#BlogTour COMING HOME TO HERITAGE COVE by HELEN J ROLFE #BookReview @rararesources

Delighted to be here today as part of the Blog Tour for the wonderful COMING HOME TO HERITAGE COVE by HELEN J ROLFE. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be part of the tour and sharing my review!

Coming Home to Heritage Cove

Welcome to Heritage Cove, the little village by the sea brimming with character, community and friendship, and the perfect place to fall in love this summer…

Melissa rushes back to Heritage Cove when Barney, the man who’s been like a father figure to her since she was a little girl, ends up in hospital. After an absence of five years, her return isn’t going to be easy, especially when she bumps into Harvey, the love of her life and the man she’s never been able to forget. 

For reasons he couldn’t explain at the time, Harvey changed his mind about going with Melissa to start afresh as they’d planned, and life moved on for the both of them. But with Melissa back in the village and determined to stick around to help Barney, they can’t avoid each other forever. Melissa knows she let so many people down by staying away for so long, but she and Harvey blame each other for what happened and neither of them is willing to admit to being in the wrong.

When Barney insists on cancelling the Wedding Dress Ball, the charity fundraiser he holds every year in the stunning barn on his property, Melissa and Harvey realise they’re going to have to pull together. Otherwise the man they once knew might be gone forever. And when they unearth a secret Barney has never shared with anyone, they go in search of answers to not only ensure the ball runs this summer, but to bring back the Barney they know and love. 

Back in the cove after all this time, Melissa gets to see the life she left behind and it’s time to deal with what it was that drove her away in the first place.

Beneath the summer sunshine in Heritage Cove, the sea sparkles, the heat rises and new love, reconciliations and the answers to an old love story could bring changes for everyone.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B086YYZF27

US – https://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Heritage-Cove-delightfully-ebook/dp/B086YYZF27

About the Author

Helen J Rolfe writes romantic fiction and contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. 

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries where she thinks her readers might like to escape to. 

Helen J Rolfe also writes for Orion Books under the name Helen Rolfe. 

Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia and it was there that she finally turned to what she loved and studied writing and journalism. She spent a while freelancing for women’s health and fitness magazines, volunteered with the PR department of a children’s hospital where she wrote articles and media releases, and eventually began writing fiction in 2011. And now, she thinks she may just have found her dream job. 

Helen currently lives in Hertfordshire, UK, with her husband and their children. 

Social Media Links – 

Helen loves to hear from readers so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. She can be found at: 

www.helenjrolfe.com 

https://www.facebook.com/helenjrolfewriter

www.instagram.com/helen_j_rolfe/   

MY REVIEW


I found this to be a perfect feelgood, escapism read and have taken Heritage Cove and its’ inhabitants to my heart!  


Melissa has to return to Heritage Cove after Barney, who is a real father figure to her, is taken ill. That means confronting the past she ran away from 5 years ago! And that past is Harvey, the love of her life who still lives there.  Their relationship had a sour end, mainly due to their stubbornness, so it’s going to be tough for her to face things again – all the good and bad memories come rushing back and it’s how she deals with them that shows if the time away has helped her.


Barney normally hosts a Wedding Dress Ball but he is adamant it won’t be going ahead this year, and gets very prickly when  pushed further on it so you are left wondering what he’s hiding.  He’s never been good at accepting help, but good at giving help to others, so Melissa and Harvey have a tough job on their hands trying to make him see sense.


I loved the story about reconnecting and seeing how time changes things, but I also really enjoyed the mystery side of the story as they look into the past when they make a discovery and start to delve into the past of Barney and why things have meant so much to him over the years.


The relationship between Harvey and Melissa is a complex one because of their pasts and I found them to be such endearing characters due to their life experiences and I think that’s why I felt so warmly towards them as they tried to forgive one another, and themselves, for what happened to their relationship all those years ago.  I am just hoping there’ll be a return to Heritage Cove very soon as I want more!!


★★★★

#BookReview SLADE HOUSE by DAVID MITCHELL #20booksofsummer20

ABOUT THE BOOK

Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door.Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents — an odd brother and sister — extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late…Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it.

MY REVIEW


Book 3 of my 20 Books of Summer 2020.

