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#BlogTour #Review #WhereNoShadowsFall by Peter Ritchie | @PeterRi13759572 @bwpublishing

Today I get to kick start Peter Richie’s tour for Where No Shadows Fall, the 4th Grace Macallan book, and boy are you in for a treat!

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book blurb

Expose the truth or let the dead lie still?

Grace Macallan’s life is on an even keel – at last. But a 9-to-5 career away from the frontline isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

So when she’s sent to investigate a suicide at Glasgow’s notorious Barlinnie prison, Grace gladly escapes her desk. The dead inmate is Tommy McMartin, heir to a ferocious criminal family. His murder conviction saw Tommy’s fall from power; cast out not for violence but because the victim was his gay lover.

The investigation drags Grace into contact with her McMartin adversaries of old. But the gangland dynasty is under threat and, as it topples, secrets once dead and buried are unearthed.

As she unravels Tommy McMartin’s fate, Grace senses someone watching her from the shadows, someone who aches for revenge. An awful dilemma faces her: to expose the truth or let the dead lie still.

Where No Shadows Fall is available via Black & White Publishing’s website

http://blackandwhitepublishing.com/where-no-shadows-fall.html

It is also available at Amazon

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Peter Ritchie is a retired senior police officer. The real-world authenticity in his novels comes from vast experience gained working in CID, murder squads, Serious and Regional Crime Squads and Europol. He is a regular lecturer and commentator on the subject of transnational organised crime. In his spare time, Peter also enjoys writing poetry and short stories, painting and volunteering at St Columba’s Hospice and the Bethany Trust.

review by nicola

Another cracking instalment from Peter Ritchie!

I’m not sure how he manages to wow me time and time again but he’s done it again with book #4.

We meet back up with Grace, stuck behind a desk doing a job she hates (and we all knew she would!) Until she’s dangled a carrot, and it’s a carrot that’s too good to resist.

This book had me turning those pages every moment I got! I’d set off on the school run 10 minutes early so I could park up and squeeze a few more pages in, I’ve taken it to the gymnastic classes, the soft play sessions and stayed up way past my bed times just so I can see where this story takes us.

When I did actually have to put the book down my mind was still whirling at what/would going to happen.

Peter’s books are addictive so make sure to book some ‘you time’.  He sends your imagination into overtime, always making you second guess your thoughts then pulling a rabbit out of the hat, leaving you wondering where the hell that curve ball came from!

If you love your reads action packed and gripping then Peter’s series is definitely for you. I’d go as far as saying this series has turned into my favourite read of 2018 and if this book is what we can expect for the rest of 2019 then us readers are in for a real treat!!

5 APPLES

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Many thanks to Black & White Publishing for sending me a review copy of the book and to Peter Richie for writing such a brilliant series, all four of his books have received a 5 golden apple review from me. No pressure for your other books 😉

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#BlogTour #Review #If YoureNotTheOne by Laura Briggs | @PaperDollWrites @Bookouture

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book blurb

A heartwarming, escapist romantic novel for fans of Elin Hilderbrand, Nora Roberts and Nancy Thayer.

Natalie isn’t a romantic. She doesn’t believe in true love, or destiny. She thinks that people are just plain lucky if they happen to find someone. It’s coincidence and nothing more.

As a wedding dress designer though, she knows she has to keep these feelings under wraps. Even if she’s suspicious that Harper, the bride she’s working with, might secretly agree with her. Because if Harper admitted she wasn’t sure about love, it might also mean giving up on a millionaire husband-to-be and the lavish island wedding of her dreams.

But, for Natalie, as her feelings develop for both her on-off boyfriend Chad, and for the boy-next-door Brayden, she starts to fear that her heart might not be as immune to love as she claims…

Could love have been there all along? And as the wedding approaches, who will find a happy-ever-after, who will find their way to themselves, and who will get left behind?

buy links

Amazon: http://geni.us/B07KK16CWBSocial

Apple Books: https://tinyurl.com/y7syr3uy

Kobo: https://tinyurl.com/y8tgxsmk

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meet the author

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Laura Briggs is the author of several lighthearted romance novels and novellas, including the bestselling Amazon UK series A Wedding in Cornwall. She has a fondness for vintage-style dresses (especially ones with polka dots) and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

social links

Website: https://paperdollwrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurabriggs/

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/230209.Laura_Briggs?from_search=true

michelle review

This is the second book I have read by Laura Briggs, and have to admit it was a bit confusing as it continues the story of Tessa, Natalie and Ama who run a wedding planning business. I had to remind myself it was a different book to One winters day.

