True Courage by Kathryn Barrett @KathrynSBarrett @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for True Courage by Kathryn Barrett 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…

From award-winning author Kathryn Barrett:

Some days it was hell being leader of the free world.

The Washington press calls him the “accidental president.” As a Medal of Honor recipient and national hero, Adam Dybikagreed to run for president during the country’s deepest crisis.

Now that things have stabilized, he’s got problems at home: his 14-year-old daughter Katie keeps ditching her Secret Service protection and reminding him he’s the world’s worst father. And on top of that, he’s begun hearing the voices of dead presidents. Either he’s going mad, or the White House is haunted.

As the new head of Katie’s Secret Service detail, Ellie Brody is trying to live up to the high expectations of her father, former agent Frank Brody. But her new job puts her in direct danger of succumbing to the president’s charm.

Can these two find love in the White House, under the most intense media scrutiny—and the watchful eye of Lyndon Johnson?

Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/True-Courage-Kathryn-Barrett-ebook/dp/B0BG3BVK3B

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/True-Courage-Kathryn-Barrett-ebook/dp/B0BG3BVK3B

MY REVIEW

True Courage was such wonderful story! I have to say I really liked the premise of having a main character as the President of the United States along with being a father to a teenager. It just gave the story an extra special edge. Especially as Adam struggled with difficult decisions and situations. Not only when it came to his country but also his daughter.

There was a good combination of drama and romance that kept me thoroughly entertained throughout. Ellie and Adam had this lovely connection and I thought the author did a brilliant job of creating their slow burn romance. There were not only issues along the way with a bunch of political problems. You then had a teenager going through a tough time thrown into the mix. I thought Ellie handled it all brilliantly and I couldn’t help but find her character engaging. She stood up for herself and others which made her the perfect match for Adam. Let’s just say I was rooting for them the whole way through.

I got completely caught up in Ellie and Adam’s story. Through the tricky and realistic situations it really felt like I got to know them. There were both lighter and darker moments that helped connect me to the characters too. True Courage was a lovely escape!

Author Bio

Kathryn Barrett has always loved larger-than-life characters and happy-ever-after endings. After working on several political campaigns, including a US presidential campaign, she moved to England and began writing the stories that intrigued her. Her first novel, TEMPTATION, was the winner of the Golden Quill Best First Book contest, the Holt Medallion for Best Mainstream/Single Title, and the Holt Award of Merit for Best First Book. Find out more at www.kathrynbarrett.com.

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Murder in Tuscany by T. A. Williams @TAWilliamsBooks @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Murder in Tuscany by T. A. Williams 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…

A remote retreat…

Nestled high in the Tuscan hills lies Villa Volpone, home to renowned crime writer Jonah Moore and his creative writing course. It’s also the last place retired DCI Dan Armstrong expected to spend his retirement! Dan’s no writer, but maybe this break will help him to think about the next chapter in his own life story?

A gruesome murder…

But only days into the course, Jonah Moore is found stabbed to death with his award-winning silver dagger! And Dan finds himself pulled out of retirement with a killer to catch.

Eleven possible suspects.

The other guests all seem shocked by Jonah’s death, but Dan knows that one of them must be lying. And as he and Italian Commissario Virgilio Pisano begin to investigate it quickly becomes clear that everyone at Villa Volpone has secrets to hide…

But can Dan discover who the murderer is before they strike again?

Purchase Link:

https://amzn.to/3Pnw7q3

MY REVIEW

Well, this book had a winning combination of a stunning setting, gorgeous food and an intriguing cosy mystery. I love how T. A. Williams always manages to transport me to the wonderful settings in his books and Murder in Tuscany was another great example of this. This is a different direction to T. A. Williams typical stories but I do love a cosy mystery/crime. So I was definitely intrigued to see where this story would go. Within a short space of time it felt as if I had taken a little break to Tuscany. Then as an added bonus I also found myself playing detective right along side Dan.

