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Hello and welcome to my new blog.

For those of you who don’t know, I used to run the successful blog Babydolls and Razorblades. That blog had unfortunatley disbanded at the end of 2020, this was a decision I didn’t take lightly but felt was the right choice as it featured things that are no longer relevant to me.

I ‘ve always said my blogs would feature things that I enjoy Babydolls and Razorblades didn’t feel like me anymore, so here we are. A nice, shiny new blog and new name that I think is more suiting and more appropriate (at least it doesn’t sound like a porn site).

This new blog will be Jolene’s Book Corner (obviously). It will include around 10 reviews a month and a monthly round up that may or may not include a video.

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Book Review: Welcome to Ferry Lane Market by Nicola May @nicolamay1 @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Welcome to Ferry Lane Market by Nicola May

Blurb

Although thirty-three-year-old Kara Moon loves her hometown of Hartmouth in Cornwall, she has always wondered if she should have followed her dream of going off to study floristry. But she couldn’t bring herself to abandon her emotionally delicate single father, and has worked on Ferry Lane Market’s flower stall ever since leaving school.

When her good-for-nothing boyfriend cheats on her and steals her life savings, she finally dumps him and rents out her spare room as an Airbnb. Gossip flies around the town as Kara welcomes a series of foreign guests to her flat overlooking the estuary.

Then an anonymous postcard arrives, along with a plane ticket to New York. And there begins the first of three trips of a lifetime, during which she will learn important lessons about herself, her life and what she wants from it – and perhaps find love along the way.

Review

I absolutely adored Nicola May’s other series so I was overjoyed when I found out she would be creating a new series. I couldn’t wait to get stuck into Book 1 and it most certainly did not disappoint. The story was absolutely fantastic and had me gripped from the start. I loved the characters. This is going to be another great series from May. I look forward to reading the next installment.

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5/5

Authors Bio

Nicola May is a rom-com superstar. She is the author of a dozen romantic comedies, all of which have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. Two of them won awards at the Festival of Romance, and another was named ebook of the week in The Sun.
The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay became the best-selling Kindle book in the UK, across all genres, in January 2019. Christmas in Cockleberry Bay, the fourth in the Cockleberry Bay series is OUT NOW! Welcome to Ferry Lane Market, book 1 of her forthcoming trilogy is out July 2021.

Book Review: No Place Like Home by Lynda Stacey @LyndaStacey @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review No Place Like Home by Lynda Stacey

Blurb

Sisters Molly and Beth Winters thought the remote clifftop house would be the perfect place to hide away after their mother’s brutal murder. They were wrong….

He wants revenge…

Because someone from the girls’ past has already found their safe house and he is watching and waiting in the shadows ready to make them pay.

He won’t stop until you’re dead…

Their new home should have been the place the sisters were safe.

But no place is safe forever.

A gripping new thriller from Lynda Stacey guaranteed to keep you up all night!

Review

What an incredibly gripping read this was. I couldn’t put it down. It was a perfectly written psychological thriller with plenty of twists that kept me guessing throughout. The characters were superb, some were rather likeable while others not so much.

I have enjoyed the previous books I’ve read by Lynda and her latest offering was just as enjoyable. I highly recommend.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Lynda, grew up in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. She works full time as well as being an author and is currently the Sales Director of a stationery, office supplies and office furniture company in Doncaster, where she has worked for the past 28 years.Over the past 30 years she’s often worked two jobs and has also been a nurse, a model (in her much younger days), an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor … and yes, she was crazy enough to dive in the sea with sharks, without a cage.

Following a life changing car accident in 2008, Lynda was left with limited mobility in her right arm. Unable to dive or teach anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she’d followed avidly since being a teenager.Her own life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots.

After joining the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme, Lynda’s debut novel ‘House of Secrets’ won the Choc Lit Search for a Star competition in 2015. She’s previously published five books, her sixth book ‘No Place Like Home’ will be brought out in July 2021, with her new publisher Boldwood Books.

She currently lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her ‘hero at home husband’, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 25 years.

