Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Cute and not too scary

. Tovi the Penguin Goes Trick-or-Treating

Really glad to be asked by the author to review this cute book. I have been fortunate to review a Tovi the Penguin and just love these books.

Just came at the right time as we are getting ready and in the mood for Halloween.

It is cute well written- a joy to read. I can picture children with Halloween costumes saying reads it to me again.

The illustrations are really good and children can see lots in these pictures and it is Halloween without it being gruesome and too scary for little ones.

Basically about finding a pumpkin for a lantern

Not just for Halloween

Loved it.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Another great book by the king of twists

Fault Line

I have just got round to reviewing this book- what can I say Robert Goddard pulls it out of the bag every time.

I ensure for every holiday I have a Robert Goddard with me.

He is the king of twists, turns and intrigue.

This book I read in a day you cannot put his books down. Jonathan Kellaway,  has what he thinks is his farewell chat with his boss and then to go to retirement after serving his long career with a multi-national company. But there is just one think to do  is to source some missing documents to enable a doctor of  historian who for some reason is writing the company history.

As ever never straight forward taking him from Cornwall to Italy, storyline jumps back and forward through a timeline between the late 1960s, 1984, and 2010.

He has to confront lost loves, relationship with the wren family, murders- questions and answers later in the story, just when the reader thinks they are making headway another twist is thrown into the mix. The author gives the reader as much information and sometimes a little more - the reader needs to have a good memory and this is drip fed.

The ending - the reader and the main character are left with questions and for the reader to make their own mind up.

I can never wait for the next book.

Thursday, 12 October 2017


Smoke City

I was asked to review this by Meerkat Press.

Wow what a whacky book, loved it - a story about life and death- Mike driving to his ex wife funeral picks up Marvin who has lost his record business but aside from that he has weird idea that he had another life and that he thinks he was the executioner who was responsible for burning Saint Joan of Arc- how weird then find her spirit in a woman in LA - yes the same place Mike Ex wife funeral is taking place.

Both men have problems/issues and both are on the road together.

Well written and great for the reader who wants to read something out of the ordinary with this supernatural theme running through it.

Sounds weird -is weird but strangely an enjoyable read.

Christmas romance and sparkle

I was asked to review this by the author.

Beautifully written and yet again Sharon Kleve gives the reader a heart-warming romance and what better at Christmas.

A year after  Confectioner Evies parents have died tragically just before Christmas. With an ex cheating boyfriend- her friend suggests she gets a pet from Shelter. She meets Nick a lovely Vet and Brewster the dog.

Can Evie enjoy Christmas again after so much heartbreak and tragedy- it does all end well.

Beautifully written heart-warming, with real characters, friends, cute dog, love and the magic and sparkle of Christmas.

Fans of Sharon Kleve will love this short story and new readers snuggle down in the holidays and enjoy.

Great stocking filler present too - never too early to start shopping.

Thank you Sharon for asking me to review this

Happy Holidays.

A lovely Novella

The Pirate Bride's Holiday Masquerade

I was asked to review this by Librarything.com

This sequel had it all, romance, steaminess, fun, Christmas (even though I read this in October), swashbuckling pirates and the odd tear along the way.

This is the sequel to "The Pirates Bride" although the reader does not have to have read this -it does aid the reader with the characters.

It is sometime since we read about the main characters -Sophie and Andre who are very much in love, after a somewhat complicated relationship- readers they are now married.

Christmas is fast approaching and it looks like they will spend the festive period on the "Jade Princess" but Sophie wants to spend this on land rather than at sea- the reasons are apparent at the end of the story.

A lovely gentle read with a bit of history thrown into the mix.

An ideal stocking filler when you just want something light to read over the Christmas break, with a Gingerbread latte and Christmas pyjamas.

Thank you Librarything and Cathy Skendrovich for letting me review this book.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

What a great great

Letters to the Pianist by S.D. Mayes

I was really lucky to be asked to review this book by Librarything.com.

Setting is 1940s London and the blitz. Two daughters survive Hitler's bombing of their home- parents are buried in the rubble - presumed dead. Their father a pianist survives unbeknown to the daughters - but has had amnesia.

Years later one of the daughters thinks she recognises him in a newspaper and thus a story of dark secrets, I could not put this down.

The author has researched this part of history well and other aspects of World War II. The author writes in an atmospheric way and the reader becomes entangled in this story.

family, conspiracy and people changed by the devastation of war just part of the web weaved by the author.

The book takes the reader on a journey that gets murkier as the story moves on.

Well recommended, well written and an author to look out for.

