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Ghosts, Murder and Doubt! Book Review: The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen.

Ghosts, Murder and Doubt! Book Review: The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen.

Thank you to Hannah Miller and Author Tess Gerritsen for my copy of The Shape Of Night. I had not heard of this Author before, but as Hannah contacted me asking if I would like to read The Shape of Night, I did a little looking into Tess’ work and saw she is not only a best seller, but also has had her books made into films! I went into this book thinking would be a murder crime book with a hint of paranormal.

Description:
A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a quiet coastal town in Maine–and to a string of unsolved murders–in this haunting tale of romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen.
Ava Collette is punishing herself for an unspeakable tragedy. So she flees Boston and rents an old home named Brodie’s Watch on a remote coastal peninsula of Maine, hoping to work on a cookbook inspired by New England cuisine that she’s been trying to finish for months. She immediately feels at peace in the isolated house–until she starts to hear strange noises.
Rumor has it that a sea captain named Brodie has haunted the house for decades. Then, one night, Ava is awakened to find herself face to face with an apparition who looks–and feels–all too real. Meanwhile, there’s been a series of accidental deaths nearby that don’t add up. And as Ava starts to check into the previous renter’s mysterious disappearance, she starts to realize that there’s a disturbing secret some in town are desperate to keep hidden.
Soon all of Ava’s waking hours are consumed by her investigation, and her nights are ignited by Captain Brodie’s ghostly visits. But even as she questions her own sanity, she knows she must uncover the truth before a killer strikes again.

Published October 1st 2019 by Ballantine Books

My Thoughts:
I went into The Shape of the Night not knowing exactly what to expect, but having read that the author is a best seller, I did have quite high expectations.
The main character Ava is a food writer. ( a big tick for my reading preference). She had suffered a tragedy which led her to escape her home town and rent a house in Maine. Here she would heal and write her new food book.
The recipes and food talk was very welcomed by me in this book. However the rest of the story was more than I was expecting.
The Shape of Night was a book that turned out to be a bit different to how I was expecting it to be. I adore crime thriller books, I don’t much like paranormal. I was expecting this to have a hint of paranormal, but in fact it was mostly ghostly occurrences.
Ava “ sees” and “feels” Captain Brody, a sea captain who lived in the house many years ago, but died at sea. If you like paranormal books then this would be an amazing book for you. It was very well written and the characters ( including the ghostly one) were fully descriptive and ‘came alive’ on the pages. ( pun intended😄). However I don’t like paranormal as I like my books to be believable. For some this would be believable, for me, it is not.
One of the big characters in the book was Ava’s pet cat Hannibal. He was well named as he is a big hunk of a cat. Hannibal made me smile and tense up with his antics.
The beginning and the end of this book were very good and I did read it fast. The beginning we learn about Ava, and then the death occurs. The middle is a lot of paranormal. But the end was excellent. Therefore I have mixed feelings about the read.
I will conclude by saying this book was very well written, the characters were fully developed with Ava especially evolving throughout the chapters. The descriptive words were fantastic making me hungry, and feel the chills of the sea wind and salty air. If you like paranormal and crime books, I highly recommend The Shape of Night.

Links:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

www.tessgerritsen.com

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Posted by on September 21, 2019 in Books

 

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Quick Coffee Break Reads. 3 Short Stories by Susan Willis.

Quick Coffee Break Reads. 3 Short Stories by Susan Willis.

After a busy time doing whatever you do, isn’t it nice just to sit with the beverage of your choice and relax into a book. Well these short stories by Author Susan Willis are the perfect coffee break read. They are each ten minute reads to give you that quick bookish escapism time between the busy hours of your day.

I was lucky enough to see these 3 books on Amazon available to download for free. At the time of writing this, they are 0.99p each.


Paul’s Romantic Picnic.

Description:
Paul has been given another chance to impress his ex-wife and launches himself into organising a romantic picnic in the countryside. Along with folding chairs and a picnic rug, he has brought wonderful food and a bottle of her favourite wine. But funnily enough his ulterior motives don’t quite go according to plan…

Published 20th May 2019.