Book Review: Bubblegum and Blazers by Isabella May @IsabellaMayBks @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Bubblegum and Blazers by Isabella May

Blurb

When Ali, Blake, Charlotte, and Grant sign contracts to star in a Back to School reality TV show, LOVE is the very last thing on their minds:

Ali flies to the UK from New Zealand, intrigued by the golden opportunity to advance her amateur social media influencer career.

Blake carpe diems the moment with both hands after a constant flurry of bad luck.

Charlotte jumps at the chance to relive her sporting glories of the past – and take a hiatus from her humdrum marriage.

And Grant is just relieved to get away from his failing second-hand music shop.

But once the advances hit their bank accounts, it soon becomes apparent that producer Jock’s Pied Piper-style offer to change their lives is distinctly lacking in sherbet fizz!

In fact, the only sweet thing about this gig for the former students and the rest of their Bubblegum and Blazers competitors, may just be the packet of candy in their pockets.

Re-enacting their past is a roller coaster of revelations, retaliation, and unlikely romance in a goldfish bowl of mayhem where Raphael (agony uncle of the school sweet shop) and his rhubarb and custards reign supreme…

Review

After previously reading two of May’s books, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in to her latest offering.

I found Bubblegum and Blazers to be a rather entertaining read with plenty of nostalgia to the nineties. It had me gripped from the start. The characters were well developed and likeable.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading her next offering.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic, as well as a Pranic Healer.

After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!

All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her cross-genre novels, fused with a dollop of romcom, and a sprinkle of magical realism.

Book Review: The Darlings by Angela Jackson #TheDarlings @AngelaJ @EyeAndLightning @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Thank you to Emma at Damppebbles for giving me the chance to review The Darlings by Angela Jackson

Blurb

THE DARING NEW NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE EMERGENCE OF JUDY TAYLOR

When Mark Darling is fifteen years old, he is the golden boy, captain of the school football team, admired by all who know him. Until he kills his best friend in a freak accident.

He spends the next decade drifting between the therapy couch and dead-end pursuits. Then along comes Sadie. A mender by nature, she tries her best to fix him, and has enough energy to carry them both through the next few years.

One evening, Mark bumps into an old schoolfriend, Ruby. She saw the accident first hand. He is pulled towards her by a force stronger than logic: the universal need to reconcile one’s childhood wounds. This is his chance to, once again, feel the enveloping warmth of unconditional love. But can he leave behind the woman who rescued him from the pit of despair, the wife he loves? His unborn child?

This is a story about how childhood experience can profoundly impact how we behave as adults. It’s a story about betrayal, infidelity and how we often blinker ourselves to see a version of the truth that is more palatable to us.

Review

This was such a wonderful read, a little unusual in how it was written from the adulterers side but I think that made it all the more intriguing.

The characters are fantastic, I didn’t even dislike Mark, the adulterer. I did adore Sadie and how strong she was in having to be the “grown up” all the time.

I thought how the author portrayed childhood trauma and how it can have an impact on someone’s life many, many years after the incident. I found The Darlings to be a wonderfully written novel that I would highly recommend.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Angela Jackson is a former psychology lecturer and teacher trainer. Her debut novel The Emergence of Judy Taylor won the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s First Book Award and was Waterstones’ Scottish Book of the Year. 

The Darlings is her second novel. 

Originally from the north of England, she now lives with her family in Edinburgh.

Book Review: One Good Lie by Jane Isaac @JaneIsaacAuthor @canelo_co @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Thank you to Emma at Damppebbles for giving me the chance to review One Good Lie by Jane Isaac.

Blurb

Her sister’s boyfriend. Her worst nightmare.

On the night of her mother’s wake, Ewan kisses a shocked Ruby. They both agree to pretend that the kiss never happened – in fact, according to Ewan, no one even needs to know he walked Ruby home.

Because Ewan is seeing Ruby’s sister, Sophie. He’s been wonderful to Sophie, comforting her after her mother’s murder and taking care of her little kids, too. In short, he’s been the perfect boyfriend. This was just a stupid mistake.

