The Last Letter from Paris by Kate Eastham / #Spotlight #PublicationDay @bookouture @eastham_kate

June 1940, Paris. For days she’s seen the flashes in the night sky. She’s heard the drone of planes and the thump of marching boots. Doors shut as the German flag billows over the Eiffel Tower. Leaving Cora just one last chance to get her letter out of Paris…

The Nazi occupation has begun, and soldiers stand guard on every corner. The terrifying threat of war hangs in the air, and whispers of an unimaginable death toll roll across Europe. But Cora Mayhew has come to Paris from America to search for her birth mother – a fine silver locket her only clue – and she refuses to give up now.

One winter day, the air thick with fog, Cora is on a train – praying that it will lead her to the mother she never knew. But when the train is struck by bombs, throwing her from her seat as the carriage lurches off the tracks, all she can think about is everything she’s left behind.

Bruised and gasping for air, Cora struggles to her feet, shaking glass from her hair. Surrounded by passengers taking their last breaths and crying out for their loved ones, Cora knows she must find a way to send a heart-wrenching letter she’s been carrying around for weeks and return to her dear adoptive family while she still can.

Staggering from the wreckage, Cora shelters in a nearby ditch. But as the cold sets into her bones and her fighting spirit slips away, a German soldier finds Cora and offers her a chance at escape… With golden-flecked hazel eyes, handsome Max Heller is everything a Nazi shouldn’t be: kind, good-humoured and selfless.

With Max’s help, Cora uncovers a devastating secret about her birth mother, which makes her even more determined to get home. The key to Cora’s safe journey lies in the letter she’s been trying desperately to get out of Paris. Now she is faced with a choice: place her trust in the hands of the enemy, or go it alone and risk never making it out alive?

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About the Author

Kate Eastham trained as a nurse in the late 1970s and enjoyed a long career before a change in circumstance meant that she needed to be a full time carer for her partner. Determined to make the most of this new role ‘working from home’ she cleared a space at the kitchen table for a pile of books and a writing pad and started to make notes on the history of nursing. Inspired by the achievements of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole during the Crimean War she was also captured by the sheer grit and determination of other ‘ordinary women’ whose voices from the past are seldom heard. An idea for a novel was born and her first book, ‘Miss Nightingale’s Nurses’, was published by Penguin in 2018, closely followed by three more in the series.

Having thought that she would never find anything to replace the work in nursing that she loved, she is now equally immersed in her writing, drawing on years of experience and the stories told by so many patients. With her passion for history, Kate aims to continue making visible the lives of ordinary yet extraordinary women from the past.

Her current fiction is set during the World Wars and will be published by Bookouture.

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Author Link

Twitter: @eastham_kate

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Letter-Paris-absolutely-heartbreaking-ebook/dp/B0BM9X7X58/

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Last Know Location by Eva Mackenzie / #Spotlight #BlogTour @RRBookTours1

The past has a killer obsession…

Gwen’s life has turned into a nightmare after an ongoing feud with her neighbor turns volatile. Malicious allegations and police intervention drive Gwen out of her home for a long weekend, where she meets a mysterious, handsome stranger named Noah on the local hiking trail. 

Gwen’s never fallen for someone so quickly, but when he’s gone by morning, she never expects to see him again. 

Three days later, Gwen is working in the ER when Noah is brought in with unexplained injuries and no memory of what happened to him.

Soon, Gwen can sense someone stalking her home and vandalizing her things. She can’t help but think her ex will never let her go, or is this mysterious man’s past catching up with him?

How can she protect herself from an enemy she can’t identify?

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About the Author

Eva Mackenzie is an author who enjoys twisty, emotionally engrossing tales. She is a wife and mother living on the east coast. When she isn’t writing, she is spending time with her family, training for her next marathon or reading stacks of suspense novels. Some of her favorite authors are Minka Kent, Dean Koontz, Tami Hoag, and Lisa Jackson.

