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The Baubab Beach Retreat by Kate Frost @Kactus77 @rararesources #bookreview #thebaubabbeachretreat

Happy Sunday!

Delighted to share this exotic romance with you all today! Thank you so much Rachel for my invitation to this tour!☀️

The Baobab Beach Retreat

An ex-husband, two potential lovers, one reckless decision. Will Connie ever be happy in love?

When Connie Stone leaves behind a cheating husband and heartache in the UK for her aunt’s beach retreat, the last thing she wants is for her life to once again be complicated by men. 

Yet when her past follows her to Tanzania, her time to heal is short-lived and a selfish act shatters her hopes for a fresh start. An unexpected return to the UK reveals a long-hidden family secret that Connie has to deal with before she can decide the direction her life should take. 

Getting over a broken heart was never going to be easy. Can Connie put the past to rest and find peace and love in a country far from home?

My Thoughts

Kate Frost wisked me away to Tanzania with her evocative storytelling. Connie is distraught over her recent divorce and decides to head to her aunt’s Beachhouse in Tanzania. Must be nice when I got divorced I moved to an apartment about 10 minutes away from my previous house, LOL! Suppose I should’ve been more distraught! Anyways I digress… The story was so descriptive and the setting was so exotic. Seriously how could you not feel better about life in such exquisite surroundings. Soon enough Connie finds herself in a bit of a love triangle, in the middle of family secrets, and rebuilding her future.

Loved watching Connie grow throughout this book. She was a likable and sympathetic character that you couldn’t help but want the best for. I also really liked her Aunt Bella, and wow there was a bit of a soap opera going on with the family. This really was a book about embracing life and living every single day to its fullest. A book about second chances and learning to love not only another but yourself again. A perfect escapist read. I could feel the sun, smell the food, and hear the wildlife. A lovely vacation in a book. So pull up your beach chair, grab the sunscreen, and spend the day poolside escaping into this exotic romance.

Purchase Link – https://getbook.at/baobabbeach

Author Bio –

Kate Frost writes character-driven women’s fiction and romances, alongside Time Shifters, an award-winning time travel adventure trilogy for 9-12 year olds. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University where she’s also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates. She has eight books published, including her Greek and north Norfolk set series, The Butterfly Storm. The Baobab Beach Retreat is the first in what will be a series of foreign-set romances. Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, their five-year-old son (who still loves waking up before 5am), and their cute and chilled out Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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Summer Season on the Sea Front by Kati Ginger @KatieGAuthor @rararesources#bookreview #summerseasonontheseafront

Happy weekend all!

Excited to share with you today in my review for this delightful story, a perfect beach read! Thanks so much Rachel for my invitation to this tour!🐚

Summer Season on the Seafront

The Greenley Players are back practicing their Shakespeare and, as usual, things aren’t going to plan.

Sarah Powell is fed up with her sad single status and when her estranged father walks back into her life things get even worse. Can dishy doctor Finn MacDonald mend her broken heart and help her figure things out?

TV star, Nate Hardy’s career is going from strength to strength until his performance is interrupted and he has to flee the West End to hide away in Greenley. Will he ever get his career back on track or will Sarah and the rest of Greenley’s madcap residents capture his heart forever? 

My Thoughts

First of all that title! Try to say it five times fast! Kind of fun and a little complicated, just like this book. Sarah’s life is not going quite as planned, especially when it comes to love. She seems to find herself on bad date after bad date. Thank goodness for her good friend Lottie and the local theater Group. Nate is a well-known actor but with fame comes infamy. When his jilted lover confronts him during a theater performance it is big news, especially because Nate is married. But things aren’t always as they seem his wife has had many indiscretions of her own and the couple was planning on announcing their separation, the problem is nobody knows that side of the story. Sarah and Nate’s paths cross when Nate fleas to the small village of Greenley to wait out the scandal. What follows is not quite what you’re thinking. There is no Insta love between these two. These are too complex people with complicated lives who have lots of things to figure out. The romance in the story is subtle, slow, and secondary to the story. This really is more of a story about quirky characters, a theater performance, and a sprinkling of love.

