Thursday, 3 August 2017

The Trouble With Words by Suzie Tullett - Blog Tour



Annabel is desperate to have a baby – there’s just one problem. She’s single and after losing her husband in a hit and run accident, she’s just not ready for another relationship. 
Dan is on the hunt for the perfect woman but when his mother drops a bombshell, he starts to feel the pressure.
When Dan and Annabel’s worlds collide, both start to think that maybe they’ve found the solution to their problems. But things are about to get messy.
Can Dan and Annabel get what they want?

The story opens with Annabel breaking the news to her husband that is going to have a baby.
It's not the most conventional as it's at his graveside, and he's, well, dead. And another problem she has is at that moment she has not found someone to be the father.

I really felt for her as soon as I began reading and was drawn instantly to her character.

As the story progresses we meet Dan and his mum Gerry. She is desperate for Dan to find himself a wife and she needs to be sure it's the right woman for him, she has plenty of candidates lined up!

Dan and Annabel seem perfect for each other - if only they would realise it! With both of them having their own trials that seem more important than the dating game, things seem that they will pass them by, until fate intervenes...

There are some really sad, properly tear jerking moments throughout the book, all beautifully written and sincere enough to make you think you are in the room with the characters, to offset this there are plenty of laugh out loud moments to lighten the mood along the way.

The ending was poignant, satisfying and well written, as was the whole book. I find Tullett a master of writing believable dialogue that is read in your mind just as you would hear someone speaking it. The characters are well developed and seem to really grow in strength throughout the story, Gerry being my favourite - she definitely deserves Fictional Mother of the Year!

Congratulations to Tullett on providing another well written, perfectly researched and entertaining tale.

Many thanks to Bombshell Books for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.



About the author:

Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. Her motto is to 'live, laugh, love' and when she's not busy creating her own literary masterpieces, she usually has her head in someone else's.
Suzie lives in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with her husband and two Greek rescue dogs.

Twitter @SuzieTullett

My website Suzie Tullett
Instagram suzie_tullett 



Sunday, 23 July 2017

The Ludlow Ladies Society by Ann O'Loughlin blog tour



Books that inspired me
by
Ann O'Loughlin

I think there are books for different times of our lives. There are books that leave a profound mark on us that shape the way we think. I think we can all remember the first book which influenced us as a teenager. Maybe it was the first time we had to step out of our comfort zone and in to the big bad world.

Such a book for me was To Kill A Mocking Bird, by Harper Lee.
It was a hot summer and I was working at my first job as a shop assistant in the small west of Ireland town of Ennis, Co. Clare. I cycled three miles to work and back every day and at lunchtime sat in Curran’s tea room reading To Kill A Mocking Bird. I was transported from one small town to another, Maycombe, Alabama. I was astounded at the racism and prejudice displayed by the good citizens of Maycombe and so riveted I found it hard to close the book and return to my job behind the counter.

Right up there alongside Harper Lee was Jane Austen.
It was the same summer when I seemed to devour every book in my local library. I studied Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice later at school too, but even that experience did not take from the fact I adored it and particularly my first read in the sunshine. Like all great stories, it is a book you can return to more than once. It is what I have found myself doing over the years. In between my second novel The Judge's Wife and the third novel The Ludlow Ladies' Society I feasted on Pride and Prejudice.
What a novel! We all know Mrs Bennet is looking to marry her daughters off, but this is a novel of manners and it is the keen observations throughout that make it a joy to read. There is great detail here without it overpowering the story. When I read it for the first time I raced through following the plot. Now, I read it as an apprentice might study the work of a master craftsman or woman!
Pride and Prejudice will always have a place on my shelf.

