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The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker by Jenni Keer @JenniKeer @rararesources #bookreview #ggiveaway

Happy Saturday book lovers!

Delighted and excited to share with you today my review for this lovely story! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Jenni Keer for her wonderful words! 🐱

The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker

Meet Lucy, aged 25, and Brenda, aged 79. Neighbours and unlikely friends.

Lucy Baker is not your usual 25-year-old. She is more at home reading and knitting in her cluttered little flat than going out partying and socialising.

79-year-old Brenda is full of wise and wonderful advice, but when she’s diagnosed with dementia her life begins to change. Before her memories slip away for ever, Brenda is desperate to fulfil one last wish – to see Lucy happy.

Gifting Lucy the locket that helped Brenda find her own true love, she hopes to push her reticent neighbour in the right direction. But is Lucy Baker ready for the opportunities and heartbreaks of the real world? It’s about time she put her knitting needles aside and found out…

The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker will be the most charming, heart-warming and feel-good novel you will read this year, perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan and Gail Honeyman.

My Thoughts

An uplifting and delightful story filled with magic and charm!

Some books are just good for the soul and this is definitely one of them! I am really loving this uplit trend in books… with all the madness going on in the world today it is nice to read a book that restores your faith in humanity! This is the kind of book that puts a smile on your face and a spring in your step!

Lucy Baker is 25 and prefers knitting to partying, books to boys, T to booze… she is sweet and quiet and kind and in need of a shot of confidence… Brenda is 78 and Lucy‘s neighbor…. she is a force of nature a bundle of energy and just the shot of confidence that Lucy needs! Lucy and Brenda form a beautiful friendship…. when Brenda is diagnosed with dementia it is her wish that Lucy is happy before she loses her memories….

Such an engaging character driven story filled with so much hope and heart! I absolutely unequivocally loved the bond and friendship between Lucy and Brenda…. we all need a Brenda in our lives, she was so wonderful, whimsical, and wise! Brenda armed with a magical locket is determined to help Lucy learn to believe in herself…. in her work life this will require Lucy to stand up for herself and in her private life this will require Lucy to open herself up… A cat named Scratbag, a moody but hot next-door neighbor, and knit Poldark figures, were the cherry on top of this fabulous book sundae…

Fantastic characters, a story that will tug at your heart strings, and a sweet slow burn romance! Absolutely recommend!

*** many thanks to Avon UK for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hopes-Dreams-Lucy-Baker-heart-warming-ebook/dp/B07DQ7HKPX/

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Hopes-Dreams-Lucy-Baker-heart-warming-ebook/dp/B07DQ7HKPX/

Author Bio – Jenni Keer is a history graduate who embarked on a career in contract flooring before settling in the middle of the Suffolk countryside with her antique furniture restorer husband. She has valiantly attempted to master the ancient art of housework but with four teenage boys in the house it remains a mystery. Instead, she spends her time at the keyboard writing women’s fiction to combat the testosterone-fuelled atmosphere with her number one fan #Blindcat by her side. Much younger in her head than she is on paper, she adores any excuse for fancy-dress and is part of a disco formation dance team.

Social Media Links –

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Twitter @JenniKeer

Instagram jennikeer

Website – https://jennikeer.co.uk/

Giveaway to Win The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker goodies (UK Only)

Prize contains – Thornton’s fudge, a Nu notebook, a Hopes and Dreams bookmark and a set of five “Scratbag” blank greetings cards designed by Jenni Keer

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Have a lovely weekend filled with books! Berit☀️✨

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The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge @sibelhodge @Bloodhoundbook #bookreview #aktbmbookblog

Happy Thursday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for this thrilling book that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout! Huge thanks to Emma for my invitation to the tour and two Sibel Hodge for her spellbinding story!🖤

The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge

My Thoughts

A compelling fast and furious story of intrigue, secrets, and deception!

Make sure your seatbelt is tightly fastened for this addictive fast-paced story! A story of betrayal and scheming… A menagerie of genres, thriller, action, adventure, mystery, and political intrigue… A game of cat and mouse that will take you from the UK to Africa to Spain to Switzerland and back….

Nicole is a widow of 10 months, her husband died in a plane crash in Africa… Mason was in Africa working as a doctor when he met his unfortunate demise…. but is he really dead? The body was never recovered and now Nicole has received a picture that supposedly was taken just a few days ago… but where has he been this whole time? And why has he not contacted her? Nicole is determined to get answers, but the more she digs more and more questions pop up…

This book will give you whiplash with all the twists and turns…. what appeared as a simple game of hide and seek turned into so much more… Nicole was very likable and you had to admire her Moxie! She was somebody just like you and me, who found herself running for her life, and not only searching for her husband but for answers…. The ending to the story was brilliant, bold, and satisfying! And trust me you will never look at chocolate the same way again!

