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No Way Back
No Way Back
by Kelly Florentia
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A romantic tale full of twists and turns, drama and intrigue, fun and frolics and warm tender moments, 23 Sept. 2017
This review is from: No Way Back (Paperback)
I really enjoyed this novel by Kelly Florentia. No Way Back is her second full length novel. It follows the life of Audrey Fox who is heartbroken following the break-up of her relationship mere days before their wedding. Audrey and Nick have been together for eight years and Audrey was so excited and ready for her forthcoming nuptials. However, Nick has had a fairly unreliable past and calling off the wedding just proves to Audrey how unreliable he is. Audrey flees the country and stays in Cyprus with her parents to recuperate and reflect on her future.

Audrey’s heart and mind is very unsettled and Cyprus is not proving much of a distraction especially when she literally falls in the lap of wealthy and handsome businessman Daniel Taylor. Daniel turns out to be Audrey’s very own Prince Charming but is she ready to be swooned so soon?

Back home in London reality hits her hard after learning that her ex Nick is seriously ill in hospital following a motorcycle accident. Audrey is faced with a dilemma on whether to visit Nick in hospital. Her friends are set against her visiting Nick and unbeknown to Audrey they have their reasons for this and when this reason reveals a whole lot more anguish for Audrey she is confused and heartbroken even more.

The handsome businessman Daniel is also back in London and has set his sights on winning Audrey’s heart?

Daniel Taylor is a very complicated character and Audrey’s first impressions are way off the mark. But the more Audrey lets Daniel into her life the more tangled her new relationship becomes as Daniel has many secrets and until he reveals all to Audrey she cannot clear her mind of her feelings for him.

Audrey has a lovely support group of friends and family which hold many keys to this story . The sub-characters themselves experience many trials and tribulations in their own lives. Some of these moments in her friends lives were quite emotive, dealing with serious issues and the author dealt with these concerns in a sensitive manner.

For the weeks and months following the cancellation of her wedding Audrey has experienced extreme highs and lows and her heart was in turmoil. Should she go back to her ex Nick or have the charming Daniel capture her heart?

There were many twists in this tale I didn’t see coming, one minute I was hopeful and thought ‘yes, Audrey should choose him’ and then the author throws us in a completely different direction and you are left with a right quandary.

I was pleased to learn after reading this novel that Kelly Florentia will write a sequel to No Way Back. There is so much potential for a sequel and I’m excited to see which way the author will take all the main and sub-characters. No Way Back has many tears of despair, drama, intrigue, fun, frolics and warm tender moments. Great story that has left me wanting more.


The Red Thread: A Chinese Tale of Love and Fate in 1830s Singapore (The Straits Quartet)
The Red Thread: A Chinese Tale of Love and Fate in 1830s Singapore (The Straits Quartet)
by Farnham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous, passionate love story, 22 Sept. 2017
I’m not afraid to say that it took me a little time to get into this story but a novel filled with so much culture, history and diversity cannot be rushed. From the vivid descriptions of the scenes set on the pages I was transported to a Singapore filled with heady scents and could visualise the changing colourful and sometimes dark landscape. From the first moment that Zhen laid eyes on Charlotte the intensity of the gaze was bewitching and as a reader you were willing for them to make an acquaintance. But this wasn’t the time to be foolhardy and life for both the Chinaman and the English woman moved in different directions for a while. However, the gods of luck were in their court and chances were brought their way to make this acquaintance happen.

Singapore in the 1830’s was becoming multicultural but not all were welcoming the newcomers to their lands. Political and social unrest was heightened and fear was felt for the lives of many. The author has woven this love story filled with angst, fear, drama, love and lust at a time were traditions and culture were so evident in many lives. It was fascinating reading about the varying traditions for life, love and death. The author was very honest with her writing and we saw life in Singapore in all its glory through the wonderful celebratory events and to times of terrible, horrific acts. These highs and lows were part of history and come as a package.