Dan was a really likeable main character, he was also at a kind of crossroads in his life. It was almost like he was trying to find a new normal. I really enjoyed getting to know him and wondering how everything would turn out. Not only in the case he found himself tangled up in but in his private life too. There were quite a few suspects to choose from which also kept things interesting. I have to admit for a while there I couldn’t quite make my mind up over who was guilty. I do have to give a special mention to Dan’s boisterous and loveable four legged friend, Oscar. He was such a fun and cute addition to the story!

Murder in Tuscany whisked me away to Italy with a dash of drama, an intriguing crime and a likeable main character. It was a wonderful escape!

Author Bio

T A Williams is the author of over twenty bestselling romances for HQ and Canelo and is now turning his hand to cosy crime, set in his beloved Italy, for Boldwood. The series will introduce us to retired DCI Armstrong and his Labrador Oscar and the first book, entitled Murder in Tuscany, will be published in October 2022. Trevor lives in Devon with his Italian wife.

Social Media Links

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Death at the Lychgate by T. A. Belshaw @tabelshaw @ZooloosBT @SpellBoundBks #BlogTour #Review

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

AMY ROWLINGS RETURNS!

Sunday morning, and the body of Reverend Villiers has been found propped up on the vigil seat in the church’s lychgate. It appears that he has been poisoned.

When amateur sleuth and regular churchgoer, Amy Rowlings arrives she finds DI Bodkin already at the scene. Bodkin tells her about a cryptic scripture reference that has been scrawled in chalk on the stone slabs beneath the body. What the citation hints at, shocks everyone.

Amy, a huge Agatha Christie fan is determined to get involved in the investigation and despite a stern warning from the detective’s boss, Amy and Bodkin team up again to try to solve the most complex murder case he has ever been involved in. When the toxicology report comes back from the lab, the results only add to the mystery.

Meanwhile, Amy looks to her favourite Agatha Christie character, Hercule Poirot for help, and using his techniques, she narrows down the list of possible murderers to just nine suspects.

Can Amy fit together the jigsaw of clues to solve this, the most complex of cases?


Buy Links

https://geni.us/5e03w

MY REVIEW

It was really great to be back with Amy and Bodkin. It felt like I was catching up with old friends along with going on a twisty journey as they investigate a death at the local church. Amy is as determined as ever and she has such a great spirit. Then pair her with Bodkin and you get a really engaging set of characters. Definitely ones you will root for! This book is part of a series but I do think it can work as a standalone. However to get a better insight into the characters and their dynamics I do recommend starting with Murder at the Mill.

I have to say I really enjoyed trying to figure it all out. There were red herrings, misdirections and quite a few suspects to keep me guessing. Let’s just say I was thoroughly entertained. The plot moves at a good pace and I was happy with how well all the characters fit into the storyline. From familiar faces to new ones that sparked my suspicions. I really enjoy the setting of a small village. The kind where everyone knows each other’s business. It adds a layer where I feel like I’m a part of the story and the lives of the people living in village.

Death at the Lychgate is a twisty cosy crime with both intriguing and likeable characters!

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. 

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It’s #CoverReveal time… Ouija by Zoé-Lee O’Farrell @zooloo2008

Thanks for stopping by! I have an exciting cover reveal today for Ouija by Zoé-Lee O’Farrell. This book has an all new cover and it’s definitely got a creepy edge to it 😱

So let’s not wait any longer. Here it is…

What do we think?!

Well, now we’ve seen the brilliant cover shall we take a look at the description for the book…

The only thing for certain is the deaths were no accident.

Rayner High School once a prestigious school stands in ruins after such a terrible event.

A year later, a group of friends return to the abandoned school and their nightmare begins.


Something wants to get out and won’t take NO for an answer…

Buy Links

https://geni.us/3vA33F

Author Bio

Zoé O’Farrell grew up in Watford but left the town life to live by the sea down at the White Cliffs of Dover.
She spends her days working with numbers before escaping in the evening to the world of words and movies. Her go-to relaxation is watching a scary movie or reading a terrifying book!