But when Ruby learns of another woman’s murder close to Ewan’s route home on the night of the kiss, she fears that her lie has left her sister in terrible danger.

After all, how well do the sisters really know Ewan? How well do they know each other? And are they sure they know the truth about what really happened on the day their mother died?

Review

What a completely gripping and fascinating read One Good Lie was. Having read a few books by Jane previously, I was super excited to read her latest offering and it did not disappoint.

When an author changes genre you’re either going to love it or hate, it’s safe to say I loved Jane’s first Psychological thriller offering. was hooked from the start. I loved the characters and how the story unfolded. This was yet another gem from Jane. Highly recommend.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Jane Isaac is married to a serving detective and they live in rural Northamptonshire, UK with their daughter and dogs.

Jane is author of three bestselling detective series: DCI Helen Lavery, DI Will Jackman (based in Stratford upon Avon), and DC Beth Chamberlain (a Family Liaison Officer). Her novels have been nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards’ and selected as ‘Thriller of the Month’ by E-thriller.com.

2021 sees Jane’s first foray into psychological suspense with the release of One Good Lie in June. A further psychological suspense novel will follow in 2022, along with a new DCI Helen Lavery book.

Jane loves to hear from readers and writers. You can reach her via her website at http://www.janeisaac.co.uk where you can join her Readers’ Club for information on new releases.

Book Review: The Happy Family by Jackie Kabler @jackiekabler @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Happy Family by Jackie Kabler

Blurb

A mother who disappeared…

When Beth was 10 years old, her beautiful, wild mother Alice disappeared. Beth’s life since hasn’t always been easy, but now she’s settled, with a successful career, a loving family and a beautiful home.

An unexpected visitor…

Then one day there’s a knock at the door. Alice has returned. Desperate to rebuild their relationship, Beth invites her mother to move in.

A life that comes crashing down…

At first, everything is wonderful. But then Beth’s friends start to drift away, strange things happen at home, and rumours about Beth begin to circle. Someone is out to destroy Beth’s newfound happiness. But who? And how far will they go?

Review

I’ve read a few book by Jackie and none of them have disappointed, The Happy Family is yet another superb read.

It had an excellent story line with characters that are highly believable. I was thoroughly gripped from the start, so much so I didn’t want the book to end especially with the unexpected twist.

I highly recommend reading Jackie’s books.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Jackie Kabler was born in Coventry but spent much of her childhood in Ireland. She worked as a newspaper reporter and then as a television news correspondent for twenty years, spending nearly a decade on GMTV followed by stints with ITN and BBC News. During that time, she covered major stories around the world including the Kosovo crisis, the impeachment of President Clinton, the Asian tsunami, famine in Ethiopia, the Soham murders and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Jackie now divides her time between crime writing and working as a presenter on shopping channel QVC. She has a degree in zoology from Trinity College Dublin, runs long distances for fun and lives in Gloucestershire with her husband.
http://www.jackiekabler.com
Twitter @jackiekabler
Instagram @officialjackiekabler

Book Review: Return to Harlech by Ruth Torjussen @RTorjussen @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

Thank you to Love Books Tours for giving me the chance to review Return to Harlech by Ruth Torjussen

Blurb

A metaphor for the way out of our current ecological crisis, this slow-burning, thought-provoking and entertaining horror will leave you intrigued and shocked!

Tess and Steve are a dysfunctional couple in a rocky marriage. Despite this Tess yearns for a baby more than a divorce and plans a secret conception during a trip to her husband’s hometown of Harlech. But when they get there Steve has other things on his mind. A panic attack causes him to remember his supposed halcyon days of childhood with horrible clarity. He wasn’t as popular as he thought he was, and strangely, he has no memory of the enthusiastic locals who greet him.

A young girl comes to Tess in her dreams, is this her child trying to warn her? Or the child of the mysterious Anwen who has lent them the cottage? With her hopes for pregnancy fading, she longs for a different future without her domineering husband, but can she survive without him?

And can Steve survive his return to Harlech as the locals seek retribution for the crimes of his past?

