Saturday, October 16, 2021

BLOG TOUR - A Lighthouse Christmas


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A heartwarming page-turner about the beauty of being at home with family, second chances, and the magic of Christmas, when anything is possible… A gorgeous festive treat for fans of Debbie Macomber, Pamela Kelley, and Sheila Roberts.

When her beloved grandmother passes away, Mia Broadhurst returns to the snow-covered seaside village of Winsted Cape, where Grandma Ruth ran the lighthouse overlooking the golden beach.

This will be Mia’s first Christmas without her, and she can’t bear to part with the lighthouse that has been in their family for generations. As she steps into it, childhood memories rush back to her. She can almost hear them playing tag on the steps… But her life is back in New York, dedicated to a busy PR firm, and she has no choice but to sell.

With the snow falling, turning the grounds into a winter wonderland, Mia works with real estate agent Will Thacker. As they restore the historical building, she tries not notice how handsome he is. After all, she’s only home for Christmas… And Will’s deep blue eyes, as stormy as the Atlantic Ocean, tells her he has his own heartbreak to contend with.

Warmed by a crackling fire, Mia packs up Grandma Ruth’s belongings with the help of her mother and sister. But waiting for them is a black-and-white photograph with a faded inscription. The mysterious message is the key to a family secret that has been hidden for decades––one that changes everything.

When Mia finds out the truth, will it save the precious lighthouse and show Mia where her heart belongs? Or will it tear her from Winsted Cape––and Will––for ever?


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MY THOUGHTS:
 
Title:   A Lighthouse Christmas
Author:  Jenny Hale
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Romance; Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   300
Date of Publication:   October 14, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars

Saddened by the loss of her grandmother, Mia has the unenviable task of restoring the lighthouse that belonged to her family for generations in order to prepare for its sale. This lighthouse is one of the precious memories Mia has of her grandmother. Once the restoration and sale are complete, Mia intends on returning to her life in New York.

All while the work begins to take place, Mia is packing up her grandmother's things, and finds herself saddled with emotions. Finding and old photo amongst her grandmother's belongings brings out Mia's curious side. There is an inscription that alludes to a family secret. Meanwhile, Mia cannot get the last words she heard out of her grandmother's mouth, albeit in whispers, which were, "Tell your sister, hope is where you find it. If you'll look." Mia cannot help but wonder what the inscription means when matched with her grandmother's words.

Mia takes all of the photos and begins to look for deeper meaning. They are like pieces of a puzzle, and this puzzle alludes to a family secret held like a vice for many years. Mia hopes getting to the bottom of things will answer many questions, but more importantly, save the lighthouse.

Mia is not alone in her search for answers. Her sister Riley is there for the journey. There is also Will Thacker, the real estate agent. Despite her sadness and search for answers, Mia finds herself drawn to Will, especially as they find themselves spending a lot of time together. Only there for the holidays - and to deal with the lighthouse - Mia is afraid to act on her attraction to him. 

What a lovely story! Part history, part romance, and part holiday. It is a warm story throughout. As the secret that was hidden starts to reveal itself, a strong sense of family is also part of this entertaining read by Jenny Hale. She writes delightful stories, a couple of which have been turned into Hallmark movies. I can easily see this one becoming one such story. Also, lighthouses are my favorite thing, and to have it as the centerpiece of this story truly warmed my heart.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jenny Hale is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic fiction. Her novels Coming Home for Christmas and Movie Guide Epiphany Award Winner Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses are Hallmark Channel original movies. Her bestselling novel The Summer House was named one of '19 Dreamy Summer Romances to Whisk You Away' by Oprah Magazine and her novel We'll Always Have Christmas was one of Southern Living's '30 Christmas Novels to Start Reading Now'. Her stories are chock-full of feel-good romance and overflowing with warm settings, great friends, and family. When she isn't writing in her favourite coffee shop, she's running around her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two boys.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

BLOG TOUR - The Girl on the Platform


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Berlin, 1939: The inspiring true story of Libby Schulze-Boysen, a German girl who refused to back down to the Nazis. In the face of evil, she vowed to live by the truth––or die by it.

“Be brave. Don’t run. Fight.” With her eyes tightly shut, tears rolling from under her dark lashes, she felt his lips gently touch her burning cheek. The train on the platform whistled, and he disappeared into the steam.