If you like a little action adventure with your thriller this is a must read! Absolutely recommend!

*** many thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

The widow. The secret. The liar.


The Disappeared…

 

On a routine flight from Africa to England, Dr Mason Palmer is tragically killed when the light aircraft he’s travelling on crashes and disappears in dense bush land.

 

The Widow…

 

Ten months later, Nicole Palmer is still trying to block out the grief of her husband’s sudden death. Until one morning she receives a photo of Mason through the post, along with a cryptic message. A message only he could’ve written.

 

The Secret…

 

But when Nicole tries to find out if Mason is really alive and what actually happened to him in Africa, everyone she turns to for answers ends up dead.

 

Determined to find the truth, Nicole uncovers a conspiracy that spans the globe, and discovers there are powerful people who are prepared to kill to keep her silent.

 

Who’s lying? Who’s watching Nicole? And can she expose their murky secrets before they catch up with her?

 

About Sibel Hodge

Sibel Hodge is the author of the No 1 Bestsellers Look Behind You, Untouchable, and Duplicity. Her books have sold over one million copies and are international bestsellers in the UK, USA, Australia, France, Canada and Germany. She writes in an eclectic mix of genres, and is a passionate human and animal rights advocate.

 

Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Harry Bowling Prize, the Yeovil Literary Prize, the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition, The Romance Reviews’ prize for Best Novel with Romantic Elements and Indie Book Bargains’ Best Indie Book of 2012 in two categories. She was the winner of Best Children’s Book in the 2013 eFestival of Words; nominated for the 2015 BigAl’s Books and Pals Young Adult Readers’ Choice Award; winner of the Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Book from a Series Award in the SpaSpa Book Awards 2013; winner of the Readers’ Favorite Young Adult (Coming of Age) Honorable award in 2015; a New Adult finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America’s International Digital Awards 2015, and 2017 International Thriller Writers Award finalist for Best E-book Original Novel. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the top forty books about human rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

 

Sibel’s Social Media Links:

Website: www.sibelhodge.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SibelHodgeBestsellingAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sibelhodge @sibelhodge

 

Thanks so much for dropping bye!

Berit☀️✨

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In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick @BKendrickBooks @BerkleyPub #bookbestiesindogwetrust #bookreview #aktbmbookblog

Happy Thursday book lovers!

Excited to share with you today my review for this book filled with love and sloppy kisses!🐶

This was a group read and we were all completely head over paws in love with the book!🐾💕🐾

In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick

My Thoughts

A fun and fluffy tale full of love, friendship, and sloppy dog kisses!🐶

This adorable story was comfort food for my heart and soul… sometimes you just need a lovely story that will put a smile on your face and a wag in your tail… this is the fifth book in Beth Kendrick’s Black Dog Bay series and can absolutely without a doubt be read as a standalone…. this was my first book in the series, but I have every intention to go back and read the previous books… A perfect palate cleanser to throw in between all those dark and twisty reads…

Joslin was out running one day saves the life of a purebred show dog, and before she knows it she’s become a dogsitter…. it’s a good thing Joslin adores dogs, even though her mom didn’t let her have one as a child…. before she knows it the three dogs that she is sitting have completely captured her heart… and Curtis, Carmen, and Hester completely captured mine as well!

There was a lovely romance in the story but it was a realistic slow burn that was kind of in the background… I really love that, because it allowed this book to explore some other really wonderful relationships…. my favorite of those being the friendship between Joslyn and Bri…. these girls had such a strong friendship the ultimate besties, everyone needs a Bri in their life, or a Joslin… The relationship between Joslyn and her mother was also charming, complicated, but charming…. The romance was sweet and satisfying even though it was understated…

This book is guaranteed to make you feel good about all creatures big and small, two legged and four! The next time you need a book pick me up, pick this one up! Absolutely recommend!🐾

*** many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***About

the Book

From the author of Once Upon a Wine, a new novel set in the charming seashore town of Black Dog Bay, Delaware.

When everything has gone to the dogs . . .

When Jocelyn Hillier is named legal guardian for the late Mr. Allardyce’s pack of pedigreed Labrador retrievers, her world is flipped upside down. She’s spent her entire life toiling in the tourism industry in Black Dog Bay and never expected to be living the pampered life of a seasonal resident in an ocean side mansion, complete with a generous stipend. But her new role isn’t without its challenges: The dogs (although lovable) are more high-maintenance than any Hollywood diva, the man she wants to marry breaks her heart, and she’s confronted at every turn by her late benefactor’s estranged son, Liam, who thinks he’s entitled to the inheritance left to the dogs.

