#BlogTour! #Review – Stasi 77 by David Young (@djy_writer) @ZaffreBooks

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Final blog tour post of the day, and it’s another book published Zaffre Books, ‘Stasi 77’ by David Young. Many thanks to Zaffree for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here his my review:

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A secret State. A dark conspiracy. A terrible crime.

Karin Müller of the German Democratic Republic’s People’s Police is called to a factory in the east of the country. A man has been murdered – bound and trapped as a fire burned nearby, slowly suffocating him. But who is he? Why was he targeted? Could his murderer simply be someone with a grudge against the factory’s nationalisation, as Müller’s Stasi colleagues insist? Why too is her deputy Werner Tilsner behaving so strangely?

As more victims surface, it becomes clear that there is a cold-blooded killer out there taking their revenge. Soon Müller begins to realise that in order to solve these terrible crimes, she will need to delve into the region’s dark past. But are the Stasi really working with her on this case? Or against her?

For those who really run this Republic have secrets they would rather remain uncovered. And they will stop at nothing to keep them that way . . .

What does TWG think?

Don’t make the mistake that I did! ‘Stasi 77’ is best read once you have read the other books in the series, and I’m speaking from experience as I didn’t quite realise until it was too late that it was part of a series. I did learn the hard way and unfortunately it did alter my experience regarding the entire thing.

David Young was a new author for me, one I was looking forward to getting stuck into! Even though an error was made and I wasn’t able to enjoy the book 100 percent, I could not fault the author on his ability to create a suspenseful storyline. I was very impressed by the intensity of the characters actions and their own individual journeys, even though there was a lot more to their personalities that I hadn’t found out yet.

The historical element to ‘Stasi 77’ made for a shocking read, but one which I lapped up like a cat with a saucer of milk. The uniqueness of the history versus crime was a true experience, and I did enjoy the chilling escapades and rollercoaster ride of a read.

I am looking forward to starting from the very beginning with David Young’s novels, as I thought that his writing style is extremely engaging and highly gripping.

Buy now from Amazon.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Two Little Girls by Frances Vick (@franvicksays) @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review of ‘Two Little Girls’ by Frances Vick.

An innocent girl is taken. The killer confesses.
But that’s not the whole story. That’s not even the beginning…

It’s 1985 and the disappearance of ten-year-old Lisa Cook shocks the nation. Her best friend, Kirsty, traumatised and fearful, gives evidence that helps to put the Cook family’s lodger behind bars.
…But what if Kirsty made a mistake?
Now, decades later, Kirsty leaves a life she loves to move back to the hometown she hates – tortured by her memories, she’s determined to finally uncover the truth about what happened to Lisa that day. But someone is waiting for her there, someone close to her family. Someone who is hoping to finish off a job that was started years ago…

What does TWG think?

You can’t fault Frances Vick on her insightly way of getting into her characters minds. I mean, just look at Kirsty for example. She, alongside her best friend, Lisa, were at the heart of a devastating event which changed the lives of those around them forever, and still the author got into their minds and transferred their thoughts onto paper in a really clever and chilling way.

However, I am on the fence about the book in its entirety. The twisted element to the storyline definitely kept me hooked, but the fact the storyline didn’t seem to go anywhere in the latter half of the book was a bit of a ‘huh’ moment.

‘Two Little Girls’ is a devious read, and it contains topics which will get the readers talking, such as autism and vaccines. A sore spot for some (the vaccine thing), yet it’s one which will give the book it’s time in the spotlight.

This isn’t my most favourite of books by Frances Vick, but I still enjoyed the complex relationships between the characters in this read. Very impressive.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Final Betryal by Patricia Gibney (@trisha460) @Bookouture

Many congratulations to Patricia Gibney on the publication of ‘Final Betrayal’! I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour with a review – many thanks to Bookouture for the tour invite and ARC.

‘She lifted the flap of the envelope and pulled out the single white page. As she opened it up she stared, open mouthed. Four words were typed on the page. I am watching you.’

When Amy Whyte and Penny Brogan leave a local nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning and don’t arrive home, their families are beside themselves with worry. Conor Dowling has just been released from prison, a man full of hatred for Amy, the girl who put him behind bars in the first place.