Sarah was a likable character and I instantly sympathize with her. Especially after her disastrous date at the Chinese food restaurant! SOS indeed! I also really liked Nate from the beginning. I really would not want to be famous in this day and social media age. I mean I wouldn’t mind the money in the perks but I wouldn’t want everyone all up in my business all the time. All the secondary characters were wonderful as well. Loved Lottie and Sid and time permitting I’d love to go back and read the first book about them. Mrs. Anderson was great for some laughs as were many other of the theater members. A fun well told story perfect for poolside or fireside.

*** many thanks to HQ Digital for my copy of this book ***

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US – https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Season-Seafront-Katie-Ginger-ebook/dp/B07KQQ6856

Author Bio – KATIE GINGER lives in the South East of England, by the sea, and apart from holidays to very hot places where you can sit by a pool and drink cocktails as big your head, she wouldn’t really want to be anywhere else. Summer Season on the Seafront is Katie’s second novel. Her debut novel The Little Theatre on the Seafront was shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award. She is also the author of some cosy mystery short stories. Katie loves making her characters either fall in love, or killing them off – it depends on her mood!

When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time drinking gin, or with her husband, trying to keep alive her two children: Ellie, who believes everything in life should be done as a musical number from a West End show; and Sam, who is basically a monkey with a boy’s face. And there’s also their adorable King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit (yes, he is named after the crisps!).

For more about Katie you can visit her website: http://www.keginger.com, find her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KatieGAuthor, or follow her on Twitter: @KatieGAuthor

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Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan @tlcbooktours #bookreview #murderintheofliberty

Happy almost weekend all!

This was such a fun book a little history, a little mystery, a little Romance. Thank you so much Lisa for my invitation to this tour!⚾️

My Thoughts

Rachel McMillan has written an authentic and atmospheric Mystery steeped in history. 1940s Boston Hamish and Reggie are a couple years into running their detective agency. Their newest client is a well known black baseball player who is being messed with. The racism and the criminal element on the cobblestone streets of Boston is really brought to life with McMillan‘s words. Throw in some major romantic tension and this book really had a bit of everything. The perfect balance of mystery, history, and romance.

This book really reminded me of the 1980s television show “Moonlighting”. Reggie was smart savvy and spunky and Hamish was shy and quirky. The sexual tension between them was palpable and I think that will be a fun storyline that will run throughout the series. The mystery was interesting but I think it was more of a social commentary on 1940s Boston especially when it came to racism and anti-Semitism. There was also that mobster/criminal element to the story that is expected I guess with a book with this setting and time. This was such an entertaining read and even though there were some dark spots it ultimately was full of hope. Perfect for anyone who loves a well told Mystery or romance that is fizzing with history! The book was a real gas!

About the Book

Hamish DeLuca and Regina “Reggie” Van Buren have a new case—and this one could demand a price they’re not willing to pay.

Determined to make a life for herself, Reggie Van Buren bid goodbye to fine china and the man her parents expected her to marry and escaped to Boston. What she never expected to discover was that an unknown talent for sleuthing would develop into a business partnership with the handsome, yet shy, Hamish DeLuca.

Their latest case arrives when Errol Parker, the leading base stealer in the Boston farm leagues, hires Hamish and Reggie to investigate what the Boston police shove off as a series of harmless pranks. Errol believes these are hate crimes linked to the outbreak of war in Europe, and he’s afraid for his life. Hamish and Reggie quickly find themselves in the midst of an escalating series of crimes.

When Hamish has his careful constructed life disrupted by a figure from his past, he is driven to a decision that may sever him from Reggie forever . . . even more than her engagement to wealthy architect Vaughan Vanderlaan.

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Montauk by Nicola Harrison @NicolaHAuthor @StMartinsPress @MacmillanAudio #bookreview #audiobook #Montauk

Happy Friday y’all!

Excited to share with you today my review for this delightful story that transported me to 1938 Montauk! Another wonderful debut, this has really been a great year for debuts!🤩

My Thoughts

sᴜɴ. sᴀʟᴛ. sᴀɴᴅ. ᴍᴏɴᴛᴀᴜᴋ.

