Murder at the Mill by T. A. Belshaw @tabelshaw @ZooloosBT @SpellBoundBks #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Murder at the Mill by T. A. Belshaw today as part of the blog tour. With thanks to Zoé at Zooloo’s Book Tours for the invite to join the tour and to Spellbound Books for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Introducing Twenty-one-year-old Amy Rowlings, a vivacious, quick-witted collector of imported American music, a movie buff and an avid reader of crime fiction.

January 1939 and the residents of the snow-covered streets of a small Kentish town awake to horrific news.

When young Amy Rowlings meets Detective Sergeant Bodkin at the scene of a robbery on the way to work at The Mill, one snowy, January morning, she is blissfully unaware of how much her life is about to change.

She is drawn into the murky world of murder when the body of Edward Handsley is found lying on the floor of the clothing factory. Edward, a libertine, philanderer, the son of George, the factory owner, a young man with many enemies, many of them female.

Bodkin is new to the area and accepts Amy’s offer to provide local knowledge but she soon becomes an invaluable source of information. When Adam Smethwick is arrested for the murder, Amy, a family friend, is convinced of his innocence and sets out to prove that the detective has arrested the wrong man.

Amy befriends Justine, the young, French fiancé of the elderly George, and soon discovers that it was not all sweetness and light in the Handsley family home. Meanwhile, back at the factory, Amy is sure that the foreman, Mr Pilling, has something to hide.

As the investigation proceeds, Amy finds that her burgeoning relationship with Bodkin is pushed to the limits as the detective becomes even more convinced that he has arrested the right man and while Bodkin relies heavily on the facts as they are presented, Amy has a more nuanced approach to solving the crime, born out of her beloved Agatha Christie books

Murder at the Mill is the first book in a gorgeous 1930’s cosy crime series .

AMY RETURNS ! – Death at Lychgate: the second Amy Rowlings book is out Christmas 2023

Buy Links

Amazon – https://geni.us/snALMHY

MY REVIEW

I do love a cosy crime and Murder at the Mill was definitely an intriguing one. The case was quite the puzzle, mainly because there were quite a few suspects to choose from. This of course helped to keep things interesting. The characters were lots of fun and it was very easy to become invested not only in them but the story too.

The dynamic between Amy and Bodkin was written just right and I was rooting for the two of them within moments of them being introduced. The plot itself moves at a steady pace with Amy just as determined to solve the case as Bodkin. It was also great to see a friendship build between them along with a few sparks of chemistry flying along the way.

I really liked how Murder at the Mill had a gentle mix of humour with the cosy crime vibe. Then add in characters I couldn’t help but become attached to and you get a brilliant combination. I’m looking forward to catching up with them again soon!

Author Bio

T A Belshaw is from Derbyshire in the United Kingdom where he shares a house with his chatty rescue cat, Mia. He writes for both children and adults. A former miner and computer technician, Trevor studied Advanced Creative Writing at the Open University. He is the author of Tracy’s Hot Mail, Tracy’s Celebrity Hot Mail and the noir, suspense novella, Out of Control. Following the sudden death of his wife in 2015 Trevor took a five-year break from writing, returning during lockdown in 2020, when an injury forced him to take time off work. The result of this new creative burst was the Dual Timeline, Family Saga, Unspoken and the Historical Cosy Crime Whodunnit, Murder at the Mill.

Trevor signed his first contract with Spellbound Books Ltd in April 2021. He signed a further mullti-book contract with them in the spring of 2022.

His short stories have been published in various anthologies including 100 Stories for Haiti, 50 Stories for Pakistan, Another Haircut, Shambelurkling and Other Stories, Deck the Halls, 100 Stories for Queensland and The Cafe Lit anthology 2011, 2012 and 2013. He also has two pieces in Shambelurklers Return. 2014

Trevor is also the author of 15 children’s adventure books written under the name of Trevor Forest.

His children’s poem, Clicking Gran, was long listed for the Plough prize (children’s section) in 2009 and his short poem, My Mistake, was rated Highly Commended and published in an anthology of the best entries in the Farringdon Poetry Competition.

Trevor’s articles have been published in magazines as diverse as Ireland’s Own, The Best of British and First Edition.

