The Irish Inheritance by M J Lee Review

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Blurb

June 8, 1921. Ireland.
A British Officer is shot dead on a remote hillside south of Dublin.

November 22, 2015. United Kingdom.
Former police detective, Jayne Sinclair, now working as a genealogical investigator, receives a phone call from an adopted American billionaire asking her to discover the identity of his real father.

How are the two events linked?

Jayne Sinclair has only three clues to help her: a photocopied birth certificate, a stolen book and an old photograph. And it soon becomes apparent somebody else is on the trail of the mystery. A killer who will stop at nothing to prevent Jayne discovering the secret hidden in the past
The Irish Inheritance takes us through the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Irish War of Independence, combining a search for the truth of the past with all the tension of a modern-day thriller.

It is the first in a series of novels featuring Jayne Sinclair, genealogical detective.

Review

I always love trying something new book-wise, so when the opportunity came up to read M J Lee’s The Irish Inheritance, I jumped at the chance. Having read his Inspector Danilov novels previously, I was sure I’d enjoy this and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest!

Jayne SInclair is tasked with tracking down the rightful parents of an American billionaire who doesn’t have long to live. She has precious little to go on though: a photocopy of a birth certificate, a book and a photograph of the billionaire taken shortly before his adoption. This mystery would baffle even the most experienced of genealogists! Luckily, Jayne has her keen police intellect to help her though. What she doesn’t count on, however, is someone else wanting to solve the mystery. Someone with a murderous secret to hide…

This genealogical mystery was both enthralling and baffling in equal measure. I had no idea what the end result would be, which kept me gripped and meant I read the book in about three sittings. Jayne was a great character to lead us through the story. Sometimes with detective stories, the main protagonist can come off as nosy or interfering, but this didn’t happen here. Her genuine interest in genealogy shone through and she was the perfect person to solve this mystery. I really enjoyed it and will look out for more in this series.

Links

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Author bio

Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.
He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.
Whilst working in Shanghai, he loved walking through the old quarter of that amazing city, developing the idea behind a series of crime novels featuring Inspector Pyotr Danilov, set in 1920s and 30s.
When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, practicing downhill ironing, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.

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Website: www.writermjlee.com

We’ve Come to Take You Home by Susan Gandar Review

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Blurb

Samantha Foster and Jessica Brown are destined to meet. One lives in the twentieth century, the other in the twenty-first century

April 1916 and thousands of men have left home to fight in the war to end all wars. Jessica Brown’s father is about to be one of those men. A year later, he is still alive but Jess has to steal to keep her family from starving. And then a telegram arrives – her father has been killed in action.

Four generations later, Sam Foster’s father is admitted to a hospital’s intensive care unit with a suspected brain haemorrhage. A nurse asks if she would like to take her father’s hand. Sam refuses. All she wants is to get out of this place, stuck between the world of the living and the world of the dead, a place with no hope and no future, as quickly as possible.

As Sam’s father’s condition worsens, her dreams become more frequent – and more frightening. She realises that what she is experiencing is not a dream, but someone else’s living nightmare…

We’ve Come to Take You Home is an emotionally-charged story of a friendship forged 100 years apart.

Review

I so enjoyed this timeslip novel of two different women facing very similar struggles. In 1916, Jessica Brown loses her father, whilst many years later, Sam Foster faces a similar fate as her father lies critically ill in hospital. The two girls’ stories become linked in magical ways that you just won’t see coming, making for an engaging and thrilling read.

Both Jessica and Sam’s points of view were distinctive and I connected with both characters equally. It was fantastic to see two such compelling stories woven into the one book and I really felt drawn into the world that Susan Gandar created. This read was a little outside my comfort zone, but I’m so glad I signed up to be part of this tour as it allowed me to read this quirky, charming book. The short, bite-sized chapters kept it pacey, while the characters and story drew me in immediately. I couldn’t for the life of me fathom how Sam and Jessica would meet, but it’s fair to say I was very impressed!

Have a read of this great book! You won’t regret it, that’s for sure.

