#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Review : Murder Ahoy! (The Bella Tyson Mysteries Book 2) – Fiona Leitch @fkleitch

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About the Author :

x3C3jwjoFiona Leitch is a writer with a chequered past. She’s written for football and motoring magazines, DJ’ed at illegal raves and is a stalwart of the low budget TV commercial, even appearing as the Australasian face of a cleaning product called ‘Sod Off’. After living in London and Cornwall she’s finally settled in sunny New Zealand, where she enjoys scaring her cats by trying out dialogue on them. She spends her days dreaming of retiring to a crumbling Venetian palazzo, walking on the windswept beaches of West Auckland, and writing funny, flawed but awesome female characters. Her debut novel and first in the Bella Tyson series, ‘Dead in Venice’, was published by Audible as one of their Crime Grant finalists. Fiona is represented by Lina Langlee at the North Literary Agency.

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Famous crime writer Bella Tyson is hired to co-host a Murder Mystery cruise, on a luxury liner sailing from Southampton to New York. She’s expecting an easy ride; fun and games, surrounded by amateur sleuths and fans of her books, all the while staying in a deluxe cabin and enjoying the spa and the amazing restaurants on board, culminating in a visit to one of her favourite cities in the world – the Big Apple.
She’s NOT expecting to be stuck on a boat in the middle of the Atlantic with her two least favourite people in the world, her hot but unfaithful bastard ex-husband Joel Quigley and fellow crime writer, bitch goddess and Twitter frenemy, Louise Meyers. And when real live dead bodies start turning up – as well as fake not-really-dead bodies – Bella’s dreams of being pampered on the high seas turn sour.
Accused of a murder she would have liked to commit but didn’t, and helped (or hindered) by a gang of unlikely detectives, can Bella find out who the real murderer is before the ship reaches its destination and New York’s finest drag her off?

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Review :

After reading ‘Dead in Venice‘ I was quite eager to read another book about Bella and Will, so when I got my hands on ‘Murder Ahoy!’ I was excited.
The first book may have had some issues, in my opinion at least, but this installment is just one straightforward great cozy mystery.
I mean, we have a setting to die for (I’m humming the theme song of ‘The Love Boat‘ by the way! 😉 ) and characters that are just very funny.
I definitely do love Bella and her inner conversations, she’s really a woman I can relate to, and of course I adore Will, he’s such a hero.
There are a bunch of other great characters too naturally, some of we already know and who I must confess started to grow on me, you readers know who I believe, so well done author.
Needless to say there were murders too, real and fakes ones, it was a murder mystery cruise by all means, but it all stayed rather ‘light’ now from my standpoint, which the first book was missing when it came to the ‘why’ part.
Anyway, back to ‘Murder Ahoy!’, which is one splendid read, full of great fun and sleuthing, which I definitely enjoyed reading as I couldn’t put this one down.
I patiently, ahum, await another book in this series so keep on writing Fiona Leitch!

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#Review : Dead in Venice (The Bella Tyson Mysteries Book 1) – Fiona Leitch @fkleitch

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x3C3jwjoFiona Leitch is a writer with a chequered past. She’s written for football and motoring magazines, DJ’ed at illegal raves and is a stalwart of the low budget TV commercial, even appearing as the Australasian face of a cleaning product called ‘Sod Off’. After living in London and Cornwall she’s finally settled in sunny New Zealand, where she enjoys scaring her cats by trying out dialogue on them. She spends her days dreaming of retiring to a crumbling Venetian palazzo, walking on the windswept beaches of West Auckland, and writing funny, flawed but awesome female characters. Her debut novel and first in the Bella Tyson series, ‘Dead in Venice’, was published by Audible as one of their Crime Grant finalists. Fiona is represented by Lina Langlee at the North Literary Agency.

