Friday, 27 April 2018

Cute and sweet romance

Say You Love Me (Pine Valley, #3)

Typical day to read books wet and dark at present.

I was asked by Inspired by Kathy to review this book.

This is one of a series and you really get to know the characters, cute and sweet. The romance is a delight to read. I have been lucky to review previous stories in the Pine Valley series Worth the Risk and Where You Belong)

The author writes so well 

In a nutshell Clara and Dawson are from bad relationships and hesitant to move forward to a new relationship and Clara has lost her grandmother, job and previous broken engagement - lot to contend with. 

Hope this relationship goes well - the characters are so good together.

Can be read as a stand alone book, but I would recommend reading them in order

Cannot wait for the next book

Friday, 13 April 2018


Ike and Kay: A Novel

 I was asked to review by Nudge readers.

This is a historical novel and based on fact, Ike and Kay are Dwight Eisenhower-who became 34th President of the united States and Kay Summersby- who joined the British Mechanised Transport Corps (MTC). She had driven an ambulance during the Blitz of 1940 and 41. When the United States joined the allies in December 1941, she was one of many MTC drivers assigned as chauffeurs to high-ranking American military officers.  Eisenhower at that time was Major General and Kay was assigned as his driver the following May.

 The author writes about this love affair - whether this was full blown sexual relationship one may never know -reading  her  autobiography, Past Forgetting: My Love Affair with Dwight D. Eisenhower dated 1975 just a year before she died of cancer there was no mention of a sexual relationship - but one could argue she may have been protecting "Ike" the author admits to the fact that no one knows the extent of this relationship and we may never know. What would we have done in this unpredictable time being place with people we would never have come across in peace time. Life was precarious Kay had witnessed this in the horrific Blitz. She proved her worth in becoming "Ike" secretary. She would have been privy to confidential war information and she would have been his confident.  

 The author has spent a great deal of time researching this period of history and readers will gain a great deal from the historical side as well as the romance. Whether they did or did not this was a different time. It is beautifully written and crafted.

I was aware of Kay Summersby and had read a little of her a long time ago, but this book has given me thought to read about both “Ike” and Kay.

Recommended read and can see this up in the top ten this summer- published March 2018.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Mystical Crime Novel

We Were the Salt of the Sea

I was asked to review this by Lovereading.

This book is just out in publication this April 2018.

Wow this book had such a mystical feel -but this is crime fiction and it certainly packs a punch it was atmospheric and that transferred to the authors very unique style of writing which worked so well.

Catherine Day finds herself in a remote fishing village in search of her mother - it appears the villagers do not like her mother. A female body is pulled from the water in a fisherman net who she recognises.  Thus begins an investigation led by Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales having recently moved to the area. 

The author carefully introduces the main characters which has a bearing as the story cleverly unfolds. Then the pace quickens and the reader is taken into this close knit fishing village  and the problems of solving the death of the female.

The reader will be taken on a journey of questions, love and loss. You can close your eyes and feel the sea.

Recommended and will be up in the top ten very quickly a must read for 2018  

Beautiful get out there and see what is on your doorstep

 The Pull of the River: Tales of Escape and Adventure on Britain's Waterways

I was asked to review by Nudge. 

Having been born in the sixties, I witnessed the demise of rivers and canals, but also in the 90s and beyond witnessed a rebirth of both canals and rivers and I too now have had a love for both. This is a beautiful story of Matt and James who go on a journey in a homemade canoe.

 How many of us explore our back yard, and some would think rather silly in a canoe, yet this pair did- and what a story they had to tell- this is all within our reach in the UK. This was not a summer jaunt the pair wanted to explore in all seasons and witness all weathers. Brave but this was interesting.

This is a story of friendship, adventure and fantastic nature. This is the author's debut book.

I particularly enjoyed reading about the Thames as I spend a lot of time at Kew Bridge, but although I may enjoy a glass of wine overlooking Kew or Chiswick, I give very little thoughts to my surroundings and the very obvious river. Whilst finishing this book earlier this week the Severn and Avon rivers were about to peak dangerously due to the rain fall- it made me again think why have I never explored even on the foot paths.

The book made me think I should take this when out and about and when in areas that are described in this book read the chapter and get the sense of what Matt and James felt at that time.

The book is well researched with interesting facts of the places and waterways they visited. 

a marvellous find and for all Jerome K Jerome fans this another great book 

I am already thinking of who would love this book for Christmas.

Thank you Nudge for allowing me to review and thank you Matt Gaw for writing and inspiring me.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Fun Regency Read

The Marriage Pact (Loving an Aldridge, #1)

I was asked to review by Inspired by Kathy 

What a fun read and even better this is book one - more to follow.

This fun regency novel takes you away every day life - James and Celia are good friends. James has been forewarned - that she maybe trying to trap him into marriage. There is influence from Celia mother and sister. He is still keen on her despite the warnings. But all is not plain sailing and are caught up in an "agreement" which may have been well meant at the beginning.
Good characters and lots of emotion, sex is touched on but this is not a romp but a good clean read.

I am seeking this author out and will keep any eye out for book 2.