21 Jul 2024

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Book Review / Memories of the Lost by Barbara O'Neal


 

An unsuspecting artist uncovers her late mother’s secrets and unravels her own hidden past in a beguiling novel by the USA Today bestselling author of When We Believed in Mermaids.

Months after her mother passes away, artist Tillie Morrisey sees a painting in a gallery that leaves her inexplicably lightheaded and unsteady. When a handsome stranger comes to her aid, their connection is so immediate it seems fated, though Liam is only visiting for a few days.

Working on her own art has always been a refuge, but after discovering a document among her mother’s belongings that suggests Tillie’s life has been a lie, she begins to suffer from a series of fugue states, with memories surfacing that she isn’t even sure are her own. As her confusion and grief mount, and prompted by a lead on the painting that started it all, Tillie heads to a seaside village in England. There, she hopes to discover the source of her uncanny inspirations, sort out her feelings about Liam, and unravel truths that her mother kept hidden for decades.

The fluidity of memory, empowering strength of character, beauty of nature, and love of family braid together in this artful tapestry of a novel.


Publication Date:  30th July 2024

Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing

Goodreads : Click Here

Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone

Source:  Netgalley Review Copy 

Genres:     Fiction, Contemporary

Pages:  279 Pages, Ebook




MY REVIEW


What I loved about this story...  I had to read this novel in one sitting.  I could not put it down.  An excellent start with introducing all of the characters both in the US and in England and the twists in this story truly surprised me both in following Tillie as she discovers a secret that had long been buried and the way the story ended in the last few chapters.  I loved every part of this novel.

What I didn't love about this story...  This is more than likely something that I have missed in the story but there's something that is mentioned at the beginning about discovering something buried but I don't remember hearing the outcome of that.  It may be that there was no outcome and nothing further mentioned apart from the discovery but I think I missed the part where we found out what happened.  I may have to re-read this at some point to figure out what I missed...

Would I recommend... Most definately!  If you are a fan of Kate Morton and Lulu Taylor do pick this up and give it a go.  Although this does not have a split story between past and present, it does have a split story between characters that I would highly recommend.  I will absolutely be picking up more books by this author.




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20 Jul 2024

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Book Review / Yellowface by R F Kuang


 Authors June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars: same year at Yale, same debut year in publishing. But Athena's a cross-genre literary darling, and June didn't even get a paperback release. Nobody wants stories about basic white girls, June thinks.


So when June witnesses Athena's death in a freak accident, she acts on impulse: she steals Athena's just-finished masterpiece, an experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers to the British and French war efforts during World War I.

So what if June edits Athena's novel and sends it to her agent as her own work? So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her as Juniper Song--complete with an ambiguously ethnic author photo? Doesn't this piece of history deserve to be told, whoever the teller? That's what June claims, and the New York Times bestseller list seems to agree.

But June can't get away from Athena's shadow, and emerging evidence threatens to bring June's (stolen) success down around her. As June races to protect her secret, she discovers exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves.

With its totally immersive first-person voice, Yellowface takes on questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation not only in the publishing industry but the persistent erasure of Asian-American voices and history by Western white society. R. F. Kuang's novel is timely, razor-sharp, and eminently readable.

Published:  16th May 2023 
Publisher:  William Morrow
Goodreads :  Click Here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Bought
Genres:     Thriller, Contemporary and Mystery
Pages:  336 pages, Hardcover 




MY REVIEW

What I liked about this story...  This was such a fun quick read.  I read this in one sitting, in one afternoon.  I don't think I've come across many novels where I both really dislike and like a main character, at the same time.  Although June knows what she is doing is morally wrong, she does it anyway, so when things start to not go so well she kind of deserves it to be honest but that doesn't mean I don't want things to work out well for her.  There were not a lot of surprises in this book but I still had a really great time.  

Would I recommend...  A fun thriller to read on a rainy afternoon.  Nothing complicated but great.  





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18 Jul 2024

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Book Review / The Thousand Lights Hotel by Emylia Hall


 

The Thousand Lights Hotel is the gorgeous new novel from Emylia Hall, author of Richard & Judy Summer Pick The Book Of Summers. Set in idyllic Italy, it's the perfect holiday read, for fans of Louise Douglas and Hannah Richell.