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Synopsis :

41sljXYV41LAward-winning crime novelist Bella Tyson has it all: a successful career, devoted fans – and a bad case of writer’s block. So when a fan sends her a book of Venetian ghost stories and offers her the use of an apartment near Piazza San Marco, Bella jumps at the chance to get her Eat Pray Love on, consume her bodyweight in gelato and explore the atmospheric canals of Venice.
She meets Will, a mild-mannered, middle class Interpol agent working in the city, and is swept away by him. And when a series of gruesome murders occur he’s on the case – with Bella in tow.
Her writer’s block is well and truly cured, her new novel is under way, and she’s madly in love. But Bella realises that not everything in Venice is as it seems…

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It’s been a while since I’ve read a cozy mystery so when I had the opportunity to read ‘Dead in Venice’ by Fiona Leitch, the first in a series about sleuth Bella Tyson, I couldn’t resist.
From the start I knew that I couldn’t have found a better book to re-start my love for this genre as it was funny from the get-go and I met a great character in the form of a writer, with writer’s block, who was lured to Venice where all the ‘magic’ would happen.
Reading further I also had the feeling I was wandering in Venice myself, getting to know the city and the (ghostly) stories / history about it and than there were of course also a few gruesome murders, a weird neighbor and a man worth swooning over.
Everything to get the plot going at a great and interesting pace so to say and that made it in my opinion one splendid start of a new series, so what could go wrong?!
Well, quite a bit, I’m afraid to say, as toward the end it didn’t feel really cozy mystery to me, but more regular thriller stuff which made it too ‘heavy’, in my humble opinion, for the genre I was reading.
Then there was also a splash of paranormal, which I didn’t found necessary somehow as it didn’t add anything more to the plot for me personally.
On the contrary, I thought it made the author rush to get all the different threads together at the end, which, for me, was a real pity as I definitely liked the idea of how everything was linked to each other.
Really a shame as I did enjoy the book overall and I loved the chemistry between Bella and Will, the lead characters, which makes me, after a fashion, compelled to read another installment, because I want to see where their story goes and if the author can grow more within this genre!

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #Review : Let’s Get Published – Val Penny @valerieepenny

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About the Author :

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.
Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ ‘Hunter’s Revenge’, ‘Hunter’s Force’ and ‘Hunter’s Blood’ form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth novel in the series, ‘Hunter’s Secret’, is published by darkstroke. Her first non-fiction book, ‘Let’s Get Published’ is available now.

Synopsis :

51p+ZEyXqOL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_ (1)At last, a book that is easy to read and tells it how it is!
A book written to assist authors maximise their success when submitting work to agents or publishers, to help authors consider their priorities and preferences for getting work into print. To advise authors how to identify the agents and/or publishers they want to approach. It should also assist with editing their manuscript fully prior to submission. The book offers advice about how to prepare a submission package to give an author the best chance of success. The road to becoming a successful author is not easy, but it is rewarding. Let this book take you on the journey.

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Review :

I’ve always been interested in books and since a couple of years I’ve been playing with the idea of writing one myself.
Of course I already know it’s not just putting words on paper, having a great idea or having a nice style of writing (Not my own opinion by the way, just what people have said to me!), but it’s really hard work!
But what to do if you have a manuscript and you think you want to take the plunge and publish?
Another daunting task, if you ask me, as there are so many ways in this day in age.
Luckily for us Val Penny comes to our rescue as she wrote a book about getting published with the motivational title ‘Let’s Get Published’.
And that’s really what this book is, a very inspirational non-fiction about every step you could and should take to be successful at getting your book to readers.
It’s a fantastic read with lots of insightful and useful tips, not only for the already seasoned writer, but also for the first time try-er.
It’s a down to earth guide that gives you all that you need to have a polished manuscript that has a chance to catch someone’s eye whichever way you choose to publish.
The author is also not afraid to tell you the truth.
She admits that it will be hard work, it will be a wobbly road, we’ll make mistakes,… but at the same time she’s very motivational.
The main thing I get from reading this book is whatever you do, don’t ever give up on that dream!
Thank you Val Penny for your help and support by writing this wonderful guide every (want to be) author should have on their bookshelf.