The case is given to Detective Lottie Parker, when the girls’ blood-soaked bodies are found, days later, in a derelict squat. Chillingly, both girls are clutching silver coins in their hands – what message is this killer leaving behind? All the signs point to Conor but his alibi is water tight.

As Lottie examines Penny and Amy’s final days alive in a desperate search for clues, two more girls are found stabbed to death in a luxury apartment complex. Caught up in what is fast becoming her toughest case yet, Lottie is unaware that somebody is watching her every move.

Then Lottie’s two daughters, Katie and Chloe suddenly disappear from the town centre. Terrified that the killer has her girls, the stakes have never been higher for Lottie.

But as Lottie puts everything on the line to find her daughters and solve the case, she’s about to find herself in terrible danger – someone has a personal axe to grind with her and they know the best way to get to her is to hurt the ones she loves the most.

What does TWG think?

Book six already? How the hell did that happen!! I seem to say this quite often when it comes to book serials, but it’s still true nonetheless – you don’t NEED to read the books in order if you’re new to the series. Each book can be read fine on their own, however, because they are all brilliant, I do suggest you read them all. That’s just me though!

Lottie Parker is back and she still hasn’t managed to bring some good luck with her! How much rubbish can one person, and one family, deal with?! In ‘Final Betrayal’, Lottie starts off feeling as though she has finally got her feet firmly on the ground and is hopeful for the future, a feeling she hasn’t felt for a very long time. You know what I’m going to say next, right? Exactly – someone comes along and bursts her bubble, and yes, she is in trouble! But is she the only one?

Patricia Gibney is outstanding at creating a suspenseful storyline which made me feel nervous from the bottom of my spine. Sounds weird, I know, but it happens! There is a lot of uncertainty to sink your teeth into in this latest installment, and the intensity gets richer with every passing page.

Full of red herrings, thrilling circumstances, and dark and devious characters; ‘Final Betrayal’ is an atmospheric, twisted read and I LOVED every second of it. Patricia Gibney is a legend!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – I Know You by Erik Therme (@ErikTherme) @Bookouture

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Next up on the blog today is something a little bit darker – ‘I Know You’ by Erik Therme. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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‘I can help you save your sister. But I need something from you …’

Sisters Bree and Alissa Walker share a special bond. Neglected by their parents, they have always looked out for one another. But one day, sixteen-year-old Alissa goes missing. When Bree discovers her green backpack with all her belongings, abandoned on the steps of their run-down trailer, she knows that something bad has happened …

Then she receives a chilling text message. Someone has Alissa. But Bree will have to give up something very precious in exchange.

Desperate to save Alissa, Bree looks at everyone close to their family. She’s sure that Alissa’s best friend is keeping something back about her little sister and a boy at school, and why has their estranged uncle, who they’ve not seen in years, been hanging around again?

It soon becomes clear that the person behind the message knows a lot about the dark truths within the Walker family and will go to any lengths to get revenge. And as the search for Alissa continues, Bree discovers something about her brother Tyler that she wishes she hadn’t, a dangerous secret, which is also the key to bringing her little sister back home … 


What does TWG think?

If you’re in the mood for something dark and suspenseful, ‘I Know You’ would be RIGHT up your street!

Older sister, Bree, has unintentionally become the guardian of her two siblings due to their parents neglect. I say ‘neglect’ loosely as they certainly haven’t had the typical childhood, nor have their parents been all there when they should have been. Without giving too much away, it seems as though their parents have multiple skeletons in their closets.

I thought the suspense of the novel was utterly brilliant. It was unexpected and had me racing through the pages like a woman on a mission. The fact that multiple portions of the book made for uncomfortable reading, actually had me more hooked because I had to find out who the puppet master was, so to speak.

I have to admit that, despite the fab levels of suspense, I felt as though something was missing. At times it felt as though I had walked into the storyline half way through, missing out on vital pieces of information which would have helped me to understand the why’s and wherefores about the entire situation. I felt as though the storyline had a lot going on in it, yet came together a bit higglepiggidly and as I say, confusingly.