When Kit loses her mother in tragic circumstances, she feels drawn to finally connect with the father she has never met. That search brings her to the Thousand Lights Hotel, the perfect holiday escape perched upon a cliff on the island of Elba. Within this idyllic setting a devastating truth is brought to light: shaking the foundations upon which the hotel is built, and shattering the lives of the people within it.

A heartbreaking story of loss, betrayal, and redemption, told with all the warmth and beauty of an Italian summer.


Published:   1st January 2017

Publisher:   Headline Review

Goodreads :   Click here

Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone

Source:  Bought

Genres:     Romance

Pages:   304 pages, Paperback


MY REVIEW


What I loved about this story...  The description of both the location and the characters that transported me directly to Italy and want to stay there.  Such a beautifully written story.  There's just something about a family drama or mystery that always draws me in and this story was no different.

What I didn't like about this story...  This was one of those stories that immediately when I finished it I couldn't quite remember what I had just read.  There was no staying power with the story with this one.  If I picked this up to read again I probably wouldn't have remembered much.  This may be a me thing rather than the story, though.  Also, at 304 pages I would have loved to have more of the story and follow the main character for a bit longer...

Would I recommend...  This was an ok read.  If this is your thing, do pick it up.




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16 Jul 2024

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Waiting on Wednesday / By Any Other Name by Jodi Picoult

Waiting on Wednesday was a weekly memo that is hosted by Breaking the Spine Blog that I really enjoyed blogging about in the post, so I thought I would bring it back!  Below is this week's pick!


Two women, centuries apart--one of whom is the real author of Shakespeare's plays--are both forced to hide behind another name to make their voices heard.

In 1581, Emilia Bassano--like most young women of her day--is allowed no voice of her own. But as the Lord Chamberlain's mistress, she has access to all theater in England, and finds a way to bring her work to the stage secretly. And yet, creating some of the world's greatest dramatic masterpieces comes at great cost: by paying a man for the use of his name, she will write her own out of history.

In the present, playwright Melina Green has just written a new work inspired by the life of her Elizabethan ancestor Emilia Bassano. Although the challenges are different four hundred years later, the playing field is still not level for women in theater. Would Melina--like Emilia--be willing to forfeit her credit as author, just for a chance to see her work performed?

Told in intertwining narratives, this sweeping tale of ambition, courage, and desire asks what price each woman is willing to pay to see their work live on--even if it means they will be forgotten.


Expected Publication Date:  20th August 2024 (UK)

Pages:  544 Pages, Hardcover

Publisher:  Ballantine Books











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15 Jul 2024

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Book Review / Song of the West by Nora Roberts

 


Former Olympic gymnast Samantha Evans and her twin sister Sabrina have chosen very different directions in life, but they are still as close as sisters can be. So when Sabrina begs her twin to help out during her pregnancy, Sam leaves her big city life behind for the countryside.


Sam thought she knew what to expect on her sister's ranch. But she wasn't expecting to find gorgeous but infuriating Jake Tanner - or have to deal with his teasing. Sam tries to keep her distance, something keeps pulling her back. Perhaps there's more to Jake than meets the eye . . .


Published:  1st April 1982 (republished 4th March 2021)

Publisher:  Piatkus

Pages:  141 Pages, Paperback

Genre:  Romance, Contemporary, Westerns and Fiction



MY REVIEW


What I liked about this story...  The romance.  Full stop.  There's just something about a Nora Roberts romance that always get me, every single time.  Even though this story is only 141 pages, it still packs a punch in the romance department.  For me, this story was all about the characters.  You have sisters and then you have the introduction of Jake Tanner...


What I didn't like about this story...  I would have loved for this story to have been longer with the relationships and romance being drawn out longer, or even if this was a series of books following each character, that would be amazing.


Would I recommend...  Highly!  A great romance ideal for a rainy Sunday afternoon (or any other day of the week that takes your fancy!)




