The Unexpected Inlander by Kellyn Thompson @AuthorKellyn #review #sci-fi #adventure #lovestory #TheUnexpectedInlander

They were never supposed to happen to each other.

A love such as theirs was never supposed to endure, not in the highly controlled society of The Sectors.

Yet, a chance encounter at dinner led to breakfast at a diner down the road. They each thought they had found their perfect soulmate, but neither could have imagined the awful truth they would face.

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Agent Christopher Rockford has been the best assassin in the agency for eight years, and he loves his job. He loves his solitary lifestyle. He loves keeping the world safe by getting rid of anarchists who threaten their orderly society. He loves his comfortable life as a member of the wealthy Coastal upper class.

But in pursuit of a target, he meets Jenna, a mysterious civilian who belongs to society’s lowest and most shunned group. Meeting her is a life-changing experience. She makes him feel for the first time, and he is instantly captivated.

She boldly stands in the face of everything he has ever known and was taught to believe. He begins to see the world through her eyes, causing him to question his job, his lifestyle, and The Order he so obediently serves. It’s not long before he can’t imagine his life without her.

There’s just one problem: He knows she would leave him if she ever found out about his job. He knows this because he asked her how she felt about assassins in their government, and she was utterly disgusted with the idea, even though she believes their existence is just a myth.

As their relationship grows and intensifies, he knows he cannot keep the truth from her for long.

But Jenna has her own secrets to keep.

Set in an orderly world of near-perfect surveillance, genetically modified humans, and extreme socioeconomic divide, The Unexpected Inlander will take you through Chris’s journey of self-discovery and learning that change begins within.

My review

With thanks to Kellyn for sending me an arc copy to review, I regret not making time for this amazing book, to the point the Kellyn sent me her final revised copy recently! I promised to review by the end of May and I am very glad I do so – it is an amazing adventure, with a mix of everything you would expect from a fabulous writer!

The scene is set with Chris Rockford – the assassin, on one of his missions to eliminate a family that caused mayhem and destruction in this modern day world, of modifeds and purebreds.

When Chris completes his mission the intricate ways of thought patterns on how to complete the mission, along with any alternatives should things not go to plan, I thought were very well written. Being a fan of the classic 007, I thought Chris’ methods were clear and thrilling to read, bringing depth and character to the scenes portrayed, they were clean and not gory.

The whole process of The Order and the government that hold secure the information and the missions that require completing was only slightly mentioned, which I felt was perfect to understand what they were about, you read about the different areas in the New World where people lived, what they were like and how different they were. Depending on if your parents chose for you to be a modified at birth. The restrictions were clear to see, the way people were treated and the way you lived depended on the area where you were, which also dictated your life style. This was awful to see how if you didn’t choose the new way the government had told you to live, then you didn’t receive any benefits, unless you had enough money to pay your way through it. However, it was fascinating seeing how things could be should this be our future!

The storyline was cleverly written to include this new way of living, the science behind it, how people lived and how it was governed, along with an unexpected love story.

The love story part of this book I really enjoyed reading about, how Chris and Jenna meet, what their relationship was about, how they got to know each other, giving time to their relationship I thought was perfect. Their surroundings described sympathetically, providing atmosphere to the characters and what they were feeling.

As the story turns and twists into a new area of concern, I did suspect where it was going and I was right to feel something wasn’t going to go well. As suspicions and feelings of the unknown become clear, there is something that Chris must explain to Jenna. They both know what is about to be said. This is also well described, a disagreement with passion and what I like most about this and other conversations within the book, is that they are not long drawn out, it comes straight to the point, so you can move onto the next part of their adventure!

I really enjoyed reading this book, it has depth to the characters and the surroundings feel real. It was easy to read and the flow of the story was easy to follow and understand. It also has a good mix of different parts of the story, that come together really well especially in the end. With viewpoints from Chris and Jenna throughout and what they are thinking and feeling, you are not left wondering what the other may be thinking or going through.

I would definitely recommend this book, I enjoyed it from start to finish, a very speedy read!

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The Strange Book of Jacob Boyce by Tom Gillespie @tom_gillespie @lovebooksgroup #bookblitz #secrets

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A spiralling obsession. A missing wife. A terrifying secret. Will he find her before it’s too late?

