Making Wishes at Bay View by @JessicaRedland ~ Never give up on a wish for a happy ever after… @BoldwoodBooks

Author: Jessica Redland

Published: January 2020 by Boldwood Books

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Book Review 

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Never give up on a wish for a happy ever after…

Callie Derbyshire has it all: her dream job as a carer at Bay View, finally she has found the love of her life. Everything is perfect.

Well, almost.

Ex-partners are insistent on stirring up trouble, and Callie’s favourite resident, Ruby, hasn’t been her usual self.

Callie has the perfect job, notwithstanding  having the boss from hell. A natural carer with a great personality, she loves the residents at Bay View Care Home and is kind, patient and considerate. Ruby is a favourite, a wonderful character who has lived a full, colourful life and has a special place in Callie’s heart. Ruby loves reminiscing with Callie and reliving the past but hasn’t been her usual self lately. Callie enjoys Ruby’s stories and, as she learns more about Ruby’s life, is determined to put the spring back in her step and the smile on her face.

On a personal front, Callie thinks she’s found her Mr Right, an older man who she met through work, until certain things don’t quite add up and she begins to question her year long relationship. She needed someone she could rely on and was willing to take her out.

I blame it on my dad. If he hadn’t died when I was only six, I don’t think I’d have been so obsessed with older men.

Ruby is certain her grandson would be perfect for Callie but Callie is unsure if he even exists. He never seems to show up when Ruby is expecting him and Callie hates to think of her being disappointed.

‘Callie!’ she called. ‘If you really have parted company with your sugar daddy, you could always court my grandson, Rhys.’

I turned to face her. The cheeky grin on her face matched her playful tone. ‘Would this be the illusive grandson who never visits?’

‘It might be.’

‘Are you sure he exists?’

She laughed as she tapped the side of her nose. ‘That’s for me to know and you to find out.’

I loved Callie’s relationship with the older ladies and gents at Bay View, the respect she showed them and the fact that the story is about a carer who loves her job and goes out of her way to make sure everyone is looked after, regardless of the hard time her boss gives her. Then Callie discovers the reason for Ruby’s seeming bouts of depression and devises a way to give her story a happy ending.

Making Wishes at Bay View is a lovely story which includes several topics, such as deception, romance and forgiveness. An easy, enjoyable read with enough twists to keep the plot moving along steadily. Callie is a relatable, well developed character, not perfect by any means but someone that can be relied on. Jessica Redland brought the cast of characters to life and made the reader care about them – well most of them anyway. Someone got exactly what they deserved.

I had no idea this was a combination of two novellas until after I’d finished reading, and would never have guessed. They were blended together very well.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US 

About the Author

Jessica Redland lives on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast in England – the inspiration for the settings in her books – with her husband, daughter, cat, Sprocker Spaniel puppy, and an ever-growing collection of collectible teddy bears. Although if the puppy has her way, the collection will be reduced to a pile of stuffing and chewed limbs!
She’s an HR Tutor on a freelance basis and tries, often successfully, to fit writing around that.

Author links ~ Website | Twitter | Facebook

#Spotlight + #Giveaway ~ Point of No Return by Tanya Jean Russell #RomanticSuspense @TanyaJRussell @rararesources

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Point of No Return, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

About the Book

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#Extract + #Giveaway ~ Surviving Me by Jo Johnson #ContemporaryFiction #Psychological @rararesources

Today I have an extract and giveaway as part of the blog tour for Surviving Me, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

Extract

This is the prologue from Surviving Me, a debut novel about two men whose minds become unfit for purpose for very different reasons. The main character is Tom Cleary but this exert is written by his wife. She is a radio presenter for BBC Sussex.

Marilyn is tapping on the glass, beckoning me to come out. My eyes meet hers through the transparent partition.

I shake my head and mouth, ‘Not now.’ She’s not the bright- est button in the box. She continues to gesture, beckoning and wobbling.

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Six Wicked Reasons by Jo Spain ~ One Family…One Night…Ten Years of Lies #Psychological #Suspense @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks

Author: Jo Spain

Performed by Aoife McMahon

Published January 2020 by Quercus

Category: Pyschological, Suspense, Family Drama, Mystery, Audiobook, Review

It’s June 2008 and twenty-one-year-old Adam Lattimer vanishes, presumed dead. The strain of his disappearance breaks his already fragile family.