The Red Thread was a dangerous, passionate love story that was so touchingly tragic. In another world and another time there would be no barriers and love would win.


The Summer of Impossible Things
The Summer of Impossible Things
by Rowan Coleman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly outstanding storytelling, 18 Sept. 2017
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When you finish reading a story that completely overwhelms you and you are left shaken with emotion and feeling almost hungover this is the sign of an excellent novel. Rowan Coleman’s latest novel, The Summer of Impossible Things, got me from the start to the finish. I was captivated by this almost other worldly love story. A story of a love between a mother and a daughter; a story of a love that seemed almost impossible to believe but the consequence of never feeling the strength of this love is almost too heart breaking to think about.

We follow Luna on her quest, along with her sister Pia, to find out about her mother’s pre-wed life in Brooklyn, NYC. To 1977 when the streets were filled with a buzz surrounding the making of the movie Saturday Night Fever which brought certain fame to parts of the city. To a time when the city was filled with a darkness that brought a fear. To a time that was such a pivotal moment in her mother’s life that it weighed her down.

Such a moving, poignant story that left me spellbound, with my emotions heightened and the anticipation of what was to come was almost too hard to bear. A book I was desperate to find out what happens next but as each chapter drew on I was fearful to how the author would finish my emotive journey with the characters … I wasn’t disappointed. Truly outstanding storytelling.


Pieces of My Life
Pieces of My Life
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting, life affirming story set in a stunning location ... A family saga of sorts and a beautiful tale of new beginnings, 6 Sept. 2017
This review is from: Pieces of My Life (Kindle Edition)
I was completely enthralled with this story right from the start. Pieces of My Life is Rachel Dann’s debut novel and it completely ticked all the boxes for me. Characters that were written with such warmth and relatable, exotic location that the author transported you to with the words on the page, intrigue and curiosity of the world and people around you and also about the person you have lived with for five years. A journey dredging up memories from the past that at the time were very emotive but now you have time to re-evaluate them and see them in a different life. Thought provoking issues that made you think that first impressions are not the whole picture. Political changes that could inevitably make the difference in someone’s life to give them hope and belief of a better tomorrow.

Kirsty and Harry have been together for five years since meeting at University. Kirsty was so surprised that this well-travelled, handsomely rugged young man was interested in her, the shy studious student. Kirsty was charmed by Harry from the start and when they graduated she happily accepted that they’d live closer to his place of work and Kirsty would commute each day to hers. Kirsty was also keen to start a family and was feeling that the time was right in their lives however, Harry had other plans for their future. Harry wanted them to go travelling to Ecuador and take a 3 month sabbatical from work. He was so excited about this trip that the eagerness grew on Kirsty and she was soon planning trips and sights of interest to visit.

Once the couple arrive in the heat and bustle of this new world and culture Kirsty is captivated by it’s beauty but Harry’s enthusiasm has definitely ebbed and he is displaying unusual body languages. They soon build up a friendship with owners of a local eatery and when Kirsty hears that the wife Gabi helps out in the local women’s prison Kirsty’s interest is peaked. Whilst Harry continues to have mood swings and display unusual behaviour Kirsty decides to seek more information regarding helping out with the charity that visit the women prisoners. Once Kirsty gains more information a spark from her dreams in the past slowly becomes alive and she aims to help the women, especially the British women held in a foreign cell.

We follow Kirsty’s new affirmative journey gaining the courage to go into a scenario she has never been before, understanding the lives of these women and finding out what she can do to help them. We also follow Kirsty slowly unravelling Harry’s unusual attitude. This three month visit to Ecuador will change Kirsty’s life in more ways than one as it opens up new wounds, old heartbreak, invigorates the dream in her professional life and also her personal life. An uplifting, life affirming story set in a stunning location. A family saga of sorts and a beautiful tale of new beginnings.


