Thursday, 2 November 2017

Different Genes by Claire Baldry




Different Genes by Claire Baldry

***** 5 stars

It is my turn on the blog tour today for Claire Baldry and her new book Different Genes.

Book Blurb:

Sixty-one year old Louise finally learns she is adopted after the death of her mother. She embarks on a quest to reveal the secrets of her past, helped by new companion and lover, Simon, whom she meets after joining an Internet dating site.

In her first full-length novel, author Claire Baldry sensitively explores the growing closeness between the newly retired couple as they develop their mutual understanding and physical relationship.

The reader is reminded of the changing values of the postwar years, while Simon and Louise visit places from Louise’s past and meet people who knew her mother and grandmother. Together, they begin to unlock the forgotten secrets of Louise’s past – but in the face of so much change and uncertainty, can Louise let her relationship flourish?

The story is set mainly in the author’s home county of East Sussex, but finishes in Kent, when Louise and Simon finally visit her birth mother’s grave at a convent in Chatham. This immensely readable journey of discovery is a charming and bittersweet mixture of romance, sadness and genuine suspense.

Review:

This is one of the most beautiful love stories I have read in a long time!

Louise now 61 meets Simon through a dating service and they quickly become involved and inseparable. Simon though, quite by accident finds out that Louise was adopted and finally plucks up the courage to tell her what he knows when he realises that Louise has no idea.
The story then revolves around Louise and Simon trying to find out about Louise's past and visiting places and people who can help them put the pieces together. They do this at the speed Louise sets and eventually discover all about what happened to Louise before she was adopted at 3 years old.

The journey they go on brings them closer together and they start to plan for a future together as a couple.

Brilliantly written with depth and heart.
I truly loved it!

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Booky Interview with Frankie Reviews



I am so honoured today to have one of my best friends, Frankie Reviews featured today on my blog in her booky interview.


Booky Interview

Name:
Frankie Reviews

Author/Blogger/Reviewer:

Owner, founder and Reviewer at Chick’s Rogue’s and Scandal’s

What were your favourite books as a child?

When I was very young my parents used to read Animals of Farthing Wood and Wind in the Willows to me. As I got older, I discovered the Bronte’s; Wuthering Heights in particular has stuck with me into adulthood.

What is your favourite book as an adult?

Now that is a really hard question! I still adore Wuthering Heights, it’s a story that has stuck with me. The bleakness of the place and the torment that the characters for through is very powerful and it will always stay with me.
For newer books, I think my personal favourite book has to be My Ruthless Prince by Gaelen Foley, which is amazing. It is book four in her Inferno Club Series and tells the story of the severely Scarred agent Drake Parry, Earl of Westwood who after being captured by the Enemy and tortured so harshly he has lost his memory. The only thing he remembers is Emily, his childhood sweetheart. It is just so good.

Another personal favourite has to be Lara Temple’s up an coming newest book and new series Lord Hunter’s Cinderella Heiress. I have been very privileged to review this book in advance for Lara and I have to say that I have never had a book that has stuck with me as much as this one did. It is so raw and emotional ad one that will stay with me for a long time.

I also adore Foley’s Knight Miscellany Series and Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series, both fantastic Historical Romance’s.

Who is your favourite author?

Now that is really hard, I have so many and I can’t possibly pick just one. But my  top five have to be ;
Gaelan Foley, Virginia Heath, Elizabeth Hoyt, Lara Temple and Regan Walker.

Who is your favourite character from a book?

Oooh!! Another tough question, who to pick?? Apart from Heathcliffe, I would have to say either Drake Parry from My Ruthless Prince or Jamie Warriner from A Warriner to Rescue her by Virginia Heath.

Where do you like to read?

I have my own reading corner, which consists of a squishy little sofa next to the fire where me and the dog sit. It’s my little corner of the world, I have books my dog and a constant supply of tea.

How often do you read?

Whenever I can.

Bookmarks or turn the page corner down?

Bookmarks! It’s just wrong to dog ear a book.

Ebooks or real books?

Hmmmm! I would have to say real books, there is nothing better than holding a proper book. Having a full bookshelf is so satisfying, but for convenience and practicality ebooks would win.

Which three characters would you invite to dinner?

Just from books? Oh, what a tough question. First; I would have to say Helissant from Nicole Locke's Knights Scarred Maiden; and hope she will bring some honey cake with her. Second; Joanna West from Echo in the Wind by Regan Walker, she is a smuggler and a opinionated woman who would be great to chat to and Thirdly I need some eye candy so I would have to have Mickey O’Connor from Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series, just so I can stare at him (in-between ravishment 😉)

Are you a book hoarder or do you give your books away?

