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Friends and Neighbours – Ruth Torjussen

 4/5 Intro I was really pleased to be asked to review the Christmas instalment of Friends and Neighbours. I wanted to check in with Jenny and Lonny, find out how they were all getting on. I was not disappointed!  Synopsis Two years after her depression Jenny is leading a full and happy life with her family, friends and neighbours …

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Fantasy

Secret Burdens – Suzanna J Linton

 4/5 Intro The third in the Lorst Stories saga and my favourite so far!  Synopsis Jarrett failed everyone close to him. In disgrace, he resigned his position as Captain of the Royal Guard and entered self-imposed exile in Lorst’s Eastern Forests. As a common soldier, he fought the remainder of the sorcerer Marduk’s monsters. However, after an assassination attempt …

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Family

It All Comes Back to You

 5/5 Intro A book that does historical points of view and two narrations is often hard to do but Beth Duke has done a wonderful job with ‘It All Comes Back to You’. Synopsis Alabama, 1947. War’s over, cherry-print dresses, parking above the city lights, swing dancing. Beautiful, seventeen-year-old Violet lives in a perfect world. Everybody loves her. In …

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Family

Discerning Grace – Emma Lombard

 5/5 Intro An audiobook about a stowaway refined lady who causes all sorts of trouble on board a Royal navy vessel? Yes, please!  Synopsis As the first full-length novel in The White Sails Series, DISCERNING GRACE captures the spirit of an independent woman whose feminine lens blows the ordered patriarchal decks of a 19th century tall ship to smithereens. Wilful Grace …

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Crime/Mystery

Migration Event – K.C. Gillis

 4/5 Intro The third in the Jordan Reed mystery series, this is the first one I’ve read, but I don’t think it impacted on the story at all.  Synopsis Environmental destruction. Tax evasion. When reporter Jordan Reed uncovers a link, will she meet a fatal deadline?  Jordan Reed lives to expose criminals who believe they’ll never get caught. So …

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Fantasy

Clara’s Return – Suzanna J. Linton

 5/5 Intro The second in the Stories of Lorst series, this did not disappoint. It brought angst, suspense and a fair bit of  magical mystery. Emmerich and Clara are back, but not is all as it seems.  Synopsis Watch for traitors. Watch for giants. Watch for the shadow in your own mind. Clara, lost and disillusioned from the civil …

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Crime/Mystery

The Shadow Men – M.R Mackenzie

 4/5 Intro Following on from ‘In the Silence’ and ‘Cruel Summer’ Anna Scavolini is back in this nail-biting thriller from M.R Mackenzie. Intrigue, death and a secret in the shadows make for a whirlwind ride.  Please note this book does come with triggers warnings for child abuse and paedophilia. Synopsis They see everything. They hear everything. They know everything. When a …

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Family

Thunder on the Moor – Andrea Matthews

 5/5 Intro I really enjoyed Andrea Matthews’ book that I reviewed earlier this year – The Cross of Ciaran. So when I was contacted by Love Books Tours about a new book from her, I knew I had to review it. I was not disappointed!  Synopsis Maggie Armstrong grew up enchanted by her father’s tales of blood feuds and …

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Crime/Mystery

Hollywood Bilker – Leopold Borstinski

 4/5 Intro The sixth book in the Alex Cohen series and it is another fantastic thriller.  Synopsis Is building a casino worth dying for?  Jewish gangster, Alex Cohen returns to America and settles in 1960s California to build a drug and prostitution empire in LA. When he gets a call from the mob to help the CIA invade Cuba, Alex …

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Sci-Fi

The Entrants – Rock Forsberg

 4/5 Intro Do you fancy a book with an underdog? Do you like galactic racing teams with some seriously big secrets, a race for a life and a boy who wants to be like his dad? Then definitely read The Entrants!  Synopsis The ARL race crafts run on sonic speeds just a few metres from the track and race …

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Fantasy

The Willing – Lindsay Lees

 3.7/5 Intro Dystopian novels are my first love – I love reading how new societies would form after a great apocalyptic war. The Willing is the first one I’ve read for a while and I had really high hopes!  Synopsis In less than a year, fifteen-year-old Gypsy Capone will be considered a woman in Ovoidia, a “utopian” city-state where …

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Fantasy

Clairvoyants: The Fourth Kinetic – Brady Moore

 4.7/5 Intro I’m always on the lookout for new sci-fi novels that take my breath away. This one did all that and I couldn’t put it down!  Synopsis There are four breeds of Clairvoyants: Kinetics who can move objects with their minds, Prophets who have involuntary visions of the future, Readers who can explore the deepest thoughts of others …

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