Friday, 15 September 2017

Review | Summers Lease ~ Carrie Elks


Summer's Lease
Shakespeare Sisters, Book 1 
Carrie Elks
Piaktus
July 2017
Rating 5/5


             

A free summer holiday in a beautiful villa in Lake Como. The catch? Sharing a house with her worst enemy . . .
Cesca Shakespeare has hit rock bottom. After one prize-winning play that ended in disaster, writer's block turned up, moved in and got a Netflix subscription. Six years later, she's just lost her crappy job and is about to lose her flat. Worse still, her sisters have no idea how far she's fallen. So when her fairy Godfather offers her a free summer holiday in a beautiful Italian villa, she grudgingly agrees to try writing a new play. That's before she finds out the house belongs to her arch-nemesis, Sam Carlton.
Having just hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons - again - Hollywood heart-throb Sam Carlton needs a place to hide out. Where better than his family's gorgeous empty villa on Lake Como? Except when he arrives, it isn't as empty as he'd hoped.
One thing's for sure - this is going to be a red-hot, scorching summer . . .

             

I have to start this review with an apology as it should have been done a fair few weeks ago, however life got in the way and when I came to picking up the book again I just had to re start it because Summers Lease is one of them books that you completely emerge yourself in and although I'd already read about 60% of the book, re reading it simply felt like picking it up for the first time.

Summers Lease I believe is the first of 4 books Carrie Elks featuring the Shakespeare sisters and we kick off with Cesca Shakespeare. 

Cesca is down on her luck, for the past 6 years she's gone from job to job and losing the latest one - working in a cat cafe of all places - really does make her hit rock bottom.
Barely able to feed herself or pay this week's rent, Cesca is persuaded by her godfather Hugh to head to Italy for the summer.
Her role there is to house sit a villa owned by some of Hugh s friends whilst the current housekeeper take a holiday.

No sooner as Cesca arrives there she quickly realises that the villa is own by the Carlton family. Assured they won't be coming this summer Cesca agrees to stay on.... only one night she is rudely woken by someone entering the property. Sam Carlton.

Sam is an actor making quite a name for himself over the last  6 years and becoming one of Hollywood's hottest heartthrobs - however some bad press has forced him to leave the hustle of L.A. an head for a summers break at his families private and secluded Lake Como villa.

Things get off to a bad start between cesca and Sam - he can't understand why a girl he thinks he's  never met hates him so much but for cesca, Sam walking out as the leading role in her west end play all those years ago had  left herblaming him for her  unabiltoty to write  causing her to flit from job to job. 

After a few heated conversations the pair eventually find some common ground and agree to at Least be amicable to each other... but that, along with the Italian heat, wine and good food leads to flirting and eventually more.

The couple get closer and closer and cesca opens up to Sam but every time the tables are turned she gets pushed away again leaving her heart broken when the time eventually comes for her to head home. Only after she has gone does Sam realise his true feeling for her.

Summers Lease is full of emotion. I felt like I was there with the couple as they fought and argues and Carrie wrote the sexual scenes with warmth providing just the right amount of details for your imagination.
The location and descriptions were stunning, forcing me again to Google holidays in Italy - much to my other half delight! 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Cesca and Sam's story in Summers Lease and hope it's not the last we hear of them as I look forward to more from the Shakespeare sisters.

Summers Lease is the perfect book for a summer escape!


      


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Review | The Art of Hiding ~ Amanda Prowse


The Art of Hiding
Amanda Prowse
Lake Union Publishing
July 2017
Rating 5/5

Kindle | Paperback

            

What would you do if you learned that the life you lived was a lie?
Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.
Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.
But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.
Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.

            

It seems a long while since I got stuck into an Amanda Prowse novel, so when The Art of Hiding dropped through my letterbox, I was excited to get started right away!