Hoarder, most definitely. I can’t bare to part with one.

Thank you for having me on your blog today, Alison.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Fallen Agent by Oliver Tidy




I am excited to be the next stop on the blog tour of Oliver Tidy's new book Fallen Agent today!

The Fallen Agent by Oliver Tidy

***** 5 stars

Book Blurb:

Jess Albion has recently started a new life on the other side of the world with a new identity. She used to be MI5. Then a job went bad, someone died and she was made an example of in the British courts. But MI5 look after their own. Or they did until rumours of a planned Al Qaeda biological terror attack on London started circulating. Now someone in the British security services is giving agents up in return for information. No price, it seems, is too high to save London from the ultimate threat.
When Jess’s fresh start is compromised she has a choice to make: run and hide and spend the rest of her life looking over her shoulder or go looking for the threat and snuff it out. On her own, she’d run, but she has Nick on her side.
The Fallen Agent is a story of love and hate, of loyalty and betrayal, of revenge and callous disregard for human life in the pursuit of satisfaction.

Review:

Jess Albion had been treated very badly by the British Secret Service, they had turn their backs on her and given her up to the enemy.
And now they needed her help!
So out if hiding she is forced after escaping the assassins sent to kill her by Amir Bashir. He wanted revenge on the British Government for the death of his son and on Jess who had he felt got away with murder with their help.
He wanted to fund a terrorist attack on the UK, but the man to whom he went to organise this for him had his own agenda. To use the money Amir had provided to exact his revenge on the Jewish people in Israel who he felt had abused his own people being a Palestinian.

This was a total roller coaster of a ride from start to finish. With shocks and turns around every turn!
A truly exciting and terrifyingly real storyline which kept me reading until the early hours of the morning.

Truly exceptional!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Unlaced Ladies!


The above authors have now become some of my favourite authors of all time! I have been very lucky to be able to read and review some of their fantastic books and to become a regular reviewer for them. But the best thing of all is that I am so very honoured to also now be able to call these wonderful ladies friends too.

There is already some reviews of a few of these wonderful books wrote by these great authors already posted on my blog for you to read now, but over the coming months as well as reviewing their latest releases I will also be reading and reviewing their back catalogue of books, which I cannot wait to do. As every book I have already read of theirs has been a truly magical love story filled with unforgettable and wonderful characters that you take to your hearts and just look forward to their happy ending.

As well as featuring reviews of their books I will also be featuring the authors themselves in a booky interview. Janice and Virginia have already featured so take a peak at their booky habits and their favourite books and characters!

So please pop back and read my reviews and interviews over the coming months, which I am sure you will enjoy!

A huge heartfelt thank you to Virginia, Janice, Laurie, Lara, Elisabeth, Jenni, Harper, Nicole and Catherine, all of you are amazing and wonderful authors and I look forward to us being friends for a long time to come and to reading your books for many years 💖💖

Saturday, 30 September 2017

A Proposal to Die For by Vivian Conroy




I am thrilled to be hosting today Vivian Conroy and her book A Proposal to Die For!

A Proposal to Die For by Vivian Conroy

**** 4 stars

Book Blurb:

A murderous beginning
With her father away in India, Lady Alkmene Callender finds being left to her own devices in London intolerably dull, until the glamorous Broadway star Evelyn Steinbeck arrives in town! Gossip abounds about the New York socialite, but when Ms Steinbeck’s wealthy uncle, Silas Norwhich, is found dead Lady Alkmene finds her interest is piqued. Because this death sounds a lot to her like murder…

Desperate to uncover the truth, Lady Alkmene begins to look into Ms Steinbeck’s past – only to be hampered by the arrival of journalist, Jake Dubois – who believes she is merely an amateur lady-detective meddling in matters she knows nothing about!

But Lady Alkmene refuses to be deterred from the case and together they dig deeper, only to discover that some secrets should never come to light…

Review:

This cosy mystery was set in the 1920's with Lady Alkmene at the heart of it with Jake Dubois a reporter as her partner.
They team up together to solve the murder of Silas Norwich a wealthy man who had been searching for an heir, but the one who has been found, is she a true heir or an impostor planted to receive the inheritance?
And was Silas Norwich's death an accident or cold blooded murder?

I found the character of Lady Alkmene to be a little spoilt and bored with her life. Jake Dubois was very patient with her as they followed the leads to try to find the murderer.
I am sure that in further books in this series we may just see a possible romance blooming between the two of them.