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Author Links

http://Eva Mackenzie | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Newsletter

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Last-Known-Location-Cedar-Lake-ebook/dp/B0BTK6RS59/

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Giveaway

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Twins Mac & Madi Back to School by Linda Herron / #Spotlight

Explore the joys of going back to school and inspire your child to embrace new experiences with the help of Twins Mac and Madi!

The first day of 3rd grade is here! But loveable Twins Mac and Madi are worried. For the first time, they’ll have to be separated. Can these two girls learn to enjoy their new adventures at school? And will being apart end up making their bond even stronger?

With a cute rhyming story that offers comfort and guidance to young children who are starting a new grade, Mac and Madi’s fun adventure offers an exciting perspective on the joys of going back to school, making new friends, and having tons of new experiences! This book is a must-read for parents who want to help their children understand and manage the strong emotions of worry and anxiety that they might be feeling at the thought of starting a new grade.

Book details:

  • A Rhyming Story and Beautiful Illustrations Bring the World of Mac and Madi to Life!
  • Makes a Brilliant Read for Boys and Girls Ages 3-8
  • Helps Kids Work Through Feelings of Fear, Worry, and Anxiety related to Going Back to School
  • Perfect For Parents of Twins, Siblings, or If Your Child Is Anxious About Starting a New Grade
  • Makes an Imaginative Gift Idea for Twins or Siblings in Your Life!
  • And So Much More!

Shining with a positive message about embracing new experiences and overcoming anxiety, Mac and Madi Back to School is a delightful read that’s ideal for twins and non-twins alike. This book motivates children to step beyond their comfort zone, try new things, and go back to school with excitement!

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About the author

Linda Herron is a children’s author, proud Rhode Islander, and identical twin who loves to craft heartwarming tales about the magical bond between siblings. With first-hand experience of the joys and struggles that being an identical twin entails, Linda was inspired to write a series of fun children’s stories to help kids embrace their differences and cherish their special relationship with their sister or brother. As a seasoned financial expert by day, when Linda isn’t dreaming up new children’s stories to delight and entertain her readers, she’s writing business articles and blogs. Her financial expertise has been featured in major media outlets, including American Express, LendingTree, and Daily Business News. Currently, Linda enjoys the sunny weather in California but often returns to Rhode Island to spend time with her beloved family.

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Author Links

http://www.lherron.com

http://www.instagram.com/lherronauthor/

http://www.facebook.com/twinsmacandmadi

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Book Link

Amazon: https://bit.ly/3XROeJT

The Snowstorm by Triona Walsh / #Extract #BooksOnTour @bookouture @thetrionawalsh

It’s an icy New Year’s Eve. Snow blankets a windswept Irish island as the wild Atlantic Ocean rages.Six friends gather. It has been ten years since the tragedy that tore them apart. A lot can change in a decade…Childhood bonds are now lifelong secrets.Dear friendships have twisted into deep jealousies.A happy reunion is shattered by a dead body.The celebrations have barely begun when one of the guests goes missing. As the snow thickens, the body is found.Then the storm wreaks havoc on the island. Everyone is trapped – there is no way out. No electricity. No phone signal.Nobody knows who to trust. No one is who they seem. Because one of them is a killer, and one will be dead next…

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PROLOGUE 
‘Don’t blame this on me,’ she spat, stepping backwards. It was freezing in here now. The frigid air crept in through the open door. She threw a quick glance over her shoulder, trying to navigate the obstacles of her living room. One step back. A second. A dangerous dance. Still the space between them narrowed. There was nowhere for her to go. The crack of the fist took her by surprise. She tumbled. Her head smacked against the coffee table as she fell. She lay there dazed. The pain all-consuming. She shouldn’t have come back here. That had been stupid. It was too isolated. Too far away from the village. She should have stayed where there were people. Where someone could have heard her scream. She tried to get up. To get away. But she was cornered. How had it come to this? She never thought such betrayal was possible. ‘This could all be over. You know what you need to do.’ The words fell on her from above. Icy. Stinging. This face looking down on her that should be so familiar. But now it seemed unrecognisable, wearing this mask of rage. ‘No,’ she said, shaking her head. Understanding what defiance would mean. She braced herself, praying it would at least be quick.