Review

After reading the authors previous book, I couldn’t wait to jump into this one. It is very different to Friends and Neighbours but just as enjoyable.

I was gripped throughout, it kept me on my toes with all that was going on and with the twists and turns. I really enjoyed reading Ruth’s latest release of and look forward to seeing what genre they tackle next.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Ruth Torjussen grew up in Stoke but now lives and works in Brighton as a Shared Lives Carer.
She is a passionate advocate of eating local food grown through regenerative farming as the answer to climate change. She writes novels and scripts across different genres but always with an eye on what faces us in the next decade.
Follow her on Twitter @RTorjussen,
Instagram @ruth_torjussen
YouTube Torjussen Ruth

Book Review: The Bridesmaid by Nina Manning @ninamanning78 @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Bridesmaid by Nina Manning

Blurb

From the moment they met as children, Sasha knew that beautiful, wealthy, and confident Caitlin would always be her absolute best friend. Sasha would do anything to make Caitlin happy.

Even keep her darkest secrets…

The years have passed, but their friendship remains. And when Caitlin announces she’s getting married there is only one choice for the role of bridesmaid. Sasha will make sure Caitlin’s wedding is as beautiful and perfect as she is. Won’t she?

But as the big day approaches, cracks begin to appear. Because no matter what Sasha does, she never seems to make Caitlin happy.

And the secrets that once bound these two friends, now threaten to rip them apart for good…

Review

This was the first Nina Manning book I have read and it really enjoyed it. It did take me a while to get into it but I became gripped and couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed the characters and setting. It was a wonderful read.

4/5

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Authors Bio

Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and co-host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. The Daughter in Law is her debut psychological thriller. The Guilty Wife was published in March 2020, The House Mate was published in October 2020.The Bridesmaid is published May 2021. She lives in Dorset in the UK.

Book Review: Your Life or Mine by Vicki Bradley @vbradleywriter @rararesources

Here is my review of the latest release from Vicki Bradley, Your Life or Mine.

Blurb

There were only ever two choices – your life or mine.Alana Loxton was part of the all-female team to take down Barratt, a notorious serial killer.

He is safely behind bars when one of the detectives goes missing.

Her disappearance, and the connection to the killer, could be a coincidence – but when her body is discovered days later, a link begins to form.Then another detective from the team goes missing and the situation becomes horrifically clear.

Someone is picking them off one by one – and Alana’s name is next on the list . . .

Review

What an incredibly gripping read Your Life or Mine was. It was the first book so have read by Vicki Bradley and it most certainly won’t be the last.

I enjoyed everything about this book, it was the perfect psychological read. I had to pace myself as I didn’t want it to end.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Your Life or Mine and look forward to reading more from this author.

5/5

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Book Review: Spring Siren by Georgina Troy @GeorginaTroy @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Spring Siren by Georgina Troy.

Blurb

When Finn Gallichan, the new man in artist Jools Jones’ life leaves the boardwalk to go travelling for several months she’s not too worried, she has her paintings to work on as well as keeping busy helping her grandmother run Boardwalk Books, the only second-hand bookshop in the village. She’s happy to wait for Finn’s return to pick up where they left off their relationship. That is, until she decides to secretly help a new customer trace a copy of a book he wrote years before and meets Marius Arnesen, a glass artist who, fascinated by her paintings, asks her to take part in an art exhibition.

When she begins to suspect that Finn isn’t quite the person she had hoped and Marius steps up to save someone close to her, she wonders if maybe she’s made the wrong decision…

Review

This is the final book in the series and while it can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading the whole series. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this series and feel it’s ended perfectly.

It has been one series where I have been fully engrossed in it from start to finish and have loved all the characters. Spring Siren was an incredible read, I particularly enjoyed how it tied everything together. It was a truly wonderful read.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Georgina Troy was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category, Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) with A Jersey Kiss, Book 1 in her Jersey Scene series (published in the US as The Legacy). She was also a finalist in the Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers 2015.

Georgina sets all her romances on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands where she lives with her husband and three rescue dogs. She is also one of The Blonde Plotters.