#ThePact begins today! Dun dun dunnnnnn!!!! @AmyHeydenrych @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogger #Review

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It’s an honour to be kicking off the blog tour for ‘The Pact’ by Amy Heydenrych today – huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite, and to Zaffre for the ARC. Here is my review:

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When Freya arrives at her dream job with the city’s hottest start-up, she can’t wait to begin a new and exciting life, including dating her new colleague Jay.

However, Nicole, Jay’s ex and fellow employee, seems intent on making her life a misery. After a big deadline, where Nicole continually picks on her, Freya snaps and tells Jay about the bullying and together they concoct a revenge prank.

The next morning, Nicole is found dead in her apartment . . .

Is this just a prank gone wrong? Or does Freya know someone who is capable of murder – and could she be next?

What does TWG think?

‘The Pact’ just oozed promise! If you like your books to have a strong ‘whodunnit?’ feel to them, then this will be right up your street. Personally, I felt that the secretive premise and the uncertainty of the characters, really grabbed my attention. We all know that bullying isn’t acceptable, but then again is revenge acceptable either?

I loved how the author crafted her characters, ensuring that her readers believed in Freya’s emotions and the troubles she faced with Nicole. Given the nature of the storyline, I was very impressed by the character direction as their personalities could have gotten quite lost in amongst everything else, and they didn’t. Which is good!

Whilst I enjoyed the overall building blocks of ‘The Pact’, I did feel as though the storyline wasn’t consistent. I do realise that suspense novels like this, do need the slow pace to build the tension and what not, however the storyline seemed to peak and then nosedive back to a pace that made me feel as though I was reading a different book. Amy Heydenrych is an extremely talented writer, and I loved her delivery during the moments where the book blindsided me and left me on the edge of my seat. I just really wish that it was like that the entire way through.

All in all, ‘The Pact’ is an intriguing read which delivers suspense, intensity and character personalisation with great force.

The Pact will be published on the 28th November by Zaffre Books – pre-order now from Amazon

Natter time with author of ‘The Louise Fawley Symphony’, Rikki Evans (@rikkiauthor) @RaRaResources #AuthorInterview #blogtour

The Louise Fawley Symphony
First of many blog tours today, and I am closing the tour for ‘The Louise Fawley Symphony’ by Rikki Evas, with an author interview. Before that, here is a little bit more about the book, as well as the all important purchase links. Enjoy!

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Meet Louise Fawley – the newest, sassiest and sleaziest agent in Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Follow Louise as she burgles and bungles at Melusine Plastics, gets flirtatious and salacious in Vetchley Castle, grows amorous and glamorous in Sainte-Modeste, and finally, hooks and sinks her villainess on the superyacht Bonquonne.

In this delicious, light-hearted, randy romp, can Louise solve the arcane mystery of La Ligne?

The Louise Fawley Symphony contains material of a sexually explicit nature, so will not be to the taste of every adult reader.

Buy now from Amazon UK
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Q and A with author, Rikki Evans.

Firstly, many thanks to The Writing Garnet for stepping into the blogging breach at such
short notice!
TWG – No problem at all, happy to help! Thanks for joining me!

TWG – Could you tell us a bit about you and your background before you began writing?

Rikki – For the inside cover, I wrote: ‘After graduating with first class honours in History, Rikki
Evans entered the accountancy profession, qualifying within public practice with one of
the accountancy bodies. Specialising in statutory audit, Rikki ultimately became a
director within a small practice before, after more than twenty-five years in accountancy, quitting the profession to look after a parent whose health had deteriorated, and to give more time to those interests and hobbies which had helped render accountancy almost bearable.

Rikki’s interests include all things historical, from castles to candlesticks, music of many
genres, from Gregorian Chant to Brit Pop, and above all, like HE Bates, is happiest
when working and whiling in a garden.’

TWG – Have you always wanted to become a published writer?

Rikki – In the sixth-form, I studied A Level English Literature, and for decades afterwards longed
to write. I had plenty of ideas and from time to time would come up with a title,
outline a plot, sketch some characters and… never actually put a pen to paper.
Then, suddenly, about four years ago, I found the insatiable urge to write.

TWG – What made you decide to write your new novel?