Ten years later, with his mother deceased and siblings scattered across the globe, Adam turns up unannounced at the family home. His siblings return reluctantly to Spanish Cove, but Adam’s reappearance poses more questions than answers. The past is a tangled web of deceit.

Set in Spanish Cove, a small village on the west coast of Ireland, Six Wicked Reasons focuses on the dysfunctional Lattimer family. The story begins with a celebratory reunion on a yacht. Adam Lattimer, the son and sibling the family feared dead had returned after ten years. Nine people, including Frazer Lattimer’s fiancé, had boarded but only eight left the yacht alive. When Frazer’s body was pulled from the sea it was evident the blow to the back of his head had killed him.

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Madam Tulip and the Serpent’s Tree (A Madam Tulip Mystery) by @DaveAhernWriter #BookReview for #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: David Ahern

Published: March 2020 by Malin Press

Category: Cosy Mystery, Drama, Suspense, Romance, Book Review

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Actress Derry O’Donnell, moonlighting as fortune-teller Madam Tulip, finds herself in a famous pop singer’s entourage.

But at the star’s glittering birthday party in the Dublin mountains, Derry finds a band riven by rivalries and feuds. Behind the trouble is a mysterious Russian guru, a shaman hated by everyone but the singer whose life she dominates.

Derry O’ Donnell, a talented but at the moment jobless actress, along with her friends, rising TV star Bella and ex Navy SEAL Bruce, have secured a three week run for their fledgling theatre company. Pat Kelly, pub owner and band manager, has offered a room above the pub as a venue. But first Derry was required to grant a favour and become her alter ego, Madam Tulip, for a party. Pat Kelly manages pop group Maramar and is hosting a birthday bash for the lead singer, Aileen.

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More Mini #BookReviews ~ Books 5 and 6 of the Jackman and Evans series by Joy Ellis #CrimeFiction #PoliceProcedural #FridayReads

Just a quick general recap…

Detective Inspector Rowan Jackman leads the team. He’s a private person from an affluent background, well respected and liked, and is good at motivating his team. His passion is horses. Detective Sergeant Marie Evans is a widow who lost her husband in a motorbike accident. She’s able to assess situations and people with accuracy and is nicknamed Super Mario by her colleagues. Marie’s passion is motorbikes.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ HellHole by Gina Damico #AudioBookReview #YA #Fantasy #SciFi

My Throwback Thursday choice for this week is HellHole, an audiobook narrated by MacLeod Andrews and released in January 2015.

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

My Thoughts

Max is the quintessential awkward teen who has zero luck with girls, loves crosswords and digging for fossils on Ugly Hill. He cares for his sick mother who’s waiting for a heart transplant as well as attending school and working long hours at a convenience store. One day at work he steals a cat statue for his mother, who loves sparkly junk. He can’t afford to buy it but wants to give his mother something he knows she’ll appreciate. Max is terrified the security camera will pick up his theft but little does he know getting caught is the least of his worries.

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#BookReview + #Giveaway ~ The Faerie Tree by @JaneCable ~ Contemporary #RomanticFiction #MiniBlogBlitz @rararesources

Welcome to the first day of the mini blog blitz for The Faerie Tree by Jane Cable, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources. Many thanks to Jane for my copy of the book.

My Thoughts

It will be Izzie and her daughter Claire’s first Christmas without husband and father, Connor. They’ve just left the probate office and the town is busy with Christmas shoppers. With her sights set on the coffee shop Claire accidentally bumps into a homeless man on the street. She is confused. Does she know this man? Somehow she thinks she does recognise him.

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The Lantern Men (Ruth Galloway Book 12) by @EllyGriffiths ~ Murder/Mystery #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Elly Griffiths

Published: February 2020 by Quercus

Category: Crime, Murder, Mystery, Police Procedural, Book Review

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Everything has changed for Dr Ruth Galloway.

She has a new job, home and partner, and is no longer North Norfolk police’s resident forensic archaeologist. That is, until convicted murderer Ivor March offers to make DCI Nelson a deal. Nelson was always sure that March killed more women than he was charged with. Now March confirms this, and offers to show Nelson where the other bodies are buried – but only if Ruth will do the digging.

Ruth and Kate are now living in Cambridge with Dr Frank Barker and, although Ruth enjoys her job teaching at St Jude’s college, she still misses Norfolk and her cottage on the edge of the Saltmarsh.

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