For such a relatively short novel, ‘I Know You’ is an incredibly intense read. I thoroughly enjoyed the rollercoaster ride of uncertainty. The lead up to the conclusion had me glued to the pages, eager to find out more. I had goosebumps up and down my arms in anticipation! However, I was expecting the conclusion to have more of Big Bang to it, just as us readers were led to believe. It didn’t quite match up to the suspense surrounding it.

All in all, ‘I Know You’ ticks multiple boxes with its high levels of suspense and intensity; Erik Therme clearly knows how to keep the readers guessing, that’s for sure. I would have liked it even more if it didn’t have the anti-climax to it, however the events leading up to it were certainly one of a kind and a pleasure to read.

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his seventeen-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.

 

Author Social Media Links:

Website: www.eriktherme.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ErikTherme

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7831573.Erik_Therme

Facebook: www.facebook.com/erik.therme

#BlogTour! #Review – #WhereTheDeadFall by M.J.Lee (@WriterMJLee) @canelo_co @Tr4cyF3nt0n

So excited for this!! I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for M.J.Lee and ‘Where The Dead Fall’. Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Canelo for the ARC. Here is my review:

DI Ridpath is in the process of getting his life back together when everything goes wrong.

Driving to meet his daughter, he is caught in a gruesome motorway accident, in which a near-naked man is rundown by a lorry, while fleeing from a lone gunman. As Ridpath closes Manchester’s road network in search of the assailant, one question remains: why did nobody else see him?

Ridpath’s investigations soon unearth a number of inconsistencies, which pulls the police force itself into question, and hint at something sinister to come.

For Manchester is on the brink of a fresh surge of violence unlike anything it has seen in decades, and Ridpath must battle this unprecedented conflict along with his own demons. One thing is for sure. There will be blood on the streets…

What does TWG think?

It’s not often that I see a tagline on the cover of a book and agree with it 100%. Actually it’s quite rare! So, imagine my own surprise when i realise that i wholeheartedly agree with the ‘an unputdownable crime thriller’ on the front of this book!! Someone get me a fire extinguisher as my nerves are fried!!

What a fantastic, high energy, gripping, twisted novel! Poor DI Ridpath doesn’t seem to have luck on his side, bless him. His health is a bit iffy and his professional life seems to be throwing more questions up in the air than anyone has any answers for. Are his health issues lowering his capability to work? Is he able to keep up with the rest of his team as they try and find the answers to the latest investigation?

Personally, DI Ridpath’s colleagues need to have a bit more faith in him. I can see why they were a bit unsure given the nature of his eyebrow raising decisions, yet maybe if he had the right people believing in him, he may have not needed to go about things in the way that he did.

I was totally blindsided by the storyline, especially the conclusion. Very, very, VERY clever. I was in shock because there was a lot of other things which I felt were more important, holding my attention, that I missed focusing on who actually should have been in the firing line.

I really enjoyed ‘Where the Dead Fall’, and I loved the twisted nature of the authors brilliant and intense storytelling. I hope we get to see more of DI Ridpath due to that ending, I mean come on!!!

A brilliant, high end, dark and addictive read which kept me on the edge of my seat. Can’t reccomend this enough!

Buy now from Amazon

#BlogTour! #Review – The Mill on Magnolia Lane by Tilly Tennant (@TillyTenWriter) @Bookouture

Happy publication day, Tilly Tennant! Today is the first day on the blog tour for ‘The Mill on Magnolia Lane’ – it’s an honour to be kicking the tour off! Many thanks to Bookouture for the tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

The sky is cornflower blue, the air is scented with the smell of fresh apple blossom and Lizzie Lovell can’t wait to start her new life in the mill on Magnolia Lane. But is she just about to fall in love with someone she shouldn’t?
When Lizzie loses her larger-than-life Dad she doesn’t know how to move forward. Encouraged by a childhood dream she shared with her beloved father, she is determined to continue his legacy and moves to the old Mill on Magnolia lane, a place he had always longed to own.
Restoring the old windmill is a much bigger job than Lizzie bargained for, especially when she is distracted by her new next door neighbour Jude, who has temptingly twinkly eyes and a body to die for. But when Jude’s ex- girlfriend Harriet arrives back on the scene, Lizzie begins to wonder if life wasn’t far simpler before she moved to the mill. Especially when it emerges that Harriet knows something about Jude’s past, something that could shatter her new start and her heart into smithereens…

What does TWG think?

