#BookReview for Mum’s the Word by Lorraine Turnbull

My review for Mum’s the Word by Lorraine Turnbull, 5/5 stars.

This is a great read interwoven with the underlying themes of domestic abuse, friendship, and love. When Ann-Marie kills her husband in the opening chapter, this dark comedy takes you on a roller coaster of a ride where four women bond over love, life, and death.

With friendships, new beginnings, characters turning their lives around, learning lessons from their mistakes, others getting only what they deserve, the story has many layers that all come together to create an enchanting tale. It’s wonderful to see the characters grow as events change them, and there are many touching moments.

If you like dark comedies with well written characters and a rich, colourful story, I highly recommend this book!

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#BookReview for Reflecting on Moments in Time by Alistair Birch

My review for Reflecting on Moments in Time by Alistair Birch, 5/5 stars.

I loved this collection of poems from Alistair Birch. There’s something for everyone, from funny, lighthearted poems that will make you chuckle, to emotional ones that you can tell are written from the heart, to observations on life and people that will make you think.

Birch’s poetry is easy to read, and the book is a pleasure to dip into during a busy day to take a break from the chaos around, or while sitting down on the sofa with a cup of coffee. A wonderful collection of poems that I highly recommend to everyone.

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#BookReview for A Wish For Jinnie by Audrey Davis

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My review for A Wish For Jinnie by Audrey Davis, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

Have read the author’s Haunting of Hattie Hastings series, I was really looking forward to reading her latest book. She very kindly gave me an ARC, and it didn’t disappoint!

I was grabbed from the first pages, both by the great characters and by the author’s wonderful writing style, full of dry British humour. From Jinnie’s grandma Wilma, a feisty old woman who keeps a copy of Sex After Seventy in her living room, to Dhassim the genie, who loves the Spice Girls and wearing women’s tracksuit bottoms, this book had me chuckling all the way through.

It’s a love story – Jinnie is getting over being dumped by her fiance Mark by starting a new life in a small Scottish town – but it’s also so much more. It’s a story of ordinary people struggling to get by, dealing with dementia, and divorce, and loneliness. But most of all it’s a story of hope, of believing that something better could be just around the corner, and that maybe what we want isn’t as important as helping others.

The characters are people you meet every day, from all walks of life – we’ve all known a Jo or a Janette. I loved this wonderful, feel-good story with a dash of magic, and I can guarantee it will warm your heart and leave you yearning for more!

Well-written, with touching moments as well as plenty of humour, I highly recommend this book!

You can preorder it now, and read it from the 22nd June:

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#BookReview for The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure by Joanie Chevalier

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My review for The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure by Joanie Chevalier, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

What a wonderfully funny, quirky, sometimes sad, often laugh-out-loud novella. Just the idea of someone carrying out a busnapping is enough to make you pick it up, and the promise is fulfilled with the characters the author has created. People from all walks of life, easily relatable, immediately endearing, they add a rich depth to the story.

Each character is given a nickname, and his or her background is slowly revealed as the story develops. What could have been a macabre tale is instead full of emotion, wit, heartache and joy, as the reader is pulled into the characters’ lives, travelling alongside them on their journey of self-discovery.

A well-written novella whose characters will remain with you long after you finish reading it. Highly recommend!

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#BookReview for The Watson Letters: Murder on Mystery Island by Colin Garrow

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My review for The Watson Letters Volume 5: Murder on Mystery Island, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

This is the second book in the series I’ve read, and I loved it! The author does a fantastic job of taking the original characters and weaving a completely new layer onto them, with incredible results. Full of wit, dry British humour, and a smattering of innuendo, plus quite a few bodies for Holmes and Watson to deal with, this is a story everyone will enjoy.

Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade all make an appearance, along with the Queen of crime, Agatha Christie. But my favourite has to be Mary Watson, with her inimitable way of reviving someone who’s fainted, and her not-so-innocent comments that will make you laugh out loud.

This is a great read that I highly recommend to everyone!

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#BookReview for The Haunting of Hattie Hastings by Audrey Davis

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My review for The Haunting of Hattie Hastings by Audrey Davis, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

I love these stories, full of dry British humour, awkward situations, and some poignant moments too. The ghostly part of it is done just right – not too much, and not so little you wish there was more. Each one ends on a cliffhanger, so it’s lovely to have all three books in one, so you can carry on reading right away!

You can instantly relate to the characters, and feel like you’ve known them for years. There are some you’ll love, like Hattie and Cat, and others you’ll dislike intensely! There’s a certain ex-husband I’d like to slap!

This is a story of overcoming grief, of finding one’s way in the world, of friendship, of love, of abuse, of the impossible becoming possible. Beautifully written, it keeps you turning the pages, eager to find out how it finishes for everyone. Highly recommend!

