Thursday, February 24, 2022

BLOG TOUR - The Hidden Child


Connie splashed through puddles, the rain slapping her face. Everywhere was tarmac and concrete, fog and drizzle, but no sign of her child. ‘Have you seen my daughter? Please, you must’ve seen her?’ Connie’s face crumpled, preparing to cry. But there wasn’t time for tears, she told herself, she had to find her child.

Manchester, England, 1965: In an instant Connie’s life has changed. She only left her daughter Kathy alone for a moment but that was enough for her to vanish without a trace. As Connie desperately searches for her, she has to put the news reports of other missing children to the back of her mind. She is determined to find her safe. She will bring her daughter home.

As local farmer Ronald listens to the news, he is shocked by what he hears. He has spent his life away from the spotlight, quietly tending to his farm. But when a young couple begin acting suspiciously on his land, he knows that trouble is about to reach his door.

And then he sees her. A girl in a bright red coat who looks completely lost. Ronald knows he needs to help keep her safe and find her family. But on the wild and desolate farmland, Ronald has buried his own dark secret. Can he risk it coming to light to save her life?

Inspired by a real-life true crime story, this is an unforgettable and totally gripping mystery thriller perfect for fans of Gregg Olsen, Elly Griffiths and Found.

(Previously titled: The Body on the Moor)

Title:   The Hidden Child
Author:  Rebecca Griffiths
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   355
Date of Publication:   February 24, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars 

Connie knows she would never win an award for mother of the year, but she becomes incredibly frantic when she discovers her daughter Kathy missing. This intense read by Rebecca Griffiths is loosely based on the true historical case of the Moor Murders. Having not heard of these murders prior to reading this book, I was quite riveted to this story.

These murders in that case were committed by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. Connie and Myra had been friends since childhood. There are other players in this chilling story, and one is Ronald Cappelman. His role in this book is rather interesting. As the story is developed, it is told from both Connie’s and Ronald’s points of view. It’s very interesting to see how these characters connect in this story. 

With regard to Connie, it becomes evident why she felt she failed as a mother and how she feels that she has received her punishment by Kathy having gone missing. It was rather interesting to see whether or not she gives up on ever finding her little girl again. Then with Ronald, his story comes along on a different vein all together, especially considering that he has a farm and he is keeping a secret that makes him less than welcoming to anyone setting foot on on that farm. 

This thrilling book is considered to be true crime which is in all reality a genre that I generally avoid. I did take a moment to research the Moors murders and it made it easier to see how the facts of those murders were woven in with this fictional tale. Ms. Griffiths did an exceptional job writing a compelling story that captured my attention from the very first page. The intrigue of the case as well as how the characters connected all led to a satisfying conclusion. 

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


Rebecca Griffiths grew up in mid-Wales and went on to gain a first class honours degree in English Literature. After a successful business career in London, Dublin and Scotland she returned to rural mid-Wales where she lives with her husband, a prolific artist, their four black rescue cats, two pet sheep the size of sofas and writes full time.

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BLOG TOUR - A Death at Silversmith Bay


Librarian Jemima Jago can’t resist a whodunnit, but finding a body in a bookshop is a plot twist she could never have expected…

Jem Jago is back at work with her antique books, and spending her weekends exploring her new home—the windswept Isles of Scilly—in her little sailboat, Bellatrix. She’s really starting to settle into island life. Unfortunately, murder in the Scillies is not as rare as some of her manuscripts…

On a trip out to picturesque Penzance with best friend
 Micki, the pair stumble across an intriguing mystery, not of the fictional kind. In Tatteredly’s second-hand bookstore, they discover the body of beautiful Gina Marrak, Micki’s former sister-in-law.

Jem can’t bear to see Micki so distraught, and with the hapless Detective Conrad in charge of the inquiry, she must do some sleuthing of her own to find out the truth. As she convinces Gina’s so-called friends to talk, Jem learns she wasn’t actually well liked in her little corner of Penzance. 
Did the jilted lover, the pretentious pub landlord or the rowdy real estate agent bump off poor Gina?