This was more miss than hit for me, unfortunately. I don’t know if I wanted it to be more weird, more scary, more humourous! But it just fell short on all counts for me as you didn’t get to spend enough time in the company of various characters to care enough what fate befell them! Maybe if I had read Bone Clocks before it would have all made a little more sense….

The house itself was a fascinating prospect with all its’ odd goings on, as well as the twins Jonah and Norah as their story was intriguing to say the least – I would have loved to have just read all about them and their abilities


★★★

#BlogTour THE CURATOR by M.W.CRAVEN #BookReview MW Craven @MWCravenUK @LittleBrownUK @DavidHHeadley

Delighted to be the latest stop on the blog tour for the fabulous THE CURATOR by M.W.CRAVEN. My  thanks to the author, publisher and Beth Wright at Little Brown for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

ABOUT THE BOOK

It’s Christmas and a serial killer is leaving displayed body parts all over Cumbria. A strange message is left at each scene: #BSC6. Called in to investigate, the National Crime Agency’s Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are faced with a case that makes no sense. Why were some victims anaesthetized, while others died in appalling agony? Why is their only suspect denying what they can irrefutably prove but admitting to things they weren’t even aware of? And why did the victims all take the same two weeks off work three years earlier?

And when a disgraced FBI agent gets in touch things take an even darker turn. Because she doesn’t think Poe is dealing with a serial killer at all; she thinks he’s dealing with someone far, far worse – a man who calls himself the Curator.

And nothing will ever be the same again…

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

Goldsboro Books – signed edition

hive.co.uk

MY REVIEW

They are back! And solving crimes better than ever!!! My favourite investigating team return with another grizzly case and an ending that left me truly shocked!! You know when you have to read the last few pages over and over a few times to let it all sink in… yeah that kind of ending!!

The combination of Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw works wonders again in this novel – their dynamics are more settled and understanding, but there is still that edge and unpredictability that I love about them.  So when body parts are discovered at certain locations with a single chilling message #BCS6 left with them, it is up to Poe and Bradshaw to put the pieces together and find out the victims and the perpitrator. And it’s not an easy hunt for them – why are these victims targeted? Is there a link between them? What is the significance of the message?  The tiniest little piece of information is often key to each investigation even more so when there is so very little evidence left behind by the serial killer in these instances.

When an FBI agent gets involved in the case and points out the similarities in a case involving The Curator the action really picks up, and the investigation gets more complex and more intriguing to follow.

It is a gruesome and shocking case that unfolds, but there are still moments of humour that lighten the darkness.  It’s another corker of a story from M.W.Craven and I’m already eagerly awaiting the next case that Washington and Tilly have to solve!!

★★★★★

#BlogTour THE BEAUTY OF BROKEN THINGS by VICTORIA CONNELLY #BookReview @rararesources

Delighted to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for the wonderful THE BEAUTY OF BROKEN THINGS by VICTORIA CONNELLY.  My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for the copy of the book,  putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

The Beauty of Broken Things

United by tragedy, can two broken souls make each other whole?

After the tragic loss of his wife, Helen, Luke Hansard is desperate to keep her memory alive. In an effort to stay close to her, he reaches out to an online friend Helen often mentioned: a reclusive photographer with a curious interest in beautiful but broken objects. But first he must find her—and she doesn’t want to be found.

Orla Kendrick lives alone in the ruins of a remote Suffolk castle, hiding from the haunting past that has left her physically and emotionally scarred. In her fortress, she can keep a safe distance from prying eyes, surrounded by her broken treasures and insulated from the world outside.

When Luke tracks Orla down, he is determined to help her in the way Helen wanted to: by encouraging her out of her isolation and back into the world. But Orla has never seen her refuge as a prison and, when painful secrets and dangerous threats begin to resurface, Luke’s good deed is turned on its head.

As they work through their grief for Helen in very different ways, will these two broken souls be able to heal?