Rikki – Seeing a billboard for the then latest ‘Bond’ film – I felt that the old boy had had it to himself for far too long and it was time he had some female competition.

TWG – How hard was it to find the inspiration for your book?

Rikki – Incredibly easy – the difficult part for me is finding the time to write.

TWG – If you could pick a favourite character from your novel, who would it be and why?

Rikki – Aside from my preponderant lead character, Louise Fawley, my favourite character is Tiggi Trebarwith. Tiggi is great fun to write. She’s headstrong and ruthless,
beautiful and stylish. She’s always going to invite jealousy, infuriate her superiors
and land herself in trouble. But, she’ll always manage to claw herself free from
the mire again.

TWG – Did you ever regret writing a character into your story after it was published?

Rikki – Thankfully, not yet.

TWG – Did you find yourself under any personal pressure for your debut novel to succeed and be liked by many?

Rikki – I’d love ‘Louise Fawley’ to be loved by many – but there are so many great reads out there by so many talented writers that it’s bound to take time – and luck – for
‘Louise Fawley’ to gain the awareness of the reading public.

TWG – Time for a tough one, if you could choose any book that has already been published to be the author of, which one would you choose and why?

Rikki –  would choose Herodotus’ ‘Histories’, just to get to see the ancient world when it was new.

TWG – What does your ‘writing space’ look like?

Rikki – I write on my laptop, so I don’t really have one! My only ‘props’ were tiny notebooks I would use to jot down any words or phrases appropriate to a scene which came to me when I wasn’t writing.

TWG – Were there any authors you wanted to be like, when you were a child?

Rikki – As a child, I don’t think I ever really thought that far. My favourite authors were: Enid Blyton (Noddy, pre-school), Elizabeth Beresford (Wombles, infants), Enid Blyton
(Famous Five, juniors), Richard Adams (Watership Down, early high school), and
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes (later high school).

TWG – If you had to sum up your book to a stranger in five words, what would they be and why?

Rikki – Humour, spying, seduction, teasing, titillation. That’s the best I can do if I’m only allowed 5 words to sum up 46,000!

TWG – What’s coming up next for you? Any exclusives?

Rikki – As yet, I’m undecided. Much will depend on how ‘Louise Fawley’ is received. There’s a sequel in my noodle just waiting to be written. That said, I’ve several other ideas too, among them a ‘Game of Thrones’ / ‘Lord of The Rings’ type thing. But the
thought of inventing an entire continent is somewhat daunting!

TWG – One final question. What advice would you give to a writer that wants to be published?
Any words of wisdom?

Rikki – When I first started writing ‘Louise Fawley, I asked a trusted friend who regularly reads for pleasure to read my novel chapter-by-chapter as it rolled off my lap-top, and
took care to heed any encouraging suggestions. That way, I felt sure that I was
aiming at a target audience. When my publishers first read ‘Louise Fawley’, they
too could identify that target audience. I’m sure that this was a factor in their
accepting my work for publication.

Many thanks to Rikki Evans for stopping by to talk about their new release, ‘The Louise Fawley Symphony’!

Move over Cinders! I’ve found #ThePerfectFit! @maryjaynebaker @MirrorBooks @RaRaResources #blogger #review

Thank you to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Mary Jayne Baker for my special copy of the book a while back. I’m delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for ‘The Perfect Fit’. Apologies for the lateness, I’m currently writing this blog post with a headache from hell, so if it doesnt make sense, blame that!

Escape to the frost-sparkling Yorkshire Dales for some festive fun under the mistletoe! A saucy comedy-romance with more than a sprinkle of Christmas spice – this will lift your spirits!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for costume shop owner Becky Finn. Leaving London to move back home to the twinkly rural village of Egglethwaite, she plans to build a new life for herself with fiancé, Cole.

Keen to raise funds for the struggling village hall she loved as a child, Becky finds herself at the head of a colourful group aiming to revive the Egglethwaite Christmas pantomime. But when that festive feeling sets in, she discovers there’s more to panto than innuendo and slapped thighs.

Falling in love was not in the script! But as opening night grows closer, she starts to wonder if the panto will ever make it to the stage and, with handsome co-star Marcus on the scene, if she has chosen her right leading man…

What does TWG think?

