Call Me Mummy by Tina Baker @TinaBakerBooks @ViperBooks #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Call Me Mummy by Tina Baker today. A big thank you to Viper Books for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Glamorous, beautiful Mummy has everything a woman could want… except for a daughter of her very own. So when she sees Kim—heavily pregnant, glued to her phone and ignoring her eldest child in a busy shop—she does what anyone would do. She takes her. But little foul-mouthed Tonya is not the daughter that Mummy was hoping for.

Meanwhile Kim is demonised by the media as a ‘scummy mummy’, who deserved to lose Tonya and ought to have her other children taken too. Haunted by memories of her own childhood and refusing to play by the media’s rules, she begins to spiral, turning on those who love her.

Though they are worlds apart, Mummy and Kim have more in common than they could possibly imagine. But it is five-year-old Tonya who is caught in the middle…


What can I say? I raced through this book. Call Me Mummy was both addictive and shocking in places. I was hooked! It wasn’t just the plot that was dark the character of Mummy was too. I do love flawed characters but Mummy definitely wins in that category. Her character made this book extra intense and you really need to experience her personality for yourself!

Kim, Mummy and Tonya came alive before my eyes and brought with them an addictive story. I couldn’t help but race through the pages eager to find out what would happen next. This was all made even easier with the very short chapters which I thought worked really well. Along the way Call Me Mummy did a great job of showing there are always two sides to every story. We can all be quick to judge at times and this is all highlighted very cleverly.

Call Me Mummy is such a twisty, dark read and one that turned out to be a completely immersive experience. I felt as if I was a fly on the wall watching Mummy and Tonya’s interactions albeit feeling very nervous at times. I have to mention Tonya because she was a gem. Her feisty nature was a brilliant addition. Even though there are dark elements throughout the story Tonya’s character provided a darker kind of humour. Which worked so well to offset the bleaker and grittier moments. The reader also gets to experience the effects on Kim and how her life turned upside down. These three perspectives helped to pull me in even more.

If you are looking for a darker read then Call Me Mummy should be on your list. My attention was grabbed instantly. Before I knew it I was along for the ride on an unpredictable and tense journey. A brilliant debut!

Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett @Sarahlou_writes @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett as part of the blog tour today. 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…

Laurie Morgan runs a café in the small seaside community of Mermaids Point, named after the beauties rumoured to live in the waters a few miles off the top of the point. When a hazy image is posted online of what appears to be a mermaid, the café and the village are soon full to bursting with curious sightseers.

The most eye-catching of the new arrivals is handsome author, Jake Smith, who has rented a cottage for the summer while he works on his new book. Or so he says. In fact, he is a journalist, burned out and disillusioned with life, whose editor has sent him on a crack-pot hunt for mermaids…

Jake quickly finds himself drawn to village life, and to the gorgeous woman who runs the local café. But he soon suspects there’s trouble lurking beneath the idyllic façade, and when it looks like Laurie’s family might be involved, Jake faces a difficult choice. Pursue the truth, or protect the woman he’s beginning to fall in love with…

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I have to say it was extremely easy to be pulled into Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point. To be fair this came as no surprise because Sarah Bennett writes the most engaging and gorgeous books. I was smiling away in no time especially loving the flirty banter at Laurie and Jake’s first meeting. I really enjoyed seeing the story play out worrying how it could all go wrong when Jake’s secret would be revealed. Especially as Laurie and Jake had developed this wonderful friendship and chemistry. I was willing them to get their happy ever after. Then you have the side story of the mystery over hazy footage that might or might not show a mermaid. This all adds an extra charm and a little bit of a mysterious edge to the story.

What I will say is that even though I loved Jake and Laurie I adored the connection between all of the characters. From getting to know Laurie’s close knit family to Jake being received by the residents of Mermaids Point in such a friendly way. All of the characters helped to shape such a warm and comforting story. One that felt as if I was meeting and going on to make new friends. The location was just as inviting and it really is a place I wish was real and could visit. Let’s just say that I would definitely be stopping off at Laurie’s cafe!

Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point may have been Laurie and Jake’s story but Sarah Bennett has built up and created such a brilliant connection with all of the characters in this book. Let’s just say I’m eager to read Nerissa’s story and to get back to Mermaids Point to catch up with everyone! Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point is a beautiful, romantic and charming story. Loved it!


