Secrets at the Last House Before the Sea by Liz Eeles / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @lizeelesauthor

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From the attic of Driftwood House there are stunning views of the deep green sea and sapphire sky. But Rosie can’t tear her eyes away from the faded photograph in her hands, and the words written on the back that will change everything…

Back in the tiny seaside village of Heaven’s Cove after the death of her mother, all Rosie Merchant wants is to hide her tears, rent out her childhood home, and get back to her ‘real’ life, away from the gossiping villagers and wild Devon weather she escaped from years ago.

She’s surprised to find a smiling man in hiking boots – local farmer Liam – waiting on the stone doorstep. His kind offer to help clear crumbling, isolated Driftwood House is hard to refuse, and despite Rosie’s determination not to let anyone get close, soon they’re walking and laughing together along the clifftops. As clouds scud across the endless sky and green waves crash against the shore, Rosie is reminded that nowhere is more beautiful than home.

Then, up in the attic of Driftwood House, Rosie stumbles across a photo which exposes the heart-stopping truth about how her mother came to live at Driftwood House years ago… and Liam only seems concerned about the implications for his own nearby farm. Did he know this painful secret all along, and should she run from Heaven’s Cove for good? Or will facing up to her devastating family history mean Rosie can finally put down roots in this beautiful place?

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My review

Some people you have known all your life, but how well did you know them actually? It seems like there are some important things you were never told or even lied to about.

For some people you have a vision in your head formed on things you saw, but are they really like that? Maybe they were, but that does not mean they still are now.

Sometimes the truth is kept hidden, because you want to protect yourself and your family and you made a promise. You do it in good faith, but do you realize that you hurt other people in the process? Probably not, but that does not mean it hurts any less.

The persons that were left in the dark feel betrayed and guilty. Betrayed because they feel that they could not be trusted with the facts and guilty because they have treated loved ones in a bad way.

What is done, is done though and you can only try to make the best of it. When one door closes, a new one can be opened even if what’s behind it not what you expected.

A lovely story where secrets are unravelled, cheaters get what they deserve and love is found where they least expected it. 4 stars

Thank you, Liz Eeles and Bookouture.

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About the author

Liz began her writing career as a journalist and press officer before deciding that she’d rather have the freedom of making things up as a novelist. 

Being short-listed in the Corvus ‘Love at First Write’ competition and the Novelicious search for a new women’s fiction star gave Liz the push she needed to keep putting pen to paper …. and ‘Annie’s Holiday by the Sea’ (her first published novel) is the result. 

Liz lives on the South Coast with her family and, when she’s not writing, likes to spend time walking by the sea, and trying to meditate. Her ambition is to be serene one day …. she’s still got a long way to go.

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A Tangled Web by A. Claire Everward / #Review @authorandsister @ClaireEverward

Blackwell #1

Threats loom and a long-hidden secret is at risk of being uncovered as a man and a woman locked in an unwanted marriage find themselves embroiled in a tangle of destructive webs.

Neither of them had expected this. 

Tess Andrews needed to disappear. Ian Blackwell wanted the gossip chasers to stop disrupting his life. When the two of them said yes, neither had any idea who the other was, and they had nothing for each other but disdain and mistrust. 

But when Ian is threatened, Tess has a choice to make. Keep her head down, or help the man she married face an opponent who could destroy them both-and risk him discovering her secret.

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Review

What a great book this was! I am often a bit sceptic when I see this genre announced. Not that the stories are not good and I don’t have anything against sex scenes in a book, but too much sex often kills it for me.

Why did I accept this book then? Well, that’s quite simple. First of all I loved the cover and I was intrigued. 

What did I like about the book? Everything! Sometimes I struggled a little bit, because it was too technical for me and I was lost, but I took my time and I ended up understanding it and even learning from it. Woohoo. 🙂

The rest of the book was easy to follow and understand due also to the author’s fluent writing style. She put a smile on my face and she broke my heart with other passages, but she made me go oooooh too. 

Now about the sex. I am sure you want to know about that if you feel like I do. I can assure you it was very beautiful and not used to fill pages and pages. It was only used when it added something to the story and it was very tastefully described.

A bit of glamour and glitter mixed with some romance and suspense makes this story a great read. 