The story tells us about Natalie in this book and I have to say it was a bit of a slow read at the beginning, but I persevered as I enjoyed the authors previous book One winters day.

It is slightly predictable with the characters all having different views on love, however all the characters are likeable and entertaining.

If you love romance then this is the ideal book for you.

3 APPLES

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#BlogTour #Review #TheFaelti by Rachel Pudsey |@RachelPudsey #LoveBooksGroupTours

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book blurb

Never wish upon a star.

Sixteen-year-old Abigail Crumble’s learning this the hard way.

During a moment of weakness, Abigail wished on the stars only to discover she’s cursed as a result. And she’s been on a journey to rectify her mistake ever since. Trouble is, the quest to rid herself of the curse has proven to be much more arduous than she could have ever imagined. And far from over.

Separated from her friends and believing them dead, trapped in the faelti camp and being held hostage by the evil Kai Sisu, Abigail is no closer to reaching Levana’s Dwelling and breaking the curse than she was the day she left her hometown.

meet the author

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Rachel was born and raised in Scotland but has a ridiculously English surname. A graduate of psychology, she now resides in South Korea. She has dabbled in teaching children, but after a few blessed years has succumbed to teaching business English to adults in Seoul.

Rachel has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. An obsession with Point Horror books led to her first novel being written at the age of ten. Truth be told, it wasn’t very good. The following years were spent reading, amateur acting in a youth group, occasionally playing guitar, and dabbling in songwriting, all the while continuing to write stories unworthy for print and developing her own style.

A mixture of inspiring authors had a huge influence upon her mind: S. E. Hinton, Mario Puzo, R. L. Stine, William Goldman, C.S Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, J. K. Rowling … the list goes on. For years, Rachel has cited The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton as her favourite book. These days, she considers The Princess Bride by William Goldman to be at the top of the list. But the list always changes. How can one simply pick a favourite from all the wonderful books out there? It’s like trying to pick one favourite food. Inconceivable!

review by nicola

Can we take a moment and look at how stunning this cover is!

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I think it’s one of the most beautiful covers I seen in a long time, it will definitely have the reader reaching for it in any shop or online.

Rachel Pudsey is a new author to me, what had me saying yes to the review was obviously the cover, but the blurb also grabbed me. Now in hind sight I should have read the first book (I’ll be correcting that asap) I struggled a couple of times when things that happened in the first book were brought up but I felt that it didn’t put me off following this beautiful story. Rachel shows she has a passion for this genre, her character and scene discretion is second to none!

This book is action packed and had me enthralled from start to finish, I enjoyed the darkness to the story and I’m most definitely craving more 😀 waiting for book 3 will give me time to read the first book and get myself fully imursed in the series.

4 APPLES

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#BlogTour #Review #EatLess by Jeremy & Georgina Jackson-Sytner | @EatLess2 @UrbaneBooks #Lovebooksgrouptours

A bit of a change from our usual books of late, today I bring you EAT LESS.

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book blurb

EAT LESS
The easiest way to lose weight and
keep it off for life
Jeremy and Georgina Jackson-Sytner

Eat Less is a revolutionary book designed to help people lose weight and maintain a healthy weight for life.
Eat Less is NOT a diet book. It doesn’t read like a diet book or look like a diet book. Eat Less is an anti-obesity manifesto.
Eat Less is stuffed with bite-sized nuggets of information on the
benefits of eating less, advice on what to eat less of, and much more. Informative and motivational, the underlying message is very serious, but the manner in which it delivers those messages is never preachy and easily digestible. Eat Less offers practical advice on the life-changing benefits that simply eating
less food can bring.

