#CoverReveal The Cottage On Wildflower Lane by Liz Davies @rararesources @LizDaviesAuthor

Time for a cover reveal from an author I’m a big fan of thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity!!

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What they say:  The Cottage on Wildflower Lane
Esther’s life isn’t perfect (whose is?) – but she’s happy enough living in her little flat with her boyfriend, Josh.

But that’s about to change.

Bored out of her mind in work, she wishes that something, anything, would happen to liven her life up.

Unfortunately, her wish comes true when Josh calls her from the airport to tell her he’s going to work in a bar in Spain, and she’s not invited, Esther is devastated, and her unhappiness is compounded when she discovers she can actually view the bar via a webcam link and watch him chatting up other girls.

But when she inadvertently clicks on a link to another webcam which shows a pretty cottage and the rather hunky man who lives in it, her interest is piqued and she wishes she could get to know him.

Wishes don’t really come true, though – do they…?
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Publication Date: 14th February

 

And now for the cover!!

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There we go, isn’t it beautiful? And I have to admit to being a huge Liz Davies fan, I’d have to guess that the book is as bright and feel good as that gorgeous cover!!

About the author

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Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.
She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.
She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper can and travel the world in it.

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Happiness for Beginners by Carole Matthews @carolematthews #BookReview #Audiobook

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What they say: Molly Baker is living her best life.

Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.

Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven’t thrived in mainstream education. It’s full on, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn’t fazed.

But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated. And then there’s the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of – could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful?

An absolute must-read from the queen of romance Carole Matthews, Molly’s story will make your heart sing.

The Review: And make your heart sing it will!!! So I requested this book some time ago, and having heard of its loveliness, put it on the long finger until I saw it on Audible and decided to use one of points to grab it. Oh my wordy word!! So I’ll be honest, obviously audio books have only come into my world in the last year, but my have theu opened my world up!! The narrator in this (Emma Powell is listed on Amazon), was stunning, her accent that beautiful English melodic voice that raised an already exceptional book to a higher level, and her different accents for different characters were bang on!!

The book, about Molly Baker, who takes in children who have found mainstream school difficult, was bright and beautiful and quirky and made me think about what it would do for any child to have animals as an integral part of the curriculum. (I regularly consider throwing my 4, who have never been on a horse before and are not really interested in going, into pony camp for a few days. I know they’d come out beaming and of course I’d have fodder for the next book so … hmm, I’m digressing!)

I’ll admit in the middle I was landed with 3 sick kids and so the audio book stopped being an option. As a result I went back to the ebook, which of course was still a stunner. Definitely recommended for just the loveliest, sit forward with mouth shaped into a smile and then an ‘awwww’ read/listen, that will have you wanting to run for the nearest farm to take it over!!! Thanks so much to Netgalley and Sphere for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating:5/5

I Will Make You Pay by Teresa Driscoll #BookReview @TeresaDriscoll

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What they say: Every Wednesday, like clockwork, the terror returns.

It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat. Journalist Alice Henderson hangs up, ready to dismiss it as a hoax against the newspaper. But the next Wednesday, the stalker makes another move—and it becomes clear that this is all about Alice.

Someone wants her to suffer, but for what? Her articles have made her a popular local champion—could it be her past rather than her work that’s put her life in danger? Alice is determined not to give in to fear, but with the police investigation at a dead end, her boyfriend insists on hiring private investigator Matthew Hill.

With every passing Wednesday the warnings escalate, until it’s not only Alice but also her family in the stalker’s sights. As her tormentor closes in, can Alice uncover what she’s being punished for before the terrifying threats become an unthinkable reality?

The Review:

I bookmarked Teresa Driscoll some time ago now as an author to dive for, and was gutted in the last week that I’d left this book wilting on my Netgalley list (you’ve probably noticed by now one of my new years resolutions is to work my way through this list!).

I most definitely wasn’t disappointed. The book opens on slightly too tough a note for me, a robotic voice on the end of journalist Alice’s line, giving her a terrible warning. The image it conjured up made me wince, and I wondered if this was the book for me at all.

This for me was one of the toughest parts in terms of grisliness (disclaimer: of course that’s always open to interpretation!) and most violence in the book was implied or mentioned and not delved into too much. A trigger warning too is that if someone is going through anything in relation to perhaps having parents in hospital, this might be one to shelve for a while, had I read this two months ago when a friend’s parent had died, I don’t think I’d have been able to take it. Saying that it is beautifully dealt with, and I fell into the author’s writing.

Alice’s sinister warnings increase in threat every Wednesday and soon there’s a race to protect her from what seems to be inevitable. At the same time we have two things going on, the presence of something that makes it much akin to any of the top police procedurals I’ve read, us seeing Matthew Hill, a private investigator and Melanie Sanders from the police force, working together. I LOVED their methods and the work going on and would like to suggest seeing them again!!