I really enjoyed it. 5 stars

Thank you, A. Claire  and Kate Everward 

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About the author

A. Claire Everward is a suspense and romantic suspense author with a love of knowledge and a lively
imagination that made writing the natural thing for her to do. She is also the author of The First and the Oracle
suspense series and is currently working on the next book with the help of her two hyperactive cats and a
laptop named Stanley Jr.

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A Christmas Wish and a Cranberry Kiss at the Cosy Kettle – Liz Eeles / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @lizeelesauthor

 

 

Cosy Kettle #3

Running from heartbreak, twenty-five-year-old Becca has moved to the cosy village of Honeyford. Living with her best friend Zac in a little stone cottage, and serving mince pies and steaming gingerbread lattes at the Cosy Kettle, is the perfect escape from her past.

But starting over isn’t always plain sailing, and Becca’s shyness is holding her back from making her mark on the café. To make matters worse, her crush on blond-haired, blue-eyed local heartthrob Logan gets stronger by the day – but he can barely remember her name. So as the snow starts to fall in Honeyford, Becca has one big Christmas wish: to completely reinvent herself. Becca dreams of bringing the Cosy Kettle success and finding romance with Logan under the mistletoe.

As she gets a makeover, cosies up to Logan over mulled wine and plans the most festive celebration the café has ever seen, Becca wonders why she waited so long to step out of her comfort zone… Zac, on the other hand, thought she was perfect before – always caring for others – and he misses the quirky girl with the bright blue hair.

When Logan turns out to not be all he seems, Becca is left wondering if he’s really the one for her. With her party plans also going awry, can Becca save her beloved Cosy Kettle in time for Christmas? And has the key to her happiness been in front of her all along?

 

 

My review

In this 3rd part the author places Becca in the spotlight, but we are reunited as well with all the other fabulous villagers that visit the café.

Often people feel like they are not good enough and they have someone in mind they would rather be. Someone more confident, or more beautiful or more outgoing, …

You feel the need to change in order to become a happy person and to impress. More than once you overlook what is right in front of you and you push your own feelings aside because you want what’s best for them.

If you want to change, there is nothing wrong with that but make sure to do it for yourself. Never forget there is someone out there you loves you just the way you are.

A lovely story that will warm your heart and make your mouth water. 5 stars.

Thank you, Liz Eeles and Bookouture.

 

About the author

Liz began her writing career as a journalist and press officer before deciding that she’d rather have the freedom of making things up as a novelist. 

Being short-listed in the Corvus ‘Love at First Write’ competition and the Novelicious search for a new women’s fiction star gave Liz the push she needed to keep putting pen to paper …. and ‘Annie’s Holiday by the Sea’ (her first published novel) is the result. 

Liz lives on the South Coast with her family and, when she’s not writing, likes to spend time walking by the sea, and trying to meditate. Her ambition is to be serene one day …. she’s still got a long way to go.

 

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In My Mother’s Name – Laura Elliot / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @Elliot_Laura

 

 

A swallow flutters its wings into a dimly lit attic as Adele Foyle stumbles across the secret diary of the mother she has never met, and a shocking account of a crime committed over twenty-five years ago…

Adele Foyle has returned to Reedstown, the last place her mother, Marianne, was seen alive. With her mother’s words etched in her mind and in the pages tucked into her jacket pocket, Adele has one purpose: to find those responsible for the devastating attack on Marianne and see them brought to justice.

Born into a Mother and Baby home run by The Thorns, a self-proclaimed religious group led by Gloria Thornton, Adele needs to first unlock the disturbing chain of events that led to her own birth if she is to understand what happened to her mother.

But news of Adele’s arrival and the diary spread like wildfire amongst the small close-knit community of Reedstown. Old memories are stirring up fresh wounds.

No-one wants the truth to be told. The diary is just a story, they say. Yet as Adele begins to unravel the layers of deceit, the tissue paper lies begin to fragment.

Her mother was telling the truth. Adele just has to prove it.

 

 

My review

This is a very moving book where the secrets about a disgusting event that took place more than 20 years ago, will finally be unraveled and universe settles the score.

Money makes the world go round and it’s often not what but who you know that matters. But is it enough to keep everything hidden …?

