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A Little Hotel in Cornwall by Laura Briggs: sparkling summer fun

Happy publication day to Laura Briggs and her lovely, uplifting novel ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’.

A Little Hotel in Cornwall

Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance.

When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.

Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too.

Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

 

My review

This is a delightful book. Our heroine, Maisie, is desperate to become a novel and needs someone to mentor her. The most suitable person she can think of now resides in a hotel in Cornwall. So what does her determined young American lady do? Take a plane and track him down, of course! Throw in some mistaken identities, love interest and other distractions, and the result is a sparkling, interesting and distinctive novel that’s thoroughly entertaining and a real pleasure to read.

Maisie is a wonderful character, so genuine and committed. You could nearly say pushy, but because her heart is in the right place and she’s driven by enthusiasm rather than conceit or entitlement then you cheer her on in her endeavours to get what she wants.

The setting for most of the story in Cornwall is superb with so much detail and atmosphere. The story is intriguing and original and beautifully told. It’s a brilliant book!

Purchase Link: http://smarturl.it/alittlehotelbook1

 

About the author

Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

 

Social Media Links –

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurabriggs/

 

 

 

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Justice Gone by N Lombardi Jr: so much to admire

Synopsis

A beaten homeless vet. Three cops gunned down. A multistate manhunt. The trial of the decade.

A new kind of legal thriller

When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down.

A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor, is caught up in the chase.

Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa’s patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers gets there first, leading to Darfield’s dramatic capture.

Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge?

 

My review

There is so much to admire in this book, everything from its clever format of essentially being three exciting stories in one, to the difficult issues it tackles, to the excellent and atmospheric writing.

N Lombardi Jr doesn’t hesitate to shock us in his writing, although never gratuitously so. He gives us a good shaking just  by presenting us with contemporary injustices and discriminations that are going on around us and that we’d normally prefer to ignore. The callous neglect of war veterans suffering from PTSD is the main subject under scrutiny, but police brutality, social intolerance and summary justice all get a big look in.

The two pertinent crimes in this novel – the beating to death of war vet Jay and then the shooting of three cops – occur early on, and the majority of the book deals with the aftermath of these awful events. We follow the flight of the chief suspect, Donald Darfield, and then his capture and trial. The latter might appear to be less than exciting, but trust me it isn’t. There’s a lot of tension and excitement during it, and throughout your blood pressure just keeps going up in response to the bigotry and deceit that crops up!

We meet some fascinating characters in the book, from Jay himself, whom we get to know from flashbacks to the past, to his comrade Donald, to the strong doctor, Tessa Thorpe, who counsels the troubled veterans, to the eccentric, controversial defence lawyer, Nathaniel. They’re all so unique, so human, so convincing.

This powerful, compelling book has a startling ending. That’s all I’ll say!

It’s the first in a series, and I can’t wait to read more by this excellent author. His imagery, characterisation and creation of scenes and settings are all amazing, and despite an overall impression of understatement, as in there’s no unnecessary sensationalism and everything is so carefully, methodically constructed,  this novel is one of the most impactful I’ve come across in a long time.

 

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Justice-Gone-N-Lombardi-Jr/dp/1785358766

Amazon US

https://www.amazon.com/Justice-Gone-N-Lombardi-Jr/dp/1785358766

Barnes and Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/justice-gone-n-lombardi-jr/1128875661?ean=9781785358760

Book Depository

https://www.bookdepository.com/Justice-Gone-N-Lombardi-Jr/9781785358760?ref=grid-view&qid=1544400889897&sr=1-1

Waterstones

https://www.waterstones.com/book/justice-gone/n-lombardi-jr/9781785358760

Kobo

https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/justice-gone

About the author

N. Lombardi Jr, the N for Nicholas, has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist. Nick can speak five languages: Swahili, Thai, Lao, Chinese, and Khmer (Cambodian).

In 1997, while visiting Lao People’s Democratic Republic, he witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from leftover cluster bombs. Driven by what he saw, he worked on The Plain of Jars for the next eight years.

