#BlogTour! #Review – #HushHush by Mel Sherratt (@writermels) @AvonBooksUK

Apologies for the late post, spent the day with mumma TWG for her birthday! Tonight I am very pleased to be hosting Mel Sherratt’s new novel, Hush Hush. Many thanks to Avon for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.

All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped.

To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you?

What does TWG think?

If you ever needed a reason to start a new series then you needn’t look any further! What a cracking first book!

DS Grace Allendale is back on her home turf, Stoke, once again. Having lived in Manchester for many years, Grace decides to return to her roots after life chose to throw her a few curveballs. However, if Grace thought that moving back to Stoke was going to be plain sailing and calm, she should think again as things are about to get personal.

What I loved most about ‘Hush Hush’ was the way the author created such an atmospheric presence throughout the entire book. One minute I was starting the book, unaware of the characters I may come up against, and then the next minute I had reached the end with a ‘what the….’ look on my face!

‘Hush Hush’ has the perfect amount of suspense, grit, and rollercoaster ride tendencies, holding my attention hostage until the very last page. If this is the strength of the first book in the series, I cannot wait to see what’s coming next!

A belter of a book which has been very well thought out – a job very well done in my opinion!!

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#BlogTour! #Review – A Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft (@SueMoorcroft) @AvonBooksUK

Take two on posting this review!! Anyway, I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for ‘A Christmas Gift’ by Sue Moorcroft. Many thanks to Avon for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

One Christmas can change everything…

Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine’s struggled to make ends meet.

To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local school. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine’s grateful for the help. But there’s something about Joe she can’t quite put her finger on. Could there be more to him than meets the eye?

Georgine’s past is going to catch up with her in ways she never expected. But can the help of friends new and old make this a Christmas to remember after all?

What does TWG think?

Oh my gosh, Sue Moorcroft never disappoints!!

Relatable? ✅

Festive? ✅

Cosy? ✅

Practically perfect in every single way? ✅

Sorry, Mary Poppins! Sue Moorcroft has stolen your crown!

I won’t delve into the bits and bobs about the storyline in fear of unintentional spoilers, especially as a lot of the storylines intricate detail is entwined with other parts of the book which need to be found out, in my opinion, by the readers very own eyes.

The theme which runs throughout the storyline is no doubt one which will end up resonating with readers of all ages. Both of the main characters, Georgine and Joe, have pasts they would rather never bring up again but, due to their present actions and thoughts, it doesn’t take either of them long to realise that they need to be the ‘bigger person’ where their pasts are concerned and show it who’s boss. Easier said than done, obviously, but watching these two characters, who are like chalk and cheese, embark on a journey of self discovery and self awareness was quite tender to read.

I don’t think that this book could have had a better title if it tried! Why? Because, hand on heart, reading ‘A Christmas Gift’ was like receiving my own gift. A gift which hugged me from the inside and warmed me up like a hot water bottle. A gift which had me smiling like Wallace from ‘Wallace and Gromit’. I honestly couldn’t have wished for more in one book.

I loved how festive the entire storyline was, even if I did read it in October but, most importantly, I loved how Sue Moorcroft’s words reached deep within and made me feel as though she was telling the story to me, and me only.

A enchanting, poignant, and beautifully written; Sue Moorcroft has delivered a novel which is both heartwarming and emotive, absolutely flawlessly. A truly lovely, lovely read.

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#BlogTour! #Extract – Perfect Silence by Helen Fields (@Helen_Fields) @AvonBooksUK


Today I am breaking the perfect silence by taking part in the blog tour for Helen Fields’ brand new novel! For my stop on the tour, I have a fabulous extract to share with you all. I am currently reading Helen’s new book so please keep an eye out later on in the week for my review! Thank you, as always, to Avon for the blog tour invite and the ARC. I hope you enjoy the extract!

When silence falls, who will hear their cries?

The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin.

DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case, until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby.

After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?

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Extract.

‘Luc, call the station. Ask them if they have a young woman
listed as missing in the last forty-eight hours. Just say between
sixteen and twenty, long brown hair, red-brown dress. No other
description for now,’ Ava instructed Callanach.