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#BlogTour #RandomThingsTours @annecater / #Review : Tomb of Gods #TombofGods – Brian Moreland @BrianMoreland @flametreepress

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Brian Moreland Author Pic 2Brian Moreland writes a blend of mystery, action-adventure, dark suspense, and horror. His books include Shadows in the Mist, Dead of Winter, The Witching House, The Devil’s Woods, The Seekers, and Darkness Rising.
An adventure seeker and lover of world travel, Brian is currently living in various places and writing books and short stories.

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Tomb of Gods CoverDeep inside the tomb exists a hidden world of wonder and terror.
In 1935, British archaeologists vanished inside an Egyptian cave. A year later, one man returned covered in mysterious scars.
Egyptologist Imogen Riley desperately wants to know what happened to the ill-fated expedition led by her grandfather. On a quest for answers, she joins a team of archeologists and soldiers in Egypt. Inside a mountain tomb, they’ve found a technologically advanced relic and a maze of tunnels. Dr. Nathan Trummel believes this tomb leads to the most guarded secrets of the pharaohs. When the explorers venture deep into the caves, they discover a hidden world of wonder and terror.

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Review :

As I’m a lover of everything (Ancient) Egypt and I’m fairly sure that I would be an archeologist if not for my muscular disease I immediately wanted a copy of ‘Tomb of Gods’ by Brian Moreland.
It didn’t matter to me that I didn’t know the author or what the synopsis was all about, I just wanted to read this book and fall in love, all over again, with Egypt and the gods.
I know that’s kind of tricky because this could either go very wrong or be one fantastic journey, but hey, take a gamble, right?!
I’m delighted to say I like being such an adventurous girl as I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
First of all, I’m glad to notice that the author did his research or knows a lot about being an archeologist, Ancient Egypt, the gods and even other events that occur in this story.
Together with his great style of writing and a quest his characters and his readers won’t likely forget easily he found the way to my heart.
As did Imogen and later on Dyfan, 2 great characters I immediately liked.
I loved their stories and was moved by every step they took in their journey.
This was in stark contrast with other characters I disliked from the get-go like Nathan Trummel and his associates.
However, I must admit that I felt some pity for them too and that’s because Brian tried to make us understand more about each character by giving them a sizeable background.
And this is another great strength of this novel, the world and character building was so extensive and almost touchable that I always felt like I was in it myself, together with the others.
I’m not sure what I would encounter or how my story would end, but how did it for everyone!
I was really blown away by the author’s imagination and how he all made the history fit into a Sci-fi like adventure.
I loved the (open) ending, which I normally detest / hate with all my heart, as this can’t be the end of such a fantastic world.
I really want more.
I so hope there’s more.
Please tell me there will be more?!
I guess it’s obvious but I definitely wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone, lover of Ancient Egypt or not.
You have to read this one, or at least one book by Brian Moreland, as this was such a great first encounter with him for me.
I know I’ll be looking out for more books for sure, even if they’re not about my favorite period in history!

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#Review #PeruBoPublishing : The Origins of Yana Paisley – Ursula Visser

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50421643._SY475_When successful nano-scientist Yana Paisley is mortally wounded, only one thing can save her life; she becomes the product of her own invention.
With her new abilities she is able to push her work to another level, until a devastating event changes everything; the government orders a total ban on her kind, and the hunt is on.
Meanwhile, her partner on the project Gordon Valez worms his way out of the trouble he’s in – or so he hopes. Every solution creates new problems and eventually his world collapses, taking Yana along with him.

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About the Author :

35265471_839189592949167_2237717208627150848_nMy name is Ursula Visser. I was born in spring of 1968, in the most eastern part of The Netherlands, and I still live there with my partner.
I adore dragons, mystic creatures and the magic realms of fantasy books. Sci-fi books give me an interesting look in the future, and sometimes I wish I could time-travel, just to see what will happen.
Writing is my passion. My books are available in Dutch and English.

