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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

A Lethal Arrogance by D.S. Lang book review

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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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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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Friday, 27 August 2021

The Travel In Between by Chloe Stevenson book review

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The Travel In Between by Chloe Stevenson book review

It's my stop on The Travel In Between by Chloe Stevenson book review blog tour today. 

The Travel Inbetween by Chloe Stevenson book review

The Travel Inbetween by Chloe Stevenson book review - The Blurb

The Travel In Between by Chloe Stevenson book review


While her friends were busy building careers, getting engaged and signing mortgages, Claire Baxter was busy travelling the world. Finding herself back in Australia with no degree, no career and no direction, twenty-something Claire is feeling a little left behind in life when she unexpectedly inherits her grandfather's 1968 Kombi van. Falling in love with Rusty Frank's nostalgic if slightly impractical charm, Claire embarks on a new journey: to restore Frank to road-trip readiness with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and a grumpy, if handsome, mechanic.


As she juggles the upcoming wedding of one of her best friends and the relationship breakdown of another - all while navigating more than enough woes of her own in the love department - Claire finds herself trying to fix more than just a geriatric van with some concerning rust bubbles.


This millennial twist on Pride and Prejudice takes a refreshing, quirky and unashamed look at the unpredictable lessons that life throws at you when you least expect them - like when you find yourself creeping closer to thirty, working at a coffee shop and living in a granny flat in your parents' Canberra backyard. Those times in life when you find yourself questioning your own purpose in the world.


The Travel in Between is an honest and insightful Australian story about all those little things we don't really think about but all experience when wading through the murky waters of love, friendship and family. 



The Travel In Between by Chloe Stevenson my review


The Travel In Between is a perfect Summer read full of love, humour, adventure travel ... and Frank the camper van. 

Claire has returned home from travelling the world to find her friends have settled down and life has moved on without her. 

As she tries to settle back in to home life and questions whether she should stay or travel some more her Grandma gifts her a camper van. Frank (the van) is old and needs a lot of work, but gives Claire and her Dad the focus they need. 

The book is a really charming, quirky read, full of lovable characters and has a brilliant story line. 

I thoroughly enjoyed The Travel In Between and am giving it an easy 4 stars. 

The Travel In Between by Chloe Stevenson book review






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Wednesday, 18 August 2021

The Everliving Memory of John Valentine by Ross Sayers book review

The Everliving Memory of John Valentine by Ross Sayers book review 

The Everliving Memory of John Valentine by Ross Sayers book review

Today is my stop on The Everliving Memory of John Valentine by Ross Sayers book review tour. 

The Everliving Memory of John Valentine by Ross Sayers book review - the blurb

2019 - It’s Hannah Greenshields’s first day at Memory Lane, a memory clinic in the centre of Edinburgh. She soon learns that Memory Lane possesses advanced technology which allows clients to relive their favourite memories for a substantial fee. 

1975 - John Valentine, a Memory Lane client, is reliving his wedding day over and over again, hoping to change one key event he can’t forget. However, as proceedings become less and less familiar, John realises his memory isn’t such a safe place after all. When Hannah and John’s paths meet, they must work together to get John back to the real world before it’s too late. 

In a departure from Ross’s recent work The Everliving Memory of John Valentine combines elements of speculative fiction in a novel that is all too believable...

The Everliving Memory of John Valentine by Ross Sayers book review tour poster

The Everliving Memory of John Valentine by Ross Sayers book review - my review

The Everliving Memory of John Valentine is a brilliantly written, unique novel told over a dual timeline. 

Hannah, in the present time, starts a new job at Memory Lane who have the technology to let people relive their memories. 
John Valentine, one of the founders of the technology, is reliving his wedding day on repeat and trying to change a conversation he had over 40 years ago. 
As the story unfolds it becomes clear Memory Lane isn't working as it should and is not a safe place to be. 

I love the dual timeline aspect of the book, the switches between characters and times are natural and flow well. I really like the characters too, they are all likeable and you get very attached to them. 

Whilst the premise of the book, at first sounds pretty unbelievable, once you start reading technology like this is something you can imagine being in existence. 

I found the story unlike anything I've read before, people reliving their memories, trying to change the past or go back to happier times is incredibly moving. 

I'm giving the beautiful The Everliving Memory of John Valentine by Ross Sayers 5 stars. 


You can get The Everliving Memory of John Valentine by Ross Sayers here

Thank you to Ross Sayers and Love Books Tours for sending me an advanced copy. 
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