Nineteen-year-old Libby moves to Berlin to escape her suffocating family––but instead of offering freedom, the city is under siege by the Nazis. Jewish books are burned, storefronts smashed and every day innocent people vanish into thin air. Libby cannot––will not––turn a blind eye.

When Libby meets Harro, she knows there’s more to him than his dazzling smile and cornflower-blue eyes. The whip marks on his back, scars from the SS, tell his true story: he is a resistance fighter.

Libby and Harro fall madly in love, devoted to each other and to tearing down Hitler’s regime. Knowing they can make the greatest difference from the inside, Harro works for the Air Ministry, infiltrating government secrets.

Together, they smuggle classified documents and hold clandestine meetings in the middle of the night, with blackout curtains and a single candle burning. Under the cover of darkness, they distribute leaflets, exposing the Nazis’ hideous lies.

In the frostbitten winter of 1942, Libby is certain the Gestapo is stalking them––their every move watched, their phone calls recorded. In the end, they must decide what is more important: to be free or to be brave? To survive or to stand up for the truth?

Fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Alice Network and The Lilac Girls will be utterly gripped by this heartbreaking page-turner. Based on a true story, this beautiful novel shows that even when our freedom is stolen, we still have a choice… 


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MY THOUGHTS:
  
Title:   The Girl on the Platform
Author:  Ellie Midwood
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Historical Fiction
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   351
Date of Publication:   October 13, 2021    
My Rating:   5 Stars

"Bravery in the face of fear." Every day Libertas and Harro lived could be their last. When they met their lives would be changed forever. Libertas was a film reviewer, and had hoped to make that a career. But her home city Berlin had come under Nazi occupation thus the very freedom she longed for was obliterated. Not fully knowing how far she would go, she knew one thing. She would fight. How she did not know.

When Libertas met Harro, he was able to trust her - with the scars that marred his beautiful body, and with his story. As a resistance fighter he would do anything to defy Hitler and his minions. Libertas and Harro were kindred spirits. They did not allow Nazi propaganda to sway them, although being born German. Re-education and gradualism was at play for German citizens in Berlin. Could the pair work together, despite unrelenting danger, both pushing fear aside and demonstrating incredible bravery in their efforts?

Harro used his work in the Air Ministry office to inflitrate the regime, to learn secrets. To trade secrets. To smuggle secrets. However, in order to do so, trust was paramount. Libertas's role was no less significant. Who would they work with and could they find others who shared a similar purpose without betrayal playing a hand?

What an incredible story based on the lives of Libertas and Harro Schulz-Boysen. They were a strong pair of resistance fighters, using whatever contacts they could find to futher the cause they relentlessly undertook. They displayed a hope that proved their reality. They developed a careful plan of rebellion, one that would eventually cost them their lives. However, they did not live a life of fear, instead, they led a life of bravery.  

Ellie Midwood has done it again. She has penned an astonishing story based on true characters. This love story showed how Libertas and Harro displayed amazing bravery despite the bleakest of times. Heartbreaking throughout, with a devastating end, it was a story well told. One that needed to be told and one that will not soon be forgotten. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ellie Midwood is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning historical fiction author. She owes her interest in the history of the Second World War to her grandfather, Junior Sergeant in the 2nd Guards Tank Army of the First Belorussian Front, who began telling her about his experiences on the frontline when she was a young girl. Growing up, her interest in history only deepened and transformed from reading about the war to writing about it. After obtaining her BA in Linguistics, Ellie decided to make writing her full-time career and began working on her first full-length historical novel, "The Girl from Berlin." Ellie is continuously enriching her library with new research material and feeds her passion for WWII and Holocaust history by collecting rare memorabilia and documents.

In her free time, Ellie is a health-obsessed yoga enthusiast, neat freak, adventurer, Nazi Germany history expert, polyglot, philosopher, a proud Jew, and a doggie mama. Ellie lives in New York with her fiancé and their Chihuahua named Shark Bait.