Jocelyn has worked too hard to back down without a fight, and she’s determined to keep her new fur family together. As she strives to uphold the “Best in Show” standards her pack requires, Jocelyn finds love, family, and forgiveness in the most unexpected places. 

The Besties

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Kendall

Have a wonderful day filled with books and furry friends!🐶🐾 berit☀️✨

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The Au Pair by Emma Rous @EJRous @BerkleyPub #bookbestiesaupair #bookreview #pubday #aktbmbookblog

Happy Tuesday bibliophiles!

Super excited to share with you today my review for this thrilling thriller that is published today by Berkley😍

This was a group read and we all absolutely loved all the twists and turns and reveals!💕💕

The Au Pair by Emma Rous

My Thoughts

An exquisitely spun web of spellbinding secrets and dark deceit!

This suspenseful story Will keep you riveted from first line to last… a magical tale that will awaken your imagination and stretch your mind….Emma Rouz has woven together an enchanting story that will make the unbelievable believable….

This book is like a walk on a foggy morning… when you start out you can barely see your hand in front of your face… but as you go on the fog begins to Clear… The path is Windee with some unexpected twists and you may not end up where you originally thought you would…. but every step was SO worth the satisfying end….

A grande estate, a set of twins, a mysterious photograph, and a rumor of a curse… Seraphine has always felt as though she didn’t quite belong… so when she discovers a picture after her father passes away… A picture with only one baby…Seraphine is more convinced than ever that things are not as she’s been told her entire life…. is the baby in the picture her or her twin brother Danny? And why are both babies not in the picture? And how can her mother look so happy when merely hours later she takes her own life? So many questions and only one person who knows the answers….

This book was told from duel perspectives… Seraphine and her struggle to finding who she really is… and Laura, The au pair, in 1991 when she was working for the family taking care of Edwin the twins older brother…. both these characters were likable and sympathetic, but I have to admit Laura really stole the show for me…. A better au pair you could not ask for…. not to mention the girl was thrown into this dysfunctional family’s drama…

A captivating creepy story with a gothic vibe that will keep you glued to those pages! A dark deceptive tail that will leave your mind reeling and your heart racing! An absolute must read! Strongly recommend!

*** huge thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A grand estate, terrible secrets, and a young woman who bears witness to it all. If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous’ The Au Pair would be it.

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.

Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby.

Who is the child and what really happened that day?

One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.

The Besties Thoughts

Jennifer @TarheellReader

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Kendall

Book friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨

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Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz @jayneannkrentz @BerkleyPub #bookbestiereadsuntouchable #bookreview #aktbmbookblog

TGIF! Last day of holiday vacation for me, back to life, back to reality!

Today I am sharing with you a book I read with my Book Besties, romantic suspense that was very heavy on the suspense and kept us all on our toes!💕

Untouchable

by Jayne Ann Krentz

My Thoughts

A riveting romantic suspense with a large dose of suspense and a dab of romance, that kept me on my toes!

Jayne Ann Krentz is a comfort read for me, I remember reading her ages ago… there are few authors I read both in my 20s and my 40s and JAK is one of them…. this is the third book in this series and the first book I read… from what I can tell each book is self-contained and about a different foster brother…. I think what I missed from not reading the previous books is the villain was not completely fleshed out… other than that I believe this book can absolutely be read as a standalone, but after reading this book you might want to go back and check out the other brothers stories….

Jack is a consultant for the FBI working cold cases… having lost his mother to a fire a lot of his investigation involves cases of fire, he also has some dream/sleep issues…. I have to admit I never completely understood or bought into some of Jack’s dream scenes in this book.. I think he was hunting for people in his dreams, I’m not sure, I have to admit this was a pretty confusing part of this book… in all honesty this did not need to be included, but that’s my opinion…. The positive side of this dream searching was this is how he met Winter Meadows… A meditation therapist with a fabulous name! Soon after meeting, Jack and Winter had the bad guys after them… this pursuit took them up and down the California coast…

I really liked how they investigated the criminals, I liked how Jack looked into the cold cases and put the pieces together… I liked the chemistry between Jack and Winter I thought it very organic… and I really love the character of Winter… I would have really enjoyed an entire book just about her she was very strong and resourceful and sassy…. I also would have really loved some more scenes with all three of the brothers, I really would’ve liked to see that bond more… but perhaps that is something I missed in the previous books?

A fast-paced, action packed, tension filled story that will appeal to fans of romantic suspense! Recommend!