Its beginning to look like Christmas!!!

Oh no it’s not….

Oh yes it is!

Oh no it’s not….

Oh yes it is!!

Ish….

Have you ever wondered how a local pantomime is created? I hadn’t, but lets be honest, after reading this book you’ll be glad to know about the ins and outs of the local talent! Or in Maisie’s case, literally….

It’s been a while since I last was in the company of Mary Jayne Baker’s unique mind, however this book was the perfect fit (see what I did there?) as it felt like I had never had a breather between Baker’s books.

Becky has a fiance who is a cactus with a capital P! No, I havent spelt that wrong, but if I put the insult beginning with a P, Amazon wont accept it! Cole infuriated me! What an utterly selfish, selfish man. As for Ryder, well, I was genuinely surprised that he didn’t have the rest of the Paw Patrol gang with him!

‘The Perfect Fit’ has a jam packed cast, full of people with so much colour in their personalities, I needed sunglasses! At times I felt a little bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of people that I had to keep in my mind, and the confusion as to who was related to who and what not, dented my enjoyment a little.

That said, I throughly enjoyed reading this! I adore Baker’s humour and the way the dialogue flowed brilliantly between each character, and i thought that the banter amongst the residents was great fun.

Humour aside, Baker does include more serious topics such as adoption and IVF, as well as slightly more emotionally based topics to do with mental health and the sense of feeling lost in life. The inclusion of the above topics kept the storyline varied and ensured that the humour wasnt too ‘try hard’ or forced. It worked bloody well.

‘The Perfect Fit’ literally was the perfect fit for me and, during a time where my own mental health is suffering, I couldnt have asked for a better book to escape into.

Buy now.

The Mother I Could Have Been, or the mother I want to be? #TheMotherICouldHaveBeen @KerryFSwayne #KerryFisher @Bookouture #blogger

Thanks so much to Bookouture for the ARC and tour invite for Kerry Fisher and ‘The Mother I Could Have Been’. Here is my review:

Why would you walk away from the one person you can’t live without?

As a child, Vicky Hall never had the sort of family she wanted. The least important person in her new step-family, ignored by her mother in favour of her two younger half-siblings, Vicky was always an afterthought. Sitting alone at her graduation ceremony at the age of twenty-one, she vows to create her own family and her own life, one which is full of the love and attention she has always craved.

When Vicky meets William and falls pregnant in Greece that summer, it isn’t planned. But the two of them believe they can make it work, showering their child with the love which they believe should be enough.

But when her son Theo is two, Vicky leaves him in the care of her mother-in-law, walks out of her front door and drives to a hotel where she takes a room for the night. She doesn’t return.

It’s unthinkable.

What kind of mother does that?

The kind who is hiding a story you can never imagine.

What does TWG think?

Please say that I wasnt the only one to read this thinking, ‘how could anyone walk away from their own child?’

Now before anyone reading this thinks I’m judging, I’m not because, even though the above thought kept going through my mind as though stuck on repeat, there are times where we have no idea what goes through someone else’s mind in one particular moment. Naturally, as the story progressed, the reasons behind Vicky’s departure became clear. But, just like Caro, another character who appears later in the book, thought, were those reasons a justifiable reason overall?

I could see where Vicky was coming from. Her sons grandmother even got my back up and yes, I had the urge to shout at the interfering witch through my kindle. Vicky had next to no confidence. She couldn’t even trust herself to make the right decision because she didn’t believe that those decisions were right. She doubted every move she made, every thought that crossed her mind – everything. I did feel for her as I could see that she was battling against her own mind and herself. In all honesty, I found it quite heartbreaking that Vicky felt so lost, like she couldnt reach out to her family in fear of judgement. Scary how powerful fear can be, isnt it?

I mentioned Caro further up in my review and, just like Vicky, she was also battling with herself because of the mislaid communication with her family, especially daughter, India. Again, it would be quick of us, as readers, to judge the situations in this book, and it would be so easy for us to sit and shout about how we would do things differently. Would we though? India was such an immature character who seriously needed to grow up and, even though I wanted to shout that, I was also able to see that the character had her own demons to deal with.