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Review - The Night the Lights Went Out

Title:  The Night the Lights Went Out
Author Drew Magary
Publisher:  Rodale Inc.
Genre:   Biographies & Memoirs
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   288
Date of Publication:   October 12, 2021
My Rating:   5 Stars
DESCRIPTION:

A fascinating, darkly funny comeback story of learning to live with a broken mind after a near-fatal traumatic brain injury--from the acclaimed author of The Hike.

Drew Magary, fan-favorite Defector and former Deadspin columnist, is known for his acerbic takes and his surprisingly nuanced chronicling of his own life. But in The Night the Lights Went Out, he finds himself far out of his depths. On the night of the 2018 Deadspin Awards, he suffered a mysterious fall that caused him to smash his head so hard on a cement floor that he cracked his skull in three places and suffered a catastrophic brain hemorrhage. For two weeks, he remained in a coma. The world was gone to him, and him to it.

In his long recovery from his injury, including understanding what his family and friends went through as he lay there dying, coming to terms with his now permanent disabilities, and trying to find some lesson in this cosmic accident, he leaned on the one sure thing that he knows and that didn't leave him--his writing.

Drew takes a deep dive into what it meant to be a bystander to his own death and figuring out who this new Drew is: a Drew that doesn't walk as well, doesn't taste or smell or see or hear as well, and a Drew that is often failing as a husband and a father as he bounces between grumpiness, irritability, and existential fury. But what's a good comeback story without heartbreak? Eager to get back what he lost, Drew experiences an awakening of a whole other kind in this incredibly funny, medically illuminating, and heartfelt memoir.


MY THOUGHTS:

Something most of us take for granted is our five senses. What would happen if you lost your sense of hearing? Smell? Even taste? Despite the fact that Drew Magary experienced at lease some of these losses did not take away his strong will. His sense of humor. 

Drew was at the 2018 Deadspin Awards show and after falling for what appeared to be no apparent reason, his life changed forever. While it first the injuries seemed minor, it did not take medical staff to realize how serious things were, and part of the result was Drew ending up in a coma for two weeks. It was a brain hemorrhage and recovery would no doubt proved to be a long road ahead.

His hearing was affected. His personality was as well. Not only did Drew have to deal with his own aspects of the long-term affects from what proved to be a very serious brain injury, his relationship with his family and friends was affected as well. 

Contemplating life and death, as well as recovery proved to take most of Drew's time and energy. In fact, he learned things about the brain and how our very senses are both affected and connected. In fact, reading this very book brought back memories of injuries my son sustained in a horrible car crash several years ago. Until this day, his sight and personality have been affected.

In life we find a balance. Each and every one of us have done so, as Drew did in his own life. Now that he has recovered from the brain injury, this balance had to be readjusted. Reading Drew's experiences was very inspiring and this book by Drew Magary not only entertained, but it informed as well. 

Many thanks to  and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Drew Magary, a co-founder of Defector and a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle online, wrote at Deadspin for over a decade before quitting with the rest of the staff en masse in protest. He’s the author of three novels, including Point B, The Hike, and The Postmortal. He lives in Maryland with his wife, his three kids, his dog, and 95 percent of a functioning brain.


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

BLOG TOUR - The New Mother



DESCRIPTION:

Who would you trust with your precious family?

Wanted: full-time, live-in help for expectant mother. Must be organised, friendly and willing to do anything.

Rachel
is determined to be the perfect mother. She has a birth plan, with a playlist and a bag ready by the door. She’s chosen a lovely light cream paint for the nursery, and in wide-eyed, innocent Abbie she’s found the perfect person to help her with her baby.

After all, every mother needs a bit of help, don’t they?

But Rachel needs a little more than most.

She still makes sure her bedroom door is locked before she goes to sleep. She still checks the cameras that are dotted throughout the house.

Rachel trusts Abbie. Even if Abbie’s smiles don’t always reach her eyes, and the stories she tells about her past don’t always add up, it doesn’t matter.

Because Rachel just knows better than to trust herself…

From the bestselling author of Her Husband’s Lover, this is a truly gripping story about how far people will go to find a family. Filled with tension and twists to keep you glued to every page, it is perfect for fans of Ruth Ware, Shari LaPena and The Girl on the Train


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MY THOUGHTS:

Title:   The New Mother
Author:  Julia Crouch
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Format:  Kindle and Audiobook ARC
Narrator:  Kirsty Dillon
No. of Pages:   405
Date of Publication:   October 12, 2021
My Rating:   5 Stars

Rachel is an Instagram influencer and success is everything to her. She will soon need a mother's helper as she is now pregnant. That is just fine with Abbie. She will take the job. She is certain of it. Obsession and control will make it happen. However, Rachel has no idea the extremes that Abbie went through to get the job. 