Amazon.co.uk


Meet Me At The Eiffel Tower.

Description

Angela is worried that her and hubby, Peter are growing apart. Since Christmas they haven’t spent any time together and she arranges a holiday to Paris. It’ll either make us or break us, as the saying goes. When they were giddy twenty-three-year olds they’d had their first weekend away together in Paris, and she hopes to rekindle their loving relationship with a little Parisian magic. But will Peter actually turn up?

Published 4th June 2019.

Amazon.co.uk


Chocolate Cake for a Wedding.

Description:
Hollie makes wedding cakes and meets Andrew in the park looking distraught. His fiancee is being a tyrant and insists upon having a traditional fruit cake. He hates fruit cake and when he looks though her portfolio of wedding cakes, she realises he is a chocolate cake fiend. She also realises that he has the best smile ever…

Published 15th May 2019.

Amazon.co.uk


My Thoughts:

These three reads were perfect little mini book breaks for me. At different points in my days, I sat and read each one. They are easy reads with quick plots and believable characters.

My favourite of the three was Meet Me At The Eiffel Tower. It was cute, believable and had a satisfying ending.

The writing on all three books flowed well and took me completely into the stories for the short time I was invested in them.

Having read the Author’s work on these short stories, I am in no doubt that I would enjoy her longer novels.

Fancy a quick read, I highly recommend these little reads.


Links for Susan Willis.
Twitter – @SusanWillis69
Facebookhttps://facebook.com/AUTHORSusanWillis
Instagram – susansuspenseauthor

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2019 in Books

 

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The seaside is not always fun and sun!Book Review: The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson.

The seaside is not always fun and sun!Book Review: The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson.

This book was highly recommended to me by a friend who typically a book lover, lent me the book, but insisted she got it back once I’d finished it. This was a sign it was going to be a good read. So much so that I had to deviate from my #10BooksofSummer to be able to read this and return it. My friend was of course correct, and it is a fantastic book. I didn’t know that the Author Dorothy Koomson wrote murder type books, but she does! And since reading The Brighton Mermaid, I am now a fan of this well known and so well published Author.

This book was published in May 2018, so if my review makes you want to read it, it is most probably available in your local library.

Description:

Brighton Beach, 1993

Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears.

Twenty-five years on, Nell is forced to quit her job to find out who the Brighton Mermaid really was – and what happened to her best friend that summer.

But as Nell edges closer to the truth, dangerous things start to happen. Someone seems to be watching her every move, and soon she starts to wonder who in her life she can actually trust…

Fast-paced and thrilling, The Brighton Mermaid explores the deadly secrets of those closest to you.

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Paperback, 490 pages
Published May 17th 2018 by Arrow Publishing

My Thoughts:

This book captured me right from the first chapter. Nell and her best friend Jude are sneaking out at night, without their parents knowing. While they were out they find the body of a dead girl on the beach with a tattoo of a mermaid on her. This finding will be what devastates so many people’s lives over the course of the book.

Nell was a great character to read, complex due to the situations she found herself in during her childhood but so determined to find out what happened and who is the Brighton Mermaid as she became known as. To make things worse, Jude also goes missing. Nell makes it her purpose to find out what happened to Jude and the girl they found on the beach.

Skip ahead 25 years and Nell now an adult is still looking and all consumed by Jude and the Brighton Mermaid. The book alternates between Nell’s point of view and her sister Macy’s. Both sisters are complex characters and the Author wrote them so well with the development of them over the chapters. I felt so sorry for Macy riddled with anxiety and holding a secret from her sister. The relationship between the 2 sisters was interesting. They shared so many things and have both experienced trauma but both reacted very differently.

I was happy to find that I read through this book speedily so I could write my review and give it back to my friends within weeks of her giving it to me. ( school holiday bonus means extra time to read) 👍😊.