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It wasn’t the first time I read ‘The Origins of Yana Paisley’ by Ursula Visser as I was one of the happy few who had the opportunity to read the first draft.
Afterwards I was already quite excited about the storyline so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the real deal.
Unfortunately it took some time before the book was released.
This said however, it was certainly worth the wait!
I already liked a lot about the book, but now it’s really a finished product.
There’s a lot that changed, but the core of it all stayed the same.
Ursula definitely listened to her bèta readers.
She turned an already great idea into a fabulous story about stuff that somehow could be happening in the (near) future.
It makes you think about how far scientists should go in helping humans and enhancing them.
It’s a well written book with a lot of secrets, twists and turns and also with great characters you will love or dislike (if not hate) .
It makes it a well-paced book you certainly must read if you like some ‘could be happening soon’ Sci-fi stuff!
I recommend it wholeheartedly and can’t wait to read more by Ursula Visser.

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#Review : No Mercy (Kent Fisher Mysteries #5) – Robert Crouch @robertcrouchuk

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Synopsis :

41pmdQ4y++LWOULD YOU KILL IF JUSTICE FAILED YOU?
Highways Inspector, Derek Forster, couldn’t go on after the death of his wife. Even though he had a secret lover, he took his own life. Or did he?
Samson Capote, the restaurateur from hell, brutally attacked and left to die in a deep freezer. Did he antagonise too many people? Was he sharing Forster’s secret lover?
Millionaire entrepreneur, Clive Chesterton, falls from his yacht and drowns in Sovereign Harbour. Why did he have Forster’s missing journals in his cabin?
When Kent Fisher becomes a murder suspect, he realises he could be the next victim of a killer who shows no mercy.
Can Kent connect the deaths and solve the mystery before the killer gets to him?

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About the Author :

Robert Crouch Author ImageInspired by Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and Columbo, Robert Crouch wanted to write entertaining crime fiction the whole family could enjoy.
At their heart is Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. Passionate about the environment, justice and fair play, he’s soon embroiled in murder.
Drawing on his experiences as an environmental health officer, Robert has created a new kind of detective who brings a unique and fresh twist to the traditional murder mystery. With complex plots, topical issues and a liberal dash of irreverent humour, the Kent Fisher mysteries offer an alternative to the standard police procedural.
Robert now writes full time and lives on the South Coast of England with his wife and their West Highland White Terrier, Harvey, who appears in the novels as Kent’s sidekick, Columbo.
To discover more, visit http://robertcrouch.co.uk.

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‘No Mercy’ by Robert Crouch is the 5th book in the ‘Kent Fisher Mysteries’ and although you can mostly always read books in mystery series as stand-alone I must now strongly advise not to read this one unless you have read book 4 already.
This because, in my humble opinion, you won’t be able to follow at the beginning with all the characters and how they connect, as it really starts where ‘No Mercy’ (book 4) left off.
This said, I think I never found a book, written in the first POV, that could hook me so quickly!
(Except for the other books in this series of course. 😉)
It all started with some drama for our environmental health officer Kent and a (apparent) suicide.
I say some drama, but actually I need to say a lot, because as soon as Kent goes into office there opens a whole can of worms!
A restaurateur from hell, Samson Capote, is more than a pain in the ass for our favorite sleuth.
Not surprisingly he ends up dead, but who did it?
And is it connected with some other (apparent) suicides?
That’s for the police to find out, you would say, but here it’s of course, that’s for Kent (and co) to find out.
If he does / they do, that’s something I won’t be telling you, but what I can tell you is that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story.
The plot and characters are well developed and are certainly entertaining throughout as there is, among others, some great humor in this book.
Everything also sounds and feels realistic, which makes it a great whodunit in a kind of familiar, though also unique way, as I never met a sleuth like Kent before.
Definitely more than recommendable for lovers of the genre, with an ending that makes you wonder what will be more in store for Kent Fisher!
I hope book 6 will be out soon, because I hate waiting on books from series I’m starting to love.

