

Set during the autumnal months,  this is a story that will warm the cockles of your heart,  give you a big fuzzy feeling of contentment as you read it.

Set in the village of Cranbridge, it features Cranbridge stores, a one stop shop for anything you may need, well if you actually come into the shop and try to find it!

It's a shop in great need of an overhaul and fast as its struggling. Amber is only intending to be in the village for a few days to see her godmother, but fate conspires to keep her there for a bit longer. 

Her first meeting with Josh was rather memorable, and its up to them to try to reverse the shops fortunes, and I loved seeing them working together.

You will have to read for yourself to see just how everything turns out. 

I love Alison Sherlock's writing style, her way with words and just lovely stories.

A wonderful story to read curled up by a fire!

Thank you to Boldwood Books and Netgalley for this copy which i have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Book Review - The Split by Sharon Bolton

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Title: The Split
Author: Sharon Bolton
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Trapeze
Publication Date: 30th April 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

SHE'S GOT NOWHERE LEFT TO HIDE.

A year ago, in desperation, Felicity Lloyd signed up for a lengthy research trip to the remote island of South Georgia. It was her only way to escape.

AND NOW HE'S COMING FOR HER.

Freddie Lloyd has served time for murder. Out at last, he's on her trail. And this time, he won't stop until he finds her.

BECAUSE NO MATTER HOW FAR YOU RUN, SOME SECRETS WILL ALWAYS CATCH UP WITH YOU...

Tense, gripping and with a twist you won't see coming, Sharon Bolton is back in an explosive new thriller about a woman on the run...

I'm stunned, I'm sitting here mouth wide open in an O, at just how this book concluded.  The whole last quarter has just flown past in an unputdownable, and completely unpredictable conclusion. 

There is so much to unravel with regards the plot and yet I can't really comment on it all as it is so tightly weaved and plotted, that I don't want to inadvertently give spoilers. 

Ok I said unpredictable, the only thing I did have an inkling of ahead of the characters, was what a mental health condition was likely to be diagnosed as, but even then I hadn't put the whys, or understanding in place.  So when the therapist comes to their conclusion and the full extent is unravelled there are more shocks along the way. 

What drew me towards the book was the setting of South Georgia, it is so remote, so cold, and clearly with its glaciers and ends of the earth feeling, a fabulous place to set a psychological thriller.  I loved the descriptions of the remoteness and rugged terrain.    

This setting of South Georgia is like a character in itself, it is so key to various plot aspects, and I don't think you could have set it anywhere else.  

This is a gritty book, with plenty to keep you guessing, and as it ramps up, it becomes trickier and trickier to tear yourself away from.   Such a clever title too, and that cover is so apt, its  the perfect package for this incredible story. 

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

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Book Review - A Wish For Jinnie by Audrey Davis

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Title: A Wish For Jinnie
Author: Audrey Davis
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author Supplied Copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 22nd June 2020
Rating: 4 Stars

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR …

When Jinnie Cooper is dumped by her fiancé, and exiled to a job in an antiques shop in a sleepy Scottish village, little does she know a battered old lamp is about to shake up her life.

Genie Dhassim grants wishes. But he also wants a few of his own to come true. Letting him explore the outside world proves nerve-wracking as Dhassim has an uncanny knack of putting his pointy-slippered foot in it.

As Jinnie grows closer to her employer Sam, Dhassim discovers his time on earth is running out.

Can both Jinnie and Dhassim find true happiness? Or are those wishes that cannot be granted?

I have to say I was very curious about this book due to mention of a genie.  For like Jinnie, my knowledge of genies is limited to Aladdin, and well Dhassim is nothing like  Robbie Williams, or Trevor Dion Nicholas (West end production), apart from the fact you can't help liking him. 

The last thing Jinnie was expecting in her new start, was to take a liking to an old lamp, and have a genie living with her for a few months.  She also struggles to think of wishes, but when you have a genie as full in personality such as a Dhassim. 

Seeing Dhassim engage with the modern world is incredibly amusing, he seems to have a love of Spice Girls and Jennifer Aniston, which wasn't really to Jinnie's taste, but I was thinking send him over to me, we would have got on like a house on fire !

I enjoyed seeing Jinnie getting to know her village just outside Edinburgh, there are new friends to be made and multiple men that she could be interested in.  