Poking around the scene of the crime, Jem finds an unusual book which leads her down an unlikely path. But can Jem get to the bottom of the mystery before the terrible tale comes to an end for her too?

A fun, cozy page-turner filled with mystery and intrigue, from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Emma Jameson. Fans of M.C. Beaton, Faith Martin and Agatha Christie will be totally hooked!



Title:   A Death at Silversmith Bay
Author:  Emma Jameson
Series:  Jemima Jago Mystery #3
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   263
Date of Publication:   February 21, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars 

Jemima Jago had spent a few months on the Isles of Scilly, and while there she gained some notoriety - she became known as Scilly's very own sleuth. Back home in Penzance, she plans on getting back to her job as a special collections librarian. As the story opened, Jem was surprised to find her sister Tori in her home. More significantly, Jem had called the police in order to try to figure out what was going on, especially considering that she thinks she found a possible murder weapon, This is when she realized that one of the officers, DS Conrad, was going to be a difficult fellow that she might have to evade why she sought to find out what happened.

Jem was quite certain that she left her home tidy, yet her apartment was overpowered by a rank odor. What is more is that Jem soon discovers significant evidence of yet another murder. Tori has a story, a rather wild one at that, and things just do not add up for Jem. Quite naturally, she plans on getting to the bottom of the recent turn of events. More than adept at solving crimes. Jem doesn’t shrink back for a single moment. 

With the aid of her friends, most notably Micki Latham, Jem pays close attention the fact that there is definitely evidence of murder and this leads them to travel to a bookstore. This is how they discover who the murder victim was. Another character of note is Rhys Tremayne, Jem’s former (possibly future?) boyfriend, and he also assists in the investigation. Let’s not forget Wotsit, the cat that Jem found in her apartment that apparently is now her pet. Meanwhile, as the story progressed, it seems that Rhys was not the only one that Jem is thinking about in a romantic sense. It will be rather interesting to see how that develops in future books in this series. 

What an enjoyable cozy mystery and a very nice addition to the series. The setting, the characters, and the intrigue made this book a thoroughly engaging read. The first two books are A Death at Seascape House and A Death at Candlewick Castle. I am very much looking forward to continuing the series with the next story.

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


Emma Jameson writes mysteries that readers call witty, romantic, and full of surprises. An aspiring novelist since age seven, she took a long, twisty route to the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. After years of working at a major medical center, her first novel, cobbled together on nights and weekends, became a runaway e-book bestseller. Now she writes full-time and has sold over half a million books. A compulsive reader and information hoarder, Emma is always searching for that fascinating nugget or startling fact that will spark another novel. A lifelong Anglophile, she resides in the United States, where she enjoys swimming, yoga, and serving the needs of not one, not two, not three, but four cats.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

BLOG TOUR - Last Duke Standing



When Crown Princess Justine of Wesloria is sent to England to learn the ropes of royalty, she falls under the tutelage of none other than Queen Victoria herself. She’s also in the market for a proper husband—one fit to marry the future Queen of Wesloria.

Because he knows simply everyone, William, Lord Douglas (the notoriously rakish heir to the Duke of Hamilton seat in Scotland, and decidedly not husband material), is on hand as an escort of sorts. William has been recruited to keep an eye on the royal matchmaker for the Weslorian Prime Minister, tasked to ensure the princess is matched with a man of quality...and one who will be sympathetic to the prime minister’s views. As William and Justine are forced to scrutinize an endless parade of England’s best bachelors, they become friends. But when the crowd of potential grooms is steadily culled, what if William is the last bachelor standing?