Purchase Links 

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07YKW2D3B

US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YKW2D3B

Aus: https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B07YKW2D3B

Victoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

Social Media Links – 

www.victoriaconnelly.com

Instagram: @victoriaconnellyauthor

https://www.instagram.com/victoriaconnellyauthor/

Facebook: @victoriaconnellyauthor

https://www.facebook.com/victoriaconnellyauthor

Twitter: @VictoriaDarcy

MY REVIEW

I adored this book! It shows the power of gaining strength from others which allows you to heal and move on from tragic events – ones you think you will never get over.  And it’s also made me want to start a collection of ‘broken things’! Finding beauty in things that are imperfect – very difficult in this world we live in where ‘perfection’ is what is craved.  And those imperfections are what keeps Orla hidden away after an appalling tragedy.  Even her own mother thinks it’s for the best that she is kept out of public view! So Orla just has the company of her dog, and her imperfect collection of china  – forever fearful of the outside world.  But through her photography she reaches out to many others, one of those being Helen who admires her work and dreams of setting up as a photographer herself.  The women build up a friendship through internet messages – until one day the messages stop coming.

Luke is married to Helen and is devastated by her sudden and tragic loss.  He feels rudderless without her and finds out so much about her that he didn’t know about through her journal.  So through photos, he tracks down Orla to pass on a gift that Helen bought for her and that starts an amazing bond between them both that starts the healing process. Isn’t it amazing how some are quick to want to help heal others before even beginning to heal themselves? Sometimes the ones doing the saving are the ones that need saving themselves!

As Orla opens up about her past, you totally understand why she is so reluctant to trust others but as she starts seeing the goodness in people she gains more confidence and starts thinking about rebuilding her life once more.  And through helping Orla, Luke is made to face up to life after Helen and it was emotional at times watching them both go through the healing process. It’s a beautifully written book and the characters are so well crafted that you can’t help but not take them to your hearts.

It’s a lovely touching novel and inspiring to watch the progress they both make in helping one another through the tougher times of grief and fear.

★★★★★

#BlogTour A HUNDRED MILLION YEARS AND A DAY by JEAN-BAPTISTE ANDREA #BookReview

Extremely delighted to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for A HUNDRED MILLION YEARS AND A DAY by JEAN-BAPTISTE ANDREA. My thanks to Isabelle at Gallic Books for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

ABOUT THE BOOK

‘On the mountain, the only monsters are the ones you take with you.’
Summer 1954. Stan has been hunting for fossils since the age of six. Now, having made a career out of studying the remains of tiny lifeforms, he hears a story he cannot forget: the skeleton of a huge creature, a veritable dragon, lies deep in an Alpine glacier. And he is determined to find it.


Leaving his life in Paris behind, Stan sets out in pursuit of a legend. But he is no mountaineer, and to attempt his dangerous expedition he must call on loyal friend and colleague Umberto, who arrives with an eccentric young assistant, and expert guide Gio. Time is short: the four men must descend before the weather turns. Bonds are forged and tested as the hazardous quest for the earth’s lost creatures becomes a journey into Stan’s own past.


PUBLISHED BY GALLIC BOOKS

PUBLICATION DATE – 11TH JUNE 2020


PURCHASE LINKS


BELGRAVIA BOOKS


HIVE.CO.UK

MY REVIEW


This was a fascinating novel about the lengths some will go to in the pursuit of a dream – the obsession, the insanity, the sacrifices and the seeds sown from a young age that will shape a person in their future endeavours.


Stan has been hunting fossils since he was 6 years old – he was much happier on his own hunting fossils but that marked him out as being different so he was bullied. Not only by other children, but by his own father which was the heartbreaking aspect of the story.  He never had that support from his dad and as he has flashbacks while climbing the mountain, we get an extraordinary glimpse into the childhood traumas the poor little Stan suffered.
And those traumas set him on the path to want to prove people wrong, which is why he doesn’t want to seem to acknowledge the danger he is putting himself and his team in on the quest to find the skeleton of a dragon in an alpine glacier.


His backstory is heartbreaking and has totally shaped his outlook on life right now and it was often emotional to witness the physical and mental battle he faces on every step of his journey. But with the darkside, he manages to find little moments of happy that keep him pushing on and that’s what I’ll take away from this book the most.  He never let the darker images dampen his determination to achieve the seemingly impossible.  Being told ‘no’ all his life, being bullied, laughed at, meant that he only wanted to prove things to himself that he was good enough – no matter what the cost.

There are the moments of loneliness, anger, and bitterness mixed with the moments of reflection, resolve and I found it to be an absorbing story.


★★★★

#BookReview KING OF THE CROWS by RUSSELL DAY #KingOfTheCrows

ABOUT THE BOOK

“Ocean’s Eleven meets 28 Days Later.”