The Brighton Mermaid is a mystery book with complex characters that show how different humans react to intense and horrible situations. It is a book written with great insight into human emotions, and it is an entertaining crime story that gripped me from the first chapter.

When I see a book written by Dorothy Koomson now, I will certainly be paying more attention. The Brighton Mermaid was my first but will not be my last by this author.



Dorothy Koomson is the award-winning author of 14 novels including more than 12 Sunday Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages and she continues to be a method writer whenever possible. She wrote The Brighton Mermaid in part as a love letter to the place she’s called home for more than ten years. And she hopes you enjoy it.


Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/@DorothyKoomson

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2019 in Books

 

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Book Review: Where the Dead Fall by M J Lee.

Book Review: Where the Dead Fall by M J Lee.

I was sent an advanced copy of Where the Dead Fall by M J Lee. With thanks to Author M J Lee and publishers Canelo . This is book 2 in the detective Ridpath series, but it did not matter at all that I had not read book 1. Crime thrillers are my thing, so I was looking forward to getting stuck in to this book.

Description:

One chance encounter, one street side murder, will change everything… The extraordinary new Ridpath crime thriller
Manchester has been at peace for twenty years. Not any more.

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

Driving to meet his daughter, he his caught in a horrific 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, which at first seem to follow protocol, 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. As Ridpath battles this unprecedented conflict, he must battle his own demons. One thing is for sure. There will be blood on the streets…

The nail-biting sequel to Where the Truth Lies, M J Lee’s Where the Dead Fall is an absolute must read, perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Faith Martin and Peter James

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the DI Ridpath series. I haven’t read the first one and it didn’t matter. In this book, Ridpath is recovering after cancer treatment and so is on lighter duties and has been asked to work at the coroners office instead, much to his dismay. However, the determined detective that he is, can’t stay away from the Major Incident Team. Plus when he is the only witness to see a man with a gun, he is involved automatically.

This book is current and I love that it was based in Manchester and talked about daily conversational things, like the football league talk and Theresa May. Although I enjoy the murders, detective work and the twists and guessing work of thriller novels. In order to bring a book to life, in my opinion the characters need to seem real, and for me that includes life talk, like who will win the football game that the two detectives support. Of course, this also brings major hassles to DI Ridpath, as his decisions involve holding up a traffic jam for 3 hours prior to a major football match! This is also the time when he sees what no one else sees, and brings him slap bang into the middle of a murder….. the problem is, he is the only one that thinks its murder!

DI Ridpath is likeable and a very good detective, but also so infuriating to, as he puts his work before everything which includes his family and his own health. Of course that makes him a great detective but also one full of personal problems.

As the book is based in Manchester, it talks a lot about the gang wars that occured there in the past. The police are majorly concerned that these murders are going to re start what was dubbed as ‘Gunchester’. The detectives talk about finding out the Who, Where and Why of the murders in order to solve the case. I liked that we were totally involved in the way the police worked and attempted to solve and bring to justice the criminals. However what was interesting in the book was the politics and sometimes division between the different branches and levels of police. I think the Author M J Lee has done real and thorough research in order to make this book as realistic but obviously fictional as possible. A talented, clever and imaginative Author. I recommend Where the Dead Fall to all fans of crime thrillers, and especially those who prefer British crime books.


Links:

www.writermjlee.com

Twitter/WriterMJLee

Amazon.co.uk

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2019 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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A Cosy Mystery in Cambridge. Book Review: Death Comes To Call. ( Detective Tara Thorpe). By Clare Chase.

A Cosy Mystery in Cambridge. Book Review: Death Comes To Call. ( Detective Tara Thorpe). By Clare Chase.

Death Comes To Call is book 3 in the Detective Tara Thorpe mysteries written by Clare Chase. Although I have read and enjoyed other books by Clare, I somehow missed the first in this series. However it did not matter that I hadn’t read the previous books. Death Comes to Call was great as a standalone. I could however tell when there were bits in the book that had come from previous books, which only made me wish I had read them first.