Sarah Bennett is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction trilogies including those set in Butterfly Cove and Lavender Bay. Born and raised in a military family she is happily married to her own Officer and when not reading or writing enjoys sailing the high seas. The first book in her new Mermaids Point trilogy for Boldwood will be published in Spring 2021.

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The Deception of Harriet Fleet by Helen Scarlett #BlogTour #Review #TheDeceptionOfHarrietFleet @QuercusBooks @HelenSWriter

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for The Deception of Harriet Fleet by Helen Scarlett today as part of the blog tour running from the 1st April – 5th April. With thanks to Katya at Quercus for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

1871. An age of discovery and progress. But for the Wainwright family, residents of the gloomy Teesbank Hall in County Durham the secrets of the past continue to overshadow their lives.

Harriet would not have taken the job of governess in such a remote place unless she wanted to hide from something or someone. Her charge is Eleanor, the daughter of the house, a fiercely bright eighteen-year-old, tortured by demons and feared by relations and staff alike. But it soon becomes apparent that Harriet is not there to teach Eleanor, but rather to monitor her erratic and dangerous behaviour – to spy on her.

Worn down by Eleanor’s unpredictable hostility, Harriet soon finds herself embroiled in Eleanor’s obsession – the Wainwright’s dark, tragic history. As family secrets are unearthed, Harriet’s own begin to haunt her and she becomes convinced that ghosts from the past are determined to reveal her shameful story.

For Harriet, like Eleanor, is plagued by deception and untruths.


I have to admit The Deception of Harriet Fleet grabbed me from that very first shocking page. Then following through with an undercurrent of menace as Harriet begins her new job as governess. I felt just as uneasy as Harriet, not knowing who to trust or what to believe. There are secrets in every corner and this just made me even more curious. The reader also knows that Harriet is running from something but what or who is one of the many questions that this story posed. I really enjoyed uncovering every little detail.

The characters were intriguing and in the extreme as some were friendly whereas others were outright confrontational and hostile. The Wainwright family themselves have a dark and tragic past which Harriet uncovers bit by bit. All of this tragedy has turned dark and feels as if it has seeped into the walls and very foundations of Teesbank Hall. Which in turn adds a gothic feel to the story. Which I loved! Harriet herself has secrets but even though there are parts of her personality that are kept back. I found Harriet likeable and I wanted to know more about her.

The pacing is good throughout however the last half had me racing through. So much so that I finished that half in one go! For me there was a little bit of everything within the pages of this book and it all worked so well. From the era and location to a solid mystery that begs to be solved. Then add in hints of the supernatural and so many, many secrets and I was hooked. I’ve tried to be as vague as I can regarding the plot because there is so much to discover and I would hate to ruin it. The Deception of Harriet Fleet is both gothic and twisty. Such a brilliant combination and one that captured my attention from first page to last.

Rae Recaps… March 2021

Thanks for stopping by! It’s time for my monthly recap post. These months seem to be flying although it is lovely to see Spring arrive along with some warmer weather. Plus it has been great going for a walk without a big coat on.

March was also when my children went back to school. It was a little bit strange to start with but I’m so proud of how well they adapted going back. It’s also been nice to do a bit of reading in the day while the kids were at school 😉😂

During March I watched a few TV shows. First up was Unforgotten and I’m still not over the ending!

Also Line of Duty which I was just a wee bit excited about! 😂

I also started binge watching The Resident, over on Disney+ (thanks to Eva for the heads up 😘)

Hopefully everyone is still loving the photos of Callie. So here’s a few more 🥰❤️🥰

Now onto…

I may have bought a few books. Six in total. I’m trying to be good but they were all on offer so I couldn’t resist.

I also went a bit crazy on Audible buying 7 audiobooks, one was a bargain at just under £3 and the rest were bought using credits I had accumulated.

I also received a copy of The Long, Long Afternoon by Inga Vesper from an Instagram giveaway by Vicky at Cosy Books.

This month I managed to read 19 books. Two of which were audiobooks. This is what happens when I get more free time 😂

Just two tours this month. Both reviews.

The Warrior’s Innocent Captive by Ella Matthews

The Big Ol’ Bike by Rachael Clarke

I also posted the following reviews…

The Summer Island Festival by Rachel Burton

Portrait of a Forbidden Love by Bronwyn Scott

Shipped by Angie Hockman

The Blame by Kerry Wilkinson

The Island by C. L. Taylor

Little Bones by N V Peacock

An Eye for an Eye by Carol Wyer

Well, I guess that’s it for today and for March. Take care and very best wishes.