Kerry Fisher, as I’m sure you can tell, gave me a lot of food for thought with her latest book. It also goes to show that, whilst our eyes want to see one thing, our minds want to believe something completely different. Fisher highlighted how life isn’t always plain sailing and that people find themselves making decisions which will change their life, and the lives of others, for a good long while.

I’m going round the houses here, apologies. I appreciated the strength of the storyline and the sheer power and determination of every single character mentioned. Yes, they all had their flaws, but to them they were doing the best that they possibly could.

I thought Kerry Fisher absolutely nailed this book. It was suspenseful, relatable, emotional, intense, yet still an unbreakable novel which had the power of the entire world in its hands. I loved it.

Buy now.

I think #StayMadSweetheart is my new motto! @hkist @RedDogTweets #MeToo #TimesUp #Review

Many thanks to the Red Dog team for the blog tour invite and ARC – I am delighted to be sharing my review of ‘Stay Mad, Sweetheart’ by Heleen Kist.

THERE’S A FINE LINE BETWEEN INNOCENCE AND GUILT. AN EVEN FINER LINE BETWEEN JUSTICE AND REVENGE.

Data scientist Laura prefers the company of her books to the real world – let alone that cesspit online. But when her best friend Emily becomes the victim of horrific cyberbullying, she makes it her all-engulfing mission to track down the worst culprits.

Petite corporate financier Suki is about to outshine the stupid boys at her firm: she’s leading the acquisition of Edinburgh’s most exciting start-up. If only she could get its brilliant, but distracted, co-founder Laura to engage.

Event planner Claire is left to salvage the start-up’s annual conference after her colleague Emily fails to return to work. She’s determined to get a promotion out of it, but her boss isn’t playing ball.

As the women’s paths intertwine, the insidious discrimination they each face comes to light. Emboldened by Emily’s tragic experience, they join forces to plot the downfall of all those who’ve wronged them.

But with emotions running high, will the punishments fit the crimes?

What does TWG think?

This is going to be a tough book to review as, just like many others I’m sure, I have been on the receiving end of work place harassment, rape and sexual abuse. Again, like many, I have also been in the position where those situations have been glossed over to save ‘face’. With that in mind, ‘Stay Mad, Sweetheart’ was a very raw book to digest but, it also happens to be one of the most topical books I have read. I do mean that as a compliment, although I’m sure you will agree with me when I say that it shouldn’t be topical because it shouldn’t even happen. Right?

Heleen Kist puts the subjects of the ‘me too’ movement, gender equality, and harassment under the spotlight and makes them sweat. Not only that, she hones in on the repercussions of said events, and the emotional harm it has on its ‘victims’. Whilst its evidently clear that ‘Stay Mad’ Sweetheart’ isnt a light hearted, easy to read novel, its extremely important to remember that this little novel is doing a vital job by highlighting various different real life, and relatable issues.

I did find the whole ‘revenge’ element of the book a little immature and I felt that it lowered the poignancy of the task in hand, ever so slightly. I could appreciate the reasons behind said revenge, but seeing as it was in the middle of a very powerful written novel, I couldnt help but liken it to Catwoman and Wonder Woman.

Heleen Kist is very talented, and the way in which she has written a piece of writing that will make people talk, astounded me and, as daft as this sounds, I did end up finishing the novel with a newfound respect for the author.

I am so pleased to see books like this being written (and published), however most importantly, I’m extremely happy that the author never once doubted her characters in need and kept reminding her readers to believe, believe, believe.

Buy now.

I’ve been told by a certain Lucy Coleman, that there is #MagicUnderTheMistletoe! @lucycolemanauth @RaRaResources

Some of you may remember me being on a tour for this very book in September so, seeing as Christmas is nearly upon us, I’ve decided to be on another blog tour for it!

It’s December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn’t relishing spending Christmas at his family’s country estate either.

So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They’ll spend half of the holidays with each other’s families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten…?

Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed… It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!

What does TWG think?

It honestly feels like ages ago since I was last able to lose myself in a Lucy Coleman novel!