We also get a few chapters from Jo's viewpoint, Jo who works in the local cafe and has a heart of gold, but a heart that also want  what it can't have.  I just can't help but wonder if she is going to appear in another book at some point. 

This is the first book I've read by Audrey Davis, and I really enjoyed her writing style, and the way the completely impossibly unreal being (the genie) felt like a regular character and that the magic of wishes felt relatively normal.  Although I will say one scene with Dhassim did have a certain romantic Disney song playing in my head, in a complete mirror of one scene from the film - when you read it I'm sure you will know what I'm talking about when it happens! 

A very entertaining story that lead me to spend an enjoyable afternoon reading it in my garden! 

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

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Book Review - Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

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Title: Undercover Bromance
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 10th March 2020
Rating: 5 Stars


The first rule of book club:
You don't talk about book club.

Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he'll soon discover that real life is better than fiction.

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville's hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she'll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv's blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. This is a job for the Bromance Book Club.

Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they're reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they're just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv's heart...even though she's determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.

Wow,.just wow, filled with action and sizzling sexual chemistry this is one hell of a book.

If I thought the first book in this series was great then this has topped it by a mile.  It has a different feel to it, more depth but still features a group of romance reading men.

It also features Liv, who is one kick ass heroine, who is determined to bring her ex boss down once her eyes are opened to the sort of despicable man he is. 

And Mack who we met in the first book,  shows just what hidden depths he has,  once you get past the surface.

This can easily with out a doubt be read as a standalone,  with new lead characters  but we still see plenty of Gavin and Thea.

I love how the men learn lessons from romance novels to apply to their own lives and that this story doesn't feature much of any other book in it.

This was one fast paced book, that had me on the edge of my seat at all times. And this book featured one of the hottest sex scenes I've enjoyed for a while, but that may just be me!

I loved every last word of this story and can't wait to read the next book in the series. 

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

Monday, 27 July 2020

Book Review - Four Minutes to Save A Life by Anna Stuart

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Title:  Four Minutes to Save a Life
Author: Anna Stuart
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Trapeze
Publication Date: February 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

When supermarket delivery driver Charlie is assigned the Hope Row street, he realises there are a lot of lonely people out there - and for some, he's their only interaction.

The supermarket boss tells Charlie he's a driver, not a social worker - but Charlie's tough exterior begins to soften, and he can't help show a little kindness to the Hope Row residents, helping them find their place in the world once more.

But will his helping hand make everything worse?

Every now an then I request a book on Netgalley purely on impulse, I can't recall what it was that made me click for details, let alone request it, but what I can say is I' incredibly happy that I did.

This book was definitely and published before the Covd 19 crisis escalated like it has done, and yet this seems like such a timely and apt moment for our current situation. 

For its a story where the main character and link between the other threads is a supermarket delivery driver, he has to be in and out of each house within 4 mins and he is continually told that he is a driver and not a social worker. 

Yet Charlie is also aware that for some of his regulars, that he is their only contact  during the week, and that a few on his route are almost certainly lonely, and rarely get out - and if that doesn't sound familiar at the moment for some groups of people then i don't know what will. 

It is an incredibly heartwarming, and inspirational story, of how you can touch and impact other people's lives even if you barely know them.  What is obvious from the outset, is that he has some sort of previous connection to someone on Hope Row. 

The revelation of who and how completely took me by surprise, although it is so cleverly written that I did wonder just how busy Charlie had been the previous year. 

The three regulars he is most interested in are Vik, who makes wonderful curries for a weekly family meal,  Ruth, who drinks too much, and Greg who is an inspirational blogger, but grumpy git in private.   I think I can say that all three of them are grieving, either a person or who they previously were, 

This may be the fist book I've read by Anna Stuart, but I'm certain it won't be my last, as she has a wonderful storytelling ability. 

It's a powerful read and a book that will slowly seep under your skin, until you can't stop thinking about the characters and how they are getting on. 

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

Friday, 24 July 2020

Book Review - Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland

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Title: Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow
Author: Jessica Redland
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Publication Date: 2nd July 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

Can love really be found when you stop looking for it...?

As Samantha Wishaw watches the love of her life marry another woman, she’s ready to give up hope of finding her happy ever after.

But when a chance encounter leads Sam to find friendship in Thomas - a lonely, grumpy elderly widower living at derelict Hedgehog Hollow - her life is about to change forever.