Nick maintains a website with content that spans most aspects of the novel: The Secret War, Laotian culture, Buddhism etc. http://plainofjars.net

His second novel, Journey Towards a Falling Sun, is set in the wild frontier of northern Kenya.

His latest novel, Justice Gone was inspired by the fatal beating of a homeless man by police.

Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Social Media Links –

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6982373.N_Lombardi_Jr_

http://www.author-n-lombardi-jr.com/

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Edna and Genevieve Escape From Curmudgeon Avenue by Samantha Henthorn

Edna and Genevieve Escape From Curmudgeon Avenue by Samantha Henthorn
• Paperback: 236 pages
• Publisher: Independently published (7 Feb. 2019)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1790417325
• ISBN-13: 978-1790417322

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edna-Genevieve-Escape-Curmudgeon-Avenue/dp/1790417325/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1553018869&sr=8-4&keywords=samantha+henthorn

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When Genevieve Dubois returned to Curmudgeon Avenue, this opened up the opportunity for Edna to realise her long held dream of escaping to France. But as Edna embraces all things European, Genevieve appears to shy away from her French roots.
Meanwhile, we return to Curmudgeon Avenue for the third time where the wind has blown in the truth about the tall, handsome stranger. Although Harold and Edith were relieved to discover that he is neither an elephant detective, nor a fraud investigator, Toonan had proved to be a bit of a disappointment. Matteo Dubois has been looking for his mother, Genevieve Dubois, and although he did not find her on Curmudgeon Avenue, you have probably guessed that he is about to cause a disturbance. Finally there is hope that the set of nincompoops that live here currently will move out, and leave me in peace!
This delightful comedy romance is the third book in the Curmudgeon Avenue will make you smile.

REVIEW
I haven’t read the preceding novels in the series, so it did take a little bit of working out as to who was who and the relationships between them, but it’s still an enjoyable read. More background info would just help get into the swing of things quicker.
Our lead characters, Edna and Genevieve, are a lively pair. Like all the people we meet in this madcap tumble they’re somewhat off-the-wall and quirky. They’re in France, and Genevieve immerses herself totally. Edna is less enthusiastic about the whole thing. Why they’re here becomes clearer as the story progresses. There are a few skeletons dancing in closets behind them.
Action is split between our duo in France, and England, where Harold, Edith, Wantha and Ricky are amongst the main dramatis personae. There’s comedy in their antics and machinations.
I found the novel a little rough round the edges in terms of presentation but the quirkiness suits the off-beat story and cast of characters. This cast includes the house in Curmudgeon Avenue itself, which doesn’t have much to say early on but takes on more importance as we read on.

All in all a lively, breathless and definitely unique story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Samantha Henthorn was born in 1970something in Bury, England. She has had short stories and poetry published in magazines. Her books include the Curmudgeon Avenue series (The Terraced House Diaries and The Harold and Edith adventures). ‘1962’, ‘Quirky Tales to Make Your Day’ and ‘Piccalilly’

She has two cats, one dog, one gorgeous grown up daughter and one husband. When not reading or writing, she is listening to heavy metal and would be thrilled to bits if someone read her books.

Blog : samanthahenthornfindstherightwords.WordPress.com

Twitter: @SamanthaHfinds

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The Worth of a Penny by Jess B Moore: utterly enchanting

The Worth of a Penny

Sweetheart Penelope Davies is what her daddy calls gullible, right after he told her she was stupid and worthless. With her cheek red from being slapped by him, and her heart trampled by a worthless boyfriend, she packs up and follows her half-brother to Fox River, North Carolina, in need of a fresh start.

Dominic MacKenna is the youngest of five brothers, the friendly one with a killer smile and easy laugh. His brothers are all grown up, and one by one they’re flying the nest, leaving him out of sorts and unsure of his place. Who is he if not the youngest MacKenna?

Penny falls in with the MacKenna brothers, welcomed in as family, and offered the kind of love and support she never knew existed. With a new job and a lot of determination, she is finding out what she’s capable of. The last thing she needs now is to fall in love with the most notorious flirt in town.