He is currently working on the sequel to Murder at the Mill, another cosy crime murder mystery set in 1939, Death at the Lychgate.


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Radio Ha Ha by Kiltie Jackson @kiltiejackson @ZooloosBT @SpellBoundBks #BlogTour #Review #20booksofsummer22 (7/20)

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Radio Ha Ha by Kiltie Jackson as part of the blog tour today. It is also book seven for my 20 Books of Summer challenge. With thanks to Zoé at Zooloo’s Book Tours and Spellbound Books for the invite to join the tour and for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Will a blind date on the radio blossom into romance on the airwaves ?

DJ Marky Sparks is hanging onto his career by a thread – he needs a miracle.
Steven Byrne has an invite to his brother’s “Couples Only” party – he needs a date.
Matilda ‘Mats’ Davidson has dumped her cheating boyfriend – she doesn’t need anything.

A drunken email brings these three strangers together and changes their lives in ways they couldn’t have foreseen.

Mats Davidson has just dumped her cheating boyfriend so is less than impressed to find herself, thanks to her interfering best friend, taking part in a radio version of Blind Date barely two hours later.

Steven Byrne can’t attend his brother’s “Couples Only” engagement party without a date and is horrified to find he’s sent a drunken email to a local radio station asking for their help in finding one.

DJ Marky Sparks seizes the opportunity to add a different element to his morning breakfast show and in doing so, brings Mats and Steven together.

While the date is a success, there are no plans to meet again but DJ Sparks has other ideas. He formats a plan to bring Mats and Steven together while also, hopefully, saving his radio station and his career.

A story of adventure, courage, tears and a whole lot of love!

Buy Links

Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Radio-Ha-sparkling-heartwarming-romcom-ebook/dp/B0B2WNQB59

Amazon UShttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0B2WNQB59

MY REVIEW

The premise for Radio Ha Ha was such a fun one. With a radio host trying to hold onto his career, a drunken email that has unexpected results and the setting up of a blind date. Let’s just say I couldn’t wait to see how it would all turn out for Mats and Steven.

This story had a great bunch of characters that I really enjoyed getting to know. They might had had their flaws but within a short space of time it was very easy to connect with them. The romance was a slow burn and it worked really well within the story. First as a friendship, then with sparks of chemistry. All of the characters personalities, even the minor characters were revealed in a great way. Whether it was their confidence or at other times a more gentler and vulnerable side as the reader gets to know them.

Radio Ha Ha certainly made me smile throughout with fun characters, a sweet romance and a heartwarming edge!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kiltie Jackson spent her childhood years growing up in Scotland. Most of these early years were spent in and around Glasgow although for a short period of time, she wreaked havoc at a boarding school in the Highlands.

By the age of seventeen, she had her own flat which she shared with a couple of cats for a few years while working as a waitress in a cocktail bar (she’s sure there’s a song in there somewhere!) and serving customers in a fashionable clothing outlet before moving down to London to chalk up a plethora of experiences which are now finding their way into her writing.

Once she’d wrung the last bit of fun out of the smokeycapital, she moved up to the Midlands and now lives in Staffordshire with one grumpy husband and another six feisty felines.

Her little home is known as Moggy Towers even though, despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers! The cats kindly allow her and Mr Mogs to share their home as long as the mortgage continues to be paid.

Since the age of three, Kiltie has been an avid reader although it was many years later before she decided to put pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard – to begin giving life to the stories in her head.

Her debut novel was released in September 2017 and her fourth book, ‘A Timeless Lovestyle’ was a US Amazon bestseller in Time Travel Romance.

Kiltie loves to write fiery and feisty female characters and puts the blame for this firmly on the doorsteps of Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables and George Kirrin from The Famous Five.

When asked what her best memories are, Kiltie will tell you:

1. Queuing up overnight outside the Glasgow Apollo to buy her Live-Aid ticket.

2. Being at Live-Aid.

3. Winning an MTV competition to meet Bon Jovi in Sweden. (Although, if Mr Mogs is in earshot, the latter is changed to her wedding day.)

Her main motto in life used to be “Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!” but thathas since been replaced with “Too many stories, not a fast enough typist!”