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#BooksOnTour @bookouture / #Review : The Perfect Sister – Sheryl Browne @SherylBrowne

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Synopsis :

417hIPUi9oL‘You don’t know me, but I’m your sister.’
Claire is shocked when she receives a message out of the blue from Sophie, a beautiful young woman who tells Claire that she’s their father’s secret child. Having spent years nursing her sweet little daughter Ella through a life-threatening illness whilst dealing with the emotional fall-out of a devastating marriage breakdown, Claire feels tentatively excited to meet Sophie. Perhaps she might finally have someone in the family to lean on…
As Claire welcomes her sister into her life, she’s delighted to see just how much Ella loves her new Aunt Sophie. But as the pair spend more time together, Claire begins to wonder where exactly her perfect new sister came from and what kind of person she really is. With their elderly father’s mind rapidly deteriorating, is it possible that he’s hiding something from Claire about Sophie’s sudden appearance in their lives?
When Sophie suggests a family day at the seaside, little Ella is beyond excited. But as Claire takes an important phone call from her demanding ex-husband, leaving Sophie in charge of Ella, something unthinkable happens. And as Claire rushes into the ice-cold sea towards the small, limp figure of her daughter, she realises that Sophie was watching the whole time. But why would Sophie want to hurt Claire’s precious daughter? Was trusting her new sister with Ella the biggest mistake of Claire’s life?

If you enjoyed The Girl on the Train, My Lovely Wife and Lucinda Berry’s The Perfect Child, you’ll love this heart-stopping psychological thriller from bestselling author Sheryl Browne.

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Sheryl Browne03 small fileBestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, writes taught, dark, twisty psychological thriller and contemporary fiction. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller THE MARRIAGE TRAP comes to you from fabulous BOOKOUTURE. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.
So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights.” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath. To find out more about Sheryl’s novels, go to www.facebook.com/SherylBrowne.Author/ or follow @SherylBrowne on Twitter. To find out more about Sheryl, go to www.sherylbrowne.com.

Review :

Whenever there’s a new Sheryl Browne on the horizon I get really excited as from the first book I’ve read I immediately became a fan.
Since then she never once disappointed me, which is rare in my opinion.
So seeing there was a blog tour for ‘The Perfect Sister’ I didn’t hesitate to ask for a copy.
Thank God I did, because Sheryl delivered again!
It all starts with some intriguing and thrilling chapters, so before I knew it I was hooked on reading.
Not only is this a book that kept me wondering about who’s deceiving who or what’s true or not, but it’s also very emotive.
It touches a lot of hard subjects, like being a caretaker for a person with Alzheimer or dealing with family secrets.
For me personally that’s the strenght of this book, but also of this author.
She’s not afraid to take stuff from her own life and put them in the story and that makes her so good in describing the characters feelings and getting things so right, so life-like.
It’s, I think, the main reason you always end up devouring the books.
I only can applaud Sheryl Browne once again and say I wholeheartedly recommend this book, again, to everyone!

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#Review : Cleopatra VII: Egypt’s Last Pharaoh (The Legendary Women of World History, #9) – Laurel A. Rockefeller @laurelworlds

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Synopsis :

51AhvjVJgDLThe exciting true story of Egypt’s most famous queen!
Cleopatra Thea Philopator refused to do what she was told. In an age where patriarchy denied full citizenship to even the most elite of Roman women, Cleopatra ruled her Egypt determined to keep it independent and free from Roman control — at any price necessary. Demonized as a simple seductress by Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (the future Caesar Augustus) and his political allies, Cleopatra VII proved herself the equal to three of the most powerful men of the Roman world: Gaius Julius Caesar, Marcus Antonius, and Octavian Caesar.
Includes a detailed timeline, suggested reading list/bibliography, and a special Easter egg for science fiction fans.

