Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage by Samantha Tonge #Review #Blogtour

Synopsis

A new start can come from the most unexpected places…

It’s been years since Lizzie Lockhart spoke to her parents. But she was safe in the knowledge she knew everything about them. Once upon a time, they were as close as could be. Until they weren’t.

After receiving the earth-shattering news of their passing, Lizzie decides it’s time to unearth some family secrets and find out just who her parents really were… starting with Streamside Cottage. A cottage Lizzie never knew existed, in a place she’s never heard of: the beautiful English village of Leafton.

Leaving behind London, and the tattoo parlour she called home, Lizzie finds herself moving to the countryside. Faced with a tight-lipped community, who have secrets of their own, Lizzie is at a loss for what to do, until her rather handsome neighbour, Ben, steps in to help.

As Lizzie finally begins to piece together the puzzle of her family history she realises she has to confront the truth of the past in order to face her future.

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My Review

Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage has everything i love in a book, love, warmth, laughter and a big slice of mystery, and did I mention tattoo’s! When I opened Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage I was expecting a feel good read and that’s what I got plus a whole lot more.

Lizzie is a tattooist with a past and each chapter reveals another layer of her life. Chapters alternate between present time and past which leaves you hungry for more, you gradually realise that Lizzie has had a very unusual and restrictive background which have a affected her whole life. When her parents die Lizzie finds out about a cottage in a sleepy village called Leafton that they owned but kept secret at all costs.

Lizzie starts a mission to find out what Leafton meant to her parents and why they insisted nobody knew about it. There are twists and turns throughout the story, some of which I was not expecting!

I loved getting to know each and every character within the pages of Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage, the romance between Lizzie and Ben is a joy to read and I loved .

the fact at the beginning of every chapter surrounding tattoos.

Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage has left me with withdrawal symptoms which for me is the sign of a perfect read!

All About Samantha

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and studied German and French at university. She has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris, and has travelled widely.

She has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

In 2014 her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Ebook Award.

In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

In 2019 she was shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Award.

In 2020 she won the RNA’s Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award with her novel Knowing You, from publisher Canelo

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After The Storm By Isabella Muir #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

When a violent storm blasts England’s south coast, it’s up to retired Italian detective Giuseppe Bianchi to sift through the devastation and piece together the tragic events left behind in the storm’s wake.

Giuseppe Bianchi’s brief visit to Bexhill-on-Sea has become an extended stay. He is loath to return to his home in Rome because of the haunting images that made him leave in the first place.

During his morning walks along the seafront with Beagle, Max, he meets Edward Swain, who becomes Giuseppe’s walking companion. They form a friendship of sorts and find they have a similar outlook on life.

But the devastating events of a single night lead Giuseppe to question the truth about Edward Swain. Teaming up with young journalist, Christina Rossi – his cousin’s daughter – Giuseppe learns about the brutal reality lurking behind the day-to-day life of families in the local community. And as

the story unravels Giuseppe is reminded how anger and revenge can lead to the most dreadful of crimes.

After the Storm is the second novel in the Giuseppe Bianchi mystery series – the much awaited sequel to Crossing the Line.

Grab your copy today and enjoy the intrigue of traditional English mystery, cleverly combined with a continental twist.

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My Review

After The Storm was a pure delight to read, the descriptives transported me to Bexhill-On-Sea. The characters, by the end of the book felt like friends.

Isabella creates her characters with such sincerity that it was a complete comfort read, curled up on the sofa with a cuppa.

This is the second in the Giuseppe Bianchi detective series but can be read as a stand alone, although I defy you to not buy the first in the series the minute you’ve read the last sentence.

Giuseppe is a retired detective who is visiting his brother and family in England. He had already helped solve one murder (Book 1) and now due to a horrific storm he has another mystery to solve, the death of his friend Mr Swain.

Giuseppe‘s character is a joy to get to know, he has a gentle aura about him that draws you into story, he’s a real gentleman but also an amazing detective which results in an interesting story.

I could not put this book down and downloaded the first in the series Crossing The line within minutes of reading the last sentence. I was left with a real longing to find out what brought Giuseppe to England, and what is the secret that lies between Giuseppe and his brother Mario, which i think will be unearthed in book 3. I for one can not wait!

All About Isabella

Isabella is never happier than when she is immersing herself in the sights, sounds and experiences of the 1960s. Researching all aspects of family life back then formed the perfect launch pad for her works of fiction. Isabella rediscovered her love of writing fiction during two happy years working on and completing her MA in Professional Writing and since then she has gone on to publish six novels, three novellas and two short story collections.