Dominic falls for the sweet strong girl with a penchant for random facts and quirky homemade dresses. All he wants is to show Penny how wonderful she is, how smart and funny, and how desired and loved—even if he has to do it as her friend.

 

My review

I didn’t want this book to end! It’s a beautiful, enchanting story, with a lovely heroine. And just like Penny, the book is sweet but there’s a lot of strength beneath the surface in the form of determined characters and some tough issues.

The title is clever: a penny isn’t apparently worth much, and our Penny felt like that with her unforgiving family and first boyfriend. However, without pennies we’d never have pounds, and in the same way Penny gradually learns, thanks to the kind Dominic, that she is valuable, deserves to be cherished and has a lot to contribute.

The setting of Fox River is beautifully described and it quickly feels like home. We soon get to know all the characters, nice and not-so-nice. This is the third book in a series but we’re given all the information we need to enjoy this story to its fullest.

This is a novel of second chances handled in a unique and thoroughly enjoyable way. Be prepared to fun the full gamut of emotions from sadness and frustration to joy and satisfaction whilst in this author’s company. A lovely book absolutely to be recommended.

 

Purchase Link – mybook.to/theworthofapenny

 

Author biography

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Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.

Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.

Her novels combine her interests in family, music, and small towns into thoughtful tales of growing up and falling in love.

Social Media Links –
Website:
  https://jessbmoore.com
Facebook:
 https://www.facebook.com/authorjessb
Twitter
https://twitter.com/authorjessb
Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/authorjessb/

 

 

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One Last Summer by Victoria Connelly: touching and inspiring

One Last Summer

They have the whole summer ahead of them. Is it enough to rekindle the friendship they once shared?

Harriet Greenleaf dreams of spending the summer in a beautiful ancient priory on the Somerset coast with her two best friends—but her dream is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s a chance to reconnect three lives that have drifted apart; on the other, she has a devastating secret to share that will change everything between them forever.

First to arrive is Audrey—the workaholic who’s heading for a heart attack unless she slows down and makes time for herself. Then Lisa, the happy-go-lucky flirt who’s always struggled to commit to anyone—or anything. Ever the optimist, can Harriet remind them of the joy in their lives and the importance of celebrating good friendship before it’s gone?

Through the highs and lows of a long, glorious summer, these three women will rediscover what it means to be there for each other—before they face the hardest of goodbyes.

 

My review

The theme of friends who have drifted reuniting for a special occasion of some kind is quite a common one in women’s literature but also an enduring one. Friendship is such a vital part of life, and there are so many variations on the theme that are possible it will never become stale or predictable.

In One Last Summer the friends concerned are Harrie, Audrey and Lisa. All three have assorted issues in their lives, but they plan to leave these behind when they get together for a holiday in the countryside at Harrie’s expense. It’s as though they’ve never been apart when they meet up again, as is the way with true friendships. Unintentionally all three women make some very important discoveries about themselves and each other, with a little outside help.

Given the circumstances surrounding Harrie, the book could easily have become mawkish. You’ll certainly be reaching for a tissue, or two, but you won’t be downhearted. This book is full of affirmation and celebration, promise and fulfillment. It’s very touching, sensitively written and inspiring. Perfect holiday reading.

Purchase Link

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Last-Summer-Victoria-Connelly-ebook/dp/B07G38S71K

US – https://www.amazon.com/One-Last-Summer-Victoria-Connelly-ebook/dp/B07G38S71K

 

About the author 

Victoria Connelly studied English literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens.

She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Ms Connelly loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden, with either a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

Her website is www.victoriaconnelly.com, and readers can follow her on Twitter @VictoriaDarcy and on Instagram @VictoriaConnellyAuthor.

Social Media Links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/312085782631729/

Twitter: @VictoriaDarcy

Instagram: @VictoriaConnellyAuthor

 

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The Start of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert: a high-flying novel

The Start of Something Wonderful

It’s never too late to follow your dreams….

Forty-year-old air stewardess Emily Forsyth thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…

Catapulted into a midlife crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!

Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?

 

My review

What a treat to review an audiobook for a change, and especially this one. It’s narrated by the author herself and it’s excellently done. There are sound effects and music as well, and it makes for wonderful entertainment.