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About the author

Tríona Walsh loves reading and writing crime novels but is fairly law abiding in real life. A twice winner of the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair competition she lives in Dublin with her four kids, three cats and one husband.

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Coming Home to Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters / #Review @HeraBooks @Vicky_Walters

Beth Williams hasn’t been home for ten years. After falling pregnant at sixteen, she ran away from her family and the imposing Scottish estate where she grew up, working hard to build a life for herself and daughter Isabelle – but now she’s returning to Glendale Hall.

As Beth tries to mend her broken family ties, and fights to bring the community of Glendale back together, she realises that the story she has told herself for a decade might well be a very different one from the truth. Even though she ran from Glendale it has never left her heart. And, she soon realises, neither has Drew – Beth’s first love.

Will Beth be able to forgive her mother and grandmother (and herself) for what happened ten years ago? What will Drew say when he discovers the secret she’s been keeping from him for so long? Can a festive trail bring the village back together?

Will returning to Glendale bring back the old magic that she’s been missing – or will Beth be forced to run away from it all over again?

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Time for a romantic story during the festive season in Scotland. I love the Scottish accent, but I don’t think the Scottish winters are for me. Nothing stopping me from visiting in the summer than, right? 😉

Maybe it was different when I grew up. It seemed like it was more important to do what people expected you to do than doing what your heart told you to. You were afraid to do certain things in a certain way because of what people would have to say about it. 

I have always been a bit of a rebel. I wanted people to notice me and talk about me because I wanted them to see I wanted to do and study what I wanted to. But unfortunately I could not follow all my dreams. So I swore, when once I had kids I would show them how to not care about what people thought about certain things and to go for it. 

That’s what happened to Beth. She was stopped in doing what her heart told her to and she had to make a drastic decision. Years later people show regret, but all the time they spent apart is time you can never get back . 

People should take the time to listen to each other before judging or not taking other people’s ideas or feelings in consideration.

Some people have the decency to come clean and to ask for forgiveness, but some are never able to admit they were wrong. 

This is a gorgeous story about family, lost love, forgiveness and new plans for a happy future. I love all the characters, the background story and I admire people big enough to say they were wrong even though it might take them far too long. 5 stars 

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About the author

Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of the bestselling Glendale Hall series and two acclaimed standalone novels – Summer at the Kindness Cafe, and The Second Love of My Life. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent, picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and shortlisted for two RNA awards

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Author Links

Insta: instagram.com/vickyjwalters/

victoria-writes.com

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coming-Home-Glendale-Hall-emotional-ebook/dp/B07SQX7F66/

 

 
 

The Girl in the Pink Shoes by Stacy Green / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @stacygreen26

Lucy Kendall  #1

My baby girl. This morning she was so excited for school. I bought her new shoes last night. Pink, sparkly shoes. She loved them so much. She wore them for the first time today. And now she is gone…

It is every mother’s worst nightmare. Eight-year-old Kailey Richardson skips out of the school gates in her brand-new pink shoes and never makes it home. Between the school and the safety of her shiny red front door, someone has taken her.

Private Investigator Lucy Kendall sees the fliers of a smiling gap-toothed Kailey and knows she won’t be able to sleep until the little girl is found. Having lost her own sister to the darkest evil, she is determined to help find Kailey before it is too late.

As Lucy talks to Kailey’s friends, desperate to find out who has taken the happy little girl, she begins to form a worrying picture of the days before Kailey’s disappearance. The blue car idling in the street outside the school. The friendly man across the road. And Kailey’s mother, Jenna, hollow-eyed and jumpy, clutching Kailey’s teddy bear and not telling Lucy everything.

Lucy has promised Jenna she will do everything to find her daughter. But then she discovers Jenna has a connection to the prime suspect in Kailey’s disappearance… and one which brings Lucy’s past rushing back to haunt her. Time is running out to find Kailey, but will Lucy be able to save this innocent little girl before her own demons destroy her?

