Fool‘s Gold by Gillian Gooden #Review # Blogtour

Synopsis

A brand new story from Gillian Godden!
A new life…
With their wretched life in Liverpool behind them, Julie and Ralph Gold head to London for their next big break. Julie’s had enough of slumming it, she’s ready to quit their life of crime and go legit.
The same old game…
But it seems their reputation had beat them to it, and the underworld is already bubbling with news of the their arrival. And as much as Julie tries to go straight, the more people underestimate them and treat them like fools. And there is only so much Julie can take…
One last trick.
So when they are offered one final big job, Julie knows they should say no. It’s risky and could cost them everything they have. But it could also be their last chance to make it big.
And when fools rush in, the Golds take the spoils.
Read what happens next for Julie and Ralph Gold in another gripping story by Gillian Godden.

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My Review

Gold Digger, the first in this series of books about Julie and Ralph has been one of my favourite reads of 2021, so I was so excited when I was invited on to the blog tour for Fool’s Gold and I wasn’t disappointed.

Fool’s Gold continues where Gold Digger ended but can be totally read as a stand-alone novel.

Fool’s Gold is a gritty rollercoaster of a read, I was pulled into the gangland underworld and loved every minute. I very quickly became reacquainted with the characters from the first book who all play the part in making this book one that was hard to put down.

I love the contrast of the Julie and Ralph who take part in the dodgy dealings of the Italian mob who Ralph works for to the Julie and Ralph behind closed doors. They both have a vulnerable side and compliment each other perfectly. Gillian creates her characters so well that it’s almost like watching them on a big screen.

I’m looking forward to the next instalment of The Gold’s.

Thank you to Gillian and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto this blogtour.

All About Gillian

Gillian Godden is a brilliantly reviewed writer of gangland fiction as well as a full-time NHS Key Worker in Hull. She lived in London for over thirty years, where she sets her thrillers, and during this time worked in various stripper pubs and venues which have inspired her stories.

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Snug In Iceland by Victoria Walker #Review #Blogtour

Synopsis

Rachel Richards is stuck in a rut. Her boyfriend Adam barely notices her most of the time and her life in London isn’t as exciting as it should be. When the company she works for, Snug, asks her to oversee the opening of a new store in Iceland, she jumps at the chance for a change of scenery.
Exploring Reykjavik with the help of Icelandic tour guide Jonas, Rachel discovers that life is out there waiting to be lived. As she falls in love with Iceland, she begins to see what is important to her and wonders whether the life she left behind is what she wants after all…

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My Review

Snug in Iceland was like a virtual Icelandic holiday, Victoria’s description transported me temporarily to the snowy gorgeousness of Reykjavik and to be honest I didn’t want to come back!

When Rachel was offered to oversee the opening of a new ‘Snug’ shop in Reykjavik she jumped at the chance, her relationship with Adam wasn’t feeling right and she felt the time away would do them both good.

On her arrival she meets Jonas, Jonas is everything that Adam isn’t, he’s fun, adventurous and makes her feel special. As their friendship grows Rachel realises that Adam isn’t her future.

Snug in Iceland is such a feel good read, it’s actually kept me sane in a very busy week! I felt like I lived every emotion with Rachel and Jonas and loved every minute of it. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that there may be a sequel!

A huge thank you to Victoria and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to this blog tour.

All About Victoria

Victoria Walker lives in the Malvern Hills with her husband and two teenage children.
She is an avid reader of contemporary romance but tempers this addiction by being a member of a book club where she is often surprised by her enjoyment of other genres. She also loves sewing and knitting and Scandinavian dramas.

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The Whisker Twitchers by Kathy Tallentine #Blogtour #Review #Childrensbook #Giveaway

Synopsis

Grandad is up to something.
When Bella wakes up to find him gone, she heads to the surface to look for him – but the world looks different.
Can Bella conquer her hear of the unknown to find out what is going on? And where is Grandad?
For bunny lovers everywhere.

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My Review

What an absolutely beautiful book this is, I read this to my 5 year Grandson and also my pre-schoolers in my nursery, every single child was mesmerised.

