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Thursday, 14 October 2021

Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend book review

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Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend book review

Today is my stop on the Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend book tour. 

Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend - The blurb

Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend book review

“Gabe and I are happy this way. We don’t need anyone else in our lives.”

Mariana feels like a pawn in other people’s games. Her birth mother is ill and opportunities for them to be reconciled are running out.

Despite being adopted, Mariana has always felt secure with who she is. But both sides of her birth family are now closing in, and whatever she decides will irrevocably alter many lives; most of all the man and woman who created her.

Of His Bones is about predestination and choices. It explores themes of familial love, identity and the powerful hold of the past. Set in the seascapes of East and North Yorkshire, this novel is the sister-book to The Last Time We Saw Marion.



Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend book review


Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend - my review

Of His Bones by Tracey-Scott Townsend is a haunting literary fiction novel. It mainly follows Mariana as she discovers her birth family and the devastating history and secrets they hold. 

The story is beautifully written, very descriptive and draws you in from the first chapter. The plot is full of twists and turns so you don't quite know what has happened until it is revealed. 

I really enjoyed the characters developing and each characters story unfolding. Every character in it is well developed with an interesting back story. I also love that it is set on the Yorkshire coast, one of my all time favourite places! Both the writing style and twists kept my attention throughout the novel. 

There is a strong theme of eating disorders and self-harm throughout the book so that definitely needs a content warning and pointing out. Without giving anything away there is an underlying theme to the story that I'm just not sure is something I believe in. 

Despite the general theme being so dark and haunting Of His Bones is an enjoyable read with a (generally) happy ending that feels fitting to the story. 

I'm giving Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend 3.5 stars.


You can get Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend here
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Thursday, 30 September 2021

Fire and Fury for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane book review

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Fire and Fury for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane book review

Fire and Fury for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane book review

Today is my stop on the Fire and Fury for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane book review tour. 

Fire and Fury for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane - The blurb

Fire and Fury for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane book review


As war rages, everyone has to do their bit...

Bristol 1941

As the clouds of war grow bleaker both at home and abroad, the Tobacco Girls are determined to do their bit for King and Country. To that end Maisie Miles and Bridget Milligan become voluntary ambulance drivers.

As well as coping with the frequent air raids, Maisie is kept on her toes with three new junior employees one of whom is particularly testing.

Bridget’s heart becomes torn between family loyalty and American tobacco tycoon Lyndon O’Neill III, the man she loves.

Meanwhile Phyllis Harvey has joined the WAAF, opting to serve overseas whilst trying to escape her past. Her letters home are upbeat and her friends are initially envious of descriptions of sunshine and blue sea. The truth she hides is that life on the island of Malta is fraught with extreme food shortages, daily air raids and the fear that tomorrow might never come.

The future appears far less certain as the reality of war bites into The Tobacco Girls’ lives.

Fire and Fury for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane - My review 

Fire and Fury for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane book review

Fire and Fury for the Tobacco Girls is a WW2 historical fiction novel. 

This is the third book in the Tobacco Girls series, however I haven't read the previous two so it can be read as a stand alone. 

The main characters are all strong, feisty females which I always love! The three women are all doing their part for the war effort, Bridget and Maisie are volunteering as ambulance drivers and Phyllis has volunteered for the WAAF and is posted overseas. Their voluntary work brings added tension to an already stressful time for them all. Despite being separated they all support each other through thick and thin. I really enjoyed reading the groups friendship and love the bond they have with each other. 

The story is well written, informative of the times and really transports you to the place and era. 

One thing I enjoyed about the book is that even though they are all living through the war, "normal" things are also happening. Work irritations, relationships and past demons impact all the women. 

The novel is filled with grit and dermination, friendship, drama and elements of humour. 

I'm giving Fire and Fury for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane 4/5 stars.  

 
You can get Fire and Fury for the Tobacco Girls here

Thank you to Rachels Random Resources and Lizzie Lane for having me on the book tour. 
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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

A Lethal Arrogance by D.S. Lang book review

 *AD - GIFTED* Today is my stop on the A Lethal Arrogance by D.S. Lang book review tour. 