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I admire social workers. I cannot imagine what they have to deal with each and every day especially where kids are concerned. I would not be able to do this job. The horrors they are confronted with and not always being able to help those poor children must eat away at them. And what if something happens to the ones that could not be saved in time? What if they do something drastic to themselves or someone else? The guilt those social works must feel sometimes must be hard to endure and when the law and justice are not there to support, some of them take matters in their own hands.

In comes Lucy Kendall. She used to be a social worker, but is a PI now. She is convinced that she can do more now then before. She does everything she can to help and protect kids and put the pedophiles where they belong…

I understand Lucy. I feel her helplessness and her drive to do more, to not always being held back by rules and often saving precious time. On the other hand she has to think about herself too. If she becomes too careless, it will be game over for her too and nobody will gain anything by that.

I know she does not use the best possible solutions, but they work. 😉 I like Lucy and her team. Their heart most certainly is in the right place. I am looking forward to what will be next on their list. 

It’s a very dark story and it was sometimes very shocking. It’s almost unbelievable what people are capable of and even worse. They enjoy doing it over and over again with no remorse or regrets. An eye-opener. 5 stars

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About the author

Stacy Green is a USA Today best-selling author of more than a dozen mysteries and thrillers. Her books include the award-winning Lucy Kendall series, the Cage Foster series, and the USA Today best-selling Nikki Hunt series. Stacy has bachelor’s degrees in Journalism/Mass Communication and Sociology from Drake University. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America.

Stacy lives in Iowa with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. 

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Author Links

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/stacygreen26

FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/StacyGreenAuthor

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Amazon: https://geni.us/B0BMB1ZY4Bsocial 

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The Doctor’s Wife by Daniel Hurst / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @dhurstbooks

He thinks his secret is safe. But she knows the truth…My husband is a doctor. He’s smart and charming and everybody trusts him. Except me.On the surface, it looks like I have it all – the perfect marriage, the perfect husband, the perfect life. But it’s far from the truth.Doctor Drew Devlin is not the respectable figure he makes out to be. The reason we moved to this beautiful, old property with a gorgeous view of the sea was because we needed to put our past behind us. It should’ve been a fresh start for us both.Except I’ve discovered my husband has been lying to me again. He’s using the power he has in his job to mess with people’s lives, and to get exactly what he wants – no matter who it hurts.But he’s underestimated me. I’ve had plenty of time, in this big, isolated house, to think about all of his mistakes.And my husband has no idea what’s about to happen next…

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My second book by this author and I was charmed once again by his writing style and his ability to write such an engaging book.

I loved the little tidbits of humor he added to the mix and the title was a giveaway, right? But a giveaway for what? Because it’s a crime story, you might think you already guessed what is going to happen before you open the book. Well, I would strongly advice you to open it and get sucked into a story full of deceit and lies amongst other things.

A well thought out plan is a fail proof plan, isn’t it. Well, on many occasions I would wholeheartedly agree with you, but when you read a book you always have to take into consideration that the author might put you on the wrong foot. It takes two to tango, so maybe others have created a scheme too. One you have not the slightest idea about and makes you feel so certain you live on cloud nine. But someone is putting holes in your cloud and the way back to earth is one that is going to hurt… a lot.

With a title like this it is only natural you focus on this person. But why? Is she a victim? Is she a culprit? Is she both or none of the above? Who will be the winner in the end or are there only losers? If you want an answer to these questions, it’s time for you to stop reading here and get yourself a copy. 😉

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. 5 stars 

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About the author

Daniel Hurst writes psychological thrillers and loves to tell tales about unusual things happening to normal people. He has written all his life, making the progression from handing scribbled stories to his parents as a boy to writing full length novels in his thirties. He lives in the North West of England, returning to his roots after several years away exploring the world and garnering plenty of ideas for future books!

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Author Links

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danielhurstbooks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dhurstbooks

Website: www.danielhurstbooks.com

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Remember my Name by Erkut Sogut / #Extract #BlogTour @inkeditorial @sogut_dr

From the slums to the stands. They’ll always want a piece of you.