2028, eight years after a pandemic swept across Europe, the virus has been defeated and normal life has resumed. Memories of The Lockdown have already become clouded by myth, rumour and conspiracy. Books have been written, movies have been released and the names Robertson, Miller & Maccallan have slipped into legend. Together they hauled The Crows, a ragged group of survivors, across the ruins of London. Kept them alive, kept them safe, kept them moving.But not all myths are true and not all heroes are heroes.Questions are starting to be asked about what really happened during those days when society crumbled and the capital city became a killing ground.Finally the truth will be revealed.

Praise for King Of The Crows“Staggeringly prescient – an absolute triumph…”“The most inventive heist novel you’ll ever read.”“In terms of plot, structure and ambition, this is the most imaginative novel I’ve read in years…”

Praise for Russell Day – winner of the CWA Margaret Allingham Prize“Russell Day is an artist – one who paints pictures with his words…””A brilliant book, one that has cemented Russell Day straight into my must read authors list.””Russell Day has established himself as one of the best new crime writers of recent years. I cannot wait for his next novel.”

PUBLISHED BY FAHRENHEIT PRESS

PURCHASE LINK

Publisher Website

MY REVIEW

Reading a book about a pandemic during an actual real life pandemic could be seen by some as a stupid thing to do!! BUT for me I found it the perfect time to read this book!! The parallels between fiction – this book was written a couple of years ago, which makes it even more staggering to me on how events are panning out… – and the reality are mindblowing and it’s a difficult book to put down once I started reading it!

Set in 2028, 8 years after the virus that ravaged Europe has moved on, this book is a story that looks back over those years when the virus was rife, how people lived through it and how people are looking back on it and questioning what they were told and how it has been portrayed by the media as films and books have been released chronicling the events, creating legends of those involved in particular events.

It’s told through snippets of the screenplays, the internet chatter, police interviews, graffiti seen, emails sent and the experiences of people moving around on the ground at that time and this really does help give it a more realistic feel. What struck me as the most pertinent and telling was the relevance of hearsay becoming belief! The internet rumour sites were readily spreading untruths quicker than the virus itself, and all it needed was one person to read this and a new truth is born. Oh and cats…. never trusted them before, even more so now!!!

As we follow the real story of the time during the pandemic, alongside the way the films portrayed the main characters of The Crows, it was fascinating to see how the hatred was whipped up amongst different factions – the anti government groups, anti police, anti media….. a little too realistic for my liking!! The virus itself mutates, there are zombies/undead but there is more insanity leading to extremes in behaviour and we’re witness to that with the actions of many, fighting for their lives after being hung out to dry by those in charge, while others see this as a perfect opportunity for a raid on the financial capital.

The before, the during, the after is all brilliantly captured in all its grim glory – the fear, the panic, the unknown, the theories! One phrase really struck a chord for me ‘Stay calm, Stay at home, do what we say’!! Sounds a little familiar!!

It was exhilarating, exhausting, extraordinary – an experience I am very grateful to have had the pleasure of reading – and living through! – and I cannot recommend this highly enough! One of my books of 2020!!

★★★★★

#BookReview GROWING UP FOR BEGINNERS by CLAIRE CALMAN

ABOUT THE BOOK

It’s not easy being a grown-up, but at 47, Eleanor hoped she’d be better at it by now…

But when Eleanor waves her daughter off for a gap-year trip, she finds herself stuck as a satellite wife, spinning in faithful orbit around domineering husband Roger, with only a stash of hidden books and her brilliant but judgmental father Conrad for comfort.Andrew isn’t mastering the art of growing up either. When he finds his belongings dumped on the drive, although he may not understand women very well, even he can see that this looks like some kind of hint… and so moves back in with his parents.Backing onto Andrew’s parents lives artist Cecilia, always ready to recount tales of her innumerable ex-lovers, whilst her daughters feel she’s like a misbehaving teenager.