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14 Jul 2024

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Book Review / The Kind Worth Saving by Peter Swanson


 

Book 2 in the Henry Kimball/Lily Kintner Series

In this spectacularly devious novel by New York Times bestselling author Peter Swanson—featuring the smart and complex Lily Kintner from his acclaimed novel, The Kind Worth Killing—a private eye starts to follow a possibly adulterous husband, but little does he know that the twisted trail will lead back to the woman who hired him.

There was always something slightly dangerous about Joan. So, when she turns up at private investigator Henry Kimball’s office asking him to investigate her husband, he can’t help feeling ill at ease. Just the sight of her stirs up a chilling memory: he knew Joan in his previous life as a high school English teacher, when he was at the center of a tragedy.

Now Joan needs his help in proving that her husband is cheating. But what should be a simple case of infidelity becomes much more complicated when Kimball finds two bodies in an uninhabited suburban home with a “for sale” sign out front. Suddenly it feels like the past is repeating itself, and Henry must go back to one of the worst days of his life to uncover the truth.

Is it possible that Joan knows something about that day, something she’s hidden all these years? Could there still be a killer out there, someone who believes they have gotten away with murder? Henry is determined to find out, but as he steps closer to the truth, a murderer is getting closer to him, and in this hair-raising game of cat and mouse only one of them will survive.


Published:  7th March 2023

Genres:  Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense and Crime

Pages:  303 pages, Hardcover

Publisher:  William Morrow



MY REVIEW


What I liked about this story...    Peter Swanson is one of those authors that I get so excited about a new book coming out and an author that I will always buy his books to read irrespective of whether or not I know what the book is or not.  As with most of Peter's novels, I could not put this down and needed to know what would happen next.  The best part of this novel was following the characters and seeing how they dealt with the roadblocks thrown into their path on their journeys.    


What I didn't like with this story...   I went into this story pretty blind and without having re-read the first book in this series, A Kind Worth Killing.  Although I don't think that you necessary need to read that first book to appreciate this second one but, from my experience, I would recommend it.  I felt that since it had been a while since reading the first book I had forgotten a lot about it and the main characters, so would have probably enjoyed this story a lot more if I had.  That's not to say there isn't a really good 'summary' in this book to catch you up but, for me, its not the same as actually reading the books together.  I do play to re-read both at some point. 


Would I recommend...   This is a great novel, but I would strongly recommend reading book 1 first before delving into this one.  





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Book Review / The Hike by Lucy Clarke

 


Wish you were here?
Think again . . .

Maggie, Liz, Helena & Joni. Old friends bound by history, adventures, old secrets.

And now, bound by murder.

They lace up their hiking boots for the adventure of a lifetime in the Norwegian wilderness: a place of towering mountains, glass-like lakes, log cabins and forests stolen from a fairytale.

It’s the perfect place to lose yourself – until a broken body is found at the bottom of a ravine.

Somewhere out there, someone knows exactly why a woman has died. And in this deep, dark wilderness, there’s a killer on the trail . . .


Published:   27th April 2023

Pages:  384 pages, Hardcover

Genre:  Thriller, Mystery, Suspense and Crime



MY REVIEW


What I liked about this story...   For me, the suspense was the best part of this book.  What were the old secrets between the friends?  What was going to happen on the hike?  Had something else already happened?  Just could not put this down.  Honestly, I read this in one sitting!  There's something about this author's writing that makes me just not want to stop reading!


What I didn't like about this story...  Despite being extremely addicting and the fact that I had so many questions, there were no real surprises for me in this story.  What I had suspected turned out to be right.  


Would I recommend...  This was a great story.  I would recommend picking this up with no knowledge of the story before going in like I did.  


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11 Jul 2024

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Book Review / Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus


Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results.

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.



Published:  31st March 2022
Publisher:  Doubleday
Genres:  Historical Fiction, Romance and Feminism

MY REVIEW

What I liked about this story...  There's something about a historical fiction novel that keeps drawing me in and attracting my curiosity.  This was such a fascinating book to read.    I wasn't sure what to expect when I first went into this but this story is so much more than just a woman who wants to work in Science and Chemistry and because of circumstances out of her control she ends up working in a cooking show applying science to cooking.  For me, the most fascinating part of this book is the interactions between the characters and how men in that time period perceived what women should be (seen and not heard) and that they should not be in the work place.  Of course, this book made me very angry reading about the main character being treated this way but loved how Elizabeth dealt with this.