She is a book blogger and tour organiser just to keep her extra busy. When she is not reading or writing, you can usually find her watching Watford FC or at a gig. Failing that she can be found rolling her eyes at her husband as he acts the same age as her spitfire of a Mini-Me whilst separating her two cats.

Ouija is her debut novel.


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Tempted by Her Outcast Viking by Lucy Morris @LMorris_Author @rararesources #Blogblitz #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review as part of the blog blitz for Tempted by Her Outcast Viking by Lucy Morris 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…

Tempted by the Warrior

But she’ll never wed

Brynhild had once been close to Erik – until he’d betrayed her, and she’d hoped never to see him again. Now the fiercely independent shieldmaiden needs Erik’s skills to rescue her sister. Striking a truce with the tough, isolated loner they reach a mutually beneficial deal: in return, she’ll help him in his quest to find a wife – by teaching him how to please a woman in bed…!

Purchase Links

https://books2read.com/u/4jgVLX

MY REVIEW

The Shieldmaiden Sisters series is going from strength to strength! I really enjoyed the first book in the series where I was introduced to the first of three sisters, Valda. In Tempted by Her Outcast Viking the reader gets to know Brynhild and of course Erik, sigh. I think I fell for him myself. Okay, I admit it. He was definitely swoon worthy! I do think this book works as a standalone but this is such a great series that it would be a shame to miss out on reading book one.

I loved Brynhild and Erik, they had such a strong attraction that really burned bright. There was tension as the pair raced across country but also a smouldering romantic tension too. I thought Lucy Morris did a wonderful job with these characters. Their personalities were so in sync along with their strength of character. They also both had a vulnerability that on occasion edged its way in. I couldn’t help but root for them and hope for a happy ever after.

Tempted by Her Outcast Viking was a real hit with me. The characters were engaging and I loved seeing Brynhild and Erik’s tentative friendship develop along with seeing a more sizzling side too. I was completely caught up in this gorgeous romantic adventure and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. All that’s left to say is that I can’t wait for book three!

About the author

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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A Chance in a Million by T.A. Williams @tawilliamsbooks @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for A Chance in a Million by T.A. Williams as part of the Publication Day Push 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…

Fate brought them together, now it’s up to them to make it work…

Having left the army to recover from a traumatic experience, Captain Jane Reed is on her way to Venice to assist Lady Veronica Cooper, a world-famous writer who has lost her mojo. Plagued by grief and sleepless nights, Jane soon finds a kindred spirit in Veronica, coping with her own loss after the death of her husband.

When the two relocate to Veronica’s villa in the countryside to escape the summer tourists, Jane meets the rest of the Cooper family – including Veronica’s brooding son, David. With his own tragic past, David has resigned himself to a life of solitude. Jane finds herself determined to bring joy back into his life, even if it means finally spilling her secrets.

Can Jane and David help each other heal, and find love in the process, or are some scars too deep to treat?

Purchase Link

http://mybook.to/inaMIllion

MY REVIEW

I can always guarantee an escape from everyday life when I pick up a book by T.A. Williams and A Chance in a Million is another great example of this. The opening chapter instantly grabbed my attention and definitely made me root for Jane. Although to be fair I couldn’t help but be charmed by all the characters in this book. A special mention has to go to Dino, another brilliant canine creation from T.A. Williams.

I was fully immersed into the setting of Italy with stunning descriptions. At its heart though was a sweet romance that had a wonderful slow burn feel. It was lovely to see the characters grow and go from strength to strength. Along with beginning to put their pasts behind them and begin to focus on the future. There are also other important themes such as grief that is explored that added an extra depth to the story.

