Friday, 11 January 2019

three different people and an interesting historical tale

The Alphabet of Heart's Desire
As a Lovereading Ambassador I was asked to read and review this.

This book present the a fictional view of  Thomas De Quincey, who wrote the first book about drug addiction. Based on his time in London where he is found living on the streets- a middle class person and spend time with whore Anne and partaking in drugs. the time is around the beginning of the 19th centaury. The author creates from historical research how London would have been at that time, what the person would see, smell and experience. The third main character is called Tuan, a captured slave living in London and  he is eventually freed by his owner. it is interesting and shocking how society was at that time.

This is such a great historical novel, well researched with three stories intertwined, written with thought and a little comical at times too. the reader is pulled in by the author to this story.

Surprisingly I had never hear of Thomas De Quincey yet coming from Edinburgh had no idea he is buried in St Cuthbert's church yard at the West end of Princes Street. I will make a point of visiting his grave the next time I fly up for a visit. So how he ended up in Edinburgh well that is probably another story.

Thursday, 29 November 2018


Choosing Heart or HomeI was asked by the authors friend Sharon Kleve to review this book.

takes place in December 1898 towards the end of Victoria's reign.

London music hall star, Honeysuckle Flowers is to be taken to Wales to meet his parents. At that time music hall stars were not seen as good and proper to the Victorian high society so there is concern for Honeysuckle that his parents will shun her.

Honeysuckle comes to the rescue when she discovers his mother needs money for a plaque in memory of  soldiers who have died in battle  from their village, what better than to put on a musical show to raise the money. 

Will this gain the memorial plaque, will his parents see her in a different light and accept- readers you will have to read this and find out.

Beautiful, well written and gives the true meaning of Christmas.

A recommended Christmas gift this Christmas.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Poppy Denby the new Miss Marple

The Cairo Brief
I was asked to review this book by Lovereading.

This popped through my letter box on Friday and by this afternoon I had snuggled down in my arm chair and read this interesting mystery.

This is book 4 of the Poppy Denby books, and can be read as a standalone story.

Set in the 20s Poppy is a journalist gets caught up a masks curse, then there is a murder. This is Agatha Christie written in a modern age set in the 20s.

Well researched and as a fan of the British museum and Egyptology this was right up my street. Who owns these artefacts made me think of today and the Elgin collection -the same issues today.

The roaring twenties, country estate setting atmospheric and the reader is transported back to a different age.

Recommended with an excellent plot which keeps the reader hanging on till the end - a thoroughly good read.

Monday, 22 October 2018


The Christmas LightsI was asked to review this book by Nudge.

I have not read any of this authors books before and was curious as I am reviewing a few Christmas related novels at present.

The story is set in Norway what could be more magical than the northern lights. Bo Loxley and her partner Zac are to spend the festive season in the wonderful fjords of Norway in a remote farms- idyllic and should be perfect- but Bo can only talk to the mountain guide as he appears to understand and listen to her.

Meanwhile the mountain guides grandmother has secrets that date back over 80 years and the story takes us to the 1930s and back to the present day. This gives a different slant on the story. Will Bo and Zac relationship survive this festive period?- readers will have to keep reading to find out.

This novel really has a good story, the author writes well and on a cold afternoon snuggled up in a chair with a festive hot chocolate, the reader is transported to a magical Norway with secrets as this story unfolds.

Beautifully written and due for publication 1st November 2018. The ideal holiday read this Christmas.

Friday, 28 September 2018


Not Quite Christmas

I am always pleased when I get an email from Sharon Kleve to review her books, they are always well written cute and wonderfully romantic. This was no exception.

Never too early for Christmas, which is a magical time.

We all want to be home at Christmas, but there is the travel bit that is involved and this story is just that Adair is leaving the town she was living in and taking up a job in Seattle to be back home with those she loves.

this is not all doom and gloom with traffic problems and cancellations as she meets Easton who is travelling in the same direction and are both affected by the delays and cancellations. They get to know each other and realise there is a spark between them. if this had not happened we would have not met - it does happen.

Beautifully written and as the weather gets colder the reader will snuggle up for an afternoon and immerse themselves in this lovely romance and Christmas as an added bonus.


Thank you as always Sharon Kleve for the email that sets me up for a lovely read.

An adventure awaits

Tovi the Penguin: Goes to Ireland

I was asked by the author to review this cute book- I have previously reviewed a few of the Tovi books.

This just shows St Patricks Day is not about the frothy Dublin beer that St Patrick day appears to be more about and Tovi proves this he travels to the Emerald Isle and even finds a crock of gold  at the end of the rainbow.

The illustrations are lovely as expected for readers already familiar with this author.

Utterly cute and such fun little stories, with an adventure, children will be saying at the end of this where will Tovi go next. This is my question where next.

Original and fun thank you for letting me read and review this.

I will think differently about March 17th in future.

Monday, 17 September 2018


Here and Gone
I was asked to review this book by Nudge.

This thriller will grip the reader from the beginning until its thunderous end.

Audra, and her two children are running away from her abusive husband. after leaving New York she is driving through a remote part of Arizona the police pick her up for something trivial. She is being taken in by the police, and the kids are left with a deputy. This is where it gets scary. At the station they are saying her kids have disappeared and Audra is being blamed. 

This is fast paced, haunting, upsetting, terrifying and creepy. You want this women to get her kids back, and will she- the reader will read on through of this to find out just what the ending will hold for them.

Well written, this author can certainly write a terrifying nightmare story that no one ever wants to experience. Who will believe this woman and will anyone believe her kids were with her when she was arrested?

Thank you to Nudge and Vintage crime for sending me this book to read.