The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club: Part One: Diving In
The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club: Part One: Diving In
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant start to a new book series ... needs to be on the TV screens!, 5 Sept. 2017
I absolutely adored this story and so pleased it’s the start of a book series by Katie May. The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club is Katie May’s debut novel and what a cracking start to her published career.

In Part One: Diving In we follow Deb’s new journey in her life after leaving her husband. For nearly 30 years Deb had felt down trodden in her marriage to Derek after having her three children she soon became a placater hoping to keep the peace in the family unit. Now after so long she’d had enough and was happy to be on her own living in a small bedsit in her beloved coastal town of Whitstable. The beach, especially the sea, is Deb’s escape and she loves nothing more than to immerse herself in the cold sea water to help forget her personal problems.

Deb isn’t the only one using the power of the sea and the beach to escape her past, Maisie recently divorced has relocated to Whitstable and is also drawn to this natural beauty. Swimming in and around the tides of Whitstable was soon becoming a routine for the two women and a friendship developed.

However, the beach is under threat of future new development and the swimming buddies have built up a following from others in the town and a strong community spirit is felt. The new swimming and beach loving community have a fight on their hands to save their beloved beach.

Such brilliant dialogue from Katie May with wonderful wit and humour. There are some great scenes that will literally have you laughing out loud. There is also a serious side to the characters we are learning to love, both Deb and Maisie have suffered heartbreak and are starting a fresh and have many painful memories from their past. Whilst reading this story I could easily picture the scenes in my head and I feel it would make a fabulous Sunday night drama. I’m eager to read the next instalments in this new book series and will start a campaign to get The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club on our TV screens!


Leopard at the Door
Leopard at the Door
by Jennifer McVeigh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning thought provoking read, 2 Sept. 2017
This review is from: Leopard at the Door (Paperback)
This was a stunning thought provoking read that was full of the horrors and atrocities of terror and political unrest in Africa in the 1950's. Aged 12 Rachel Fullsmith's world had been rocked with the death of her mother, her father felt it would be best for his daughter to go back to England and stay with her grandparents. So not only had she lost one parent but she was also to feel the loss of another feeling abandoned thousands of miles away from her home in Africa. Six years later Rachel was determined to return to Africa, to her home but it wasn't just her home anymore. A lady friend of her fathers had moved in along with her son and Rachel was feeling very lost in her home. She didn't understand the new dynamics in the household and didn't like the hold that this new woman had over her father.

Returning to Africa has brought back memories of a time Rachel wished she'd never witnessed, a time that was fraught with danger and political unrest. The country is now facing a heightened fear of political unrest and images from the past are now haunting Rachel especially when a face from this time comes to life. Rachel doesn't know who to turn to as her own father is so obsessed with other issues that Rachel feels she cannot speak her concerns with him. Rachel renews a friendship she had when she was a child with a young African native, Michael, but is Michael all that he appears to be? However, the need for friendship and comfort is so great Rachel feels almost pulled to be with Michael.

Fear escalates and terror draws closer to home. Lives are in danger and people are doubting who to trust.

The author Jennifer McVeigh has written a compelling story based loosely on the real life unrest of a stunning country that many from England moved to to start a new peaceful life enjoying it's natural beauty but this wasn't to last. Greed, betrayal, terror, political unrest and a forbidden love were spun cleverly through this gripping story.


Rubies in the Roses (Cornish Castle Mystery, Book 2)
Rubies in the Roses (Cornish Castle Mystery, Book 2)
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Sunday chill day reading ..., 2 Sept. 2017
This is the second book in the Cornish Castle mysteries. Although, the novel could be read as a standalone I would urge you to read book one Death Plays a Part first just to appreciate the history of the characters and setting.

Once again we are back on Cornisea Island and the Castle is at the centre of another mystery. Legend has it that a silver goblet studded with rubies and diamonds that was used in wedding ceremonies many, many years ago was left hidden by it’s last known owner somewhere on the castle grounds. An article has been written in a forthcoming magazine claiming to know the whereabouts of the goblet. Lord Bolingbrooke is keen for the goblet to be found on his property so he can claim rights to it however, others feel they have family connections to the treasured piece.