Oh Charlie, you legend!!! What a fun loving, well thought out character he is! I found his excitement about everything and anything, totally infectious. Yes, it was pretty evident that he had autism or similar, which I found completely insightful and thought it was brilliant that I was able to learn a little bit more about such a misunderstood condition.

I am very, very torn with my thoughts on ‘The Mill on Magnolia Lane’ because whilst there were parts of the storyline I was able to lose myself in, I found a lot of it to be a little bit mismatched. The main focus in the story is Lizzie’s mill, but there is also a lot of things going on elsewhere involving her family, relationship, and the death of her father. I wish that the book delved into the life of Lizzie’s brother, James, because his name kept getting mentioned due to his, what I assume, rocky mental health and, when a devastating event occurs involving him, it seemed to come out of nowhere without too much of a deal.

I enjoyed the theme on family ties and how the author highlighted just how complex those relationships can be, both with biological family members, and extended. I will say that Gracie’s selfishness frayed my nerves at times, and I was disappointed to see that the topic of being a single parent was shown in a negative light as though it is a bad thing to happen to someone.

Florentia was a breath of fresh air and I loved the energy she brought to the storyline. Her outlook on life is one to be admired, and I would go as far to say that everyone needs a friend like her, she is fab!!!

Overall, as you tell I am on the fence. ‘The Mill on Magnolia Lane’ wasn’t my most favourite book that this author has written because of the incomplete, mismatch of situations, however, I adore Tilly Tennant’s books and the way she puts difficult situations in the spotlight, allowing readers to understand them in their own way.

Buy now!

About the author.

Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.
Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.

#BlogTour! #Review – My Best Friend’s Secret by Anna Mansell (@AnnaMansell) @Bookouture

I have just this minute finished Anna Mansell’s beautiful new book, so I apologise in advance if my ramblings aren’t as coherent as normal. Many thanks to Bookouture for asking me to take part in the blog tour today, and for the ARC. I am honoured to be able to share my review today.

Your best friend deserves the truth. But it will ruin her life. What would you do?

In summer, the small Cornish village of Gorran Haven fills with tourists, but in the colder months its pretty narrow streets are blissfully quiet, the bell on the village shop door rings only for locals, the beach is unspoilt, empty and safe.

It’s been over twenty years since four very different teenage girls sat on that beach, and swore to be best friends forever. Their lives went different ways after Emily left. But each remembered that promise. And none truly found friendship like it again.
Now, Emily’s back, with a secret she can’t face. She tries to hide away, take time to heal and make some difficult choices, but she runs into one of her old friends, and soon the four are reunited. Lolly, warm as ever, is a successful physiotherapist, married with kids. Yet smart, strong Amanda, who cherishes her teenage daughter, is alone and seemingly stuck in a dead-end job. And creative Jess is so much quieter than Emily remembers.
The bond is still there, and Emily realises their friendship might keep her together, but there are reasons why the women fell out of touch. Secrets that have lain dormant for decades start to surface, and then one of the women discovers a betrayal so big, it could turn each of their lives upside down.
It’s always those we’re closest to who have the power to tear us apart. Can friendship give Emily and her friends the strength to survive a devastating shock, or are some things unforgiveable?

What does TWG think?

Can someone fish out the lump from my throat please, like, pronto?!

Wow, wow, wow – what a wonderful bunch of characters Emily, Amanda, Lolly and Jess are! Amanda is the fiery, sassy type of personality who hides her heart behind her bravado. Emily is the peace keeper of the group who is afraid to take the stand out of her comfort zone, but she has to. Lolly is a lady who wants to be happy and loved, often settling for second best. And Jess, the one who is misunderstood because she doesn’t even understand herself and is afraid to admit that her life changed due to something out of her control.