Buy Link

https://amzn.to/2R4AZqb

meet the author

Following a long career as an advertising creative, Jeremy has turned a lifelong fascination with food, diets and eating into a personal mission. Eat Less is Jeremy’s and wife Georgina’s impassioned attempt to get people everywhere to think more about what they eat and how they eat. The inspiration for this book came soon after he lost 2 stone in weight, simply by eating less and removing sugar and grain from his diet. Georgina is a certified group fitness instructor and runs regular mobile exercise classes in Battersea Park. Alongside this, she has developed a formula to help individuals lose weight, using a tailored weight loss management service and offering customised eating plans.

review by nicola

Let’s admit it, the start of a New Year and we all want to lose a bit of weight, make those jeans fit better or to just feel better in ourselves. We join the gym, maybe a diet club, stick with it for a few months then fall back into our usual routine and before we know it were counting down the New Year clock yet again!

I’ve been there, done that and have  multiple t-shirts…… but this book had me looking at the way I look at food in a whole new light. I’m one to sit down with the family, a few treats between us and by the time the film has finished we’d have eaten the lot!!

If I find myself in the cupboard I ask

“Do you really want that? Are you even hungry?”

9/10 I find myself in the cupboard out of boredom, daft I know but it happens. After reading this book it’s shown me ways to battle the boredom in a healthy way, select foods that are better for my family and myself, and if I ‘need’ a snack how and what to chose.

It’s not a diet book it’s a healthier option guide, one that has shown me how to tweak our eating plan without the family noticing too much 😉

4 APPLES

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#BlogTour #Review #LostLives by Lisa Cutts |@lisacuttsauthor @simonschusteruk @beckymccarthy_

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The unputdownable new crime novel, brimming with expert knowledge and

authenticity, from an author with over twenty years’ policing experience.

Lost Lives by LISA CUTTS

book blurb

For fans of Line of Duty and Luther

‘A shocking and all-too-believable thriller . . . Lisa Cutts knows

exactly what she’s talking about. More importantly, she

knows exactly how to tell a cracking story’ MARK BILLINGHAM

When Anna arrives in the UK, she believes it’s the start of a better life for her and her daughter. But what awaits her is more shocking than anything she could have ever imagined.

DI Harry Powell is investigating a shooting, but the victim has been scared into silence. As Harry struggles to piece together what little information he has, he stumbles upon an operation that may put countless lives across the country at risk.

As Anna’s situation grows more dangerous by the day, Harry is forced to push his overstretched team to the limits to find answers. But for one of them, will it already be too late?

meet the author

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Lisa Cutts is the author of four police procedural novels, based on her twenty-one years of

policing experience. She works as a detective constable for Kent Police and has spent over

ten years in the Serious Crime Directorate dealing mostly with murders and other serious

investigations. She has been on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book with Mariella Frostrup, part of First

Fictions festival at West Dean college, Chichester, on the inaugural panel at Brighton’s Dark

and Stormy festival, on ITV’s This Morning and at the Chiswick Book Festival. Her debut novel,

Never Forget, won the 2014 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for best thriller.

review by nicola

Hold onto your seat …… and quite possibly your stomach!

That pretty sums up this book!

It’s hard hitting, shocking, fast paced and had me cringing in at least half a dozen chapters.

This is my first read of a Lisa Cutts book and it certainly won’t be my last, that’s for sure!

The book is written as two stories that come together, Harry the officer in change of a  shooting investigation and by Anna, a Hungarian woman going to what she believes is a better life…… if only she knew! Now although I enjoyed Harry’s parts of the story I was more eager to get to Anna, what this poor woman must have felt when her dream bubble was popped is beyond imaginable 😣 beating, hunger and blackmailed at ever turn. It’s a real eye opener into what people will do and endure for what they think will be a better life.

If you love your books fast paced, gripping and with the shock factor then this is one for you, maybe just don’t read it while you eat 🤢

4 APPLES

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#Review #MissMarley by Vanessa Lafaye| @HQstories @rebeccamascull

It seems only fitting that I finish 2018 with a review of Miss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye, the cover this book is stunning! It shimmer and sparkles in the light, giving you a very festive feel before you’ve even started the book.