Our heroine Emily is a fabulous character. She’s seen a bit of life so she’s not entering into this new venture full of naïve and starry-eyed over-optimism. She knows it’s going to take a while to take off and she’s prepared for a long haul. And it proves to be exactly that. However, she takes the disappointments on the chin and carries on. She’s very level-headed and sensible, although there’s a strong streak of daring and she’s not averse to taking a risk – otherwise she’d still be a cabin crew member!

As you might expect from a story that involves acting school, Emily isn’t the only colourful character we come across. We encounter a cast of larger-than-life personalities who are great fun.

This is warming uplit, full of beautiful descriptions of people and places, and with lots of dry wit and outright comedy. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable read, and you’ll enjoy the journey as Emily takes a sharp turn off the predictable path her life has been taking in order to achieve her dream.

 

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Start-of-Something-Wonderful/dp/B07FGWSDBJ

US https://www.amazon.com/The-Start-of-Something-Wonderful/dp/B07DY8SDPW

 

About the author

Jane taught English in Vienna then travelled the world as cabin crew, before making the life-changing decision to become an actor and voiceover artist in her mid-thirties. She has appeared in “Calendar Girls”, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”, “Deathtrap”,  and most recently “True West” in London’s West End.  She has recorded audiobooks for BBC AudioGo, Isis Publishing and HarperCollins. She is currently adapting “The Start of Something Wonderful” into a 6-part comedy drama for TV.

Social Media Links – Twitter: @janelambert22  

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Chickens Eat Pasta by Clare Pedrick: so atmospheric you can hear those chickens clucking!

Synopsis

Not just another romance, but a story of escapism, coincidences, friendship, luck and most of all… love.

Chickens Eat Pasta is the tale of how a young Englishwoman starts a new life after watching a video showing a chicken eating spaghetti in a mediaeval hill village in central Italy.

“Here I was, 26 years old, alone and numb with boredom at the prospect of a future which until recently had seemed to be just what I wanted.”

This is not simply an account of a foreigner’s move to Italy, but a love story written from the unusual perspective of both within and outside of the story. As events unfold, the strong storyline carries with it a rich portrayal of Italian life from the inside, with a supporting cast of memorable characters. Along the way, the book explores and captures the warmth and colour of Italy, as well as some of the cultural differences – between England and Italy, but also between regional Italian lifestyles and behaviour. It is a story with a happy ending. The author and her husband are still married, with three children, who love the old house on the hill (now much restored) almost as much as she does.

Chickens Eat Pasta is Clare’s autobiography, and ultimately a love story – with the house itself and with the man that Clare met there and went on to marry. If you yearn for a happy ending, you won’t be disappointed. It’s a story that proves anything is possible if you only try.

 

My review

This book is so atmospheric that I can hear those chickens clucking as they eat pasta and feel that Italian sunshine!

This book recounts the author’s experience of moving to Italy and creating a new life there, with all the difficulties and demands that come with that alongside the pleasure and achievement. As an expat myself, I know that ‘living the dream’ can involve plenty of nightmares en route! The author candidly shares her triumphs and tribulations with us, and it’s all very interesting, not to say fascinating.

As well as travelling abroad, we travel back in time to 1980s’ or so rural Italy, which itself is running a decade or so behind urban Italy. It is nice to be reminded of simpler times before the internet and other modern conveniences we take for granted. However, that comes at the cost of a more tougher, more constrained life for women, something that emerges clearly in this book.

The story of settling into a new home evolves into a romance. Just as there are problems with the house renovations and becoming a resident, which are part of the author’s love affair with the country, so too are there hiccups in the love affair with her future husband, compounded by the culture clash that inevitably exists.

