#BookReview for Lost In Translation by Audrey Davis

My review for Lost In Translation by Audrey Davis, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

I’ve read all of Audrey Davis’ books, and I love how she writes characters who are completely relatable, and situations that make you laugh out loud or cringe with embarrassment. Lost in Translation is a great read that I thoroughly enjoyed!

When Charlotte’s husband, Dom, drops the bombshell that they’re moving to Switzerland, Charlotte is upset, but determined to make the best of a difficult situation. Their two young sons, Alastair and Robson, are adorable, each with their own quirks that bring humour and fun to the story. Charlotte is a normal, insecure, forty-year-old woman who has given up her own career to stay home and be a full-time mother, while Dom is…domineering and arrogant, but weak-willed and bullying, are some descriptions that come to mind!

As always, there’s a lot of humour among the sadder moments, some witty observations on life as an ex-pat, wonderful characters, and beautifully described scenery, with lashings of hot chocolate and exquisite pastries that will make your mouth water. It’s a chance to get away from the everyday normal things and lose yourself for a few hours in a great read. Highly recommend!


#BookReview for The Love Island Bookshop by Kate Frost

My review for The Love Island Bookshop by Kate Frost, 5/5 stars.

This is another instalment in Kate’s Romantic Escape Series. I’ve enjoyed every one so far – they’re a wonderful way to travel to different destinations while stuck at home!

Freya has suffered a couple of traumatic events over the last two years of her life, so when she sees an advert for a manager of a bookshop in the Maldives, she takes the opportunity to get away from things for a while. Stuck in a job she no longer loves, could this be the change she needs? With drama, lust, friendship, and love, interwoven with the stunning backdrop of blue skies, sandy beaches, and elegant villas of a paradise island, Freya has some difficult choices to make.

The previous book in the series was set in wintry Amsterdam. This one is the complete opposite, set on a beautiful island in the Maldives. But once again the author’s descriptive narrative pulls you into the story; you can feel the warm sand between your toes and hear the waves in the distance, and imagine yourself sitting in the cool shade out of the summer sun.

This is an emotional story of self-forgiveness, of looking beyond a person’s exterior to see the real soul inside, of learning to trust again after heartbreak and loss. Kate Frost’s books are pure escapism, perfect for lockdown, and I highly recommend this whole series. A great read!

The Love Island Bookshop will be out on the 8th April 2021.


#BookReview for The Second Coming by Brian O’Gorman

My review for The Second Coming by Brian O’Gorman, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

Where do I begin with this review? I love Brian O’Gorman’s books – the character development is on a par with Stephen King, the stories keep you hooked right from the beginning, and he loves to surprise and shock the reader in equal measure!

I had high expectations for The Second Coming, and it doesn’t disappoint! This is an epic story of the eternal fight between good and evil, with normal, down-to-earth characters who are thrown into the most extraordinary circumstances. When an earthquake hits the city of Stenfield early one morning, two men are affected in completely different ways. While one discovers he has the power to heal, the other discovers he can cause mayhem and chaos.

This is a story of redemption and self-discovery, but it is also an insight into the fragility of humans’ minds, of the thin line between good and evil, of how easily people can be turned against one another. There are many layers to the story, each character’s life affecting the others’, subtle actions causing catastrophic events later. As with all the author’s books, each time you read it you discover more and spot the little things that contribute and add depth to the overall story.

There are a few shocking scenes, and others that will have you holding your breath, but the narrative keeps you turning the pages right to the stunning end. With Brian O’Gorman’s books, you can never be sure how they’ll finish, and he definitely keeps you on your toes with this one!

A well-written, brutally honest read that will make you think, and remain with you for a long time after you’ve read it. Highly recommend!

You can preorder The Second Coming now, and it’s out on the 19th March:

#BookReview for The Amsterdam Affair by Kate Frost

My review for The Amsterdam Affair by Kate Frost, 5/5 stars.

I love Kate Frost’s Romantic Escape series, and this one is just as beautifully descriptive as the others. I’ve never been to Amsterdam, but I could easily visualise the colourful houses and myriad of canals from Kate’s writing.

