Book Review: The Last Thing To Burn by Will Dean

He is her husband. She is his captive.

Her husband calls her Jane. That is not her name.

She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped. No one knows how she got to the UK: no one knows she is there. Visitors rarely come to the farm; if they do, she is never seen.

Her husband records her every movement during the day. If he doesn’t like what he sees, she is punished.

For a long time, escape seemed impossible. But now, something has changed. She has a reason to live and a reason to fight. Now, she is watching him, and waiting…

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Book Review: A Sky Full of Stars by Dani Atkins

He’d have done everything differently if he’d known she’d be gone so soon…

When Lisa married Alex, she gave his life meaning. She was a professional astronomer; a stargazer. And when she gazed at Alex, she saw that behind his tough exterior was a man she could love.

Alex, Lisa and their young son Connor made a happy little universe. But when Lisa dies suddenly, their universe is destroyed. Alex is shattered by loss, and overwhelmed by the difficulties of being a single father to a six-year-old boy.

Then Alex meets four strangers. Two men and two women, who never met Lisa, but whose lives changed profoundly because she died. As Alex hears their stories, he begins to realise the world may not be as cruel and senseless as it seems. Perhaps, after all, the future is written in the stars…

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Book Review: The Thin Place by C D Major

She has to know the truth about overtoun estate, but there is a reason it has stayed buried for so long.

When journalist Ava Brent decides to investigate the dark mystery of Overtoun Estate – a ‘thin place’, steeped in myth – she has no idea how dangerous this story will be for her. Overtoun looms over the town, watching, waiting: the locals fearful of the strange building and the secrets it keeps. When Ava starts to ask questions, the warm welcome she first receives turns to a cold shoulder. And before she knows it, Ava is caught in the house’s grasp too.

After she discovers the history of a sick young girl who lived there, she starts to understand the sadness that shrouds it. But when she finds an ominous old message etched into a windowsill, she is forced to wonder – what horrors is the house protecting? And what will it cost her to find out?

With her own first child on the way, Ava knows she should stay away. But even as her life starts to unravel, and she receives chilling threats, the house and the bridge keep pulling her back…

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Book Review: All You Need is Love by Jessica Redland

When you’ve loved and lost, how do you find the strength to let love in again?

Jemma thinks she’s found the love of her life. Scott is everything she ever dreamed of and she can’t wait to begin the next stage of their life again. But just as she is heading for her happy ever after, a shock revelation shatters Jemma’s life as she knows it. Left to pick up the pieces, Jemma’s friends and family rally round to help her find the courage to move on.

Sam thinks he has his future all worked out. A thriving career, lovely home and an amazing fiancee. But when tragedy strikes, he finds himself alone, far from everyone he cares about. Did he do the right thing by running away and trying to rebuild the tatters of his life alone?

This is the story of Jemma and Sam. Two lost souls desperately trying to find closure and happiness. When a chance meeting brings them together a friendship is formed, but the guards are up.

Will it finally be their turn for a happy ever after? Or will the secrets from their pasts prevent them from moving on?

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Book Review: The Family by P.R. Black

The best way to catch a killer? Offer yourself as bait.

Becky Morgan’s family were the victims of the ‘crimes of the decade’. The lone survivor of a ritualistic killing, Becky’s been forever haunted by the memories of that night.

Twenty years later, with the killer never found, Becky is ready to hunt down and exact revenge. But the path to find the murderer is a slippery slope and she finds herself opening up some old wounds that should have been left sealed.

Will Becky avenge her family or join them?

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Book Review: The Boy Between: A Mother and Son’s Journey From a World Gone Grey, by Josiah Hartley and Amanda Prowse

Bestselling novelist Amanda Prowse knew how to solve a fictional family crisis. But then her son came to her with a real one…

Josiah was nineteen with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student’s mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him, with no clear sense of where that could be found. This is the book they wish had been there for them when during those dark times.