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth.
My mother bought me A Suitable Boy for a significant birthday. She said I would never get through it, but even through it is a big fat book with about 1,300 pages, I ploughed on, loving the story and the life inside an Indian family. The story centres on widow Rupa Mehra wishing to find her headstrong daughter a good Hindu boy of the right caste to marry. But this is also the story of a family, a changing society and a changing India. When it came out there was a lot of talk that this book would not stand the test of time, but it has. Even now when I dip in to it, I can smell India.
I am sure too it was partly responsible for my decision later to live and work in India. It was such an accurate account, something I fully realised when I lived there and befriended an Indian family.
I love too that Vikram Seth set himself up in his family’s Delhi compound writing. I think any writer would love that constant state of inspiration!

Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres.
I just loved this book. I am not surprised that the Greek island of Cephalonia had an increase in tourism after its publication and the movie release. It is such a wonderful love story. Set in the early days of World War 2, a beautiful local woman whose fisherman boyfriend departs to fight with the Greek army falls in love with Captain Antonio Corelli in command of the Italian garrison occupying the Greek island. The movie did not do the book justice. I loved in particular the historical detail; this a book that made me laugh and cry.
On a more frivolous note, Louis de Bernieres was able to give up work and concentrate on his writing after publication. That would be a dream come true for any writer.

When I lived in India for a year I came across the writer Mulk Raj Anand.
His book Untouchable dates back to 1935 and is the story of a day in the life of Bakha, a proud young man, but an untouchable, an outcast in India’s caste system. A sweeper he has no chance of bettering his lot. An anger burns inside Bakha who has to put up with humiliations throughout the day. His untouchability means he can’t even fend off the so called higher castes. He looks to Mahatma Gandhi for hope for the future. This book is a way to understand the India of yesterday and today.


The Ludlow Ladies’ Society by Ann O’Loughlin is published 20th July by Black & White, price £12.99





Tuesday, 18 July 2017

5* review - Blood Sisters by Jane Corry



Kitty lives in a care home. She can't speak properly, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here. At least that's the story she's sticking to.
Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. When a job in a prison comes up she decides to take it - this is her chance to finally make things right.
But someone is watching Kitty and Alison.
Someone who wants revenge for what happened that sunny morning in May.
And only another life will do...

Review:

Artist, Alison clearly has secrets in her past. Big ones.
She is struggling to make ends meet teaching art classes in a local authority college, so wonders if a job for an art teacher turning up on her staff noticeboard is serendipity. The only drawback is it's at a prison. The thought chills Alison to the core.

Kitty has brain damage and is in a home. She isn't sure exactly what happened to make her like this but is angry. Angry she can't talk, angry she can't remember and angry that she's not quite sure about some people and why she's scared of them. Why can't she remember?

Alison gets in deeper and deeper at the prison and starts receiving threatening messages. She does not know who she can trust and is put in a terrifying position where her life is in danger. 

Kitty's life changes irrevocably and she struggles even more to cope.

A secret is revealed that changes lives forever.

I loved Jane's previous novel, My Husband's Wife, but I loved Blood Sisters even more. Such a gripping story and so well written. The characters had me hooked from the start and I loved how the plot played out. The twists shocked me, I had certainly not guessed the way things were going!

A highly recommended read!



Many thanks the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.





Thursday, 15 June 2017

Lesley Pearse 25 in 25 Blog Tour

Global bestseller Lesley Pearse is celebrating the release of her 25th novel, The Woman in the Wood with a 25 in 25 blog tour, revealing a different fact ever every day about Lesley and each of her 25 bestsellers each day.
Do follow the tour with #LoveLesley

