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.

Book Review: Buried For Good by Alex Coombs @AlexCoombsCrime @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review Buried For Good by Alex Coombs

Blurb

On a remote island, everyone is a suspect…

When Private Investigator Hanlon is hired to protect famous yoga instructor Camille Anderson on her Scottish island retreat, she thinks this may be her simplest job yet.

But when an attack on Camille’s life goes wrong, it soon becomes clear that there is a murderer on the island – and Hanlon will stop at nothing to track them down.

With only a small group of guests the suspects are clear, but as the body count rises Hanlon must step up to find out who the killer is before it’s too late…

Review

The latest installment in the Hanlon series is yet another scorcher. Full of action and and on the edge of your seat suspense. It was absolutely brilliant to read.

Buried for Good was a fantastic read that I would highly recommend. I look forward to seeing what else the author has to offer.

5/5

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Authors Bio

Alex Coombs was born in Lambeth in south London. Silenced for Good is the first of a new series of novels featuring Hanlon as a PI. He lives in South Bucks but has family in Scotland and spends a considerable amount of time in Edinburgh and Argyll.
He is the author of four previous novels featuring Hanlon in the police ( the DCI Hanlon series). He also writes light-hearted crime fiction as HVCoombs for One More Chapter/Harper Collins.
Visit his website at http://www.alexcoombs.co.uk or Facebook@AlexCoombsCrime

Book Review: Friends and Neighbours by Ruth Torjussen @RTorjussen @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

Thank you to Love Books for giving me the chance to review Friends and Neighbours by Ruth Torjussen.

Blurb

Life as a Marie Osmond impersonator living in Stoke can be challenging enough.

But when your best friend has died and your other friends have moved away it can suddenly get a whole lot tougher. Now heartbroken Jenny has a female shaped hole in her life which – despite the presence of many women – won’t go away. Grief has turned her into a first-class snob.

Husband Lonny preps the house for climate change and is unable to halt Jenny’s unravelling. Then gorgeous Trudi wafts into the creative writing class and brings some much-needed hope.

Feeling that this is the only way out of her depression, Jenny’s intention to befriend Trudi builds to an obsession while facing all manner of setbacks. A motley crew of unsuitable local women is encroaching while lovely Trudi remains elusive. Why is something that used to be so easy, now so hard?.

Mixing serious issues with much hilarity ‘Friends and Neighbours’ is a feel-good story for our times.

Review

While this book was a light, uplifting read it did touch on a tough subject, a subject that is close to my heart.

The characters were likeable and Jenny was fantastic. Despite The book being about the loss of a friend it has plenty of humourous parts. It kept me engrossed throughout. I look forward to reading it’s follow up.

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.

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Book Review: The Dig Street Festival by Chris Walsh @WalshWrites #TheDigStreetFestival @LouiseWalters12 @damppebbles

Thank you to Emma at Damppebbles for giving me the chance to review The Dig Street Festival by Chris Walsh

Blurb

It’s 2006 in the fictional East London borough of Leytonstow. The UK’s pub smoking ban is about to happen, and thirty-eight-and-a-half year old John Torrington, a mopper and trolley collector at his local DIY store, is secretly in love with the stylish, beautiful, and middle-class barmaid Lois. John and his hapless, strange, and down-on-their-luck friends, Gabby Longfeather and Glyn Hopkins, live in Clements Markham House – a semi-derelict Edwardian villa divided into unsanitary bedsits, and (mis)managed by the shrewd, Dickensian business man, Mr Kapoor.

When Mr Kapoor, in a bizarre and criminal fluke, makes him fabulously credit-worthy, John surprises his friends and colleagues alike by announcing he will organise an amazing ‘urban love revolution’, aka the Dig Street Festival. But when he discovers dark secrets at the DIY store, and Mr Kapoor’s ruthless gentrification scheme for Clements Markham House, John’s plans take several unexpected and worrisome turns…

Review

What an entertaining read The Dig Street Festival was. It had me cracking up throughout. I thought the book was well written and we’ll paced. The characters were absolutely fantastic.

This isn’t a book I would generally choose to read, however, I did enjoy it and look forward to seeing what else Chris Walsh has to offer in the future.

4/5

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Authors Bio

Chris Walsh grew up in Middlesbrough and now lives in Kent. He writes both fiction and non-fiction, an example of which you can read here in May 2020’s Moxy Magazine.