Title:   Last Duke Standing
Author:  Julia London
Series:  A Royal Match #1
Publisher:  HQN Books
Genre:   Historical Romance
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   384
Date of Publication:   February 22. 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars

As her father is ailing, Crown Princess Justine of Wesloria will soon be queen. She is in training with Queen Victoria. One thing on her agenda is that she must find a husband, one who will be Crown Prince. However, at the age of five and twenty, she has had no real prospects. Her future husband is sure to be hand-picked, so her prime minister comes up with a plan.

There are two plans in play actually. For starters, William, Lord Douglas, has been assigned as her escort, and hopefully will be a guide as to her choice for a husband. Also, she now has a matchmaker, a woman who has proven quite skilled at bringing the right couples together. 

Sophie was a true delight in this lovely story. Also, her sister Amelia was quite a joy. Since Sophie and William knew one another previously, this is sort of a hate-to-love story. What made things fun for this couple is that their likelihood of getting together seemed impossible, but the journey was quite enjoyable.

There is something super special about Justine that comes up later in the story, and I applaud Julia London for giving Justine this extra "thing" as she struggled to settle into her upcoming role as Queen, all while striving to find the right man to marry.

With relatable characters, a lovely story with a slow burn romance and a happy ending, Last Duke Standing was a fabulous first book in the Royal Match series. The second book in the series, The Duke Not Taken, is set for releasse in September. Perhaps Amelia will get her happy ending.

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

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When Justine was fourteen, her father took her to the mountainous north country of Wesloria. He said he was to meet with coal barons because they were restless and in need of appeasing. Why? Justine had wondered.

“Because coal barons are always restless and in need of appeasing, darling,” he’d said, as if everyone knew that.

She’d imagined large, heavily cloaked men, faces covered in soot, pacing their hearths and muttering their grievances. But the coal barons were, in fact, like all well-dressed Weslorian gentlemen with clean faces.

They peered at her with expressions that ranged from disgust to indifference to curiosity.

“Don’t mind them,” her father had said. “They are not modern men.”

Justine and her father were housed at Astasia Castle. It was a fortress that jutted out forebodingly from a rocky outcropping so high on the mountain that the horses labored to pull the royal coach up the steep drive. It was purported to be the best of all the accommodations in the area, afforded to Justine and her father by virtue of the fact Justine’s father was the king of Wesloria, and she was the crown princess, the invested heir to the throne.

Justine said the castle looked scary. Her father explained that castles were built in this manner so that armies and marauders could be seen advancing from miles away, and runaway brides could be seen fleeing for miles.

“Runaway brides?” Justine had been enthralled by the idea of something so romantic gone so horribly awry.

“Petr the Mad watched his bride run away with his best knight, and then watched his men chase them for miles before they got away. He was so angry he burned down half the village.” Her father did not elaborate further, as the gates had opened, and the castellan had come rushing forward, eager to show the king and his heir the old royal castle he proudly kept.

Sir Corin wore a dusty blue waistcoat that hung to his thighs, the last four buttons undone to allow for his paunch. His hair, scraggly and gray, had been pulled into an old-fashioned queue at his nape. He kept a ring of keys attached to his waist that clanked with each step he took.

He was a student of history, he’d said, and could answer any question they might have about Astasia Castle, and proceeded to exhibit his detailed knowledge of the dank, drafty place with narrow halls and low ceilings. A young Russian prince had died in this room. An ancient queen had lost her life giving birth to her tenth child in that room.

Sir Corin showed them to the throne room. “More than one monarch’s held court here.”

Justine was accustomed to the opulence of the palace in Wesloria’s capital of St. Edys. This looked more like a common room of a public house—it was small and dark, the king and queen’s thrones wooden, and the tapestries faded by time and smoke.

Another room, Sir Corin pointed out, was where King Maksim had accepted the surrender of the feudal King Igor, thereby uniting all Weslorians under one rule after generations of strife.

“My namesake,” her father said proudly, forgetting, perhaps, that King Maksim had slaughtered King Igor’s forces to unite them all.