Iris, the protagonist, has a good life. She lives with her partner Will in a house they have just finished renovating, and has a well-paid career. So when Will says he has a surprise for her, the last thing she’s expecting is a move to Amsterdam!

While Iris takes advantage of the situation to immerse herself in the sights and beauty of Amsterdam and rekindle her creative spark, she starts to see another side of Will. I loved the character development of these two, how one grows while the other is bound by petty jealousies and selfishness.

Beautifully written, this is a more than a story of self-discovery. It also shows the subtle warning signs of abuse, of how easy it is to lose your identity while trying to fit in and please others, of how sometimes you should trust your instincts and follow them, and live the life you want. A wonderful, heartwarming story that I highly recommend!


#NetGalley #CircusofWonders by Elizabeth Macneal

My review for Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal, 5/5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley and the author for an ARC of this book. Circus of Wonders will be published in May 2021.

I absolutely loved this book! Set in Victorian times, it tells the story of Nell, a young girl ostracised from her community because she’s different from everyone else, and Jasper and Toby, two brothers whose past ties them together.

When Nell’s father sells her to Jasper, you experience the poor girl’s terror and anger, and her gradual acceptance of her new life and friends. As the story progresses, we discover more about Jasper and Toby’s life during the war, and secret jealousies and resentments are revealed.

Beautifully written, the author takes you on a journey back in time to Victorian England, with its people, sounds, sights and smells taking over your senses. The story pulls you in, the various threads interweaving, a tale of love and loss, of hope and despair, that keeps you enthralled to the end. I will be thinking about it for a long time. Highly recommend.

#BookReview for Daria’s Daughter by Linda Huber

My review for Daria’s Daughter by Linda Huber, 5/5 stars.

I’ve read a few of Linda Huber’s books, and enjoyed every one of them, but this has to be her best so far. I was hooked from the first pages, with harassed mother Daria getting her daughter ready for their trip to Spain, only to be involved in a horrific accident on the way to the airport.

The story pulls you in as we, the reader, are privy to certain facts that the characters aren’t, and keeps the adrenaline going with every missed opportunity, those few seconds too late or too soon that would make all the difference.

The reader can feel pain and anguish Daria is going through; there are some truly touching moments as she mourns her daughter’s death, her marriage falls apart, and friends and family no longer know how to treat her. Huber has poured all the emotions into this book, making you feel part of the characters’ lives and their secrets.

Well written and well edited, this is a story that will break your heart and make you smile, an emotional roller coaster with a bitter-sweet ending that you’ll find yourself thinking about long after you’ve finished reading it. Highly recommend.


#BookReview for The Chocolate Box by Isabella May

My review for The Chocolate Box by Isabella May, 5/5 stars.

This a story of revenge – via a box of scrumptious chocolates! Add in some quirky characters you’ll love and hate, a teenage crush that has far-reaching consequences, and a team-building trip to France, for a magical, roller-coaster read. As always, Isabella May’s mouthwatering descriptions of each chocolate-covered delight leave you craving anything sweet within reach!

Ellie has had a turbulent childhood, from an overbearing mother to not fitting in at the posh school she’s sent to. When there’s a chance to work with the rich Westwood family, she sees a chance to set in motion an idea she’s been planning for a long time.

The more you read, the more the story pulls you in and you want to see how Ellie is going to carry out her idea. With a touch of the supernatural, and a huge dollop of magic, Ellie’s journey of self discover is a little crazy, pretty explosive, and full of surprises!


#BookReview for Family by Owen Mullen

I’m delighted to join the blog tour for Owen Mullen’s latest book, Family. Many thanks to the author, Boldwood Books, and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to participate.

My review for Family by Owen Mullen, 5/5 stars.

I’ve never read a book by this author before, so I didn’t know what to expect. What I got was a gripping page-turner of a read that kept me hooked all the way through!

It starts off slowly, but soon picks up pace, with a few twists and shocks along the way. With rival gangs in London, corrupt police officers, horrendous crimes and justice meted out, this is a story where family means everything and revenge is their number one priority.

