When the Stars Sang (Little Sister Island Book 1) by Caren J Werlinger #ContemporaryFiction #TuesdayBookBlog

515Ap+LpMoLAuthor: Caren J Werlinger

Published: March 2018 by Corgyn Publishing

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Drama, F/F

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Nearly twenty-five years ago, Kathleen Halloran’s brother drowned during the last summer they ever spent with their grandmother on a remote island off Maine’s coast. Like a siren’s call she can’t resist, Kathleen is pulled back to Little Sister Island. She leaves her job and her girlfriend, packs up her few belongings, and moves into her grandmother’s cottage.

After almost twenty five years Kathleen (Katie) Halloran is returning to Little Sister, a tiny and remote island off the Maine coast. Her grandmother had lived there all her life and Katie and her brother spent summers there as children…until that summer twenty five years ago when tragedy changed everything. Now her grandmother has passed and Katie feels the need to distance herself from her estranged parents and a toxic relationship. The cottage on Little Sister is the perfect solution.

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The Heavens May Fall (Detective Max Rupert #3) by @aeskens #PoliceProcedural #LegalThriller #FridayReads

51q5umYdp4LAuthor: Allen Eskens

Performed by RC Bray, David Colacci, Amy McFadden

Published: October 2016 by Tantor Audio 

Category: Police Procedural, Legal Thriller, Murder/Mystery

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Detective Max Rupert and attorney Boady Sanden’s friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons. 

Let justice be done though the heavens may fall.’

A body has been found, a probable homicide, and Detective Max Rupert and his partner, Detective Niki Vang are attending the scene. The body is discovered to be that of Jennavieve Pruitt. She has been brutally murdered and initial thoughts on the investigation, as far as Max can see, point to her husband, Ben, as the perpetrator. 

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Elle’s A to Z of Love by Claire Huston #Romance #ContemporaryFiction @ClaraVal

51NmkY+wDDSAuthor: Claire Huston

Published: July 2021 by Goldcrest Books International

Category: Romance, Relationships, Contemporary Fiction

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Haileybrook, a beautiful village in the peaceful Cotswolds countryside, is most people’s idea of heaven on earth.

Born and raised in this small slice of paradise, Elle Bea can’t wait to leave.

It should be easy, but every time she packs her bags for exotic adventures, old loves and loyalties pull her back.

Will Elle be forced to forget her dreams of far-flung places and epic romance, or can she grab one last chance to have it all?

An uplifting, romantic story about friends, family and the relationships that make a place a home.

We meet Elle Bea the day after her 23rd birthday, secreted in a hidden corner of the library and wandering the streets of Florence in her imagination, immersed in E.M. Forster’s Room With A View. Elle, just returned from university, has never been abroad and can’t wait to leave the quiet confines of Haileybrook for a European tour with her friend, Serena, in the summer. But life can be anything but straightforward and often things don’t go to plan. 

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#BookReview for #RBRT ~ Sugar and Snails by Anne Goodwin #LiteraryFiction @Annecdotist #FridayReads

25865437._SY475_Author: Anne Goodwin

Published: July 2015 by Inspired Quill

Category: Literary Fiction, Identity, Psychology

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At fifteen, she made a life-changing decision. Thirty years on, it’s time to make another.

When Diana escaped her misfit childhood, she thought she’d chosen the easier path. But the past lingers on, etched beneath her skin, and life won’t be worth living if her secret gets out.

Diana Dodsworth is a psychology professor at Newcastle University. After a confused, unhappy childhood and making a decision in her mid teens that impacted on her in ways she didn’t expect, leaving her with a host of insecurities, she chooses now to live alone with her cat and tends generally not to get too involved with people. Privacy is very important to Diana and her past is something she keeps very much to herself. 

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Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan #HistoricalFiction @CKeeganFiction #Novella

51WSoUfXnZLAuthor: Claire Keegan

Published: October 2021 by Faber & Faber

Category: Historical Fiction, Irish Fiction, Novella

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It is 1985, in an Irish town. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, faces into his busiest season. As he does the rounds, he feels the past rising up to meet him – and encounters the complicit silences of a people controlled by the Church.

Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, was born in 1946 of a young single mother who worked as a domestic for Mrs Wilson, a wealthy Protestant widow. Bill’s mother’s family wanted nothing to do with her but Mrs Wilson, a kind woman, let them both continue living with her and took young Bill under her wing when his mother died.

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#BlogTour ~ Silenced By Jennie Ensor #Gangland #Crime @HobeckBooks @Jennie_Ensor

It’s the final day of the blog tour for Silenced, published on the 7th December by Hobeck Books, and I’m delighted to share my review. 