They came upon a small inner courtyard. Stone walls rose up on three sides of it, but the outer wall was a battlement. Sir Corin pointed to a door at one end of the battlement that led into a keep with narrow windows. “We use it for storage now, but they kept the prisoners there in the old days. Worse than any dungeon your young eyes have ever seen, Your Royal Highness.”

Justine had never seen a dungeon.

“Is this not where Lord Rabat was beheaded?” her father asked casually. To Justine, he said, “That would have been your great-great-uncle Rabat.”

“Je, Your Majesty, the block is still here.” Sir Corin pointed to a large wooden block that stood alone, about two feet high and two feet wide. It looked to have been weathered by years of sitting in hard sun and wretched winters.

“Oh, how terrible,” Justine said, crinkling her nose.

“Quite,” her father agreed, and explained, with far too much enthusiasm, how a person was made to kneel before the block and lay their neck upon it. “A good executioner could make clean work of it with a single stroke. Whap, and the head would tumble into a basket.”

“If I may, Your Majesty, a good executioner was hard to come by. More miners in these parts than men good with broadswords. Fact is, it took three strikes of the sword to sever Rabat’s head completely.” Sir Corin felt it necessary to demonstrate the three strikes with his arm.

“Ah…” Justine swallowed down a swell of nausea.

“Three whacks?” her father repeated, rapt. “Couldn’t get it done in one?”

Sir Corin shook his head. “Just goes to prove how important it is to keep the broadsword sharp.”

“And to keep someone close who knows how to wield it,” her father added. The two men laughed roundly.

Justine looked around for someplace to sit so that she could put her head between her legs and gulp some air. Alas, the only place to sit was the block.

“Steady there, my girl. I’ve not told you who ordered the beheading,” her father said.

Sir Corin clasped his hands together in anticipation, clearly trying to contain his glee.

“Your great-great-aunt Queen Elena!”

Queen Elena had beheaded Lord Rabat? “Her husband?”

“Worse. Her brother.”

Justine gasped. “But why?”

“Because Rabat meant to behead her first. Whoever survived the battle here would be crowned the sovereign.”

“Ooh, a bloody battle it was, too,” Sir Corin said eagerly. “Four thousand souls lost, many of them falling right off the battlement.”

Justine backed up a step. A quake was beginning somewhere deep inside her, making her a little short of breath. Her knees felt as if they might buckle, and her skin crawled with anxiety, imagining the loss of so many. “Could she not have banished him?”

“And have him slither back like a snake?” Her father draped his arm around her shoulders before she could back up all the way to St. Edys. “She did the right thing. Why, minutes before, she was on the block herself.”

“Dear God,” Justine whispered.

“But at the last minute the people here saved her,” her father said. “She sentenced her brother to die immediately for his insurrection and stood right where we are now to watch his traitorous head roll.”

“Well,” Sir Corin said. “I wouldn’t say it rolled, precisely.”

The two men laughed again.

“Don’t close your eyes, darling,” her father said, squeezing her into his side. “Look at that block. Elena was only seventeen years old, but she was very clever. She knew what she had to do to hold power and rule the kingdom. And she ruled a very long time.”

“Forty-three years, all told,” Sir Corin said proudly.

“Queen Elena learned what every sovereign must—be decisive and act quickly. Do you understand?”

“I don’t…think so?” Justine was starting to feel a bit like she was spinning.

“You will.” Her father dropped his arm. He wandered over to the block to inspect it. “We almost named you Elena after her. But they called her Elena the Bi—Witch,” he said. “And your mother feared they might call you the same.”

“You said she was a good queen.”

“She was an excellent queen. But sometimes it is difficult to do the things that must be done and keep the admiration of your people at the same time.”

The spinning was getting worse. She gripped her father’s arm. “Why?”

“Because people expect a woman to behave like a woman. But a good queen must sometimes behave more like a king for the good of the kingdom. People don’t care for it.” He shrugged. “No king or queen can make all their subjects happy all the time.” He suddenly smiled. “You look a bit like Queen Elena.”