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Author Bio

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My father, John Box, was a film production designer, working on ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Dr. Zhivago’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘A Man For All Seasons’ and the musical ‘Oliver’. (Click here for more on John ) Our house was always filled with people, usually eccentric, always talented, invariably stroppy, discussing stories. My mother put my father’s four Oscars to good use as toilet roll holders, doorstops and hat stands.

A major chunk of my childhood was spent loitering around on film sets. Who needs an ‘English education’ when you have the polystyrene-coated streets of downtown Moscow, ten miles outside of Madrid, to explore?

But then the years of ‘Who Will Buy My Sweet Red Roses’ came to a rather abrupt end. Reality knocked on the door in the guise of the Metropolitan Line to Shepherds Bush and the BBC. Working in television as a script editor and story consultant, I was part of the creative team responsible for setting up ‘Casualty’. I became known for going after the more ‘difficult’ stories at the same time successfully racking up viewing figures from 7 to 14 million.

I went on to develop various projects for both the BBC and the independent sector. The period I enjoyed most was working with Jack Rosenthal, a wonderful writer, on the series ‘Moving Story’ – ‘That’s a situation, a good situation, but now you need to make it into a story.’

Martin, my husband, was made an offer he couldn’t refuse and we left England to live in Amsterdam. ‘Ik wil een kilo kabeljauw, alstublieft’ will, if all goes well, buy you a piece of cod – I decided to concentrate on my writing rather than my Dutch pronunciation.

My debut novel, ‘We’ve Come to Take You Home’, set in the present and in 1918, a crossover aimed at the adult and young adult women’s popular fiction market, was published on 28th March by Matador.

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Now and Then Friends by Kate Hewitt Review

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Blurb

The USA Today bestselling author of Rainy Day Sisters returns to Hartley-by-the-Sea…

Childhood best friends Rachel Campbell and Claire West have not only grown up, but after fifteen years, they’ve also grown apart…
After her father left, Rachel had to dedicate her life to managing her household: her two younger sisters, her disabled mother, and her three-year-old nephew. When Rachel’s not struggling to look after all of them, she makes her living cleaning the houses of wealthy families—inclulding the Wests, where a surprise now awaits her. . . .
A lifetime of drifting in other people’s currents has finally left Claire high and dry. First it was her parents, then the popular crowd in school, and finally her fiancé. Now she’s returned to Hartley-by-the-Sea to recover. But running into Rachel brings back memories of past mistakes, and Claire wonders if she now has the courage to make them right.
Soon Claire’s brother, Andrew, asks Rachel to keep an eye on Claire, which is the last thing either woman wants. But as their lives threaten to fall apart, both Claire and Rachel begin to realize what they need most is a friend. The kind of friend they once were to each other, and perhaps can be again. . . .

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Review

I love books about friendship, particularly those that might have taken a bit of a battering over the years. Life gets in the way sometimes and it’s always lovely to read about people reconnecting after perhaps growing apart.

That’s what happens with Claire and Rachel. Fifteen years has seen their once-close friendship fall apart as circumstances put them on different paths. Claire, who was once the most popular girl and wealthiest girl in school with the world at her feet, has now been abandoned by everyone she held close. Rachel, meanwhile, has looked after her family since her dad left. Fate brings them back together and it’s time to see if they can rekindle their old friendship and support each other through difficult times.

It was lovely to return to Hartley-by-the-Sea after reading Rainy Day Sisters, and I enjoyed how this book focused on the aspect of friendship this time. Both Rachel and Claire were distinctive characters to root for in getting their respective happy endings- life really hadn’t been kind to them! It was really enjoyable to see them reconnect and rediscover their once-solid friendship. I’m lucky enough to have a best friend I absolutely adore, so it was nice to see them find that in each other. Overall, the book was nicely paced, had good solid characters and kept me engaged throughout.

Links:

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About Kate Hewitt: Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.

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What is Emma Butler’s Life Plan by Julia Wilmot Review

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Blurb

Emma Butler doesn’t know it but she is about to get bit more angelic help than she was banking on. Someone has messed up, or have they?