Her latest novel, After the Storm, is the second novel in a new series of Sussex Crimes, featuring retired Italian detective, Giuseppe Bianchi who is escaping from tragedy in Rome, only to arrive in the quiet seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, to come face-to-face with it once more.

Her first Sussex Crime Mystery series features young librarian and amateur sleuth, Janie Juke. Set in the late 1960s, in the fictional seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, we meet Janie, who looks after the mobile library. She is an avid lover of Agatha Christie stories – in particular Hercule Poirot. Janie uses

all she has learned from the Queen of Crime to help solve crimes and mysteries. As well as three novels, there are three novellas in the series, which explore some of the back story to the Tamarisk Bay characters.

Isabella’s standalone novel, The Forgotten Children, deals with the emotive subject of the child migrants who were sent to Australia – again focusing on family life in the 1960s, when the child migrant policy was still in force.

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The Hoax by Paul Clayton #Review #Blogtour

Synopsis

Meet Frankie Baxter. She’s trying to make ends meet and keep the boat afloat for her three kids.

She’s harassed, sometimes impatient. but she’s a

fabulous mum. So imagine her distress when Henry, her youngest child, goes missing …

Henry returns safety accompanied by a stranger, Cora, a fairy godmother who starts to change the Baxter family’s lives in the best of ways. So why do things suddenly start going wrong? Is Cora fulfilling their dreams• or is she the start of a nightmare?

Funny, terrifying and a real page-turner, The Hoax puts a whole new slant on psychological thrillers.

My Review

The Hoax is an absolute can’t put down read, it’s written in a multi timeline each chapter alternates between Frankie, a down to earth Mum of 3 children and Cora a very kooky character who befriended Cara’s youngest son when he ran away to complete a challenge a friend had set him.

The chapters also alternate between Lottie and ‘little girl’, by contrast to the chapters told from Franke and Cora’s view these chapters have a chilled feel to them.

I really enjoy a story that has you guessing throughout as to the possible outcomes, Paul is a master at this and I changed my mind multiple times as the story unfolded to peoples intentions, it still didn’t prepare me for the ending though. The descriptive of each character bring them to life and turn them in to real people.

Reading The Hoax for me was similar to watching a psychological film with a cushion next to you that you can hide your face behind when you think a scary bit is about to happen. It’s a thrilling, fast paced and total edge of your seat read that gets your heart racing.

The Hoax needs to be on everyone’s ‘To read list’

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All About Paul

Best known to audiences for five series of the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 sitcom “Peep Show” and for two series of the BAFTA winning comedy “Him and Her” from BBC 3. He has enjoyed stints as regular characters in soaps “Hollyoaks”, “Coronation Street” “Doctors” is well known to viewers from a considerable volume of the television. Most recent appearances in series 2 of “The Crown”, “Black Earth Rising”, “Wolf Hall”, “The Split”, “Holby”, “ This Time with Alan

Partridge” “Shakespeare and Hathaway” “Breeders”

He is currently well known and loved by thousands of sci fi fans for his role as “Mr Colchester –terminator in a cardigan”- the leader of the Torchwood team, in the Big Finish‘Torchwood’ audio dramas.

He recently filmed “Danny Boy” for the BBC

He is the author of “So You Want to Be a Corporate Actor?” and “The Working Actor” and is a regular columnist and feature writer for The Stage.

He is patron of the children’s literacy charity Grimm and Co (www.grimmandco.co.uk) based in Yorkshire for whom he has staged young authors live dramas and facilitated six independent films written by 9 – 11 year olds.

His first novel “The Punishment” met with great reviews when it was published in 2019.

“”I LOVED this book. It’s funny, dark, sexy and sharp as a knife. A brilliant story with three intricately woven strands that keep you hooked all the way through. Definitely recommend!”

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Nothing Man by R J Gould #Review #Blogtour

Synopsis

One man in need of an overhaul. Two women determined to drag him there.

Neville Watkin’s life is so rubbish surely things can’t get any worse. Yes they can, because his wife leaves him, he loses his job, has a car crash and ends up in hospital.

Feisty Laura, the other party in the car crash, befriends him and sets out to turn his life upside down.

For reasons he struggles to understand, Caroline, her equally feisty mother, seems to like him.

Rather a lot.

All in all things are looking up, but is Neville courageous enough to seize these new opportunities?

