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Set Fire to your Life : Love after Love by Alex Hourston @alex_hourston @FaberBooks

Review time! Now that I am back at university, I should get a little more reading and writing done! Today, a seemingly tranquil story…

love after love.jpgTitle: Love after Love
Author: Alex Hourston
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Date of publication: 1st March 2018
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

Nancy Jansen is the beating heart of her family.

She is the centre around whom many lives turn.






But Nancy has a new role:


Everybody can be happy, Nancy believes, so long as they can be kept apart.

But when these lives start to overlap, collision becomes inevitable, with consequences for all…

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Fit For Duty: Call to Arms GIVEAWAY! @RachelAmphlett #favoriteseries #TheKayMystery

This must be one of my favorite posts to write. Do you know why? Because today, I get to share the love, my love for one of the best written series I have ever picked up, thanks to its wonderful author, the fabulous Rachel Amphlett!

call to armsTitle: Call to Arms, The fifth book in the Kay Hunter series!
Author: Rachel Amphlett
Publisher: Saxon Publishing
Date of publication: 11th March 2018
Source: author ( will never thank you enough!)
Rating: HAVEN’T READ IT… YET!!!!!!!!! Yes, it is pure torture to have the ebook waiting for me on my Kindle.

Loyalty has a price.

Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of one of the country’s most evil serial killers.

Returning to work after an enforced absence to recover, she discovers she wasn’t the only victim of that investigation.

DI Devon Sharp remains suspended from duties, and the team is in turmoil.

Determined to prove herself once more and clear his name, Kay undertakes to solve a cold case that links Sharp to his accuser.

But, as she gets closer to the truth, she realises her enquiries could do more harm than good.

Torn between protecting her mentor and finding out the truth, the consequences of Kay’s enquiries will reach far beyond her new role…

Call to Arms is a gripping murder mystery, and the fifth in the Detective Kay Hunter series.

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Look Up: Love among the Treetops by Catherine Ferguson @_cathferguson @Sabah_K @AvonBooksUK

Hello! I was going to rant about WordPress when it failed to publish my post and go crazy on the laptop, but this cover is calming and reminds me spring should be with us soon… So, I apologize for the delay, and enjoy this extract from Love among the Treetops from the one and only Catherine Ferguson!

I’d like to thank the lovely Sabah for inviting me to be part of the tour and for spreading the colorful book love!

love treetopsTitle: Love among the Treetops
Author: Catherine Ferguson
Publisher: Avon Books
Date of publication: 8th March 2018
Source: Publisher

Can love flourish amongst the tree tops?

When pastry chef Twilight Wilson was a young girl, she would hide from school bullies up in the treehouse at the bottom of her garden in her family home in Sussex. It was her special place, and even as an adult she still loves it.

So when her family tell her they can’t afford to live there any more, Twilight is devastated. Not only will they lose their home – but the treehouse too!

She comes up with a plan to save the family home – she’ll start up a cafe in the treehouse! It’s a brilliant idea, and excitement builds as she starts planning the menus, with the help of Theo – a rather attractive man from the gym. But when former school bully Lucy finds out the plan, she starts plotting – and opens her own rival cafe in the village!

Can Twilight save her family home? Will her friendship with Theo ever be anything more? And who will win the cafe wars?

Catherine Ferguson is back in this hilarious, heart-warming read perfect for summer.

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Dig Deeper: Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes Review and Extract #BlogTour

I have been waiting for this day! I am very excited to share both an extract and my review of Silent Victim by the brilliantly talented Caroline Mitchell!

This unbiased review is my thank you to the publisher and to Charlotte Cooper for inviting me to be part of this tour!

silent victim.jpgTitle: Silent Victim
Author: Caroline Mitchell
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Date of publication: 1st March 2018
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: Publisher
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Emma has it all. A beautiful son, a loving husband and a dream job. Life only seem to get better when her husband, Alex, is offered a promotion and plans to move his young family to a new home. But Emma has a terrifying secret. In her back garden lies the body of a school teacher who seduced her as a teenager and Emma is responsible for it being there. Knowing she cannot leave without disposing of the body, Emma returns to original place to rid herself of it once and for, only to discovers it gone. Panic and terror lead to a confession of the crime to her husband, who promises to stand by her no matter what.

But Emma’s revelation shakes them to the core. As the idyllic life they once led becomes unhinged, soon both find themselves tangled in a web of deceit and as a chain reaction of events take place, their perfect existence begins to implode. Splitting the story between three voices, Caroline draws on her police officer experience to present the complex and blurred lines between victim and predator, innocence and guilt, and deceit and protection.

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You Can’t Escape What You Did: I Know Where You Live by Pat Young @py321_young @Bloodhoundbook

Two reviews in one day, it’s a busy Saturday on the blog!