Leesa isn’t driving home for Christmas…literally. In fact, she’s travelling back to the UK from Australia, just days before Christmas day. Why? Let’s just say that her boss is a little bit of a task master, as well as the fact that Leesa has her own business and can’t really afford to turn down an extra profit. Her opinion of her boss/client is pretty straight to the point – he grates on her and leaves her feeling frustrated more often than none. And no, I don’t mean in a good way either!

Considering the fact that Leesa wasn’t a massive fan of Cary, their United front and plan completely blindsinded me. I know they were desperate but seriously!

It took me a while to take to the storyline as I’m so used to Lucy Coleman’s trademark story telling, and I felt like the author had stepped outside of the box. I’m not saying that that is a bad thing as it’s good to experiment, I just didn’t think that Lucy Coleman had any need to differ from what readers know and love about her books. It didn’t really work for me, I’ll admit.

However, I did end up finishing the book feeling rather festive and content, so I can’t complain! I did enjoy this little festive read, and whilst I do wish that it had more of the authors personality in the book, I thought that the uncertain family dynamics were written very graciously, and I thought that it was a poignant nod to today’s society having a female protagonist with her own company, at the heart of her book.

‘Magic Under the Mistletoe’ gave me the giggles and put me in the Christmas spirit….in September. I enjoyed the hope filled story and cosy characters, especially Cary’s grandmother – what a legend! So, whilst the overall vibe of the book was different to the authors other book, I was still spellbound by the enchanting storytelling of an author who has great talent.

Buy now.

#HoldYourTongue otherwise someone might hold it for you! @Deborah_Masson @TransworldBooks

Thank you SO much to Transworld Books for answering my pleas by inviting me on this blog tour, and for the ARC! I apologise for the lateness, but here is my review:

A brutal murder.

A young woman’s body is discovered with horrifying injuries, a recent newspaper cutting pinned to her clothing.

A detective with everything to prove.

This is her only chance to redeem herself.

A serial killer with nothing to lose.

He’s waited years, and his reign of terror has only just begun . . .

Introducing DI Eve Hunter, HOLD YOUR TONGUE is your new obsession.

What does TWG think?

Whenever I saw this book mentioned on social media, I became extremely jealous as I wanted to read it SO badly! Thankfully my pleas were answered and I was able to read a copy for the tour. Was it worth the wait?

OMG YES!!!!!!!!

The opening to ‘Hold Your Tongue’ is brutal, graphic, and weirdly made my eyes want to read more. I had a feeling that it was going to be a little TOO graphic for my liking, however it was a chance that I was willing to take.

DI Eve Hunter seems to have more people gunning for her than she does fighting her battles. I was very curious, wondering what on earth she could have done to get so many peoples backs up.

As the story progresses, the truth about Eve comes to light in dribs and drabs. She feels guilty. She feels incompetent. She feels as though she cannot forgive herself. Now, without giving anything away, I thought she was being too hard on herself yet I could understand why she felt like that. What I didn’t realise at the time, however, was that there was more to that particular story than I thought. Tons more.

If you’re squeamish then maybe this isnt the book for you, although the graphic parts are tastefully done and in keeping with the rest of the book. Pardon the pun….or not.

Now the thing about being rendered useless in this cold weather due to my illnesses, is that I can binge read and nobody can say anything. So I did….until I had reached the end of the book! I wasnt putting it down for anybody! Not even to pee!!!!

‘Hold Your Tongue’ completely exceeded my expectations. From start to finish the author reeled her readers in, like a spider taking her prey into a web. I was hooked by the ‘whys?’ of the story, especially when it came to the truth behind the culprits actions. I thought that Eve was such a complex character with more sides to her than a human actually needs, yet I found her weirdly relatable. Her personality worked with the other characters, and I dont think, as weird as this sounds, that the overall story would have worked if someone else was at the heart of the book instead of Eve.

What I loved most about Deborah Masson’s book was how she mixed fraught emotions alongside graphic and dark suspense. I thought the combination was sensational.

I really hope this is the first book of many that include DI Eve Hunter, as I truly believe she has more to tell us. The same as Cooper, Mearns and Ferguson.

‘Hold Your Tongue’ really is a spine tingling, dark, devious, intense read which really made me feel as though the cat had got my tongue! This is such an edge of your seat thriller, a truly sensational, jam packed read, written by an author who is definitely one to watch. I cannot WAIT to find out what Masson does next!

