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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Review: Please Don’t Take My Baby

Please Don’t Take My Baby Please Don’t Take My Baby by Cathy Glass
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just realised I hadn't written a review on this one I read some time back.

Like all of Cathy Glass books you find yourself well in the middle of it all no matter what child arrives at her home.

I always feel Cathy goes many steps beyond her 'job' except being a foster parent is not a job. It's a vocation in life I feel.
You can once again hear Cathys expertise coming to the forefront as she deals with a pregnant girl. She's not had this before, but she takes it in her stride and feels her way around the events that happen.

Young mom gets in trouble with the police.
But, Cathy can see beyond the problems, she sees how the girl loves her daughter and can use that as a good point of mutual interest in adjusting Jades thinking.

It's a gradual slow process with a heap of a lot of patience and insight shown.

Another fab read!

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Crazy Stupid Love - blog tour

Cassie Rocca is a writer of Sicilian origin who has lived in Genoa since the age of three. In everyday life she is a child-minder, a job which gives her plenty of ideas for her modern fairy tales.

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Are there written rules on how to find a soulmate? Or is it better to trust the hands of fate? A hilarious romance perfect for the fans of Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin.

After enduring a string of dead-end relationships, Zoe Mathison has made a decision – to find a man who truly appreciates her. But this is turning out to be more complicated than she expected. Fed up of being surrounded by insufferably happy couples in love, her mission to find the perfect man starts to become an obsession.

Eric Morgan is pushed to his limits. Hopelessly in love with Zoe, who sees him as nothing more than a best friend to lean on, he can’t bear seeing his hopes of romance crushed every time the sculpted pecs of a younger man comes along. But when a new girl appears on the scene, he is determined to prove that he can push his infatuation aside and move on. But is it as easy as it seems?

In the romantic and bustling city of New York, will Zoe and Eric’s hilarious misadventures attract Cupid's arrow?

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Review: I Know Where She Is by S B Caves

I Know Where She Is By SB Caves

ebook | Release Date: 14th August 2017 Special launch price of £0.99 ISBN 978 1 911591 79 5

An explosive, gripping thriller for fans of Karin Slaughter, Linwood Barclay and Karen Dionne, don’t miss this heart-stopping debut.

On the tenth anniversary of her daughter Autumn's abduction, Francine receives an anonymous note containing just five words: I KNOW WHERE SHE IS

When a young woman approaches her the next day claiming to have sent the letter Francine wants to dismiss it as a cruel, twisted joke.

But the stranger knows things that only Autumn would know.

It soon becomes clear that Francine must go to dark places in order to learn the truth about her child’s kidnapping.

She will discover that danger comes from unexpected sources. She will do things she never imagined herself capable of.

But will Francine get her daughter back – or is it too late?

Don’t miss this heart-stopping debut: an explosive, gripping thriller for fans of Karin Slaughter, Linwood Barclay and Karen Dionne
On the tenth anniversary of her child's disappearance, Francine receives an anonymous note containing just five words:
When a young woman approaches her the next day claiming to have sent the letter Francine wants to dismiss it as a cruel, twisted joke. But the stranger knows things that only her daughter could know. It soon becomes clear that Francine will have to go to dark places in order to learn the truth about the kidnapping.
She will discover that danger comes from unexpected places. She will do things she never imagined herself capable of.
But will Francine get her daughter back – or is it too late?
About the Author SB Caves is a screenwriter born and raised in North London and now working on a second novel, a thriller set in the UK.
For Press Enquiries and Review Copies please contact Ellie Pilcher: | | @canelo_co
‘Caves leaves me in no doubt that she is an author to be watched. Her writing is dynamic. Her characters are flawed, unpredictable and all too human; her descriptions of the settings so realistic’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘I Know Where She Is was a rip-roaring success from cover to cover’
‘For the first time in a while I read a book that I didn’t want to put down’
Netgalley Reviewer
‘I will definitely will be reading more books from S.B Caves’
‘A compulsive read that has wonderful plot twists that leaves you breathless’
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‘A mother is tested to her limits and her reactions are mind blowing’
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‘I decided to start this last night and finally finished at 3am! I could not put it
Netgalley Reviewer
‘This novel starts with a bang and doesn't let up from there’
Goodreads Reviewer
‘One of the best books of it's genre that I have read’
Netgalley Reviewer
‘Definitely one to read if you like thrillers!’
Netgalley Reviewer

I Know Where She Is I Know Where She Is by S.B. Caves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a book I wasn't sure of at the beginning as it took me a couple of chapters to connect with, but once we connected my excitement grew with the story.