Georgia - 



  1. Georgia: The character of Max Menzies in Georgia is based on Don Arden, Sharon Osbourne’s late father.


Fifteen-year-old twins Maisy and Duncan Mitcham have always had each other. Until the fateful day in the wood . . .
One night in 1960, the twins awake to find their father pulling their screaming mother from the house. She is to be committed to an asylum. It is, so their father insists, for her own good.
It's not long before they, too, are removed from their London home and sent to Nightingales - a large house deep in the New Forest countryside - to be watched over by their cold-hearted grandmother, Mrs Mitcham. Though they feel abandoned and unloved, at least here they have something they never had before - freedom.
The twins are left to their own devices, to explore, find new friends and first romances. That is until the day that Duncan doesn't come back for dinner. Nor does he return the next day. Or the one after that.
When the bodies of other young boys are discovered in the surrounding area the police appear to give up hope of finding Duncan alive. With Mrs Mitcham showing little interest in her grandson's disappearance, it is up to Maisy to discover the truth. And she knows just where to start. The woman who lives alone in the wood about whom so many rumours abound. A woman named Grace Deville.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Blog tour: Review - Come Sundown by Nora Roberts



Love. Lies. Murder. A lot can happen... COME SUNDOWN Bodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family’s resort in Western Montana, there just aren’t enough hours in the day – for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn’t have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all grown up and returned to the ranch. Then again, maybe Callen can change her mind, given time... But when a young woman’s body is discovered on resort land, everything changes. Callen falls under the suspicion of a deputy sheriff with a grudge. And for Bodine’s family, the murder is a shocking reminder of an old loss. Twenty-five years ago, Bodine’s Aunt Alice vanished, never to be heard of again. Could this new tragedy be connected to Alice’s mysterious disappearance? As events take a dramatic and deadly turn, Bodine and Callen must race to uncover the truth – before the sun sets on their future together.

REVIEW: 

Alice Bodine is heading home a little shamefacedly after leaving dramatically, perhaps, she wondered for a bit of attention as her sister is getting married.
She never makes it home after a sinister man picks her up on the roadside.

Her family run the Bodine ranch in Montana, popular and traditional, and the Bodine/Longbow family are pillars of the community.

Bodine Longbow herself, young and strong, runs the resort and is revered by staff and family alike, especially Callen, childhood crush. 

As events run we see into the family and into Alice's hell and watch how strength and family are a force to be reckoned with.

I am a huge fan of Nora Roberts and thoroughly loved this offering. It is wonderful and addictive escapism and a real page turner.
Although I found it slightly slower to get into, once I did I was hooked. 

A fabulous, well thought out plot and strong characters who you root for from the start.

A massive 5* from me and as always, I eagerly await Nora's next book!



Nora Roberts is the number one New York Times bestseller of more than 200 novels. With over 500 million copies of her books in print, she is indisputably one of the most celebrated and popular writers in the world. She is a Sunday Times hardback bestseller writing as both Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb



Monday, 29 May 2017

5* review: The Man in the Needlecord Jacket by Linda Macdonald


Genre: Adult contemporary fiction; Domestic Noir
Release Date: 28th May 2017
Publisher: Matador – An imprint of Troubador Publishing
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The Man in the Needlecord Jacket follows the story of two women who are each struggling to let go of a long-term destructive partnership. Felicity is reluctant to detach from her estranged archaeologist husband and, after being banished from the family home, she sets out to test the stability of his relationship with his new love, Marianne.

When Felicity meets Coll, a charismatic artist, she has high hopes of being distracted from her failed marriage. What she doesn’t know is that he has a partner, Sarah, with whom he has planned a future. Sarah is deeply in love with Coll, but his controlling behaviour and associations with other women have always made her life difficult. When he becomes obsessed with Felicity, Sarah’s world collapses and a series of events is set in motion that will challenge the integrity of all the characters involved.

The Man in the Needlecord Jacket is a thought-provoking book, written from the perspectives of Sarah and Felicity. The reader is in the privileged position of knowing what’s going on for both of the women, while each of them is being kept in the dark about a very important issue.

Inspired by the work of Margaret Atwood and Fay Weldon, Linda explores the issue of mental abuse in partnerships and the grey area of an infidelity that is emotional, not physical. The book will appeal to readers interested in the psychology of relationships, as well as fans of Linda’s ‘Lydia’ series.