Description:
When a promising local artist disappears, the victim’s brother begs Detective Tara Thorpe to take the case. It seems there’s no evidence of foul play… he simply disappeared without a trace.
Tara agrees to do some digging… never mind that her unorthodox approach to policing has got a few of her colleagues’ backs up. Amongst them is her former supervisor Detective Patrick Wilkins… he’s had enough of Tara calling the shots and will do anything to knock her down. She must be careful.
At least she has an ally in their boss, Detective Garstin Blake. He’ll always back her hunches. If anything, they work together too well… at least, that’s the rumour around the station these days.

When a body of a young woman is found frozen near the fens, Tara’s evidence suddenly becomes key to solving a high-profile murder. Is their missing artist still a victim… or in fact a clever murderer with a deadly plan?

An unputdownable page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very last page! Can be read as a standalone.


These are the books in the series. As you can see there is another Tara Thorpe book published since I read this one.
The Tara Thorpe Mystery Series:
Book 1 – Murder on the Marshes
Book 2Death on the River
Book 3Death Comes to Call
Book 4Murder in the Fenswithout a trace.

My Thoughts on Book 3 Death Comes to Call.

If you like cosy mysteries, then this is a book for you. Tara Thorpe is a detective with a journalistic instinct. That’s because she used to be a journalist! I knew from the start that was going to spell trouble, but also that it would make Tara a great detective.

The case Tara looks at initially seems to be quite open and shut! But Tara is not so sure and keeps digging. Her journalistic nose is correct and soon she has 2 dead bodies to investigate. Whilst the investigation continues to question work colleagues, friends and family of the dead,Tara continues to rub some of her colleagues up the wrong way. This never stopped a journalist before and I think Tara maybe forgets she is now a detective not a journalist. Tara is likeable and clever. When she has a bit between her teeth she will not let go.

I enjoyed this book because of the good range of characters, each with their own depth of personality. It’s not often I read cosy mysteries, I tend to go more for the dark or psychological thrillers so it was a good change to be transported to Cambridge which sounds like a beautiful arty place with many chameleon type people and places. I got the impression from this book that the area where that the Author wrote of could come across as idyllic until you look more closely to see the underbelly of deceit amongst some of the inhabitants. ( always a good premise for a murder or two!)

Death Comes to Call is a fictional cosy mystery which is so well written that the words flow enough to transport you to Cambridge in the snow. Where with each chapter you get to know Tara better, and while getting a feel for her, I got a suspicion and dislike for many of the other characters, while never guessing whodunit!

Clare Chase is a fantastic Author and I highly recommend her books to all lovers of cosy mysteries and to anyone who has been to Cambridge!


Links:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Goodreads

www.clarechase.com

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2019 in Books

 

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Time of my Life, by Laura Heffernan. (Oceanic Dreams #2) A Summer Reads book review.

Time of my Life, by Laura Heffernan. (Oceanic Dreams #2)  A Summer Reads book review.

This lovely summer novella, Time of My Life by Laura Heffernan is book 2 in a sequence of novellas all written by a variety of Authors, with a common theme of being set on a Cruise Ship. When the Author contacted me describing this book as a gender swapped dirty dancing based novella, but it was based on a cruise ship, well I was intrigued. After having a browse at the book in question, I came across other books which have been written and are in the process of being published by Laura Heffernan, and I think I am onto a winner here!…….. Her books sound exciting, and some are based on reality shows! I love these. Anyway, back to Time of My Life….

  • Print Length: 142 pages

  • Publisher: Wild Rose Creative Content (June 3, 2019)

  • Publication Date: June 3, 2019

Description:

Janey’s never felt this way before, but staff is forbidden from dating passengers. It’s only one dirty dance....what could go wrong?

Legend says everyone who boards the Oceanic Aphrodite will meet their true love within a day. Of course, staff like Janey know that’s a crock. She’s on the ship to teach pole fitness and earn her paycheck, not for romance. Then she runs into Frank in the boarding area. He’s everything Janey isn’t–refined, classy, rich, privileged–but his good looks and charm also make him undeniably appealing. Unfortunately, he’s a passenger, which means nothing can happen.

