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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: 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.
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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.

Book Review: Under the Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft @suemoorcroft @rarandomresources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Under The Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft

Blurb

A sun-baked terrace. The rustle of vines. And the clink of wine glasses as the first cork of the evening is popped…

Welcome to Italy. A place that holds the answer to Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers’ many questions. Not least, how she ended up with such a mouthful of a name.

When revelations close to home turn Zia’s world upside down,she realises the time has come to search out the Italian family she’s never known.

But as she looks for answers, she can’t help but notice Piero, the vineyard owner next door – a distraction who may prove difficult to ignore…

This summer, join Zia as she sets out to uncover her past. But can she find the future she’s always dreamed of along the way?

Review

I absolutely adore Sue’s writing and I thoroughly enjoyed Under the Italian Sun. There are plenty of twist and turns to keep you on your toes and wanting more. It’s accompanied by some fabulous wine, food and an excellent cast of characters. Its the perfect romantic escape. I really had to pace myself because I didn’t want it to end but I did thoroughly enjoy it.

5/5

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Author’s Bio

Sue Moorcroft is an award-winning Sunday Times and internationally bestselling author of emotionally compelling feel-good fiction who has reached the coveted Number 1 spot on Amazon Kindle UK and Top 100 Amazon Kindle US.

Sue’s a past Vice-Chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and editor of its short story anthologies. Her novels, short stories, serials, courses and columns have appeared around the world. An army child, Sue was born in Germany then lived in Cyprus, Malta and the UK.

Website: suemoorcroft.com Twitter: @suemoorcroft Instagram: @SueMoorcroftAuthorFacebook: SueMoorcroftAuthor and sue.moorcroft.3

Book Review:Mrs Narwhals Diary by S J Norbury #MrsNarwhalsDiary #SJNorbury @LouiseWalters12 @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Thank you to Emma at Damppebbles for giving me the chance to review Mrs Narwhals Diary by S J Norbury.

Blurb

“It was Woman’s Hour who suggested I keep a diary. They said it was good for mental health, and I must say I did feel much less frazzled after writing everything down yesterday. The frustrations were all still there, but somehow smoothed out – as if by a really good steam iron.”Mrs Narwhal is overwhelmed. Her husband, Hugh, is unkind and unhappy – working every hour at a job he hates to save the ancestral home he never wanted. Then there’s Hugh’s sister, Rose, who’s spurned her one true love, and ricochets from drama to drama; not to mention two small boys to bring up safely in a house that could crumble around their ears at any moment…When Hugh’s pride receives a fatal blow, and he walks out, Mrs Narwhal is plunged into a crisis of both heart and home. With help from Rose she sets out to save the house her husband couldn’t. But now that Hugh’s gone, the question must be faced: does Mrs Narwhal really want him back? Funny, charming, and moving, Mrs Narwhal’s Diary is an irresistible story which will enchant and delight its readers. S J Norbury lives in Herefordshire with her family. Mrs Narwhal’s Diary is her first novel.

Review

I absolutely loved this book. It had me so gripped from the start that I had trouble putting it down. It was a wonderful story about the quirky Narwhals. It had plenty of humourous moments with regards to the family and how it was told through the diary. It was an excellent and enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more from S J Norbury.

5/5

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Authors Bio

S J Norbury lives in Herefordshire with her family. Mrs Narwhal’s Diary is her firs

Book Review: A Ration Book Daughter by Jean Fullerton @JeanFullerton_ @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review A Ration Book Daughter by Jean Fullerton

Blurb

Not even the Blitz can shake a mother’s love…

Cathy was a happy, blushing bride when Britain went to war with Germany three years ago. But her youthful dreams were crushed by her violent husband Stanley’s involvement with the fascist black-shirts, and even when he’s conscripted to fight she knows it’s only a brief respite – divorce is not an option. Cathy, a true Brogan daughter, stays strong for her beloved little son Peter.

When a telegram arrives declaring that her husband is missing in action, Cathy can finally allow herself to hope – she only has to wait 6 months before she is legally a widow and can move on with her life. In the meantime, she has to keep Peter safe and fed. So she advertises for a lodger, and Sergeant Archie McIntosh of the Royal Engineers’ Bomb Disposal Squad turns up. He is kind, clever and thoughtful; their mutual attraction is instant.

But with Stanley’s fate still unclear, and the Blitz raging on over London’s East End, will Cathy ever have the love she deserves?

Review

Despite not being a huge fan of historical fiction, I am absolutely loving this series. The characters are fantastic and the author really grips you and takes you into the thick of it. It’s honestly an incredible read and an excellent series. I have loved every part of it and look forward to seeing what else Jean Fullerton has to offer.

5/5

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Authors Bio

I was born into a large, East End family and grew up in the overcrowded streets clustered around the Tower of London. The Fullerton family have lived by London docks since the 1830s and all my books are set in and around this area.

East London has changed greatly and many of the old neighbourhoods I knew as a child have changed too, but I endeavour to bring them alive again in my East London stories of love, family and hard times. I feel that it is my background that gives my stories their distinctive authenticity.

I has been shortlisted for and won several awards and regularly undertake writing workshop. I’m fortunate enough to be a guest cruise lecturer and have sailed all around the world talking about East London’s vibrant history. I am married to a minister in the Church of England and have three grown-up daughters

Book Review: Banana Devil Cake by Susan A King @SusanKing63 @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Banana Devil Cake by Susan A King.

Blurb

With the murder of last year’s fête judge now but a hazy memory, the village of Elmesbury has retired to its former tranquil existence. That is, until a mysterious newcomer sets in motion a series of events that will see members of the W.I. crossing wooden spoons at dawn.

In the midst of preparing for her long-awaited engagement party, redoubtable village busybody Beattie Bramshaw not only finds herself embroiled in a one-woman campaign to save the elm tree from which the village gets its name, but also having to contend with an outbreak of unrest within her beloved W.I. group. Rivalry to win favour with the judge of this year’s fête has fuelled dissent within the ranks and, when two members are found dead in mysterious circumstances, suspicions run rife.

Confident the devil is not only in the cake but in the detail, Beattie determines to uncover the clues that will ultimately lead to the killer’s conviction. But can she solve the mystery before another member of the W.I. is picked off?

Review

This was the first time I have read a book by Susan King and it most certainly won’t be the last and even though this is part of a series, I didn’t feel list but I do suggest reading the previous book, Marrow Jam.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was rather entertaining throughout. I couldn’t put it down and look forward to what else the author’s has to offer.

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Authors Bio

Susan A. King lives with her husband in a quiet suburb in leafy Hampshire.The inspiration for her debut novel, Marrow Jam, came from her long experience and observation of competitors at the local Romsey Show where she regularly aspires to win Best in Show with her floral arrangements. Unsuccessful to date, she has been tempted to investigate more underhand methods by which to acquire the trophy, but has yet to sink to the depths described in her novel. Or so she would have you believe!Marrow Jam, was shortlisted for the Write Here, Right Now novel competition, Bradford Literature Festival and is published by Eye/Lightning Books.