Nicola Harrison completely captivated me with this dazzling tale set against the backdrop of 1938 Montauk Long Island. The story had a great sense of place and time. You really got a good handle on the role of women and the class divide in the late 1930s. Sometimes a character would do or say something that would make me cringe and I had to put it in perspective and realize this was a different place and time. This was a romance with a historical setting rather than historical fiction with some romance. Beatrice is a strong smart savvy woman who finds herself in a loveless and childless marriage. Excited and a little hesitant to spend her summer on Montauk Beatrice is hopeful to rekindle things with her husband. When she finds out that he will only be spending the weekends with her she is less than thrilled how is she going to pass her time with these women that she has nothing in common with? Fortunately Beatrice befriends Dolly an older and wiser woman and Elizabeth a local who does laundry for the hotel. Beatrice finds herself more drawn to the locals and the natural beauty of Montauk rather than the socialites and the glitz. When she meets Thomas the lighthouse keeper there is an instant attraction. He is kind and caring and authentic the complete opposite of Beatrice‘s husband Harry. As the summer goes on Beatrice realizes that she is going to need to choose between a life of luxury and true love.

Beatrice was such a likable character I really wanted her to find her happily ever after even if she was technically cheating. Her husband was unfaithful, inattentive, and a misogynist, so I guess I gave her a bit of a pass. I could also see why she was drawn to a simpler life in this charming fishing village rather than trying to position herself all the time in society. Her friend Dolly was such a breath of fresh air. She was so spunky, so ahead of her time, and such a great support to Beatrice. And the hats! Oh the hats! Elizabeth was also a great character a little quieter but just as supportive. The romance in the story was so sweet and tender, I could really sense the chemistry between Thomas and Beatrice. The ending to the story really took me by surprise, and I’m still not quite sure what to think. In the audiobook there was an interview with the author at the end and she said that she always knew that was how the book was going to end. This book is the perfect addition to your summer reading plans. A little romance. A little glamour. A little history. And a whole lot of goodness.

🎧🎧🎧 Erin Bennett narrates the audio and really brings life to the story. Bringing a voice to the character of Beatrice who this entire story is told through the eyes of. In the author interview on the audio Nicola Harrison mentions that she hears the characters voices in her head as she is writing. I thought that was so interesting and how exciting it must be for an author to hear their story brought to life through audio.

*** thank you so much to St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Audio for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Montauk, Long Island, 1938. 
For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the passion between her and her husband, Harry. Instead, tasked with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a resort destination, she learns she’ll be spending twelve weeks sequestered with the high society wives at The Montauk Manor—a two-hundred room seaside hotel—while Harry pursues other interests in the city. 
College educated, but raised a modest country girl in Pennsylvania, Bea has never felt fully comfortable among these privileged women, whose days are devoted not to their children but to leisure activities and charities that seemingly benefit no one but themselves. She longs to be a mother herself, as well as a loving wife, but after five years of marriage she remains childless while Harry is increasingly remote and distracted. Despite lavish parties at the Manor and the Yacht Club, Bea is lost and lonely and befriends the manor’s laundress whose work ethic and family life stir memories of who she once was. 
As she drifts further from the society women and their preoccupations and closer toward Montauk’s natural beauty and community spirit, Bea finds herself drawn to a man nothing like her husband –stoic, plain spoken and enigmatic. Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten, his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her past and question her future. 
Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all she has, when fates conspire to tear her world apart…
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Born in England, Nicola Harrison moved to CA where she received a BA in Literature at UCLA before moving to NYC and earning an MFA in creative writing at Stony Brook. She is a member of The Writers Room, has short stories published in The Southampton Review and Glimmer Train and articles in Los Angeles Magazine and Orange Coast Magazine. She was the fashion and style staff writer for Forbes, had a weekly column at Lucky Magazine and is the founder of a personal styling business, Harrison Style. Montauk is Harrison’s debut novel.

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The Mother’s Mistake by Ruth Heald @RJ_Heald @bookouture #bookreview #themothersmistakes

Happy Thursday all!

Excited to share with you today my review of this book that had me suspicious of everybody! And talk about an ending! Thank you so much Noelle for my invitation to the tour!🤩

My Thoughts

𝔘𝔫𝔰𝔢𝔱𝔱𝔩𝔦𝔫𝔤. 𝔘𝔫𝔠𝔬𝔪𝔣𝔬𝔯𝔱𝔞𝔟𝔩𝔢. 𝔘𝔫𝔭𝔲𝔱𝔡𝔬𝔴𝔫𝔞𝔟𝔩𝔢.

