#NetGalley #BookReview for #TheSkylarksSecret by Fiona Valpy

My review for The Skylark’s Secret by Fiona Valpy, 5/5 stars.

Set in Scotland, with a dual timeline, the story follows the lives of Flora during World War II and her daughter, Lexie, in the late 70s. Lexie, disillusioned with life in London and no longer able to sing, returns to her late mother’s cottage in the Scottish village where she grew up. But she finds it hard to adjust to her new life.

I loved reading both the characters’ stories, and the background setting of the loch and the simple way of life added a touch of magic to the narrative. The two stories seamlessly interweave, and come together at the end with a lifelong secret being revealed.

I’ve already read a couple of books by this author and loved them, so I knew this would be a wonderful read. Her writing transports you to another time and place, with characters who will remain in your heart for a long time after you’ve finished reading.

A beautifully written story I highly recommend.

#BookReview for Poetry of the Heart and Soul by Sarah Northwood

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My review for Poetry of the Heart and Soul by Sarah Northwood, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

I never used to read much poetry, it wasn’t really my cup of tea. Until I met Sarah Northwood and discovered that poetry can reach inside you, to those emotions you keep hidden away, and touch your soul.

Her poems are thoughtful musings on everyday life, things that affect you but you can’t find the words to describe. They’re about family, security, and love, but also about feeling anger, hurt, and frustration. Reading her poems is like having a friend nearby who understands, listens, and puts their arms around you to console you.

Many of the poems are accompanied by a short explanation from the author, giving you an insight into the meaning behind her words, which I love, and there are gorgeous illustrations by the author throughout the book. This book of poetry is something to treasure, and read on days you need a quiet five minutes to yourself away from chaos of the world around you.

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#NetGalley #BookReview #ACourtofThornsandRoses by Sarah J. Maas

My review for A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, 5/5 stars.

I’ve heard so much about this series, I’ve been wanting to read it for ages! So I was really pleased to get a copy from NetGalley. Did it live up to the hype?

Yes! The writing is enchanting, from the moment we first meet Feyre out hunting in the woods, desperately trying to keep her poverty-stricken family alive. The first chapters ease you into the story, then the pace picks up about a third of the way through. But it is so well written that you find yourself hooked from the beginning.

I also loved the fact that the Fae are as flawed as humans, if not more so. Every character has parts you like, others that annoy, and some that you hate, and this add a deep richness to the overall story.

There is a blight over their realm that is threatening the existence of everyone, Fae and humans alike, and Feyre believes she can help. But nothing is as it seems, and there is a harsh price to pay for all involved.

This is a wonderful start to the series, and I can’t wait to read the next one! Highly recommend.

 

#BookReview for Regency Love: Reflections of a young lady by T.L. Clark

My review for Regency Love: Reflections of a young lady by T.L. Clark, 5/5 stars.

What a wonderful story! Told from the viewpoint of Lady Anne, an innocent young girl about to make her debut among the Ton in London, it captures you from the first page.

It had me laughing out loud at times, while at others I could feel the angst of the characters as they struggled to follow society’s rules, going against their true feelings for fear of ridicule or worse. There’s intrigue and secrets, love and hate, innocence and wickedness, interspersed with dry British wit and observations on life that we can relate to even now.

Well written and full of great characters, it’s an enjoyable read following life in Regency times. I’ve read a couple of the author’s books, and this is her best yet! Highly recommend.

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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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#BookPromo for books of all genres!

Story Origin and BookFunnel are two great ways for readers to find new books that are free, discounted, or in Kindle Unlimited.

Even better, a lot of bundles have books of different genres, so whatever your tastes, you’re bound to find something you like! If you’re looking for new authors, or for something different, you’re spoilt for choice.

You can find four of my books in various promos at the moment, why not check them out?

PROMOS

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My book, The Lost Girls, is in this bundle, and is .99 for the rest of today! Click here to see the books.

 

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You can find the first novel I published, Walls of Silence, in this bundle of great books in Kindle Unlimited. Click here to see the books.

 

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You can find the first two books of The Innocenti Saga in this bundle, along with lots of other books in Kindle Unlimited. Click here to see the books.

 

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Another bundle of mystery/suspense books with a female protagonist, including The Lost Girls. Many are in Kindle Unlimited. Click here to see the books.

 

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Last but not least, here’s a bundle of free ebooks that are part of a series, where you’ll find The Last of the Guardians, a short story for older children written under my pen name, Julia E. Clements. Click here to see the books.

I hope you enjoy browsing these promos and find lots of new books for your e-reader!

#BookReview for Shadows of Regret by Ross Greenwood

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My review for Shadows of Regret by Ross Greenwood, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

I’ve read most of this author’s books, I love how these gritty stories show a more emotional side of people whose lives haven’t been easy. This one is slightly different, as it’s written from a woman’s point of view, but he has created a believable, realistic character every woman can relate to.

This book follows the story of Katie, newly released from prison after 16 years. We don’t know what crime she committed, or why – this is slowly revealed during the rest of the book. Greenwood is very good at creating down-to-earth characters who leave an impression on you even after you’ve finished reading, and I think he’s excelled himself in this book.

The story makes you feel all the emotions, as Katie celebrates her new-found freedom only to find she’s still in a kind of prison, bound by rules, and worse. With the added insult that no one will believe her, as she’s an ex convict.

As more and more memories come back to her, she takes matters into her own hands, determined she will decide her future and put an end to her past. Haunting and tragic, the story keeps you gripped until the very end.

As with all of Greenwood’s books, I highly recommend this.

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#BookReview for Letters to the Pianist by S.D. Mayes

My review for Letters to the Pianist by S.D. Mayes, 5/5 stars.

I’ve read many books set in WWII, and the most powerful ones take the reader on an emotional journey of suffering, despair, and courage. Letters to the Pianist is one of these powerful books.

The reader is drawn into Ruth, Gabi and Hannah’s story right from the start, each character tugging on your heartstrings as their world is turned upside down when their home is bombed. Split up and sent away to two different relatives, you feel their pain as they struggle to cope with this new reality.

But little do they know that their father is still alive, although he has amnesia and can’t remember anything from his life before the bombing. Now a famous pianist, and married to the daughter of one of the richest men in the country, he is at first oblivious to what is happening around him. When he discovers what his father-in-law really is, he realises that his life might be in danger.

Full of drama and intrigue, and an ending that keeps you turning the pages, this is an emotional read that I highly recommend.

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#BookReview for Dear Jane: The Final Book in the Highbury Trilogy by Allie Cresswell

My review for Dear Jane: The Final Book in the Highbury Trilogy by Allie Cresswell, 5/5 stars.

NOTE: The book is free to download on Amazon from today for the next few days!

In this third book we follow the story of Jane Fairfax, which leads us to the events in Jane Austen’s Emma. I’ve read and enjoyed the first two books in the series, and this third one is, in my opinion, the best.

All the characters we have come to know and love in the previous books return, including the wonderful Miss Bates, who adds a tragic-comic touch to the story, along with a new generation and all their trials and tribulations.

Wonderfully written, it takes you back to those times when gossip and intrigue were the main ingredient of daily lives, and misunderstandings and broken hearts were all too common. Jane Fairfax is kind, genteel, unassuming, but also has a surprising strength of character, thanks to her upbringing, surrounded by people who love her.

I loved the characters, the style of writing, the way the book took me back to those times, it was like visiting old friends in a place I used to know.

This is a wonderful story that you could imagine Jane Austen herself would have written, so faithful is it to the original book. Highly recommend!

(I’d like to thank Allie Cresswell for giving me the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book.)

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