Josiah’s situation is not unusual: the statistics on student mental health are terrifying. And he was not the only one suffering; his family was also hijacked by his illness, watching him struggle and fearing the day he might succeed in taking his life.

In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those who suffer, and to show them that help can be found. It is Josiah’s raw, at times bleak, sometimes humorous, but always honest account of what it is like to live with depression. It is Amanda’s heart-rending account of her pain at watching him suffer, speaking from the heart about a mother’s love for her child.

For anyone with depression and anyone who loves someone with depression, Amanda and Josiah have a clear message – you are not alone, and there is hope.

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Blog Tour: Book Review: One Winter’s Night by Kiley Dunbar

It’s fair to say that reading ‘One Winter’s Night’ by Kiley Dunbar came to me at exactly the right time. A story so flawlessly uplifting, rich with cosiness and wholesome friendships and romance, this deliciously warming tale lifted my spirits and left me with a genuine smile on my face. This is the second book of Kiley Dunbars’ which I’ve had the pleasure of reading and I can honestly say that she had quickly become an author who I’d return to again and again for my fill of twinkly romance. Her books are full of all the things I love most when reading, most importantly, the promise of a satisfying story that will leave me wanting more.

One Winter’s Night by Kiley Dunbar follows the story of Kelsey Anderson and Mirren Imrie. Set in the inspiring location of Stratford-Upon-Avon, this tale had it all. Secrets, heartbreak, friendship, mystery and plenty of romance, of course. It was impossible not to become entirely swept up by this story. Dunbar certainly has a way with words, and her gorgeous descriptions of the Shakespearean town absolutely bought the setting to life in such a magical, vivid way, I felt like I was right there besides the characters and their separated stories unravelled. I adored the dynamics between the characters, and exploring the different sides of their relationships with one another. It’s fantastic when an author creates such a calm energy within their stories, it lulls you into a sense of belonging and knowing the characters as if they were your own friends.

This is the second book in the Kelsey Anderson collection, and though I’ve not read the first, it’s more than easy to slip into this story as if you already know these characters, so if you, like me, have not met Kelsey and her companions previously, then fear not, because you can hop straight into this with no issues.

This was positively brimming with joy and affection, and it was an absolute pleasure getting lost within the pages. Life has been a bit rubbish just recently, and I’m pleased to say that this gorgeous little gem of a tale lifted me right out of my funk. I enjoyed it immensely and can’t wait to read more from this author.

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Blog Tour: Book Review: You May Kiss the Bridesmaid by Camilla Isley

KTB CIThe sixth book in Camilla Isley’s First Comes Love series, You May Kiss the Bridesmaid is a highly-entertaining, humorous and engaging story, with a fantastically warm and witty cast of characters who you come to care about quickly and without hesitation. Although this is part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone, and remains enjoyable if you’ve not read any of the previous books, which was the case for me. Isley’s warm and inviting writing style ensures that this is a book you become entirely wrapped up within, and stay interested in throughout. With so much drama, humour and flirtatious situations, this was a wonderful way to spend my day, and I can’t wait to go back and discover the rest of this series once I am able to. Continue reading

Blog Tour: Book Review: Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry by Caroline Roberts

SARPP CROh, to live within a Caroline Roberts’ novel! Awash with humour, happiness, plenty of love, and the trials and tribulations of preparing to be wed, Summer at Rachel’s Pudding Pantry by Caroline Roberts was a superbly written, uplifting and smile-inducing story, full of friendly faces, and an exciting plot which I absolutely devoured. This is the third book in Carolines’ Pudding Pantry series. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet had the chance to read the first and second books, although after reading this, I can tell that Rachel, along with her family and friends, are a group of character which readers will easily love and want to follow for a very long time to come. I already want to know what came before Rachel and Tom’s wedding, so I will, at some point, definitely be heading back to the first book in order to be introduced to these wonderful characters and their lives properly. Continue reading