What I love about Amanda's books is her ability to take what appears to be a normal family and turn their world upside down, resulting in the heroine of the book becoming a strong and confident woman... and as a read Amanda manages to break your heart before fixing it again by giving an uplifting ending which in my opinion makes great reading material.

Nina's story is no different.
She has a wonderful life, a gorgeous husband, two handsome son's and a marvellously grand home which includes a cinema room and swimming pool!

Nina wants for nothing as her husband, Finn, owns a successful construction company. Her boys, Connor and Declan, go to a top of the range private school and she even has fresh flowers delivered fortnightly to her home!

Life is good for Nina and her family, that is until Finn fails to arrive at one of Connor's rugby matches. Willing him to hurry up and arrive, Nina answers her mobile which is the point her life as she knows it, is to be no more.
Finn has been involved in an accident and sadly not made it, the story quickly travels through scenes where Nina has to tell the boys their Dad has died, the funeral and immediate aftermath, all of which Amanda writes with warmth and empathy which is guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye.

Once the funeral is over, Nina discovers from Finn's accountant that they are bankrupt - the business has been financially failing, the boys' school fees are behind and their home, with all their precious memories of family times with Finn, is about to be repossessed with the bailiffs expected to arrive any day.

It's hard to comprehend how you would feel in this situation but Amanda being her, writes expertly as Nina goes through grief, shock, upset and anger.
With no choice, Nina and the boys pack up what little is left and head to Southampton to stay in a run down flat owned by a distant relative.

It's not ideal but with pennies to her name, Nina sets about making the best of a bad situation - enrolling the boys in a local school and looking for a job to bring in some income, all whilst trying to hold it together for the boys and trying to build some bridges with her sister that had broken over the years.

I love the way Amanda took Nina as a character, pretty much ruined her life and then re-built her into that strong, confident, independent woman she does so well.

The Art of Hiding is an emotional roller-coaster of a read, by the end you will have tears forming in your eyes again but of the happier ones as you see how far Nina and the boys have come in a few months and this is due to Amanda's ability to write about characters you instantly connect with.

I also love that the title, The Art of Hiding, has more than one meaning - Finn hides away their money troubles,  Nina and the woman she was hiding away in their mansion and Connor hiding away his feelings.

The Art of Hiding is a fabulous, warm and uplifting (despite the original heartache!) book about new beginnings, moving on and finding that inner strength.

     


Monday, 11 September 2017

Review | Her Last Breath ~ Tracy Buchanan


Her Last Breath
Tracy Buchanan
Avon
June 2017
Rating 4/5


           
A girl has gone missing. You’ve never met her, but you’re to blame.
FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY SISTER’S SECRET AND NO TURNING BACK
Food writer Estelle Forster has the perfect life. And with her first book on the way, it’s about to get even better.
When Estelle hears about Poppy O’Farrell’s disappearance, she assumes the girl has simply run away. But Estelle’s world crumbles when she’s sent a photo of Poppy, along with a terrifying note: I’m watching you. I know everything about you.
Estelle has no idea who’s threatening her, or how she’s connected to the missing teen, but she thinks the answers lie in the coastal town she once called home, and the past she hoped was long behind her.
Estelle knows she must do everything to find Poppy. But how far will she go to hide the truth – that her
perfect life was the perfect lie?

           

Her Last Breath is a great novel that will keep you gripped throughout.

As Tracy does so well, we are treated to the main thread of the story but at odd chapters there are extracts from the culprits point of view.

Estelle Forster is an up and coming chef who focuses of clean, pure ingredients and eating and the book starts with her hosting a dinner party where conversation is focused on two key events. The first being Estelle's debut book launching and the second is the mention of a local 15 year old girl going missing.

Not much is said about the girl other than they hope its just a stroppy teenager who has run away, but the following day when Estelle recieves her weekly bucthers delivery, there is a polaroid photo enclosed addressed to 'Stel' - a name associated with Estelle's past that she would rather forget.