I can't imagine what it would be like to have a child taken from you in such a way never knowing if they were dead or still alive. This is what happens with Francine. The only thing she has held onto for ten years is hope , its hope that has kept her from completely going under, afterall, her ex husband is one hell of a no hoper at all, he really comes across to me a swine, hes given up all hope, hes married again, child on the way, and when Francine approaches him about something to do with their long lost daughter Autumn hes really thinking there is something wrong with his ex, shes barmy for even 'thinking' the item she has in front of her would lead or could lead them to their long lost daughter, hes of no help whatsoever.

A girl turns up Lena who professes to know where her daughter is, is she mad to even contemplate listening to this crazy young woman?

I loved this thriller in the end, it kept my attention and me turning pages, enough for me to keep moaning at anything or anyone that kept interrupting me!
Slow at first but really did pick up and well worth it for me.

My thanks to Canelo via Net Galley for my copy.


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Monday, 21 August 2017

Review: Stirred with Love

Stirred with Love Stirred with Love by Marcie Steele
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I finally, finally got around to reading this, its not because I forgot, its not because I changed my mind, I was a bit worried. Why worried? Well I've been following this author as Mel Sherratt for ages reading and thoroughly enjoying her fast paced crime/thrillers and her wonderful engrossing series in her other genre, so I didn't want to see my praise for her shattered.

But boy oh boy did I enjoy this read and wish I had read it earlier.

It takes a particular talent to be able to jump into a completely different genre and make it stand out.

I actually read this in one day, its and easy laid back read with a much softer page, full of emotional stuff, gritty to the core on the emotional front. Strong, vibrant and clearly written, predictable yes, but not so much that it spoils your enjoyment

Tears of laughter and tear of joy, tears of sadness, I shed them all when reading this.

Friendship, love and a strong woman.

Many thanks to Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy and this author for providing me with a fab read.

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

The Girls of Mulberry Lane - blog tour

The Girls of Mulberry Lane - blog tour

Author bio

Rosie Clarke was born in Swindon, but moved to Ely in Cambridgeshire at the age of nine. She started writing in 1976, combining this with helping her husband run his antiques shop. In 2004, Rosie was the well-deserved winner of the RNA Romance Award and the Betty Neels Trophy. Rosie also writes as Anne Herries and Cathy Sharp. Find out more at her website:

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1938, Mulberry Lane, London. War is looming, but on Mulberry Lane there are different battles being fought... Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Cathy Sharp.

Maureen Jackson is a prisoner of her father’s blackmail. Three years earlier, she’d been hoping to marry Rory, the man of her dreams. However, after her mother’s death, she was left to care for her overbearing father. Now Rory is back in London with a pregnant wife in tow to remind Maureen of the life that should have been hers.

As war threatens, Janet Ashley hopes to marry her sweetheart Mike, but her father refuses to grant them his blessing. Defying his wishes, Janet finds herself pregnant and her mother Peggy is determined to hold her family together at all costs. Will the girls of Mulberry Lane manage to snatch happiness before the darkness of World War II descends?

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This kind of book takes me back to my roots where I first got a love of reading. Heart warming stories with some what I call 'umph and emotion' along with the era of prewar, war time when life was more friendlier with neighbors and everyone helped each other no matter what troubles you had of your own. 

This author very quickly breathed life into her characters so that the reader can feel them, live among them and be a part of what is going on within the pages, that sure is a talent. 

Peggy and Lawrence own the pub, and we quickly learn that Lawrence will never be the same since coming back from the war, he live in total dread that he will be called up again even though he is in his forties now. They in turn have two sons who want to sign up desperately to be in the war. You can imagine what the parents think about this.

The pub becomes the local and focal part of life there. Peggy finds life hard going personally as her marriage is not the same, they are drifting apart since Lawrence returned, so what will happen there.

The daughter, Janet has married young and has a young baby, she is learning what its like to be married to a serviceman. Will their marriage survive? She relies on her mother quite a bit and I felt for Peggy most times.

Then there was Maureen, her heart belongs to Rory, except her Father needs her, he isn't well and shes forced through circumstance to look after him. Will Maureen ever get with Rory, will she ever be loved and give love.

This is a really good read, you get pulled in almost straight away, each person is an individual who you learn many things about which rounds them out beautifully.

For the first book in the series it really starts off well, they have all become part of a reader life. 
I can't wait to catch up with them later. 

My thanks to Head of Zeus

Friday, 18 August 2017

Review: The Girl Who Came Back

The Girl Who Came Back The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, well well, this one had me unexpectedly gripped from start to finish where I resented moving from my comfy chair to enter 'real life'.

This take place in a small English village, just a little community of people, and whoosh, this child Olivia goes missing. Right from her own back garden.

Of course the village people rally around and go in search the the missing 5 year old.
But coming up to time thirteen years later, Olivia turns up alive and well causing a huge stir among many of the village occupants; as you can imagine.