The book makes for an enjoyable, uplifting and inspiring read.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chickens-Eat-Pasta-Escape-Umbria-ebook/dp/B012GZXOPY

US – https://www.amazon.com/Chickens-Eat-Pasta-Escape-Umbria-ebook/dp/B012GZXOPY

UK Audiobook  – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chickens-Eat-Pasta/dp/B07BYLZX3X

US Audiobook – https://www.amazon.com/Chickens-Eat-Pasta/dp/B07CBJRG9C

 

About Clare Pedrick

Clare Pedrick is a British journalist who studied Italian at Cambridge University before becoming a reporter. She went on to work as the Rome correspondent for the Washington Post and as European Editor of an international features agency. She still lives in Italy with her husband, whom she met in the village where she bought her house.

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You can follow Clare on her Facebook Book Page, her own Facebook page and on Twitter.

Read her blog about life in Umbria here

 

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Arbitrage by Colette Kebell: exhilarating and clever

Synopsis

Ryan Logan thinks he has it all… A young attorney specialising in finance and tax law, Logan has earned an impressive reputation and commands a hefty fee for his services. But when he advises his corporate employers against a merger with a shady financial institution, he soon finds himself caught up in a web of betrayal and deceit. Framed for the murder of his wealthy boss, Logan is forced to accept a plea deal, to keep his own dark secrets from coming to light…

Arbitrage is a fast-paced, stand-alone financial thriller. If you like edge-of-your-seat suspense, sweet revenge, and twists and turns you won’t see coming, you’ll love this eye-opening look into the world of financial crime.

Can a burned out lawyer outwit an army of con artists and killers?

 

My review

Goodness, but this is a really exciting read! It’s fast-paced, exciting, thrilling, endlessly inventive and impossible to put down until you’ve finished.

The plot centres on financial crime, which proves to be a very murky and multinational affair. Human life is valueless when compared to adding millions or billions to a bank account by devious methods.

Our hero, Ryan Logan, takes time to warm too. He’s what you imagine a successful young attorney to be – namely, arrogant, single-minded and a bit too sure of himself. However, as we get to know him better we see there’s more to him than initially meets the eye. He has likeable human qualities after all and life treats him pretty unfairly. He turns out to be the perfect man for the job in this novel, and we’re soon on his side.

Amelia, a strong borderline ruthless woman, is another superb.

The settings come over as very convincing, often with an edge of menace or threat about them.

All in all, an exhilarating, intriguing, clever and enjoyable novel.

 

Purchase Linkhttps://mybook.to/Arbitrage

About the author

Colette Kebell is an eclectic author, though a relatively new one and thus far has self-published her books. Her books are light-hearted, fun and quirky and even considered by some to be inspirational.  She publishes mostly for the English speaking market and the Italian one.  Colette Kebell does not stick to just one genre when writing though, as you shall discover from her latest book to be launched on 5th April 2019

As a career, Colette spent her later years as a legal secretary. After a first attempt at writing many years ago (a book that still remains in her drawer) she resumed this passion a few years back, after being made redundant.  After few book signing events and a book talk, which almost caused her to collapse with nerves, Colette now spends her time between her home in the UK and her home in France.

Colette has two adorable dogs and, when not writing and marketing her books, she likes cooking for herself and her husband, gardening or designing various items for their home.  Amongst her other hobbies, she has also experimented with furniture upholstery, and she might, from time to time, have a paintbrush in her hand.

She can be found on twitter @ColetteKebell though doesn’t tweet a vast amount.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://www.colettekebell.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/ColetteKebell

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ColetteKebellAuthor

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Island in the Sun by Janice Horton: an uplifting pearl of a novel

Synopsis

When successful jewellery designer Isla Ashton unexpectedly inherits her eccentric Aunt Kate’s Caribbean island, she is obligated to return to the place she associates with heartache and regret. To where she grew up and fell in love with her childhood friend, Leo Fernandez. Fully intent on selling the island and finally putting the past behind her, Isla is soon compelled to put together the pieces of what really happened on a fateful night ten-years before. She begins to believe that in going to prison, Leo hadn’t only been shielding her from the same fate. She also starts to suspect that her late Aunt hadn’t been entirely honest in sending her away under the guise of recriminations. Who had they both been protecting and why?

Purchase Link – http://smarturl.it/IslandInTheSun

My review
Everything about this book is colourful and vibrantly lustrous, from the setting, to the characters and their interactions, to the emotions the novel evokes.