Vivian Conroy has taken us on another cosy crime mystery with Rubies in the Roses. Guinevere is a little like a modern day Miss Marple and with her trusty side kick Dolly the Daschund providing many charming moments to make you smile. As with the first book in the series I did find the story a little slow but thinking back about the genre the style and flow of the writing suits this cosy crime mystery. The series would make a perfect Sunday chill day reading.


An Uncertain Heart
An Uncertain Heart
by June Tate
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.97

3.0 out of 5 stars A stor that was raw with life and a story with a love blossoming during these terrible times, 24 Aug. 2017
This review is from: An Uncertain Heart (Hardcover)
I really enjoyed the start of this novel set in 1917 and the battle at Passchendaele, it felt quite real and I was gripped with the drama and also the camaraderie between men fighting in the trenches but also the doctors, nurses and medics out there trying to save lives. The story lost its spark a little just like the characters when they returned home from the war. However, the story did pick up and I enjoyed it. I loved how the author brought a pivotal time in history to life, a time when life was very cruel and hard, a time when men and women grabbed what little happiness they could. The author dealt with the issues of the war sensitively but also was very honest with her words. A story that was raw with life and a story with a love blossoming during these terrible times to give light and hope from the dark days. 3.5/5*


The Big Dreams Beach Hotel
The Big Dreams Beach Hotel
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulously fun read for the summer and beyond ..., 24 Aug. 2017
This was a wonderfully, witty, warm romcom from Lilly Bartlett. This story is a standalone novel so is a fabulous opportunity to try out a new author without the worry of not reading the first in a series. Once again Lilly Bartlett has created a story full of fun, quirky and quintessential characters with scatterings of great humour the story easily captures your heart and imagination.

The story revolves around Rosie who has a dream of running her own hotel, preferably at a beach resort. Her hospitality training has taken her far and wide and one of her first assignments was working at a hotel in New York. New York is the city of possibilities and a chance encounter with an American called Chuck looking for help to organise his work’s party leads to possibilities of love and Rosie is soon besotted and charmed by this native.

Three years have passed since New York and Rosie is back in her hometown of Scarborough, East Yorkshire working in a local hotel. A hotel that is currently full of northern charm and old fashioned values and has a real community spirit. However, another American, in fact two brothers, shake up Rosie’s life and dream again. The Americans have put a bid in to purchase the hotel and completely revamp it … without even seeing it or leaving their comfy chairs! Crazy!

With the help of a Transition Manager called Rory, that is rather easy on the eye, Rosie comes up against many wild and hair brained ideas from the new owners.

Can the American’s quirky flamboyancy fit in with this quintessential English seaside resort hotel?

Can Rosie fulfil her dreams in life and love?

A fabulously fun read for the summer and beyond.


A Bed of Brambles: Volume 2 (Draymere Hall)
A Bed of Brambles: Volume 2 (Draymere Hall)
by Sam Russell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive romance filled with passion, angst, heartache, new beginnings and letting go of the demons inside of you ..., 23 Aug. 2017
This was such an addictive read filled with passion, angst, heartache and uncertainty. I loved how the author had developed two characters both with a past they wished to hide, both passionate about their beliefs but also passionate about their loves. Hettie and Alexander had spent months apart whilst she was working overseas but now back home in the Cotswolds it wasn't plain sailing for the young couple that their sexual chemistry drew them together like magnets. Hettie needed to find work preferably working with horses as that's all she's ever known and loved. The chance to start her own livery business brings back so many dark memories and her life soon becomes in danger from this past she wishes she could scrape up and throw away like the manure in the stables. A gripping romance filled with passion, new beginnings, second chances and opening your heart and soul to let go of the demons inside you.

N.B. I haven't read the first book in this series, I didn't realise it was part of a series until I wrote this review. The book can definitely be read as a standalone but I'm keen now to read book one.


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