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kk0YiqxI_400x400Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over one hundred books published and self-published since August, 2012 with print editions spanning across ten languages and counting, plus audio books on Audible in English (German and Spanish editions publishing in 2020). A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide.
With her lyrical writing style, Laurel’s books are as beautiful to read as they are informative.
In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, travelling to historic places, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series. Favourites: Star Trek, Doctor Who, Stargate SG-1, and Babylon 5.

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‘Cleopatra VII : Egypt’s Last Pharaoh’ is the first book I’ve read written by Laurel A. Rockefeller and although it’s a very well known story for me I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
It may be a rather short version of this well-known female pharaoh’s life, but it was interesting and exciting to read as it gives you the real strong woman that Cleopatra was and not the romanticized version.
For this I applaud the author and I would recommend everyone, huge history buff or not so much, to read this book.
However, I must be honest and admit that I didn’t really know what to think about the prologue and epilogue.
I understand the need to have a starting point to get to the real subject, but for me it didn’t connect / work somehow.
Of course this is just my opinion and a small hiccup as the real story is a big YES for me!
Afterwards you also get an intriguing time-line and a lot of suggested reading links as a bonus.
For me this felt like I was Alice who went down the rabbit hole as I clicked on links and links and … full of more interesting articles on the main characters and the time period.
I just loved it!
I would somehow hope that the author would write more books about Ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire as it was just a really fascinating book and internet journey.
So as already said, a wholeheartedly recommendation from me for this book in ‘The Legendary Woman of World History’ series!

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#Review : Gloved Heart (Hearts of Amberley #2) – Charlotte Brentwood @charbrentwood

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Synopsis :

GH-cover-smallCan she ever trust again?
Amy Miller is struggling to come to terms with her new life as a mother, while being a reluctant guest in a rigid gentry household. A victim of abuse, she is determined to never trust a man again.
Henry Russell has loved Amy for as long as he can remember, but his family want nothing to do with her. A chance encounter with Amy rekindles a friendship which might save them both.
The discovery of a secret which holds the key to Amy’s past will change them forever, and jeopardise any chance they have for happiness. Can Henry show Amy that true love will give her everything she could ever need?

Note: Although this is a ‘sweet’ read, there is some subject matter that may offend sensitive readers, including mention of a rape and very mild violence and coarse language.

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9788462Charlotte developed serious crushes on a series of men from age fifteen: Darcy, Knightley, Wentworth and Brandon. A bookworm and scribbler for as long as she can remember, Charlotte always dreamed of sharing her stories with the world.
Earning a degree in communication studies, she was seduced by the emerging digital world and has since worked with the web and in marketing. She is a member of the Auckland chapter of RWNZ.
Now mother to an adorable human tornado, Charlotte is trying to find the time for reading, seaside walks, warbling at the piano and quaffing far too many hot chocolates.

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Although ‘Gloved heart’ by Charlotte Brentwood is the second installment in the ‘Hearts of Amberley’ series I found it an interesting and enjoyable stand-alone read.
I must however admit that reading the books in order is always the best way to go for background reasons and getting to know (some) characters better!
This said, I enjoyed the story as it’s overall charming and heart-warming.
Henry is a nice fellow with a lot of patience and a big heart.
I immediately liked him, which wasn’t the case with Amy.
I can’t relate (luckily) to her situation, but her reactions sometimes frustrated me.
I wanted to shake her multiple times as I thought she was a bit too childlike at times.
The plot itself was okay, but there’s a secret which, in my opinion at least, is revealed way to soon and therefore doesn’t really add much more to the story than a hiccup, because of Amy’s reaction(s) towards it.
(Which again I do not fully understand. What’s lying really?)
Maybe I’m just thinking too much as a modern woman as this book is all in all a nice, sweet love story set in the Regency era where people are trying to overcome some traumatic experiences.
The fact that the author succeeded in keeping it a rather light and clean read makes it worth reading / recommending and keeping your eyes open to other books written by her.