I enjoyed how the characters personalities were revealed, it was done in a careful way especially with their difficult pasts. I have to say because of this it did feel as if I really got to know them. It was very easy to wish that Jane and her new friends would find happiness and brighter futures. A Chance in a Million is a heartwarming story about new beginnings, friendship and romance. The kind that transported me to Italy and swept me away with wonderful characters!

Author Bio

I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing escapist romance is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations, even if travel to them is currently difficult.

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#20BooksofSummer22 – Completed ✅

Thanks for stopping by! It only feels like yesterday when I was choosing what to read for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge and here we are at the end.

I did manage to complete the challenge to read and review all twenty books. There were quite a few changes (okay a lot) and I only just posted the last two reviews yesterday but I did it!

Below are all my reviews if you want to take a look at them…

Field Rules by Carla Luna

The Influencers by S. V. Leonard #20BooksofSummer22 (20/20) #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Influencers by S.V. Leonard today. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. This is also my final book of the 20 Books of Summer challenge that I’m taking part in 🥳

First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

A filter can hide all manner of secrets…

When budding true crime blogger Maggie Shaw is invited to the Influencer of the Year awards, it feels like everything is finally falling into place. The party is held on a glamorous yacht and presents the perfect opportunity for Maggie to network – the first step towards achieving her dream of turning her hobby into a full-time job. But by the end of the night, there’s one question on everybody’s lips: who killed Stella Knight?

Stella was beautiful and famous. Her life appeared to be perfect. But behind the façade, Stella had made a number of enemies – and all of them were on board.

MY REVIEW

In this story we meet Maggie, who is a budding true crime blogger. Maggie finds herself invited to the Influencer of the Year awards. Although quite soon it becomes apparent that Maggie isn’t all that successful. However she is finally in the midst of other influencers. Which means Maggie might finally achieve her dreams of turning her blog into a full time career. Will it be plain sailing?!

I really liked the build up as Maggie attempted to network with other influencers. All of this changes when a murder occurs and she is determined to investigate. It was great to see that nothing was quite how it seemed. Maggie finds a troubling mix of secrets and superficial appearances in the influencer world. I thought this all helped the reader to get a feel for her character and the victim.

It’s safe to say that The Influencers premise definitely intrigued me and for the most part I felt the story worked well. I did enjoy investigating with Maggie but at times I felt like there was something missing. I really enjoyed the parts set on the yacht. These parts helped to build up a tense feeling. So I did feel like the story could have benefited from more of these scenes. I think they would have helped to cement a more claustrophobic feel. Let’s face it, even on a luxury yacht you wouldn’t want to be stuck with a killer!

Even though I might have had a couple of niggles, the story kept me invested. I was eager to see who the killer was especially as there were quite a few suspects to choose from. As with anything when you look below the surface there was so much more going on and the influencer world became a lot less glamorous.

On the whole The Influencers was an interesting and twisty tale!

The Botanist by M.W. Craven @MWCravenUK #20BooksofSummer22 #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for The Botanist by M.W. Craven today. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. This is also book nineteen for the 20 Books of Summer challenge. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

This is going to be the longest week of Washington Poe’s life…

Detective Sergeant Washington Poe can count on one hand the number of friends he has. And he’d still have his thumb left. There’s the guilelessly innocent civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw of course. Insanely brilliant, she’s a bit of a social hand grenade. He’s known his beleaguered boss, Detective Inspector Stephanie Flynn for years as he has his nearest neighbour, full-time shepherd/part-time dog sitter, Victoria.

And then there’s Estelle Doyle. Dark and dangerous and sexy as hell. It’s true the caustic pathologist has never walked down the sunny side of the street, but has she gone too far this time? Shot twice in the head, her father’s murder appears to be an open and shut case. Estelle has firearms discharge residue on her hands, and, in a house surrounded by fresh snow, hers are the only footprints. Since her arrest she’s only said three words: ‘Tell Washington Poe.’