Review:


I am a huge fan of Linda Macdonald's 'Lydia' series, they are a thought provoking 'grown up' womens fiction series (none of the fluff!). I find them a page turning relaxing read. The Man in the Needlecord Jacket is no less than its predecessors, I loved the introduction of the new characters, Sarah and Coll, and enjoyed reading about the lives of the usual lives of the Harvey family.

This book is told from Sarah and Felicity's points of view. In the past I have shared no love for Felicity, and in this book I find I liked her even less until near to the end when I really softened to her character and saw her vulnerable side.

Sarah I felt extremely sorry for, yet frustrated with for constantly excusing what I felt was deplorable love-rat behaviours from Coll, the man who had been her long term love for ten years, yet had many OWs (other women) who Sarah knew existed but felt she could do little about. 

Coll, an artist and on many levels a really interesting character (and loose man in my opinion) turned up in Felicity's life when hawking his paintings to hang in her recently opened restaurant. He felt an attraction to her which turned into something close to obsession/addiction, though he was no stalker. Felicity, after being hurt deeply by younger man, Gianni, in Italy was interested by his advances, yet knew nothing of the woman who loved him and strived constantly to make him love her in return.

I was quite satisfied by the ending, yet was - as always - disappointed to have reached the conclusion and I feel so absorbed in the story!

I would urge readers to consider these books, all could be read as standalones but I feel it would be more enjoyable to know the backstory.

Many thanks to Linda and Brook Cottage Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.



ABOUT LINDA MACDONALD

Linda MacDonald is the author of three independently published novels: Meeting Lydia and the stand-alone sequels, A Meeting of a Different Kind and The Alone Alternative. They are all contemporary adult fiction, multi-themed, but with a focus on relationship issues.

After studying psychology at Goldsmiths', Linda trained as a secondary science and biology teacher. She taught these subjects for several years before moving to a sixth-form college to teach psychology. In 2012, she gave up teaching to focus fully on writing.
Linda was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria and now lives in Beckenham, Kent.
Twitter: @LindaMac1


5* review - Then, Now, Always by Isabelle Broom



Twenty-eight year old Hannah is ready for an adventure. She and her colleagues are in Spain for a month to film a documentary, and it's a dream come true. Not least because Hannah will get to spend long summer days with Theo, her boss (and gorgeous crush). It couldn't be a more perfect setting to fall in love...
If only Tom (Hannah's best friend and cameramen) and Claudette (the presenter) would stop getting in the way...
Then things become even more complicated when Nancy, Hannah's half-sister arrives. What on earth is she doing here?
For just once in her life, can't Hannah have one perfect summer, free of any drama?


I have to start by saying how much I adore Isabelle Broom. She should work for the tourism industry as she sprinkles a beautiful magic over the destinations she writes about and leaves the reader (at the very least just me) with an overwhelming sense of wanderlust and desire to experience the locations.

Hannah has a special place in her heart for the town of Mojacar in southern Spain, she holidayed there as a teenager and holds it dearly as her coming of age, a holiday spent without her parents accompanying her best friend's family. She has a small tattoo of the Indalo man, a symbol adopted by the community of Mojacar to represent love and hope, which she treasures, so when the 'love of her life', crush and boss, Theo asks her to research somewhere to do a travel documentary on, she instantly knows the place.

While on their film-making-working-holiday, she wants to make Theo fall in love with her, difficult when she has little experience with relationships and it seems that Theo has plenty - but still she tries.
Until half sister Nancy, who she despises, turns up and seemingly ruins everything.

Hannah learns as much during her adult stay in Mojacar as she did as a teenager, and once again there is a shift in her life, one that teaches her what is important to her and where her future should lie.

I loved the characters in this story, I initially loved to hate Nancy, until we learned her true story, but my favourite had to be Elaine - a local woman who relocated in her own teens due to an incredibly traumatic experience in her life. I loved how the story ended for her, with all ends tied up beautifully.

This is a glorious, beautiful and heart felt read - with many laugh out loud moments, but all in all just a well written book that will take you deep into the heart of Almeria and leave you yearning for more.