Ruth Heald has written a dark disturbing thriller that had me suspicious of everybody. Claire, her husband Matt, and her infant daughter Olivia move to the country and take up residency in Matt’s family‘s cottage. Claires desire for a new idyllic life in the country is quickly derailed. Not only is her cottage full of her husband’s deceased grandmother’s belongings, but she is constantly under the scrutiny of her mother-in-law. When things start getting moved around and she begins hearing things in the night Claire becomes unsettled. Top that off with Claire struggling with postpartum depression, Claire is quickly becoming unhinged. So who is out to destroy Claire’s perfect life and her mind in the process? There is also a second storyline about a abused wife that appears to be completely disconnected.

This was a slow burner with an explosive ending! Heald’s addictive writing style completely sucked me into Claire’s claustrophobic life. For the most part I was very sympathetic of Claire’s circumstances. Being a mother is hard and never is quite as glorious as you imagined it to be before you have kids. Sleep deprivation, being responsible for a tiny human, the feedings, the changings, all the crying, and to be struggling with postpartum depression on top of that would put anyone on edge. As sympathetic as I was towards Claire I was also suspicious. Just what was Claire running from in her past? And how much of what was going on was reality and how much was a figment of Claire’s imagination? She was definitely not the only one I was suspicious of I was pretty much suspicious of every single character in the story. Everyone seem to have some kind of secret to keep and everyone acted suspiciously at one time or another. And then there was the second storyline that I knew was connected, but how?

The ending to this book was wild and unexpected, but it tied everything together so perfectly. I was pretty sure I knew The Who, but I certainly had no idea of the why. A well told perfectly plotted thriller that had me completely invested.

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Everyone makes mistakes. But does everyone deserve to be forgiven?

She runs past the tinkling of children’s laughter that fills the park. Heart hammering, feet stinging, she reaches the riverbank, her breath catching in her throat. And then she sees…

Three years later.

Claire has everything she’s always wanted. A new-born baby. A doting husband by her side. A picturesque home in the countryside.

But behind closed doors, Claire’s life is falling apart. Her husband is barely ever home, she’s struggling to bond with her baby girl, and she swears that she is being watched in the remote, lonely cottage.

And when a threatening note is posted through her letterbox, saying she doesn’t deserve her daughter, it’s clear that someone knows about the terrible mistake that Claire made – someone won’t let her forget it. Three years ago, she would have known who to turn to. But now she no longer recognises those closest to her, or the person she’s become. Who can she trust?

An atmospheric, chilling and absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller about a mother’s worst nightmare. Fans of K.L. Slater, Shalini Boland and The Girl on the Train will love.

About the Author


Ruth Heald is a psychological thriller writer from a suburban Buckinghamshire town. She studied Economics at Oxford and then worked in an eclectic mix of sectors from nuclear decommissioning to management consulting.

Seeking a more creative environment, she found a role at the BBC and worked there for nine years before leaving to write full time. Ruth is fascinated by psychology and finding out what drives people to violence, destruction and revenge. She’s married with one daughter and her novels explore our greatest fears in otherwise ordinary, domestic lives.

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The Ice Cream Parlor by Isabella May @IsabellaMayBks @rararesources #bookreview #theicecreamparlor

Happy hump day all!

Excited to share with you today a review for a book that had me at the title! How can you resist a book with a title and cover like this? And it is equally as sweet inside! Thank you so much Rachel for my invitation to the tour!🍦

The Ice Cream Parlour

Giovanna Tonioli is a successful stockbroker with a famous sports star boyfriend, but things aren’t as sweet as they seem. When life in the city of Bath goes from Vanilla to Rocky Road, she takes herself off to Italy for an ‘Eat Pray Love’ style tour of all things gelateria. What she doesn’t expect to find on her travels is one smooth, hot dollop of temptation that she just can’t shake.

How will her spiteful twin sister react when Giovanna returns to open a rival ice cream parlour? Will Natalia get her just desserts? Or will things become even stickier? All’s fair in love, war and ice cream. Isn’t it?

*Marian Keyes meets Paulo Coelho meets Nigella*

The Ice Cream Parlour is a mouthwatering tale of fate, family, love and jealousy – with a delectable drizzle of alchemy besides.

My Thoughts

I devoured this book just as I would a cone of ice cream! This book was a delicious treat, but not very good for the diet! Isabella May writes delightful stories that will make you smile, swoon, and salivate! Giovanna is living the life she thinks she’s always dreamed of until she is betrayed by the people who can hurt her the most. Completely devastated and unsure of what’s next Giovanna sets off on a journey to discover Italy. What she ends up discovering is herself, new dreams, and all kinds of crazy flavors of ice cream! When she returns home what transpires is chaotic, complex, and consuming. What a fun book full of family drama, humor, drizzled with adventure, and topped off with romance.