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A Defiant Maiden’s Knight by Melissa Oliver @melissaoauthor @rararesources #BlogTour #Review #20BooksofSummer22 (6/20)

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for A Defiant Maiden’s Knight by Melissa Oliver as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. This is also my sixth book for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

A knight’s protection…That she doesn’t want…or need?

Joan Lovent may be losing her sight but she refuses to lose her independence too. So when Sir Warin de Talmont tells her it’s too perilous to be out alone in the city, she doesn’t pay him any heed. But with threats surrounding them, she begins to value his protection and helps with his dangerous work in return. If only the powerful connection between them wasn’t so impossible to ignore!

UK Harper Collins- https://bit.ly/3isA6ng

Harlequin US https://bit.ly/3Jwt397

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B09N1RD4D2/

Amazon US https://amzn.to/3udgZmC

MY REVIEW

In A Defiant Maiden’s Knight I was treated to strong willed characters and a story that easily pulled me in. Not only with a gorgeous romance but with a little bit of a dangerous edge too. It’s safe to say I was hooked!

The pacing of the story was steady throughout. It was lovely to see Joan and Warin begin a tentative friendship albeit a little on the fraught side in the very beginning. However beneath it all there was such a sweet connection between the pair that just increased with every interaction. I was rooting for their happy ever after even as both of the characters past caused ripples in the present.

There was real depth to this story and this was down to the characters. I felt as if I really got to know them especially Joan. The reader experiences both her fears for the future and the hope that she can live a happy life even with the uncertainty over her deteriorating sight. I loved the balance of these moments interspersed with a general heartwarming feel. Especially as I couldn’t help but smile at Joan and Warin as they gently danced around their feelings for each other. All that’s left to say is that A Defiant Maiden’s Knight was a joy to read. Oh, and as ever Melissa Oliver has created another wonderful medieval historical romance!

Author Bio

Melissa Oliver is from south-west London where she writes historical romance novels. She lives with her lovely husband and daughters, who share her passion for decrepit, old castles, palaces and all things historical.

Melissa is the WINNER of The Romantic Novelist Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2020 for her debut, The Rebel Heiress and the Knight.

When she’s not writing she loves to travel for inspiration, paint, and visit museums & art galleries.

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The Lost Laird from Her Past by Jeanine Englert @JeanineWrites @rararesources #BlogTour #Review #20BooksofSummer22 (5/20)

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Lost Laird from Her Past by Jeanine Englert as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. This is also my fifth book for the 20 Books of Summer challenge. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

A second chance…

With her first love!

Lady Brenna Stewart is grateful to be saved from her burning carriage—only her rescuer is Laird Garrick MacLean, the man she once loved and lost! He seems determined to protect her from the unknown enemy pursuing her across the Scottish Highlands. But, bitterly hurt by his past betrayal, she needs answers. Why did he abandon her? And how can she keep her heart safe now, when the connection between them is as strong as ever…

Purchase Link

https://books2read.com/u/b6Mwnp

MY REVIEW

With a pretty tense beginning it was very easy to lose myself in this story. The characters definitely helped with this and I couldn’t help but root for them. As an unknown enemy pulls Brenna and Garrick together once more. I loved the dangerous journey they took but most of all I enjoyed all of the interactions they had with each other.

I have to mention that I do love a second chance romance and this one played out so well. With two strong leads who fought against a strong chemistry. It was lovely to see their connection grow once again even though it wasn’t plain sailing.

The Lost Laird from Her Past moved at a great pace and I soon found myself turning the last page. Not only were the characters engaging but the setting brought something special too. Throughout this story I was transported to the past on a journey filled with danger and romance. What’s not to love about that?!

Author Bio

Jeanine Englert’s love affair with mysteries and romance began with Nancy Drew, Murder She Wrote, and her Grandmother’s bookshelves full of romance novels. She is a VIVIAN® and Golden Heart® Finalist as well as a Silver Falchion, Maggie, and Daphne du Maurier Award Winner in historical romance and mystery. Her Scottish Highland historical and historical romantic suspense novels revolve around characters seeking self-acceptance and redemption. When she isn’t wrangling with her characters on the page, she can be found trying to convince her husband to watch her latest Masterpiece or BBC show obsession. She loves to talk about books, writing, her beloved rescue pups, as well as mysteries and romance with other readers. Visit her website at www.jeaninewrites.com.