A desperate boy holds a dark secret.
His only option is to leave home and face the treacherous journey to Europe in the hope of a better life.
A young journalist is determined to bring down the system that creates such desperation.
Two lives intertwined, hunted for nothing more than wanting to create a better world.

Afam is a promising young footballer, but he’s not set for stardom. Working on the streets of AJ City in Lagos, Nigeria, he’s grafts hard so he can support his sister through school. When Sam, a Christian missionary, promises him the world — a trial at a top club – Afam leaps at the chance. But things soon turn sour, and it becomes clear that Sam has ulterior motives. When he confesses to his friend, Leye, about Sam’s unwanted advances, he finds a surprising comrade.

The boys hatch a plan for revenge, but things don’t go according to plan and soon they are on the run. Leye goes into hiding with some questionable friends of his cousin and Afam has nothing else to cling to but the shaky promises of human traffickers who assure him they can get him safely into Europe, where a trial at a Paris club awaits him.

At the same time, Annabel, a British investigative journalist has had a tip-off that in addition to facilitating the shady academies making false promises to young African boys in order to part them with their cash, someone at the top level of football, and maybe government, is clearing the path for ruthless human traffickers to bring these young men into Europe and make modern-day slaves out of them.

Very soon, Annabel finds herself too close to the truth, and some very powerful people want to silence her.

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‘Pull up here,’ Isaac ordered Patou as they pulled onto the street Ousman had directed them to in his message. Rain lashed the windscreen. He checked the picture that had come through as well and craned his neck to look through the glass, scanning the pavement ahead for the journalist. There was no sign of her, but Isaac had a full view of the cafe she was meant to be in.

‘Leye, go check she’s still in there,’ Isaac commanded, ‘Here, take a look.’ Keeping his eyes glued to the street, he passed his phone back to Leye and heard the van door slide open and watched as he made his way down the street. Leye walked past the window, casting a furtive glance inside, then pulled up just beyond and checked the picture on the phone. After a few moments, he left his spot and moved back towards where they had parked, checking through the window again with the slightest movement of his head. He looked up at Isaac and gave a curt nod before settling into a doorway next to the cafe to take shelter from the storm.

No sooner had he settled down than the journalist appeared outside, digging an umbrella out of her bag.

‘Okay, that’s her. Let’s go,’ Isaac said, unclipping his seat belt and climbing into the back.

Patou pulled away from the kerb at speed and they were outside the cafe before they knew it.

‘Go,’ Patou said as he slammed on the brakes.

In one fluid motion, Isaac slid the door open and he and Snoop erupted out of the rear of the vehicle. With an agility that defied his gangly frame, Snoop got behind the woman and grabbed one of her arms and a handful of hair before pushing her towards the van. She struggled, bringing the umbrella down on his head, but Leye emerged from his hiding spot and took hold of her other arm. The rain was keeping people off of the streets. There was no one to stop them. Isaac reached into his jacket pocket for another hood and pulled it tight around the woman’s head, cinching it at the back.

The three men bundled the journalist inside the van, where she sprawled out on the floor next to Boy Wonder. Fitting, thought Isaac briefly, as he saw the two laid out before him. The door slammed shut behind him and the van lurched forward, throwing him off balance. He steadied himself and watched as the journalist groped around in the dark before pulling out his gun and delivering a stunning blow to the side of her head. He smiled to himself as she slumped down again, sinking into oblivion.

‘To the warehouses,’ he said. ‘It’s the weekend. No one will find her for days.’

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About the author

Dr Erkut Sogut is a player agent, lawyer and lecturer. He is the founder and director of Family and Football and his clients include Mesut Özil, Kieran Gibbs and Kerem Aktürkoğlu. He holds a doctorate in sports law, is the founder of the Football Agent Institute and wrote the definitive book on agenting: How to Become a Football Agent.

Erkut has always been passionate about sport and football and in 2022, married his love of the game with thriller writing, publishing his debut novel, Deadline, which used Erkut’s own experiences to explore the murky world of football agenting.