It appears that Emma is about to be ‘recalled’ to heaven but has completed none of the tasks she had set herself for this life time. They must be completed before she is recalled and time is running out. Arch Angel Gregory decides to take over. He will be her Guardian Angel to ensure it all gets done.

There’s a lot to do and a very short time to do it in. Gregory is determined that it will all be completed by hook or by crook. But where does that leave free will and what about Jack who has been chosen to be Emma’s love interest? How will this impact him? Jack and Emma have no idea what is going on, but it’s not going to be plain sailing.

Review

This book provided the perfect escape for me after sending Book Number Three off to my editor. It was sweet, funny and lighthearted with a good plot and some really loveable characters. It reminded me a little of a film I love to watch at Christmas, Three Wise Women. The guardian angel in that reminded me a lot of Arch Angel Gregory!

Emma Butler is about to be recalled to heaven, but hasn’t completed all the tasks she set herself yet. That’s when Arch Angel Gregory gets involved: he decides to appoint himself Emma’s guardian to make sure she completes her life plan by her recall date. He also decides to do a little meddling in her love life, which leads to some pretty dramatic consequences…

I really enjoyed this book, it blended some quirky elements with a really cute love story. Jack was a great love interest for Emma; they were really compatible and I looked forward to seeing how their story would pan out. How can it possibly work out when she’s about to go back to Heaven? Read the book to find out!

Author Bio

Julia Wilmot began her exploration of the spiritual life as a teenager at school. She was fortunate to meet a wonderful family who all practised Transcendental Meditation (TM) and her future was set. At the age of 15 Julia learnt TM and felt she had found her path in life. She was so sure that this path was the only one for her that she decided not to go to University and study law as she had previously planned but to devote herself to teaching TM and working within the charity that teaches the technique.

At 20, Julia was one of the founding members of a 300 people strong TM community in Skelmersdale, Lancashire and at 28 Julia became the Centre Chairman of the largest teaching centre for TM in Europe, which was based in Central London. Teaching Transcendental Meditation to people from all walks of life.

Julia began this novel in 1995 but it remained in a drawer for many years. She came across it again in the early 2000s and fitting in with becoming a mother in 2002 it took until 2015 to finish it.

Julia currently focusses her attention on her writing, blogging and looking after her family. Forty years on and she still practises TM, as do her husband and son and they live in the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire, UK.

Links

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Website: http://www.justjulias.com/

 

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A Summer of Secrets by Alice Ross Review

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Blurb

A perfect, feel-good summer read about love, life and family.
One long hot summer. Secrets never stay buried for long…

Portia is determined to restore Buttersley Manor, her family’s crumbling ancestral home, to its former glory. Yet she has a feeling that there are a few forgotten skeletons in the dust-covered cupboards.

Jenny has put her life on hold for far too long. It’s time to finally start living and to dig up those hopes and dreams she’s kept hidden all these years – but is she brave enough?

Rich is happily married with a beautiful wife and lovely daughter. In fact, his world is perfect until a very unexpected consequence of his past walks through the door…

Joe would like nothing more than to travel back in time to when he and Gina were happy. But is it too late to rescue what they once had?

One thing’s for sure, nothing’s ever quite what it seems when it comes to life in the country!

Review

Summer is the perfect time for some feel-good chick lit and this book fits the category perfectly! A Summer of Secrets is part of Alice Ross’s Countryside Dreams series, but can also be read as a standalone too.

As with the first book in the series, A Summer of Secrets is made up of several story threads, all of which are richly woven throughout the book. Each character had their own goals and aspirations, which I felt worked really well here. Sometimes with multiple stories in one book, some can get lost or some can feel stronger than others. In this book, however, each arc was really well-developed and compelling. Alice Ross has done a fantastic job of creating a novel full of immersive plots and engaging characters. The settings were also beautifully described; who wouldn’t want to move into Buttersley Manor, even if it needed a bit of TLC?!