A pleasant read that lovers of cosy mysteries will very much enjoy!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

A Booky Interview with Janice Preston


It is with great honour that I have a booky interview to post today with a terrific author who I absolutely love, Janice Preston!!

Booky Interview
Name: Janice Preston
Author/Blogger/Reviewer: Author

What were your favourite books as a child?

I loved Enid Blytons books, particularly the Famous Five series. The one I remember best is Five Go To Treasure Island  it really fired my imagination, and I wanted to be George (with a Timmy, of course!) I also remember fondly the Folk in the Faraway Tree books, again by EB, and when I was a bit older the My Friend Flicka series by Mary OHara.

What is your favourite book as an adult?

One that has stayed with me over the years is The Stand by Stephen King, which I first read when it was published in the late seventies. That may seem a strange choice for a Regency author, but I do love an epic battle between good and evil, particularly in a post-Apolcalyptic world. And King is a great writer.

Who is your favourite author?

Its such a hard question to answer, this. But Ill have to say Kate Atkinson  Ive loved everything of hers Ive read (and I think Ive read them all!)
Who is your favourite character from a book?
Again, a really tough question. Ill go with Lizzie Bennett. Shes a great heroine  intelligent, strong and opinionated and she reminds me that Regency misses do not have to be obedient milk-and-water misses.

Where do you like to read?

Anywhere! But I absolutely must read before I go to sleep every night, so Ill say in bed.

How often do you read?

Every day, but not for as long as Id like, unfortunately (unless its my own work in progress  that gets read too many times!)

Bookmarks or turn the page corner down?

Book marks, every time.

Ebooks or real books?

Theres a place for both, and I like both. Ebooks are practical, and you can take a whole library with you when you travel. But theres something about a real book, particularly if its by a favourite author. And a full bookcase is a wondrous sight!

Which three characters would you invite to dinner?

Lizzie Bennett (see above), even though that means I cant invite Mr Darcy or Id be playing gooseberry all night!
Sherlock Holmes for witty conversation and sheer eccentricity.
Jamie Fraser, for his down-to-earth character and his integrity and, yes, eye candy (

Are you a book hoarder or do you give your books away?

I do give some away, to charity shops. But I have plenty of keepers that Ill never get rid of.

Thank you so much Janice, it has been an honour to interview you today!


Janice's new book Scandal and Miss Markham is out on the 1st October.


Monday, 25 September 2017

Rosa by Jeanette Taylor Ford



Rosa by Jeanette Taylor Ford

***** 5 stars!!!!

Book Blurb:

Elizabeth Rosa Fulton is leading a great life. The bright star in the sky of Lake Enterprises as its Business Manager, she is also the shining light in the life of Justin Lake, her boss and owner of Lake Enterprises. However, as the result of a certain event, all this suddenly changes, leaving Elizabeth broken hearted and without a job or a home.
When her grandfather, Lord Carrington, offers her the post of Estate Manager to the Longdene Estate, Elizabeth feels that this is the place to recover from her broken heart and be useful to the family at the same time. And indeed, she loves Longdene and the friends she makes there. But, as time goes on, as she learns about the mysterious disappearance, many years before, of her great grandmother and namesake Rosa, Elizabeth becomes a victim of a series of unexplained and scary ‘dreams’.
As the events escalate, Elizabeth has cause to doubt everyone around her, even her friends. And, as the culmination of experiences rises to something quite terrifying, Elizabeth has to ask herself if she is really being haunted by her dead great grandparents or is she going mad?

Review:

I have just finished this book and I wanted to get my thoughts down on paper as soon as I could, as this was a truly exceptional read which I am honoured to review.
Elizabeth leaves her high powered job heartbroken, as she has just ended an affair with her boss after speaking to his wife and knowing that this was the right thing to do.
Her grandfather offers her a job managing his estate Longdene, which she gratefully accepts.
She loves her new responsibilities and moves into her great grandmother's room, where she starts to experience strange occurrences and comes to the conclusion that she may be being haunted by her great grandmother Rosa and also by her great grandfather Henry ad things start to take a sinister turn.
She turns to Daniel her childhood friend to help her understand what is happening to her.
Is she being haunted, or going mad or maybe something even more sinister and dark is happening to her?

I completely loved everything about this book, the writing, the storyline, the characters, all of this brought together made it for me a simply brilliant read!
One I will remember and one I would highly recommend!
This is one of the best books I have read for a while!

Different Genes by Claire Baldry

Different Genes by Claire Baldry ***** 5 stars It is my turn on the blog tour today for Claire Baldry and her new book Differen...