#BookReview ~ Being Alert! by @claidlawauthor ~ Timely Contemporary Fiction #Satire #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Charlie Laidlaw

Kindle Edition

Category: Satire, Humour, Fiction, Book Review

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Being Alert! begins in January 2020 as the British prime minister, Winston Spragg, first learns about a new illness that seems to be centred in a city in China that nobody has heard of.

Following in a long tradition of British satire, the book populates Downing Street and Whitehall with an inept prime minister presiding over a dysfunctional government as it deals with an existential threat that rapidly becomes a national crisis.

Like satires before it, the book uses humour to paint an uncomfortable picture of a government seemingly as concerned about justifying itself as working to protect the country.

The beginning

In late January, two Chinese nationals were the first to test positive for coronavirus in the UK. The first officially-recorded fatality took place in China on January 11th.

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Endless Skies: A modern day romance with a historical twist… by @JaneCable #Mystery #Romance #FridayReads

Author: Jane Cable

Published: July 2020 by Sapere Books

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance with a touch of the Paranormal, Book Review

If you want to move forward, you have to deal with the past…

After yet another disastrous love affair – this time with her married boss – Rachel Ward has been forced to leave her long-term position in Southampton for a temporary role as an Archaeology Lecturer at Lincoln University.

Rachel has sworn off men and is determined to spend her time away clearing her head and sorting her life out.

But when one of her students begins flirting with her, it seems she could be about to make the same mistakes again…

Rachel Ward has a tendency to embark on relationships that end up being something of a disaster. The consequences of her latest romance with a married professor in Southampton results in her banishment to Lincolnshire for a twelve months stint as Visiting Lecturer in Archaeology at Lincoln University. However, it’s not long before her position at the University is in jeopardy due to another unwise choice.

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A Critical Tangent (Moonlight and Murder Book1) by @reily_garrett #suspense #romance #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Reily Garrett

Published: December 2019

Category: Crime, Romance, Suspense, Book Review

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She doesn’t trust cops…

He’s an iron-willed detective who doesn’t know whether to cuff her or kiss her.

Keiki Tallerman is a strong-willed tech prodigy whose life is shattered when her drone captures video of her best friend’s bizarre murder.

Experience has taught her good reason to not trust any police officers, especially when the hard-boiled detectives come knocking on her door. Their suspicions narrow when the second of her trio of friends disappears without a trace from their small urban community.

The first book in a romantic suspense series, A Critical Tangent introduces Keiki Tallerman, a college senior, as she and her friend Shelly are testing a prototype drone. Keiki is a skilful mechanic, building drones for Harock Industries and also using her skills with the machines while working part time for a private investigator. When she witnesses a brutal and fatal attack on Shelly through the camera attached to the drone, she is left in no doubt who will be the next target.

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#BlogTour #BookReview ~ Starcross Manor by @ChristieJBarlow (Love Heart Lane series) @rararesources #ContemporaryFiction #NetGalley

Today I’m sharing my review of Starcross Manor for the blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources. Thanks to Rachel for my review copy via NetGalley.

My Thoughts

Julia Coleman owns and runs the bed and breakfast in Heartcross, a small village in the Scottish Highlands. Several years previously she had consoled a good friend when she was dumped on her wedding day and now she was astounded to see the erstwhile groom, millionaire property developer Flynn Carter, in the local pub. Julia had another reason to dislike the man since he had bought her beloved grandfather’s house for much less than it was worth, and then demolished it. But what was he doing in Heartcross?

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#Guest Post from RJ Gould #author of The bench by Cromer beach #RomanticFiction @rjgould_author @rararesources

Today I’m pleased to welcome Richard Gould with a guest post for the blog blitz organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Firstly, here’s the book info…

Five people in a sleepy English coastal town. One year that changes everything. 

They seem to have it all. They’re in good health and are financially secure. They live in a pleasant and comfortable town. But as their lives intertwine, cracks emerge and restlessness grows.  

For Clive, is retirement the beginning of the end? Can fun-loving Saskia break free from her adulterous husband? Will Andy marry his childhood sweetheart? Is Jamie prepared to change his dishonest ways? Might Ellie’s happy marriage be shattered by temptation?

Heart-warming and heart-breaking collide in this novel about aspirations, expectations and the realities of everyday life.

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#Extract from Virtue by @JohnMoot1 #PubDay #ContemporaryFiction #Debut @mindbuckmedia #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’m sharing an extract from Virtue, a novel by John Moot, on publication day. Here’s what the book is about…

The Holder family is in crisis. Hannah is sick of being a stay-at-home mom marooned in a rural college town, her teenage daughter, Madison, is the subject of anti-LBGTQ bullying, and her teenage son, Dillon, is failing at school and having run-ins with the law. Hannah wants out of a life that has grown toxic to her family and to reclaim the person she once was–a confident, professional woman. Her husband Tom, a philosophy professor, once supported her plea for change–a return to Boston that would give their kids a fresh start and her the chance to get her law degree–but now his life is unravelling as he struggles to fend off attacks on his career from the college president, reconcile with his estranged, cancer-stricken father and confront a dark, hidden past. Virtue exposes, through the Holder’s journey that fateful year, the vulnerability and randomness of human existence, but also the power of redemption.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

Extract

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A Wedding at Wynter House (Wyntersleap #3) by @EmilyHarvale ~ Blog Blitz #BookReview #Romance @rararesources #FridayReads

I’m delighted to be joining the blog blitz for A Wedding at Wynter House, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources

My Thoughts

The Wyntersleap series is intertwined with that of Merriment Bay, with the same characters appearing in both and they blend very well together. However, the two series can be read independently and relevant events are caught up in each book.

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The Day She Came Back by @MrsAmandaProwse #Contemporary Family Drama #FridayReads

Author: Amanda Prowse

Published: July 2020 by Lake Union Publishing

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Book Review

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When her loving, free-spirited grandmother Primrose passes away, Victoria is bereft, yet resilient—she has survived tragedy before. But even her strength is tested when a mysterious woman attends Prim’s funeral and claims to be the mother Victoria thought was dead.

The Day She Came Back is a compelling story of three generations of women—Prim, Sarah and Victoria—woven into a tale of secrets uncovered, loss, grief and forgiveness. Victoria has been brought up by her beautiful, glamorous grandmother, Prim. Her parents had been drug addicts and died when she was a baby and her grandfather passed away several years ago. Prim’s daughter Sarah, Victoria’s mother, had been her only child. Now it was just Victoria and Prim living in Rosebank, a large house on the outskirts of Epsom in Surrey. She has no other relatives and hadn’t been a popular girl at school, but she has a lovely best friend in Daksha.

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#Extract from Homeward Bound by Richard Smith #ContemporaryFiction @RichardWrites2 @rararesources

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Homeward Bound, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

I have an extract for you today, but first here’s the book info…

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Blog Tour #BookReview ~ Grace and Serenity by @AnnalisaCrawf #ContemporaryFiction #TuesdayBookBlog @rararesources

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Grace and Serenity, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources

My Thoughts

This was quite a dark, although sensitively addressed story, and one that emphasises how easily someone can get sucked in to situations they feel unable to control.

Grace was just sixteen when she met Neil, and not much older when she became pregnant. Neil had charmed Grace from the beginning but she saw another side of him when she told him she was expecting their child. He didn’t want to know and made his feelings plain. This was the first sign of his true character and a precursor of what was to come.

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