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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:

Book description

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. 

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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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Series: Templeton Cove Stories # 7 (can be read as a standalone)
Genre: Romantic suspense
Release Date: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance

There's safety in solitude…isn't there? 
Single dad and best-selling thriller writer Ethan James has no problem being Templeton Cove's most famous recluse…until a surprise visit from the past plunges him into a real-life crime drama just as feisty nurse Leah Dixon barges her way into his world. 
Ethan's first priority is to protect his daughter. His second priority is to keep Leah out of this dark web—and that means out of his bed. Except Leah isn't going anywhere; she's afraid little Daisy is in danger. Ethan couldn't live with himself if anything happened to Leah…but pushing her away may be even harder..

On the other side of the front door, the kitchen/dining room stretched from the front to the back of the house. Even though it was in semi-darkness, Leah could see straight through to some French doors at the back, the only illumination coming from the overhead light of the stove as it glinted on steel toward the center of the room.
Snapping her gaze to Daisy, Leah’s opinions on personal tastes flew to the wayside. The little girl’s eyes were wide as she chewed her bottom lip. Leah frowned. “Are you all right, sweetheart? Do you want me to knock?”
Daisy nodded and raised her arms toward Leah as though asking to be picked up. “Yes, please. Daddy might be mad.”
“Oh, Daddy won’t be mad.” Leah bent down and picked her up, hitching her onto her hip as Daisy’s arms wound around her shoulders. “If Daddy’s mad, I’ll show him how to calm himself down real quick. Don’t you worry about that.” Leah lifted the brass knocker and let it fall a little harder than necessary.
No answer.
Narrowing her eyes, she knocked again.
She was readying to knock a third time when the door swung open.
“I told you to get the hell out of here and not come back.” The man’s dark hair sprouted from every angle, his raging eyes bulging and his right hand swathed in a blue and white––and bloodied––dishtowel. His gaze held Leah’s for a split-second before he snapped his attention to Daisy. “My God, Daisy. What are you…” He cupped Daisy under her armpits, wincing slightly as he pulled her from Leah’s arms to hold her close. He pressed a lingering kiss to her temple, his raging eyes hidden behind his closed lids.
Leah stared, completely stunned by this flannel-shirted, blue jeaned, incredibly good-looking man…despite the bulging eyes. She coughed in a bid to find her voice. “Mr. James?” She planted her hands on her hips. “You’re Daisy’s father, I presume?”
He opened his eyes and Leah stepped back.
Apparently when his eyes had softened and were filled with regret rather than rage, they looked good. Really good.
She stilled. Oh, good Lord. Be damned if those weren’t the eyes of Templeton’s reclusive novelist, Ethan James.

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Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eight coming in Feb 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.


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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Review: It Was Always You BLOG TOUR


Georgie Capron lives in South West London with her husband. She works as a primary school teacher, and writes during the holidays. She studied Italian and History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, and loves travelling, yoga and all sorts of arts and crafts. 

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Libby has been drifting through life for too long and, now in her early 30's, it's time to grow up. She decides to have one last summer of fun before buckling down, so heads off to beautiful Positano in Italy.
There, despite all her good intentions, she can't help but fall a little in love with the very handsome, but rather naughty, Luca and, as the summer draws to a close, Libby has some big decisions to make.
Should she head back home and face up to her responsibilities? Is Luca really the right man to start a family with, or has the perfect man been right in front of her eyes all this time?
And, when it comes to affairs of the heart, is it really better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?

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It Was Always You It Was Always You by Georgie Capron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Libby takes herself off for a few months to work abroad before settling down to 'serious life and a serious job', she didn't have any expectations, just to have fun and enjoy herself while working temporarily.

I learnt early on that Luca would figure in her life big time as he became a primary male figure within the chapters.

The hip churning, heart pumpling Luca wasn't someone Libby could brush off easily, he was good on the eye and kind too.

The 'no I shouldn't, the 'yes I should' moments came over Libby quite often. She couldn't ignore them or him.

It became all to clear to me where this was leading.

Luca's is not future husband material, he tells her early on he loves the one he's with, but that's for as long as hes with them.

H doesn't believe in one woman one man.

So will she succumb to his charms?
Is Libby the one to change him or is she heading for heartbreak?

Its not your usual run of the mill romantic stories, it has depth, pitch, power and pace a plenty.
Emotions and rage.

The ending was well thought out.

A really enjoyable read.

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