Glad to have a distraction from family feuds and match-making, Sam vows to fulfill Thomas and his wife, Gwendoline's, dreams of restoring Hedgehog Hollow to its former glory, and to open a hedgehog rescue centre.

Throwing herself into the task at hand, little does Sam realise that the keys to love and happiness may also be found at Hedgehog Hollow, when she least expects it...

Escape to Hedgehog Hollow this summer with top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland for the perfect uplifting, feel-good read.

I have no idea where to start in trying to explain how fabulous this book is.

I mean there are hedgehogs and memories of The Hedgehog lady are so lovely. 

There is Thomas who eventually strikes up a beautiful friendship with Sammie, even if he isn't sure about it at first.

There's Sammie's incredibly tricky relationship with her mother to explore and other huge family rifts. 

Actually as someone who could see some of her own mums characteristics in Sammie's I had a great deal of empathy and sympathy for her and her relationship.

There's clearly a love of all animals in this story with two vets playing starring roles. Plus with Sammie being a nurse there is a lot of caring going on too.

As a fan of the author I smiled anytime Whitsborough Bay is mentioned, while loving this new setting on the Yorkshire Wolds a lot too.

It's a book that took me on a journey of emotion both ups and downs, with very realistic characters and Jessica Redland's wonderful writing style. 

I adored every single moment of this book.

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

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Book Review - In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk

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Title: In Case You Missed It
Author: Lindsey Kelk
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 23rd July 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

When Ros comes home after three years away, she’s ready to pick up with life exactly where she left it. But her friends have moved on, her parents have rekindled their romance, and her bedroom is now a garden shed. All of a sudden, she’s swept up in nostalgia for the way things were.
 
Then her phone begins to ping, with messages from her old life. Including one number she thought she’d erased for good – the man who broke her heart. Is this her second chance at one big love? Sometimes we all want to see what we’ve been missing…

I've just spent the most wonderful afternoon, devouring this wonderful new book from Lindsey Kelk.   I absolutely adore this author and it is always a treat to be able to delve into her latest book. 

And this was no exception, from the moment we see that Ros who has moved back to her parents after a few years in Washington, has had her bedroom relocated, you knew you were in for an amusing read.  For they have set her up in a shed in the garden for her (and their) privacy.  Not only is it her bedroom but its her bedroom from the 90s, so plenty of nostalgia there! 

Actually her parents are hilarious, there is a scene with sushi that let's just say you wouldn't want it to be your own parents but for other people its very funny!! 

Ros is determined to live in the past and isn't that keen on change, so when she accidentally gets in contact with her ex, and they get together, she is very happy to pick things up where they left off.  I wasn't keen on that man at all! 

I loved her friendship group, all really distinct personalities and had their own things going on that were interesting to follow.   And her new job, well that's different, I'd never given podcasts much thought but Ros was working on one, and for a child gaming YouTube star which is rather amusing.  

This has all of Lindsey Kelks' trademark humour in the book, some romance, loads of great situations.  I loved the roller skating, and the walled garden and also the dark disc which are all really great scenes.  

It's a story that has it all and that I absolutely adored reading.   Another hit from one of my all time favourite authors. 

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

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Book Review - Summer at Rachel's Pudding Pantry by Caroline Roberts

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Title: Summer at Rachel's Pudding Pantry
Author: Caroline Roberts
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: One More Chapter
Publication Date: 23rd July 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

The Pudding Pantry opens its doors for summer.
And there are wedding bells on the horizon . . .
Escape with the gorgeous new novel in the Pudding Pantry series, available to pre-order now!

The sun is shining as Rachel and her gorgeous beau, Tom, prepare to tie the knot at Primrose Farm.

It takes a village to pull off the perfect country wedding and Rachel couldn’t be more grateful for her friends and family as they roll out the haybales and string up the bunting – all she needs to do is focus on her Happy Ever After.

But no wedding is without drama. A face from the past is looking to stir up trouble in the village and there’s a secret following Rachel all the way up the aisle . . .

With old friends, new promises and a little borrowed time, will Rachel get the wedding of her dreams?

It is so good to be back amongst the Pudding Pantry crew. It felt like I was coming home, as I got to catch up with all the familiar characters and see the next instalment in their lives. 

And Rachel is getting married, or at least she hopes to be, but it soon becomes apparent things aren't quite as smooth sailing in the relationship with Tom, as it first appears.   So throughout there is a will they, won't they walk down the aisle thread. 