What follows is as very detailed back story for Estelle, who was passed from foster home to foster home as her birth parents were more interested in drink and drugs than looking after their own daughter.
Estelle eventually settled in the little coastal village of Lillysands, with foster parents Autumn and Max Garland, their son Aiden and Alice, another girl being fostered.

As Estelle recieves more and more of the polariod photos and threatening notes, it becomes clear that the young young gone missing - Poppy - is the baby Estelle gave up for adoption, the same day that Alice took her own life, fifteen years ago.

As Estelle returns to Lillysands to inform the biological father he has a child, strange things start to happen and alongside Estelle searching for Poppy, we learn more about her time at the Garlands and the events surrounding Alice's death.

Her Last Breath was well written and kept me guessing throughout - just when I thought I had worked the plot out or figured why Alice had jumped, something else would happen to doubt me and change my mind.

Although Her Last Breath was an enjoyable read and held my interest, I have to honest though and say that the outcome wasn't quite what I expected and did leave me a little flat.
However if you are looking for an intriguing book that has plenty of twists and turns, then Her Last Breath is definitely one for you!

   


Friday, 11 August 2017

Double Review | Butterfly Cove Series ~ Sarah Bennet

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Sarah Bennett's book, Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove. It was only as I was preparing to read this book that I remembered I hadn't actually read the first in the series, Sunrise at Butterfly Cove.

Having now read both, you could read them as stand alone novels, but me being me - I like to read things in order and so in a mad dash 2 days ago, I switched of all distractions, made a jug of tea, grabbed few snacks and lost myself in this gorgeous idyllic world the author had created.

I therefore and bringing you a double review - what a treat eh!


           

Sunrise at Butterfly Cove
Butterfly Cove, Book 1
HQ Digital
Feb 2017
Rating 5/5


Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove
Butterfly Cove, Book 2
HQ Digital
June 2017
Rating 5/5



      

Sunrise at Butterfly Cove
A year of taking chances…
After a nightmare year, Mia Sutherland is hoping for a fresh start! She’s putting the past behind her and pouring all her savings into renovating a crumbling guesthouse in peaceful Butterfly Cove. Nothing will distract her from achieving her dreams!
That is, until her very first guest, Daniel Fitzwilliam arrives – quite possibly, the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen. He’s only here for a week, but already Daniel has turned her world upside-down. And as the tide turns, it’s clear that Butterfly Cove has more than one surprise in store for Mia…

    

I was instantly drawn initally to Sunrise at Butterfly Cove for the gorgeous cover is host - I mean just look at it, it screams peace and quiet and fabulous scenery - and the book didn't fault in that department either.

What I loved about this debut from Sarah Bennett was a brilliant and detailed prologue. We were immediately given some back story to both Daniel and Mia, our main characters to the story, and learnt that Daniel had lost both his parents, his Father passing just before Daniel made a name for himself as a world class photographer and his career launching. Whilst Mia is faced opening the front door to police officers informing her that her beloved husband Jamie had been killed in a road accident on his way home.

We move on then to the bulk of the book and Daniel has decided he needs to get away. His celebrity lifestyle of drink, drugs and a long stream of women - the latest being Giselle - has taken its toll on Fitz - his celeb name - and if he doesn't make the break now, he fears his life will spiral out of the little control he has left. So swiftly packing a bag, he jumps on a train and heads to the West Country.

Daniel has no plan, no direction, but fate is forced upon him when his train reaches the end of the line and he is brought to from his daydream by a kind stranger. Madeline, or Mads as she is known, takes Daniel under her wing, explaining that there is nowhere left to go on the train and that she can give him a lift to a place she knows that he can stay.

I just want to say at this point that I adored Mads and her husband Richard. We learn throughout the story that they were unable to have their own family and have pretty much taken Mia under their wing, supporting her in her grief but they have enough love for Daniel too plus other characters we meet a long the way. Mads is a meddling old bag but with the kindest of hearts whilst Richard just goes with the flow but adores his wife - honestly, these two could have a book of their own written!