A hugely well deserved five stars. 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Blog tour: The Butlins Girls by Elaine Everest



'Molly Missons gazed around in awe. So this was Butlin's. Whitewashed buildings, bordered by rhododendrons, gave a cheerful feeling to a world still recovering from six years of war. The Skegness holiday camp covered a vast area, much larger than Molly expected to see.'
Molly Missons hasn't had the best of times recently. Having lost her parents, now some dubious long-lost family have darkened her door - attempting to steal her home and livelihood...
After a horrendous ordeal, Molly applies for a job as a Butlin's Aunty. When she receives news that she has got the job, she immediately leaves her small home town - in search of a new life in Skegness.
Molly finds true friendship in Freda, Bunty and Plum. But the biggest shock is discovering that star of the silver screen, Johnny Johnson, is working at Butlin's as head of the entertainment team. Johnny takes an instant liking to Molly and she begins to shed the shackles of her recent traumas. Will Johnny be just the distraction Molly needs - or is he too good be to be true?



I was pleased to receive this new book from Elaine Everest as I thoroughly enjoyed The Woolworths Girls, and just looking at this cover I knew I would not be disappointed.

Molly Missons, a gentle young girl recovering from parents tragic death receives devastating and confusing news that she had been cut out of her parents will, to lose her home and livelihood to relatives she knew nothing about, cousin Harriet and her deplorable son, Simon. 
With help from good friends she is able to escape this and move to Skegness, to Butlins holiday camp, working as a Butlins auntie.

Here she forms a friendship with Bunty and Plum, who have their own heartbreaks and issues to overcome, and whose stories blend beautifully to enrich the plot. She also meets her screen idol and crush, Johnny Johnson, will he be the cure she needs to mend her fragile heart?

The Butlins Girls really is a warm, gentle, nostalgic tale with a feel good vibe, It sums life in a post war holiday camp up beautifully, it is written true to it's era and is a satisfying read. I'm certain fans of 1940's fiction will adore it.


Many thanks to Bethan at ED PR for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Blog Tour: Author Anne O'Brien's Top 6 Medieval Women with Style

Today I am delighted to welcome Anne O'Brien along on the publication day of 

The Shadow Queen,

 to discuss her 

Top Six Medieval Women with Style...


1340. Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent, learns that she is to marry William Montagu, heir to the Earldom of Salisbury, an alliance that will redeem their family after her father’s execution for treason. But Joan cannot marry her childhood friend Will. At just 12 years old, she has fallen in love with, and secretly married Sir Thomas Holland, a humble knight who is currently fighting in France with the King. Furious, her mother and the Montagu family convince Joan to marry Will, despite her feelings of guilt. But when Sir Thomas returns, he is determined to win back his wife, no matter what. Joan must quickly learn to navigate the dangerous and seductive world of the royal court, with its treachery, subterfuge, and power-hungry families… A tale of betrayal and ambition, and of love and loyalty, The Shadow Queen is the untold story of the beautiful, quick-witted and scandalous Joan of Kent, who would ultimately go on to mastermind the reign of the Child King, her son Richard II.


Six Medieval Women with Style


 Here are six medieval women who put pen to parchment, which is interesting in itself, but who also wrote with such elegance and forthright use of words.  Their letters and books shine with clarity and conviction, opening for us a window into the lives of these women who expressed themselves with confidence on all manner of subjects.  Love, sexual desire, education and the role of women in government at the side of their husband, nothing is outside their scope of interest and experience.  It is all here for our delight.

Christine de Pisan 
Widowed at an early age, Christine, living in France, turned to the pen as a way to support her children, writing both prose and poetry which was well received in the highest circles in an age when women had relatively no voice.  Christine worked to refute the negative ideas that scholars were spreading about the education and role of women, showing the elite women of her time how they could navigate most successfully through what was a man's world.  Her main work, The Book of the City of Ladies, stood as a testimony to the greatness and accomplishments of women, putting them on the same level as men.

