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#Giveaway & Book Review: The Unwrapping of Theodora Quirke by Caroline Smailes

Book reviews, Giveaway By December 7, 2021 Tags: , , , , 7 Comments

Caroline Smailes’ novel, The Unwrapping of Theodora Quirke, could be exactly the read you need this festive season, whether you string fairy lights everywhere at the earliest opportunity or curse when you hear the opening bars of a Christmas song. And now’s the perfect time to tell you all about it. Here’s why: Yesterday (6 December) was the feast day…

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Book Review: A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa #AGhostInTheThroat #BlogTour & #Giveaway

Blog tour, Book reviews By November 5, 2021 Tags: , , , , , 5 Comments

In A Ghost in the Throat Doireann Ní Ghríofa chronicles her personal response to a famous eighteenth-century poem in captivating prose and lays bare her own life while discovering that of the poet who wrote it. In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood and composes an extraordinary poem that…

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Book Review: You Need to Know by Nicola Moriarty

Blog tour, Book reviews By May 27, 2021 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

In Nicola Moriarty’s You Need to Know we meet the Lewis family, as they approach the first anniversary of a tragic accident in the run-up to Christmas, in itself a stressful enough time for most families. Jill’s three grown-up sons mean everything to her. She would do anything for her boys – protect them, lie for them, even die for…

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#Giveaway & Book Review: The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney

Book reviews, Giveaway By January 23, 2020 Tags: , , , 5 Comments

JP Delaney’s novel The Perfect Wife is an unnerving, skewed story of grief, our obsession with perfection and that with work, AI and our digital footprints, relationship double standards, and conflicting child-rearing approaches. Abbie wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there. The man by her side explains that he’s her husband. He’s a titan…

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Book Review: The Mermaid’s Call by Katherine Stansfield

Book reviews By September 19, 2019 Tags: , , , , , , 4 Comments

Katherine Stansfield’s Cornish Mysteries series moves to the unforgiving North Cornwall coast where Shilly and Anna are to investigate whether The Mermaid’s Call lured a man to his death. Cornwall, 1845. Shilly has always felt a connection to happenings that are not of this world, a talent that has proved invaluable when investigating dark deeds with master of disguise, Anna…

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Book Review: The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 26, 2019 Tags: , , , , 3 Comments

Vanessa Savage’s debut novel The Woman in the Dark was one of my most-anticipated releases of 2019. I have to say that this is partly down to us both being in a regional group of writers who meet up occasionally. I’ve followed Vanessa’s progression to thrillers with interest. Here’s what this first one’s about: For Sarah and Patrick, family life…

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Book Review: The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 25, 2019 Tags: , , , , 2 Comments

Eve Chase’s second novel The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde is a dual timeline story about mothers and daughters, sisters, secrets and grief, which switches between 1959 and some fifty years later when new owners move in to the house at the centre of a tragic local mystery. In the heatwave of 1959, four sisters arrive at Applecote Manor to relive…

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Book Review: One More Lie by Amy Lloyd

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 17, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 4 Comments

Amy Lloyd’s second novel One More Lie takes a look at the human stories behind those evil monsters and animals people are dubbed by sensational newspaper headlines and in the public outrage voiced via social media comments. It makes for a gripping read. Charlotte wants a fresh start. She wants to forget her past, forget her childhood crime – and,…

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Book Review: Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 15, 2019 Tags: , , , No Comments

Miranda Emmerson’s debut novel Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars isn’t as whimsical as the title might at first suggest. But that fits with a book where it’s not only the missing actress who is playing a role (both on and off stage) or has something to hide. Soho, 1965. When an American actress disappears from the Galaxy Theatre,…

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Book Review: The Binding by Bridget Collins

Book reviews, Giveaway By April 3, 2019 Tags: , , , , 9 Comments

Bridget Collins’ The Binding is one book you’ll lust after for your collection with its beautifully finished dust jacket and intricately designed book boards, holding within them the promise that this young man’s story is no ordinary apprentice’s tale. Imagine you could erase your grief. Imagine you could forget your pain. Imagine you could hide a secret. Forever. Emmett Farmer…

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