When Janey’s partner becomes too ill to perform in the end-of-cruise talent show, Frank offers to fill in. He’s never done pole fitness, but his ballet background makes him the perfect choice. Not to mention their only option. For the first time, Janey hopes the legend is real–but if she gives into temptation, she could be out of a job.

My Thoughts:

Janey and her dance partner Penny are boarding their Cruise Ship ready for a summer of sun, dancing and teaching dance. Right from the very first few pages, there is problems for the girls. Penny has personal and relationship (or lack there of) problems. And Janey falls over and hurts her ankle before even getting on board. The whole of this novella is based on the Cruise ship, and while previously I might have thought, that is a small setting for a book, actually it was perfect. The setting was made clear to us almost straight away, (The rich area, and the staff area!). Because the setting was laid out, the reader can focus on the plot and the characters. 

From the start I did not like Janey. Perhaps I was guilty of judging on first appearances, just as I blamed Janey for. She meets Frank, a doctor who wants to help her with her hurt ankle. But Frank is a passenger and seemingly quite a rich and important passenger! Now the staff and the passengers are not allowed to mix! Boss Rules! I have to say, if I ever had any thoughts of working on a cruise ship, this would not be the one for me. The management there were awful. The trip for the passengers sounds great, but not for the workers.

The plot does follow the idea of Dirty Dancing. Janey is teaching and showing Pole Dancing, but her partner Penny is unable to dance. The final dance means a lot to both girls, so they need to find a way to make it work! There is a lot of ducking and diving, and swirling and whirling to make their plan work. Always on the watch out for people wanting to catch them out, Janey had to be super careful with all her moves. 

The idea of pole dancing has never appealed to me, and I probably like many others I think could have got the wrong impression of it. The lessons that Janey gives shows that pole dancing teaches strength, technique and confidence and if you wish it to be, sexiness.

This short read was the perfect length for the story. I enjoyed my fictional trip on the cruise ship. I liked being proved wrong from my first thoughts of Janey. Mostly I liked escaping to the ocean, meeting different people and dancing away the stresses. A great summer read.

 

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About the Author Laura Heffernan

Laura Heffernan is the author of the Reality Star series (available now) and the upcoming Gamer Girls series (2019). When not watching total strangers get married, drag racing queens, or cooking competitions, Laura enjoys travel, baking, board games, and new experiences. She lives in the northeast with her husband and two furry little beasts.

Some of Laura’s favorite things include goat cheese, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, the Oxford comma, and ice cream. Not all together. The best place to find her is usually on Twitter, where she spends far too much time tweeting about writing, Canadian chocolate, board games and reality TV.


Where to find Time of My Life and Links for the Author:

 lauraheffernan.com

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Goodreads

Twitter@LH_Writes

Facebook

BookBub

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2019 in Books

 

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Blog Tour, Book Review: Fixed Odds by William McIntyre. #FixedOdds

Blog Tour, Book Review: Fixed Odds by William McIntyre. #FixedOdds

I am most delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Fixed Odds by William McIntyre. My most favourite genre at the moment is legal thrillers, when I saw that this was a legal thriller based in Scotland, I knew it was a book for me.

Thank you to Ceris at Sandstone Press for my early copy of the book and for organising this blog tour. They must know my weak spots as I got sent special chocolate with the book! Delicious.   * Those who really know me, will know why I had the book open on this particular page!

Description:

George ‘Genghis’ McCann has stolen – and lost – a priceless masterpiece. Snooker
champion Oscar ‘The Showman’ Bowman is charged with betting fraud. With a second baby on the way, and promises of great rewards if he wins Bowman’s case and recovers the painting, defence lawyer Robbie Munro has never been so tempted to fix the odds in his favour.

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Publisher: Sandstone Press
Date of publication: 4 July 2019

My Thoughts:

Robbie Munro is a defence lawyer and main character of this book and previous books. This is the first book I have read starring Robbie Munro. It is great to read as a standalone, though if I had found this author earlier, I would have read the previous books first. ( because it is so good).