Would I recommend...  A very serious subject dealt with in a very light hearted and humorous way.  Would highly recommend.


 






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6 Jul 2024

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Book Review / Happy Place by Emily Henry


 Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college—they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t.


They broke up six months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends.

Which is how they find themselves sharing the largest bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade. Their annual respite from the world, where for one vibrant, blue week they leave behind their daily lives; have copious amounts of cheese, wine, and seafood; and soak up the salty coastal air with the people who understand them most.

Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth while trying not to notice how desperately they still want each other. Because the cottage is for sale and this is the last week they’ll all have together in this place. They can’t stand to break their friends’ hearts, and so they’ll play their parts. Harriet will be the driven surgical resident who never starts a fight, and Wyn will be the laid-back charmer who never lets the cracks show. It’s a flawless plan (if you look at it from a great distance and through a pair of sunscreen-smeared sunglasses). After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week… in front of those who know you best?

MY REVIEW


Published:   25th April 2023

Publisher:  Berkley

Genres:   Romance, Contemporary and Chicklit

Pages:   400 pages (Hardcover)


What I loved about this story... This story was so much fun to read.  I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting on a cloudy and rainy English summer afternoon.  What I am loving the most about the majority of the books by Emily Henry, including this one, is the fact that she makes me feel.  Feel for the characters and the situations.  I was so invested in both the main characters and the other characters that were along for the ride also I really wanted to see things work out in the end.  

What I didn't like about this story...  Honestly, there's nothing.  I loved this book.

Would I recommend...  Yes!!  If you are looking for a fun non-complicated read about romance and drama this is one to pick up.   If you haven't tried a Emily Henry book before, honestly I would recommend you try Book Lovers first as that one is an excellent introduction to her writing, but read this one straight afterwards!

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3 Jul 2024

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Book Review / Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda


 

Welcome to Hollow’s Edge, where you can find secrets, scandal, and a suspected killer—all on one street.

Hollow’s Edge use to be a quiet place. A private and idyllic neighborhood where neighbors dropped in on neighbors, celebrated graduation and holiday parties together, and looked out for one another. But then came the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett. A year and a half later, Hollow’s Edge is simmering. The residents are trapped, unable to sell their homes, confronted daily by the empty Truett house, and suffocated by their trial testimonies that implicated one of their own. Ruby Fletcher. And now, Ruby’s back.

With her conviction overturned, Ruby waltzes right back to Hollow’s Edge, and into the home she shared with Harper Nash. Harper, five years older, has always treated Ruby like a wayward younger sister. But now she’s terrified. What possible good could come of Ruby returning to the scene of the crime? And how can she possibly turn her away, when she knows Ruby has nowhere to go?

Within days, suspicion spreads like a virus across Hollow’s Edge. It’s increasingly clear that not everyone told the truth about the night of the Truetts’ murders. And when Harper begins receiving threatening notes, she realizes she has to uncover the truth before someone else becomes the killer’s next victim.


Goodreads Link:-   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55711642-such-a-quiet-place

Genres:-  Mystery, Thriller and Suspense

Publisher:-  Simon & Schuster

Pages:  337 pages (Hardcover)


MY REVIEW

What I loved about this story...  The best part of this story would have to be the suspense build up for me.  So many questions going on that I needed to have the answer to, which made it very difficult to put the book down!  Just following all the drama with Ruby and what she was going to do next, or finding out all about her strange behaviour...

What I didn't love about this story...  Honestly, this was such a slow reading book I did find it frustrating at times when I wanted the plot to move faster (as most thrillers usually do to pick up the pace) it just didn't go any faster.  It may be me and not the book but also it may be the book and not me.  

Would I recommend...  This was good fun and definately worth a pick up, but do be aware of the slow pacing which may distract from the plot at times.  






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Book Review / The Dead Zone by Stephen King


 

Stephen King's fan-favourite thriller. Also available in audio for the first time, read by Academy Award nominee James Franco.

The two things that conjured up that horrible night, were his run of luck at the Wheel of Fortune, and the mask...

