Blog Tour · Historical Romance · Reviews

“Duchess If You Dare” Review

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Ready for review two of today? Like I said in the previous post, this one if from a completely different genre, and you know I love the genre so it won’t be a surprise that I read this book.

Duchess If You Dare“, written by Anabelle Bryant, is a Historical Romance (Regency), the first book in Maidens of Mayhem Series, published on 30th March 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Anabelle Bryant for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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From the glittering ballrooms of the ton to the city’s grittiest corners, London has no shortage of wrongs in need of righting–and the Maidens of Mayhem are prepared for the challenge. United by secrecy and sisterhood, these daring women from all walks of life aim to fight injustice wherever it takes them–even into the arms of unexpected love. This feminist take on Regency-era Robin Hoods from USA Today bestselling author Anabelle Bryant is destined to storm readers’ hearts!

Scarlett Wynn’s tragic childhood taught her that life can be cruel to women with little power. So when a local seamstress disappears, Scarlett vows to find out why. Armed with a weapon and her courage, Scarlett scours London for clues–and crosses the unlikely path of Ambrose Cross, the Duke of Aylesford, at an unlikely place: an upscale brothel. The Duke is trying to solve a mystery of his own, and Scarlett is sure they can help each other–if she can resist the attraction that draws them together…

As Duke of Aylesford, Ambrose is duty-bound to protect his family name from scandal no matter the cost. But Scarlett’s fearless spirit forces him to look beyond his world of privilege. Scarlett is as intoxicating as she is dangerous, igniting a fire in him like no other. When the pair learn both mysteries they’re trying to solve are tied to a string of missing women, the tangled scheme they uncover may put their lives, and their growing love, in mortal danger–and lead them to search their hearts like never before…

“A delightful historical romance with a liberal dash of adventure, plenty of sizzling heat, and a heart of pure gold. A superb start to Bryant’s new Maidens of Mayhem series” –Lenora Bell, USA Today bestselling author

“Duchess if You Dare is a fantastic read that kept me up late and has me anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.” –USA Today Bestselling Author Renee Ann Miller

Purchase Link: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Barnes & Noble | Kobo


About the Author

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USA Today Bestselling author Anabelle Bryant began reading at age three and never stopped. Her passion for reading soon turned into a passion for writing and an author was born. Happy to grab her suitcase if it ensures a new adventure, Anabelle finds endless inspiration in travel; especially imaginary jaunts into romantic Regency England, a far cry from her home in New Jersey. Instead, her clever characters live out her daydreams because really, who wouldn’t want to dance with a handsome duke or kiss a wicked earl?

Anabelle’s books have been translated into several languages including Japanese and Russian, but writing isn’t all that keeps her busy. Building miniatures, baking and photography are other favorite pastimes. Often found with her nose in a book, Anabelle is just as happy in a room full of people. She enjoys meeting readers, attending conferences and book signings. She has earned her Master’s Degree and is ABD for her Doctorate Degree in education.

A firm believer in romance, Anabelle knows sometimes life doesn’t provide a happily ever after, but her novels always do. Visit her website at AnabelleBryant.com

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My Review

This is the first book in a brand new series, and historical romance with an appealing cover, of course I was curious. The book sound very different from what I usually read in terms of this genre, at least that’s what caught my attention when I read the synopsis.

In this story we follow Scarlett and Ambrose, both fun characters to get to know more about, in terms of their background and their interactions with each other and the those around them. Scarlett is part of the Maidens of Mayhem and I kind of felt as I was a part of the group. Ambrose is the Duke of Aylesford. The combination was definitely excited.

As we follow the events of this novel, learning more about the society and all the crazy antics, I did see differences in comparison with other books, which I quite enjoyed. It was a breath of fresh air. And I was taken on a rollercoaster and it was a fascinating way of seeing another side of the society back then.

Overall, I enjoyed it and I can’t wait to see the news books to learn more about the upcoming main characters and whose Maiden of Mayhem we will follow next.


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Jess

Blog Tour · Reviews

“The Boy in the Well” Review

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Today I bring you two reviews of books that are completely different genres, and this is the first one.

The Boy in the Well“, written by Dan Clark, is a Mystery/Thriller/Drama novel, published on 13th April 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Dan Clark for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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A time to mourn. A gruesome find. A race for the truth.