Rae xx

Uncork My Love by Rich Amooi @RichAmooi @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Uncork My Love by Rich Amooi and sharing my review 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…

A sweet romantic comedy set in beautiful Napa Valley!

Ivy needs a miracle and a drink—not necessarily in that order. With a struggling winery, the only hope of keeping her dream alive is snagging a gold medal at the annual wine competition. She’s determined to win, but she can do it without the help of Ted Jacobs, aka Mr. Know-it-All.

Ted wants to catch lightning in a bottle and create the world’s greatest wine, but he’s smart enough to know he can’t do it alone. When he heads to Napa to keep his grandma from ending up in jail (don’t ask), he meets Ivy. She’s as complex and intoxicating as his award-winning cabernet, but as stubborn as the mule next door when she stomps on his offer to collaborate.

Ted knows it’s risky to mix business with pleasure, but if Ivy would only listen, they might just be the toast of the town.


If you want a fun, romantic and light hearted escape then look no further! Uncork My Love was a book that took me out of my day to day life and made me smile at the same time. With fabulous main characters in Ivy and Ted. Their interactions were brilliant right from their very first meeting. Let’s just say it does not go well at all but hey it provided so much entertainment for the reader! Ivy and Ted were the perfect pairing from clashing spectacular to their sweet and gorgeous slow burn romance. They were both strong characters who knew their own mind but had such engaging personalities. However I have to admit that Grandma Loretta ended up stealing the show with her antics. I was giggling away at her scheming and the silliness of it all!

The plot moves at a lovely pace and I found myself whisked away to a fabulous location. Uncork My Love took me to a place of wineries, chocolate croissants and slogan t-shirts. Let’s just say I enjoyed every single moment! Rich Amooi always finds a wonderful balance between the fun moments and the romance. Uncork My Love is another example of his skill. I couldn’t help but smile with every page I turned. I was transported to Napa Valley with an abundance of humour and romance. What a perfect combination!

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Rich Amooi is a Taleflick Discovery Winner, Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Recipient, Holt Medallion Finalist, and the Amazon Bestselling author of 16 romantic comedies, including It’s Not PMS, It’s You, Dying to Meet You, There’s Something About a Cowboy, and Madam Love, Actually.

A former radio personality and wedding DJ, Rich now writes romantic comedies full-time in San Diego, California, and is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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A Mirror Murder by Helen Hollick @HelenHollick @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! It’s a pleasure to be one of the stops on the blog tour for A Mirror Murder by Helen Hollick and sharing my review today. With thanks to Emma at damppebbles blog tours 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…

Eighteen-year-old library assistant Jan Christopher’s life is to change on a rainy Friday evening in July 1971, when her legal guardian and uncle, DCI Toby Christopher, gives her a lift home after work. Driving the car, is her uncle’s new Detective Constable, Laurie Walker – and it is love at first sight for the young couple.

But romance is soon to take a back seat when a baby boy is taken from his pram, a naked man is scaring young ladies in nearby Epping Forest, and an elderly lady is found, brutally murdered… 

Are the events related? How will they affect the staff and public of the local library where Jan works – and will a blossoming romance survive a police investigation into murder?


I do love a cosy mystery and A Mirror Murder was just what I needed to get my cosy fix. A Mirror Murder is book one in a brand new series and introduces a brilliant character, Jan Christopher. I really enjoyed getting to know Jan. Seeing her every day life in her job at the library to the instant spark she feels with Laurie Walker. It was lovely to see their relationship develop. However nothing is plain sailing as an elderly lady is found murdered and unfortunately Jan finds herself right in the middle of things.

The pacing of the story was really good and kept my interest throughout. I thought the time period of the seventies added an extra special touch of nostalgia. During the story you hear mainly from Jan’s perspective with the occasional part from Laurie’s. I thought this worked well especially the more they got to know each other. So you get that added insight into their thoughts and feelings. Whether it was about each other or the situations they found themselves in.

The overall mystery was a good one and definitely made me curious to see how it would all play out. Both the budding relationship and mystery combined really well. Coming together to create an engaging story that had some satisfying twists. I’m already eagerly awaiting book two!

