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

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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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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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#PublicationDayPush ~ A Winter Wedding at Mistletoe Gate Farm by Helen J Rolfe #ContemporaryFiction @HJRolfe @rararesources

I’m delighted to be joining the Publication Day Push for Helen J Rolfe’s novel, A Winter Wedding at Mistletoe Gate Farm, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

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My Thoughts

A Wedding At Mistletoe Gate Farm focusses on Tilly, the owner of Tilly’s Bits’n’Pieces, a shop she inherited from her grandmother via her father. He wasn’t too pleased that Tilly had opted to forgo university in favour of the shop but Tilly had found her calling. She loved the shop, and loved stocking it with individual and eclectic items. So much so, she was running out of space.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Disappearing in Plain Sight (Crater Lake Series Book 1) by Francis Guenette #Literary #ContemporaryFiction

I read Disappearing in Plain Sight back in 2014 for Rosie Amber‘s Book Review Team and enjoyed it very much.

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My Thoughts

Lisa-Marie is spending the summer on the beautiful shores of Crater Lake, Vancouver Island, with her Aunt Bethany and her aunt’s partner, Beulah. They live by Camp Micah, a refuge for troubled teenagers who have spent years in care, and among a small diverse community who all have their own conflicting personalities, emotions and issues.

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The Moon Over Kilmore Quay by @HappyMrsH #ContemporaryFiction #Family #TuesdayBookBlog

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Published: May 2021 by HarperCollins

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Family

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Brooklyn, New York,
Bea has grown up in the heart of the Irish community, always hearing stories of home. When she discovers a letter from her younger self, written years before, it sends her deep into her own family history.

Kilmore Quay, Ireland.
Years earlier, Lucy Mernagh leaves her much-loved home and family in search of the New York dream. The Big Apple is a world away from the quiet village she grew up in, and the longing for home aches within her.

Bea O’Connor, one of the second generation of Irish immigrants born in Brooklyn, always felt that Ireland was a large part of her heritage and who she was. She’d grown up listening to the nostalgic stories told by her grandparents and dreamed of Ireland and visiting there one day. She’s torn between her love of New York and the call of Ireland, not knowing quite where she belongs.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Snowflakes On Christmas Street by Ivy Pembroke #ContemporaryFiction #Romance

‘Take a trip to the most charming street in town.’

This is a lovely story published 4 years ago.

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My Thoughts

Bill Hammersley has lived on Christmas Street for ever. Bill remembers fondly when it was a friendly street and people knew and understood each other and he doesn’t like the way things have changed. But things have changed and now there’s little to no interaction or sense of community between the neighbours. Bill has become more and more stubborn and solitary, with no visitors apart from Jack.

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Making Waves at Penvennan Cove (The Penvennan Cove series Book 2) by @LinnBHalton #BookReview #NetGalley #ContemporaryRomanticFiction @Aria_Fiction

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Published: October 2021 by Aria

Category: Contemporary Romantic Fiction, Book Review

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For once, things are going well for thirty-year-old Kerra Shaw. She has a fulfilling job helping small businesses in the local community, she is within a few minutes’ walk of all the people she loves best, and most importantly, she has finally got together with her childhood sweetheart, Ross.

Yet again, I’ve read a book not realising it was part of a series, although it didn’t strike me as such at the time so I didn’t feel I was missing anything. Enough information is given by various means to give just enough background on the characters and their lives.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Last Flight: A Novel by Gregory P Liefer #Survival #Suspense

The Last Flight is a story of survival and redemption with a very unexpected but welcome twist at the end. I listened to the audiobook and enjoyed RC Bray’s performance and spot on interpretation of the characters. Great job, as always.

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My Thoughts

The Last Flight is the story of Gil Connor, a middle-aged Vietnam veteran and Army helicopter pilot. His exploits are almost legendary amongst his peers but Gil is now fighting a losing battle against terminal cancer. His dreams are haunted by the horrors he’s witnessed and friends lost in battle, not to mention coming to terms with the loss of both his children. Gil has decided to die as he has lived, on his own terms, and takes a helicopter out for a last flight.

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Bells, Tails & Murder: A Dickens & Christie Mystery Book 1 by @KathyManosPenn #CosyMystery set in the Cotswolds #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

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Published: February 2020 by Manos Penn & Ink

Category: Cosy Murder/Mystery, Contemporary Fiction, Book Review

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Do you like heroines who’ve lived a little? Who’ve suffered life’s ups and downs but kept on trucking? Then you’ll love Leta Parker and her new friends in the Cotswold village of Astonbury.

When tragedy strikes Leta Parker’s life, the successful banker and closet sleuth chases a lifelong dream to retire to England. Leaving her friends and neighbors in Atlanta, she settles into Astonbury with her talkative dog and cat, Dickens and Christie.

Leta Parker’s life changed irrevocably when her husband was killed in an accident while they were out biking. Eighteen months later she had fulfilled her dream of retiring to England and has a pretty, restored and cosy cottage in the Cotswolds. All she needs now is to pick up Dickens, a dwarf Pyrenees and Christie the black cat, from the airport. They both have a moan (literally) and Christie particularly has plenty to say about being crated for the journey. Leta is a female Dr Doolittle and can actually communicate with animals. It’s a fun twist, I’ve often thought it would be perfect I could understand ‘dog speak’. I’m glad, however, that the animals were portrayed and treated as pets and not given human traits (apart from the obvious)

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The Sentence is Death (Hawthorne and Horowitz Mystery #2) by @AnthonyHorowitz #MurderMystery #TuesdayBookBlog

51ApS3TMdmL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Author: Anthony Horowitz

Published: September 2019 by Arrow (my paperback copy)

Category: Murder, Mystery, Contemporary Fiction, Book Review

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“You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late…”

These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer. Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine – a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth £3,000, to be precise.

Odd, considering he didn’t drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man’s many, many enemies did the deed?

The Sentence is Death is the second book featuring Hawthorne and Horowitz. We first meet them in The Word is Murder when ex Detective Inspector Daniel Hawthorne (who still works as a consultant for the police on occasion, helping with difficult cases) approached Anthony Horowitz. Hawthorne wanted his biography written and persuaded Horowitz to shadow him while working on cases. 

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