‘It’s not,’ Jonty said.

‘Not what?’ Callanach asked.

‘It’s not a coloured dress,’ Jonty replied. He slid a gloved
hand under the girl’s left shoulder to raise her a few inches off
the fl oor, exposing a small section of the dress behind her
shoulder blade. The bright white patch of cotton glowed in
the floodlights.

Ava took in a sharp breath. ‘It’s a white dress?’ she muttered.

‘How the fuck did she . . .’

Jonty answered the question by raising the hem up over the
girl’s thighs and abdomen. A massive section of skin had been
cut from her stomach, the raw sections of fl esh curling back
where her body had begun to dry out. Blood was crusted over
the whole of her lower half, washing down her legs and her
bare feet.

If that extract doesn’t make you head to Amazon to pick up a copy of ‘Perfect Silence’, I don’t know what will!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Kiss of Death by Paul Finch (@paulfinchauthor) @AvonBooksUK #KissOfDeath

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Excuse my lateness with my review of Paul Finch’s ‘Kiss Of Death’, but I literally have just finished reading it! Big thank you to Avon Books for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book – here is my review:

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Don’t let them catch you…

A Deadly Hunt
DS ‘Heck’ Heckenburg has been tasked with retrieving one of the UK’s most wanted men. But the trail runs cold when Heck discovers a video tape showing the fugitive in a fight for his life. A fight he has no chance of winning.

A Dangerous Game
Heck realises that there’s another player in this game of cat and mouse, and this time, they’ve not just caught the prize: they’ve made sure no one else ever does.

A Man Who Plays With Fire
How far will Heck and his team go to protect some of the UK’s most brutal killers? And what price is he willing to pay?

What does TWG think?

I don’t usually do this, and I one who dislikes reviews with swearing in, but I have to break my rule just this once as I don’t think a measly ‘oh my goodness!’ will cut the mustard this time around.

Fucking hell! I mean….fuuuuuucking hell! What an ending!!!!!! I have never read anything like it, and I am also extremely gutted that the next book in the series is not available right this second (there had better be another book in the series!). There’s nothing like leaving your readers hanging is there? Usually I dislike endings where I find myself with multiple questions instead of getting things resolved, yet this just….works. No, wait, it doesn’t just work, it’s absolutely genius.

I must admit that I haven’t read many of the ‘Detective Mark Heckenburg’ series, nor have I read them in order. However, ‘Kiss Of Death’ was a belter of a read as a standalone. Of course I must have missed out on the basic background of good ol’ Heck and Gemma, but seeing as my knuckles went white as I gripped the kindle whilst I was reading ‘Kiss Of Death’, I have a slight feeling that I will be going back to book one and binge reading them all. In fact, that is exactly what I am going to do – how can I not?! Paul Finch is a genius!!!!

Heck seems to have his own set of rules where his job is concerned, especially if it means him being smack bang in the firing line despite being told to step away by his superiors. Heck’s colleagues all know that they have to follow procedures and do things by the book, however Heck’s memo with that on seems to have been mislaid….every time. I found his bulshyness quite arrogant yet it ended up being quite endearing as his passion pushed aside the arrogance like no tomorrow.

If you’re after a story which raises your heart rate, keeps you glued to your seat, makes your jaw hang open like you’re pretending to be a fish, as well as gripping hold of things like you’re about to fall off, then ‘Kiss Of Death’ is PERFECT for you. Don’t shoot me here, but I wasn’t overly keen on the book when I first started reading it. It took me at least 30 odd percent before I was able to lose myself in Heck’s powerful persuasion’s and Paul Finch’s gripping storyline – I felt that the pace was too slow to begin with which ended up making the hook a lot slower to do its job. However, once the book surpassed the 30 odd percent mark, I became gripped by what my eyes were reading. It’s gruesome, I won’t lie, but yet again Paul Finch makes it work!

The more of ‘Kiss Of Death’ I read, the faster the pace became and the more intense the situations within the storyline became. There was so much to keep focused on, I couldn’t help but feel as though my head was turning in every direction to keep up with Heck and the gang as they attempt to take on another, well, gang. No, I’m not complaining either!