After her husband and son are killed in a tragic car accident, Carolyn goes to stay with her mother in a quiet, rural town. She hopes the break will help her cope with her loss.

Soon, Carolyn discovers that the small town holds unforgivable secrets. One she stumbles upon when she discovers the body of a young boy down a well – only to find he has disappeared when she returns with the police.

The local residents, including Carolyn’s mother, doubt her discovery and blame it on her current state of mind. Rumours begin to spread.

With somebody determined to stop Carolyn uncovering the truth, she knows she needs to prove what she saw. Not just for the boy and his family but also for herself.

Will Carolyn be able to find the proof she needs? Or will her life be in danger if she continues her search?

Purchase Link: Amazon

Content Warning: The protagonist has recently lost her husband and son in a fatal accident.


About the Author

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Dan was born in the North West of England. He started reading Stephen King from an early age and is still a committed fan today, believing this is what inspired him to start writing.

After leaving school, he studied Accounting before realising working with numbers wasn’t for him. He has done numerous jobs which include, working in retail, in busy restaurants as a Chef, driving a taxi and moving on to driving lorries.

Dan lives with his fiancé, Rachel, and easily annoyed cat, Burt. In his free time he loves to find a comfortable chair with a large cup of tea and read thriller and horror novels. He enjoys walking and being out in the countryside and devotes most of his time to his passion: writing his own stories.

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My Review

This book is the debut novel of Dan Clark and I really thing this is a great start.

As we follow Carolyn through this journey of uncovering the truth and reveal it to the people around her that don’t believe her story… we go deep into a mystery full of twists and turns, as well as a fast paced narrative that put me at the edge of my seat.

Another thing I loved, besides the pace and the mystery, was the small town setting. I live in a small town, surrounded by other small towns, and there is a wary feeling about quiet, rural town when it’s connected with crime and secrets. And I absolutely love it.

The book got me going, from the realistic characters to the unknown and the adrenaline and curiosity it gave me. Overall, it was interesting and such a great start for this author and I can’t wait to see what else he brings us.


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour · Reviews

“The Hashtag Killer” Review

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Review time! And ita brand new series.

The Hashtag Killer“, written by A.S. French, is a Crime novel, the first book in Detective Jen Flowers Series, published on 25th March 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and A.S. French for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

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Catch a killer or save a child. What would you do?

DI Jen Flowers thought she’d seen it all after fifteen years on the force, but when a vigilante serial killer hits the city and uses social media to gather supporters, she must fight the public and her doubts to catch a murderer and save her daughter.

Suffering from blackouts and abandoned as a child by her father, Ruby Vasquez has been chasing that one scoop to make her an internet star. Living with an alcoholic mother who hates her, Ruby discovers a secret about the vigilante’s first victim, which puts her in the killer and DI Flowers’ sights.

Jen and Ruby have to overcome the secrets in their past while battling each other to discover the Hashtag Killer’s identity. Jen will have to choose between keeping her daughter safe or finding a killer, while Ruby will need to decide if becoming famous is more important than doing the right thing.

Purchase Link: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

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Andrew French is a man of no wealth and little taste. He lives amongst faded seaside glamour on the North East coast of England. He likes gin and cats but not together, new music and old movies, curry and ice cream. Slow bike rides and long walks to the pub are his usual exercise, as well as flicking through the pages of good books and the memoirs of bad people.

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My Review

The first thing that caught my attention was the title. The cover had the mystery feeling, but the title totally won it. Being the first novel in a series, of course I was also curious for the introduction to the main character and the world in the series.

We have all read and watch stories about vigilantes. Some show them as good guys, some as bad guys. In this case it’s clear that it’s a bad guy, a serial killer. Connecting it to the internet was something that we could understand.

Following multiple characters in a fast paced and exciting crime novel, we go on a journey to uncover not only the truth about who the killer is, but also that is the background of the characters and how everything makes sense.

I love that the story had me intrigued page after page for various reasons. I love that it got me thinking about social media, fame, right vs wrong, vigilantism, and so many other elements. And I couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to know what would happen to Jen and Ruby, and I wanted to know more about the Killer and motivations behind each action.