When Dr Jacob Boyce’s wife goes missing, the police put it down to a simple marital dispute. Jacob, however, fears something darker. Following her trail to Spain, he becomes convinced that Ella’s disappearance is tied to a mysterious painting whose hidden geometric and numerical riddles he’s been obsessively trying to solve for months. Obscure, hallucinogenic clues, and bizarre, larger-than-life characters, guide an increasingly unhinged Jacob through a nightmarish Spanish landscape to an art forger’s studio in Madrid, where he comes face-to-face with a centuries-old horror, and the terrifying, mind-bending, truth about his wife.

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About the author

Tom Gillespie grew up in a small town just outside Glasgow. After completing a Masters in English at Glasgow University, he spent the next ten years pursuing a musical career as a singer/songwriter, playing, recording and touring the UK and Europe with his band. He now lives in Bath with his wife, daughter and hyper-neurotic cat, where he works at the university as an English lecturer. Tom writes long and short stories. His stories have appeared in many magazines, journals and e-zines. He is co-author of Glass Work Humans-an anthology of stories and poems, published by Valley Press. Visit Tom at tom-gillespie.com

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik @naominovik @panmacmillan @JamiedoesPR #SpinningSilver #enchanting #heroine #winter

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Will dark magic claim their home?

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s too kind-hearted to collect his debts. They face poverty, until Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work in their village. Her success creates rumours she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge – and if she fails, she’ll die. Yet if she triumphs, it may mean a fate worse than death. And in her desperate efforts to succeed, Miryem unwittingly spins a web which draws in the unhappy daughter of a lord.

Irina’s father schemes to wed her to the tsar – he will pay any price to achieve this goal. However, the dashing tsar is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of mortals and winter alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and Irina embark on a quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power and love.

As with her standalone novel Uprooted, Naomi Novik has once again been influenced by classic folktales. Taking Rumpelstiltskin as her starting point, Spinning Silver is a rich, multilayered new story which is a joy to read.

My review

With thanks to Jamie-Lee for providing me with a wonderful hard copy to review, only my apologies it has taken so long – it was a glorious read!

I knew from the synopsis that it had a basis around the classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin, so I was little dubious of the content. However, I was far from wrong feeling that this would not bring a new and interesting twist to this classic – it certainly did!

With the classic heroine of the story Miryem, a money-lenders daughter that learnt very quickly to grow up and become one of the best money collectors around, until she became too good!

With Miryem doing so well in collection of silver, her parents find some footprints that have been found in the snow behind their home. The worry continues until one day the Winter fairy King himself arrives on her doorstep to give her a challenge, of turning his silver in gold, something that the winter fairy people treasure most. She must take on this challenge or die, however if she succeeds then another challenge arises – what will she do!?

Miryem is strong willed, she pushes people and knows what she wants, this does her good and her family, however they worry how far she may go and how it could affect them as a family!

The story is very well written with the weather and living conditions, being quite harsh, at points you can feel the chill that the story provides. Giving the reader a very in-depth insight into the surroundings of the villages and the characters within the story – good and bad!

As the challenge continues for the change of fairy silver into gold, there is something very special about the fairy silver that is not seen at the beginning, only when it is transformed into something special and worn by a certain person, do the magical powers show. I really enjoyed reading about how the magical powers developed and engrossed people around.

I must admit I had a soft spot for the Winter Fairy King, he had a naturally expected harsh and bitter character, however the more you read and get to know his mannerisms, there was something to warm to.

Irina is due to wed the tsar, however he has his own very deadly secrets, they knew each other as children, although something seems very odd as he has grown into a man. Only once they are wed, does Irina see where she must avoid her own future becoming full of risks.

The story has lots going on, from different families and how they become in contact with Miryem, all with their own challenges. You will also learn more about the winter magic and how it can play with the people it engulfs, in some cases risks that must not be taken, due to the consequences.

As the story unravels there is a point where things come together and there is a time element to resolve the problems, before it is too late! Will winter take over or is there something else that is even more consuming!?

This is a fascinating read, with magic, love, and suspense on what could happen next to the livelihoods of those living in the villages, will the winter never end!

After such a huge book to read and be engrossed in, I really appreciated the ending, it gave a wonderful ending to a classic story, with so many new avenues and levels, it was a story of its very own.

I would definitely recommend reading this, you can purchase it here from Amazon.