Robbie is unlike any other defence lawyer I have read about before. He is funny and makes time for his family! Most other defence lawyers I have read about don’t have time for any of that. But Robbie’s firm is suffering. Not enough business and with a wife, a daughter and another child on the way, Robbie needs.to find more work. Maybe this legal aid marlarky is just not cutting it.

The legal aid storylines with the “criminals” he defends was excellent. This was my favourite part of the book as you really got a taste of Scotland, how people talk, survive and some of the many problems surrounding us.

“Not a hunner an’ fifty quid, A hunner an’ fifty skoobies “

Robbie feels like his luck is in when he gets handed a professional snooker player to defend. Its not a legal aid case and could be big bucks …. but can he win? I know nothing about snooker, but this didn’t matter. I loved the legal mind of Robbie. Though he doesn’t seem to be overly hard working or giving his clients needs deep thoughts. The way he works was amusing. Whether or not this works for his clients, I can’t say. For that would be a spoiler! But read yourself to find out.

The surrounding characters in the book are great. Robbie’ s Wife and daughter are brilliant and I took plenty of amusement from them and their relationship with Robbie.

I went into this book with hopes of legal thrills and some talk of Scotland. I got way more. The dark Scottish humour that I know came across brilliantly. There was even a mention of my town in the book. 🤗. The legal talk was accurate and explained well enough so that American readers would understand the difference between the two legal ways, but we aren’t bombarded with any legal jargon.

The storyline was a mixture of a legal defence plot, unsavoury Scottish characters and this was all stirred up with dark Scottish humour and great characters.

My only regret is that I didn’t find William McIntyre’s books earlier! But on the bright side, I have plenty of Robbie Munro catch up to do. And I am hopeful that this Author will bring me more tales of Scottish legal defence and dark humour.

Highly recommended.


There are some amazing bloggers with fab reviews of this book on this tour, be sure to support them and read their reviews to. If you aren’t convinced by my review, you will be by theirs.

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About the Author:

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William McIntyre is a partner in Scotland’s oldest law firm Russel + Aitken, specialising in criminal defence. He has been instructed in many interesting and high-profile cases over the years and now turns fact into fiction with his Robbie Munro legal thrillers. He is married with four sons.

Links:

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Goodreads

Twitter/@Best_Defence

Authors website: bestdefence.biz

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2019 in Books

 

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Book Review: Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May. #BlogTour #MMICB #Giveaway

Book Review: Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May. #BlogTour #MMICB #Giveaway

I am very happy to be hosting my stop on the blog tour for Nicola May’s latest book, Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay. Thank you to Author Nicola May for my advanced copy. I was honoured and excited to read this before it was published. And thank you to the brilliant Rachel from RachelsRandomResources.com for organising this blog tour. I don’t take part in many blog tours now, but for Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay, I most definitely was very keen to get my place.

Description:

The cast of the runaway bestseller, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, are back – including Rosa, Josh, Mary, Jacob, Sheila, new mum Titch and, last but by no means least, Hot, the adorable dachshund.

Newly wed, and with her inherited corner shop successfully up and running, Rosa Smith seems to have all that anyone could wish for. But the course of true love never did run smooth and Rosa’s suspicions that her husband is having an affair have dire consequences.
Reaching rock bottom before she can climb back up to the top, fragile Rosa is forced to face her fears, addiction and jealousy head on.
With a selection of meddling locals still at large, a mystery fire and Titch’s frantic search for the real father of her sick baby, the second book in this enchanting series will take you on a further unpredictable journey of self-discovery.

My Thoughts:

Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay is the sequel to The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay. I loved the first book as much as I enjoyed this one. You can read book 2 as a standalone, but reading the first book would give you a better introduction to Cockleberry Bay and the characters you will meet. I found myself getting a good reminder of the residents of the Bay and a short recap of some of what happened in book 1. So as I said you can read as a standalone if you wish.