A Lethal Arrogance by D.S. Lang book review

A Lethal Arrogance by D.S. Lang - The Blurb

A Lethal Arrogance by D.S. Lang book review

After returning home from her service as a United States Army Signal Corps operator in the Great War, Arabella Stewart’s goal, to save her family’s resort, seems within reach as the summer season progresses. She and her business partner, Mac MacLendon, look forward to re-establishing a successful championship golf tournament, once the signature event of the resort’s year. Problems arise when one of the contestants, an overbearing snob who has created problems at other competitions, clashes with more than one person. When he is found dead, the victim of a suspicious automobile crash, Bella once again helps Jax Hastings, the town constable and her childhood friend, investigate. As they pursue answers, Bella and Jax find several suspects who might have wanted to make the victim suffer for his lethal arrogance.

A Lethal Arrogance by D.S. Lang - my review

A Lethal Arrogance by D.S. Lang

A Lethal Arrogance is a historical mystery and is the third book in the Arabella Stewart sagas. I haven't read the previous two in the saga so it can definitely be read as a standalone. 

Bella has returned home after the war to co-run Ballantyne Inn, a golf resort, which she is working to rebuild. She has suffered terrible losses through the war and flu season, losing her parents and brother.
Jax, now the town constable, has also suffered due to the war. He has lost his best friend (Bella's brother) and his war injuries mean he can no longer play golf, a pastime he loved. 

Ballantyne Inn runs a golf tournament to attract people back to the resort. The tournament is a success ... until one of the participants is found dead in a suspicious car crash. Jax and Bella team up to investigate the mystery together and solve what happened to the victim. 

Bella is a strong female lead and makes a great heroine of the story. I loved learning about what she did during the War and how quickly she jumped in to help solve the mystery. 
Jax, like many men from WW1 is struggling with post-war life and his injuries but is a loveable character. 
The other characters are all well written and relatable too. 

The novel draws you in straight away and really transports you to the time and place of its setting. As well as the mystery there is also plenty of scene setting, humour and some romance too. 

Whilst I loved the historical element to the book the mystery part to it didn't quite hit the mark for me. I would have liked it to be a bit more of a mystery. 

I'm giving A Lethal Arrogance by D.S. Lang 3.5 stars.  


You can get A Lethal Arrogance by D.S. Lang here

A big thank you to Rachels Random Resources and D.S. Lang for having me on the tour. 
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Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Wild Blue Yonder by M.W. Arnold book review

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Wild Blue Yonder by M.W. Arnold book review

Wild Blue Yonder by M.W. Arnold book review

Today is my stop on the Wild Blue Yonder by M.W. Arnold book review tour. 


Wild Blue Yonder by M.W. Arnold book review - The Blurb

Wild Blue Yonder by M.W. Arnold book review

Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Doris Winter is accused of stealing a valuable item from a famous Hollywood movie star, now a captain in the US Army Air Corps, after a dance at the air base in England where he's stationed. Gathering her close friends together, she's determined to clear her name.


Ruth's POW son suffers a life-changing injury just as her own cottage takes damage in an air raid and Penny's estranged little sister unexpectedly turns up, having run away from school. Together with the ongoing thefts of items of clothing and surprise personal revelations, these all threaten to hamper their investigation.

In spite of the worsening war situation, they must band together to rise above their troubles and prove love and friendship is worth fighting for.

Wild Blue Yonder by M.W. Arnold - my review

Wild Blue Yonder by M.W. Arnold book review

Wild Blue Yonder by M.W. Arnold is the second in the Broken Wings saga and is a historical fiction / cozy mystery novel. 

The novel is centred around a group of women who work together at the ATA base transporting aircraft, live together near work and are best friends. Whilst work and generally living through the war keeps them busy, they also seem to have a habit of solving mysteries too! I loved getting to know all of the characters and would genuinely love to be part of their friendship group. 

There is a really good mix of work and home life for the women, romance, mystery, poignancy and fun throughout the book. 

I love historical fiction novels, especially set in the WW2 period, so this has been a great book for me. The ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) women weren't something I knew about and I've really enjoyed learning about it. I wasn't surprised to find out M.W. Arnold had been in the RAF as the knowledge that has gone into flying and the planes is obvious, but isn't too detailed that it becomes boring or detracts from the storyline at all. 

The friendship between the group is what really stands out for me. I love how the women, from all ages and walks of life, have come together in the war effort and really bonded. They are all brilliant characters individually and together are unstoppable. 

The writing style is easy to read and engages you straight away. Throughout the book I felt like I was there with all the characters and it is a real feel good read. 

Despite being the second in a saga, Wild Blue Yonder can definitely be read as a standalone, although you are aware of incidents that must have happened in the previous novel they are explained enough. I haven't read the first but will be downloading it and eagerly awaiting the third in the series too!