Rather than to worry about Abbie and even to realize how she is perfect - almost too perfect for the job - Rachel is doing everything she can for the child in her belly to be born in as an ideal a world as she can make possible. If this whole pregnancy increases her media success and pushes her likes into the tens of thousands, then all the better.

Rachel will be a single mother, but that is not why she is hiring Abbie to assist her with the baby. Rachel has a unique health issue and knows she will be unable to fully care for her child by herself. She already loves the baby, of that there is no doubt. She will do anything at all for it, and this includes bringing a stranger into her home. 

Abbie is fully aware of Rachel's media success, but there is more she knows, much more. How far will Abbie push her way into Rachel's life and will Rachel ever see why Abbie has come to her for the job? Will Rachel ever realize why Abbie seems to be exactly the person she needs?

What is really going on in this captivating story? Rachel and Abbie are about to take an incredible ride that is so twisted, so shocking that the tension rises at an incredible pace, not letting up for one second. Who will end up on top? 

I had this ARC as an audiobook and the narration was spot on, especially considering the tension in the story, more so when the obsession was playing out. This book was so good that I sat in my recliner and listened to it in one sitting, often with bated breath. From beginning to end, The New Mother is an incredible read, much like a runaway train that ended with a breathtaking climax. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Julia started off as a theatre director and playwright. While her children were growing up, she swerved into graphic design. After writing and illustrating two children’s books for an MA, she discovered that her great love was writing prose. The picture books were deemed too dark for publication, so, to save the children, she turned instead to writing for adults. Her first book, Cuckoo, was published in 2011, and she has been writing what she calls her Domestic Noir novels ever since. She also writes for TV and teaches on the Crime Writing MA at the University of East Anglia. She has three grown up children and lives in Brighton with her husband and two cats, Keith and Sandra.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

BLOG TOUR - The Silent Mother


DESCRIPTION:

The phone rings. It’s the call every parent dreads. My beautiful son is dead.

He’d been the centre of my world from the moment he was born. Now my perfect life is shattered. In the midst of my grief, I receive an anonymous letter telling me that Tom’s death was not an accident.

So I’ve come to the apartment where my only child lived to find out what really happened. Tom was newly qualified as a doctor, he had a bright future ahead of him. Nothing about the day he died makes sense.

As I get to know the medical staff Tom worked with and his friends living nearby, I’m drawn into a tangled web of lies. Whispers and rumours circulate along the hospital corridors and I start to question how well I really knew my precious boy.

But a mother knows when things don’t add up.

His girlfriend has been keeping her pregnancy secret.
His best friend betrayed him in the weeks before Tom’s death.
His neighbours all have something to hide.

Which one of them would kill? As I get closer to the truth, the stakes become more dangerous. And I realise I could be next on their list…


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MY THOUGHTS:
 
Title:   The Silent Mother
Author:  Liz Lawler]
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   407
Date of Publication:   October 8, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars

Which is worse - finding out your only son is dead or hearing that he was involved with stealing drugs? His mother barely arrived in time when she was contacted by Tom before his scheduled court date. However, she never got the opportunity see him or even to speak to him. In fact, he never made it to court and that is when Ruth was informed of his sudden death. The fact that Tom was a doctor makes his accusation that much harder to swallow for Dr. Ruth Bennett. Tom's death is shocking enough. Him having a bad name, well, that is just too much.

Ruth develops a plan. She moves into Tom's flat and takes a job at the hospital where he worked. She does this under a different name with hopes of asking the right questions - and searching hospital records - without tipping anyone off that she is determined to get to the bottom of what happened to Tom.

If Tom hadn't died, that court date for the charges surrounding the drug, as well as being accused of minor assault, could have landed him in jail. These facts are true about her Tom? Ruth really cannot believe it. Neither does she believe he killed himself. Foul play has to have been involved and she will turn over every stone until she discovers the truth.