Remember My Name is his second thriller featuring investigative journalist Annabel Green. Erkut drew inspiration for this book from his own experiences meeting young players in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya and the research of academics into sports trafficking.

Sogut wants to help highlight an area of the sport that is unexpectedly rife with modern slavery. Aspiring players, often children from developing nations, are lured with the promise of professional contracts and the opportunity to develop their skills at clubs in Europe and the US. Deceived into thinking that a new, prosperous life beckons they find themselves losing their fundamental human rights as they are robbed, exploited and abused.

Until now, these crimes have received limited attention from fans, national governments and sporting organisations. This is in part due to a code of silence among the victims, meaning a lack of evidence on the nature and scale of the problem, although early reports suggest between 15-20 thousand young individuals are trafficked from West Africa alone into Europe to play football every year, with many more around the world. Erkut Sogut hopes to use his novel to highlight the issue to fans of the game and eventually bring the practice to an end.

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Twitter: @sogut_dr

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Remember-My-Name-unmissable-thriller-ebook/dp/B0BPYR98R1/

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Seven Letters by Sinéad Moriarty / #Review @bookouture @sinead_moriarty

How can a family live without its heart?

Sarah is a loving mum to seven-year-old Izzie, a doting wife to stressed-out husband Adam and a best friend to her sister Mia, and is also pregnant with her second child.

When she suddenly collapses and slips into unconsciousness, it’s the first time the family will have to face life without their beloved Sarah, the glue who holds them together. How will they ever explain to Izzie that her mother might not make it. And can Sarah’s unborn baby possibly survive?

As Sarah’s condition worsens, the family begins to fall apart as they argue about Sarah’s treatment. Mia finds herself walking through her sister’s home trying to feel close to her again. And there she stumbles across the letters – seven in total – one for each year of Izzie’s life so far, written on each of her birthdays.

It is as if Sarah had planned for a day when she might not be around to tell her daughter just how much she loves her. But while Mia wonders if Sarah will ever have a chance to write an eighth letter, the family is forced to make a heart-breaking decision that will change them forever.

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The last couple of years, I almost solely read thrillers and crime stories, but form time to time I throw in a real tear jerker or a romantic comedy. This time I had my eye on this emotional story and I most certainly enjoyed it.

When yuu read a thriller it’s often no so easy to figure out who the culprit was. In this kind of books you more or less can guess which path the author will take you on. In this case though, it is not so straight forward. Not at all…

It must be devastating to have a person you love being brought to the hospital. Even though it’s sometimes only for something quite simple, you worry because you want them getting well and coming home soon again.

What if it is something more serious, even life threatening? 

It’s already hard for adults to deal with this, but what if a young girl is involved. How to tell her? Or should you keep it a secret how dire the situation is? It might divide the family in two, even rip them apart at times when they should be there for each other…

As usual, different people have different opinions about that question. You have to respect the decision made by the next of kin even though you don’t see eye to eye.

I could see both sides and admit they both had strong points, but Adam was standing too close to see the right picture. The rest of the family tried to make him see things from their point of view, but he was too focused on one thing and that muddled up his common sense big time.

It certainly is a story filled with lots of sadness, but also with love and realizing how lucky you are even though you sometimes don’t see it like that anymore. On the other hand, I felt sometime the story was a bit too slow paced and kept going on about the same things too many times. It got a bit on my nerves and took away some of the emotions I should have kept my focus on.

Anyways, if I look beyond that, it still was a very good book. 4 stars 

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About the author

Sinéad was born and raised in Dublin where she grew up surrounded by books. Her mother is an author of children’s books. Growing up, Sinead says she was inspired by watching her mother writing at the kitchen table and then being published. From that moment on, her childhood dream was to write a novel.

After university, she went to live in Paris and then London. It was at the age of thirty, while working as a journalist in London that she began to write creatively in her spare time – after work, at lunch times … and, truth be told, during work hours.