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book blurb

Orphans Clara and Jacob Marley live by their wits, scavenging for scraps in the poorest alleyways of London, in the shadow of the workhouse. Every night, Jake promises his little sister ‘tomorrow will be better’ and when the chance to escape poverty comes their way, he seizes it despite the terrible price.

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And so Jacob Marley is set on a path that leads to his infamous partnership with Ebenezer Scrooge. As Jacob builds a fortress of wealth to keep the world out, only Clara can warn him of the hideous fate that awaits him if he refuses to let love and kindness into his heart…

In Miss Marley, Vanessa Lafaye weaves a spellbinding Dickensian tale of ghosts, goodwill and hope – a perfect prequel to A Christmas Carol.

review by nicola

This was the perfect book to end my 2018 reviews.

A Chrismas Carol has always been a family tradition to watch at Christmas, but I always did wonder what made Scrooge so cold hearted and were the ghosts that visited him people that he used to know…. well it turns out one of them was.

Jacob Marley is the ghost in the shackles, but why is he in those shackles? So many questions, and some of those are answered by Miss Marley…… Jacob’s sister, Clara Marley.

The beginning of the story broke my heart a little. 2 small orphaned children living on the streets of London, no home, no food and no warmth, the thought of that gives me a chill right there! You can tell that Jacob will do anything, and I mean anything to protect his younger sister. Every night he makes her a promise ‘Tomorrow will be better’ this young boy lives up to his promise each and every day. You can tell the street life toughens him and over the years he seems to close himself off to everyone.

Clara on the other hand sees the good in people, always there to help. She has been the less fortunate one so when she finds herself able to help those in need she does…… much to her brothers dislike.

I enjoyed seeing how both the main characters changed over the years, in both good and bad ways. I felt that Jacob controlled his sister’s life any which way he could and that Clara always made excuses for his behaviour towards her.

This is a beautiful book, both inside and out. A story about family, friendship, and the will to survive….. no matter how many people you have to climb over to get there!

A truly brilliant read that I will be re reading every year.

The original author, Vanessa Lafaye sadly passed away before finishing the book, her friend a fellow author, Rebecca Mascull lovingly finished Miss Marley on her behalf.

5 APPLES

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#BlogBlitz #Review #Giveaway #ChristmasOnTheThames by Lauren Westwood | @lwestwoodwriter @rararesources

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Worlds collide when two strangers meet at Waterloo station. It’s a moment they’ll never forget. Perfect for the fans of Milly Johnson.

Christmas is a joyous time, but not everyone is merry and bright.

Nicola is a rising star at the top of the corporate ladder, but her personal life is a disaster. Her office affair has lost its allure, and the last thing she wants to think about is Christmas. A night of cancelled trains and festive Christmas carols at Waterloo Station is just about the last straw…

Dmitri loves conducting his pop-up choir during the festive season, meeting people, and spreading joy and cheer around London. But he carries deep secrets from his past that robbed him of his dream to become a concert pianist.

Can their hearts and souls be unlocked by music and moonlight and will they discover the healing power of love?

Amazon: goo.gl/oUbgYf

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2LX8DY9

Ibooks: Moonlight on the Thames

GooglePlay: http://bit.ly/2LUeoG9

meet the author

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Lauren Westwood writes romantic women’s fiction, and is also an award-winning children’s writer. Originally from California, she now lives in England in a pernickety old house built in 1602, with her partner and three daughters.

Social Media Links –

facebook: @Lwestwoodbooks;

twitter: @lwestwoodwriter;

web: http://www.laurenwestwoodwriter.com;

instagram: @lwestwoodwriter;

Goodreads: Lauren Westwood;

Booktrail

https://www.thebooktrail.com/book-trails/moonlight-on-the-thames/  (this is a third-party site).

Playlist

(music plays a big part in the book):
http://www.laurenwestwoodwriter.com/playlist

michelle review

This is the first book i have read from this author Lauren Westwood.

I really enjoyed this book and found it very captivating from the start. I quickly read the first few chapters and was instantly hooked.

There are a few twists and turns which are sometimes sad as well as romantic and poetic.

It is not your usual Christmas chick lit book and the characters Nicola and Dmitri are very different at the beginning, but it soon becomes apparent that they both have hidden dark secrets……

The cover to the book is very appealing and made me want to read this book and I was not disappointed.