Having taken the new job under her maiden name affords Ruth the opportunity to snoop around. She does find support, and this includes her son's landlord Henry. She has more than that, Tom's journals. The more Ruth reads them, the more she begins to understand some of the things Tom had been experiencing. Talking to some of his friends and neighbors help to support the fact that Tom was an upstanding person. If all of the things about Tom that Ruth believes are true, then someone is responsible for his death. Will Ruth digging into these matters in fact place her in danger? 

The Silent Mother proves an excellent read. This thrilling book is full of twists and turns and a few red herrings. Then there are a bevy of characters each telling their own story, and some are conflicting stories. I love how the points of view are written in this book as this gave rise to more than Tom's drama. All of this comes together with an ending that packs a wallop.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Liz Lawler grew up sharing pants, socks, occasionally a toothbrush, sleeping four to a bed. Born in Chatham and partly raised in Dublin, she is one of fourteen children. She spent over twenty years as a nurse and has since fitted in working as a flight attendant, a general manager of a five star hotel, and is now working with trains. She became an author in 2017 when her debut novel Don’t Wake Up was published by Twenty7.


Monday, October 11, 2021

BLOG TOUR - My Best Friend's Wedding


DESCRIPTION:

Falling snow, sparkling champagne, and an ex that Libby would rather forget…

As chief bridesmaid, Libby knows she should be having the time of her life at her best friend’s snowy Christmas Eve wedding. But she’s at the mercy of three bossy little flower girls and she’s not looking her best in an enormous fuchsia dress. Which is a shame, as it is the first time she’s going to see her ex Rufus. The man she was supposed to marry. The man who left her alone at the altar…

As the dancing begins, and Libby does her best to avoid her ex, the snow outside falls faster and faster, making it impossible for the guests to leave. Snowed in at Lovage Hall, Libby is charmed by American Noah with his dark cropped hair and dimpled cheeks, and the two of them share their dreams and a very passionate kiss.

But when the morning comes, and the snow melts, a shocking revelation about Noah comes to light and Rufus reveals the desperately sad reason he ended their relationship. As Rufus begs for another chance, Libby’s head tells her to trust the man she’s known for years, but her heart can’t quite let go of the spark she had with Noah. Will she make the right decision for her own happy ending?

A gorgeous, romantic heart-warming read with characters that will find their way into your heart and stay there. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Shari Low and Jenny Colgan.


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MY THOUGHTS:
 
Title:   My Best Friend's Wedding
Author:  Tilly Tennant
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Romance
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   300
Date of Publication:   October 8, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars

Libby's wedding is just about to take place. However, it doesn't happen. In fact, the reason for the wedding being called off is her prospective groom has been having an affair with her cousin. Six months later, Libby is about to perform chief bridesmaid duties at her best friend's wedding. There is no doubt this brings about bad memories for Libby. But, she tries to show a brave, happy face, not wanting to dampen bride Willow's joy in any way. 

There is a hitch in the plan. More than one actually. For starters, when the wedding invitations went out, Libby had a plus one, and that would have been Rufus, her ex. Willow feels it would be poor etiquette to disinvite Rufus. While doing her best to avoid locking eyes with Rufus, Libby does that very thing with Noah, one of the groom's friends. Libby is hit hard. How could glancing at someone, a perfect stranger, affect her so very much? More than a look takes place, however, as a kiss happens between Libby and Noah. This kiss, and discussing her dreams certainly changes Libby in ways she'd not expected.

Snowed in, with a loss of electricity, the bridal party is pretty much trapped, affording Libby and Noah to spend a bit more time together. Could her friend's wedding be the start of a wonderful future for Libby? Maybe so. Or maybe not. There is another hitch, and this one could leave Libby heartbroken.