Despite my earlier reservations, ‘Kiss Of Death’ ended up surpassing all of my expectations, making this one of the best books I have read so far this year! I am so pleased I ignored my earlier thoughts as what a cracking (literally), spine tingling, chilling, and utterly, utterly suspenseful read this turned out to be. I’ve said it once but I will say it again – that ending!!!!! Paul Finch has certainly got his readers where he wants them, and given the outstanding strength of his latest novel, I will be standing here with bells on waiting for the next book in the series!!!

Out-flipping-standing – give this man an award! Brilliant. Intense. Absolute GENIUS!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Come Away With Me by Maddie Please (@MaddiePlease1) @AvonBooksUK

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I am delighted to be on the blog tour today for Maddie Please and her latest novel, ‘Come Away With Me’. Big thanks to Avon Books for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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Somewhere beyond the sea…

When Alexa Fisher finds herself trapped on a twelve-day cruise to celebrate her younger sister’s hen-do – just the two of them – she wishes she’d jumped overboard.
Despite the age difference, India has always been the judgemental sibling, and there’s been even more friction than usual since ‘the big engagement’. With India constantly obsessing over wedding plans, Alexa has never felt more single, or more of a failure.
If only she could find a man who was funny, handsome and faithful. But when she meets the enigmatic (and *gorgeous*) Gabriel Frost on the cruise, he is as cold as his name suggests… Isn’t he?

Set sail for an adventure on the high seas, it’s time for Alexa to discover that sometimes romance can surprise you!

What does TWG think?

Would you just look at that cover?! What a beautiful and rather apt cover this is. Seriously. After reading ‘Come Away With Me’, I can honestly say that the cover sums up the contents of the storyline rather well. Don’t fret though, that is not a spoiler at all!

I must admit that it did take me quite a while to get into the book as I found one of the characters rather immature. I am a fan of Maddie Please’s writing, but for me, the hook of the book wasn’t immediate and I struggled to get into it. I did persevere though as, like I said, I enjoy Maddie’s writing and I didn’t want to give up too early.

Thankfully perseverance paid off and once the storyline hit the halfway mark, that was when the book and I became buddies. It was as though the book had a lightbulb moment, either that or I did! I did still find one particular character rather immature and wished the other character would stand up for themselves though! Maddie Please had me snorting at what she had made her characters do, and she even made me want to go on a cruise like….yesterday. I have always thought that cruises were for the older generation, just like many of the characters in the book thought, but I will hold my hands up now and say that my opinion has completely changed. Hopefully one day I will be able to step foot onto a cruise ship because it does sound rather fab!

Overall, the vibe and underlying message of ‘Come Away With Me’ were the true stars of the novel as they made me sit back and look at certain situations from a different, and more open minded angle. Sometimes we go through phases where we are unsure of our next steps, or where we find our confidence with our decision making plummeting before our very eyes. Despite the main characters not being my favourite at all, I thought they highlighted Maddie Please’s message very well, especially Alexa. She is proof that you need to take that leap in life before regret takes over. Live a little or regret a lot? The relatable factors to this book and the characters were poignant and certainly made me think.

‘Come Away With Me’ is a light-hearted and care free novel which will have you reaching for the cruise brochures like there’s no tomorrow.

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#BlogTour! #Extract – 11 Missed Calls by Elisabeth Carpenter (@LibbyCPT) @AvonBooksUK

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Today for my stop on the ’11 Missed Calls’ blog tour, I will be sharing an extract from Elisabeth Carpenter’s new book. Enjoy!

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Here are two things I know about my mother:
1. She had dark hair, like mine.
2. She wasn’t very happy at the end.

Anna has always believed that her mother, Debbie, died 30 years ago on the night she disappeared.

But when her father gets a strange note, she realises that she’s never been told the full story of what happened that night on the cliff.

Confused and upset, Anna turns to her husband Jack – but when she finds a love letter from another woman in his wallet, she realises there’s no-one left to help her, least of all her family.