Women particularly should concern themselves with peace because men by nature are more foolhardy and headstrong, and their overwhelming desire to avenge themselves prevents them from foreseeing the resulting dangers and terrors of war. But woman by nature is more gentle and circumspect. Therefore, if she has sufficient will and wisdom she can provide the best possible means to pacify man. 

Heloise
Famous for her scandalous relationship with Peter Abelard, Heloise celebrated their forbidden love with a series of love letters.  A tragic story, Abelard and Heloise were cruelly separated, Abelard becoming a monk and Heloise a nun.  How firm and finely judged were Heloise's words to her lover whom she never met again, how full of conviction when the world was set against them.  Her words uplift the down-trodden spirit.

I think you are not unaware, my sweet light, that ashes placed on a sleeping fire never put it out ... and so not for any reason will external events be able to wipe out the thought of you, which is bound to my heart with a chain of gold

Julian of Norwich
This famous anchoress, closed off from the world in her simple cell, wrote an account of her visions and her understanding of God's love and compassion for humanity.  In a world that portrayed God as the One who judged and punished, this was a very personal interpretation of an all-gracious God in whom there was no anger.  Julian is responsible for perhaps the most famous of all medieval quotations.  So simple and so encouraging in a dangerous world.

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.

Margaret Paston
Margaret was a superb letter-writer.  Wife of John Paston, a London solicitor, she was left to manage the estates in Norfolk while he pursued land claims.  The letters are detailed, entertaining and informative: family fall-outs, marriage alliances, parental nagging, clashes with the aristocracy and parties thrown while parents were away from home.  Further afield she writes of local gossip, the problems of cash-flow, the local wool trade and the shortage of good servants.  Margaret has an engaging style, and sometimes, delightfully, touches on the personal, as in this letter to her absent husband.

I pray that you will wear the ring with the image of St Margaret that I sent you for a remembrance till you come home.  You have left me such a remembrance that makes me to think upon you both day and night when I would sleep. (a pregnancy!)

Margery Kempe
Written probably in the late 1430s, The Book of Margery Kempe, dictated quaintly in the third person, is one of the most astonishing documents of late medieval English life.  From the merchant class, Margery was a wife, a mother and widow, experienced sin and conversion, who conversed intimately with God and travelled on pilgrimage.  Margery might be considered the first English Mystic, but she was not beyond giving strong advice, even to Archbishops, and relishing it when dictating it to her biographer.

Then the archbishop said to her (Margery!): I  am told very bad things about you.  I hear it said that you are a very wicked woman.  And she replied:  Sir, I also hear it said that you are a wicked man.  And if you are as wicked as people say, you will never get to heaven unless you amend while you are here.

Hildegard of Bingen
A German Benedictine Abbess, spending her whole life enclosed as a nun from the age of seven, Hildegard was a writer, a composer and a philosopher, writing plays and music as well as books of instruction and discussion of diseases and their cures.  What an astonishing breadth of education and knowledge and talent she had.  Nor did she neglect the vexed subject of human sexuality, and so powerfully, challenging the received medical opinion that women were more lustful (and thus more sinful) than men.

A man's love is a blazing heat, like a fire on a blazing mountain, which can hardly be quenched, while hers is more like a wood-fire that is easy to quench; but a woman's love is in comparison with a man's is like a sweet warmth coming from the sun which brings forth fruit.

What a multi-faceted view these writings allow us of the lives of these women who felt free to express themselves in such diverse ways.  Their ideas and thoughts have lasted though time to bring these medieval woman to life today.

The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien is published by HQ on 4th May (£12.99 hardback)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

ANNE O’BRIEN was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire. After gaining a BA Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Master’s in Education at Hull, she lived in the East Riding for many years where she taught History. Leaving teaching – but not her love of history – Anne turned to novel writing and her passion for giving voice to the oft forgotten women of the medieval era was born. Today Anne lives in an eighteenth-century cottage in Herefordshire, an area steeped in history and full of inspiration for her work.