Giovanna was a great character I loved traveling with her around Italy. And all the ice cream! Oh the ice cream! So many amazing flavors this girl came up with I truly wanted to try them all! When she got home I was a little skeptical of what she was up to. Questioned her motivations a little, but I could completely understand where she was coming from. After all revenge is a dish best served cold. Just like ice cream! Simply put this was a delectable story guaranteed to delight! The perfect Summer read so grab the book, grab a spoon, grab some ice cream and have a scrumptious day!🍦

Purchase Link – mybook.to/theicecreamparlour

Author Bio –

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic.

Cake, cocktail, gelato, and travel obsessed, she also loves nothing more than to (quietly) break life’s ‘rules’.

The Ice Cream Parlour is her fourth novel.

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The Summer Country by Lauren Willig @LaurenWillig @wmmorrowbooks @tlcbooktours @harperaudio #bookreview #audiobooks #thesummercountry

Happy Tuesday all!

Excited to share with you today my review for this wonderful book that completely captivated me! many thanks to Trish for my invitation to this tour.🏝

About The Summer Country

 

A brilliant, multigenerational saga in the tradition of THE THORN BIRDS and NORTH AND SOUTH, New York Timesbestselling historical novelist Lauren Willig delivers her biggest, boldest, and most ambitious novel yet—a sweeping Victorian epic of lost love, lies, jealousy, and rebellion set in colonial Barbados.

Barbados, 1854: Emily Dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous English merchant clan– merely a vicar’s daughter, and a reform-minded vicar’s daughter, at that. Everyone knows that the family’s lucrative shipping business will go to her cousin, Adam, one day.  But when her grandfather dies, Emily receives an unexpected inheritance: Peverills, a sugar plantation in Barbados—a plantation her grandfather never told anyone he owned.

When Emily accompanies her cousin and his new wife to Barbados, she finds Peverills a burnt-out shell, reduced to ruins in 1816, when a rising of enslaved people sent the island up in flames. Rumors swirl around the derelict plantation; people whisper of ghosts.

Why would her practical-minded grandfather leave her a property in ruins?  Why are the neighboring plantation owners, the Davenants, so eager to acquire Peverills? The answer lies in the past— a tangled history of lies, greed, clandestine love, heartbreaking betrayal, and a bold bid for freedom.

THE SUMMER COUNTRY will beguile readers with its rendering of families, heartbreak, and the endurance of hope against all odds.

My Thoughts

𝔹𝕖𝕒𝕦𝕥𝕚𝕗𝕦𝕝 𝕤𝕖𝕥𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕘. 𝕃𝕠𝕧𝕖𝕝𝕪 𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕣𝕪 .

Lauren Willig will completely captivate you with this sweeping family saga. A beautiful story that spans over four decades. Steeped in family history, family secrets, and family ties. The story is set in Barbados and introduces you to two sets of characters living 40 years apart. 1850to Emily‘s beloved grandfather has passed away and left her a sugar plantation on the island of Barbados. So Emily travels from England to Barbados with her cousin Adam and his wife to check out this plantation that nobody had any idea of. What follows is Emily discovering family history and secrets with deep ties to Barbados. In 1812 Charles and Jenny find themselves in a torrid and forbidden love affair with great consequences. Two tales seamlessly woven together into one beautiful engaging story.

This book was clearly well researched and I learned something about a time and place I new little about previously. Slavery and the slave trade were a big part of life in Barbados in the early 1800s. I have to admit it was really disturbing to read about people referring to other people as their property and talking about leasing them out. The Cholera outbreak in the 1850s was not as disturbing but was equally as devastating. There was a large cast of characters in the story that took me a while to get straight, but once I did I was completely invested. The story jumped perfectly between time periods that were well marked.Lauren’s Willig’s exquisite storytelling will completely transport you to 19th century Barbados. A well told story full of interesting characters and an engaging plot. A sweeping tale that will appeal to all historical fiction lovers.

🎧🎧🎧 Micola Barber does an exceptional job narrating the audio of this book. So many accents that she completely Masters. The audio narration added another layer to this already exquisite story.

*** many thanks to Harper Audio and William Morrow for my copy of this book ***

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About Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several novels. She lives in New York City with her family.