It shows the hard, gritty life of a gangster, and as can be expected, there are a few shocking scenes and gore. But it also shows the fragility of someone continuously living on the edge, where a single event can lead to a descent into madness from which there is no return.

A great plot, well-developed characters who get under your skin, and subtle layers to the story that will keep you thinking after you’ve finished reading, tie together to make this a great read. Highly recommend!

Purchase Link – https://buff.ly/37rHomR

Family – might be the death of you…

The Glass family business is crime, and they’re good at what they do. Vengeance took Luke Glass behind bars – but now he’s free and he’s never going back. Luke wants out of the gangster life – all he has to do is convince his family to let him go.

His brother holds the reins of the South London underworld in his brutal hands – nobody tells Danny Glass no and expects to live – not even DCI Oliver Stanford, bent copper and one of the Met’s rising stars. The way Danny sees it, his younger brother and sister Nina owe him everything. The price he demands is loyalty, and a war with their arch enemy gives him the leverage he needs to tie Luke to the family once more.

Luke can’t see a way out, until Danny commits a crime so terrible it can’t be forgiven. Love turns to hate when secrets are unearthed which pit brother against brother. Left with no choice but to choose a side, Nina holds the fate of the family in her hands.

In the Glass family, Owen Mullen has created a crime dynasty to rival the Richardsons and the Krays. Heart-pounding, jaw-dropping with non-stop action, Family is perfect for fans of Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers and Mandasue Heller.

Author Bio

When he was ten years old, Owen Mullen won a primary schools short story competition and didn’t write another word for four decades. One morning he announced he was going to write a book. He did. Since then he has written seven. Owen was born in Coatbridge, a few miles from Glasgow, where the Charlie Cameron stories take place, and where he ran a successful design and marketing business. A late developer, he has a Masters degree from Strathclyde University which he got in his forties. In his earlier life he lived in London and worked as a musician and session singer. People tell him he enjoyed himself and he has no reason to doubt them. The journey from rocker to writer has been a fascinating experience and the similarities between the music and book industries, never cease to amaze him. His passions are travel, food and Arsenal Football Club. A gregarious recluse, he now splits his time between Scotland and the island of Crete, along with his wife, Christine.

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#BookReview for The Ice Cream Parlour by Isabella May

My review for The Ice Cream Parlour by Isabella May, 5/5 stars.

This is the first book I’ve read by Isabella May and I loved it! It’s quirky, funny, sad, and even crazy in parts, but it all pulls together to make this a wonderful way to escape reality for a few hours.

As you read, you go through a whole range of emotions – Giovanna’s family stirred up feelings of rage and helplessness, and handsome rugby-player boyfriend Jeremy made me want to punch him, so I was thankful for some of the nicer characters!

May’s descriptions of Italy are spot on as well – I live in the north of Italy, and I was amazed to find my own thoughts about Italians, and in particular Milan, reflected in the story.

And what can I say about the main feature of the story, the ice cream? Each description is a mouth-watering explosion of flavours that you can actually taste while you’re reading – imagine a mix of Joanne Harris and Nigella Lawson, with their sensual narratives of food taking you into a world that makes your senses tingle with delight.

This is a story of self-discovery that takes you from Italy to England and back to Italy again, with hidden secrets waiting to be uncovered and a love of ice cream bringing together a group of strangers for an unexpected ending. I loved May’s writing and can’t wait to read more of her books! Highly recommend.


#BookReview for Aura by Lisa Hofmann

My review for Aura by Lisa Hofmann, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

My review for Aura by Lisa Hofmann.
I’ve read a few of Lisa Hofmann’s books, and she is very good at writing short stories and novellas where you feel as though you know the characters already. Aura is no different – it starts in the middle of an event, and effortlessly carries you along to the end.
Set in the middle of winter in the mountains, it’s the perfect read for this time of year, snuggled under a blanket with a hot chocolate beside you. Well written, with a few twists along the way, it’s a wonderful way to pass an hour or so in another world. Highly recommend.


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