Sometimes you have to tell a lie in order to protect yourself. Sometimes you have to do it to protect someone else. But when you lie to protect yourself and put the blame on someone else, there it’s where it starts to go wrong and you will have to live with it for the rest of your life. You might feel safe but you never know how things will turn out.

The manipulator might be manipulated as well.

A brilliant and captivating story. 5 stars

Thank you, Laura Elliot and Bookouture (via Netgalley)

 

About the author

Laura Elliot is an Irish novelist who writes psychological thrillers and lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her novels are: The Wife Before Me, Guilty, Sleep Sister, The Betrayal, Fragile Lies, Stolen Child and The Prodigal Sister. She has worked as a journalist and magazine editor. In My Mother’s Name is her latest novel published by Bookouture.

 

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A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle – Liz Eeles / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @lizeelesauthor

 

Cosy Kettle #2

When Flora finds out about her husband’s secret fling, she escapes to the one place she feels safe: her beloved café, The Cosy Kettle, in the charming village of Honeyford. Serving up cream teas to her café regulars is the perfect way to soothe her broken heart, and although she’s never lived in the area, the little community welcome her with open arms.

She’s soon lodging with local eccentric Luna in her remote and beautiful Starlight Cottage, snuggled between rolling green hills. Luna’s handsome son Daniel lost his wife several years ago, and as Flora gets to know him, sharing walks through the blossom-scented woods, they both slowly begin to heal… and she realises that behind Daniel’s quiet exterior, there’s a passionate nature that makes her forget all about her ex-husband.

As she settles into her new life, hosting a baking competition for the village’s summer celebration seems like a great idea… but with Daniel’s mysterious silences leading Flora to believe he’s hiding secrets, she can’t help but wonder if she can really trust him. And when the race to bake the perfect Victoria sponge stirs up old rivalries between locals, Flora starts to feel like she’s bitten off more than she can chew.

After her new start, will Flora ever truly belong in Honeyford? And, this summer, can she risk opening up her heart again? 

 

 

My review

The author takes us back to Honeyford where she told Callie’s story in the first book of the series. Because I really enjoyed it, I was very keen on reading the second part as well.

This time it’s Flora who is the main character and she is surrounded by a lot of people we met in the previous book. It was nice to hear more about them and Grandpa Stanley is still as hilarious as before, but she introduces us to new villagers as well.

The cover is mouth watering and the way the author describes the goodies that are for sale in the cafe … I wished I could dive into the book and devour a piece of one (or more 😉 ) of them.

It’s true when you live your every day life you think you are happy. You never take the time to reflect because often you are so busy and you are in a kind of routine. You do not look around you anymore or you take everything for granted. Suddenly something occurs and turns your world upside down and that’s when you realize what went on for too long already. Is there a way to turn everything around or is it time to let go and make a new start?

The author has created a lovely story in a wonderful village. There is room for romance (of course), parts that make you laugh and parts that break your heart. 5 stars

Thank you, Liz Eeles, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

Liz began her writing career as a journalist and press officer before deciding that she’d rather have the freedom of making things up as a novelist.

Being short-listed in the Corvus ‘Love at First Write’ competition and the Novelicious search for a new women’s fiction star gave Liz the push she needed to keep putting pen to paper …. and ‘Annie’s Holiday by the Sea’ (her first published novel) is the result.

Liz lives on the South Coast with her family and, when she’s not writing, likes to spend time walking by the sea, and trying to meditate. Her ambition is to be serene one day …. she’s still got a long way to go.

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New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle – Liz Eeles

After yet another failed romance, twenty-six-year-old Callie Fulbright is giving up on love. She’s determined to throw all her efforts into her very own, brand-new café: The Cosy Kettle. Serving hot tea, cherry tarts and a welcoming smile to the friendly locals proves to be the perfect distraction, and Callie feels a flush of pride at the fledging business she’s built.

But her new-found confidence is soon put to the test when her gorgeous ex reappears in the quaint little village. She’ll never forget the heartache Noah caused her years ago, but when they bump into each other on the cobbled streets of Honeyford she can’t help but feel a flutter in her chest…

As Callie and Noah share laughter and memories, she starts to wonder if this could be her second chance at happiness. But when Callie discovers that someone is mysteriously trying to ruin the café’s reputation… she has an awful suspicion that Noah knows who’s involved.