The fact that The Whisker Twitchers kept a class of ten 3 year olds attention throughout the entire story is testament to how amazing this story is!

The illustrations are stunning and really enabled the children to conjure up Bella in their mind. From a learning point of view it had links with understanding the world, literacy and also social interaction as it encouraged even our less confident children to talk about their experiences in the snow. Also lots of opportunities for the children to think about what happens next and anticipate the next part of the story.

I loved the storyline, an all round perfect children’s book.

Thank you to Kathy and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to this blog tour.

All About Kathy

Writing is a relatively new part of my life. When I go to schools and am introduced as an author it is still a bit of a surprise to me!
It was the birth of my daughter (in 2016) that changed everything. I had spent many years building up my career in accountancy, accumulating business qualifications and generally working hard in that one field.
Spending time with my little girl and reading hundreds of different children’s stories really inspired me. My first book, Nana Duck, was published in 2017. It did well and I found that I enjoyed visiting schools and nurseries. There is nothing like reading your story and getting great reactions from a
class full of eager little children.
Now, I’m having ideas all of the time. I’m so looking forward to bringing more stories into the world, to seeing my characters come to life through the talented illustrators that I work with, and inspiring more children in my local area and beyond.

Where To Find Kathy

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Murder At The House On The Hill by Victoria Walters #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Once Upon A Crime…
Nancy Hunter and her grandmother Jane Hunter run the Dedley Endings Bookshop, selling crime, thriller and mystery books, in a small, quiet Cotswold village where nothing ever happens…
That is, until the wealthy and reclusive Roth family open up their mansion for the first time in twenty years, inviting the people of Dedley End to a lavish engagement party.
While everyone is thrilled to finally look around the mansion on the hill, the festivities are quickly cut short when beautiful Lucy, recently married to young Harry Roth, is found dead after being pushed over the first-floor balustrade.
But who among the guests could have been capable of her murder – and why?
Nancy and Jane decide to investigate – after all, not only do they own a crime themed bookshop, they were also both named after famous literary detectives – but soon wonder if they’ve taken on more than they can handle. Especially when it seems the killer has worked out that they’re hot on
their heels…
Can they catch the murderer before the murderer catches up with them? Or will there be a deadly ending to this story?
Join the unlikeliest detective duo for the killer opener of The Dedley End Mysteries series, by a major voice in women’s fiction.

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My Review

Well, what an absolute delight Murder at the house on the hill was to read. I’m often not in the mood for a real hard hitting crime book and I’ve never found a cozy crime read that has kept my interest… until this one!

To begin with if the title hadn’t had murder in it I would not have thought the story would have gone down that path, I was having a lovely time getting to know Nancy and her Gran Jane, they have such a wonderful relationship which is heartwarming throughout the book.

Dedley endings bookshop sounds gorgeous and is just the place I could spend an afternoon exploring, Victoria has a great knack of bringing the characters to life. The relationship between Nancy, Jane and Nancy’s best friend Jonathan is great, the way they tease him made me laugh out loud!

The murder mystery entwined amongst the pages had me reading the story at the rate of knots but I was still guessing whodunnit until the end. I am so glad this is just the first in the Dedley end mysteries series as I don’t feel ready to leave the village just yet!

Thank you to Victoria and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Reads for inviting me on to this blog tour.

All About Victoria

Author Bio – Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of the bestselling GLENDALE HALL series, which continues with its third book HOPEFUL HEARTS at GLENDALE HALL in September, as well as two other standalone novels – SUMMER at the KINDNESS
CAFE, and THE SECOND LOVE of my LIFE. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for two RNA awards. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim. Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram

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Autumn Dreams At Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