And then a body is found…

Extract.

I grab my laptop and take it into the living room. I still don’t know what to say in my reply to Debbie. It is too important to just fire off a few words when I have a whole lifetime to write about. She won’t be expecting a message from me, but I doubt Monica or Dad have replied yet. They would have told me if they had, though I’m not sure of anything these days.

‘Just ask to meet,’ says Jack, reading my mind. ‘You don’t have to write an essay. If she is who she says she is, then you’ll find out soon enough.’

Perhaps it is as simple as that. There is a tiny part of me – self-preservation, again – that tells me not to give too much away in an email. She must earn the right to hear my news. The least she could do is meet me.

I click on the email forwarded by Dad. I already know her words off by heart, but I still read it. ‘The memories of shells and sweet things …’ No one else could know about that.

I type out the reply before I can think about it, and press send.

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#BlogTour! #Review – One Little Lie by Sam Carrington (@sam_carrington1) @AvonBooksUK


Sam Carrington is baaaaaack!! I could not be more excited to be sharing my review of Sam Carrington’s recently released novel, ‘One Little Lie’. Big thank you, as always, to Avon Books for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

‘I’m Alice. And my son is a murderer.’

Deborah’s son was killed four years ago.
Alice’s son is in prison for committing that crime.

Deborah would give anything to have her boy back, and Alice would do anything to right her son’s wrongs.

Driven by guilt and the need for redemption, Alice has started a support group for parents with troubled children. But as the network begins to grow, she soon finds out just how easy it is for one little lie to spiral out of control…

They call it mother’s intuition, but can you ever really know your own child?

What does TWG think?

Having devoured, loved, dreamt about, and shouted about Sam Carrington’s previous novels, I couldn’t contain my excitement when I heard that there was a third book on the horizon. Of course, Carrington unknowingly had to beat my expectations with this one which I can only assume would be a task, should she have been aware of that fact. In my eyes, Carrington shouldn’t have written two BRILLIANT novels for me to compare ‘One Little Lie’ to ;). Thankfully, and I am sure that the author will breathe a sigh of relief with this next sentence, she did not disappoint with ‘One Little Lie’ at all. Whilst I didn’t feel as though it was better than her previous novels, ‘Saving Sophie’ and ‘Bad Sister’, Carrington has still written a jaw dropping novel where this one is concerned!

Be prepared to read a story from different points of view, with each describing their own version of events each time. If you thought that you would know the truth, you have got quite a long wait ahead of you because hell, if psychologist, Connie Summers, struggled to decipher her clients hidden agenda’s, us readers would need to pick up on something very detailed.

There are a lot of characters featured in the storyline of ‘One Little Lie’, and whilst it did confuse me a little to begin with, once I got used to it I realised that every character was there for a reason. It also meant that the truth became a lot more jaded as the storyline went on because of the amount of characters that were involved in the situation, or were related to someone who was involved in the situation, and so on. Plus, if you add to that a couple of main characters who seemed intent on keeping something vital hidden, I would be lying if I said that I thought there was only ONE little lie.

Sam Carrington is very clever at teasing her readers and making them feel as though they’re onto a winner, before pulling out the carpet from underneath their feet. I’m not complaining at all, but you would think that after three books, I would be accustom to just how the author thinks, but I’m not! Far from it! In fact, I seem to be further away from that discovery with every new book Carrington releases.

I have to admit that I struggled to see things from Alice’s point of view, as I couldn’t grasp why she would go down the route that she did. Having said that, I think that Alice’s situation is one that people cannot really judge unless you’re in that predicament yourself. Same for Deborah to be honest, although I had more empathy towards that character, even if I did think that she was a bit of a dark horse. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why that was though!

Overall, Sam Carrington has delivered a cracking, psychologically twisted, engaging, and intense novel which had my brain close to popping like a balloon. Carrington’s story telling is one of a kind, and whilst I would love to know what goes through this authors mind at times, I just know that I would be scarred for life if she didn’t soften the blow by weaving her twisted concepts into her poor characters fictional lives. Highly recommended!