“The very image,” Sir Corin piped up.

Later that day Justine saw a portrait of Queen Elena. She wasn’t smiling, but she didn’t appear completely unpleasant. She simply looked…determined. And her dress was elegantly pretty, with lots of pearls sewn into it.

Later still, when her father and his men had retired to smoke cigars and talk about coal or some such, Justine returned to the courtyard alone. No one was there, no sentry looking out for marauders or runaway brides. She looked up at the tops of pines bending in a relentless wind, appearing to scrape a dull gray sky. She walked up the steps to the battlement and gazed out over the mountain valley below the castle. She spread her arms wide, closed her eyes and turned her face to the heavens.

That was the first time she truly felt it—the pull from somewhere deep, the energy of all the kings and queens who had come before her, rising up to the crown of her head, anchoring her to this earth. She felt the centuries of warfare and struggle, of the people her family had ruled. She felt the enormous responsibilities they’d all carried, the work they’d done to carve a road to the future.

Her father had often said that he could feel the weight of his crown on his shoulders. But Justine felt something entirely different. She didn’t feel as if it was weighing her down, but more like it was lifting her off her feet and holding her here. She didn’t believe this was a conceit on her part, but a tether to her past. She would be a queen. She knew that she would, and standing there, she felt like she should be. She felt born to it.

A gust of wind very nearly sent her flying, so she came down from the battlement. She paused just before the block and tried to imagine herself on her knees, knowing her death was imminent. She imagined how she would look.

She hoped she would appear strong and noble with no hint of her fear of the pain or the unknown.

Being queen was her destiny. She knew it would come.

But she hadn’t known then it would come so soon.

Excerpted from The Last Duke Standing by Julia London. Copyright © 2022 by Dinah Dinwiddie. Published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A.

Julia London is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels of historical and contemporary romance. She is the author of the popular Highland Grooms series as well as A Royal Wedding, her most recent series. Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas. Visit her at

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

BLOG TOUR - The Invite


Kaitlin has been looking forward to her engagement party for weeks. She’s finally introducing her fiancé Greg to her best friend Zoe, but as the champagne corks pop, her dream party soon becomes her worst nightmare…

Staring at the stunning diamond solitaire on her finger, 
Kaitlin knows her relationship has been a whirlwind… but Greg looks after her, and he loves playing dad to her young daughter. How could she refuse when he’s already planned their romantic elopement?

As the guests arrive, Kaitlin wonders why Greg is suddenly acting so shifty. Is that a flicker of recognition on Zoe’s face? And why does she look terrified every time her phone rings?

Kaitlin watches as Zoe knocks back her white wine and makes a beeline for Greg. Then, after a heated conversation, her best friend stumbles outside without looking back.

Days later, the police knock at Kaitlin’s door – 
Zoe is missing.

When the police question Greg about the night of the party, Kaitlin knows he’s telling lies. But why would he? Can she really trust the man she’s marrying? And could her precious daughter’s life now be in danger too?

The Invite is an absolutely unmissable psychological thriller, perfect for fans of The Girl on the TrainGone Girl and The Wife. You’ll be hooked from the first page!



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Title:  The Invite  
Author:  Sheryl Browne
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   331
Date of Publication:   February 22, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars

Kaitlin cannot wait for the two loves of her life to meet - her fiancé Greg and her best friend Zoe. Just engaged one day it is now her birthday pary and Zoe is in town, visiting from Portugal. In fact, Greg wants to plan a destination wedding in Portugal. However, as soon as Zoe hears Kaitlyn's news, her demeanor changes. Zoe takes one look at Greg and distrusts him on sight.

Kaitlyn had a rough marriage to Sean, and they have a five-year-old daughter. After everything Kaitlyn experienced, Zoe feels she is rushing things with Greg. In fact, Kaitlyn and Zoe have a screaming match and Zoe rushes off - never to be seen again. Zoe has her own baggage, and whether or not that comes into play with regard to her sudden disappearance remains to be seen.