Without giving too much away, I adored Emily because of the similarity between her and I. I can’t really say what that is, but the way in which she was portrayed in the book made me so emotional and has got to be the best described character in her situation, I think I have ever read. Finally an author has made it positive instead of turning it into a negative. I’ll let you think about what I could be meaning!

My heart went out to each of the ladies as they had their lives rocked by various different events. I thought the way in which they all came together when they needed someone the most, was so beautiful and made me quite sad that I don’t have that around me. Yes, I’m jealous of fictional characters. In all seriousness though, I adored their closeness and the way that they flourished as a group of friends. I mean really, there’s a lot of people who would run a mile if they came face to face with half of the stuff that those gals did!!

Anna Mansell never fails to deliver with witty humour, beautifully thought-provoking situations, and an overall storyline which makes the world a much better place. This author writes from the heart and makes her readers embark on a journey which not only makes them laugh, it gives them food for thought in regards to their own lives. Yes, I’m speaking from experience.

‘My Best Friend’s Secret’ is definitely a ride to hold onto with both hands as, from start to finish, the storyline engulfed my heart as I followed the journey of four of the strongest women I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. This book isn’t just a eye-opening, shock inducing read which puts all of the skeletons in the closet, directly under the spotlight. It’s a novel which makes you look at the bigger picture, think about what you want from life, and help you believe that you do deserve to be happy, even when you have to endure a lot of pain beforehand.

Can someone hug me now? I loved this book and everything it stood for, and I loved just how much heart the author put into her storyline and the characters.

Buy now.

About the author.

Anna had a brush with ‘fame’ as a magician’s assistant back in 1977. She later decided that being sawn in half by her magical performing father, at barely 6 months old, was too submissive a role. She vowed to channel the trauma in to something much more pro-actively creative. Having failed at acting, singing and professional murder mystery parties (she was ALWAYs the one to die!), she fell to something much more solitary: writing. She has written three novels, published by Bookouture, her fourth – HER BEST FRIEND’S SECRET – comes out on April 1st, 2019. Anna lives on a dairy farm in Cornwall with her two children, her husband, and her ex-racing greyhound, Olive Dog.

#BlogTour! #Review – Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennett (@Sarahlou_writes) @RaRaResources @HQDigitalUK

Happy publication day, Sarah Bennett! It’s day one of the blog tour for ‘Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle’ where I will be sharing my review with you all. Huge thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to HQDigitalUK for the ARC. Here is my review:

She wasn’t looking for love…

When Lucie Kennington flees the bright lights of London for the quiet Derbyshire countryside, she’s shocked to discover that the heir to the Bluebell Castle estate is far from the wizened employer she expected.

In fact, Arthur Ludworth might just be the most handsome man Lucie’s ever laid eyes on – and a terrible distraction! So when she stumbles across a legendary painting feared lost for centuries, she can’t believe her luck – perhaps this is the hidden treasure to save Arthur and his family from ruin?

But it’s only a matter of time before Lucie’s past catches up with her and by then it’s too late, she’s falling for him…

What does TWG think?

Yay! A brand new series! There’s nothing like snuggling up with one of Sarah Bennett’s novels, especially when you know that its the start of a three part series. Exciting!

It took me a little while to get into the swing of things, I will admit. The storyline seemed to have a different vibe to it, one that I wouldn’t usually associate with a Sarah Bennett novel. Not saying that as a negative by the way, I just felt like the story wasn’t written in the authors usual writing style.

‘Spring Skies over Bluebell Castle’ tells the story of a Baronet, his wares, and a lady who attracted bad luck like a moth to a flame. I’m not even being dramatic, trust me. Poor Lucie wouldn’t know a bowt of good luck if it came to bite on the toosh, which is a shame. Shes a naive character, but I think that’s down to the way her life has panned out so far. It’s as though she is unsure about simply being, just in case things were too good to be true and her life crashed down around her. It’s a shame really.

You’re probably wondering what a Baronet has to do with Lucie, however I cannot divulge as that’s a spoiler and I am not a doorknob. That said, it is an unlikely friendship, yet one that just proves that a person has a lot more to them than what they have, or don’t have, in their bank account.