Was she wrong to ever trust him again? And can she find out who’s behind the lies and rumours, before it’s too late for the Cosy Kettle?

 

 

My review

I really can’t resist picking up a book with a cover like this one and who does not like cherry tarts? I most certainly do. (and other cakes as well to be honest lol)

The title of the story says it’s about new starts and that is the case for more than one character featuring here. It’s wonderful to see people coming out of their shell, standing up for themselves and speaking their minds and others realising the way they were acting was not the right one.

The setting is a lovely, little village and the atmosphere is totally filled with cosiness, friendship, family, a touch of suspense and of course what’s this genre without a bit of romance?

I feel there is a lot of room left for a (few) sequel(s), so as for me, bring it (them) on, please.

The perfect read on a windy day or on any day to be honest. 5 stars.

Thank you, Liz Eeles, Bookouture and Netgalley.

Book received courtesy of publisher/author.

 

About the author

Liz began her writing career as a journalist and press officer before deciding that she’d rather have the freedom of making things up as a novelist.

Being short-listed in the Corvus ‘Love at First Write’ competition and the Novelicious search for a new women’s fiction star gave Liz the push she needed to keep putting pen to paper …. and ‘Annie’s Holiday by the Sea’ (her first published novel) is the result.

Liz lives on the South Coast with her family and, when she’s not writing, likes to spend time walking by the sea, and trying to meditate. Her ambition is to be serene one day …. she’s still got a long way to go.

Author Social Media Links:

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Tainted – David Evans

A botched attempt to extort money has tragic consequences.

An embarrassing DNA match to an unsolved rape and murder twenty years before means DI Colin Strong has to use his best diplomatic tactics.

Simultaneously, journalist Bob Souter is tasked with writing about that same case to re-focus public attention. Will the newspaper’s actions help or hinder the police?

Meanwhile, Strong’s team has two separate murder enquiries to run.

 

 

My review

This is the 4th book in the series, but only my first one. I have to admit I sincerely regret not having read the previous parts, because in my opinion the stories are simply brilliant!

I do have to say that it was not simple in the beginning. There are a lot of characters that I had to get to know and the author does not always make it easier by sometimes using the person’s first name and sometimes the last name. And moreover, there were a lot of people involved in the cases, but little by little it all came together.

The author certainly knows how to write. There is so much going on that, at first, you really have not one single clou how this is going to end. Fear not, dear reader, because the author untangles every knot and delivers a wonderful book.

I, without a doubt, was utterly entertained and if you would like to read it too, I would suggest you start with book 1. This book can be read as a stand alone, but it would make all even more worthwhile.

Thank you, David Evans and Bits about Books. I hope I will be able to read the sequel real soon.

Book received courtesy of the publisher/author.

 

About the author

David Evans is a Scots-born writer who found his true love as well as his inspiration for his detective series, in Wakefield. Having written all his life, in 2012 he decided to go for it – successfully as the next year, in 2013, he was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award.

The Wakefield Series became an International Bestseller in June 2017 with success in Canada and Australia as well as the UK.

Early 2018 Disposal was published, the first book in the Tendring Series, a new detective series, set in north Essex in the 1970s.

Now, the first three books in the Wakefield series have been republished by Orchard View Publications with brand new covers – Orchard View Publications also publishes the fourth book in the series, TAINTED.

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The Sinister Gathering – Diane Ezzard

Sophie attends a well-being retreat hoping to find herself, instead she finds a dead body.

Coming to the Scottish Highlands, she hopes to escape life and get in touch with her inner self. She wants to free herself from the anxieties that have gripped her for years.

Peace and harmony are advertised but what she discovers is anything but.

She is around women with other ideas. As she gets to know the strange bunch staying at Glenloch Hall, fights and arguments become the norm.

She should never have entered that fateful property.

She was looking for peace but found death.

 

 

My review

This is the 3rd book in the Sophie Brown series and it was totally different than the other 2.

Did I think it was better? Yes and no. Yes, because Sophie seems to have grown up and is made more intelligent by the author but that does not mean she does not do any not so intelligent things anymore. No, because for me this book had a lot less suspense in it.

I have to say that is was very, very slow paced. I don’t mind that at all if it suddenly picks up and drags you into a white water river and down some serious waterfalls. I am sorry to say that I can compare this story to a vulcano that emits a very small puff of smoke a every now and then without any sign of ever erupting.