Meet Johnny Smith. A young man whose streak of luck ends dramatically in a major car crash. Followed by blackness. A long, long time in cold limbo.

When he wakes up life has been turned upside down. His fiancée has met someone else. And Johnny is cursed with the power to perceive evil in men's souls. He's had these hunches since he had an ice-skating accident as a child. Now he has an ability to see into the future. An ability which will bring him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and dangerous man...




Goodreads Link:-   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11356787-the-dead-zone

Genres:-  Horror, Fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal and Mystery

Publisher:-  Hodder & Stoughton

Pages:  530 pages - Kindle Edition


MY REVIEW


What I liked about this story...   I just could not put this book down.  The plot sucked me in right from the beginning when we meet Johnny and everything was going right, when he went on a date to the crash right the way through to the very last page.  The suspense in this story, for me, was everything.  I needed to know what was going to happen next and whether Johnny was going to get back the luck he had at the start.  At 530 pages it was certainly a challenge but I managed to read this in 2 sittings over 2 days and that's an achievement for me!  

What I didn't like about this story...  Absolutely nothing.  Loved this from the first page to the very last

Would I recommend... Yes 100%  For those who are not so keen on the style of graphic horror you get with Misery, this is an ideal one to pick up.  I would call this more of a triller, science fiction mystery rather than a horror to be honest.  





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30 Jun 2024

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Book Review / Misery by Stephen King


 


The #1 national bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage by his “number one fan” and suffering a frightening case of writer’s block—that could prove fatal. One of “Stephen King’s best…genuinely scary” (USA TODAY).

Paul Sheldon is a bestselling novelist who has finally met his number one fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes, and she is more than a rabid reader—she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also furious that the author has killed off her favorite character in his latest book. Annie becomes his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Annie wants Paul to write a book that brings Misery back to life—just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an axe. And if they don’t work, she can get really nasty.

“Terrifying” (San Francisco Chronicle), “dazzlingly well-written” (The Indianapolis Star), and “truly gripping” (Publishers Weekly), Misery is “classic Stephen King...full of twists and turns and mounting suspense” (The Boston Globe).




MY REVIEW


What I liked about this story...  It has to be the way that this story made me feel so uncomfortable all the way through the book was, wierdly enough, the best part of my experience of this book.  Right from the moment that Paul was found in the snow and from then on everything was so uncomfortable to read and follow it was the feeling that I really didn't want to read it because of what was happening but I really did because the story and the writing was excellently carried out.  Its such an odd thing to have to try and explain but hopefully it makes sense!   Also, what an ending.  Loved that part the most!

What I didn't like about this story...  This story definitely reached the upper limit of what I can bear when I read horror.   Quite a lot of what Paul had to go through really made my stomach churn, but that's just a personal preference rather than there's something wrong with the book.  

Would I recommend...  Yes but with the caveat that this book is not for the faint-hearted!  If you do decide to read this book know that its very graphic and a lot to take in for a lot of the book!





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16 Jun 2024

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Book Review / Aphrodite's Tears by Hannah Fielding


In Hannah Fielding’s latest novel a young archaeologist who travels to the remote island of Helios to investigate an ancient shipwreck, becomes caught in a web of dark obsession, mystery and seduction.


In ancient Greece, one of the twelve labours of Hercules was to bring back a golden apple from the Garden of Hesperides. To archaeologist Oriel Anderson, joining a team of Greek divers on the island of Helios seems like the golden apple of her dreams.

Yet the dream becomes a nightmare when she meets the devilish owner of the island, Damian Theodorakis. In shocked recognition, she is flooded with the memory of a romantic night in a stranger’s arms, six summers ago. A very different man stands before her now, and Oriel senses that the sardonic Greek autocrat is hell-bent on playing a cat and mouse game with her.

As they cross swords and passions mount, Oriel is aware that malevolent eyes watch her from the shadows. Dark rumours are whispered about the Theodorakis family. What dangers lie in Helios: a bewitching land where ancient rituals are still enacted to appease the gods, young men risk their lives in the treacherous depths of the Ionian Sea, and the volatile earth can erupt at any moment?

Will Oriel find the hidden treasures she seeks? Or will Damian’s tragic past catch up with them, threatening to engulf them both?

