#BookReview for The Silent Maid by Annette Spratte

My review for The Silent Maid by Annette Spratte, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

When Daniel Huntington goes to Brigham Manor as Master of Horse, he is intrigued by the silent girl who sleeps in the kitchen and is treated badly by the other servants. The mystery deepens when he sees how Baronet Brigham treats her, and he desperately wants to find out why.

Interspersed with letters Daniel writes to his mother, where we see all his doubts and insecurities come out and learn more about him, the narrative draws you into the story right away, to the Yorkshire estate with its servants, intrigues, and volatile baronet.

A must read for fans of historical fiction, the author takes you back in time with this haunting story set in England in the 1700s. Romance with a touch of suspense and mystery, Annette Spratte has brought the characters to life and created a beautiful story that will stay with you for some time.


#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 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 Maple Trees and Maybes by Kristina Beck

My review for Maple Trees and Maybes by Kristina Beck, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

I’ve loved reading all the books in the Four Seasons series, all the characters have special stories to tell. Daisy has a painful past she doesn’t like talking about, while Josh has never been able to find the right woman to settle down with. They’re two complete opposites, who are strangely attracted to each other.

I love the relationship between these two – Daisy is in no rush to make things serious, while Josh is forced to take things slowly thanks to a bet with his brother. There are some hilarious scenes, lots of banter, and some more serious moments that are very touching.

Beck has created a series of wonderful stories that all interweave together, even though they can also be read as standalones. I hope there will be more in the future, as I’d love to know what happens next! Contemporary romance at its finest, well written, with characters you come to love and the most gorgeous covers, this is a series I highly recommend.


#BookReview for The Greek Heart by Kate Frost

My review for The Greek Heart by Kate Frost, 5/5 stars.

This is the second book in Kate Frost’s Romantic Escape series I’ve read, and they are both wonderful reads that transport you to another place.

I loved the idea behind The Greek Heart – Lottie underwent heart surgery when she was a child, and remembers a Greek boy who was on the ward with her, awaiting a similar operation. Almost forty years later, while going through a second divorce and re-evaluating her life, she wonders what happened to him and decides to find out.

The author takes us on a captivating trip to Greece, with such a descriptive narrative that you feel as though you are there, walking past blue doors in white stone walls along narrow streets in the scorching midday sun, or tasting oil-drizzled tomatoes and vegetables on a shaded patio near a limpid pool.

The story is romantic and uplifting, as emotional as the Greeks themselves, complicated and sweet and full of hope. Lottie is a wonderful character – headstrong and capable in her career, vulnerable and unsure of herself in all other aspects of her life.

With sun, sea, delicious food, stunning surroundings, and a few sexy Greek men, this is the perfect read for getting away from everything for a few hours! Highly recommend.



#BookReview for A Starlit Summer by Kate Frost

My review for A Starlit Summer by Kate Frost, 5/5 stars.

I absolutely loved this story. Set in Cornwall, the descriptions take you away from the chaotic, humdrum city life and transport you to sandy beaches, picturesque ports, and the perfectly named Bramble Cottage.

The narrative is full of beautiful descriptions:

The night was starlit, the sea an endless black, the only colour the white surf catching the moonlight as it foamed onto the beach.

I also love how the author uses her own experiences on sets to bring the magic of film making to us, showing the dark as well as the glamorous side of being on TV.  And the mix of characters is just right, each one bringing warmth, or bitchiness, to the story.

This is a beautifully written, heart-warming story that evokes memories of endless summer days and true love. A 5-star read for me that I highly recommend.

Out on the 14 July, A Starlit Summer is only 99c/99p to preorder at the moment!




#BookReview for Passions & Peonies by Kristina Beck

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My review for Passions & Peonies by Kristina Beck, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

I love this new series by Kristina Beck! These feel-good stories have the ups and downs of real life, interspersed with humour, poignant moments, and lots of romance. (And just look at that cover – gorgeous!)

Lacey is such a great character – bubbly and fun-loving, but vulnerable too beneath the surface. Her tendency to be clumsy adds some wonderful moments to the story! And who wouldn’t fall in love with Will?! Sexy, serious, with eyes only for the girl he falls in love with…

With only one glorious week together before it’s time to return to reality, the story keeps you enthralled and wondering how it’s all going to finish. Highly recommend.

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#BookReview for 2000 Tunes by Karl Drinkwater

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My review for 2000 Tunes by Karl Drinkwater, 5/5 stars (would be more if I could!). It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

Where do I start with this book? I’ve read most of Karl Drinkwater’s books and loved them all, but this one has to be my favourite so far.

It’s like taking a trip back in time, revisiting old friends and old haunts. I’ve never been to Manchester, but the way he pulls you into each setting, you feel like you’ve lived there yourself. The characters are so well written, so well developed, so realistic, that you feel as if you’re there with them, living their lives with them.

Sam and Mark are two completely different people, leading separate lives, the only thing in common is the place where they work. And the fact that they are two deeply vulnerable people, struggling to find their place in the world, despite everything that keeps knocking them down. We’re pulled into their lives right from the start, as Sam mourns the death of her grandmother, and Mark mourns the demise of The Hacienda, and walk beside them as their lives slowly entwine.

There are other characters, each adding extra depth and richness to the story: Emily, Sam’s vibrant, fun-loving friend with a heart of gold; Roger, the office creep (we’ve all known one of them!); Rene, the misunderstood boss who’s the butt of everyone’s jokes; and Ben and Dave, two colleagues who become Mark’s first real friends.

And there’s the music, which weaves itself around the threads of the story, evoking memories from those long-gone years. Even if you weren’t into the indie groups of the time, Mark’s passion (and the author’s) for his music gets into your soul.

The ending doesn’t disappoint either – not too long and dragged out, not so short it leaves you wanting more. It’s just perfect.

There are so many wonderful parts to this story, so many little scenes that keep popping into my head even after I’ve finished reading it, as if they’re my memories now, not something I read. It’s going to stay with me for a long time. Highly recommend!

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#BookReview for Snowflakes and Sapphires by Kristina Beck

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My review for Snowflakes and Sapphires by Kristina Beck, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

What a gorgeous story, just as beautiful as the cover! I’ve read every book by Kristina Beck, and each one just gets better. Well written, with characters you’ll fall in love with, and set in New York at Christmas – what more could you want?!

Sophia and Drew are made for each other, but Drew’s sister Lacey steals the show, in my opinion. I just loved her character and her quirky one-liners. The story draws you in from the beginning, and has you rooting for Sophia and Drew to overcome all the obstacles in their way and find true love.

I highly recommend for lovers of romantic Christmas stories that warm your heart!

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