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Valencia and Valentine by Suzy Krause @krausesuzy @tlcbooktours @luauthors @amazonpub #bookreview #valenciaandvalentine

Happy Tuesday everybody!

Today I have a review of this quirky little gem that I truly adored! A huge thank you to Lisa for my invitation to the tour.💕

My Thoughts

𝗤𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗸. 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗺. 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁.

Suzy Krause’s debut is a quirky little gem. This is the story of Valencia, 35 A lonely debt collector who suffers from OCD. And Mrs. Valentine, 87 a lonely elderly lady who will talk to anyone telemarketers, funeral organizers, the lady who cleans her house. As both of these ladies’ stories unfold you will wonder what could possibly tie these tales together? This is such a character driven story, so full of quirk, charm, and heart. This is another book that is compared to Eleanor. While I can see how they came to this comparison I’d really like to see them stop doing this. Seriously books are still being compared to “Gone Girl”! So here is my comparison… this book is more like Eleanor then it is GG!

When I finish this book I said out loud (to nobody) damn that was good! This was a book that got better and better as the story progressed. I was more and more invested in Valencia and Mrs. Valentine’s lives as I turn the pages. Valencia had a very busy mind and we got a lot of her inner dialogue throughout this book. I really just wanted to reach through the pages give her a hug and tell her it’s all gonna be OK! Mrs. Valentine was so endearing and seem to have lead such a colorful life. Or did she? That was part of the charm of the story with both these narratives I was never quite sure what was truth, what was a lie, and what was a figment of the characters imagination. Reading this book really was like putting a puzzle together. It really didn’t make much sense and you couldn’t see the beauty of it until it was all pieced together.

A lovely tale you need to read with an open mind. The beginning of the story is a little convoluted, a little muddled.. But these characters are so endearing, so engaging, you can’t help but fall in love with them and want to know what happens in their lives. A delightful debut looking forward to what’s next from Suzy Krause.

*** many thanks to Lake Union for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

For readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, debut author Suzy Krause delivers a quirky, colorful story about love, loss, second chances, and what it means to truly live.

Valencia, a timid debt collector with crippling OCD, is afraid of many things, but the two that scare her most are flying and turning thirty-five. To confront those fears, Valencia’s therapist suggests that she fly somewhere—anywhere—before her upcoming birthday. And as Valencia begins a telephone romance with a man from New York, she suddenly has a destination in mind. There’s only one problem—he might not actually exist.

Mrs. Valentine is an eccentric old woman desperate for company, be it from neighbors, telemarketers, or even the funeral director (when you’re her age, you go to a lot of funerals). So she’s thrilled when the new cleaning girl provides a listening ear for her life’s story—a tale of storybook love and incredible adventures around the world with her husband before his mysterious and sudden disappearance.

The stories of Valencia and Mrs. Valentine may at first appear to have nothing in common…but then again, nothing in life is as straightforward as it seems.

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Another Side of Paradise by Sally Koslow @sallykoslow @suzyapbookreviews #bookreview #anothersideofparadise

Happy Monday all!

Today is the first Monday of the school holiday for my youngest, my oldest two have finals this week and will be done with spring quarter! I think my oldest is coming home for a week, but he’d prefer living in San Diego then at home with good old mom, can you imagine? OK onto the book this was an entertaining historical fiction book about SheilaH Graham the mistress of F Scott Fitzgerald. Thank you so much Suzy for my invitation to the tour!📖

My Thoughts

This was a beautifully told well researched book about Sheilah Graham. Graham was the mistress of F Scott Fitzgerald in the final years of his life, when Zelda was institutionalized. The story begins with the death of Fitzgerald and then bounces between present and past. We get the backstory of Sheilah how she came from nothing and became one of the top gossip columnists in old Hollywood. We also get an inside look at the romantic rollercoaster relationship between Fitzgerald and Graham. A complex scandalous epic love story.

Sally Koslow’s meticulous research and passion for these characters really came through on the pages of this book. Sheilah was a remarkable woman, so strong, so spirited, so sincere. Her love for Fitzgerald was immense and all encompassing… and he was not an easy man to deal with. This was the time in his life where he was down on his luck trying to write his next novel, supplementing his income with writing screenplays, and addicted to alcohol. Their relationship was as problematic as it was passionate. I love the setting of old Hollywood. The glitz, the glamour, and the politics that went on between the gossip columnists. It was kind of like the mean girls club. I love these stories about famous people based on history but written as a fictional novel. I know that the authors need to take some liberties to move the plot forward and such. But I find these fictional biographies most interesting. This was a well told story about an incredible woman set against the glamorous backdrop of old Hollywood.

