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The Other Miss Bates by Allie Cresswell @rararesources #bookreview

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Delighted to share with you today my review for this charming story perfect for the Jane Austen lover! Huge thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour!💚❤️💚

The Other Miss Bates

The Other-Miss-BatesJane Bates has left Highbury to become the companion of the invalid widow Mrs Sealy in Brighton. Life in the new, fashionable seaside resort is exciting indeed. A wide circle of interesting acquaintance and a rich tapestry of new experiences – balls at the Assembly rooms, carriage rides and promenades on the Steyne – make her new life all Jane had hoped for.

While Jane’s sister Hetty can be a tiresome conversationalist she proves to be a surprisingly good correspondent and Jane is kept minutely up-to-date with developments in Highbury, particularly the tragic news from Donwell Abbey.

When handsome Lieutenant Weston returns to Brighton Jane expects their attachment to pick up where it left off in Highbury the previous Christmas, but the determined Miss Louisa Churchill, newly arrived with her brother and sister-in-law from Enscombe in Yorkshire, seems to have a different plan in mind.

My Thoughts

this is an elegant story loosely based on Jane Austen‘s Emma…

OK well if I’m being honest I’m not sure if it’s loosely based on Emma or not, because I’ve never read Emma… but it is a fun fancy story filled with fabulous characters… I do believe I would have appreciated the book more if I were a Jane Austen fan or even a fan of Classics…. however, I think it is a credit to the author that I enjoyed this as much as I did, in spite of my lack of Emma knowledge…

This is the story of Jane Bates as she journeys to Brighton to take care of a elderly woman… I really enjoyed the setting of Brighton it was so beachy and glamorous…. I really enjoyed Jane and thought she had a lot of character growth throughout the story… I also enjoyed her very long letters from her sister back home with updates on what was going on in Highberry… A lovely story that perfectly sets the reader up for the final installment in this trilogy….

A wonderful historical Reid with a splash of holiday cheer!

Purchase Link   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Other-Miss-Bates-Highbury-inspired-ebook/dp/B07KRCYPXT

The Other DSC_3138Author Bio –

Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.

She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.

She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.

She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters, two grandsons and two cockapoos but just one husband – Tim. They live in Cumbria, NW England.

The Other Miss Bates is her eighth novel and the second in the Highbury series

Social Media Links – www.allie-cresswell.com

https://www.facebook.com/alliescribbler/

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Let Me Lie by @claremackint0sh #GemmaWhelan #Thriller #AudiobookReview @audibleuk @PenguinRHUK

Hello everyone, I am thrilled to bring you a review for the newest book by Clare Mackintosh. If you haven’t read any of her other books before, I strongly urge to you pick them up, they are a fab twisty ride!

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The Blurb

Two years ago, Tom and Caroline Johnson chose to end their lives; one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their daughter Anna is struggling to come to terms with her parents’ deaths, unable to accept the verdict of suicide.

Now with a young baby herself, she feels her mother’s presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened to her parents. But as Anna digs up the past, someone is trying to stop her.

Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie . . .

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My Thoughts

I was excited to read this book as the authors other 2 books have been fantastic, and this one was no different.

Be prepared for a few twists to make you go “Wait…What?”

The story revolves around Anna and the death of her parents, she is grief stricken, not only because of the fact that she has lost her parents, but because of the way they died.

Two years ago, her father sent her mother a text saying “I can’t do this anymore” a few hours later his shoes, wallet and phone were found at the top of Beachy Head, and a witness called the police to say that he had jumped off of the cliff, 6 months later, her heartbroken mother did the same!

Now for you guys not living in the UK, you may not know what Beachy Head is, so here is a picture.

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Now although beautiful and a popular tourist attraction, Beachy Head is unfortunately more famous for being a popular suicide spot, you may have seen it featured in the 70’s movie Quadrophenia, that iconic last scene was Beachy Head!

From Wikipedia

“There are an estimated 20 deaths by suicide a year at Beachy Head. The Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team conducts regular day and evening patrols of the area in attempts to locate and stop potential jumpers.
Workers at the pub and taxi drivers are also on the look-out for people contemplating suicide, and there are posted signs with the telephone number of the Samaritans urging potential jumpers to call them”

Anna is now a new mother and her baby takes up most of her time, she and her partner Mark live together in Anna’s parents house, and apart from the obvious depression that Anna is suffering from, she is mostly coping quite well with life……Until the note!

“Suicide…think Again!”

A fabulous read that is bound to keep you on your toes, and the edge of your seat.

🎧🎧Narrated by Gemma Whelan, who is a new to me narrator, she did a great job with this story, and I was really impressed with her.

If you like twists and turns in a story, and you have a spare credit, you won’t go wrong with this one!!

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The Uninvited by J.A. Baker @Thewriterjude @Bloodhoundbook #bookreview

Happy Monday book friends!