Coming back to Cockleberry Bay was like coming back to a place I know and love. Catching up with Rosa, Titch, Mary and the boys from The Lobster Pot was great. I felt comfortable that I knew their characters and was looking forward to seeing what everyone had been up to. Of course it was great to hear from Hot the little sausage dog too. Hot also got up to his own escapades.

Rosa is now married and running the corner shop in Cockleberry Bay. But is she happy? Is she content with her life? Come along on Rosa’s journey of self discovery. Along the way I shared Rosa’s pain, joy, laughter, friendships and much more.

The character development of Rosa in this book is fantastic. You can tell from the writing that Author Nicola May knows ‘life’. Life is not easy, you find love, get married find a job…. and et voila …happy ever after. No! life has bumps and some of them are mountains. Yet the author writes with emotion, care and humour.

“No, Ed Sheeran hasn’t moved to Cockleberry Bay.”

The writing is current with even a mention of Meghan and baby Archie (British Royals).

When I finished book 1 and read some reviews, many readers were asking the author to write book 2. I am embarrassed to admit that I was hesitant because book 1 was so good. But I was a fool, I know and love Nicola May’s writing and her books so I should have known and have had faith that book 2 would smash it. …….and it did. Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay is as good as The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay. I loved Rosa’s story. The author has the ability in her writing to make us care for her characters. When Nicola May describes her books as “chick lit with a kick”, she describes this book better than any reviewer could. Nicola May has smashed it again with another amazing brilliant book. Great characters, perfectly descriptive location and a plot that has humour, romance, friendship and unexpected escapades. Highly recommended and I predict like book 1, this too will become an Amazon bestseller.


About the Author:

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.


Giveaway

Yes, you lucky folk! There is a giveaway here too. You could win a signed copy of the first book in the series . The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay. You can read my review of it HERE! But based on the reviews of this book, you know you want it. Plus its signed! So enter the rafflecopter below. Just press the link and fill it in. Easy. Good luck.

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Check out the rest of this blog tour. There are some amazing bloggers sharing their thoughts on Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay.


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www.nicolamay.com

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Twitter/nicolamay1

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Posted by on July 15, 2019 in Books, Giveaways

 

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Book review: Broken Humanity by Karine Vivier.

Book review: Broken Humanity by Karine Vivier.

Broken Humanity is the first novella of Author Karine Vivier that has been translated from French to English. I like reading novellas every so often for a quick beginning middle and end. So I was happy when the author asked me to read and review Broken Humanity.

Description:

What do a young girl, an ex-convict and a mother have in common? “Broken Humanity” tells the story of three characters who, somewhere along the way, have lost touch with humanity in the eyes of society. Three characters, three parallel stories, a common thread. A debut thriller.

My Thoughts:

Broken Humanity is a short novella published first in French, then translated to English by Kirsty Olivant. Firstly the translation is excellent. If I hadn’t known it was originally in French, I would totally assume it was written by a native English speaker. Of course the names and places are based in France, but that fits in with how the book was originally written. It was quite nice to read a book based somewhere other than UK or USA.

The book has three different parts, where each character has an element of ‘broken humanity’ about them. The book made me feel tense the majority of the way through! which shows that the author has a talent for writing. Personally I found that the three parts could have been made longer and the novella could have been a book. I hesitate to say this because novellas are supposed to be short and that is the authors intention. In my opinion, I would have preferred this particular plot to be lengthened.

This was a strange read for me because there wasn’t any part ( for me) that I found satisfying. The plot was full of broken souls and it was a little depressing. With the title being ‘Broken Humanity‘, I can assume that this was the authors intention and she did it well because it gave me all the feels that a well written book can give a reader.

I would recommend this book to readers who want a short tense read. It is a book that makes you realise that the quick decisions you make may have life changing effects.

Links:

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Goodreads.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2019 in Books

 

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#10BooksofSummer (or 15 or 20)….

#10BooksofSummer  (or 15 or 20)….