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#BlogTour! #Extract – The Lost Sister by Tracy Buchanan (@TracyBuchanan) @AvonBooksUK


It’s TWG’s turn on the blog tour for ‘The Lost Sister’ by Tracy Buchanan. Big thank you to Avon for the blog tour invite. Today I will be sharing an extract from the book, enjoy!

For the first time in your life, she is going to tell you the truth…

Then: A trip to the beach tore Becky’s world apart. It was the day her mother Selma met the mysterious man she went on to fall in love with, and leave her husband and child for.

Now: It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but Selma has just weeks to live. And she has something important to tell Becky – a secret she been hiding for many years. She had another daughter.

With the loss of her mother, Becky aches to find her sister. She knows she cannot move forward in her life without answers, but who can she really trust?

Extract.

Mike caught my eye. He was desperate for another. But I couldn’t think of anything worse, shuddering as I remembered that sticky, confusing, sick-infested time of Becky’s newborn months. The emotions. The tears. I adored Becky, my perfect one. It would be like going back to square one if I had another. Plus, there was the slight problem of Mike and I barely touching any more. Maybe that should have worried me, but the truth was, I didn’t want to touch or be touched. On the rare occasions when we did make love, I flinched then felt nothing, going through the motions as I turned my face away. I used to be so passionate, to love to hold and be held. But not any more.

I sighed, turning back to Julie. ‘We’ve been told we can’t,’ I whispered so Mike couldn’t overhear. The lie sent a thrill through me. ‘We don’t like to talk about it, especially Mike,’ I added with a grimace. Another touch of the arm. ‘You’re one of the only people I’ve told.’
‘I’m so sorry,’ Julie whispered back. I could see it mixed in with the empathy in her eyes, how pleased she was to be one of the privileged few to know.
‘But let’s not talk about that,’ I said, fanning my hand about. ‘Tell me about you.’
As Julie launched into the details of her problems with sore nipples, I slid my sunglasses back up to hide the fact I wasn’t really listening, my mind drifting off to the plot of my latest novel.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Summer on the Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish Studio by Phillipa Ashley (@PhillipaAshley) @AvonBooksUK


I have never been more excited to review a book with Cornish/Cornwall in the title before, until now! I am so excited to be today’s stop on Phillipa Ashley’s blog tour for ‘Summer on the Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish Studio’. Big thank you to Avon Books for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

Poppy has always loved Cornwall – the crisp sea air, the welcoming community. So when her boyfriend Dan suggests they leave their office jobs and take over the Starfish Studio on the Isles of Scilly, Poppy doesn’t need asking twice.

But things don’t go to plan when Dan dumps her, weeks before they’re due to move. Determined not to give up, Poppy accepts the help of local photographer Jake, her landlord’s grandson. But Jake is distracted by a loss from his past.

Can they turn the crumbling gallery into a success in time for tourist season? And will a summer on the little Cornish Isles mend just the studio – or Poppy’s heart too?

What does TWG think?

-swoons- Why am I only starting to read this series now?! I think I have been hiding under a rock or something, because I see no other explanation as to why I haven’t read any of the ‘Cornish Isles’ series! This is book three!! At least I do prove that you don’t have to read the books in order and that they can be read perfectly well as a standalone. Hell, I didn’t even realise that this was a series until I looked on Amazon!

I absolutely devoured ‘Summer on the Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish Studio’ in a few hours, how could I not when the story was so enchanting, enticing and beautifully written? The moment Poppy stepped over the threshold into the Starfish Studio, it was like love at first sight. Not only did the beauty of the studio and its contents blow Poppy away, she was rather taken with the artist himself Several years later, Poppy finds herself stepping over the threshold of the studio again to start her new life. Whilst part of Poppy was hoping her new life would begin smoothly, she couldn’t have been prepared for what lie waiting for her. Her ex-boyfriend, Dan, might think that she wouldn’t be able to cope, but Poppy is made of strong stuff, a lot stronger than what people give her credit for…

Oh my goodness me, I’m just going to lay my cards straight on the table; I love, love, LOVED this book! What a beautiful, beautiful story which seemed to capture my heart and soul from the moment Poppy got off the boat. There was something so magical about her character and, even without knowing too much about her, I just knew that she was going to go up in my estimations the more of the story I read.