More than that, Greg is the perfect guy - except no one is perfect, and stressed out by Zoe's disappearance, Kaitlyn slowly removes the rose-colored glasses she had been wearing around him. As it turns out that Greg had been hiding things, he indeed becomes a suspect in Zoe's disappearance. More than that, Zoe had experienced a recent breakup, so there is yet another suspect as to her disappearance.

Twists. Turns. Surprises. Shocks. It is all here in this thrilling book by Sheryl Browne. This book was a page-turner, an impossible to put down one-sitting read! Kudos to Ms. Browne for writing compelling, intriguing and drama-filled stories. The ending was a true shocker, thus earning this book a well-deserved five stars.

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


Bestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, writes taut, twisty psychological thriller. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies where she completed her MA in Creative Writing. Sheryl has also obtained a Certificate of Achievement in Forensic Science and – according to readers – she makes an excellent psychopath. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller THE INVITE comes to you from BOOKOUTURE. Her previous works include the DI Matthew Adams Crime Thriller series, along with contemporary fiction novels, The Rest of My Life and Learning to Love.


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Monday, February 21, 2022

BLOG TOUR - The Sapphire Cove


The Sapphire Cove: An absolutely heartbreaking and gripping page-turner by Sophie Anderson

My mother kept me. But she let my only sister go…

Flora has fled from her broken marriage to take care of her sick mother, in an isolated farmhouse with ice on its windows. She is shaken by her mother’s pale worn face and is determined to make her feel safe and looked after. But as she draws heavy curtains and lights fires, she makes a shocking discovery. Hidden at the bottom of a drawer lies a crumpled photo of a smiling baby girl she doesn’t recognise. A photo her mother refuses to talk about…

As Flora delves into the story behind her mother’s secret photograph, begging her for details, she is devastated to uncover a hidden teenage love affair, a dark betrayal and two little girls tragically split apart. Flora’s childhood was lonely and quiet, and she is shocked to learn things should have been very different.

As the world Flora knows crumbles around her ears, she is rescued from darkness by Joseph, a man she has never met, who has travelled from his far-away home above a sapphire cove in the Philippines. As they sip tea at Flora’s battered kitchen table Joseph begs Flora for her help. The baby in the picture is someone from Flora’s past, and she is dying.

With the clock ticking, Flora boards a plane, desperate to meet the girl from the photograph. But nobody gets to decide who dies and who stays alive. Will she arrive in time, or is she too late to find out why two innocent little girls were forced to live on opposite sides of the world? And will finding the truth about her real family free her from the pain of her past?

A heartbreaking and emotional read about love, letting go and a family torn apart in the saddest of circumstances. Fans of Jodi Picoult, Lucinda Riley and Jojo Moyes will never forget The Sapphire Cove.


Title:   The Sapphire Cove
Author:  Sophie Anderson
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   385
Date of Publication:   February 18, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars

Lies and secrets play a huge role in the disconnected relationship between Flora and her ailing mother. Their relationship has never been ideal and even with her mother's failing health, Flora is left to feel inadequate. As a distraction, Flora begins to organize her mother's things. In the process, she discovers a photo that she never saw before. 

Quite naturally, she approaches her mother about the picture, but finds that the distance between them grows even more. There is something about the photo that Flora's mother is not telling her. But Flora does not give up. In fact, she begins to unravel a story that pertains to her mother's past and soon discovers that she has a sister.

Different perspectives and different stories slowly begin to connect. As Flora strives to find answers, traveling many miles to meet her sister, the tension grows exponentially, giving evidence as to why the lies and secrets in this story existed. As the setting changed, the drama continued. Even so, there was a message of love and hope with this disconnected family. This utterly compelling read was one that kept me riveted and brought unlikely characters together in a heartwarming fashion. Sophie Anderson's sophomore book was quite engrossing, leaving me eager to read more from her in the future.