Excited today to share with you my review for this creepy book! Many thanks to Emma for my invitation to the tour and two J.A. Baker for this spine tingling story!👻

J.A. Baker - The Uninvited_coverA fragile woman. An unwelcome intruder. A house full of secrets.

Faye and her husband Hugh have had a traumatic year. Wanting to start again, the couple decide to buy a large rundown property, Cross House in a village in North Yorkshire, hoping to leave the past behind them.

However, the tranquility is soon ruined when Faye begins to awake, every night, to the sound of somebody creeping around the bedroom. She tries to explain it to Hugh, frightened for the safety of their children Aiden and Poppy, but Hugh dismisses her claims, thinking she is heading for another breakdown.

But when Faye discovers some diaries that contain secrets about the family that lived in the house before them, she starts to wonder if the intruder might be closer to home than she first thought.

Obsessed with finding answers, Faye is determined to learn about the Wentworth family, a fractured family with a tragic past.

And when she discovers that Hilary Wentworth fell to her death down the stairs in Cross House, Faye realises she is in mortal danger…

My Thoughts

This is a spine tingling compulsive Reid that will keep your nerves on edge…

This book kept me feeling uneasy throughout… A little bit ghost story, a little bit murder mystery, and a lot creepy! Can I just say if I were to wake up in the middle of the night and think someone was breathing over me and then I heard footsteps, i’d be saying, feet don’t fail me now!

Faye and Hugh moved to a new house for a fresh start… their new home is a big rambling house in need of some renovation… soon after moving in Faye begins to feel an unworldly presents… she feels someone breathing over her at night and then hears footsteps in the hall… at first her husband thinks she has gone crazy, but after he begins to since things as well he becomes a believer… so do they have a ghost? What is going on? After Fay finds some diaries, she learns that the former mistress of the house died in the house… but did she really fall down the steps, or was there something more sinister going on?

This was an addictive scary story that I almost finished in one sitting… it was seriously tents and definitely sped up the old heart rate! The entire book I was just thinking why don’t they just get the heck out of there, but I guess then we would’ve have had this wickedly warped story… a deliciously creepy Gothic ghost story with quite the twist…

Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a extremely well told story that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout!

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

JA BakerAbout J.A. Baker:

J.A.BAKER was born and brought up in North East England and has had a love of language for as long as she can remember.

She has a love of local history and genealogy and enjoys reading many genres of books but is an addict of psychological thrillers.

In December 2016 she was signed by Bloodhound Books who published Undercurrent.
Her second novel, Her Dark Retreat was published in October 2017 and The Other Mother was published in December 2017. Her fourth novel, Finding Eva was published in August 2018

J.A. Baker has four grown up children and one grandchild. She lives in a village near the river with her husband and madcap dog and when not working part time in a primary school, she spends her days trying to think up new and inventive ways of murdering people.

She can be reached on any of the links below and loves hearing from readers.

www.twitter.com/thewriterjude

www.facebook.com/thewriterjude

www.jabakerauthor.com

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The List That Changed My Life by Olivia Beirne @Olivia_Beirne @annecater @headlinepg #bookreview #randomthingstours

Happy Thursday, it is a rainy day here in Southern California, yes it does rain in Southern California! Not much though!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this absolutely charming story! Many thanks to Anne Cater for my invitation to the tour and two Olivia Beirne for her wonderful words💕

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Sometimes all you need is a little push…

When Georgia’s sister is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she promises to do everything her older sibling can no longer do, resulting in a journey that will change her life forever…

Georgia loves wine, reality TV and sitting on the sofa after work. She does not love heights, looking at her bank account, going on dates, or activities that involve a sports bra. And she will never, ever take a risk.

That is, until her braver, bolder, big sister finds out that she won’t be able to tick off the things she wanted to do before turning thirty, and turns to Georgia to help her finish her list.

With the birthday just months away, Georgia suddenly has a deadline to learn to grab life with both hands. Could she be brave enough to take the leap, for her sister?

And how might her own life change if she did?

A hilarious and heart-warming journey of a lifetime, showing us what it means to really be alive.

My Thoughts

This was a heartwarming delightful story full of humor and Hart!

This book kept me up Way past my bedtime… laughing so hard tears were streaming down my face, trying not to wake up my kids… this book had a definite Sophie Kinsella vibe to it and that’s a huge compliment because she is one of my faves… this was such an entertaining uplifting debut that I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to read…..

Georgia was such a fantastic character, I am definitely adding her to my book BFF list! She was so down to earth, so generous, so funny, and she had a heart of gold… her relationship with her sister Amy was remarkable, it made me wish I had a sister of my own…. all the secondary characters were fantastic, Georgia’s parents, her BFF Natalie, her boss Bianca…. Jack her love interest was supportive, sweet, and swoon worthy 😍

George’s sister Amy is diagnosed with MS… Georgia is devastated, and does not know what she can possibly do to help her sister… so, when her sister presents her with a list of things Georgia should do before she turns 30, how can she possibly turned her down? But skinny dip? Skydive? Go on a date with someone you meet on Tinder? Not to mention bake an impossible cake? This book was really about taking chances and living your life to your fullest… to push yourself out of your comfort zone and crush self doubt…

An uplifting story that will put a huge smile on your face and bunches of hope in your heart… absolutely recommend to anyone who is a fan of a well told story with wonderful characters and a delicious aMount of humor…

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

Olivia BeirneAbout the Author: 

Olivia Beirne is a 26 year old writer, who previously worked in casting. She lives in Tulse Hill, London with her friends and their resident mouse and grew up in Buckinghamshire. This novel is a standalone debut and she is currently working on her second novel.
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The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes @samhayes @bookouture #bookreview

Happy Wednesday book lovers!