Just Like the Other Girls by Claire Douglas @DougieClaire @MichaelJBooks #review #suspicion #gripping #mystery

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The nail-biting new novel from the Sunday Times bestseller author of Do Not Disturb, Claire Douglas

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Una Richardson is devastated after the death of her mother. Hoping for a fresh start, she responds to an advertisement and steps into the rich, comforting world of elderly Mrs Elspeth McKenzie.

But Elspeth’s home is not as safe as it seems.

Kathryn, her cold and bitter daughter, resents Una’s presence. More disturbing is the evidence suggesting two girls lived here before.

What happened to them?

Why will the McKenzies not talk about them?

As the walls close in around her, Una fears she’ll end up just like the other girls.

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My review

With thanks to Sophie Shaw from Penguin Random House, for sending me a link to download the new novel from Claire Douglas. I have enjoyed Claire’s books from the beginning, after reading all her books, I was looking forward to reading this one too, she has never let me down with gripping, twisted storylines to keep you guessing right up to the end!

The story bounces from various characters and times in their lives, so you can get a different viewpoint from what is going on, what they are thinking and why they do certain things. These are very well written and at some points, a red herring is placed, to make you think otherwise of who is causing so much harm!

This book starts straight away with the ‘suicide’ on the unnerving and creepy Suspension Bridge not far from the home of Elspeth McKenzie. Elspeth is an old and fragile lady. After a fall down the stairs, she prefers to have living in help, even though she has a daughter that dotes on her- she has specific requirements on who she hires!

The story has various characters, from Elspeth and her daughter – Kathryn, to the beloved and bustling cook – Aggie, who at times can say more than intended.

The story dips into how Kathryn and her husband Ed have their own problems, with their two boys and how she feels resentful of how she was treated as a child.

When Una joins the family after having her own family upset, she feels like this is a new beginning where her and her best friend Courtney, can plan ahead to travel the world.

Things start to unravel as Una finds out she is not the only girl that has been a lived in career, to Elspeth. The other girls have a similar resemblance to her, they have come to an end that is starting to cause suspicion. But who is involved, could it really be Elspeth and/or her daughter Kathryn!? Some of the things they both do, definitely give you the creeps – it reminded a little bit like psycho!

The story has many other characters that join in to investigate and ask questions, a family member turns up to find out more, which turns into a race against time, but is Una in danger, who keeps following her!?

This is when the story takes a huge change that I was not expecting, (a classic from Claire!) it made me think twice about who I suspected and where the story was going to go.

As the past comes hurtling into the future, the twists of family hatred, confusion and the family history brings the story to a close, answering so many questions in such a powerful way!

This is another brilliant book from Claire, that I had started one day and finished the next – keeping me gripped right up to the very end!

I would absolutely recommend this book, pre-order it now here from Amazon. While you’re waiting for this to be released in August 2020, have a look at her other titles.

Then She Vanishes here at Amazon.

My favourite – Do Not Disturb – here at Amazon

Here’s the link to all her books on Amazon.

Fatal Longevity by A.D. Pascal @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #blogtour #content

Five people at the height of their success die suddenly in different parts of the world. A villa in Portofino and a terrace in Capri, both in Italy. A flight to Singapore. A beach in Santorini, Greece. A luxury resort on the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean. All five are filed as “death by natural causes”. No doubts, no links. But an intelligence analyst and his television journalist girlfriend suspect there is a connection. And follow a trail of unusual coincidences. Meanwhile, a brilliant businessman chases a dream: prolonging human life to over 150 years. And in perfect health. An ambitious goal. That entices the billionaires club: the privileged few who own over half of the world’s wealth. The human mind possesses hidden talents. You just need to know how to make the most of them. But longevity can prove fatal.

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Vil a Genius was built at the beginning of the twentieth century. A liberty style building, it was a jewel of Italian architecture. The design, floors, ceilings, decorations, furniture and furnishings all reflecting the period’s “zeitgeist”. The original owner had hired Gino Coppedè, one of the most famous Italian architects of the time, to create his home. Everything had been studied in meticulous detail, the aim being to create both a welcoming environment and something that would surprise visiting guests. Beauty and originality. Style and exclusivity.

The nearby town of Santa Margherita was already popular with wealthy British aristocrats and then became the catalyst for development in the surrounding area. Spreading out into Portofino was the obvious choice for the more discerning tourist.