10, 15 or 20 Books of summer is hosted by Cathy @cathy746books.       You can read Cathy’s original post about it here on her blog –  746books.com

This is a slightly late post as it started on June 3rd, but I did start my first book on that day, so all is ok. 😉

The idea of 20 Books of Summer is that readers choose their books to read and enjoy them, while also reviewing over the summer dates of June 3rd to September 3rd. You can choose to read 10, 15 or 20 books. I went for the easier option of 10! so, 3 months, 10 books, here goes.

Here are the books I hope to read over this time. I am adding in a mix of paperbacks and kindle reads. Two of the books will be for blog tours and the rest are ones I have chosen myself.

So here goes with my list of 10 books I hope to read this summer. ( in no particular order). The blurb can be found using the goodreads links.

In The Swim Of Things by Tracie Banister.

A lovely chick lit summer read. If you ever wanted to be a mermaid, this is the book for you. Kyra has her perfect job, a new hunky surfer boyfriend and lives by the beach she loves. When her beach is threatened. Kyra needs to fight for it. A perfect read for the summer I think. Plus I have read a few of Tracie Bannister’s books before and enjoyed them all. 

Goodreads Blurb.

 


 

Where the Dead Fall. By M J Lee.

A page turning crime thriller. With murders, detectives and hunts for killers. This is my kind of read.

Goodreads Blurb

 


 

Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay. By Nicola May.

The much awaited sequel to Nicola May’s previous best seller The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay will be a glorious read for me. I love all of this Author’s books and I am sure this one will be no difference. I’m looking forward to seeing what Rosa and the beloved Hot the sausage dog will get up to in this book.

My review for this will be in the blog tour hosted by RachelsRandomResources.com in July, when the book will be published. Lucky me got an early read 😊.

Goodreads Blurb

 


 

 

The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup

I was sent this book my my lovely friend Irena at bookdustmagic.com. Irena and many other bookbloggers have written amazing reviews for this book. I am excited to read it, but it is so long. I hope the length is necessary to the whole plot. I’m quite sure I will love it as Irena always has great recommendations.

Goodreads Blurb

 

Time of my Life by Laura Heffernan.

Another lovely easy summer read. You can just tell by the cover that this will be a perfect read for those summer evenings.

Goodreads Blurb

You see how I am mixing up thrillers and chick lits. I like to get a mix of gory, deceptive crime thrillers which make me hunt for the criminal. Then swap that for some really easy reads that are pure escapism. 


 

 

Fixed Odds by William McIntyre

The Author of this book is a criminal defence lawyer based in Scotland. That fact alone would be enough to make me want to read this book! This book is released on July 4th and I was very lucky to get an advanced copy. I am on the blog tour for Fixed Odds when it is published.

Goodreads Blurb

 

 


 

 

Author Clare Chase is another of my recommended Authors. I have read quite a few of her books and loved them all. I would describe the previous books I have read as cosy mysteries. I have had this book on my kindle for a little while and don’t remember what it is about. I do have a feeling that I will love it though.

Goodreads Blurb

 


Broken Humanity by Karine Vivier

 

Published in January this year, this book is the debut book by Author Karine Vivier. The Author contacted me and asked if I would like to read and review her book. I like to try out new Authors, and am hoping this book will be a good one.

Goodreads Blurb


 

Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett.

You may remember this book from a previous post, whereby I got a great deal on the first 3 books in the Kay Hunter series. I have read the first books and it was fantastic. For my summer reads, I am including the next 2 books in this series. As I loved the first one, I am quite sure I will enjoy book 2 and 3 also. 

Goodreads Blurb

 

 

One to Watch by Rachel Amphlett (book 3 Kay Hunter)

The covers are awesome and look so readable don’t they! 

 

Goodreads Blurb

 

 


So that my 10 reads for summer. I think its going to be a good reading summer, with lots of good reviews to come. What books do you have planned to read this summer? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Which do you like the sound / look of? 

Here is to a good reading summer. 

 

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2019 in Book Spotlights., Books

 

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