As for Jake, oh Jake…he’s a bit of a shattered soul bless him, I couldn’t help but laugh at his relationship with Leo! I am being vague on purpose as I don’t wish to give anything away, but please do trust me when I say that this is a story that needs to be given as much love as it will give its readers.

I was blown away by how free-spirited the story made me feel, hugging me from the inside out with every turn of the page. ‘Summer on the Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish Studio’ may come across as being Poppy and Jake orientated, but in actual fact that couldn’t be further from the truth as the author gives multiple characters their individual times in the spotlight. I really did love that as I was able to find out more about certain characters and how they became who they are today.

As I have already said, I love ‘Summer on the Little Cornish Isles: The Starfish Studio’, and I would read it all over again in a heartbeat! Such a heartfelt, touching, poignant, and mesmerising novel which will stay in my heart for a very, very long time.

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#BlogTour! #Extract – A Summer Scandal by Kat French (@KFrenchBooks) @AvonBooksUK

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Anyone fancy a scandal this summer? If you are, look no further as Kat French has you all sorted! Why? Because folks, her latest novel is aptly titled, ‘A Summer Scandal’, and I have the pleasure of sharing an extract from the book with you all today as part of the blog tour! Enjoy!

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Summer has never been so scandalous…

When Violet moves to Swallow Beach, she inherits a small Victorian pier with an empty arcade perched on the end of it, and falls in love immediately. She wants nothing more than to rejuvenate it and make it grand again – but how?

When she meets hunky Calvin, inspiration strikes. What if she turned the arcade into an adult-themed arcade full of artisan shops?

Not everyone in the town is happy with the idea, but Violet loves her arcade and business begins to boom. But as tensions worsen and the heat between her and Calvin begins to grow, life at Swallow Beach becomes tricky. Is it worth staying to ride out the storm? And can Violet find her own happy ending before the swallows fly south for the winter?

Sexy, sassy and full of heart, Kat French is back in a new summer sizzler.

Extract.

Following Barty through the back door, Violet found herself inside the ground-floor lobby, light and bright thanks to the many stained windows surrounding the front door and the freshly painted white woodwork on the gracefully sweeping staircase and two apartment doors, one either side of the tiled vestibule. Gold numbers on the doors declared them 1 and 2.
‘This is mine,’ Barty said, nodding towards number 1. ‘And that one belongs to Keris, my
granddaughter.’
Vi’s jaw dropped. ‘You live here?’
He threw his hands out. ‘So it would seem. Cup of mint tea?’
Vi narrowed her eyes. ‘That’s my favourite.’
Barty looked at her steadily, half smiling. ‘Who knew?’
You did, Violet felt like saying. ‘I better not,’ she said, instead. Glancing towards the staircase, her nerves kicked back in. ‘I better head on up.’ She stalled, jiggling the keys, excited and terrified at the same time. ‘Has anyone been up there recently, do you know?’
Barty shook his head. ‘Not that I’ve noticed.’ He touched his fingers against his fedora. ‘I’ll let you get on. You know where I am if you need me. Tap the door for mint tea.’
And with that he turned and opened his own door. Looking back at her as he stepped inside, he paused. ‘Do you want me to come up with you?’
Tempted as she was to say yes, Vi shook her head. This was something she needed to do alone.
‘Thanks, I think I’m okay.’
He looked at her for a couple of silent seconds, then nodded and closed his door. Violet stood still for a few moments, fighting the urge to knock on his door and tell him she’d changed her mind, she’d love a cup of mint tea and someone to hold her hand and come with her. All she knew about the apartment on the top floor was that her grandfather had paid a cleaning company to go in once a month, but that aside, no one with any actual connection to her family had set foot near the place in decades. It was empty. Waiting. For her? Suppressing the chill that ran down her spine, Violet put her best foot forward and set off up the wide, shallow stairs.

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