*** many thanks to Harbor Collins for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

In 1937 Hollywood, gossip columnist Sheilah Graham’s star is on the rise while literary wonder boy F. Scott Fitzgerald’s career is slowly drowning in booze. But the once-famous author, desperate to make money penning scripts for the silver screen, is charismatic enough to attract the gorgeous Miss Graham, a woman who exposes the secrets of others while carefully guarding her own. Like Scott’s hero Jay Gatsby, Graham has meticulously constructed a life far removed from the poverty of her childhood in London’s slums. And like Gatsby, the onetime guttersnipe learned early how to use her charms to become a hardworking success feted and feared by both the movie studios and their luminaries.
A notorious drunk famously married to the doomed “crazy Zelda”, Fitzgerald fell hard for his “Shielah” (he never learned to spell her name), a shrewd yet softhearted woman – both a fool for love and nobody’s fool – who would stay with him and help revive his career until his tragic death three years later. Working from diaries and other primary sources from the time, Sally Koslow revisits their scandalous love affair, bringing Graham and Scott gloriously alive in this compelling pause resister saturated with the color, glitter, magic, and passion of 1930s Hollywood and Sheilah’s dramatic transformation in London.

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Savage Games by Peter Boland @PeterBoland19 @BOTBSPublicity #bookreview #savagegames

Happy Sunday evening/Monday morning!

Hope you had a fabulous weekend! Excited to share with you today my review for this action packed Mystery! Thank you so much Sarah for my invitation to the tour!🕵🏼‍♂️

My Thoughts

This was an action-packed fast-paced thriller. This is the second book in Peter Boland’s John Savage series, but it can absolutely be read as a standalone. The story starts off with a body being found in a tree. A young man approaches JohnSavage to help solve the murder of his father who also happens to be a old school friend of Savages. There is also a second storyline about “undesirables“ living in less than desirable conditions. Two storylines seemingly completely disconnected that come together to form the perfect crime thriller.

This was a well done action driven crime thriller with some pretty remarkable and interesting characters. John Savage suffers from PTSD, there is a constant struggle between his inner demons and himself. I thought this part of John’s character made him so authentic, complex, and vulnerable. Tannaz, Johns sidekick, a hacker who really balances John out. The relationship between these two characters really was the highlight of this book for me.The story was a definite high-octane thriller perfect for adrenaline junkies. In the blurb John Savage is compared to Jack reacher and I thought that was a fair comparison. If I’m being completely honest this is not my favorite type of thriller, but the strength of the characters really made this an enjoyable read for me! So if you like a lot of action in your thrillers you will absolutely love this one! Great characters, high flying action, and a perfect ending!

*** A huge thank you to Sarah and the author for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A body hidden in a tree.
A forest full of dark secrets. 
A man determined to find the truth…
“Wow. Just seriously wow!” Goodreads reviewer, five stars
 
John Savage receives the shocking news that his friend has been found dead in bizarre circumstances. His body hidden in the branches of a towering fir tree in the New Forest. Savage vows to find out who is responsible. 
 
Together with brilliant computer hacker Tannaz, he discovers his friend was down on his luck, living among those who society would rather forget – the dregs, the desperate and the homeless. Entering this dark and dangerous world, Savage soon discovers that the death of his friend was just the tip of the iceberg…
 
Savage Games is a bestselling, fast-paced action thriller for fans of James Patterson, Lee Child and David Baldacci.

About the Author

After studying to be an architect, Pete realised he wasn’t very good at it. He liked designing buildings he just couldn’t make them stand up, which is a bit of a handicap in an industry that likes to keep things upright. So he switched to advertising, writing ads for everything from cruise lines to zombie video games.

After becoming disillusioned with working in ad agencies, he switched to writing novels (or was it because he wanted to work at home in his pyjamas?). He soon realised there’s no magic formula. You just have to put one word in front of the other (and keep doing that for about a year). It also helps if you can resist the lure of surfing, playing Nintendo Switch with his son, watching America’s Next Top Model with his daughter and drinking beer in a garden chair.  
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