Pearl Island is a rich and atmospheric place, exotic and full of promise. However, Isla doesn’t intend staying long – just long enough to wrap up her aunt’s affairs. She also wants closure with a former boyfriend, Leo, who is a pearl farmer. Isla is a jewellery designer so there’s a hint here that it might not be so easy to extricate themselves from their awkward past.

Aunt Kate plays a crucial role from beyond the grave. Isla finds her diaries, which reveal many pertinent facts and also carry an emotional message for Isla to seize the day.

The story is both charming and exciting, and it’s a fast-paced read, but we do get to relax and unwind in the idyllic setting every now and again.

A love for adventure and travel shines through the story, coming, I think, straight from the author’s heart. Janice Horton is also very imaginative and certainly writes in a lively and captivating manner.

This book is a perfect summer read, although actually it’s pretty perfect the rest of the time as it makes you feel like you’re there on Pearl Island when you read it, soaking up the sun and the location’s exoticness.

I do hope Janice’s Island in the Sun won’t get lost amongst all the many other books of that name because it’s most definitely worth a visit.

About the author
Janice Horton, also affectionately known as the backpacking housewife, writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Once her three children had grown up, Janice and her backpacking husband sold their empty nest in Scotland UK along with almost everything they owned and set off to travel the world. Since then they have been traveling full-time and have explored over 50 countries, living out of an apartment, a hut, or wherever they happen to find themselves.

Janice works as a writer wherever she is in the world. When not writing bestselling romantic adventure novels, she writes lifestyle and travel features for her website and her work has featured in national and international magazines like ‘Prima’ in the UK and ‘Friday’ in Dubai. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland’s Write Here Write Now project and has been interviewed on many podcasts and radio shows including Loose Women’s Kaye Adams’ prime time BBC Radio Scotland Show.

Social Media Links –
Website: https://thebackpackinghousewife.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JaniceHorton
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janicehortonwriter/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaniceHortonAuthor
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/janice-horton

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The Peacock Bottle by Angela Rigley: enchanting and atmospheric

Synopsis

In this Victorian dual timeline novel, Amelia Wise feels a jolt when she finds a blue perfume bottle in the overgrown garden of the house she has inherited. Several events in her life mirrors those from the past and, with the help of her newfound cousin, Olivia, the bottle’s secret is uncovered.

 

My review

This is an enchanting, gentle mystery, but not without some powerful emotions surfacing here and there.

The dual-timeline action takes places half a century apart in 1840 and 1893 and follows the story of the Wise family who lived at Alice Howe. The setting is comfortable middle-class Cumbria, but both branches of the family in the various time periods encounter certain hardships that are daunting but also seem to bring out the best in them.

Our protagonist is Amelia, who is a strong, likeable character, very much of her restrictive time but with rebellion bubbling beneath the surface that portends the coming twentieth century. She’s interesting and draws our interest from the first meeting with her. Some of her relatives are less appealing but nonetheless very rounded and convincing.

The novel revolves around a relatively simple device – the perfume bottle found in the garden that links the time periods – but it is so brilliantly handled by this author that it has great impact. Simplicity really can be the key to a cracking good story! That said, the plot is intelligent and intriguing, and keeps the reader riveted.

This is a very atmospheric and absorbing novel, with a strong family theme, that’s a pleasure to read.

 

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peacock-Bottle-Angela-Rigley-ebook/dp/B073NT79W2

US – https://www.amazon.com/Peacock-Bottle-Angela-Rigley-ebook/dp/B073NT79W2

 

About the author

Married to Don, I have 5 children and 9 grandchildren, I live in Derbyshire, England, and enjoy researching my family tree (having found ancestors as far back as 1465), reading, gardening, playing Scrabble, meals out and family gatherings. I am the treasurer of my writing club, Eastwood Writers’ Group, and I also write and record Thoughts for the Day for Radio Nottingham. At church I sing in the choir and am an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a reader, a flower arranger and a member of the fundraising team for Cafod, my favourite charity. I have written hymns, although I cannot read music.

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