Overall, it was the kind of book that is enjoyable because catches our attention. From the details, the pace, the interesting and dynamic characters, the plot and the connections with the society and the contemporary world and reality we know. It all made me curious and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour · Reviews

“Willow Weeps” Review

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And I have a review of a thriller for you today! Are you ready?

Willow Weeps“, written by Louise Worthington, is a Psychological thriller, published on 31st March 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Louise Worthington for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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A secret is a lie in the making.

A charming divorcee and his young daughter. The promise of a new life – together as a family, in an apartment in a historic building.  A fresh start – or the key to a nightmare?

Who will Willow believe – a young offender, or the love of her life?

Page-turning and emotional, Willow Weeps is the gripping new thriller from the author of Rachel’s Garden and The Entrepreneur. 

Purchase Link: Amazon US


About the Author

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Born in Cheshire, England, Louise studied literature at the University of Essex. As a teenager she read until the small hours, enjoying the darker worlds conjured by Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier.

Louise is the author of the bestseller, Rachel’s Garden, another psychological thriller and Distorted Days which Kirkus Review described as ‘a formidable work.’  Her chilling blend of the lyrical and the dark is themost gripping in her thrillers and horror.

Social Media Links – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


My Review

This was the first book I read of Lousie Worthington so I didn’t know what to expect in terms of writing and the author’s voice. I did enjoy it although certain things weren’t entirely my cup of tea.

This book follows Willow, she’s our main character, although we also follow other characters at certain points, which adds to the mystery in my opinion. I don’t think I fully connected with Willow, but I could understand her connection with her sister and the superstitious side. That’s something that got me curious immediately.

Then there were kind of two mysteries, and I liked that. I liked that I was not always in the know about what was real, what were the answers and what would happen next. It kept me going, even when I wasn’t liking some of the characters actions (which is fine! We can’t always like every character in a book.)

Something I did enjoy was the added text/stories that a character had written. They were a good thing to add to the novel since it’s a big element in that mystery. Plus, it does allow us to understand more about the character and their past.

Overall, I did enjoy it. It did make me wonder at some point, and it did play with my mind. Although I would have preferred to connect with the characters and with their interaction, but I will be checking more of the author’s works and see what else she has for her.


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour · Historical Romance · Reviews

“The Railway Girls in Love” Review

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I had a big day today and I has only able to post this review right now. I do hope you are curious about this book

The Railway Girls in Love, written by Maisie Thomas, is a Historical Fiction and  Women’s fiction novel, the third book in The Railway Girls Series, published on April 15th 2021 by Arrow.

I want to thank Maisie Thomas and Penguin Random House UK – Arrow for the Copy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

Love is in the air, and together the railway girls can overcome even the hardest of times.

Mabel has finally put the past behind her, and her relationship with the dashing Harry is stronger than ever. That is, until an old flame shows up, leaving Mabel questioning her future.

Meanwhile Joan has made amends with Bob – if only she could do the same with Gran. And there’s still that family mystery she wants answer to, isn’t there?

As a mother and grandmother, Dot Green has always put her family first. Her job as a parcels porter has brought new purpose to her life, so is it finally time to start following her heart . . .

Life as a railway girl is busy but as war rages on and air raids disrupt daily life, the women realise they need each other more than ever, especially when there might be wedding bells on the horizon.

Purchase Link: Amazon | Penguin UK


About the Author

Maisie Thomas was born and brought up in Manchester, which provides the location for her Railway Girls novels. She loves writing stories with strong female characters, set in times when women needed determination and vision to make their mark. The Railway Girls series is inspired by her great aunt Jessie, who worked as a railway clerk during the First World War. Maisie now lives on the beautiful North Wales coast with her railway enthusiast husband, Kevin, and their two rescue cats. They often enjoy holidays chugging up and down the UK’s heritage steam railways.

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My Review

This book is part of a series, and although I usually like to read series in order, I don’t mind jumping books when it’s historical novels. And this one just made me excited about the previous books, plus I was able to understand what was happening in the story, it just made me curious to learn about the past.

The Railway Girls in Love… What amazing title! Very captivation. A book set in Manchester, during WWII, and following three amazing women – Mabel, Joan and Dot.

Now, I have read books set during the World War II, and it’s always something that touches my heart. Although Portugal was not really in the war, and although there is a lot of things about that time period that I don’t know, I love historical novels that open my eyes and get me going.