Meanwhile, a poisoner called the Botanist is sending the nation’s most reviled people poems and pressed flowers. Twisted and ingenious, he seems to be able to walk through walls and, despite the advance notice given to his victims, and regardless of the security measures taken, he is able to kill with impunity.

Poe hates locked room mysteries and now he has two to solve. To unravel them he’s going to have to draw on every resource he has: Tilly Bradshaw, an organised crime boss, even an alcoholic ex-journalist. Because if he doesn’t, the bodies are going to keep piling up . . .

MY REVIEW

Well, it was amazing as ever to be back with Tilly and Poe. I’m not sure I can put into words how much I love this series. Everything works so well from the brilliant characters, the witty writing and the tangled plots that always keep me guessing. The Botanist is another perfect example of how this series captures my attention every single time.

It’s safe to say that Poe definitely has his work cut out for him in The Botanist. With two cases dividing his attention, each case is equally intriguing but one in particular has a more personal connection. I couldn’t wait to see how it would all play out.

I loved being kept on my toes as the locked room type mystery played out. It was written in a way that left me wonderfully confused and trying to think up different theories. I’ll be honest and say I was stumped. For me the dark edge of the murders combined with the characters engaging interactions created a solid and addictive story. I honestly couldn’t decide whether to race through it and read it in one go or try to make the book last as long as possible. I loved it that much!

If you are yet to meet Tilly and Poe, I really hope you find the time to pick up this series. I don’t think I stopped smiling at the pair of them throughout this book. They may have completely different personalities but they really do make the perfect team. While reading it’s very easy to feel as if I’m right there with them. Although I don’t think I’d be much use! 😂

The Botanist has easily made its way onto my top book picks for this year. It is such a cleverly crafted story and an addictive one at that. I’ll say it again, I loved it!

Love and Other Human Errors by Bethany Clift @Beth_Clift @hodderbooks #20BooksofSummer22 (18/20) #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Love and Other Human Errors by Bethany Clift today. With thanks to Steven at Hodder for the invite to join the tour and for my copy. This is also book eighteen of the 20 Books of Summer challenge I’m taking part in. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

The convention of a book synopsis is fundamentally ridiculous. How can I adequately convey in only 150 words the complexity and bewilderment of the past 10 months and the effect the events that occurred have had on my perfectly regulated existence?

One would need much longer to record in detail how I was blackmailed into demonstrating the efficacy of my soulmate programme and forced to participate in a series of ridiculous dates. How my life has been forever altered as a consequence.

Prior to this, I was driven and focused, consumed with work, destined to change the world with my brilliance. I had no family, no friends and no need for frivolous human connection. I was systemic and solitary, a woman with one goal.

I am that person no longer.

My name is Indiana Dylan, and this is the story of how I fell in love.

There: 150 words precisely.

MY REVIEW

I think it’s safe to say that after reading Last One at the Party, Bethany Clift went straight onto my auto buy list. I couldn’t wait to see what this author would come up with next. So what did I think of Love and Other Human Errors? Well, you know what. I loved it!

I would say when it comes to this story the less said about the plot, the better. Just because I loved discovering it all for myself. I want everyone to have the same experience. So I’m going to try and be a little vague regarding the plot. However I will say that everything in this story worked so well for me. From the characters who might have their faults but were loveable all the same. Well, except for maybe two! To the story that captured my attention from the first page to last.

I loved all the perspectives in this book it gave everything a much more rounded feel and it felt like I got to know the characters so much better too. They are complex and have so much more to their personalities than what first impressions showed. Oh and a special mention has to go to Alan, the dog!

Love and Other Human Errors made me smile, giggle and even get a little emotional. Okay, maybe a lot emotional. There are some important themes throughout and I thought these moments were perfectly combined with writing that conveyed charm, wit and a lot of heart.

If I could come up with just a few words to describe Love and Other Human Errors. They would be engaging, loveable and so very entertaining. It felt as if I was saying goodbye to friends once I turned that final page. I guess I’ll finish by saying it again, I loved this book!

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