Mia has purchased Butterfly House as an escape from the home and life she made with Jamie, but the building is run down and in dyer need of some TLC. Mia is far from impressed with Mads dumping Daniel on her doorstep but agrees to give him a week to sort himself out and in return for his board she gives him a list of chores to help get the house in shape.

Two broken hearts, both characters having their share of emotional outburst should be a recipe for disaster but this only draws them closer and a week turns to two, that in turn moving on to a month.
Daniel quickly realises his feelings for Mia but allows her to guide the time on this new relationship.

When Daniel offers Mia a propersition of converting the barn into studios and work spaces as an artists retreat, she agrees  - allowing him in to her life for the first time as permanent fixture.

Although Sunrise at Butterfly Cove is ultimately a love story, it is warm and romantic and has equal parts of humour and drama. 
We are introduced to Mia's difficult childhood and her sister Kiki plays an important role within one of the sub plots. Things between them, their youngest sister Nee, and their parents are very strained to say the least.
Likewise, Aaron (Daniels best friend) and his younger brother Luke also play important sub roles and altogether Sarah has created a delightful group of characters that you can't help but lose yourself to within their stories.

              

Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove
When Kiki Jackson’s marriage falls to pieces, there’s only one place that she knows she can escape to – her sister’s little guesthouse in Butterfly Cove.
But she’s worried that turning up on bride-to-be Mia’s doorstep, especially with her two adorable children in tow, will spoil her sister’s imminent wedding plans!
Luckily, handsome neighbour Aaron Spenser offers to share his new cottage with Kiki until she’s back on her feet. And as the wedding draws closer, Kiki realises that Butterfly Cove may be offering her little family more than just a new home…
Maybe this is where her new life begins…?

             
Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove is just as wonderful to read as Sunrise at Butterfly Cove was and I actually quite enjoyed reading them back to back - I'm sad that Christmas at Butterfly Cove isn't out yet as I would be diving straight into that once I'd finished typing!!

Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove still heavily features Daniel and Mia, the end of the last book was met with a proposal and now the barn conversion is almost complete and ready for their first bunch of guest to arrive.
Mia deep in thought thinks that along with the guest house and retreat, they could also offer bespoke wedding packages now that Mads and Richard have done wonders with the gardens. 
Although they would need to trail this first!

And so, the common theme of this section in the story is the build up to
Mia and Daniel getting hitched, there is so much more to enjoy reading along side.

Kiki is in a troubled relationship and when her husband Neil gets a 3 month work placement in Greece, she uses this oportunity to pack up her belongings and escape her unhappy life.
With two children in tow - six year old Matty who is very aware Daddy calls Kiki stupid and that she cries a lot, and his younger sister Charlie - the only place she feels she can escape to is Butterfly Cove.

When Neil is out of the way, Kiki rings and is met by Daniel's friend Aaron answering the phone, not knowing who is was he lets slip that the guest house is full. When Kiki breaks down and explains everything, Aaron offers her and the two children his cottage as a sacturary. Aaron has seen how wonderful the life in Butterfly Cove has treated Daniel that he waants some for himself and found, by chance, a gorgeous chocolate box cottage, but with four bedrooms, he was rattling around and with things in his life also being far from perfect, he welcomed the distractions.


As with Daniel and Mia, Mads knows best and can see that even though Kiki and Aaron are having troubled times, they are perfectly right for each other and during some alone time Kiki takes the chance to kiss Aaron and grabs it with both hands.

Something Luke, Aaron's younger half brother, recently said to him has stuck in his mind though and despite his feelings, he puts the breaks on any relationship before it gets going.

With Mia and Daniel's wedding looming, and Kiki having to return home to sort our her divorce and custody of Matty and Charlie, Aaron does some soul searching and reaches out to Luke's mum. his step mother, to find out why she's hated him for so long. Opening up makes him realise that life is too short and during his best man speech and the wedding, he has more to say than just the usual banter you normally hear.