Several more vil as were eventually built in the Portofino area.

Tunnels were excavated from the centre of the village at great cost, allowing easy access to the villas on the headland. Just one tunnel was made at first. But due to the competitive nature, or pure jealousy, of the owners, many more followed. Each tunnel was then fitted with a lift.

The lift up to Villa Genius was not just functional, it was close to luxurious. Passengers could even sit on a comfortable sofa.

The first owner of Villa Genius was a wealthy Italian businessman whose fortune came from silk production. A member of the “nouveau riche”, he was intent on joining the old money. The rich aristocrats. But he was somewhat presumptuous when naming his residence. The name “Villa Genius” was often frowned upon by the other residents of Portofino. And, unfortunately, business acumen is not hereditary. His children and grandchildren all lived well beyond their means, frittering away the family fortune.

By the time Günther Fischer bought the house, about five years before that Sunday in June, it had laid in disarray for quite some time. Günther needed to invest an enormous amount to return Villa Genius to its former glory. Fortunately, being at the height of his entrepreneurial success, money was not a problem.

The result of many years of hard work.

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About the Author 

A.D. Pascal is an Italian writer. He lives in Milan. After graduating, he started his career as an economic journalist. Then worked as a marketing manager for multinationals.

He wrote several books on management as a ghostwriter.

 In his own words

 “Writing has always been my passion and the base of my activities. My purpose was to present facts and figures in a stimulating way.

Later, I realized that I would also be able to create exciting works of fiction.

‘Fatal Longevity’ is the first of a series of books I am working on. They will all combine real events with just a pinch of imagination”.

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Fatal Longevity

Carrion by Graeme Cumming @GraemeCumming63 @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #bookblitz #Carrion

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A sheet of black filled his vision as hundreds of birds dived at the cottage, pointed beaks thrust forward. From this angle, he couldn’t see many of them striking it, but the few he did see held nothing back as they hammered into the shutter. The scale of the attack was beyond anything he’d seen or heard of. And bloodied casualties littered the ground: skulls shattered, wings broken, innards spilling from them. The fact that so many of them continued with the onslaught in spite of this filled him with even more dread.

Salin has always wanted an adventure and, when the opportunity presents itself, he grabs it with both hands, taking his friends along for the ride – whether they want to or not.

With strange lands come strange creatures that stand between them and their goal. And that goal is the same for someone else, a man who believes the prize is worth every sacrifice – especially when the sacrifices are made by others.

The future is about to change. But who for?

Publication Date 9th May 

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About the Author

Graeme Cumming lives in Robin Hood country, and has spent most of his life immersed in fiction – books, TV, movies – turning to writing his own during his early teens.

With his interests in story-telling sparked by an excessive amount of time sitting in front of a black and white television, his tastes are varied.  Influences ranged from the Irwin Allen shows (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, etc.) to ITC series (The Saint, The Champions, Randall and Hopkirk (deceased) and so many more), so the common theme was action and adventure, but crossed into territories including horror, fantasy and science fiction as well as crime and espionage.

 This diverse interest in fiction continued with his reading and his discovery of the magical world of cinema.  As a result, his stories don’t always fall into a specific genre, but will always maintain the style of a thriller.

When not writing, Graeme is an enthusiastic sailor (and, by default, swimmer), and enjoys off-road cycling and walking.  He is currently Education Director at Sheffield Speakers Club.  Oh yes, and he reads (a lot) and loves the cinema.

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The Inheritance by Anne Allen @AnneAllen21 @lovebooksgroup #content #KindleOffer

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The Inheritance by Anne Allen is one year old. To celebrate all the seven books in The Guernsey Novel series will only be £1.99 on Kindle for a limited time. Each of the books can be read as a standalone too.

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How close were Victor Hugo and his copyist?

1862 Young widow Eugénie faces an uncertain future in Guernsey. A further tragedy brings her to the attention of Monsieur Victor Hugo, living in exile on the island only yards away from Eugénie’s home. Their meeting changes her life and she becomes his copyist, forming a strong friendship with both Hugo and his mistress, Juliette Drouet.

2012 Dr Tess Le Prevost, Guernsey-born but living in England, is shocked to inherit her Great-Aunt’s house on the island. As a child, she was entranced by Doris’s tales of their ancestor, Eugénie, whose house this once was, and her close relationship with Hugo. Was he the real father of her child? Returning to the island gives Tess a fresh start and a chance to unlock family secrets.