Another book I am excited to share with you today! This was a fantastically dark atmospheric Red that kept me riveted! Thank you so much to Noelle for my invitation to the tour and Samantha Hayes for her delicious words!🖤

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When Ella wakes up in hospital following a hit and run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon.

But Ella has never been married…

Absolutely love twisty and unputdownable psychological thrillers like Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and Gone Girl? Then you will be totally hooked by this jaw-dropping novel about the dangerous secrets behind a perfect marriage.

My Thoughts

HOT DAMN!!! This was one disturbingly dark and addictive read!

This book was claustrophobic, atmospheric, and completely engrossing…. some books you read and some books you live, this was definitely the latter… I was on pins and needles throughout this book, breathing every breath and feeling every fear write along with Ella…

Ella has a secret, a secret so dark that it has her trapped in her own life… work Eat Sleep Repeat…. no social life, no friends, no romantic entanglements, but it is better than the alternative… facing her passed…. then one day she gets in a horrible accident and wakes up in the hospital and is told by the nurse that her husband will be right back… The problem? Ella doesn’t have a husband…. so who is this man? Who is this Jacob? You know he is someone from Ella’s passed, but what does he have over her? And why is she letting him play this terrifying game?

Told from both the present and the past you really get to see Ella before and after the secret that changed her life…. Ella is a very sympathetic character and the more you get to know her younger self the more you realize how much this secret event has impacted her life…. Jacob is a monster, the kind of character you love to hate! He is evil to the core and so cruel, and just when you think he can’t get any crueler he does… there is abuse in this book both emotional and physical, so if that is a trigger for you this is not the book for you…

Absolutely recommend this dark and twisted story with an ending that I definitely did not see coming…

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

NEW Samantha Hayes author photoAuthor Bio:

Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.

Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’
The Liar’s Wife is out now!
To find out more, visit her website http://www.samanthahayes.co.uk
Or connect with Samantha on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaHayesAuthor
And she’s on Twitter @samhayes

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Five Ladies Go Skiing by Karen Aldous @KarenAldeous_ @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy Wednesday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for this lovely story with a winter vibe! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Karen Aldeous for her wonderful words!⛷❄️✨

Five Ladies Go Skiing

Five Ladies Go Skiing_FINALGinny is alone now after losing her husband, so her friends (her F.L.O.W.E.R.S) decide with his first memorial imminent, learning to ski in the Swiss Alps would be a great distraction for her. What Ginny’s friends fail to add into the equation however, is their own distractions! The baggage they carry with them not only threatens their skiing but scales mountainous emotions throughout the trip. The questions then are…can their friendships survive, and can Ginny ever trust enough to love again?

My Thoughts

This was a fun festive story about friendship, love, and moving on….

Just as the title implies this is a story about five ladies that go skiing ⛷ I have read several books lately that were about ladies in the twilight of their lives…. as someone who is knocking on the door of 50 I have enjoyed these stories immensely, it never being too late for adventure or to start over… this was a lovely story of laughter and tears set in beautiful Switzerland….

Ginny and her four friends the “flowers“ plan a skiing trip on the anniversary of Ginny‘s husband’s death… I loved the bond between these ladies, even though they all had some secrets they were hiding… I enjoyed them all learning to ski, it was kind of a metaphor for life… it really made me want to take a girls trip, it also made me wonder what secrets my friends are hiding?

The pace of the story was that of a skier going down the bunny slope rather than a black diamonds run… it was a bit slow especially in the beginning… but just like a novice skier at the end of the day, by the end of the book it picked up some steam…. I really enjoyed watching these ladies grow as individuals and as friends throughout the story…

Recommend as the perfect winter Reid especially when you’re all snug and warm….

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

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Author Karen Aldous High ResAuthor Bio –

Karen Aldous enjoys village life on the edge of the north-downs in Kent with easy access to the buzz of London. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing, she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such as walking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine!

Much of Karen’s inspiration comes from her travels and meeting people. The UK, France, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and parts of the USA and Asia are just some you will experience in her books to date. However, wherever she goes, new characters emerge in ‘Karen’s World’ screaming at her to tell their stories; past or present. She loves to write about strong independent women who can direct their own lives – but struggle to control them! And, of course there’s always a gorgeous hunk or two!

See more… http://www.karenaldous.co.uk/about-me/

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