The ‘who can you trust’ part was done perfectly, with me conjuring up different suspects regularly, and on edge as each Wednesday approached.  I loved the other voice in the book, that of a little boy telling his story, and my heart broke for him, seeing how he became the man he was today. I loved the race to the finish, although, if I’m being pernickity, I think it was wrapped up too quickly. Basically I adored this book and can’t wait to read Ms. Driscoll again! Thanks so much to Thomas and Mercer and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: Beyond beyond recommended at 5/5!

 

 

 

The Bus Ride by Joanie Chevalier #Blogtour #BookReview #Giveaway @rararesources @JoanieChevalier

Her Sister’s Bones by Geraldine Hogan #BookReview @GerHogan @Bookouture

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Length: 284 pages

What they say: ‘She reached into the pram and placed her hands on the cotton blanket. It was still warm. But her smiling, new baby sister, with her wide blue-grey eyes, was gone…’

Twenty five years later, three bodies are found at a ramshackle cottage in the Irish countryside, and Detective Iris Locke is sick to her stomach. The victims are Anna Crowe and her two young children.

Iris has only recently joined the Limerick Murder Squad. Against her father’s advice, she’s working the narrow lanes and green hills of her childhood. Iris still remembers Anna, who was just a small girl when her baby sister was snatched, never to be seen again. It was the one case Iris’ own father never solved, and Iris can’t help but wonder if the two crimes are connected.

She’ll stop at nothing to find Anna justice, but a fire has destroyed almost all the physical evidence, and Limerick is the same small town she remembers: everybody protects their neighbours, and Iris has been away for too long.

Can Iris unpick the lies beneath the surface of her pretty hometown, and catch the most twisted individual of her career, when reopening the old case means reopening old wounds for her team, the rest of the community, and her own father?

The Review: The second I saw that Geraldine Hogan was heading into crime territory I was so excited, knowing her writing, which was always so beautiful with lovely dark undertones coursing through it, was PERFECT for this genre. I definitely wasn’t disappointed.

This is the story of Iris Locke, who’s trying to earn her stripes in the police force. Iris is asked to join the Limerick Murder Squad, but doesn’t want to as her father was also in the squad. When she does, she is investigating the murder of a woman and her two children, the woman, Anna, who had a link to a baby that went missing years ago. I loved feeling my way around this one, trying to figure out how the heart breaking story of the missing child was interconnected. The story is gritty, fuelled by a host of characters, some unlikable and also by a chilling presence. I could tell this was the first in the series as there were a lot of characters for us to be introduced to, which was fair enough, and I absolutely fell into the descriptions as Locke and her alcohol fuelled partner proceeded through the investigation.

Very much enjoyed and I look forward to the next. This book was previously published as Silent Night but I’ll admit I like this title better!Thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating:4 /5

The Mothers by Sarah Naughton #BookReview @SarahJNaughton @Trapezebooks #TheMothers

 

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Five Women.

They meet at their NCT Group. The only thing they have in common is they’re all pregnant.

Five Secrets.

Three years later, they are all good friends. Aren’t they?

One Missing Husband.

Now the police have come knocking. Someone knows something.

And the trouble with secrets is that someone always tells.

For fans of Big Little Lies, The Rumour and I Invited Her In, this is first class psychological suspense from the critically acclaimed Sarah J Naughton.

The Review: I’ll admit I lunged for this one-anything school gatey generally has me intrigued and my goodness was this intriguing!!

This it a book about a group of women who all meet up for wine and chats regularly. They’re all very different, with different financial, working, parenting and relationship circumstances going on, mish-mashed together basically because they were all pregnant at the same time. I’ll admit I stalled the book somewhat at the start after a few pages, I got the impression for some reason that I was dealing with a group of unlikable characters, which is of course, fine, only I was tired and didn’t want a headachey read of a group of horrible people all with a possible role or motive. What a mistake. When I pushed on I realised what an amazing book this was, with three dimensional characters that you really felt for, some lovely all the time, some having off times, many with heart breaking stories. Most were completely relatable and realistic, and didn’t fall to the level of ‘man=bad’ or ‘poor woman with no choices available to her’ that a lot of books migrate towards. The everyday parenting rollercoaster was so well done, with its ups, downs and feelings of both love and inadequacy ever present, twists were brilliant, the ‘baddies’ horrendous and of course the mystery of where the husband was done so well and my eyes could not stop reading. Very much enjoyed and recommended.

Thanks so much to Trapeze and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review. The Mothers will be released April 2020.

Rating:4/5

The Cornish Secret of Summer’s Promise (A Little Hotel in Cornwall book 4) by Laura Briggs @rararesources @PaperDollWrites #Publicationdaypush #BookReview #Giveaway