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First published in 1994, Helen became a USA Today Bestseller with her historical novel, The Forever Queen (titled A Hollow Crown in the UK) with the sequel, Harold the King (US: I Am The Chosen King) being novels that explore the events that led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Her Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy is a fifth-century version of the Arthurian legend, and she writes a nautical adventure/fantasy series, The Sea Witch Voyages. She is now branching out into the quick read novella, ‘Cosy Mystery’ genre with her new venture, the Jan Christopher Murder Mysteries, set in the 1970s, with the first in the series, A Mirror Murder (due to be published in early 2021) incorporating her, often hilarious, memories of working as a library assistant.

Her non-fiction books are Pirates: Truth and Tales and Life of A Smuggler. She lives in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in North Devon, runs Discovering Diamonds, a review blog for historical fiction, and occasionally gets time to write…

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The Summer Island Festival by Rachel Burton @RachelBWriter #TheSummerIslandFestival #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for The Summer Island Festival by Rachel Burton. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

When Willow walks out on her own wedding, there’s only one place she can go: Seaview village, on the island she once called home. But she’s not the only islander back for the summer…

Twelve years ago, Willow ran away to the mainland after her childhood sweetheart, Luc, betrayed her. Luc has since become a heartthrob musician, touring sold-out stadiums around the world, but he’s finally come home to headline the island’s annual music festival – and to win Willow back.

As Willow untangles her messy past, she stumbles on a secret that could destroy the island’s fragile community – and her second chance at love…


First of all I have to mention that The Summer Island Festival has a beautiful romance. The slow burn worked so well between Willow and Luc. They had a wonderful connection that made this book such a joy to read. However the romance wasn’t always the main focus throughout and I think this gave the book an extra special edge. I was pleasantly surprised to see parts of the story set in the past. I loved how these flashbacks were dotted throughout the book. During these parts my attention was captured as much as the parts set in the present with each new snippet increasing my curiosity. As the story progresses the reader begins to see just how much the past has played its part in all of the characters lives. As decisions and mistakes are still affecting them in different ways in the present.

I have to admit I’ve never been to a festival and if I’m honest I haven’t necessarily been too bothered about attending one. However I really enjoyed the way the planning and history of the festival connected to the story and the characters. There are secrets from the past that connect with both music and the lives of the characters. For me the romance, friendships and musical side to this story worked so well. The characters that Rachel Burton created felt so real. They had flaws that made them all the more realistic along with personalities that really drew me in. I was fully transported, not only to the fabulous location of the island but to the past. I found myself racing through the story and throughly enjoyed the escape that this book provided. I have to admit as I turned the last page I was sad to say goodbye to the characters.

The Summer Island Festival was beautifully written with a brilliant combination of music, nostalgia and wonderful characters!

The Warrior’s Innocent Captive by Ella Matthews #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @ellamattauthor

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Warrior’s Innocent Captive by Ella Matthews and sharing my review 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…

An impossible choice:

His family or love

As steward to the Earl of Borwyn, Erik Ward had only admired sheltered noblewoman Linota Leofric from afar – until he has to escort her on a dangerous journey. When she’s kidnapped, he rescues the courageous beauty, revelling in finally having her in his arms. But Erik has a secret plan to reunite his family – now he’s forced to choose between that and his growing feelings for Linota…

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In The Warrior’s Innocent Captive we meet Linota Leofric who has lived a very sheltered life so far. When Linota is kidnapped, Erik Ward the steward to the Earl of Borwyn rescues her. There is an intense connection between them. However Erik has a few secrets that complicate matters.

I really enjoyed seeing Linota and Erik grow closer. They share a lovely chemistry that burned brighter the more time they spent together. Erik was easy to like even though he had some tough decisions to make. You could feel his turmoil over doing the right thing and the way his actions will lead to trouble but needing to do it anyway. In a way it took a little bit longer for Linota’s personality to shine. I think this made sense and helped keep things realistic. Linota had lived a sheltered life and was kept apart from everything. So to begin with there was a quiet and guarded way about her that really made sense. Then as the story progressed we see that there’s more to her than first impressions show as her strength and resilience burst through.