I can’t wait to read further books from this author.

5 APPLES

 

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#BlogTour #Review #HerFinalConfession by Lisa Regan | @lisalregan @Bookouture

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Title: Her Final Confession    

Author: Lisa Regan  

Publication Day: 28th November 2018

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Watching her friend dragged away in handcuffs, Josie couldn’t believe for one second that Gretchen had killed that poor boy. Confession or not, someone else was involved. She would find out who…

When the body of a young student is found on the driveway of a local Denton home, a photograph pinned to his collar, Detective Josie Quinn is first on the scene. The house belongs to Gretchen Palmer, a dedicated member of Josie’s team, missing for the last twenty-four hours.

Working around the clock, Josie is stopped in her tracks when Gretchen hands herself in to the police. She knows that there’s no way Gretchen could ever be a killer, so why would she confess to a murder she didn’t commit? 

Digging deep into Gretchen’s secretive life, Josie uncovers a link between the boy, the photograph and a devastating case in Gretchen’s past. But just when Josie thinks she has it all figured out, the bodies of a young couple surface on the other side of town. Can Josie get to the truth in time to save her friend from a life in prison or certain death? 

Absolutely gripping, this unputdownable crime thriller from a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author will leave you gasping for breath. A perfect read for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine. 

buy links

Amazon: http://geni.us/B07H2ML6LBSocial

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Kobo: https://tinyurl.com/y88crqqx

Googleplay: https://tinyurl.com/y8mm3pm5

meet the author

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Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com

social links

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Lisa-Regan-189735444395923/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Lisalregan

WEBSITE: www.lisaregan.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6443334.Lisa_Regan

review by nicola

A year ago this month I was introduced to Bookouture’s newest author, Lisa Regan. Her 1st book, Vanishing Girls  (review can be found on the blog) blew my mind and a year later book number 4 has just destroyed my reading mind!!

When I’m invited to read a book by Lisa I know what I’m letting myself into…. Her Final Confession was above and beyond what I was expecting.

When Gretchen was brought into the series I was hoping we would get a story that was more focused on her and her back story, she a bit of a closed character (which I liked) but I wasn’t expecting a body on her drive way and I was definitely not expecting the whirlwind story that was within these pages!!

Having read the whole series I knew I was in for some late nights (ok 2 nights as i couldn’t put it down) plenty of gasps and shock plot moves and a handful on no…..no…..NOOOOO! moments. I’ve  loved Joise from the start, she knows how to take her punches and deals with them like a pro. I was a tad worried how she would handle this plot, especially as it’s one of her team in the frame, but she didn’t let me down.

The pace of this story never let up, I was eager to find out what was in the next chapter and kept telling myself

‘one more chapter then put it down’

That never happened as the chapters always seemed to end on a high and I needed to know what was happening next.

This book left me in the same state as the first book, utter shock, absolutely hooked and wanting more. If you love your stories with a full plot, characters that you learn to love and bond with and a story that leaves you with you jaw on the ground, Lisa’s books are for you!

5 APPLES

Now I ask, when’s book 5 out?! Let’s hope it’s not too long of a wait. In the mean time, follow the tour and find out what others thought of Her Final Confession.

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#BlogTour #Review #TheTruthWaits by Susanna Beard | @susannabeard25 @Legend_Press

 

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The Truth Waits by Susanna Beard  Legend Press  November 1st 2018

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Anna has everything worked out – a successful company, all the comforts she needs and no ties. But when she stumbles across the body of a young girl on a deserted beach in Lithuania, everything changes.

Anna is compelled to uncover the story behind the tragedy, despite concern from her partner, Will. Everything points towards sex trafficking, but as she searches, her own deepest secrets start to surface.

When Will disappears without a trace, Anna is pulled further into the murky world of organised crime. Time is running out for them all, and there’s a killer out there who will stop at nothing.

Beard enthrals the reader in this fast-paced psychological crime thriller. Anna serves as the perfect power-house protagonist, her daring escapades leaving the reader questioning: how far should one go to solve a murder?

meet the author

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Susanna is a psychological crime writer who lives in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Her day job in PR both demands and celebrates writing and she’s helped promote everything from websites to wine. She writes every day, all the time: news, articles, speeches, websites, blogs – and now novels.