Chris’s debut novel The Dig Street Festival will be published by Louise Walters Books in April 2021. 

​Chris’s favourite novel is Stoner by John Williams and his favourite novella is The Death of Ivan Illyich by Leo Tolstoy. His top poet is Philip Larkin. He is also a fan of Spike Milligan

Book Review: The Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett @J_B_Writer @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the chance to review The Cornish Midwife by Jo Bartlett.

Blurb

Welcome to the beautiful seaside town of Port Agnes.

A fresh start…

Midwife Ella Mehenick left the small Cornish town of Port Agnes for London and never looked back. But when her seemingly perfect life crashes down around her, there’s only one place she can heal her battered heart – the place she once called home.

A new arrival…

Ella is quickly welcomed into the small community midwife team and loves her new job caring for mums and their precious babies – it’s what she does best! But being back also means facing ex-flame Dan Ferguson…the first man to break her heart.

A second chance at love?

Dan is still as gorgeous as ever, but he’s never forgiven Ella for leaving. And now she’s back it’s clear that there is unfinished business between them. As Ella settles into her new/old life, she can’t stop the memories of how she once loved Dan so completely – and maybe never stopped.

Maybe coming home to Cornwall is Ella’s chance to love again…

Meet The Cornish Midwives of Port Agnes- where community, friendship and love are always delivered.

Review

What a cracking opener to the new series. It was an absolute joy to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the setting and the characters were superb. I had difficulty putting it down.

This is a must read for anyone who is a fan of Call the Midwife and Doc Marten. A lovely gem.

5/5

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Authors Bio

I’ve made up stories for as long as I can remember, but never really took it any further. Concentrating on my career and family, writing went on the back burner until a catalyst called cancer gave me a major kick up the proverbial. I decided I was going to write that novel after all.

Since having my debut novel published in 2015, things have happened quite quickly and I have recently released my eighteenth novel. I’ve been able to fulfil a childhood dream of walking into WHSmiths and buying a book with my name on it and all eighteen of my books have been bestsellers in at least one Amazon chart. I write contemporary women’s fiction, with a focus on love, friendship, family and community, when I’m not knee deep in assignments at the university where I still teach part-time.

I was born a stone’s throw from the English Channel and I still live near the sea in Kent, with my own family – so close to the South East edge of England that we’re very nearly French.

Having recently signed a multi-book deal with my incredible publisher, my ambition to drink tea and make stuff up on a full-time basis is ever closer. If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or my author page on Facebook, I might even say something interesting one of these days… although I wouldn’t hold your breath!

Book Review: My Mother’s Children by Annette Sills @AnnetteSills

Thank you to Annette Sills for reaching out to me to review her latest novel My Mother’s Children.

Blurb

Irish Mancunian Carmel Doherty’s life is unravelling. She has just lost her mother Tess and brother Mikey, her marriage to Joe is coming apart at the seams and her thirty-year friendship with Karen is on the rocks.

While clearing out her childhood home, Carmel discovers that her mother gave birth to a baby in an Irish Mother and Baby home when she was sixteen, a place notorious for its mass burial of babies and illegal adoptions.

Carmel goes on a quest for the truth about her troubled mother’s past. Her roller-coaster journey takes her from her comfortable Manchester home to the west of Ireland and to London’s theatre land. It’s a journey that leads her to ask: Can we ever escape our own family history or is our destiny in our DNA?

A percentage of the author’s royalties will be donated to ICAP, a mental health Charity offering therapy for the Irish in Britain

Review

Wow, what a rollercoaster read My Mother’s Children was. It was, at times truly heartbreaking to read but it was so enjoyable and full of love. It had me engrossed from the start with plenty of twists and turns throughout.

My Mother’s Children is a wonderfully written novel. This was the first book I have read by this author and it most certainly won’t be the last. It was an absolute gem to read. It has really left a lasting impression on me.

5/5

Authors Bio

Annette Sills was born in Wigan, Lancashire to parents from County Mayo, Ireland. Her short stories have been longlisted and shortlisted in a number of competitions including the Fish Short Story Prize, the Telegraph Short Story Club, Books Ireland Magazine and the emigration anthology Something about Home. Her first novel, The Relative Harmony of Julie O’Hagan was was shortlisted in Rethink Press New Novels Competition 2014. Her second, My Mother’s Children, was published by Poolbeg Press in March 2021. Annette currently lives in Manchester with her husband and two children.

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