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

About the Book

A man’s quest to find answers for those who are haunted by the past leads him deeper into the shadows in this electrifying novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Promise Not to Tell.

Quinton Zane is back.

Jack Lancaster, consultant to the FBI, has always been drawn to the coldest of cold cases, the kind that law enforcement either considers unsolvable or else has chalked up to accidents or suicides. As a survivor of a fire, he finds himself uniquely compelled by arson cases. His almost preternatural ability to get inside the killer’s head has garnered him a reputation in some circles–and complicated his personal life. The more cases Jack solves, the closer he slips into the darkness. His only solace is Winter Meadows, a meditation therapist. After particularly grisly cases, Winter can lead Jack back to peace. 

But as long as Quinton Zane is alive, Jack will not be at peace for long. Having solidified his position as the power behind the throne of his biological family’s hedge fund, Zane sets out to get rid of Anson Salinas’s foster sons,starting with Jack.

The Besties

Be sure to check out the rest of the girls blogs today!

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Holly @ Dressed to Read

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

 

Excerpt

She heard the key in the lock. The door opened. The creep was silhouetted against the light of the hallway fixture, a balding, big-bellied man dressed in an undershirt and trousers.

He did not see her sitting there in the shadows of the upper bunk. He moved into the room, heading toward the lower bunk.

He reached down and started to pull the covers off of Alice’s thin, huddled body.

“Go away, Mr. Tyler,” Winter said. She switched on the penlight and began to move it in an intricate pattern. “You’re not supposed to be here. You don’t want to be here.”

She kept her voice calm; soothing but firm.

Startled, Tyler halted and instinctively averted his gaze from the narrow beam of light.

“What the hell?” In the next breath he softened his voice to a drunken croon. “What’s the matter, honey? Couldn’t sleep? I know it’s hard adjusting to a new house and a new family. But you’re in a good home now. There’s nothing to worry about. I’ll take care of you and Alice.”

“Go away, Mr. Tyler,” Winter said again. She kept the penlight moving, faster now.

Tyler was distracted by the light. He stared at; looked away and then gazed at it again.

“I’m going to take poor little Alice to my bedroom,” he said. “She’s afraid to be alone.”

“Alice is not alone,” Winter said. “I’m here with her. Go away. You don’t want to be in this room. It’s hard to breathe when you come in here. You can’t catch your breath. Your heart is pounding harder and harder. You wonder if you’re having a heart attack.”

Tyler did not respond. He was transfixed by the motion of the light. He started to wheeze.

“When I say Winnie-the-Pooh you will realize that you can’t breathe at all when you’re in this room,” Winter said. “You will leave. That is the only way to ease the terrible pain in your chest. If you stay in this room you will have a heart attack. Do you understand?”

“Yes.” Tyler’s voice was now that of a man in a trance; expressionless.

The rasping and wheezing got louder.

“Winnie-the-Pooh,” Winter said in a tone of soft command.

Tyler came out of the trance gasping for air.

“Can’t breathe,” he said, his voice hoarse with panic. He swung around and lurched out into the hallway. “My heart. Can’t breathe.”

He staggered down the hallway and stumbled toward the kitchen. Winter jumped down to the floor.

“Winter?” Alice whispered from the shadows of the lower bunk.

“It’s okay,” Winter said. “But you have to get up and get dressed. We’re going to leave now.”

A heavy thud sounded from the kitchen. It was followed by an unnatural silence.

“What happened?” Alice asked.

“Stay here,” Winter said. “I’ll go take a look.”

She went to the door. With the penlight in hand she moved cautiously down the hall. Alice climbed out of bed but she did not wait in the bedroom. She followed Winter.

Tyler was sprawled on the kitchen floor. He did not move. His phone was on the floor close to his hand. Panic arced through Winter. She wondered if she had killed the creep.

Alice came up beside her and took her hand, clinging very tightly. She looked at Tyler’s motionless body.

“Is he dead?” she asked.

“I don’t know,” Winter said. “I’ll check.”

She squeezed Alice’s hand and then freed her fingers to cross the kitchen floor. She stopped a short distance away from Tyler and tried to think about what to do next. In the movies and on television people checked the throat of an unconscious person to find out if there was a pulse.

Gingerly she reached down and put two fingers on Tyler’s neck. She thought she detected a faint beat but she couldn’t be certain. He might not be dead yet but it was possible that he was dying. It was also possible that he was simply unconscious and would recover at any moment. Winter knew that neither outcome would be good for Alice or herself.

Posted by arrangement with Berkley, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Jayne Ann Krentz, 2019.

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