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My Review

The Nothing Man is a breath of fresh air in these troubled times, it is a totally feel good read.

The book begins as Neville has hit the lowest point in his life, his wife of 30 years has left him, he’s been made redundant from the job he’s been in since leaving school and then has a crash in his car which lands him in hospital. The accident is the turning point for Neville and the point where the larger than life characters that are Laura & Charlotte leap into the pages of the novel.

The Neville at the beginning of the story is a completely different person to the one we leave on the last page. It was literally like watching from a distance the journey of a caterpillar to a butterfly!

There are parts where I laughed so much i cried, situations that Neville finds himself in and the way he handles them are funny and so endearing, tongue in cheek humour sparkles throughout Nothing Man.

Laura and Caroline are bright and colourful characters that light up every page, I challenge anyone who reads this book to not finish the last page with a huge smile on their face… I’m off to download Richards other novels!

All About R J Gould

Richard writes under the pseudonym R J Gould and is a (rare male) member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA). His first novel was shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award following his participation on the RNA New Writers’ Scheme. Having been published by Headline Access and

Lume Books, he now self-publishes.

He writes contemporary literary fiction about relationships, loosely though not prescriptively within the Romance genre, using both humour and pathos to describe the tragi-comic journeys of his protagonists in search of love. Nothing Man is his sixth novel, following A Street Café Named Desire,

The Engagement Party, Jack and Jill Went Downhill, Mid-life follies and The bench by Cromer beach.

Ahead of writing full time, Richard led a national educational charity. He has been published in a wide range of educational journals, national newspapers and magazines and is the co-author of a major work on educating able young people. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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The Garden Of Angels by David Hewsin #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

The Palazzo Colombina is home to the Uccello family: three generations of men, trapped together in the dusty palace on Venice’s Grand Canal. Awkward fifteen-year-old Nico. His distant, business- focused father. And his beloved grandfather, Paolo. Paolo is dying. But before he passes, he has

secrets he’s waited his whole life to share.

When a Jewish classmate is attacked by bullies, Nico just watches – earning him a week’s suspension and a typed, yellowing manuscript from his frail Nonno Paolo. A history lesson, his grandfather says.

A secret he must keep from his father. A tale of blood and madness . . .

Nico is transported back to the Venice of 1943, an occupied city seething under its Nazi overlords, and to the defining moment of his grandfather’s life: when Paolo’s support for a murdered Jewish woman brings him into the sights of the city’s underground resistance. Hooked and unsettled, Nico

can’t stop reading – but he soon wonders if he ever knew his beloved grandfather at all.

Purchase Links

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My Review

This is a beautifully written book set in Venice, Paulo is on his death bed and hands over to his Grandson Nico an envelope each day he visits him in hospital to take home and read. The envelope contains a piece of history, the story of Paulo’s life. Set in Nazi occupied Venice in 1943 the story alternates between the present and past which I personally really enjoy and feel beings so much to a story.

For me, The Garden Of Angels was like a mini history lesson that I couldn’t step away from, it pulled me in and I didn’t want to put it down. I felt as if I was actually in Venice, David’s descriptive text brings the city alive and I could see clearly in my minds eye everything he described.

The relationship between Paulo and his Grandson Nico is lovely, this is a complex exciting read and one that will stay with you long after you read the last line!

All About David

David Hewson is a former journalist with The Times, The Sunday Times and the Independent. He is the author of more than twenty-five novels, including his Rome-based Nic Costa series which has been published in fifteen languages, and his Amsterdam-based series featuring detective Pieter Vos.

He has also written three acclaimed adaptations of the Danish TV series, The Killing. He lives near Canterbury in Kent.

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A Chance Encounter by Rae Shaw # Coverreveal

Today I have an exciting cover reveal for A Chance Encounter………

Publication Date March 24th

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Synopsis

Julianna Baptiste, a feisty bodyguard, finds her new job tedious, that is until her boss, the evasive Jackson Haynes, spikes her curiosity. Who is behind the vicious threats to his beautiful wife and why is he interested in two estranged siblings?

Mark works for Haynes’s vast company. He’s hiding from ruthless money launderers.

His teenage sister Ellen has an online friend whom she has never met. Ellen guards a terrible secret.

For eight years their duplicitous father has languished in prison, claiming he is innocent of murder. The evidence against him is overwhelming, so why does Mark persist with an appeal?

Keen to prove her potential as an investigator, Julianna forces Mark to confront his mistakes. The consequences will put all their lives in danger.