Will she discover the truth about Eugénie and Hugo? A surprise find may hold the answer as Tess embraces new challenges which test her strength – and her heart.

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Chapter one

Eugénie’s Diary – Guernsey March 1862

My heart is so full of grief and my body so burdened by pain that I find it hard to write of the events of the past few days. But I must try.

The day that was to change my life began with no hint of what was to occur. I rose late after another fitful night and dressed reluctantly in my newly acquired widow’s weeds. The black made my skin appear even paler than normal and when I caught a glimpse of myself in the bedroom mirror, I drew back in shock at the change in my appearance. Not quite nineteen, I looked, and felt, like an old crone. I forced myself to walk down to the bustling market to buy provisions; the stalls of winter vegetables, meat and fish providing splashes of colour against the granite walls. I caught pitying looks from those who would normally have nodded or spoken a greeting. It seemed young widows were objects of pity, to be shunned rather than embraced and consoled. Not lingering over my shopping, as once I would have done, I dragged myself back up Horn Street and into Hauteville, keeping my eyes averted from passers-by. There was only so much pity a person could stand.

My luncheon was meagre; bread and cheese and an apple. I ate only for my child’s sake, not mine. The house was colder than it was outside as I had not the strength to replenish the fires in the kitchen and parlour. The view of the white-capped waves crashing onto the shore of Havelet Bay was an added torment and I trailed upstairs to our – my – bedroom and huddled under the blankets for warmth and comfort. After a short rest I felt somewhat stronger and decided a walk might warm my body and offer sustenance to my heavy heart. Wrapping an extra shawl around me I ventured out to take what had been my favourite walk to Fermain Bay. The joy I used to feel on striding out was replaced by an unutterable sadness as I considered how I was to survive without my beloved husband.

I had not walked far when a vicious pain rippled through my body, causing me to double over and cry out. It was nothing like any pain I had experienced before but I knew with dreadful certainty what was happening. As I leaned against a tree to stop myself falling to my knees I became aware of an open carriage pulling to a stop and a woman calling to me.

‘M’dame, are you hurt? Can we help?’

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Book Six of The Guernsey Novels is another dual-time story set during the German Occupation and present-day Guernsey and is likely to appeal particularly to fans of the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Treachery and theft lead to death – and love

1940. Teresa Bichard and her baby are sent by her beloved husband, Leo, to England as the Germans draw closer to Guernsey. Days later they invade…

1942. Leo, of Jewish descent, is betrayed to the Germans and is sent to a concentration camp, never to return.

1945. Teresa returns to find Leo did not survive and the family’s valuable art collection, including a Renoir, is missing. Heartbroken, she returns to England.

2011. Nigel and his twin Fiona, buy a long-established antique shop in Guernsey and during a refit, find a hidden stash of paintings, including what appears to be a Renoir. Days later, Fiona finds Nigel dead, an apparent suicide. Refusing to accept the verdict, a distraught Fiona employs a detective to help her discover the truth…

Searching for the rightful owner of the painting brings Fiona close to someone who opens a chink in her broken heart. Can she answer some crucial questions before laying her brother’s ghost to rest?

Who betrayed Leo?

Who knew about the stolen Renoir?

And are they prepared to kill – again?

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The fifth of The Guernsey Novels, Echoes of Time is a dual-time story set in the German Occupation and present-day Guernsey and is likely to appeal to fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Betrayal, injustice and revenge echo down the years…

1940. Olive marries farmer Bill Falla. The Germans occupy Guernsey.

All too soon Olive realises she has made a mistake. Her life changes when she meets Wolfgang, a German officer-however there’s a price to pay. . .

2010. Natalie Ogier returns to Guernsey to escape an abusive relationship – only to be plagued by odd happenings in her beautiful cottage on the site of a derelict and secluded farm. Disturbing dreams, disembodied voices and uncanny visions from the past. She becomes increasingly ill at ease as someone else’s past catches up with her own…

Her only immediate neighbour, Stuart, is the grandson of the original owners, Bill and Olive.

Thrown together in a bid to find out what happened to Olive, can they each survive the repercussions of the past and move on?