Her Mother accepts that this girl standing before her is her long lost daughter who she always hoped and maintained was still alive.

The enstranged Father is also a bit apprehensive.

Alongside runs a story of Lily who is living with her Dad, but, how are these two families entwined?

There is an awful lot to digest here which keeps your reading juices flowing and just as you think you are getting somewhere, you are not. Its pleasantly exhausting to be kept on your toes like this.

The words flowed well, the pace I found was good and in between the reader was able to take a small breather before ploughing on.

You never knew who to trust in this book, you thought you did, only to be fooled.

I sat and thought about this subject matter long after I read the last page, really is food for thought.

I received my copy via Bookoutour on Net Galley

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Blog Tour: The Good Sister by author Jess Ryder

Blog Tour: The Good Sister by author Jess Ryder

There are two sides to every secret.
When her beloved father dies, Josie is devastated to uncover a secret life he has led with another family: another house, another woman and a half-sister, Valentina.
Born in the same week, in the same hospital, they look so physically alike they could be mistaken for twins. But the similarities end there…
Josie is sweet and reserved, a counsellor with the perfect boyfriend and the perfect life. Valentina is damaged and reckless, and she always gets what she wants.

But what she wants is Josie’s life, and she’ll stop at nothing until she has it.

Oh a whopping 5 * from me. 
I was really mesmerised with this story, enjoying unwrapping every layer of it. I turned the pages very quickly where my eyes were reading like an excited child. It really gripped me.

Josie lost her father to a motor cycle accident to all intense and purposes it looked exactly like that, straight forward until something was found later are the accident scene. 

Did he commit suicide?
Did someone drive him to this?
Or were there other mitigating circumstances?

Josie's life wasn't too made, she had her mom, her dad and a good wealthy family background. But then her life was turned upside down


I'm revealing now secrets in saying that her father had another family and another child. A half sister, Valentina.

They could have been twins, only days apart when they were born from different mothers.

Josie didn't want for anything, but Valentina was brought up in a less favourable environment .
The difference between the sisters are quite immense, Josie is polite, reasonable, calm, responsible and has a great boyfriend who she hopes to marry someday soon.

Valentin is loud, curt, abrupt, she drinks, smokes, takes drugs, parties and has no money. No job.

Once these two meet up it take a huge leap for me. I could see how manipulative Valentina was, how horrid, but why was escaping me.

Is she after Josie for money?
Does she resent Josie?
Is it pure jealousy and did she know about her fathers secret before Josie learnt of it?
What was the depth of this story. 
It was puzzling around my mind constant. 

You really understand the emotions that Josie's mom was experiencing, she had lost her husband, what when she finds out about his 'other family'?

How will she react, what will she say, what will she do?
And.....what about Valentina's mother?

This had me up to early hours of the morning, so transfixed was I to this story that I heard the birds tweeting outside.

The ending had me gasping in awe. Truly a masterpiece.

I would like to thank Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy.

Jess Ryder is the pseudonym of Jan Page, author, screenwriter, playwright and award-winning television producer.  After many years working in children’s media, she has recently embarked on a life of crime.  Writing, that is. Her other big love is making pots.
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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Review: Behind Her Back and blog tour

The second StoryWorld novel set in the glamorous, pressurized world of a live London TV station.

StoryWorld is the nation's favourite morning show, and producer Liz Lyon wants to keep it that way. Her job is to turn real-life stories into thrilling TV – and keep a lid on the cauldron of conflicts and resentments that constantly simmers off-stage.

In this gripping novel of power, rivalry and betrayal, Jane Lythell draws on her experiences of working in the heated world of live TV. Liz Lyon must balance the monster egos at work with the demands of her teenage daughter – and the man she's just started dating – at home. It's all in a day's work.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Behind Her Back by Jane Lythell
I hadn't realised when reading this that this is book 2 in a series, I keep doing this! I'm not sure if I have missed out or this could be read as a stand-alone, but anyhow I got into it OK.

Behind Her BackLiz works at a TV station and we get quite a bit of insight here on what can go on.
I felt a bit like a 'fly on the wall' whilst reading this and imagined myself recording a documentary.

This author falls back hugely on her unique knowledge and experience as it comes across so well as she writes.

Liz is someone I admire, she just gets on with it, shes a Mom, she works, she cleans house she has friends and a good social life. I felt quite dull in comparison.

Lori is someone I just didn't understand, an obnoxious person, selfish, no people skills so how on earth she got the job of Sales and Marketing I have no idea, does she actually achieve her job?

On the whole I enjoyed it, its bordering on chick lit really and not a full blown whodunnit or mystery.

It has SCANDAL, it has LIES it has BETRAYAL and it features strong woman.

The politics of working on a TV show.

My thanks to Head of Zeus via Net Galley for my digital copy

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