Silenced New Blog Poster

My Thoughts

A shocking opening sets the scene for Jennie Ensor’s latest novel. Teenager Solita Milton is walking home from school, thinking about what to buy her sister for a birthday gift and her determination to work hard at school, get good grades which hopefully will pave the way to university and her goal of being a social worker. 

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The Post Box at the North Pole by Jaimie Admans @be_the_spark #FestiveRead #ContemporaryFiction #TuesdayBookBlog

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Published: November 2021 by HQ Digital

Category: Christmas, Festive, Contemporary Fiction

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Sasha Hansley hates Christmas. As a child, it was her favourite time of year, but ever since the tragic death of her mother, it has completely lost its magic.

But when she gets an unexpected phone call from her eccentric estranged father, she’s forced to dust off her snow boots.

For years, ever since her mother died, Sasha has wanted to recapture the love of Christmas she experienced as a child by spending the holiday with her father, but every year he’s having adventures in some far flung destination and uses it as an excuse not to come home. She was expecting another such joyless festive season, compounded by the fact she just lost her job, when she has an unexpected phone call from her father.

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An Unlit Candle by Caren J. Werlinger #DualTimeline #LiteraryFiction #TuesdayBookBlog

58950251._SY475_Author: Caren J. Werlinger

Published: September 2021 by Corgyn Publishing

Category: Contemporary, Historical, Fiction, Religion, Literary

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Patricia Horrigan is the eldest daughter of a family determined to gain entry into the upper echelons of Rochester society as the 1950s give way to the turbulence of the 60s. Born of an Irish father and a French-Canadian mother, Pip inherited the stubborn pride and fierce determination of both.

In present time, Lauren Thackeray has managed to put her life back together—in a manner of speaking. She has her weaving, her home, her chosen family, and she has the monastery and the lasting friendship of the nuns there. The one thing she doesn’t have, she doesn’t want. She won’t open her heart again after she barely survived the last time.

I enjoyed In This Small Spot so much I jumped at the chance to read An Unlit Candle. Told in two alternating timelines, part sequel, part prequel, and woven together beautifully. I think this story would definitely benefit from being read after In This Small Spot.

We first meet Patricia (Pip) Horrigan in the late 1950s as she and brother accompany their parents to a ball at the Wasserman’s, where it pays to be seen. Mr Wasserman would play an ongoing role in Pip’s life.

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Dark Is The Grave: A DCI Bone Scottish Crime Thriller by TG Reid #BookReview for #RBRT #CrimeThriller

518FtyRVInSAuthor: TG Reid

Published: July 2021 by Glass Works Press

Category: Police Procedural, Fiction , Crime Thriller

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When the chief suspect in the notorious Peek-a-boo cop killer case blew himself up, almost taking lead investigator DCI Duncan Bone with him, the psychologically damaged detective thought his days on the force were over. But when another PC is abducted and murdered in the same deranged Peek-a-boo fashion, Bone is persuaded to return to lead the new investigation. But as Bone and his team hunt a copycat killer, and with time running out before yet another cop is slain, Bone’s terrifying past returns to tear open old wounds and push him to very edge of the abyss.

Can DCI Bone end the killing before the killing ends him?

Set among the dramatic hills and glens of Scotland’s Campsie Fells, Dark is the Grave is the first in a series of edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers that will keep you guessing right up to the nail-biting, heart-stopping climax.

Dark Is The Grave opens with a horrific prologue. PC Hazel Garvey has been abducted and buried alive, a crime which is reminiscent of the Peek-a-Boo serial killer who was killed in an explosion. Also caught in the explosion and seriously injured was DCI Duncan Bone. He was lucky to be alive. Left to cope with PTSD and a ruined home life, he was physically and mentally damaged, which probably accounts for his general irascibility.

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#PublicationDayPush ~ Snow-Kissed Proposals by @JenniAuthor and @ElisabethHobbes #FestiveShorts #HistoricalRomance @rararesources

Welcome to the publication day push for Snow-Kissed Proposals, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

Snow-Kissed Proposals

My Thoughts

The Christmas Runaway

The Christmas Runaway finds Fiona MacKay lost in the Scottish Highlands, soaked through by the relentless drizzle and wearing uncomfortable new ankle boots. She had acted impulsively, running away from what she considered an unbearable suituation at home, deciding to visit her friend Mhairi in the hopes of making her father see sense. Her maid, Emily, and luggage were waiting at the train station, and now here was this unkempt stranger offering to take her to her destination. She should have listened to Emily and stayed the night in Aberdeen but she’d been too stubborn.

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