I loved reading more about Kiki and Aaron and their back stories and they tied in nicely with the current plot and to the main characters Mia and Daniel. Aaron's relationship with Matty and Charlie was heart warming and there were often scenes where I found my eyes had misted over whilst reading - I am a sucker for sentimental moments!

What I didn't embark on in Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove though, was the little snippets Sarah gave us into Luke's life. 
I don't want to say to much but we discover when he is talking to Aaron that he fell in love at first sight but she upped and left without a word and broke is heart.
When the wedding day arrives so does the girl's youngest sister Nee, who had been living it up in New York - but at the station she comes face to face to Luke and he introduces her to Aaron as his wife... WHAT?!! 
Things are tense but they decide the wedding should go ahead and its left me seriously hoping that Christmas at Butterfly Cove see's Luke and Nee get their happy ever after just as Daniel found with Mia and Kiki, Matty and Charlie have found with Aaron.
Plus I can't wait to see what the meddling old bag Mads is up to next !!



Thursday, 10 August 2017

Blog Tour ~ Review | Love at the Italian Lake ~ Darcie Boleyn


Love at the Italian Lake
Darcie Boleyn
Canelo
July 2017
Rating 4/5


                
On the shores of Lake Garda, a beautiful romance unfolds. But is it

only for summer?

Don’t miss this gorgeous, heart-warming novel from Darcie Boleyn, bestselling

author of 2017 smash-hit ​Summer at Conwenna Cove.

Sophia Bertoni discovers her boyfriend in bed with another woman, and realizes her life is
going nowhere. Leaving her high-pressure job, she travels to Italy to stay with her

grandmother while she figures out her next move.

When Sophia –​ quite literally –​ bumps into devastatingly handsome Joe Lancaster her plans
are turned upside down. As the two realize they’re both spending the summer in the same

town, a love affair seems on the cards.
But Sophia and Joe are both burdened by family secrets.

Despite their attraction, will the sun set on Sophia and Joe’s romance – or will they

find love at the Italian lake?

               

Darcie Boleyn is fast becoming a favourite author of mine, its not been long since I read her last novel - Summer at Conwenna Cove - yet she is back already with another summer novel filled with romance.

As with Summer at Conwenna Cove being set in Cornwall, Darcie remains bang on trend with Love on the Italian Lake as this years holiday destination for books seems to be set in and round the idyllic location of Lake Garda - yes I have immediately added the small town of Malcesine to my bucket list!

Love at the Italian Lake features Sophia and Joe as the main characters. 
Sophia has fled to Italy to spend some time with her Grandmother after her world is turned upside down due to a cheating boyfriend and lack of job satisfaction causing her to quit - despite the healthy bank balance it has provided her with.

Her break away however gets off to to a flying start - quite literally, as she is knocked right off her feet by the ever so handsome Joe. Despite their being some instant attraction, Sophia decline's his offer to take her to where she is staying and Sophia opts for the long and uncomfortable coach journey to her Nonna's house.

The last thing she expects when spending time with her Nonna is to bump in to Joe again!

Sophia is loving finding herself, the weather, the coffee and the Italian food but after looking though some old photographs with her Nonna - something she discovers is troubling her and it is Joe that she opens up to.

Sophia and Joe get closer and closer and although she has opened up, Joe seems to be holding back despite his clear feelings for Sophia.

As time goes on and new opportunities arrive, I was sure Sophia and Joe were headed for the happy ever after that Darcie writes so well... and don't get me wrong, we got there eventually but once again Darcie has stepped up her writing abilities with lots of twists and turns in the sub plots.

With great characters, beautiful settings, hidden secrets and warm romantic moments, Love at the Italian Lake is another brilliant novel from Darcie that guarantees you will be unable to put down.