Thank you to Sarah Hardy for inviting me to be part of this blog tour!

I know where you live.jpgTitle: I Know Where You Live
Author: Pat Young
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Date of publication: March 2018
Format: Digital Review Copy
Source: Publisher
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Penny believes she’s being watched. Yet no one should know where she lives. 
Penny seizes the chance of a new life for her family when her husband is offered a job in Europe. 
At the airport they meet charming Sophie, fluent in French and looking for work as an au pair.
Penny, struggling to cope in France, offers Sophie a job and she soon becomes an important part of the family’s life. But Sophie is hiding something. 
Then Penny’s toddler son, Ethan, is abducted and an international hunt for the child begins.
The police beg Penny and her husband to take part in a television appeal but the couple refuse. Unknown to the police, Penny and Seth have new identities and are determined to lay low and protect them. But it may be too late for that. 
Who has taken Ethan and why?
Are the couple’s true identities linked to the abduction?  
And who has been watching them?  
To save her son Penny may have to put her own life on the line.

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Sea Sick or Life Sick? We Were the Salt of the Sea by Roxanne Bouchard @OrendaBooks @RBouchard72

You can’t see it but as I am typing this, I am doing a happy dance. It has been a little while since my last Orenda read and oh my, had I missed it! (Yes, February 22nd was a long time ago!)

As usual, thank you to the delight that is Anne Cater for including me into the blog tour team, and to Karen Sullivan for being her awesome self. This review is unbiased and my sole opinion.

A French version of this review will be available soon! Details might differ as I experience stories differently depending on the language!

we wereTitle: We Were the Salt of the Sea
Author: Roxanne Bouchard
Translator: David Warriner
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: March 2018
Format: Uncorrected proof
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 276
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ and a half!

As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman dredges up in a fisherman’s nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man’s heart in knots. Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he’s thrown into the deep end of the investigation. On Quebec’s outlying Gaspé Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen’s wharves. Interviews drift into idle chit-chat, evidence floats off with the tide and the truth lingers in murky waters. It’s enough to make DS Morales reach straight for a large whisky… Both a dark and consuming crime thriller and a lyrical, poetic ode to the sea, We Were the Salt of the Sea is a stunning, page-turning novel, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

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Why It’s Okay to Leave our Book Blogger Super Hero Costume in the Wardrobe!

When I started blogging, I was looking for something to keep myself busy. I was stuck at home. My life was about getting up, watch hours tick by, and go to bed. I was going crazy and needed to find a way to use my brain. Books came back into my life, and the strange idea I could share my feelings about stories and someone might actually read about them began to appear.

Two years and two months later, my life has completely changed. I go out every day, I resumed my studies, I found new friends online and in real life, and I even got a job. The endless hours I had to blog and share the love has awfully dwindled.

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Lazy Saturday Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen


From LipsyyI started doing ‘lazy Saturday reviews’ as a way of getting reviews done in just 30 mins, and they proved to be quite popular. They are quick and snappy, and concentrate less on the plot (or content) and writing and more on my overall feelings about said book. They generally end up being a bit of a rant. My fave!

the wife between usTitle: The Wife between Us
Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: Macmillan
Date of publication: 2018
Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 346
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.

You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.

Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

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Fate or Luck: The Karma Farmers by Pierre Hollins

Hello! Today on the blog, we discuss… The Karma Farmers and everything you can find between the pages of this book! Thanks a lot to the lovely Anne Cater for inviting me to be part of the blog tour!

the karma farmers

Title: The Karma Farmers
Author: Pierre Hollis
Publisher: Unbound Publishing
Date of publication: 2017
Format: e-copy
Source: Blog Tour Operator! (love saying this)
Number of pages: 368

Bradley Holmeson a thirty-something bookshop manager, is attempting to cure hisexistential dilemma with quantum physics. A reluctant philosopher embroiled in an occult experiment, he meets the violent, the obsessed and the dangerously misguided, armed only with his defensive sarcasm – all to win back the woman he loves.

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What’s Your Favorite Color: Blue Night by Simone Buchholz @OrendaBooks

It’s a blue kind of Thursday and a very special trip to Germany today on the blog!

Thank you to Anne Cater and Karen Sullivan for picking me up for the drive! This review is my thank you to them and the author.

Blue Night cover finalTitle: Blue Night
Author: Simone Buchholz
Translator: Rachel Ward
Publisher: Orenda Books
Date of publication: 9th Feb 2018
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Number of pages: 276
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ and a half

After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in. Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs. When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived… Fresh, fiendishly fast-paced and full of devious twists and all the hard-boiled poetry and acerbic wit of the best noir, Blue Night marks the stunning start of a brilliant new crime series, from one of Germany’s bestselling authors.

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