Available to purchase in e-Book format.

‘Cause every night I lie in bed, the brightest colours fill my head, #AMillionDreams are keeping me awake @AtkinsDani @HoZ_Books

Huge thanks to Head Of Zeus for the blog tour invite for Dani Atkins and ‘A Million Dreams’, as well as the ARC. I am delighted to be hosting a review today.

Beth Brandon always dreamed of owning a florist, but today the bouquets of peonies and bright spring flowers are failing to calm her nerves. Because today, Beth has a life-changing decision to share with her husband.

Izzy Vaughan thought she and her husband would stay together forever, but sometime last year, their love began to fade. They both find such joy in their young son Noah – but is he enough to keep them together?

Eight years ago, something happened to these two women. Something that is about to bring them together in a way no-one thought possible…

What does TWG think?

I really didn’t know what to expect with this one, but it sure as hell wasn’t this!! Oh my goodness me!

Two different women, both connected by one devastating move.

Two strangers, both connected by the loss of their beloved partners.

One story, connected by the journeys of multiple people, all with conflicting and powerful emotions. Nevermind a million dreams, a million THOUGHTS went through my head reading this, with the main one being ‘what would I have done in that situation?’. Looking back now, i can’t help but think that that was a very stupid question of me to ask myself, because how on earth would anyone know what they would do about a situation they may never find themselves in? We can only surmise about situations, but can any of us really put ourselves in a particular position when our lives are completely different?

Tough one to answer. I couldn’t even begin to imagine what went through the minds of the individuals involved, even though as readers, we had more of an insight to personal thoughts than the other characters. One wrong move caused so much devastation, not just for one person, but many. A decision made by people who have a lot of faith invested in them by communities.

Dani Atkins is incredible. Her attention to detail in this book is second to none and her empathetic tone shone through her words like a beacon. Not only that, the way she described such a rare, yet life changing situation, was both gutsy and very poignant. Atkins didn’t seem to sugar coat the frustration, the motherly instinct, nor the fear of wanting to flee to protect who you love. Her honesty was outstanding, which just goes to show just how much research was done to get the storyline bang on.

As a reader, I felt as though I was intruding on such a personal moment, yet on the other hand I couldnt tear my eyes away from what was unravelling before me.

‘A Million Dreams’ is a story that will have you invested in its poignancy in no time. A story that will test your emotions, whilst also questioning your own choices. A story that puts grief in the spotlight in a way that rendered me speechless, and even THAT is no mean feat.

Beautiful beyond belief, and probably the best book that Dani Atkins has written to date – outstanding and life changing, I loved it. This is a book that is going to stay with me for a very, very long time to come.

Buy now.

What’s this about? Her Dark Heart, that’s what it’s about!! @CKovachAuthor @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘Her Dark Heart’ by Carla Kovach.

Rory is waiting at the door of the pre-school – a painted picture of his mother Susan in his small hand. But Susan isn’t going to see the picture, because she has vanished.

Susan Wheeler is a devoted mother. She would do anything for her three children. She drops them off and picks them up every single day. Until one day when Susan kisses them goodbye and then never comes to pick them up.

Susan’s mother Mary is worried. Susan is recently divorced and has been finding things hard recently, but she loves her kids – she’d never leave them.

Susan’s sister Clare is furious. It’s just like her to go missing. It’s not the first time, either. Susan has always been a troublemaker. Always seeking attention. She knows Susan has been lying to the family for years. And she knows that Susan has been sneaking out of her family home for weeks…

As the hours turn into days, even Clare becomes fearful for Susan. And, when Mary discovers Susan’s diary, she begins to uncover a dark secret from her childhood. Something no one in the family knew. When the final diary entry leads the police to a man who is discovered dead in a local park, they’re left wondering whether Susan has vanished because she is a victim. Or because she is a suspect…

What does TWG think?

Bloody hell, for a crime thriller this book certainly pulls at the heart strings!!!

Book five it may be, however each book can be read as a standalone should you wish to read them out order. Like I seem to be saying about most series just now though, I do advise that you start with book one as this series is awesome! Just my opinion of course!