A Summer of Secrets is a great choice if you’re looking for a book to read in the garden on a sunny day. It’s a great follow-on from An Autumn Affair and carries Alice Ross’s trademark warmth and flair for creating wonderful characters and stories.

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Author Bio
71Su7BjlCaL._UX250_Alice Ross used to work in the financial services industry where she wrote riveting, enthralling brochures about pensions and ISAs that everyone read avidly and no one ever put straight into the bin.

One day, when nobody was looking, she managed to escape. Dragging her personal chef (aka her husband) along with her, she headed to Spain, where she began writing witty, sexy, romps designed to amuse slightly more than pension brochures.

Missing Blighty (including the weather – but don’t tell anyone), she returned five years later and now works part-time in the tourism industry.

When not writing, she can be found scratching out a tune on her violin, walking her dog in wellies two sizes too big (don’t ask!), or standing on her head in a yoga pose.

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Website: www.alicerossauthor.co.uk

Something Old Something New by Darcie Boleyn Review

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Blurb

A heartwarming, giggle-inducing romance from Darcie Boleyn, just in time for the wedding season!

Will you marry me…again?

When Annie Thomas agrees to give her ex away at his wedding to his boyfriend, she thinks she’ll be fine. With her three children at her side, she can handle anything. Then she finds out her gorgeous first ex-husband Evan Llewellyn is flying in from his glamorous life in New York to attend as well!

An unexpected pregnancy ended their relationship and as she stumbles through the ups and downs of life as a working single mum – helping everyone else find a happy ending along the way – Annie refuses to believe their old and incredibly hot spark can still exist.

It’s only when she and Evan are forced to face up to the past together that they’ll discover if they can have their own happily-ever-after too!

Review

I became a fan of Darcie Boleyn’s after reading Wish Upon a Christmas Cake. Her summer offering is every bit as sweet and delicious as her first- the perfect book to kick off your summer reading list!

Reading this book made me think of my favourite TV show, Stella. It had the same trademark warmth that drew me in and let me really care about the characters. Annie reminded me of Stella as they both love their families and would do anything for them. It was interesting to see the sparks fly between Annie and her ex Evan when they come back together after so many years apart. The chemistry between them flew off the pages, but there were plenty of twists and turns that kept their journey through the story compelling and enjoyable to read.

The thing that draws me to Darcie Boleyn’s books is the warmth and depth I’ve come to expect from them. As well as a compelling romance, there are always meaty subplots, memorable characters and, of course, a gorgeous hero to fall in love with! If you enjoyed her first book, I’d recommend this. It’s a brilliant addition to your TBR pile!

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Author Bio

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

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Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin Review

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Fall in love with the gorgeous seaside town of White Cliff Bay this summer and enjoy long sunny days, beautiful beaches and… a little romance.

Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals.

When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing…

Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day.

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides.

She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for?

Pull up a deck chair, sink back with a bowl of strawberry ice cream and pick up the summer read you won’t be able to put down.

Review

After having read Snowflakes on Silver Cove and Christmas at Lilac Cottage, I was really excited about this summery edition of the White Cliff Bay series. It was utterly delightful! There’s a whole host of colourful characters, a gorgeous hero and a heroine to root for. Can’t ask for more than that!

Darcy Davenport comes to White Cliff Bay to escape the catalogue of disasters that seem to have a knack of happening to her. One day, she stumbles upon the Rose Island lighthouse and its gorgeous inhabitant Riley Eddison. It soon becomes apparent that he’s at odds with the rest of White Cliff Bay, who want to tear the lighthouse down. Darcy finds herself falling for Riley and finds herself in an impossible position: does she side with the locals or him?

This book was a perfect summery read for anyone who enjoys an absorbing love story. Once again, Holly Martin has created a cast of characters that work their way under your skin. Darcy was absolutely lovely; I immediately related to her and rooted for her to get her happy ending with Riley. Riley himself was a sexy, brooding hero that it was impossible not to fall in love with. For those of you who loved the first two White Cliff Bay books, pick this one up and you won’t be disappointed.

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Author Bio

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Holly has been writing for six years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. Holly lives in Bedfordshire.

 

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