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GIVEAWAY

While Away the Hours in Scotland Giveaway! (Open to UK / US)

Whether it’s too cold, too hot, or too rainy where you are, you can while away the hours with the first two books in the Falling for a Stewart Series: Eloping with the Laird and The Lost Laird from Her Past! Your prize also includes two Scottish blessing bracelets, one for you and one for a friend, and some lovely book swag! Happy reading!

*Terms and Conditions –UK & US entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Wake by Shelley Burr @ByssheShelley @HodderBooks #BlogTour #Review #20BooksofSummer22 (4/20)

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Wake by Shelley Burr as part of the blog tour today. This is also my fourth book of the 20 Books of Summer challenge. With thanks to Steven at Hodder for the invite to join the tour and for my lovely copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

EVERYBODY THINKS THEY KNOW MINA McCREERY.
EVERYONE HAS A THEORY ON WHAT HAPPENED TO HER SISTER.
NOW IT’S TIME TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH…

Mina McCreery’s sister Evelyn disappeared nineteen years ago. Her life has been defined by the intense public interest in the case. Now an anxious and reclusive adult, she lives alone on her family’s destocked sheep farm.

When Lane, a private investigator, approaches her with an offer to reinvestigate the case, she rejects him. The attention has had nothing but negative consequences for her and her family, and never brought them closer to an answer.

Lane wins her trust when his unconventional methods show promise, but he has his own motivations for wanting to solve the case, and his obsession with the answer will ultimately risk both their lives.

MY REVIEW

I thought the premise for Wake was so intriguing. I have a soft spot for books set in Australia and I’m always drawn to cold case stories so this just made me even more interested.

The way Shelley Burr wrote this story really set the scene. The vivid descriptions whisked me away to a small town that felt as if it had a dark cloud hanging over it since Evelyn’s disappearance. I felt as if I was right there with Lane digging into the past to see what could be uncovered. There were no real leads and plenty of dead ends so I wondered how it would all play out in the end. It was all done so well and it easily pulled me in. Making me equally invested in both the story and the characters. Talking about the characters. Well, they were quite a complex mix. Some with secrets and others who I couldn’t quite get a feel for. Basically I loved the way they made me question everything and kept me on my toes!

It’s safe to say that there is a tense undercurrent running throughout Wake. At times it is subtle, just bubbling away under the surface ready to burst free. Then at other times it is right there jumping out from the pages. Either way it made me read as fast as I could, determined to discover the truth. All that’s left to say is that Wake is a story filled with secrets and tension that grew with every page. This all combined to create an addictive quality that made me race through this book!

You Only Live Once by Maxine Morrey @rararesources #BlogTour #Review #20BooksofSummer22 (3/20)

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for You Only Live Once by Maxine Morrey as part of the blog tour today. This is also my third review for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour. Also thank you to the author and publisher for my copy via Netgalley. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

When Lily’s husband dies, she moves to the edge of a tiny village, settling into a solitary life, her only real company her brother and his family. A quiet life becomes her safe space, with no risk of getting hurt.

When her brother offers her spare room to his oldest friend, Jack, Lily’s reluctant – but knowing how much she owes her family, can’t say no.

A lodger takes some getting used to but to her surprise, Lily begins to enjoy Jack’s company. Slowly but surely, Jack encourages Lily to step outside her comfort zone.

But taking risks means facing the consequences, and telling people how she really feels, means Lily might have to face losing them. But as the saying goes – you only live once – and being brave could mean Lily gets a second chance at love…

Purchase Link

https://amzn.to/35j7r0T

MY REVIEW

Oh, this book brought tears to my eyes but also a heartwarming feel to my heart! The plot moves at a lovely pace and I loved seeing the friendship between Lily and Jack grow. They not only had a wonderful chemistry between them but they had a solid foundation of friendship too. I couldn’t help but root for them.

Grief is a big theme and for the main character in particular. I instantly felt for her and the situation she was in. However it was heartwarming to see Lily begin to take vital small steps that brought her out of her comfort zone. I loved how Lily’s family and Jack were right there beside her to reassure and bring love and encouragement Lily’s way. Oh and a certain cute dog that also stole my attention!