Anne Tweets here @Anne_Obrien



Tuesday, 25 April 2017

5* Review - Behind The Lie by Amanda James


Available from - Amazon.co.uk

Who can you trust, when you can’t trust yourself?


Holly West has turned her life around. She’s found a successful and loving husband in Simon and is expecting twins. She is definitely a woman who has taken back control of her future.
Until she gives birth, only for one twin to survive. Holly can’t let it go.
Holly’s world is in a tailspin and suddenly she can’t trust herself or anyone else. No one believes her, not her husband or her best friend. Because she thinks she knows the truth…her son is still alive and she won’t stop until she finds him

Review:

The prologue sees Holly West giving birth to her twins, for her baby boy not to survive. 
We then flash back five weeks to when Holly is told there is a problem by her husband, Simon, a consultant. Their baby boy is not growing well and he fears he is too small to survive. When she gives birth the worst happens and her son dies before she is able to see him leaving her understandably bereft, not just for the loss of her son but for the guilt that her drug dependency and bad lifestyle before she married Simon could have been the cause.

She then receives a letter that tears her world apart. Someone claims that Ruan is alive and living with new parents, and that they were part of this cover up.
Is it lies spread, vicious and seeking revenge, or is it the truth?
Due to the problems in her past she knows that no one will believe her, so she sets out to seek the truth herself.

Amanda James is an elegant writer, effortless to read and with a pace that keeps urging you to turn the pages. The whole abduction story line is one that is well thought and executed, and just when Holly thought things were over, it picks up its pace yet again to deliver further blows which see Holly fearing for their lives.

I was rooting for Holly from the start, I love a strong female protagonist. I also loved her strong friendship with Demi and Jowan, and seeing just how far they would go to protect her and her babies.

I really loved this book and was reluctant to finish it!

A definite 5* from me. Fans of Susan Lewis and Diane Chamberlain will devour this.


About Amanda James: 


Amanda James has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true.
Amanda has written many short stories and has five novels currently published. Her time travelling debut - A Stitch in Time was published in April of 2013 and has met with great success.
Amanda lives in Cornwall and is inspired every day by the beautiful coastline near her home. Three of her novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and Behind the Lie - April 2017 pub - HQUK ( HarperCollins)
Amanda can usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

Author links:



Summer in Tintagel (Urbane Publications July 2016)
Cross Stitch (Choc Lit December 2014)
Somewhere Beyond the Sea ( Choc Lit April 2014)
Dancing in the Rain (Choc Lit March 2014)
A Stitch in Time (Choc Lit) - http://www.choc-lit.com/
Righteous Exposure (Crooked Cat) - http://www.crookedcatbooks.com/







Wednesday, 12 April 2017

5* review: Last Breath by Robert Bryndza



When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case. 

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery. 

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist? 

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.


This is the fourth Erika Foster novel, and each one gets better and better. 
A young girl is found dead in a dumpster, having been brutally murdered and Erika Foster is desperate to be involved in the case. Stuck in a desk position in Bromley after being passed over for promotion she uses her wits to make it to MIT, she knows she can solve the case.

More murders are linked to the recent one, and more girls begin to go missing, but the killer is careful and is leaving no clues. She knows he will slip up but as the body count gets higher time is not on her side.

Relationship dynamics within the team alter, people reveal a different side and the course of Erika's career develops in a way she doesn't expect, but she remains hell bent on catching this murderer before anything else - alongside her team (which are wonderful in their own rights.)

Last Breath literally doesn't take a breath all the way through, it is fast paced and edgy, and keeps you turning the pages relentlessly, as with all Bryndza's books.

Although Last Breath is the 4th in the Erika Foster series, you can read it as a standalone, but you will be itching to read the rest after.