This book truly made me curious about the entire railway element. And I’m always intrigued to see the women’s role during these time periods. I do believe that not only is it thought provoking about the society and the war, but it also allows me to have some points that I want to research when I don’t know something.

Now, the characters… Mabel, Joan and Dot were amazing, I loved them so much and I want to read the other two books so I can see how their lives got to the place that I met them in. They felt familiar and inspiring in a way. I could connect to them and I could understand them as well as getting exciting for each moment and goal accomplished.

Overall, I loved the story and I need to read the previous books so I understand the entire journey, just based on this novel I’m sold on the series.


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Jess

Recommendations

Promo Post: Edições Velha Lenda

Olá meus queridos amigos!

Hoje venho fazer um pouco de promoção a uma editora portuguesa fantástica, Edições Velha Lenda, que tem apostado em autores portugueses.

Já devem conhecer o nome desta editora com base em outros post sobre os livros publicados por eles (tanto a nível de promo posts, como de reviews). No entanto, caso não conheçam, passam agora a conhecer.


Fundada a 3 de Fevereiro de 2020, as Edições Velha Lenda são uma editora portuguesa com uma aposta num catálogo diverso, que dá preferência ao Romance, Biografia e Ficção Especulativa.

O nosso método de publicação pode ser resumido numa única palavra: sustentável. Respeitando as necessidades do mercado actual, apostando em obras de qualidade, com temas actuais que vão de encontro às necessidades do leitor, e evitando a sobreprodução livreira.

Mas, acima de qualquer outra coisa, o nosso investimento é dedicado a um catálogo nacional. Pois acreditamos que a Literatura Portuguesa não se faz com Best-Sellers do New York Times.

Nós não somos números. Somos palavras.

Da mesma forma que as vidas são feitas de histórias, as páginas dos nossos livros estão escritas com vidas; e nessas vidas cabe o mundo. Trabalhamos para que as velhas lendas não sejam esquecidas e novas possam nascer.

“Livre-se!”

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Livros Publicados


Se ainda não conhecem estes livros, passem no website da editora para lerem as sinopses e adquirem aqueles que vos chama a atenção.

Podem ler as minhas reviews dos livros no blog, e fiquem atentos porque as novidades não param e já no dia 20 de Abril sairá o livro Vida Censurada. Quem sabe o que mais está para vir este ano.

Se quiserem conhecer mais sobre a Raquel Vicente, fundadora e diretora administrativa das Edições Velha Lenda, ouçam esta entrevista: Entrevista a Raquel Vicente das Edições Velha Lenda (Café da Tarde).


Não se esqueçam de comentar, não sejam estranhos.

Se tem alguma recomendação de livros que acham que deva ler podem enviar uma mensagem usando o formulário na página Contact Me.

Se desejarem juntarem-se a mim e serem convidados no blogue, escrevendo um post sobre um tema à vossa escolha, vejam a página Guests Post para saberem mais e para preparamos a sua visita.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour · Reviews

“The Charity of Strangers” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a review of a book, and it’s not a historical romance, it’s actually a contemporary novel.

The Charity of Strangers“, written by Alison Burke, is a Coming of Age,  Women’s Contemporary fiction novel, published on November 2020.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Alison Burke for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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You can find almost anything in a charity shop, but can you find love?

You can certainly find friendship and there is both laughter and tears ahead when 19yr old Zaffron, lonely, anxious and without direction, meets Blaire Daintry, good-looking, charming, and gay.

Both volunteers in the charity shop, he has a hidden agenda, she has secrets,  but they are friends from the start, despite Blaire’s constant sparring with Ida, the stern, good-hearted older volunteer who Zaffron admires. And perhaps Ida has secrets too.

Together with other victims of the city’s housing crisis, Blaire and Zaffron set up a safe and happy home.  Secure at last, she tells him of the dreadful incident in her childhood that has marred her life, but not even his total acceptance gives her the confidence to start a relationship with an attractive and decent young army sergeant who falls in love with her.

Is it fear of the truth coming out that holds her back? Or is there some other reason, buried too deep in her heart for her to recognise?