There is always a lovely charm to Maxine Morrey’s stories and You Only Live Once was another wonderful example of this. Within the pages of this book you get to experience a fabulous combination of friendships, family and romance. You Only Live Once is the perfect escape from everyday life!

Author Bio

Maxine Morrey is a bestselling romantic comedy author with twelve books to her name including #NoFilter and Things Are Looking Up. She lives in Dorset.

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The Only Exception by Claire Huston @ClaraVal @rararesources #BlogTour #Review #20booksofsummer22 (2/20)

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for The Only Exception (Love in the Comptons 2) by Claire Huston as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Lucinda Green knows something is missing from her life. But what? Her catering business is enjoying modest success and she loves her cosy house, even if she does have to share it with her irritating ex-fiancé.

Whatever’s making her unsettled and edgy, Lucinda’s certain that a lack of romance isn’t the problem. How could it be when she doesn’t believe in true love?

But Lucinda’s beliefs are shaken by a series of electric encounters with Alex Fraser, a newly-notorious actor who gradually proves himself to be infuriatingly funny and smart, as well as handsome.

Not that any of that matters. Because Lucinda doesn’t believe in all that ‘The One’ nonsense. That’s the rule.

But doesn’t every rule have an exception?

This uplifting grumpy-meets-sunshine romance is perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Phillipa Ashley and Milly Johnson.

Purchase Link

getbook.at/TheOnlyException

MY REVIEW

First of all I have to say The Only Exception was a joy to read! I loved getting to know both Lucinda and Alex. This was definitely a slow burn romance but it worked so well. Both Lucinda and Alex might share an instant attraction but they didn’t necessarily make the best first impressions. With every interaction it was lovely to see their chemistry grow stronger even with a few misunderstandings along the way.

I do have to quickly mention that The Only Exception is the second book in the Love in the Comptons series but it easily works as a standalone. So no worries there at all. However if you do get the chance, I highly recommend reading Art and Soul too!

There is a wonderful heartwarming feel to The Only Exception and I couldn’t help but smile my way through. There were even a few giggles as the characters found themselves in some interesting situations. At the heart of this book is a sweet and heartfelt romance which easily captured my full attention. Let’s just say I might have a tiny crush on Alex, sigh. The Only Exception is a wonderfully rounded story filled with delicious food, heartwarming moments and a stunning romance!

Author Bio:

Claire Huston lives in Warwickshire with her husband and two children. She writes uplifting modern love stories about characters who are meant for each other but sometimes need a little help to realise it.

A keen amateur baker, she enjoys making cakes, biscuits and brownies almost as much as eating them. You can find recipes for over a hundred sweet treats at clairehuston.co.uk. This is also where she talks about and reviews books.

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You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry #20BooksofSummer22 (1/20) #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry today. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. This is also my first book review for the 20 Books of Summer challenge. First things let’s take a look at the description for the book…

TWO FRIENDS
TEN TRIPS
THEIR LAST CHANCE TO FALL IN LOVE

12 YEARS AGO: Poppy and Alex meet. They hate each other, and are pretty confident they’ll never speak again.

11 YEARS AGO: They’re forced to share a ride home from college and by the end of it a friendship is formed. And a pact: every year, one vacation together.

10 YEARS AGO: Alex discovers his fear of flying on the way to Vancouver.
Poppy holds his hand the whole way.

7 YEARS AGO: They get far too drunk and narrowly avoid getting matching tattoos in New Orleans.

2 YEARS AGO: It all goes wrong.

THIS YEAR: Poppy asks Alex to join her on one last trip. A trip that will determine the rest of their lives.

MY REVIEW

Well, this story completely wrapped me up in the Alex and Poppy’s lives. This book allowed me to experience the characters as they are in the present but also seeing how the past played its part in the here and now. Although I will admit it did take me a couple of chapters to get a feel for the switching of past to present. The reader is aware that something happened to upset Poppy and Alex’s friendship. So there is also a general mystery over what occurred, which of course had me intrigued.

Most of all though I loved the interactions between this pair especially the early vacations they spent together. Then as the book progressed I felt their connection even more. I’m not going to go into too much detail regarding the plot but I loved the fun and almost carefree feel that was on on the surface of this story. Then as I looked a little further and read on, both the characters and the story actually had a lot more depth. The characters had insecurities and issues that swirled around them. This all came together to give the story a much more rounded feel than what I was first expecting.