But now four lives are drawn together by long-buried secrets of the past, and it is time for them all to grow up, before it’s too late.A desperate decision … A lost letter … A powerful secret hidden for thirty years…

Praise for Claire Calman:


‘A poignant and beautifully articulated tale of love and loss, memory and forgetting, grief and guilt, new love and letting go. I was engrossed, often tearful, and finally, uplifted.’ Isobel Wolff
‘Simply wonderful. I was totally enchanted, devoured it in a day, and have been raving about it ever since.’ Fiona Walker 


PUBLISHED BY BOLDWOOD BOOKS


PURCHASE LINK

Amazon


MY REVIEW

I found this book to be a really entertaining read, full of characters that you either find yourselves cheering for on their journey, alongside those who’d you clearly love to throttle!! The patience shown by some towards their ‘loved’ ones is worthy of a gold medal at times! But that’s like life, and I think this book captures the little moments many of us face throughout our lives – searching for meaning, looking to move on and finding the strength to break free from what we have become accustomed to.

And that applies in spades to Eleanor, one of the main characters we follow, as she has been married to Roger for 20 years! I think I’d struggle to stay married to him for 20 minutes! In his world it is his way, or no way! And Eleanor has gone along with his way of thinking to keep his moods quieter for the sake of her children, and her own sanity. But as the children fly the nest, she is facing that time in her life when she has to put herself first, follow her own passions and how difficult she finds it to think of herself for a change. He really is something else when faced with his wife wanting her own little bit of happy!!

The book goes backwards and forwards in time, surrounding Eleanor and a number of other characters – Conrad, her father, Andrew, the man who is restoring a painting for Conrad, and Cecilia and her 2 daughters who are all quite different in personalities and outlooks.

There are many aspects to this story that made it a fascinating read – the things parents do for their children throughout their lives, the sacrifices, the selfish behaviours on both sides, and how people deal with overbearing people in their lives . Maybe they mean well, but the controlling influence they inflict on their nearest and dearest can have serious consequences on the mental wellbeing of those they love.

★★★

#BookReview PERFUME by PATRICK SUSKIND #20BooksOfSummer

ABOUT THE BOOK

An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind’s classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man’s indulgence in his greatest passion—his sense of smell—leads to murder.In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift—an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume”—the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.

MY REVIEW



What a weird yet wonderful book!! A mix of historical & fantasy, it’s disturbing and dark but leaves you with mixed feelings about the main character Grenouille!

He starts life in the most awful of situations – passed from one person to the next, he ends up happy in the isolation and develops an extraordinary sense of smell. His main drive each day is to search out new scents to keep him enthused with life, but he is also plagued by the fact that he emits no smell which leads him further into isolation and avoiding all human contact. When he is around people he finds himself drawn to the perfume shops where he becomes an apprentice and staggers the owner with his ability to replicate the scents of others, but create ones even better.

It’s just the levels he goes to find certain scents are what makes him disturbing and macabre. The levels of pleasure he finds in the act of obtaining the scents! It is not pleasant for the rest of us!!

But his scents gain him notoriety and power and he revels in the adulation bestowed upon – they say power corrupts, and that is clear for Grenouille! It’s an intoxicating story with a very grizzly ending! I loved it!!

★★★★

#BookReview THE RAILWAY GIRLS by MAISIE THOMAS #TheRailwayGirls

ABOUT THE BOOK

The first novel in the utterly brilliant Railway Girls series. Perfect for fans of Nancy Revell and Ellie Dean.

In February, 1922, at the western-most entrance to Victoria Station in Manchester, a massive plaque was unveiled. Beneath a vast tiled map showing the lines of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway network, a series of seven bronze panels recorded the names of the men of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War – a total of 1,460 names.

In March, 1940, a group of women of varying ages and backgrounds, stand in front of the memorial, ready to do their bit in this new World War…
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Mabel is determined to make a fresh start as a railway girl where no one will know the terrible thing she did and she can put her guilt behind her… Or is she just running away?

Meanwhile Joan will never be as good as her sister, or so her Gran keeps telling her. A new job as a station clerk could be just the thing she needs to forget her troubles at home.

And Dot is further into her forties than she cares to admit. Her beloved sons are away fighting and her husband – well, the less said about him the better. Ratty old sod. She is anxious to become a railway girl just like her dear mam – anything to feel she is supporting the sons she prays for every night.

The three women start off as strangers, but soon form an unbreakable bond that will get them through the toughest of times…

PUBLISHED BY ARROW

PURCHASE LINK

Amazon £6.99

whsmith  £5.94

hive.co.uk  £6.85

MY REVIEW

What a way to start a new series! Maisie Thomas has created an amazing set of characters that get you on side straight away as they start their new lives working on the railways during the war.