      
 Make sure you check out the rest of the 
Love at the Italian Lake
blog tour on the following stops!




Saturday, 29 July 2017

Blog Tour ~ Guest Post | The Little Cottage in the Country - Lottie Phillips

Today I'm delighted to be sharing a guest post from author Lottie Phillips as part of the blog tour for her novel, The Little Cottage in the Country.


The Little Cottage in the Country
 Lottie Phillips
Women Fiction/ Romantic Comedy
eBook only
HQ Digital 
 July 3, 2017


      Amazon |  Goodreads

                 
Anna Compton thought that moving to the countryside, leaving London and her past firmly behind
her was the perfect solution. Goodbye life of thirty-something, crazed single mum of two, hello
country glamour queen, domestic goddess and yummy-mummy extraordinaire.
But her new life at Primrose Cottage isn’t quite what she expected! Very soon she’s chasing pork
pies down hills, disguising her shop-bought cakes at the school bake sale – and trying to resist oh-
so-handsome Horatio Spencerville, who just so happens to be the Lord of the Manor…
Could moving to the country be the biggest mistake she’s ever made?

Guest Post

The Inspiration Behind the Twins in
The Little Cottage in the Country

When I started The Little Cottage in the Country I
knew that the role of Anna as mother would be of
utmost importance. Especially as her own mother,
Linda, would be coming to live with her.
Anna, just like me, wants to protect her children and
feels constant ‘mummy-guilt’. Am I doing the right
thing? Am I doing enough? Every mother has
experienced it; any mother will say it never goes
away.
So when Anna decides to leave London she is faced
with the biggest dilemma of all: ensuring that Freddie
and Antonia settle in.
The twins were such fun to write. They have big
personalities and provided so much of the humour.
Let’s not also forget how much comedy (and
embarrassment!) can come from taking children to
nursery or school. The fĂȘtes, the bake sales, the talent
competitions…
But whilst we’re squirming with the odd hierarchy of
yummy-mummies, the joy of children is they can
quite often see past the detail and enjoy the moment
for what it is. They make the most of whatever is
thrown their way.

My son can pick up any item – this morning’s being a
watering can – and it will suddenly become a rocket
or a car. Or I can be pulling my hair out over
something – spilt milk etc. – and he will start laughing
or do a funny dance, putting it all into perspective!
So here is a picture of my son in our laundry basket
going tobogganing… indoors. Yes, he was inside with
the radiator blaring but he thought, ‘This looks fun!’

About the Author

Charlie Phillips, writing under the pseudonym Lottie Phillips, worked as a teacher before turning
her hand to fiction. She was brought up in Africa and the Middle East and then - as an adult -
travelled extensively before moving to London and finally settling in the Cotswolds with her
partner and toddler. When she’s not writing, you will find her scouring interior design magazines
and shops, striving toward the distant dream of being a domestic goddess or having a glass of
wine with country music turned up loud. As a child, she always had her nose in a book and, in
particular, Nancy Drew.

The Little Cottage in the Country is Charlie's debut romantic comedy. She is very excited to be
sharing Anna Compton's hilarious story with you! She also writes psychological thrillers under the
pseudonym Louise Stone, including the best selling novel, S is for Stranger.

Readers can find Charlie Phillips on Twitter @writercharlie or at www.writercharlie.com or
www.writerlottiephillips.com.






Friday, 28 July 2017

Review | The Summer of Serendipity ~ Ali McNamara


The Summer of Serendipity
Ali McNamara
Little, Brown Book Group
July 2017
Rating 4/5



One summer, property seeker, Serendipity Parker finds herself on the beautiful west coast of Ireland, hunting for a home for a wealthy Irish client. But when she finds the perfect house in the small town of Ballykiltara, there's a problem; nobody seems to know who owns it.
'The Welcome House' is a local legend. Its front door is always open for those in need of shelter, and there's always a plentiful supply of food in the cupboards for the hungry or poor.
While Ren desperately tries to find the owner to see if she can negotiate a sale, she begins to delve deeper into the history and legends that surround the old house and the town. But for a woman who has always been focussed on her work, she's remarkably distracted by Finn, the attractive manager of the local hotel.
But will she ever discover the real truth behind the mysterious 'Welcome House'? Or will the house cast its magical spell over Ren and help her to find true happiness?