What an lovely story. From loss to hope to loss again. The journey was enjoyable because hope came back into the picture. I adore Tilly Tennant's books. They are always so heartwarming, so inviting and so memorable. That is exactly what readers get with My Best Friend's Wedding. Enjoyable from the start, with a wonderful happy ending for Libby and Noah.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage. Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

BLOG TOUR - Silent Island (and Her Ocean Grave)

Title:   Her Ocean Grave
Author:  Dana Perry
Series:  Detective Abby Pearce #1
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
FormatKindle
No. of Pages:   314
Date of Publication:   June 14, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars

DESCRIPTION:

Over the cliff edge, she sees a broken body on the jutting rocks below, the waves crashing all around. She can’t see the girl’s face, which is covered by her long, brown hair. But she knows her. She met her just yesterday…

When Samantha Claymore doesn’t return home after an afternoon bicycle ride on Martha’s Vineyard, Detective Abby Pearce acts immediately. She knows from experience how quickly a lost girl can become a tragedy. Back on the island for the first time since she ran away as a teenager, Abby hopes solving Samantha’s case will make up for her past mistakes… But, as the media swarm and Samantha’s grieving mother joins the search, the police find no trace of the beloved sixteen-year-old—even when a reward is offered for her return.

Trawling through old case files, Abby discovers that Samantha is not the only girl to have gone missing in the small community of Martha’s Vineyard. She’s convinced more could follow, but her team insists there’s no link to be found. Until Samantha’s best friend is found dead at the bottom of a cliff the next day…

After searching Samantha’s bedroom and trawling through the files on her computer, Abby digs into the death of Samantha’s father five years ago at sea, following the trail to one of the island’s most powerful families. The same people who failed to protect Abby the night she was forced to leave as a young girl. Is there anyone left on this quiet island who Abby can trust? Can she find Samantha before more innocent lives are taken?

An absolutely unputdownable and nail-biting crime thriller that will have you racing through the pages. Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Kendra Elliot and Gregg Olsen. 


MY THOUGHTS:

Her Ocean Grave is the perfect first book in a new series by Dana Perry. Detective Abby Pearce ran away from her home in Martha's Vineyard when she was a teenager. She lived in New York for years and became a homicide detective with the NYPD. However, due to tragedy, she left that job and became the only detective in the Cedar Cliffs Police Department. The Vineyard is an idyllic place and the small community does not have much serious crime. Sadly, however, Abby is called to her new case, that of a teenager named Samantha Claymore who never returned after a bike ride.

Where is Samantha and why does Abby become convinced that the girl met with foul play? As Abby pursues her investigation she ties Samantha's disappearance to other missing girls from years before. She is sure there is a connection, especially when Samantha's best friend is found dead. Why Samantha's friend, and where is Samantha?

Focused on her job, Abby finds herself chasing demons. As a recovering alcoholic the best she can say is she did not have a drink that day. One day at a time. Dating proves a challenge for her as well, especially when the man interested in her, Lincoln, is a journalist and Abby doesn't dare become too close to her as she doesn't want any details of her current case to become public. Remaining laser focused, Abby not only vigourously searches for Samantha, she is determined that no other girls end up missing. 

Abby doesn't want her past trauma to define her and her dedication to her job shines through. More than a police procedural, this story shows Abby's personal side, her troubles, challenges and expectations. 

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DESCRIPTION:

Nancy Lavelle lies still on the floor. With her eyes looking towards her children’s rooms, her hands are clasped in prayer, as if the last thing she wished for was her children to be saved…

When Detective Abby Pearce is called to the Beach House, a holiday home in the most affluent part of Martha’s Vineyard, she finds five bodies. An entire family has been killed in a frenzied attack… all except one. Fifteen-year-old Karin is the only survivor. Sitting in the house, surrounded by her family, she stares into the distance and doesn’t say a word.

When Karin’s grandparents fly in to take her home, Abby’s investigation takes a shocking turn. Taking one look at the traumatised girl, they recoil—the girl curled up in a hospital bed isn’t their granddaughter. So who is she? And where is the real Karin Lavelle?

Abby fears the missing girl is in serious danger, and with local residents worried that the killer is still on the island and the press questioning her every move, she’s under pressure to solve both crimes fast. But when she uncovers a link between Thomas Lavelle’s New York office and her previous job at the NYPD, she begins to fear that these brutal murders are a sign… and that she’s next. Can she find the killer before another life is taken, or is she walking into a trap?

This fast-paced thriller is perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Kendra Elliot and Mary Burton, but be warned—you won’t want to put it down! 