I'm giving Wild Blue Yonder by M.W. Arnold book review 4 stars and you can get a copy for yourself here

A big thank you to both M.W. Arnold and Rachels Random Resources for having me on the tour. 

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Monday, 30 August 2021

The Secrets of Latimer House by Jules Wake book review

The Secrets of Latimer House by Jules Wake book review

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Today is The Secrets of Latimer House by Jules Wake publication day push! 

The Secrets of Latimer House by Jules Wake book review

The Secrets of Latimer House by Jules Wake - The Blurb

In the war against Hitler every secret counts…

Society heiress Evelyn Brooke-Edwards is a skilled interrogator – her beauty making her a non-threat in the eyes of the prisoners.

Farm girl Betty Connors may not be able to type as she claimed, but her crack analytical skills soon find her unearthing covert connections.

German ex-pat Judith Stern never expected to find herself listening in to German POW’s whispered conversations, but the Nazis took her father from her so she will do whatever it takes to help the Allies end this war.

Billeted together in the attic of Latimer House – a place where secrets abound – Evelyn, Betty and Judith soon form a bond of friendship that carries them through the war. Because nothing is stronger than women united.

Tucked away in the Buckinghamshire countryside, Latimer House, a grand country estate, stands proudly – a witness to some of greatest secrets of WW2.

Used by the SOE to hold Nazi prisoners of war, this stunning historical novel is inspired by the untold story of the secret listeners of ‘M Room’ who worked day and night to help the Allies win the war. 

The Secrets of Latimer House by Jules Wake - My review

The Secrets of Latimer House by Jules Wake

The Secrets of Latimer House by Jules Wake is a World War 2 historical fiction novel. 

It has everything a historical novel set in this era should have, drama and tension, as well as a sense of community, friendship and love. 

It is fascinating to know Latimer House really existed and so many high ranking prisoners of war passed through. And even more fascinating that it was so top secret people working in the house didn't know what the other people working there even did! 

I loved the three main characters, they are all from different backgrounds and wouldn't normally have met let alone have been friends, and enjoyed following them through their friendship as well as their work. 

Told between the three characters the book is easy to read and draws you in quickly.

The book has clearly been very well researched and is a unique look at a part of this era that isn't well known. 

I'm giving The Secrets of Latimer House 4 stars. 

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A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson book review

A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson book review 

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson.

A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson book review

A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson book review - The Blurb

A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson book review

Dolly Perkins and Jack Larkin have grown up in the notorious gin palaces of Birmingham.


It’s a world of happiness and friendship, but also violence and poverty. Now that Dolly runs the Daydream Gin Palace on Gin Barrel Lane she can finally control her own destiny, but sometimes fate still plays its hand. 

Keen to expand her empire, Dolly and Jack take on a new pub, but they are in for a shock when a foul smell in one of the bedrooms turns out to come from a body hidden in the wall. 

As the police hunt for their suspect, rumours abound, spread by the local urchins – happy to be used as runners for a little bit of food and a coin or two. 

But rumours can be dangerous, and as one of the worst winters on record covers everything in snow, Dolly and Jack have to fight for the lives they have made for themselves, and for the urchins that they have come to think of as family.  Will the arrival of a new baby on Gin Barrel Lane bring the promise of new hope, or will the long-awaited thaw uncover new secrets and new tragedies…


A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson - my review 

A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson book review


A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson is a historical fiction novel set in Birmingham in 1864. The book is part of a saga but can absolutely be read as a stand alone (which is what I did).

Dolly Perkins runs and co-owns the Daydream Gin Palace, a gin bar. Jack Larkin, Dollys best friend, works with his mother in the Crown Saloon across the road. Dolly wants to expand her empire and buys a new pub and puts Jack in charge. Unfortunately whilst renovating the new pub a body is found in the wall. And if that isn't enough, Ezra Morton a fellow pub and brewery owner isn't happy with Dolly expanding her business empire. 


This is a thoroughly enjoyable, feel good read. I love all of the characters, especially Dolly, and instantly warmed to them. Dolly is a fierce heroine who absolutely deserves the gin palace empire. The storyline is moderately paced and well told, with no filler or unnecessary minor storylines. I really liked the scene setting and sense of community throughout the novel. The characters all felt like they had their fitting ending ... but there is definitely room for more in the series. There is lots of humour, love, family and community and some sadness too. 


I'm giving A Winter Baby For Gin Barrel Lane by Lindsey Hutchinson 4 stars. 

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