Purchase Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK


About the Author

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I was born and grew up in Lancashire, gained several nursing qualifications and had the privilege of a long and varied nursing career, briefly in the Royal Army Nursing Service abroad, mainly in the NHS in UK. True love and a happy family came my way and now I have the time to  read, write and remember.

Social Media Links – Website | Facebook | Instagram


My Review

I haven’t read many books that touch on the entire coming of age element of a story, and I never know what to expect. Nevertheless, what I loved in this book was the development of the characters, especially Zaffron.

In this novel we follow Zaffron a 19 years-old girl. Throughout the book we follow her life and we learn about her past and the background before the present of the storytelling. Uncovering those information as we read allowed us to connect with the characters and their growth and what they were dealing with.

The interactions between the characters, the friendship growing, the secrets, the mistakes and the flaws… I loved it. It was exciting and it felt realistic. We make mistakes, we try to be better and grow, we have plans and goals, we have secrets about our past that we don’t want to talk about… and we may appear flawed but that doesn’t mean we are bad people.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. I liked how the book had a message that we could understand thanks to the characters and the background. I loved the sense of hope the novel had, and I loved how the storytelling flowed.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour with their reviews.


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour · Reviews

“The Mersey Mistress” Review

Hello Friends!

Ready for a review this lovely Sunday night?

The Mersey Mistress“, written by Sheila Riley, is a Saga novel, published on 6th April 2021, by Boldwood Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Sheila Riley and Boldwood Books for the eCopy of this book, via Netgalley, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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BRAND NEW FROM LIVERPOOLS’ VERY OWN BESTSELLING AUTHOR, SHEILA RILEY

1910 LIVERPOOL DOCKS.
Ruby Swift is a hard-working, straight-talking woman of substance who does not suffer fools gladly,
But when tragedy strikes on a bitter Christmas Eve, Ruby and her beloved Archie take matters into their own hands when a trusted employee’s house is mysteriously engulfed by flames and lives are lost.
Orphaned by the fire, Ruby welcomes heartbroken sixteen-year-old Anna Cassidy, into her home and family but circumstances conspire against them and she is unable to save Anna’s twelve-year-old brother Sam Cassidy, who is sent by the Church to Canada as a Homeboy. 
Can Ruby help mend a broken heart and can these two children ever be reunited or is there another higher game in play?

Mersey Mistress takes you on a journey to another time, another place. From the banks of the River Mersey to the frozen waters of the Canadian Saint Laurence River.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

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Sheila Riley wrote four #1 bestselling novels under the pseudonym Annie Groves and is now writing a new saga trilogy for Boldwood under her own name. She has set it around the River Mersey and its docklands near to where she spent her early years. She still lives in Liverpool. Her new trilogy began with The Mersey Orphan in September 2019.

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My Review

The more Saga Novels I read, the more I like they. Not just because of the plot itself, that in this book was absolutely amazing, but also because of the way it portraits society back then, since it allows some reflection on life back them (the good and the bad).

Sheila Riley gives us, in The Mersey Mistress, a fantastical well create group of characters. I love following the lives of the main characters. Ruby was amazing, and it was thanks to her that I connected with the story at first. She’s compassionate and friendly, and her background made me understand her more.

The pace was good, I was caught reading page after page. I wanted to know what would happen next to this family, I wanted to know how things would develop and if there would be happy ending once I finished the book.

Overall, this book touched my heart, it was warm and it almost felt like I was reading about my family’s story, it had that familiarity and connection that I could not escape and that I enjoyed.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour with their reviews.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour · Contemporary Romance · Reviews

“Summer in Andalucia” Review

Hello Friends!

Happy Friday! And it’s review time!

Summer in Andalucia“, written by Lucy Coleman, is a Women’s Fiction novel, published on 1st April 2021, by Boldwood Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lucy Coleman for the eCopy of this book, via Netgalley and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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Lainey Summers feels blessed to have her dream job writing for a renowned foodie magazine. And the day she goes to interview chef Rick Oliver at his new restaurant—Aleatory—in London’s popular Piccadilly, is the start of an unexpected journey.

When Rick is offered the opportunity to jet off to a monastery in Andalucía, to film a cookery competition for Spanish TV, Lainey goes too, to cover the story.