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#Freebook: Adventure in Malasorte Castle by Julia E. Clements

Today and tomorrow you can download Adventure in Malasorte Castle for free! With an abandoned castle, a disgusting demon, and a group of kids who have to break a centuries-old curse, this fun adventure story for children age 8-12 is perfect for Halloween.

You can get your free copy here: getbook.at/MalasorteCastle

Please leave a review if you enjoy it, so other readers can discover the book too!

Blurb:

An abandoned castle, a valley infested by evil spirits, and a cursed family … an exciting new adventure for the River Hawks!

Twelve-year-old Izzy is excited to be spending the summer holidays with her Italian grandmother. She eagerly listens to spine-tingling tales of the evil spirits that once infested Val De Monio, in awe of the Guardians who did battle with them. But when Gran tells her about a Mazzapeghoul, a wicked demon, still inhabiting Malasorte Castle, Izzy starts to doubt whether her stories are true.

When her new-found Italian friends suggest spending a night in Malasorte Castle to prove it isn’t haunted, she jumps at the chance to join them. But things start going bump in the night, and they begin to wonder if the Mazzapeghoul is more than just a local myth.

Why did the last members of the family flee the castle in 1932, leaving it empty and desolate? Can Izzy and her friends solve the puzzle and break the curse on the castle before it’s too late?

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What did you do on your summer vacation? Izzy visited her grandmother in Italy and what an adventure she had. Adventure in Malasorte Castle by Julia E. Clements shares the escapades of Izzy and her new friends as they learn of Izzy’s grandmother’s stories of evil spirits and haunted castles.

Izzy and her friends decide to spend the night in the local supposedly haunted castle to prove it really isn’t haunted. Izzy takes her grandmother’s spell book just in case they need to cast out any evil demons. Deciphering her grandmother’s spell book and putting the spell into action help the group become friends forever.

Adventure in Malasorte Castle is a fun read and will keep the young reader turning the pages. The prologue set the mood of the book and provided a great hook. The theme of making friends is one that readers this age will connect with. I also loved the building of relationships between a grandmother and her grandchild. With a touch of demons and magic spells, Julia E. Clements stirs up a story that the young reader will enjoy.

Izzy’s parents are going through a hard time and she worries about whether they will divorce. This issue is one that many young readers face today and the hope provided for them in the story – that things will be okay in the end – is a great bond for them. I recommend Adventure in Malasorte Castle for middle grade readers and, as an adult, even I enjoyed it!

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#BookReview for Wonky Inn Series, books 1-8 by Jeannie Wycherley

I picked up the first book in the series when the author gave it away for free on Amazon, and was immediately hooked by this charming series. So when I got Kindle Unlimited for 3 months, I made it my mission to read all 8 books!

Alf is such a lovable character, and as the series progresses she overcomes her lack of self confidence, becoming feistier and stronger with each book. Unlucky in love, she has the added benefit of being able to turn annoying exes into toads if she wishes!

Each story has a murder mystery to solve, with the wonky inn and Alf right in the middle of things. There are ghosts, resident and non, vampires, a mysterious association that is trying to drive Alf away, dead bodies turning up, and even an episode of The Great Witchy Cake Off!

Full of dry British humour, great characters (good and bad), love and sadness, each book just gets better and better. I hope there are more to come, after Alf’s Mission Impossible antics in book 8!

These books are great fun to read, reminiscent of Midsomer Murders (with not quite as many deaths!) in their charm and gentle narrative. I highly recommend you pick up the whole series and let yourself be transported to the wonky inn for some well-deserved rest and relaxation!

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#BookReview for Helene (Lost Tales of Solace Book 1) by Karl Drinkwater

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My review for Helene (Lost Tales of Solace Book 1) by Karl Drinkwater, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

Having read the two full-length novels, I was looking forward to this novella from the series. And it didn’t disappoint!

It takes us back to the beginning, when Clarissa was an emergent AI who still had to learn much about life – especially how to tell a joke! The interaction between Helene and the AI is just as amusing, descriptive, and wonderful as it is in the other two books, this is Drinkwater at his best!

I love the universe that has been created here, and how each book reveals a little more. I can’t wait for the next instalment! I highly recommend the whole series.

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#BookReview for The Wonkiest Witch by Jeannie Wycherley

My review for The Wonkiest Witch: Wonky Inn Book 1 by Jeannie Wycherley, 5/5 stars.

I loved this book right from the beginning. The writing style is fun and relaxed, and the story draws you in. After reading a lot of dark psychological thrillers lately, this was just what I needed!

The protagonist, Alfhild Daemonne, has denied her witch powers for years. But after inheriting a wonky inn and most of a village in the middle of the countryside, she decides to leave London and start a new, quieter life.

Like most plans, nothing goes as expected and she finds herself in the middle of a battle between good and evil, with her inn at the centre.

This is a wonderful cozy mystery, with great characters, a beautiful setting, and a couple of twists along the way. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series and seeing what Alf gets up to next! Highly recommend.

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