When her dreams of young love were cruelly shattered, Nerissa Morgan found it hard to move on.
Now, at forty-three, everyone around her is enjoying life while she’s just going through the motions.
With her boss retiring and rumours of a new doctor coming in to take over the practice she manages, change is coming, whether she’s ready for it or not.
Following the death of his beloved wife, Tom Nelson buried himself in work at his busy inner-London GP practice. When his teenage children find themselves in trouble at school, he realises he’s completely lost touch with them. Desperate to reconnect before it’s too late, he whisks his family away to the pretty seaside village of Mermaids Point determined to make a fresh start.
But all is not as idyllic as it seems. With his predecessor reluctant to let go of the reins and the children as distant as ever, the last thing Tom needs is an undeniable attraction to the woman he unexpectedly finds himself sharing a roof with…
Warm, escapist, feel-good and altogether brilliant story-telling from bestselling author Sarah Bennett. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley and Milly Johnson

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My Review

I have read many of Sarah’s book but this is the first I have read in the Mermaid’s point series. This can be read as a stand-alone book although by the end I’m sure you’ll want to read the first.

Autumn Dreams at Mermaid Point is a lovely curl up on the sofa with a cuppa read. Sarah’s books are always a hug in a book and this is no exception. This book depicts two characters who have both lost the loves of their lives, Nerissa & Tom, although this is a very emotive subject it’s written about in a way that is very understanding and doesn’t just forget about how those two people were a major part of Nerissa & Tom’s lives. It’s about second chances of love and new beginnings. I also liked the fact that Nerissa and Tom were slightly older it made the story very relatable.

Mermaids Point is a beautifully depicted village and one that you wish was real, there is a real sense of community and it’s certainly a creation that makes you want to devour every book in the series so you can revisit it in your minds eye.

A huge thank you to Sarah and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Reads for including me on the Autumn Dreams at Mermaids Point blog tour.’

All About Sarah

Sarah Bennett is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction trilogies including
those set in Butterfly Cove and Lavender Bay. Born and raised in a military family she is happily married to her own Officer and when not reading or writing enjoys sailing the high seas.

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Falling in Louvre by Fiona Leitch #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

‘A heartfelt, funny and romantic caper – a mashup masterpiece!’ – Sandy Barker, author of ‘That Night in Paris’.
Bertrand is King of the Pigeons…Unofficially. From his perch atop a gargoyle on Notre Dame cathedral, he surveys his kingdom. He
sees Sylvie Cloutier, art lover and ex-antiques dealer, making dinner for her bullying husband Henri, trapped in their loveless marriage like a bird in a gilded cage. He sees security guard, hopeless romantic and bookworm Philippe Moreau cycling through the streets of Paris in his crumpled
uniform, late (again) for his night shift at the museum.
When Sylvie begs her husband to let her go to work, he gets her a job as an evening cleaner at the Louvre. He thinks such a menial position will dispel any ideas about independence she might have, but his plan backfires when she falls in love with kind, gentle Philippe. They decide to run away
together, but there’s a major problem: neither of them has any money.
One stormy night in the Louvre, the answer to their prayers falls into their lap… But is it really the solution, or just another, even bigger problem?
What follows is a romantic, wistful but madcap adventure through (and under) the city of lights, involving a stolen painting, an art heist in reverse, and Eric Cantona. Will love find a way?

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My Review

Falling in Louvre is an absolute gorgeous read, Paris is my favourite city in the world so for me it was like walking down memory Lane.

Both Sylvie and Philippe are characters that you warm to immediately and you are rooting for them as soon as you are introduced. The situation between Sylvie and her husband really got under my skin and I wanted to pull her out of the situation so many times.

The opening page is so quirky and I loved it, it began with a pigeon named Bertrand and it was his view from the top of a building, it then transitioned to Sylvie and her world.

Falling in Louvre has a bit of everything from love, humour and touch of that on the edge of your seat read. There are twists and turns that take you in directions that you’re really not expecting, especially when the famous weeks of heavy rain causes the banks of the river Seine to burst. I read this book in 2 days as I could not put it down.

I seriously recommend this being put on everyone’s reading list, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

A huge thank you to Fiona and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Reads for inviting me onto this amazing blog tour.