Will be up there in the ten best sellers for Christmas 2017.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Christmas treats from Five great authors

Christmas Recipes From Five of Your Favorite Authors by [Kleve, Sharon, Conner, Jennifer, Ford, Angela, Chambers, Jennifer, Medler, Ella]

I checked my emails last night and there was an mail from Sharon Kleve asking if I would review this amazing Christmas recipe book from five really great authors. These authors are not chefs but novelists so this really was exciting for me and as the days get colder we start to plan Christmas.

These are really different recipes - I find myself groaning when the cookery magazines come out at Christmas- I hear myself shouting there are only so many ways to cook sprouts, it is only a Sunday roast we have seen it all before- in this you haven't

I would recommend this as a gift, stocking filler or to treat yourself reader this Christmas.

There are recipes for everyone here -vegan, gluten free etc.

All kept jumping out at me all kept telling me new slant on Christmas all were from the authors own recipes.

A great alternative to the predictable turkey Pork roulade easy to make and sounds yummy, I always make pickles and keep for the festive period, here there was Garlic dill pickles sounds great with cold cuts and left over turkey. We normally have Christmas morning smoked salmon and scrambled eggs - here is difference frittata.

How about reindeer kisses drink- wow marshmallow infused vodka to name one of the ingredients.

instead of buying snacks that are processed and expensive - check out spicy cashews easy to make in advance and store in a tin easy peasy.

the book is jam packed with different recipes that will wow your family and friends.

This is a must for a great book gift this Christmas. Love it.

Thank you Sharon Kleve for the email and giving me the chance to review, give me great different Christmas recipes to wow the family and a great gift ideas.

Thought provoking

What's Your Bias? The Surprising Science of Why We Vote the Way We Do

I was asked to review this book by Nudge

As a poll clerk and canvasser I was interested in this book and thought I probably knew the answers- well I witnessed the arguments for and against Brexit on the 23rd June 2016- in a little church hall in Gloucestershire- I was merely scratching the surface.

This is ideal for readers who want to learn a bit of psychology around politics- it states we sometime vote for reasons we are not consciously aware of. take Brexit again the media flooded our brains with immigration- so when people started to go to the booths they truly thought this would solve the problem.

Then later that year President Trump was elected- who would have thought that was going to happen, but as I keep saying people must have believed in him as they voted for him.

As I have discussed the UK and the USA in the last two paragraphs, the author gives a good distribution between the UK and USA.

The author gives a good argument of how we today are so influenced by social media and advertising that is displayed on the internet that subconsciously affects how we think. Years ago we would have looked at class and how much money we have, and now there appears to be a shift. We are even influenced by what someone looks like.

This is not a heavy going book, readers will find this easy to read and extremely thought provoking.

I recommend this book - perhaps we will be more aware of influences when we go to the booths at the next election.

Good for fans of middle earth

Wings Unseen

I was asked to review this by Meercat press.com.

This is a YA fantasy book. I was intrigued by the cover of the book - mystifying.

An area which has been in the throws of war for a long time- fans of Tolkien will enjoy this - there is magic, mystery, creatures and fantasy thrown into the mix.

Some reviews have stated this is a difficult book to get into, or they did not like the characters . I enjoyed both as with all fantasy books, the reader needs to shut themselves off from real life and enjoy the story and the writing.

There are three main characters to this story -Janto a prince, Janto finance Serra - trying to face her past and demons within her, and Vesperi -who is a challenging character both dangerous but brave too.

It is moralistic with good versus evil. Definitely a quest and adventure with some humour thrown into the mix.

If you enjoy the television series Game of Thrones - you will enjoy this.

Beautifully Written

Make Dust Our Paper

I was asked to review this book by Librarything.com.

I was intrigued - I was not familiar with this author but on reading reviews - readers really enjoy this authors style of writing.

The story is written by a fictional author about the author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda.

Beautifully written with style and written in the 3rd person gives this more depth to his writing

I am now seeking out this author

Another quirky and fun story in the Sage series.


Rescue Me: A Sage McGuire Romance

I am so fortunate to be asked to review this authors books- here is another in the Sage series. These books so make me chuckle and I think to myself here we go again.

Sage continues to establish her private investigation business and now she is engaged to the narcotics police chap Carter Morgan.

This time round is as usual total madness - Sage barely passes her defensive driving test, works on a new case from her ex boss (who just happens to be dead!!) friend, engages in a little cookery classes (which do not go well)

There is even a lobster thrown into the mix- read the book to find out more.

There was even a surprise twist at the end.

This author continues to deliver fun quirky and well written romance stories

I do hope there are more.

Thank you Sharon Kleve for asking me to review- it is always a pleasure.