If your looking for a book to completely lose yourself in this summer then look no further than this latest novel from Ali McNamara.

I read Ali's previous book and sadly felt that the magic elements were a little too make believe for my liking, but I'm so glad I've given Ali another chance with The Summer of Serendipity.

The Summer of Serendipity sees our main character, Serendipity Parker - or Ren as she likes to be known - and her colleague Kiki Fisher head to Ireland for their latest job. Ren is a property seeker and is looking for the perfect home for her latest client.

No sooner as the pair arrive at their hotel we are introduced to their love interests - Finn and Eddie respectively - which sets the book up nicely. 
Ren and Kiki immediately start their search but to know avail, that is until they take a boat trip across the lake during some down time.

As they are being rowed, Ren spots what appears to be the perfect house and ask's their boat man, Jackie, how they can locate said house. The girls are informed that the house is known as The Welcome House, which has been around for as long as anyone can recall.

Once back on dry land they ask Finn and Eddie more about the house, and more importantly who owns it. The girls are informed that no-one knows who the owner of the house is and after locating it and discovering it to be unlocked and stocked with the bare basics, Ren makes it her mission to try and uncover the secrets of the Welcome House.

What follows is a tale of discovery - Ren looks in to the history of the house and stories of Irish legends as well as discovering more about her self and her heart where Finn is involved.

The Summer of Serendipity is a fun ( I adored Kiki and her witty one liners! ) and gorgeous summery book that reminded me a little of the early Cecelia Ahern novels!


Thursday, 6 July 2017

Blog Tour ~ Extract | Her Last Breath ~ Tracy Buchannan

Today I'm delighted to be able to offer you an extract from Her Last Breath, the new novel from Tracy Buchanan.

I've started reading this today and totally intrigued despite only being a few chapters in - be sure to check back on the blog at the end of the week for my review.

I've read two of Tracy's previous novels - My Sisters Secret and No Turning back - and love the detail Tracy gives within her stories along with the unexpected twists. Please click on the titles to read my reviews of these and check out Tracy's Amazon page for all her work, Here.

So without further ado, read on for all the details about the book and a little snippet for you to enjoy!


Her Last Breath
Tracy Buchanan
Avon
June 2017



Extract

[Extract 7 from Chapter 2 pp.21-22]

She pulled away the white paper from a large slab of beef ready to put it in the fridge.

Then she frowned. There was something on top of the meat, square and white.

She looked over at Louis who was busy tapping away at his laptop at the other end of the

large island, then she grabbed a fork and lifted the item off the meat. It was an envelope,

a name scrawled on the front.

Stel.

She peered at the windowsill, where the poppies she’d received the evening before had

been placed in a vase. The note that had come with them had been addressed to Stel too.

She quickly opened the envelope and pulled out a Polaroid photo. It was a close-up photo

of a teenage girl. Sad brown eyes. Freckled button nose. Dyed red hair . . . red hair that

made her think of another girl, another time.

Alice.

But it wasn’t Alice. In fact, Estelle had no idea who the girl in the photo was. But as she

looked into her eyes, she still felt a flare of recognition.

She looked at the bottom of the photo, where a message had been scrawled, droplets of

blood from the beef blossoming around the words.

They say you’re as pure as the driven snow. But I know you’re not.

I’m watching you. I know everything about you.

Estelle dropped the photo with trembling fingers, watching as it floated to the floor, the

blood from the beef congealing in her nails.

Who the hell had sent this to her?


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Her Last Breath
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