All About Fiona

Fiona Leitch is a writer with a chequered past. She’s written for football and motoring
magazines, DJ’ed at illegal raves and is a stalwart of the low budget TV commercial, even appearing as the Australasian face of a cleaning product called ‘Sod Off’. After living in London and Cornwall she’s finally settled in sunny New Zealand, where she enjoys scaring her cats by trying out dialogue
on them. She spends her days dreaming of retiring to a crumbling Venetian palazzo, walking on the windswept beaches of West Auckland, and writing funny, flawed but awesome female characters.
Her debut novel, ‘Dead in Venice’, was published by Audible as one of their Crime Grant scheme finalists, and her bestselling cosy mystery series, The Nosey Parker Mysteries, is published by One More Chapter/HarperCollins.

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Matchmaking At Port Willow by Kiley Dunbar #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Beatrice Halliday has been working hard at the Princess and The Pea Inn, loved up with
landlord Atholl and enjoying planning events for the locals. But at Christmas there’s a kick – as she realises she’s expecting.
Despite being fearful of the future, Beatrice is graced with a distraction: the prospects of helping a romance flourish when a married couple spend their first child-free holiday at the Inn – and it becomes clear they need some help rediscovering each other. In true Beatrice fashion, she cant help
meddling.
Featuring the story of a first love, a new family, a marriage in crisis, and an octogenarian love affair,
you’ll fall head over heels for this heart-warming rom-com.

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My Review

Matchmaking at Port Willow transported me to the most beautiful place, not only did it give me my first delicious taste of Christmas but it also made me fall in love with Scotland.

The characters all had their own story to tell all very different and all very true to life. Their stories pulled me in and and made me forget I was sat at home or truth be told at my desk eating lunch as I really could not put this book down.

Some of the characters definitely grew on me the more I got to know them and also the more The Princess and the Pea Inn wove it’s magic.

I enjoyed getting to know Beatrice and Atholl, I haven’t yet read the first book in the Port Willow Bay series, which is where they first meet, but it is now downloaded on my kindle ready to read!

The diversity of this book is beautiful and celebrates relationships whether they be same sex, newly found, slightly floundering and octogenarian, it made my heart sing!

I’ve never read a book before that as I was reading it an almost different language read out with ease in my mind! Obviously Scotland doesn’t have a different language from us, but it has an absolutely beautiful dialect that Kiley transferred to the pages perfectly.

Thank you Kiley and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to this glorious blog tour.

All About Kiley

Kiley Dunbar writes heart-warming, escapist, romantic fiction set in beautiful places, with One Winter’s Night being shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2021.
Kiley’s five novels include: The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday (May 2021), One Winter’s Night (September 2020), Summer at the Highland Coral Beach (2020), Christmas at Frozen Falls (2019) and One Summer’s Night (2019).

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Black Witch Moon by Colin Garrow # Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Tyburn, 1625. A young woman hanged as a witch. A doctor plagued by nightmares.
Wracked by guilt, Robert Winter struggles with the notion that a witch may have been wrongly accused. But if that is so, what can he do about it?
When strange things begin to happen, Winter’s understanding of good and evil are put to the test.
Compelled to choose one or the other, he soon learns that taking sides is the least of his problems…
In this horror series set in London, the novella Black Witch Moon is book #1 in the Black Witch Saga.

Purchase Link

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My Review

Black Witch Moon was a great read, a bit different and very captivating.

I read it in one sitting and was awake into the early hours as I literally couldn’t put it down. I find the history surrounding the death of ‘witches’ as they were know then interesting and shocking filled in to one.

Black Witch Moon begins as Lizzy Pickin is about to be hung as she’s been found out to be a witch. This is the beginning of a chilling, edge of your seat tale. Robert Winter a local doctor feels it’s his fault this young woman’s life has come to end, he outed her as a witch, but was he mistaken? Strange things start to happen, Is Lizzy haunting him?

If this was a film it would definitely be one that you would need a cushion nearby to hide behind!

This is the first in the Black Witch saga, I for one will be downloading the second the minute it’s released!

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources & Colin for inviting me on to this book tour.