For me, the storyline was a little slow to begin with and I was eagerly awaiting the magic. Probably why I felt that the story was a different style for the author as I am usually hooked straight away. I’m not complaining too much though as I did end up falling head over heels with the characters and their flourishing journey. I was so pleased to see Lucie again confidence and believe in herself. I thought that that was a very important message to convey to readers, that and the fact that judging people by their amount of wares, lack of wares, or being in the wrong place at the wrong, isn’t acceptable and that people may find that they’re missing out on true friendships far too late.

‘Spring Skies over Bluebell Castle’ is a romantic, heartwarming novel with such strong messages hidden beneath the words of such colourful and magnetic characters. I am so looking forward to finding out what happens in book two! A lovely, lovely read.

Buy now!

About the author.

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.
Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and the forthcoming Bluebell Castle trilogies, published by HQ Digital UK.

#BlogTour! #Review – The Little Guesthouse of New Beginnings by Donna Ashcroft (@donnashc) @Bookouture

Another Bookouture blog tour for TWG this afternoon! Thank you to the publisher for inviting me to take part in the tour for Donna Ashcroft’s new book, ‘The Little Guesthouse of New Beginnings’, and for the ARC. Here is my review:

The Sunshine Hideaway, with its big bay windows and stunning view of Sunflower Island’s golden beaches, is the only place Madison Skylar has ever truly thought of as home. Could returning to the island be the second chance she needs?

When twenty-three-year-old Madison arrives at The Sunshine Hideaway, she discovers the beautiful little guesthouse is falling into disrepair. With the help of old friends Amy and Connor, Madison throws herself into creating a gorgeous wellness retreat, introducing yoga sessions, adventure walks and ice-cream sundaes with a delicious twist. But will it be enough to save her childhood home?
Handsome and mysterious Connor has lived on Sunflower Island his whole life. He works hard as a builder, with his faithful dog Jaws by his side, but something is missing and he dreams of bigger things. As Connor helps to revamp The Sunshine Hideaway, this could be his opportunity to tell the woman he’s secretly been in love with for years how he really feels…
As spontaneous and fun-loving Madison settles into life on the close-knit island, sparks fly between her and shy Connor as they clash on the reinvention of the guesthouse. Are the they too different to make things work or will Madison and Connor finally find true love this year?

What does TWG think?

Despite having such a calming front cover, Donna Ashcroft’s novel, in my opinion, has quite a few characters that I would put in the ‘marmite’ folder. Madison, one of the main characters, has had the travel bug for years, but now she feels that it’s the right time to put down roots with her family on Sunflower Island. When the going gets tough, Madison is very quick to spread her wings and take flight, so, when she manages to stay in one place for more than a few days, her old friends just can’t hide their surprise.

I couldn’t blame the other main character, Connor, for thinking the worst in Madison if that’s all he has ever known her to do, however I did think he was a little hard on her at times. His reservations were totally justified, I get that, but Madison was trying to make an effort and sniping at her wasn’t going to make her want to stay. That said, that girl could certainly hold her own and I repeat what I said above, the characters are definitely marmite because one moment I felt defensive of Madison, then the next she was annoying me with her throwing the teddy out of the pram because something didn’t go how she wanted it to. Her heart is in the right place, please don’t think that I didn’t like her, because I did most of the time. She just really needed to grow up and, for someone who has had so much independence travelling the world, it surprised me just how low her maturity was.

‘The Little Guesthouse of New Beginnings’ has such a heartwarming and romantic vibe to it, you’ll need to be made of stone not to be touched by the true friendships, evolving relationships, and delightful community spirit. I adored how the entire island came together to help one of their own, and I couldn’t help but be moved by the lengths they all went to to support one another. Why can’t everyone be like that!

The premise of the book gave me food for thought in terms of living your dreams, not settling for second best, and finding a place you can call home, and I thought that Donna Ashcroft wrote those elements from the heart as though it was her own little gift to her readers.

Even though I did enjoy the storyline and had a good giggle at the name of Connor’s dog, it wasn’t my favourite book the author has written. Nonetheless, the easy to read, calming nature of the book was very welcoming during a time I needed it the most.