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The fourth of The Guernsey Novels, covering both contemporary Guernsey and the time of the Occupation. Likely to appeal to fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

One family, divided by death – and money

Andy Batiste, at loggerheads with his degenerate cousin, seeks to discover the truth of his family history. Why was his pregnant grandmother forced to flee to France? What really happened to her husband during the German Occupation, sixty years ago? Who accused Edmund, the elder son and Batiste heir, of being an informer? Was he really a traitor – and who murdered him?

With Edmund’s brother Harold now head of the family, enjoying the wealth which ought to have come to Andy’s father, the family is forever divided. Andy yearns to clear Edmund’s name and restore his father to his rightful inheritance.

Andy is introduced to Charlotte Townsend, newly divorced, lonely and struggling with writer’s block and the consuming threat of impending loss. They meet when she returns for healing at Guernsey’s natural health centre, La Folie, and Charlotte becomes involved in Andy’s family history.

Together they embark on a hunt for the truth…

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The third in The Guernsey Novels series, likely to appeal to fans of the best-selling book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Two violent deaths. Separated by time, but with a fatal connection…

A man loses his father. A young woman loses her mother. Both in tragic circumstances that lead, when they meet, to surprising revelations from the past.

Louisa needs to find the father she has never known, to warn him of possible danger – for them both. Her search takes her from England to Guernsey. Malcolm’s journey is more complicated: conceived in Guernsey, his bereaved mother emigrates with him to Canada. Many years later he arrives in India, and from here he is led back to Guernsey to open a health centre at La Folie. This was his father’s home and where he was killed at the start of the Second World War.

At the heart of the two deaths lie stolen jewels. Valuable enough to kill for. Twice.

Finding her father brings Louisa more than she bargains for, and her life is transformed, while Malcolm learns that life is, after all, for sharing…

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Three women. Three generations. Sacrifices for love…

Who is she really? Nicole is about to find out as she searches for her real mother; the woman who gave her away at birth. With her marriage in tatters, she sets out from England: travelling to Spain, Jersey and Guernsey before the extraordinary story of her real family is finally revealed.

Nicole becomes an unwitting catalyst for change in that family. Two women are forced to reveal long-buried secrets. One going back as far as the Second World War. Lives are transformed as choices have to be made and the past laid to rest…

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Dangerous Waters is the first of The Guernsey Novels, linked but standalone stories, which will appeal to fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Tragedy seems to follow Jeanne Le Page around . . .

Can she really go through it again and survive?

She is lucky to be alive … at sixteen Jeanne was almost killed in a boating accident which brought heart-breaking family tragedy. Now, fifteen years later, Jeanne returns reluctantly to the island of Guernsey following the death of her beloved grandmother. Struggling for breath as the ferry nears the island; she is overwhelmed by a dark foreboding as hazy memories of that terrible day resurface…

Only returning to sell her inheritance – her grandmother’s old cottage – Jeanne has no intention of picking up her old life. But the cottage holds a secret, dating back to World War II and the German Occupation, and Jeanne becomes drawn into discovering more. Then, soon after her arrival, a chance meeting with an old teenage crush leads her to thoughts of love.

Jeanne is forced to face her demons, reliving the tragedy as her lost memory returns.

When the truth is finally revealed, her life is endangered for the second time…

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About the author

Anne was born in Rugby to a Welsh father and an English mother. As a result, she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learned to love the sea. Now she is based in Devon to be near her daughter and two small grandchildren. Her restless spirit has meant many moves, the longest stay being in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns. Her younger son is based in London – ideal for city breaks ☺

By profession, Anne was a psychotherapist who long had a desire to write and Dangerous Waters, her first novel, was published in 2012. It was awarded Silver(Adult Fiction) in TheWishingShelfAwards 2012. Since then she has published six more books in The Guernsey Novels series; Finding Mother, Guernsey Retreat, The Family Divided, Echoes of Time- winner of The Diamond Book Award 2017, a finalist in Readersfavorite awards and granted a ChillWithABookAward, The Betrayal, and The Inheritance, published April 2019.

To find out more about Anne visit her website – www.anneallen.co.uk

You can also find her on Twitter – @AnneAllen21

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Vanishing Point by Vanessa Robertson @Ness_Robertson @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #novella #VanishingPoint #FreeGift

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A stolen painting.

A high stakes recovery operation.

A game of nerve.