She likes dark, contemplative stories with a twist; she’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships and the impact of insignificant events on people’s lives.

Susanna started writing fiction after attending a course at the Faber Academy. Other passions include her dogs, who keep her grounded, and tennis, which clears her brain of pretty much everything.

Visit Susanna’s website: www.susannabeard.com and follow her on Twitter at @susannabeard25

review by nicola

***Before we start I want to mention that this book covers the sex trafficking trade.***

This is my first time venturing onto a Susanna Beard book, the blurb grabbed me instantly And the fact that a body is discovered within the first few chapters is a winner for me!

The story starts off with Anna, stranded in Lithuania thanks to an Ash cloud, a walk along the beach and her whole world stops as she discovers a body of a young teenage girl! How she kept it together is beyond me, she answers the police questions and even socialised at the bar that night…… Me, is be a wreck. At this point I knew I’d like Anna, not all the cards on the table character (I liked that).

For me I enjoy a fast paced book, this one was a bit slower than I’m used to and I felt I was rushing along trying to find out what was happening, so I found myself having to go back and pick up the bits that I missed (totally my fault, I’m just and eager reader).

I loved the plot, the destinations, and little shudders I got from peeking into the sex trafficking trade.

4 APPLES

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Many thanks to Legend Press for my advance copy.

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#BlogTour #Review #SnowflakesAtLavenderBay by Sarah Bennett |@Sarahlou_writes @HQDigitalUK

Before we start can I just say

LOOK AT THAT SNOWY COVER!!

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The most wonderful time of the year…

Libby Stone has lived in Lavender Bay all her life. She loves the little seaside town and has big dreams to turn her father’s greasy old chippy into a dainty teashop – not that she’s told him yet!

Finding love isn’t easy amongst the cluster of coastal houses, but it’s not every day that someone quite as handsome and mysterious as Owen Coburn walks into the local pub.

And as the snowflakes begin to swirl on the promenade, Libby realises she’s falling for him. But Owen has been keeping a secret that could destroy everything…

Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.

Book 1: Spring at Lavender Bay

Book 2: Summer at Lavender Bay

Book 3: Snowflakes at Lavender Bay

Pre-Order your copy today

https://t.co/mfgjolrQeP

meet the author

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Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

You can connect with her via twitter @Sarahlou_writes or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SarahBennettAuthor

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and the forthcoming Bluebell Castle trilogies, published by HQ Digital UK.

review by nicola

This is the second book of Sarah’s that I have read this year, I came across her books by sheer chance (and a book win from HQ) after falling I love with Butterfly Cove I knew I had to get myself on the tour for Lavender Bay!

The main focus of the story is about Owen and Libby. Owen *sigh* 😍 loaded, arrogant and keeps everyone at an arms length….. until he arrives in the bay, then he turns into this person who goes out of his way to help and please everyone.

I LOVE him!!

He’s like a 2 sided coin,

In London he’s this self made, confident company owner, yet when he steps foot into the bay he turns into this unsure, second guessing himself, broken guy.

After reading his reasons for first coming to the bay I knew I’d be gripped with this book. Watching him struggle to not only learn to accept himself for who he was but to actually let people into his life without him pushing them away….. agh! #GutWrenching

As for Libby, I had a love/hate feeling for her. One minute I was all for the, the next I wanted to shake her and yell

MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!

These two are like two peas in a pod! So alike yet so different! Thank the Lord for their friends and guiding them together (especially for Libby)

I guessed where Sarah was taking our two main characters (little high 5 to me!) And I absolutely loved the letters to KB….  yep….. I cried! More so about the letter from KB.

If you love your books with a feel good story line, characters you both love yet was to shout at, and a totally mushy feel then this book, or series is just for you!

5 APPLES

And just look at that book sparkle in the snow 😍 that alone should make you want it!

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Massive thanks to HQ Digital for allowing me to join this tour and to the author, Sarah Bennett for writing such a heart warming story that even thawed this bloggers usual thriller loving heart!

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