After a couple of years toying with ideas, she joined a creative writing group and began to write The Baby Trail. The bitter-sweet comedy of a couple struggling to conceive hit a nerve in publishing circles. It was snapped up by Penguin Publishing in the UK and Ireland and has, to date, been translated into twenty languages.

Since writing The Baby Trail, Sinead has moved back to Dublin where she lives with her husband, two sons and baby girl.

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Author Links

http://www.sineadmoriarty.com 

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VPH1N2W/

 
 

Death on Clevedon Beach by Betty Rowlands / #Review @bookouture @BettyRowlandsFP

A Sukey Reynolds Mystery Book 10

A seaside town, scrumptious ice cream… mysterious murder?

Sukey Reynolds is back from holiday, feeling happy and relaxed. She and a friend have been touring the French coast, enjoying the wine and cheese, and soaking up the sun in Brittany. She has barely unpacked her bags when she is sent back to the seaside but, this time, not for fun…

Sukey arrives at the charming coastal town of Clevedon, where a woman’s body has been washed up on the sandy beach. Her identity is a mystery, but Sukey is determined to find out how she ended up there and who exactly she is.

The police are at their wits’ end, and with no leads or suspects, Sukey decides to leaf through old cases. She is shocked to realise this woman is not the first to turn up on the shore and even finds a link between the cold cases: several of the murder suspects had the same decorative tattoo inked on their skin. After some further investigating, she realises the distinctive symbol means ‘death’.

Her superiors scoff at her theory, so it’s up to Sukey to prove them wrong and find the devious killer herself. From tattoo parlours to the music halls, she has no shortage of places to investigate. But can she uncover the true culprit, and the identity of the mystery woman, before they strike again?

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As I said in my review about the previous boo,k; I felt like I lost the light-heartedness of the series. Yes, a police procedural can be light-hearted, because this series is catalogued as a coy mystery one.  

I am happy to say, I saw a change. It was more like the books of the beginning of the series. I always have liked Sukey. That has not changed, but I feel like she cannot be herself anymore. In the beginning she was a SOCO, trying to solve the murders and not staying between the lines. She did what she felt was best and not really thinking about or taking in consideration what it could mean for her job or her career.

Now I feel like she has to put her foot or even her feet on the brake, because she is a DC now. She cannot follow her hunches anymore. She can share them, but often is a bit afraid to talk about them because she fears the reactions of her superiors or colleagues. 

She seems happy with her career and the move, but I think she misses her former life even if she does not talk about it. 

So yes, the atmosphere was better again, but in my opinion the revelations were a bit far fetched and it felt like they were written in order to find an end to the story and not because it was the normal flow.

I will miss Sukey and Fergus, but maybe it’s time to say goodbye? 

If I leave these feelings out, I still can say the author, overall, wrote a great book. 4 stars

Thank you

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About the author

Betty Rowlands 1923-2020

Betty Rowlands burst onto the crime scene in her mid sixties by winning the Sunday Express / Veuve Clicquot Crime Short Story of the Year Competition which shows it’s never too late to start writing. Her success continued with her highly acclaimed Melissa Craig mysteries featuring a crime writer who solves mysteries in Gloucestershire. Her second series, The Sukey Reynolds Stories comprise of thirteen books, featuring Sukey Reynolds, a Scenes of Crime Officer who later becomes a detective. She lived in the heart of the Cotswolds, where her Melissa Craig mysteries are set, and then in Bristol which is closer to Sukey Reynolds patch, where she lived until her death on 29 July 2020, just a few months before her 97th birthday. She passed peacefully in the residential home that she called ‘home’. She will be greatly missed by her two surviving children, her four grandchildren, six great grandchildren, other family members, her friends and you, her many readers. The resurgence in interest in her Melissa Craig and Sukey Reynolds books in her last years gave her immense pleasure. She loved to receive emails from her fans knowing that her writing was being so enjoyed. Betty may no longer be with us but Melissa and Sukey are still there solving those mysteries. Keep on reading!

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Book Link

Amazon : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Death-Clevedon-Beach-absolutely-addictive-ebook/dp/B07W5PP47Z/