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Title:   Silent Island
Author:  Dana Perry
Series:  Detective Abby Pearce #2
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   247
Date of Publication:   October 5, 2021
My Rating:   5 Stars

MY THOUGHTS:

What happened to the quiet and peaceful Martha's Vineyard community? Karin is the sole survivor of a mass murder that wiped away her entire family. Detective Abby Pearce is beside herself when she arrives at the crime scene and is more than shocked to find fifteen-year-old Karin cowering in a bedroom. Who killed her family and why did they leave Karin alive? Fortunately for Karin, her grandparents fly in with plans of taking her home with them so that she can go down the long road of recovery. Instead, when they arrive, they turn to Abby with confusion in their eyes. Who is this teenager and where is their granddaughter?

Where is the teen daughter of the slaughtered family and why was this girl - who won't or can't say a thing - found in the home? Abby dives headfirst into this case. As if she hasn't already experienced more than one shock, Abby uncovers a link to her career at the NYPD where she was a homicide detective before returning home to Martha's Vineyard. Abby left that job after experiencing a tragedy of her own. In addition to that, she is struggling to remain alcohol free and is taking on that battle one day at a time. To imagine that her past could possibly be connected to her current case all but floors her.

How close to danger will Abby get, never mind any other potential victims? Who can Abby trust and where does her future lie? Although this book could definitely work as a standalone novel, I am glad that I read the first book in the series, Her Ocean Grave, as that gave me great insight to Abby as a person. This book, Silent Island, is a powerful second installment filled with surprising twists and turns and excellent drama and suspense. I am loving this series and very much look forward to reading the next book.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dana Perry is a New York City journalist and an author who writes mystery thrillers featuring Detective Abby Pearce on the island of Martha's Vineyard (SILENT ISLAND, HER OCEAN GRAVE) and NYC newspaper reporter Jessie Tucker (THE GOLDEN GIRL, THE SILENT VICTIM).

https://twitter.com/DanaPerryAuthor

Saturday, October 9, 2021

BLOG TOUR - Mistletoe at Moonstone Lake


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Escape to the breathtaking Cornish Coast this winter, where the ocean sparkles in the moonlight and romance crackles like an open fire. This gorgeous new love story by Holly Martin, bestselling author of Sunlight Over Crystal Sands, is the perfect treat to warm your heart this Christmas.

Artist Zoey Flynn hadn’t planned to spend her favourite holiday on the shores of Jewel Island, but when her fiancé breaks off their engagement before their Christmas Eve wedding, this Cornish paradise is just the distraction she needs.

With a cosy cottage to call home for a month and a stall at the island’s famous Christmas market to sell her paintings, Zoey quickly puts her heartbreak behind her. Love is the last thing on her mind. 

That is until the handsome Kit Lewis crosses her path…

Their connection is instant, but Zoey has a secret. And the deeper she and Kit fall for one another, the harder it is to hide. Kit knows Zoey is holding something back and if she won’t tell him the truth she could lose him forever.

Is keeping a promise from the past worth sacrificing a future with the man she loves? Or might Kit be the one person she can trust?

Love, laughter and long-hidden secrets are waiting for you on stunning Jewel Island. For fans of Jill Mansell, Sarah Morgan and Sue Moorcroft, this is the perfect tale to curl up with this Christmas.

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Title
:   Mistletoe at Moonstone Lake

Author:  Holly Martin
Series:  Jewel Island #5
Genre:   Romance
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   239
Date of Publication:   October 6, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars

MY THOUGHTS:

A distraction is exactly what Zoey Flynn needs. Her Christmas Eve wedding was called of by her fiancé. She makes plans to spend a month in a gorgeous cottage and even has the opportunity to sell some of her paintings at a Christmas market. Kit Lewis entering the scene is not something she expected. Their first meeting was rather humorous, and the buzz of attraction is instantaneous.

Their feelings soon grow and Zoey realizes that what is happening between her and Kit is a losing battle. Despite this, she plans on only being there for a month and cannot imagine things going any further. There is another reason that causes Zoey to hold back. Actually, she has a secret, a secret that if she could ever tell Kit, would destroy any chance of a happy future the two could have. 

This Jewel Island series is one of my favorites. The location is idyllic, the characters are warm and engaging, and each story is sweet and fun. The fact that this is a holiday story is the icing on the cake.  

