#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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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Beyond the Carousel by Bette Lee Crosby ~ A family tragedy, a 25 year old murder, a detective determined to make things right #FamilySaga

I’ve read several books by Bette Lee Crosby and enjoyed them very much. Beyond the Carousel, published January 2017, was no exception.

My Thoughts

When Emory Hawthorne came into money bequeathed to him from his long absent father, he moved his family from their cold water flat into a dream house. For all her inherent frugality, Emory’s wife, Rose, and eleven year old Laura, loved the house. As the years passed and Emory’s salary increased, Rose learned to adapt and became more accustomed to being able to buy what she wanted. Laura secured a secretarial job at the bank working for the vice president. And it was there she met Franklin Wilkes.

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Listed Dead by @Jancoledwards ~ A Bunch Courtney Investigation, Book 3 #HistoricalFiction #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Jan Edwards

Published: July 2020 by Penkhull Press

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

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November 1940. The Battle of Britain has only just ended and the horror of the Blitz is reaching its height.

Two deaths in rapid succession on the Sussex Downs brings Bunch Courtney and Chief Inspector Wright together once more. What could possibly link a fatal auto accident with the corpse in a derelict shepherd’s hut? The only clue the pair have is a handwritten list of the members of a supper club that meets at London’s Café de Paris. Two of those on that list are now dead and the race is on to solve the mystery before any more end up on the mortuary slab.

Listed Dead is the third in the Bunch Courtney series and told from her perspective in the third person. There’s much more insight into the Courtney sisters’ background, the environment in which they grew up and the family dynamics in this book. Things have changed drastically for Bunch since the start of the war. The family home, Perringham House, has been requisitioned by the military and Bunch is left to run the estate with the help of Land Girls, while living at the Dower House with her Granny Beatrice.

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The Bird in the Bamboo Cage by @HazelGaynor ~ Courage and Friendship in China During WWII #HistoricalFiction #NetGalley #FridayReads

Author: Hazel Gaynor

Due for release on 20th August, published by HarperCollins

Category: Historical Fiction, WWII, Book Review

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China, 1941. Elspeth Kent has fled an unhappy life in England for a teaching post at a missionary school in northern China. But when Japan declares war on the Allies and occupies the school, security and home comforts are replaced by privation, uncertainty and fear.

For ten-year-old Nancy Plummer and her school friends, now separated from their parents indefinitely, Miss Kent’s new Girl Guide patrol provides a precious reminder of home in a land where they are now the enemy.

Hazel Gaynor has taken a unique slant on Second World War fiction with her latest novel, The Bird in the Bamboo Cage. It was inspired by true events which took place following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  As with all her books, the factual subject matter gives the story depth, authenticity and realism.

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Never Look Back by A.L. Gaylin @alisongaylin #Thriller #Suspense

Author: A.L. Gaylin

Performed by Jorjeana Marie, James Fouhey

Released: July 2019 on Audible

Category: Thriller, Suspense, Audiobook, Review

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She was the most brutal killer of our time. And she may have been my mother…

When website columnist Robin Diamond is contacted by true crime podcast producer Quentin Garrison, she assumes it’s a business matter. It’s not. Quentin’s podcast, Closure, focuses on a series of murders in the 1970s, committed by teen couple April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy. It seems that Quentin has reason to believe Robin’s own mother may be intimately connected with the killings.

Quentin Garrison, the young co-host of Closure, a true crime podcast, had personal reasons for researching the murder spree in the latter half of the 1970s, carried out by the notorious teenage duo, April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy who were known as the Inland Empire Killers.

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The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance by @MimiMatthewsEsq #HistoricalFiction #BookReview

Author: Mimi Matthews

Published: November 2017 by Perfectly Proper Press

Category: Victorian Romance, Historical Fiction, Book Review

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Society beauty Sylvia Stafford is far too pragmatic to pine. When the tragic death of her gamester father leaves her destitute and alone, she finds work as a governess in a merchant’s household in Cheapside. Isolated from the fashionable acquaintance of her youth, she resigns herself to lonely spinsterhood until a mysterious visitor convinces her to temporarily return to her former life–and her former love.

Sylvia Stafford had made a life for herself although it wasn’t at all what she had expected. In her previous existence as a baron’s daughter, warm hearted society beauty Sylvia was sought after and didn’t lack friends or suitors. Her heart was won by Colonel Sebastian Conrad, before he returned to the Sepoy Rebellion in India, and the attraction was most definitely mutual.

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Death by Windmill: A Mother’s day Murder in Amsterdam by Jennifer S. Alderson #BookReview for #RBRT #CosyMystery

Author: Jennifer S. Alderson

Published: May 2020 by Travelling Life Press

Category: Cosy Murder/Mystery, Book Review

A Mother’s Day trip to the Netherlands turns deadly when a guest plummets from a windmill. Was it an accident or a murder? For Lana Hansen, the answer will mean freedom or imprisonment for someone close to her…

Lana Hansen is scheduled to lead the Mother’s Day tour of the Netherlands despite her boss Dotty Thompson’s reservations. Lana and her estranged mother, Gillian, haven’t been close for the past ten years, since Lana was sacked from her job as an investigative reporter for the Seattle Chronicle. Dotty is determined to bring them closer together and has a plan.

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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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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Much Ado About Highlanders (Scottish Relic Trilogy #1) by May McGoldrick #HistFic #Audiobook

Much Ado About Highlanders is the first of a trilogy which I listened to back in March 2017 and enjoyed very much. 

My Thoughts

After a prank backfired and years of father/daughter misunderstandings, independent and headstrong Kenna MacKay fled her marital home on the night of her wedding to Alexander Macpherson. Their marriage was arranged to unite the two clans. For the past six months she has been training in the skills of healing with the nuns at Glosters Priory. Kenna and her cousin, Emily, are attending a birth in the village when they are kidnapped by the Macpherson brothers in a determined attempt to bring Kenna and Alexander together again. Left alone, the attraction ignites.

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Find Her Alive (Josie Quinn #8) by Lisalregan ~ “No! Not my sister…” #CrimeFiction @bookouture #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Lisa Regan

Published: April 2020 by Bookouture

Category: Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Thriller, Book Review

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Detective Josie Quinn hasn’t heard from her sister since Trinity stormed out of the house in the heat of an argument three weeks ago. So, when human remains are found at the remote hunting cabin where Trinity was last seen, Josie can only assume the worst.

Trinity Payne, a news anchor for a major TV network, was staying with her twin sister, Detective Josie Quinn when they had a row and Trinity stormed out out of the house. She’d been lying low after an inopportune remark on air, worried that it might have cost her her career. While staying at Josie’s she was also working on a secret project that she hoped would catapult her back in the limelight.

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