I loved Rachel's hen party in Oban, sounded like a great time, and plenty of bubbles.  And wow Rachel's wedding dress and just how that comes about is enough to bring a smile to the grumpiest of faces! 

As you would expect from the Pudding Pantry, there is a wonderful array of sweet treats to tantalise your taste buds, and have you salivating into your kindle. 

Best friend Eve is back too, complete with all of her clever crafting ideas, and generally being very creative. However things aren't completely right with her marriage, but will she give into temptation. 

And little Maisie is adorable as ever, and there are some really touching moments with her, as she realises there is more to her mum getting married than just the big day! 

Watching the village come together for the wedding of the year, had me grinning, and I really enjoyed some of the surprises towards the end that I can't mention as although not major spoilers, would be a shame to spoil if you see what I mean.   

Actually all my favourite bits are so far into the book that I can't say too much other than this is an incredibly enjoyable book, a great addition to the series, and I am very curious as to whether we will get another Pudding Pantry book, or failing that what else this always entertaining author will have up her sleeve next. 

Thank you to One More Chapter and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Book Review - Kate and Clara's Curious Cornish Craft Shop by Ali McNamara

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Title: Kate and Clara's Curious Cornish Craft Shop
Author: Ali McNamara
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Sphere
Publication Date: 23rd July 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

Welcome to the glorious little Cornish town of St Felix - where romance and magic sparkle in the summer air

Kate thinks all her wishes have come true when she opens her own little craft shop in the idyllic harbour town of St Felix.

But she soon finds a mystery lingers in her new shop - a sixty-year-old love story told through beautiful paintings and intricate embroideries.

Jack, the owner of the nearby art shop, volunteers to help Kate unravel the mystery, but in doing so they realise their own lives share some uncanny similarities with Clara and Arty, their 1950s counterparts . . .

Can Kate and Jack put right a decades-old wrong, and maybe find their own happy ending on the way?

Whenever you are in St. Felix in an Ali McNamara novel, you know to expect the unexplainable! There is something about this Cornish town that provides a dash of the unusual and a sprinkling of what can only be described as magic. 

So I was greatly impressed and intrigued as to what would be present in this story, and well I'm not going to say, but it is such an original idea,  a really clever mechanism and really did add another dimension to this story. 

As a massive fan of this author I was delighted to see a return to a familiar location and the previous heroines Poppy and Ana, are present in this book, not in a big way, but just enough to know what is going on with them.  As a result this is easily a standalone book and if I hadn't just mentioned the setting and characters, then you probably wouldn't even realise while reading it! 

There are two main stories being told, Kate, Jack and Julian's in the present day, and also Clara,  Arty and Maggie's in the late 1950s. I loved seeing the parallels between the two and discovering just how they interconnected was a joy. 

It is also a very nice change to have a hero and romantic lead in a wheelchair, you just don't see that anywhere near enough in the sorts of books I tend to read, and I loved Jack and his attitude to his disabilty so much.  And it was eye opening as to how various people treated Jack. 

I loved Kate's shop, her two colleagues who only have her best interests at heart and keep teasing her whenever she is meeting a man, even just as friends, and her teenage daughter who was one of those rare not overly stroppy sorts of teenager! 

This was such a pleasure to read, from a truly magical author.  I adored being back in St. Felix and Ali McNamara is one of only a few authors that can make me believe in the impossible and think it is all perfectly feasible! 

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

Monday, 20 July 2020

Book Review - Summertime at the Cornish Confetti Agency by Daisy James

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Title: Summertime at the Cornish Confetti Agency
Author: Daisy James
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 11th June 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

It’s Summertime at The Cornish Confetti Agency!

When Lexie Harrington is asked to co-ordinate Kat and Dylan’s ‘English village fĂȘte’ wedding, she’s determined that this time everything will go according to her carefully laid plans; no ice bucket challenges, no whoopee cushions, and absolutely no googly eyes attached to everything in sight!

With gorgeous journalist-cum-wedding columnist Theo Barker to offer a helping hand, Lexie is optimistic that she can deliver the fairy tale wedding her clients have always dreamed of…. until the best man Noah is targeted by a loose hosepipe, the wedding rings go walk-about, and his beloved scarlet Porsche takes on a distinctly unpleasant aroma.

Can Lexie and Theo uncover what’s behind the mysterious goings on, or will the Cornish Confetti Agency be forced to close its doors to the future brides and grooms of glorious Cornwall?