Many thanks to Holly Martin for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I live in a little white cottage overlooking the sea. I studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by an even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of my colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when I knew I had to escape. I quit my job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, I emerged wide eyed and terrified that I now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. I taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave me a lot of time to plan out my stories and I now write full time, doing what I love.

I have been writing for 6 years. I was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance 2012. My short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology in 2013. I won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with my novel The Guestbook. I was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014.


Friday, October 8, 2021

BLOG TOUR - Murder at the Wedding


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’Till death do us part may come sooner than they thought…

1934. Kitty Underhay steps out of the battered Rolls Royce and onto the gravelled driveway of Thurscomb Castle in deepest Yorkshire. She’s honoured to be a bridesmaid at her cousin Lucy’s wedding to the reluctant Lord Rupert Woodcomb, but as family and friends gather for welcome drinks, Kitty dodges intrusive questions about her own marital status by taking a stroll about the castle grounds. As she passes through the manicured gardens, a fatal shot rings out…

The valet, Evans, is dead. And Kitty can’t help but notice how rattled the man standing next to him seems. Could Rupert’s best man, The Right Honourable Alexander ‘Sandy’ Galsworthy, believe the speeding bullet was meant for him?

When she discovers that Sandy has been receiving blackmail notes, Kitty suspects that one of the assembled guests has plans to make good on their threats. The local constabulary won’t act on Kitty’s hunch, so, busy with her bridesmaid’s duties, she asks her beau, ex-army captain Matthew Bryant, to help.

The ceremony passes without a hitch. But when an anxious Sandy slips away during the dancing, Matt follows, only to make a hideous discovery: Sandy is dead, flattened on the terrace by some falling masonry.

Now the duo are sure that there is a murderer within the castle walls. But can they untangle Sandy’s final hours and catch this killer before they strike again, or will the wedding bells be replaced by a death knell for Kitty herself…?

A completely charming and unputdownable cozy historical Golden Age murder mystery! Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.


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MY THOUGHTS:

Title
:   Murder at the Wedding
Author:  Helena Dixon
Series:  Miss Underhay #7
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   273
Date of Publication:   October 6, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars

Kitty Underhay is excited to be traveling to Thurscomb Castle to perform her role as bridesmaid at her cousin Lucy's wedding. Wanting all attention to be on the bride, Kitty is disconcerted with well-meaning comments regarding her marital status. This is especially so because she has often been seen in close company with ex-army captain Matthew Bryant. Not only do the pair have an affinity for one another, they often work together to solve murders that have taken place at certain locations.

They get another chance to do this very thing when a bullet practically whizzes right by her. She is not struck, but the valet, Evans, is. Dead on the spot is shocking enough. However, the best man, Sandy Galsworthy, has strong reasons for believing that the bullet was meant for him. So there are two questions right at the outset. Who shot the gun and why?

Kitty cannot help herself. Rather adept with her skills of deduction she feels she is the perfect one to answer those very questions. Asking for Matt's assistance in this endeavor comes naturally to her and the two do what they can to prove who the killer is. 

Despite the murder, the wedding does indeed take place. During the reception, Sandy steps out for a smoke and before Matt can go after to him in order to question him, Sandy is killed. Before Sandy's death Kitty and Matt were made aware of threatening notes that he was receiving, so his sudden death comes as no surprise.

Despite the bleakness shrouding over the wedding guests in this story, there are moments of levity, especially when it comes to a delightful character who makes a brief appearance in this book, Matt's aunt Euphemia. Characters such as hers provide brief respite in stories where death is a major player. 

Murder at the Wedding is the seventh book in the truly enjoyable Miss Underhay series by Helena Dixon. I love the time frame, mid 1930s, and how strong a character that Kitty is. Not only does she defy convention, but she proves the perfect amateur detective in a successful and delightful series. I love how her relationship with Matt has bloomed over the course of the stories, which provides a nice layer to an often amusing series. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Helena Dixon was born and continues to live in the Black Country. Married to the same man for over thirty years she has three daughters, a cactus called Spike, a crazy cockapoo and a tank of tropical fish. Helena was the RNA winner of the Romance Prize in 2007 and Love Story of the Year 2010.

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