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#Review : Love Potions and Other Calamities – Charlie Laidlaw @CLaidlawAuthor @headlinepg

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Synopsis :

Book CoverTitle: Love Potions and Other Calamities
Publication Date: November 7th, 2019
Genre: Comedy
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Welcome to the strange world of Rosie McLeod, an amateur detective with a big difference. Her deductive powers are based solely on the careful preparation and use of plants and herbs.
Love Potions and Other Calamities is pure comedy, with a bit of drama thrown in, as Rosie sets out to discover whether her husband is having an affair and, as the story unfolds, to solve a murder – before she becomes the next victim.
Rosie McLeod, pub proprietor and a gifted herbalist of some renown, is thirty-nine and holding, but only just. The talons of her fortieth birthday are in her back and her bloody, bloody husband hasn’t laid a lustful hand on her for months.
She has the fortune, or misfortune, to live in one of Scotland’s most famous places – the East Lothian village of Holy Cross, which takes its name from the legendary Glastonbury Cross that was spirited away – and subsequently lost – when Henry VIII purged the English monasteries. The cross of pale Welsh gold, reputedly buried within the village, had at its centre a fragment of emerald from the Holy Grail. The story is, of course, complete baloney.
But the association with the Holy Grail and the later witch persecutions of James VI mean that the village is as well known around the world as Edinburgh Castle, haggis or Loch Ness. It has been described as “the heartbeat of Scotland” and is a major tourist destination – many of whom visit the village with metal detectors, hoping to discover the elusive cross.
However, a sighting of a large, black cat by the local Church of Scotland minister sets off a chain of events that lead back twenty years and, although the villagers are blissfully unaware of it, to a woman’s murder. The black cat had last been sighted near the village some two decades before, and the minister’s predecessor was sure that it had triggered something evil. The villagers, of course, think otherwise.
Nothing ever happens in Holy Cross.

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About the Author :

Charlie LaidlawI was born in Paisley, central Scotland, which wasn’t my fault. That week, Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra were Top of the Pops, with Oh, Mein Papa, as sung by a young German woman remembering her once-famous clown father. That gives a clue to my age, not my musical taste.
I was brought up in the west of Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin, so it could say anything.
I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist. I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics. I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.
I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries. Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa. What I did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember
Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then. However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.
Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize, and I’ve still to listen to Oh, Mein Papa.
I am married with two grown-up children and live in central Scotland. And that’s about it.

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Review :

‘Love Potions and Other Calamities’ by Charlie Laidlaw is a quirky read to say the least.
It’s a story about a little village in Scotland with some very interesting characters and one big, mysterious black cat!
Speaking of them, I’m not sure if I love Rosie, the main character, who thinks turning forty is the end of her life.
She’s a bit too whiny and attention seeking for my taste I guess, but she certainly the cataclysm for everything funny that happened in the book.
So I guess she can stay, but I don’t want to be around when she turns fifty. 😉
I think it’s also fair to say that this book wasn’t really what I expected from reading the blurb as it was more a story about life in a village than a real mystery novel.
I had the feeling that the latter was almost added on to fit the genre somehow.
It wasn’t, in my opinion, a necessary add as the characters and the history about the village and the herbal parts were interesting enough to be a plot / story on their own.
I mean it’s fairly obvious how much research Charlie has done whilst and before writing this book on these topics.
That’s the main reason I read this book I believe as I was very intrigued and impressed with the details of the history about witches, the village and herbs and what not.
Very well done from the author!
This together with his writing style makes it, for me at least, an unique story, which may not have been completely my cup of tea, but was more than worth my reading time.
So I guess I’d recommend the book to everyone who likes a bit of experimental reading.

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