All About Colin

Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland. He has worked in a plethora of professions including: taxi driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor, and has occasionally masqueraded as a pirate. All Colin’s books are available as eBooks
and most are also out in paperback, too. His short stories have appeared in several literary mags, including SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, Word Bohemia, Every Day Fiction, The Grind, A3 Review, 1,000 Words, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine. He currently lives in a humble cottage in
North East Scotland where he writes novels, stories, poems and the occasional song

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Dream Cafe by R J Gould #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Why on earth am I here?” David wonders as he observes the juvenile antics of ex classmates at the twenty-five year school reunion. Then he sees Bridget.
David draws up a list of all that he hopes to achieve to kick-start a new life now that his wife has moved in with his best friend – his ex-best friend. A relationship with Bridget is top of the list, opening an arts café is a close second.
Formidable women – an unfaithful wife, a reckless teenage daughter, a boss from hell, a disapproving policewoman – seem like insurmountable obstacles.
But it’s still OK to dream, isn’t it?

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My Review

This is the second book I have read by R J Gould and I enjoyed this one just as much as the first, so much in fact all of his books are quietly waiting on my kindle to be read.

R J Gould has the most delightful skill of writing his books in a way in which you feel very quickly that you are reading about a friend. His characters are very relatable and the scenarios are always very similar to real life people you may know, they are definitely not fluffy romance novels.

There is always a mix of emotions within the pages and always just the right mix! I found myself laughing at some of the situations that David found himself in and then on the next page wanting to jump in and give him a hug.

Dream Cafe is about David who is mid forties and his wife makes the sudden and shocking announcement that’s she’s leaving him for his best friend. David is left with the children, the running of the house along with trying to ease himself back into the world of dating. It’s written very true to life, I couldn’t put it down and found myself missing Dream Cafe long after I read the last page.

If you haven’t yet discovered R J Gould I’d urge you to do so… you definitely won’t regret it.

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources & Richard Gould for inviting me on to this blog tour.

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. Dream Café is his sixth novel, following The Engagement Party, Jack
and Jill Went Downhill, Mid-life follies, The bench by Cromer beach and Nothing Man. [It is a rewrite of A Street Café Named Desire].
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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Starlight Cottage by K T Dady #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Welcome to Pepper Bay. A small close-knit community where you’ll find chocolate box cottages, quaint shops, drama, friendship, and love.
Snuggle down with this cosy, feel-good, comfort read that whisks you away to a beautiful bay on the Isle of Wight – Perfect for fans of Christie Barlow, Phillipa Ashley, and Holly Martin.
The Pepper Bay books are standalone stories that intertwine with recurring characters.
Starlight Cottage – Anna Cooper and Jake Reynolds both live at the luxury London building, River Heights. The only difference is that Jake lives in the penthouse, and Anna lives in a tent on the roof.
When Jake finds out, he offers Anna a chance of a new life in his grandmother’s childhood home in Pepper Bay, and she decides to take the opportunity to see if she really can make a fresh start somewhere else.
The beauty of Pepper Bay, with its quaint shops, chocolate box cottages, and all of Jake’s closest friends, immediately fills Anna’s heart with nothing but love, and it isn’t just Starlight Cottage that she finds herself falling in love with.

Purchase Links

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My Review

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and K T Dady for inviting me on to this lovely blog tour.

Starlight Cottage was the perfect post summer holiday read, I’ve just gone back to work after the 6 weeks holidays and I needed a pick me up, it arrived in this gorgeous book.

The story is focused on Anna and Jake, each alternate chapter is told from each of their points of views. Jake is a an elusive, quite cold character to begin with and seems to materially have the perfect life.

Anna’s life is very different, she is homeless and lives in a tent on the top of roof of the apartment block where Jake lives along with her dog Max.

Their first meeting is in the lift and is a very frosty beginning, but this slowly changes.

Pepper Bay sounds idyllic and the descriptions enabled me to picture it in my minds eye. A beautifully written book that will brighten your day.

All About K T Dady

Author, reader, mum, chocolate lover, and a huge fan of a HEA. I was born and raised
in the East End of London, and I’ve been happily writing stories since I was a little girl. When I’m not writing, I’m baking cakes or pottering around in my little garden in Essex, trying not to kill the flowers. I’m the author of contemporary romance, middle-grade, and the thought-provoking thriller
about mental illness, The Focus Program

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