The Warrior’s Innocent Captive is book three in The House of Leofric series but works very well as a standalone. I had previously read book one but then missed book two and I had no problem in connecting with the story and characters. Especially as the added danger and secrets brought a little bit of tension to the romance. Erik is put in an impossible situation and tries his best to do right by everyone. No matter what he does the outlook looks bleak for him and I was hoping that there would be a happy ever after. The Warrior’s Innocent Captive was such a wonderful book. Filled with a brilliant combination of romance, secrets and a dash of danger.


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Portrait of a Forbidden Love by Bronwyn Scott #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Portrait of a Forbidden Love by Bronwyn Scott today. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

The Earl’s heir

And the rebel artist

Artist Artemisia Stansfield has four months to prove herself to the Royal Academy of Arts. When she finds out that aristocratic art critic, Darius Rutherford, has been snooping in her studio, she’s furious! Sparks of anger turn into flames of desire, but one lapse in judgement could give Darius all the fuel he needs to ruin her, as a lady and as an artist! Unless she trusts him enough to take the risk…?


In Portrait of a Forbidden Love we meet Artemisia, an artist who has been given a chance to impress the Royal Academy of Arts. At the same time Darius, an art critic is tasked with keeping an eye on Artemisia. It’s safe to say that sparks begin to fly between this pair but will Artemisia find her way in the art world.

Even though this book is primarily a romance I really enjoyed the way that the author showcased Artemisia’s artistic ability and her struggle for recognition. The way she was determined to be acknowledged as an artist in her own right especially as a female artist. Which was an often fruitless battle for equality especially in that era. Both characters had strong personalities especially Artemisia. To succeed she has had to be bold, brave and determined which also made her so likeable to me. Darius was a great hero a little misunderstood to begin with until you begin to see snippets of his understanding nature. They make a wonderful pairing even if the journey to a happy ever after doesn’t necessarily run quite smoothly.

The pace of the plot was good throughout and it was very easy to lose myself in Darius and Artemisia’s story. There is a brilliant battle of wills to begin with which makes things all the more interesting. This in turn revealed a more playful and fun side to their personalities which was shown through their interactions. A lovely chemistry also shines through in Portrait of a Forbidden Love which combined to create a romantic and intriguing story.

Shipped by Angie Hockman #Review

Thanks for stopping by! You can catch my review for Shipped by Angie Hockman today. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Two arch-rivals. 
One promotion. 
Can they resist falling for one another in paradise?

Marketing manager Henley Evans barely has time for herself, let alone family, friends, or dating. But when she’s shortlisted for her dream promotion, the sacrifices finally seem worth it.

If only Graeme Crawford-Collins, the remote social media manager/bane of her existence, wasn’t also up for the position. Although they’ve never met in person, their epic email battles are the stuff of office legend.

The task: draft a proposal on how to boost bookings in the Galápagos. 
The catch? They have to go on a company cruise…together. 

But when they meet on the ship, Henley is shocked to discover that the real Graeme is nothing like she imagined – and the line between loathing and liking is thinner than a postcard.

With her career dreams in sight and a growing attraction to the competition, Henley begins questioning her life choices. Because what’s the point of working all the time if you never actually live?


I do enjoy an enemies to lovers story so I couldn’t wait to read Shipped. In this story we meet Henley a marketing manager eager to prove herself and get an important promotion. However it isn’t quite straight forward and she finds herself in direct competition with Graeme, the remote social media manager. They soon find themselves on board a cruise to the Galapagos both eager for that all important promotion. However they begin to see each other in a new light and that’s when the sparks begin to fly!

If you are looking for a light hearted and fun read then look no further. Shipped had a wonderful combination of characters that made me smile and a location that was like a breath of fresh air. Both Henley and Graeme had me smiling away at their back and forth banter. Along with a chemistry that builds with each interaction. I really enjoyed the way both Henley’s and Graeme’s personalities were revealed. Henley is likeable although a touch on the stubborn side but with a dedicated and caring nature. This makes her the perfect match to Graeme’s sweet and charismatic personality. Even if they don’t see eye to eye at first. For me even the minor characters brought lively and fun moments which helped to create a well rounded story.

I always love a book that whisks me away from reality and in Shipped I was taken all the way to the Galapagos. It’s not like I will ever get the chance to visit so I loved the location of the story. Especially as we see the characters visit various places and learn little snippets of information about the Galapagos. Shipped has that brilliant combination of sparkling chemistry and fun filled moments. A fabulous debut!