And it’s definitely a new experience for them, and the men they are working alongside! The attitudes of the time come across in volumes as they are looked down on by some, many thinking that they can’t possibly do a job as well as a man – and not only from co-workers, it’s from the men in their own families too! A time when women ‘knew their place’ and men wouldn’t even lift a finger around the house. So to get these girls doing a variety of jobs in the railway sector in the North West allows you to see the prejudices they faced both at home and at work.

Mabel, Joan and Dot are the main characters but we also get to follow other women they meet along the way, and as they’re all at different stages of life we get to see the different aspects they all face with this new way of life. What they all have in common though is their resilience and a desire to stand on their own 2 feet and that’s what is brilliant about this book. They face up to their challenges and don’t run away from things even if it is tough. The bond between the women is also really strong as they know they are all in the same boat. Dot was one of my favourite as she took no prisoners!! Despite the attitudes she faced from certain male co-workers she was determined to prove them wrong!

It was also fascinating to see how the attitude of their families changed over time, as at the beginning they thought they were bringing shame on the family by wanting to work! Even having painted toenails was seen as a disgrace at the time so heaven forbid that a ‘woman’ was to be seen working on the railway! Nowadays they would have had such pride in these women wanting to work at such a time and do their bit!

There was a great mix of drama and humour throughout the book, and it all felt so relatable! These were women you could imagine yourself wanting to hang out with and I’m so excited to see what else this series has in store for us!!


★★★★★

#BookReview WE BEGIN AT THE END by CHRIS WHITAKER

ABOUT THE BOOK

We Begin at the End is a powerful novel about absolute love and the lengths we will go to keep our family safe. This is a story about good and evil and how life is lived somewhere in between.


‘YOU CAN’T SAVE SOMEONE THAT DOESN’T WANT TO BE SAVED . . .’


Thirty years ago, Vincent King became a killer.
Now, he’s been released from prison and is back in his hometown of Cape Haven, California. Not everyone is pleased to see him. Like Star Radley, his ex-girlfriend, and sister of the girl he killed.


Duchess Radley, Star’s thirteen-year-old daughter, is part-carer, part-protector to her younger brother, Robin – and to her deeply troubled mother. But in trying to protect Star, Duchess inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will have tragic consequences not only for her family, but also the whole town.


Murder, revenge, retribution.How far can we run from the past when the past seems doomed to repeat itself? 


PUBLISHED BY ZAFFRE BOOKS


PURCHASE LINKS

Goldsboro Books – signed first edition
hive.co.uk
blackwell’s


MY REVIEW

BUY THIS BOOK!! Thank me later!!

Wow! It’s never easy to review a book like this as you don’t want to give too much away, but you just want everyone to grab a copy and experience it for themselves!! It is full of characters that you gravitate towards, care for, despise, and as you watch the story unfold you end up experiencing every decision made, you hear every noise, feel every emotion – it just swallows you up whole and you are in for one hell of a journey!!


And in the character of Duchess, you have someone who just shines out! From a young age she’s had an awful life, with many harrowing experiences and her whole life is shaped by despair. Her mother, Star, is struggling with her own issues, especially after losing her sister. Duchess is there for her mum though and helps to care for her brother Robin. Chief Walker is always looking out for them too, especially as he feels responsible for the direction their family life has taken – his best friend, Vincent King, is serving time in jail for the death of Star’s sister when he was 15 – and 30 years later he is set for release. There’s scores to be settled, and truths to be uncovered and when another horrific crime is committed then fingers start pointing again and life seems to be repeating itself once more.

Duchess has always seen herself as an outlaw, after hearing some family history stories, and the way she cares for her brother and vows to right wrongs – your heart just aches for her. She is full of rage and anger after having to grow up so quickly and her only mission in life is to protect Robin. Moved from pillar to post she is reluctant to accept change and almost appears to resent nice things happening as she doesn’t feel she deserves it. Just when things are settling down for her and Robin, it is cruelly ripped away from her again and the rage returns…

This is unquestionably one of my books of 2020 and I cannot recommend it highly enough! You’ll laugh, cry, be shocked, be outraged – it has everything!! Amazing!!


★★★★★