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All About Rae

Rae Shaw is a pen name for the author Rachel Walkley.

 

Rachel is based in the North West of England. She read her first grown-up detective novel at the age of eleven, which proved to be a catalyst for filling many shelves with crime books, which still occupy her home and grow in number whenever she visits a book shop.

As well as crime, Rachel likes to unplug from the real world and writes mysteries that have a touch of magic woven into family secrets.

Where To Find Rae/Rachel

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Eleven Days In June by R. P. Gibson Colley #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Devon, 1985. Dan is 20, lives in a sleepy village and works in a small DIY shop. He likes numbers and hero worships Lord Nelson. But he finds ordinary people difficult to understand and he’s certainly never kissed a girl. His mother mocks him, and he misses his father and he pines for Ollie, his only childhood friend who truly understood him.

But, despite it all, Dan thinks he’s happy enough. Until one June day, the beautiful and mysterious Libby walks into his shop – and into Dan’s life.

Libby’s sudden appearance turns Dan’s ordered existence upside down. But Dan soon realises that Libby isn’t who she seems. Who exactly is she? What is she hiding, and, more importantly, who’s that threatening man always looking for her?

In trying to help Libby, Dan comes to realise what’s missing in his own life, and, in turn, appreciates what’s really important…

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My Review

Eleven days in June is a lovely sit back and relax read, set in the 80’s around a sleepy little village called Little Leaf.

The protagonist, Daniel is a sensitive character who throughout his life has been labelled ‘Special’ although, in my opinion the traits he displays fall in line with autism.

Daniel has only ever wanted to fit in, be accepted for who he is. His life is routined and that’s how he likes it, he works in the village hardware store alongside Roy who is the polar opposite to him.

One day Libby walks into the hardware store and Daniels life changes, he’s never met a girl like Libby before or felt the feelings he feels when he sees her, but Libby isn’t all she seems to be!

A week in June brought about many emotions for me, slight sadness at the way Daniel was sometimes treated but on the flip side it made my heart sing when people slowly understood him, it also becomes apparent that as people do get to know him they develop a fondness and protectiveness around him.

A week in June is a beautiful read, it was a perfect Sunday afternoon read for me curled up on the sofa with a cuppa!

All About R. P. Gibson

I was born one Christmas Day, which means, as a child, I lost out on presents.

Nonetheless, looking back on it, I lived a childhood with a “silver spoon in my mouth” – brought up in a rambling manor house in the beautiful Devon countryside. It’s been downhill ever since.

I was a librarian for a long time, a noble profession. Then I started a series called History In An Hour, “history for busy people”, which I sold to HarperCollins UK.

I now live in London with my wife, two children and dog (a fluffy cockapoo) and write historical fiction, mainly 20th-century war and misery, and humorous books set in 1980s England.

Photographed In The Writer’s Room by Michelle L. E. Price #Promo

Synopsis

Former TV star Brandi Tyler’s big screen debut crashed and burned amid rumors of an affair with her

married co-star… Now, she wants nothing more than to quietly slink away from Hollywood. When she’s offered an

opportunity to get out of town and work on a project involving the photographer that launched her career, it seems like

the perfect escape! Unfortunately for Brandi, her famous face

makes hiding out even a huge city like Houston a little tricky.

When the celebrated photographer’s son offers to let her use his home for privacy, it seems like everything is falling

into place. Little does she know that Michael Ames a gorgeous best selling author, and he comes with the package!

As Brandi makes her way through old photographs and new

scandals, Michael struggles with his next project, and they both fight the growing attraction between them.

Maybe a posse of new girlfriends, some Texas-sized boozy brunches, and a little private time in the writer’s room will

help this leading lady find her path back onscreen. And, if she can just picture it, maybe this time she’ll even find love?

Purchase Links

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All About Michelle

Born in Montreal but raised in New England, author Michelle L. E. Price has been writing as long as anyone can remember. An avid reader who was on the verge of losing her mind as a mom to two small children, Michelle began writing her first book, Hidden in the Writer’s Room, as an escape… at

least her characters would do exactly what she told them to do and she could always count on a happily ever after ending. She also enjoys wine, re-watching 90’s sitcoms and occasionally running, but heavily relies on writing to stay sane. Michelle is a firm believer that laughter and love are the

best parts of life.

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A Scottish Affair by Julie Shackman #CoverReveal

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Here is the gorgeous cover of A Scottish Affair

Synopsis

Publication date – 21st May 2021

Escape to the beautiful Scottish Highlands for a heartwarmingand feel good cosy romance that will whisk you away from lockdown!