Susan has gone missing, although those around her arent too bothered. ‘Its not the first time’, they say. Can anyone really be nonchalant about a missing person though, even if they have disappeared before?

Susan would do anything for her children, yet leaving them theough choice isnt one of them…or is it? I didn’t know what to believe!

The real victims in the whole situation were the children! They wanted their mummy!

Gina Harte is back doing what she knows best, yet even SHE couldn’t have foreseen just how turbulent the investigation was going to be. I, on the other hand, loved the intensity. Of course I was frustrated at the carrot dangling throughout, who wouldn’t be? It worked though, and it did its job by keeping me hooked like a pair of pants on a washing line!

This series keeps on delivering, and Carla Kovach’s talents just keep on skyrocketing. ‘Her Dark Heart’ is a brilliant, brilliant read. Everything, for me, was on point and made my mind work overtime. The title is right; this is an incredibly dark read, however Carla Kovach proves that sometimes dark things are the best, and you know what? After this book, I wholeheartedly agree!

Buy now.

Sparks are flying in Coming Home to Merriment Bay Part 2! @EmilyHarvale @RaRaResources

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Part 2 is here! Thanks so much to Rachel, as usual, for the blog tour invite and ARC of Emily Harvale’s next instalment in the ‘Coming Home to Merriment Bay’ series. Here is my review:

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Part Two of this heartwarming four-part serial about finding the strength to put the past behind you and to reach out for a future filled with happiness and love.

Cat Devon knew she couldn’t avoid Amias Wells for long. She also knew sparks would fly the moment they came face to face. They never did get on and nothing has changed in eighteen years – except that Amias is even more annoying. So why does Cat still catch her breath whenever he looks her way?

The fact he flies a vintage Spitfire for the Merriment Bay WWII Museum doesn’t interest Cat, but his knowledge of the former RAF pilots stationed there certainly does. She wants to find out all she can about the man in the photo in Viola’s trunk. And what with hospital visits, dealing with her mum, and sorting out problems with Viola’s house, Cat could use more than just Kyra’s help.

But Kyra makes it clear she thinks Cat and Amias should spend more time together. Which is ridiculous. Apart from the fact they don’t get on, Amias wasn’t interested in Cat before the accident that left the ugly scars on her face and body, so he definitely won’t be attracted to her now. Besides, Cat’s not looking for romance. She’s happy with her life just the way it is.

What does TWG think?

It was so good to be back with Cat and co in ‘Sparks Fly’ as part one left me in a little bit of a quandary! Who was Cat’s dad? And why was her mum refusing to give her more details about her father? What was the big secret?

The identity of Cat’s father didn’t seem to be the only secret that had fallen at the family’s feet as, during a clear out of Granny Viola’s things, a random man tumbles out of a pile of letters. Not the ACTUAL man, because that would be a little bit weird and, quite frankly, Viola could get into quite a bit of bother if that were the case! No, I mean a photograph of a random man. Who was he and why does Viola have a photo of him in her possessions?

So many questions, so little answers. Unfortunately, the only person who would be able to shed some light on both of the secrets is the one person who simply cannot. And, to be perfectly blunt, that person may never even be able to either!

Cat really isn’t doing herself many favours at all. I know that she can’t get over some things that were said when she was pregnant with her daughter, Kyra, and afterwards, yet she is using that against people (well, one person in particular) who is only trying to help. I can see why she thinks that they have an ulterior motive, but surely she needs to understand that 18 years is a long time? I can’t help but feel as though she is living in the past and clearly there are reasons for that, what with the unanswered questions and what not. I have everything crossed that Cat won’t come down with a bang and realise that she has pushed people away. Although, that said, her mother is far worse and why someone hasn’t told her, and her gentleman friend to go and do one, is beyond me!

Once again I was left in a quandary as not many of the questions were answered in this instalment, however it has certainly made me more eager to dive into part three. I simple adore Emily Harvale’s addictive storytelling and her ability to get the most out of each and every one of her characters.

Sparks certainly did fly in this book and I have a huge feeling that it won’t be the only time either!

Another fab little read, and another brilliant addition to a series that looks to be shaping up quite well! Part three here I come!

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