A touching, light hearted read to put a smile on your face.

Buy now!

About the author.
Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager.
Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017.

Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering … or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.

#BlogTour! #Review – The Bones she Buried by Lisa Regan (@Lisalregan) @Bookouture

It’s finally TWG’s turn on the blog tour for Lisa Regan’s new novel, ‘The Bones she Buried’. I adore this series and I cannot wait to share my review with you all today. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC.

Josie works until her arms ache, until the paramedics arrive and pull her gently away from the woman’s cold, fragile body. Noah’s voice cracks beside her as he calls the time of death for his own, beloved mother.

Arriving with her partner Noah for dinner at his family’s immaculate countryside home, Detective Josie Quinn is devastated to find Noah’s mother, Colette, lying lifeless in the back garden, her mouth clogged with soil.
Searching the house for answers, Josie’s team don’t know what to make of the rosary beads buried in the dirt near the body, or the hidden file labelled “Drew Pratt”, the small town of Denton’s most famous missing person.
As she delves deeper into Pratt’s case, Josie quickly discovers he had a brother whose body mysteriously washed up on the banks of a river. There’s also a diary entry suggesting that Colette may have met him on the last day he was seen alive. Can Josie believe the unthinkable, that a kind old soul like Colette might have been involved in their murders? And, will Josie’s new relationship with Noah survive the accusation?
Josie’s only hope lies in tracking down Pratt’s daughter. But when she arrives at her home to find she’s been murdered just minutes before, Josie knows the real killer is one step ahead and won’t stop until Colette’s secret is buried forever. With many more innocent lives on the line, how deep is Josie prepared dig to reach the truth?

What does TWG think?

What….on…EARTH!!!!! I was NOT expecting that, AT ALL!! Again, this is where I am so glad that I don’t read blurbs because if I had, I probably wouldn’t have been as shocked by the storyline, personally.

But I was, so right now that’s neither here nor there. Seriously. ‘The Bones she Buried’ may be book number five in the series, but it is an absolute blinder of a book. I swear this series gets better and better each time!!

Josie and Noah are debating over baked goods or, in Josie’s case’ BURNT goods. Let’s just say that baking isn’t her forte but because the couple were about to go for lunch with Noah’s mum, I think that Josie felt as though she had a point to prove.

Unfortunately lunch was no longer on the menu after they discover Noah’s mum deceased in the garden. Did she have an accident, or did someone kill her?

Trying to be Noah’s girlfriend and do her job, really took a toll on Josie and that was evident very early on. Her personality is one which is so used to hiding her emotions under lock and key in favour of being practical first. If you have read the other books in the series, you’ll be well aware that that hasn’t exactly done Josie many favours in the past. With a background like hers though, can you blame her?

As I said above, ‘The Bones she Buried’ is book five in the series abd whilst it does work well as a standalone, I personally think that reading the other four books would be advantageous so that you have more of an understanding to the way Josie works, as well as why she is the way she is. It isn’t a necessity, but as I think the books are brilliant, it’s a win win situation either way.

There is a lot of to-ing and fro-ing in the storyline as Josie’s team try to make sense of the new cases that keep appearing, whilst also keeping up to date with any developments in the cases that are ongoing. Personally, I loved watching all of the puzzle pieces come together over the course of the book, and I thought the delivery in reaching the truth was so intense and a bit like the party game, ‘pass the parcel’. I knew that the truth would be revealed, but the excitement of peeling the layers to reach something which could have shown up at any time, had me on the edge of my seat with such thrill and anticipation.

This is a book which will raise your heartbeat slowly, teasing your mind with little snippets of information which you can’t help but think is important. It is brilliant, twisted, and so very clever, I did not see the outcome coming at all. I had my opinions on who I felt would be in the firing line, yet Lisa Regan completely blew that out of the water and left me thinking, ‘what the f……!!!!!’, and boy I LOVED it!!!!

‘The Bones she Buried’ blew me away. I genuinely don’t think that I would ever get bored of this series or Lisa Regan’s highly addictive, persuasive and mind blowing story telling. This is definitely a book to bump up your reading list!

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About the author.
Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com