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


Sophie Anderson is an author of contemporary women's fiction. She writes emotional stories about families and their secrets, friendship, forgiveness and personal growth. Her second novel 'The Sapphire Cove' is due to released on 18th February 2022 and her first novel 'The Butterfly Garden' came out in June in 2021. Sophie lives in East Sussex with her husband, four children and several animals. When she is not writing or ferrying her children around the countryside she enjoys travelling, delicious food, yoga, playing the piano, walking in the South Downs, binging on box sets and curling up with a good book!

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

BLOG TOUR - A Place to Call Home


Shilling Grange Orphanage, England, 1949. She would do anything to protect the innocent children in her care. But soon they could be sent into danger…

Clara Newton’s fiancé died during World War Two, she thought her life was over. But now she looks after orphans who, like her, lost everything during the war. Children like sweet little Peg who won’t speak, and Joyce whose body was scarred by polio. Clara loves them all dearly, even though life as a housemother can be lonely – especially now that Ivor, a D-Day war hero with dark brown eyes who once helped with the children, has disappeared…

But then Clara receives some terrible news. 
The orphanage is going to be sold and the children sent far away. Joyce and Peg will be taken to a notorious home for disabled children. The others will be sent to Australia, where Clara fears they will be mistreated by unknown families. Any day now, the children could lose everything she worked so hard to provide…

With wealthy buyers lined up to purchase Shilling Grange and a ship already docked waiting to carry the children away, Clara is desperate. She must find loving new homes for them quickly, but time is running out… Can she save the orphans before they lose everything all over again? 
And even if Ivor returns when she needs him the most, will it be too late?

A completely heart-wrenching and unforgettable historical novel, set after the devastation of World War Two. Perfect for fans of Before We Were Yours, Diney Costeloe and The Orphan Sisters.

Title:   A Place to Call Home 
Author:  Lizzie Page
Series:  Shilling Grange Children's Home #2
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Historical Fiction 
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:   331
Date of Publication:   February 17, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars

Clara Newton lost the love of her life during World War II. However, she has not given up on life. In fact, she does what she can for the orphans under her care at the orphange where she works. It is not just a job. In fact, it is so much more. Clara receives tragic news - the orphanage is going up for sale and she and the children will likely be separated. 

Each child is precious to Clara. Consider Joyce, suffering from polio. Then there is Peg, a child who does not speak. Young Alex, who loves Clara but wants his father. Evelyn, discriminated against due to her skin color and one who is wise beyond her years. Each child, as well as a few others, are very dear to Clara. She cannot imagine the children being split up, with some of their prospects that would hardly be liveable. 

Clara searches high and low to find homes for the children. They have already lost so much, she cannot bear to think of them losing even more. Meanwhile, a man who once touched her heart, Ivor, has returned after the war. Perhaps Ivor can help her keep the home, or at least protect the children.

A Place to Call Home is the second book in the Shilling Grange Children's Home series. The first book, The Orphanage, introduced Clara and showed her remarkable strength as she lovingly cared for all of the children. This second book could be read as a standalone, but readers will not be disappointed if they take the time to read the two books in order.

I loved these children, especially Evelyn, a girl of tender years who has seen it all but never stopped smiling, even after great loss. Love was the hallmark of the orphanage, even with the sad situation they all were facing. Equally heartbreaking and touching, this book was a stellar read from beginning to end.

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


Lizzie Page is the pseudonym of Sam Lierens, a mum of three, who has lived and worked in Paris, Tokyo and London and loves combining her love of history with fiction.

She loves reading ALL the books, and always loved reading the adventures of women in the past so it seemed natural to her to write historical fiction.

She lives with her family and dog by the sea in South East England.She enjoys traveling and she's had lots of different jobs from waitressing and teaching to admin and bingo-calling - but being a writer is her absolute favourite.

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