Spending a month filming in the stunning Spanish countryside, soaking up the sights, sounds, smells and of course the cuisine, Lainey and Rick start to enjoy each other’s company. But their time together flies by too quickly, and before they know it, Rick and Lainey have to face going their separate ways.

With both their worlds shifting beneath them, the call of Andalucia and the call of happiness grows ever stronger. But with everything at stake, will they be able to take the chance of a happy-ever-after…

Let Lucy Coleman whisk you off on a sun-baked, life-affirming, total escape to beautiful Andalucia.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

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Lucy Coleman is a #1 bestselling romance writer, whose recent novels include Summer in Provence and Snowflakes over Holly Cove. She also writes under the name Linn B. Halton. She won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award and lives in the Welsh Valleys.

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My Review

I have read some of Lucy Coleman’s books previously and although The Villa of Dreams is still my favorite novel, I still enjoyed this one.

Like with the previous books I have read, Lucy Coleman take us to another place. In this story we follow the characters to Andalucia. The thing I absolutely love about this author’s books is that transportation element. We travel to amazing places, without leaving our home, which considering the current situation with the world, it’s just what we need.

We follow Lainey in this new journey and I quite liked her. I could see her passion towards her job and food, and that always something amazing to connect with. The interactions with the characters and the background of Lainey’s life made sense to me and allowed me to understand her more.

Speaking of food… Something fantastic about this book was the culinary element. It made me excited about cooking, and I actually ended up reading some parts of the book while cooking dinner. I love when a book, no matter the genre, has food in it. If it makes sense for the plot, like this story, it’s the perfect combination. And Lucy Coleman definitely did that with the romance, the food and the scenery.

Overall, I enjoyed it. The Villa of Dreams may have a special place in my heart, but Summer in Andalucia won me over with the descriptions and the culinary.


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Blog Tour · Historical Romance · Reviews

“A Gentleman’s Promise” Review

Hello Friends!

Are you ready for another historical romance novel and review?

A Gentleman’s Promise“, written by Penny Hampson, is a Regency Historical Romance and Mystery, the first book in the Gentlemen Series, and the revised edition was published on 25th February 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Penny Hampson for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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A docile wife is what he wants. A husband is the last thing she needs. Can a quest for a killer teach them that they are both wrong?

Emma Smythe and her brother arrive at Easterby Hall to discover that a handsome stranger has laid claim to their ancestral home and the family title. Have her relatives been murdered, and is her brother next? Determined to find the answers, she has no option but to trust the gentleman who insists that he will help. But danger appears in many guises, and for a woman intent on remaining single, her intriguing protector may prove the biggest threat of all.

The attempts on Richard Lacey’s life begin when he inherits a title and a rundown estate. A coincidence? He’s not so sure. Problems multiply with the unexpected arrival of Jamie and Emma Smythe. Long thought dead, they too are potential targets. Richard thinks he wants a docile, obedient wife, but will the task of keeping headstrong Emma safe from danger change his mind?

Embroiled in a sinister mystery, can Richard and Emma work together to catch a killer? And will this dangerous quest teach them that what they both wish to avoid is exactly what they need?

Filled with intrigue, unexpected twists, and faultless period detail, this slow-burn romance is a must-read for lovers of classic Regency fiction.

Purchase Link: Amazon

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About the Author

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Penny Hampson writes mysteries, and because she has a passion for history, you’ll find her stories also reflect that. A Gentleman’s Promise, a traditional Regency romance, was Penny’s debut novel, which was shortly followed by more in the same genre. Penny also enjoys writing contemporary mysteries with a hint of the paranormal, because where do ghosts come from but the past?

Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook


My Review

This is the beginning of a series, and I love series, especially those that are in the historical romance genre. This is also my first interaction with Penny Hampson’s writing and books. So I was surprised and delighted.

“A Gentleman’s Promise” follows Richard Lacey and Emma Smythe’s life, how they met and got together, and their relationship developed while so many other things were happening. I enjoyed their interactions and I enjoyed the secondary characters and how everything connected.

In terms of plot, I liked that there wasn’t just drama and romance, but also suspense. The mystery gave it an extra element to the story and it was interesting to see how thing unfolded and uncovering the information that was being given and how it all came together. It also mad the story exciting and the action moving.

Overall, I really liked this book. It had a good pace and had me going from beginning to end. I’m actually very curious about the following books in the series.


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