I hate to not like a book, but this one was not my cup of tea. I am sure some people will love it, though. Bad books don’t exist. It’s only people’s tastes that differ. 3 stars.

Thank you, Diane Ezzard and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

Manchester born Diane Ezzard writes emotionally charged psychological thrillers and mysteries about everyday people in seemingly ordinary circumstances until something goes badly wrong in their lives. Before taking early retirement to concentrate on her writing, she worked as a HR manager, a counsellor, owned a cafe and managed a charity. She now lives and writes in South East London close to her daughter and grandchildren.

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As Sick As Our Secrets – Diane Ezzard

We all keep secrets, don’t we? Sophie used to be fearful, with a troubled past. Now, she’s a confident young woman helping others turn their lives around – or is she? A nasty surprise awaits her after the funeral of a friend and she soon finds out that nothing is as it seems. Caught up in the dark world of gangsters and villains in the heart of Manchester she attempts to find Cassie’s killer. Following a trail of lies, she gets so wrapped up delving into the lives of others she doesn’t notice her own life falling apart, back into the grips of addiction. Can romance blossom for Sophie after all the mistakes she has made in the past, or will her only comfort be drink? Things never end up the way she intends.

 

 

My review

I have read book one and there were parts I really liked and others not so much, but I wanted to read the sequel as well because it’s very clear that the author can keep her audience entertained. The cover is a gem.

After fininishing this story, I have the same thoughts as on the previous one. The suspense is good and makes you go on and on and on, but some parts are taking all the tension away and make the story fall a little flat.

Sophie certainly is a strange character. I do wonder why the author decided to make her so naive (on the border of stupid I even dare to say). That, honestly, is a a bit of a deal breaker for me.

But, once again, the author has a way of holding your attention and making you curious about what is going to happen next.

Thank you, Diane Ezzard and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

Manchester born Diane Ezzard writes emotionally charged psychological thrillers and mysteries about everyday people in seemingly ordinary circumstances until something goes badly wrong in their lives. Before taking early retirement to concentrate on her writing, she worked as a HR manager, a counsellor, owned a cafe and managed a charity.

She now lives and writes in South East London close to her daughter and grandchildren.

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I Know Your Every Move – Diane Ezzard

A sinister phone call, an unknown visitor. Sophie’s life is about to be turned upside down Sophie has worked hard to free herself from the clutches of addiction and turn her life around. Practising as a counsellor, in a women’s centre in Manchester, she now helps other girls in trouble. She forms a close relationship with Cassie, one of her clients and tries to help her escape the clutches of a violent boyfriend. But is Sophie being followed? How can she uncover the truth, when she can’t trust what is real? The more she delves, the closer she gets to danger. Can she revisit her own dark past before it is too late?

 

 

My review

Writing is not easy. I admire authors because I only write reviews and I know how hard it sometimes is to find the correct words to express yourself. You want everybody to understand you and you do not want to hurt anybody.

When I started the book, I had two emotions. I felt curious because the author had picked my interest but on the other hand I had the feeling I was reading a sequel and missing out on things in order to be able to connect all the dots.

I was very pleased when the author took us to the past and little by little all the missing pieces fell into place. I have to add that by doing this I also almost forgot what was going on in the present and the tension that was created in the beginning fell a bit flat.

I admit that Sophie made some very strange decisions, but it’s easy for me, sitting in my setee, to say. I don’t know how I would react in her situations although I am almost convinced some things I would do in the exact same way.

Some parts were written very fluently, some parts less so and from time to time the story lost some of its credibility. but this is a debute novel and I think it’s the most difficult one to write. The author shows potential and she really pleasantly surprised me with the twist at the end.

I am looking forward to read her second book.

Thank you, Diane Ezzard and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

Manchester born Diane Ezzard writes emotionally charged psychological thrillers and mysteries about everyday people in seemingly ordinary circumstances until something goes badly wrong in their lives. Before taking early retirement to concentrate on her writing, she worked as a HR manager, a counsellor, owned a cafe and managed a charity.

She now lives and writes in South East London close to her daughter and grandchildren.

Social Media Links – http://dezzardwriter.com/ https://www.facebook.com/dezzardwriter/ https://twitter.com/diane_ezzard