The pacing of the story was really good and it didn’t take me long at all to finish this book. I was rooting for the characters hoping they could get their happy ever after. Even though personality wise they were different they somehow worked as friends and maybe even something more. If the delicious sparks that fly between them were any proof.

You and Me on Vacation really is like a warm hug in a book. There is a definite Harry Met Sally vibe but Emily Henry put her own spin on it and made it her own!

The Viking She Would Have Married by Lucy Morris @LMorris_Author @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Viking She Would Have Married by Lucy Morris as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

In close quarters…

With the Viking she’d loved and lost

A Shieldmaiden Sisters story—with her family fallen on hard times, Valda’s forced to join the crew on Halfdan Ulfsson’smerchant ship as he sets sail on the treacherous silk route. But this handsome jarl’s son is the man she’d planned to wed, until his bitter betrayal. Knowing she can never trust him, she must focus on saving her sisters…and not the intense connection that still burns between them!

Passion erupts when these bold, spirited Vikings are reunited!

Purchase Links

https://books2read.com/u/mvWv2z

MY REVIEW

This book was pure escapism from start to finish. I was whisked away to the past and I loved every minute of it!

In this book we meet Valda, a shieldmaiden who needs to earn money for her family who have fallen on hard times. In steps Halfdan, a face from Valda’s past and one she never thought she’d see again. What follows is a gorgeous story full of adventure and romance.

I do love a second chance romance and this one played out wonderfully. I couldn’t help but love both Halfdan and Valda mainly because they were so similar. Both having strong and determined personalities but wanting the best for their loved ones. I really enjoyed seeing them reconnect especially as sparks flew between them with every interaction. Lucy Morris crafted their relationship perfectly. As the story progressed, the reader gets to experience the characters insecurities along with their hopes. All of which is set against the backdrop of the Viking era as the characters travel and trade whilst getting to know one another again. I have a soft spot for road trip stories and while I guess technically this book isn’t in that category. For me the sights they see and the journey they take did remind me of that kind of story. So that was an additional bonus. The plot itself moved at a lovely pace and before I knew it I was nearing the end. I really did feel as if I had got to know the characters. Willing them on and needing that happy ever after for them but at the same time not wanting the book to end.

All that’s left to say is, it’s five sparkly stars from me. Oh and I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Author Bio

Lucy Morris has always been obsessed with myths and legends. Her books blend sweeping romance with vivid worldbuilding to whisk you away to another time and place filled with adventure. Expect passion, drama and vibrant characters.

Lucy lives in Essex, UK, with her husband, two children, and two cats. She has a massively sweet tooth and loves Terry’s Chocolate Oranges and Irn-Bru. In her spare time she likes to explore castles with her family, or drink bubbly with her friends.

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#20BooksofSummer22 #tbr

Thanks for stopping by! I can’t believe how quickly it has come back around to joining Cathy at https://746books.com/ for the brilliant 20 Books of Summer Challenge!

The challenge runs from 1st June through to 1st September and the rules are really relaxed. Pick a list of 10, 15 or 20 books but you can swap out your original list, increase it up to the highest 20, or decrease it to the lowest 10. Whatever you want, basically there’s no pressure!

I’m not quite sure I had a system in place when picking my list. I looked through my Netgalley shelf, upcoming blog tours, a few arcs and somehow I made it to 20! Yep, I might be slightly mad going for the full amount but because there is no pressure, I can always drop down to a lower number.

So all that’s left to do is show you my list…

The Influencers by S. V. Leonard
The Midnight Bargain by C. L. Polk
The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan
Radio Ha Ha by Kiltie Jackson
The Botanist by M. W. Craven
Playing by the Rules by Rosa Temple
Ten Years by Pernille Hughes
The Twyford Code by Janice Hallett
The Lighthouse Witches by C. J. Cooke
The It Girl by Ruth Ware
Love and Other Human Errors by Bethany Clift
A Spoonful of Murder by J. M. Hall
A Wedding at Sandy Cove by Bella Osborne
The Beekeeper at Elderflower Grove by Jaimie Admans

Well, that’s it for today! I’ll add my reviews to this post as and when I’ve posted them. Fingers crossed I can complete this years challenge.