Art advisor Kate Carpenter has an off-the-books sideline in art recovery, dealing with thieves and gangsters to reunite valuable artworks with their owners. But this time she’s taking it up a notch. Only a day after her ex-boyfriend was convicted of assaulting her, she’s off to Belarus on the trail of a priceless van Gogh with a posse of ex-soldiers riding shotgun. Right now, the buzz of securing the return of that painting is just what she needs.

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About the author

Midlander by birth, Scot by choice, Vanessa Robertson won Pitch Perfect at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. Death Will Find Me, a crime novel set in 1920s Edinburgh featuring former spy, Tessa Kilpatrick is her first novel. Later in 2019, Vanessa will be launching a series of thrillers set in the world of high stakes art crime, and the second Tessa Kilpatrick book will be published in early 2020.

Vanessa lives in a cottage in the middle of a Scottish wood with her family and unfeasibly large dog. She enjoys wild beaches, Venetian cafes and wandering around art galleries. She dislikes celery, cheap notebooks and writing about herself in the third person.

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Anne by Laura Guthrie @catherinespark @cranachanbooks @lovebooksgroup #CoverReveal #Anna #HeartWarming

Every cloud has a silver lining… doesn’t it? Anna is thirteen years old, lives in London with her father, and has Asperger’s syndrome.  When her father dies, she moves to Scotland to live with her estranged, reclusive mother. With little support to help her t in, she must use every coping strategy her father taught her—especially her ‘Happy Game’—as she tries to connect with her mother, discover her past, and deal with the challenges of being thrown into a brand new life along the way.

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Amazing bright coloured front cover with the title clear to see, a very clean and refreshing cover.

About the author

Laura Guthrie grew up in the rural Scottish Highlands (“I come from where the planes don’t fly”). Her creative influences include Nessie and the elusive ‘Caiplich Beast’, as well as some choice authors and their works.

She has an honours degree in biological sciences from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Glasgow.

Q by CV Dalcher @CVDalcher @HQStories #review #gripping #perfection #JoinTheQ #QBook

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Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s new elite schools. Her daughters are exactly like her: beautiful, ambitious, and perfect. A good thing, since the recent mandate that’s swept the country is all about perfection.

Now everyone must undergo routine tests for their quotient, Q, and any children who don’t measure up are placed into new government schools. Instead, teachers can focus on the gifted.

Elena tells herself it’s not about eugenics, not really, but when one of her daughters scores lower than expected and is taken away, she intentionally fails her own test to go with her.

But what Elena discovers is far more terrifying than she ever imagined…

My review

With thanks to HQ Stories for gifting a fabulous arc to review, with a few goodies!

From the previous book VOX I was already prepared for a rollarcoaster ride of a story to read, I was certainly not let down!

The story is all about perfection and how people are rated when they have completed tests when they are young, with the older generation they are rated by their job and money status, this number you are given affects how you live in society.

The Government and sanctions decide who and where the young and old end up! This story touches on the adult living, however it is mainly based around the children and the tests that they take and whether they pass or fail them, depending on the Q score they receive.

You are introduced to Elena’s family straight away and what is happening down her street, while the children are being collected for school in various colour coded buses.

Elena’s family was created with what she thought was the right ‘gene’ to have, she had thought about this especially when she was young and bonding with her then boyfriend. However, she never understood what consequences and the choices she made, that could affect her future.

Her daughters Anne and Freddie take the Q score tests, however one of them doesn’t pass as well as the other and the implications of what happens with a less than perfect score, becomes apparent.

There are flash backs in Elena’s teenage years, how both girls and boys can be cruel with outcomes that are not always intentional. This helps you understand more about Elena as a character and how she may have regretted the choices she made, with the things she had said.

The husband and wife relationship between Elena and her husband is tested to the brinks of destruction, in the end opening wounds even bigger, revealing secrets that included plans for her future.

Warnings of past history that should never be relived with unbelievable connections, runs throughout the story, with Elena’s grandmother warning her that her own horrific past is being brought back to life, in her granddaughter and her children and that she must listen to her advice before it is too late!

This is a fascinating twist on the perfect society. How do they reach that goal, who is perfect and at what cost!

This is a story that keeps you thinking long after finishing it, it makes you question the characters emotions, why societies need to be perfect and the way it is brought forward.

A definite must read, you can purchase it here at Amazon or here Waterstones.