Published:  1st January 2018   
Publisher:  London Wall Publishing
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Bought



MY REVIEW

What I liked about this story...  I have now read the majority of this author's novels and have loved each and every one of them.  With this one, like the others, I was swept away from the very start of the book.   For me, it has to be the romance in this story with Oriel and Damien.   So beautiful and the attraction builds as you go through the novel, not too fast but also not too slow!  There's also the history of the island of Helios in Greece and the mystery of what history surrounds the island.  There's nothing better than a mix of both historical mystery and romance.  

What I did not like with this story...  Absolutely nothing.  Loved this story.

Would I recommend? Absolutely!  If you love a bit of romance and historic mysteries you need to pick this up!
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14 Jun 2024

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Book Review / The Tommyknockers by Stephen King



Late Last Night and the Night Before ...

... Tommyknockers, tommyknockers, knocking at the door.

Something was happening in Bobbi Anderson's idyllic small town of Haven, Maine. Something that gave every man, woman, and child in town powers far beyond ordinary mortals. Something that turned the town into a death trap for all outsiders. Something that came from a metal object, buried for millennia, that Bobbi accidentally stumbled across.

It wasn't that Bobbi and the other good folks of Haven had sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of hell. It was more like a diabolical takeover...an invasion of body and soul--and mind....


Published:  11th October 2012   
Publisher:  Hodder
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Bought



MY REVIEW

What I liked about this story...  Despite what I mention below, I did enjoy this story and I'm glad that I picked it up.  Honestly, the best part of it was how weird the story was and how the story escalated as it went along.  At just under 1,000 pages, I was expecting and really enjoyed all of the build up with the plot and characters.  That did not disappoint!

What I did not like about this story...  There was a huge chunk in the middle of this story where I just lost interest in the story.  This is definitely more to do with me rather than the story as the writing, plot and character building was all beautifully carried out.  There were a few times where I really did struggle with wanting to pick this back up, but I am glad that I did.  

Would I recommend?  If you like slow build horror with a mix of supernatural/paranormal give this a go.

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11 Jun 2024

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Book Review / The Forgotten Tower by Lulu Taylor


1939


When Arthur Pendleton arrives at Wakefield Castle with cases of precious fossils from the Natural History Museum, all he wants is to protect them from London bombs in peace and quiet. Soon, though, he is drawn to the family there: the deaf old colonel with his Fortnum’s catalogues, Great Aunt Constance and her delicate constitution, and the grandchildren – from the eldest, Imogen, to the youngest, Archie. But who is the beautiful woman he has seen weeping in the castle grounds? Is she real or a ghost?

With war declared, the family at Wakefield Castle prepare to make sacrifices and to open their doors to newcomers. But while the castle offers a refuge for many, including evacuees, it is also a place to hide many things: sorrow, secrets and even people . . .

As winter deepens, an unwelcome arrival begins to change everything, and suddenly danger is apparent within the castle walls itself.

The present

Georgie Wakefield never wanted to be a chatelaine, but the castle is her husband Casper’s legacy and he is determined to restore its fortunes. Hiding from her troubled past, Georgie sets about learning all she can about the family who lived there before her, including from an inherited recipe book with notes in many hands. Who was Etti Boule and why are the children who were there during the war determined to remember her? Can she be connected to the West Tower, with its legends of hauntings and a weeping woman?

The arrival of her sister, escaping from a violent marriage, awakens Georgie’s darkest fears. As the secrets of Wakefield begin to reveal themselves, she realizes that, in order to be free, she must confront what she most dreads . . .

Published:  23rd November 2023   
Publisher:  MacMillan
Goodreads : Click Here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Bought




MY REVIEW

What I liked about this story...  Duel perspective, split timeline and historical drama.  What more can I say?  I loved this so much.  This story was so rich in atmosphere with the castle and its surroundings mixed with interesting characters and a plot that made it so I did not want to put this story down!  There's something about a split timeline, past and present, that somehow manages to weave itself together as the story goes on that always pulls me in.

What I did not like about this story...  Absolutely nothing!  Loved this.

Would I recommend...  Yes!  If you love Kate Morton and you haven't picked this up yet, you need to!





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