An uplifting, feel-good story perfect for the summer holidays, and the second book in The Cornish Confetti Agency series.

Cornwall... confetti...chaos...chuckles, yup all the c's are present in this incredibly entertaining new book in the Cornish Confetti Agency series. 

It is great to see the chaotic Lexie attempt to have another wedding go smoothly, all she has to do is follow the pre-supplied check lists and do everything on them, what on on could go wrong. 

Well when you have an incredibly obnoxious best man in the wedding party who becomes the target of some funny practical jokes, and a rival wedding agency who seem like they may be out to get the Cornish Confetti Agency... then nothing is as simple as it sounds. 

Add in a romantic interest Theo who is her fellow sleuth when it comes to odd wedding related mishaps, but he does keep disappearing leading Lexie no idea what to think about him, and you have all the makings of a great few hours in the sun as you read on. 

Oh did I mention the wedding feast, my mouth was watering as it often does when reading a book by Daisy James, so many delicious sounding treats, that I started craving a pain au chocolat and wondering whether to add some to my next online delivery! 

Oh and the descriptions of the summer fete themed wedding were  so vivid, I could really picture the scene perfectly and wished I was there too, and so inspired! 

This may be the second book in the series but I do feel it can be read as a standalone, although anyone who has read the first story, will be delighted with all the regulars returning including Jasper's waistcoats! 

A really quick to read, piece of summer escapism perfect for a world where creative Cornish weddings for a whole village to enjoy, may not be occurring anytime soon in real life.  

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

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Book Review - Vile Justice by M. A. Comley


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Title:  Vile Justice
Author: M. A. Comley
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Jeamel Publishing Limited
Publication Date: 10th July 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

Murder most foul...

With two barbaric murders to solve, DI Lorne Simpkins needs her team behind her more than ever, however, a member of her team is doing their very best to let her down.

The case is a perplexing one from the outset and when the murderer shows their hand, Lorne is left shaking her head at their motivation.

 I have never been able to resist reading any of the books in the Justice series so was incredibly happy to see Vile Justice announced. 

And what an apt title, that justice really is a vile heinous crime, that thankfully unlike in the full length books, seemed relatively simple to solve. 

What I always love about these Justice novellas is that they take us back to a time were Pete is alive, and it was good to see one of the earliest instances of Lorne discovering what a great team member AJ is. 

Long term fans of the series will definitely love being back in these characters lives and I feel it could work a standalone too, and be a good introduction to the authors fabulous writing skills. 

i read it in very little time at all and when I wasn't reading, it was playing on my mind that I wanted to get back to the book and fast.  The percentage meter kept going up so quickly I was impressed at just how comprehensive a story this felt despite being small in size. 

I am just so happy that although this series has ended that the author can't resist giving us these extra novellas and allowing re connection with much loved characters. 

Thank you so much to the author for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Friday, 17 July 2020

Book Review - For The Love Of.... by M. A. Comley

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Title: For The Love Of....
Author: M. A. Comley
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Jeamel Publishing Limited
Publication Date: 17th July 2020
Rating: 5 Stars

He had no choice...The justice system has failed him...

DI Sara Ramsey has yet another tough case to solve when a primary school teacher turns up murdered.

Why?

The murderer has an agenda and is crossing names off his list.

Not caring about the risks...he only has one thing in his sight... retribution.

This is unusual, it is not often that I end up having complete sympathy for the murderer.  I felt incredibly sorry for his victims and they should never have died,  but I could once we get the the nuts and bolts of why he is doing what he is doing, could understand how he could be at the end of his tether. 

They weren't the most pleasant of deaths, nor the most gruesome that I've read, but carried out in a way that made it really tricky for DI Sara Ramsey and her team catch any sort of break in the case.   They are left feeling rather frustrated as more women are abducted and killed. 

Due to getting occasional chapters into the villains mind and hints what may be motivating him, although I had no idea who he was, or the real extent of the situation,  what I found most fascinating was the way Sara and her team tried to work out how the murderer is. 

I feel we saw a bit more of some of her team members this time around, and Carla even had to take the lead briefly which gave us a new insight into her feelings on various aspects of police work. 

This is fast becoming one of my favourite M. A. Comley series, the writing is top notch as I would expect and I was hooked on seeing just what would happen next.   Another truly fabulous book from this prolifically talented author. 

Thank you to the author for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily, 
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