When Scotland’s sleepiest hamlet becomes the centre of hot gossip, Layla Devlin finds herself caught in a mystery…

When Layla’s fiancée has an unexpected heart attack and dies – in another woman’s arms, no less – Layla is determined to pack up and leave Loch Harris, the village she’s always called home. But an unexpected inheritance and love for her quiet corner of Scotland send her down a new path.

Now Layla finds herself facing a whole new kind of drama. Rumours swirl that a celebrity has moved into Coorie Cottage and Layla is determined to have him headline her opening night at local music venue The Conch Club. But the reclusive star is equally determined to thwart Layla’s efforts. RafeBuchanan is in hiding for a reason, and soon his past comes to Loch Harris to haunt him…

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All About Julie

I am a contemporary romance author from Scotland, who is obsessed with stationery and handbags.

I am married with two sons and have a poodle cross Romanian rescue puppy called Cooper. A Secret Scottish Escape is my fifth book.

I trained as a journalist and studied Communication & Media. When I’m not reading or writing, I love getting out for long walks, listening to music and watching romcoms.

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Friends With Benefits by Lisa Swift #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Could Mr Right-Now actually be Mr Right?

Lexie Whittle thought she had life all sewn up, with a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home, and an utterly delightful teenage stepson. Until husband Daryl announced he was leaving to work overseas… and everything changed.

A year later, Daryl and Lexie’s marriage is practically over. Lexie is fighting to stay on top of the bills, juggling her job at the Blue Parrot 1940s cafe in Leyholme with being mum and dad to Connor in Daryl’s absence.

The only thing keeping her sane is the support she gets from Connor’s godfather: Theo Blake, Daryl’s former business partner. Theo might be a jack-the-lad, drifting from one woman to another, but Lexie knows she and Connor can always depend on him in times of need.

After one too many glasses of wine leads to them falling into bed together, Lexie and Theo begin a friends-with-benefits relationship. It starts as just sex, but it doesn’t take long for deeper feelings to develop.

But when Daryl returns, Lexie is faced with some difficult decisions. Will she be forced to choose between her love for Theo and the boy she sees as a son.

My Review

There are some books that you gently ease into, the characters have to grow on you and quite frankly it’s slightly hard going! Friends With Benefits is not one of these!

I immediately fell in love with the characters and was pulled in to the pages and didn’t want to put it down!

When Lexie married Daryl she took on the role of Step Mum to his son Connor, with Connors Mum dead Lexie, although young stepped in to the Mother role with ease and formed a strong relationship with Connor.

Daryl turns out to be a prize twerp and as their marriage slowly declines and comes to an end Daryl announces he’s moving abroad to work. Connor and Lexie beg him to allow Connor to stay in the UK and continue to live in the family home with Lexie.

Lexie is struggling financially her restaurant isn’t doing too well and the six bedroom house that Daryl has left her with is proving a financial ball and chain around her neck!

The relationship between Connor and Lexie is gorgeous, Connor is a sweetie and although a 15 year old with a girlfriend he had a real genuine love for his StepMum and fights her corner. There are hilarious chapters from Connors point of view which very much read like an episode from the Inbetweeners, Lisa has captured the youth of today perfectly! She has also created a true young gent in Connor who is an absolute delight to read about.

I adored Tonya, Connors Nan, his Mums Mother. She’s a colourful larger than life character who treats Lexie like her own daughter.

And then we have Theo, Theo Daryl’s best friend and Connors Godfather sexy, jack the lad but also best friend material! Theo has supported both Lexie and Connor in Daryl’s absence, the conversation he has with Connor about sex is hilarious! One fateful night after too much alcohol Lexie and Daryl end up in bed together. At first they become ‘friends with benefits’ but gradually feelings start to blossom, just as Daryl returns to England!

Friends With Benefits made me laugh out loud, gave me butterflies and a warm glow inside.

This is not just a fluffy chick lit read the story has depth and the characters are rich and real. This is a beautiful story, I’m now off to add Lisa’s other books to my reading pile!

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All About Lisa

Lisa Swift grew up in rural West Yorkshire in the UK, right in the heart of Brontë country… and she’s still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English

Literature, she dallied with living in cities including London, Nottingham and Cambridge, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales, where she first started telling stories about heroines with flaws and the men who love them.

Lisa also writes romantic comedies under the pen name Mary Jayne Baker.

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