Can You See Her? by S.E. Lynes / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @SELynesAuthor



Rachel Ryder doesn’t understand how her life has changed so completely. When she was younger, heads would turn when she walked into a room. Her children needed her; her husband adored her.

But somehow the years wore that all away. She was so busy raising her children, looking after her parents… She can barely remember the woman she used to be, the one whose husband told her she was out of his league. The woman she is now just does the laundry and makes the dinner, and can walk into a room without anyone knowing she’s there.

She knows that she hated feeling invisible. She knows that she thought: what would it take for you to see me again?

And now she’s worried that she did something terrible. Because she’s sitting in a room, being asked whether she killed someone.

When no-one is watching, you can get away with anything…




Do you know the feeling? Everybody expects you to do everything for them, but the tiniest thing you ask is ignored. People either don’t look at you or don’t even notice you and when you think that someone is going to look you in the eyes, they don’t. They look through you or over your shoulder.

Being invisible might sound like a great superpower to have, but in stead of feeling like a new super hero, you feel lonely, alone and very sad.

If you can’t find the warmth you crave within your circle of family and friends, the only thing left to do is wandering the streets and befriend strangers.

You are living in a dream at night, but when morning comes, the nightmares start …

A good story that keeps you hesitating: to be or not to be the killer …???

The first half was very confusing (in a good way), the second half was full of more confusion and fortunately also full of revelations. 4 stars.

Thank you, S.E. Lynes and Bookouture


About the author

After graduating from Leeds University, S E Lynes lived in London before moving to Aberdeen where she worked as a BBC Producer. In 2002, she moved to Rome with her husband and two young children. In 2007, after the birth of her third child, she returned to the UK and gained an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University. Currently, she writes novels and teaches Creative Writing at Richmond Adult Community College.


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Chloe – Lost Girl by Dan Laughey / #Review @HenryRoiPR @danlaughey

Carl Sant Murder Mysteries, #1

A missing student. A gunned-down detective. A woman in fear for her life. All three are connected somehow.

Detective Inspector Carl Sant and his fellow officers get on the case. But what links the disappearance of a university student, the death of an off-duty police sergeant, and a professor reluctant to help them solve the case?

Their only clue is a sequence of numbers, etched by the police sergeant Dryden on a misty window moments before he breathed his last. Soon it becomes clear that Dryden’s clue has brought the past and present into a head-on collision with the very heart of Sant’s profession.

Racing against time, D.I. Sant must find out what’s behind the mysterious events – before the bodies start piling up.



My Review

The start of this book is packed to the rafters with action. A lot of things happening and at first sight they seem totally independent.

Little by little the police suspects there is a connection, but which one? It certainly is deeply hidden because they don’t really seem to make head or tails of this link.

What does the mysterious clue mean? Who is that woman and more importantly, where is Chloe?

This will all be revealed, but not in this part. The mystery will remain hidden a bit longer.

It really contains a captivating case or cases, but sometimes there were some details that desctracted me and the story got lost a bit. Fortunately it picked up later again at full speed. If you are into books with complicated cases and you are patient, this is a must read for you. 4 stars.

Thank you, Dan Laughey and Henry Roi.


About the author 

Dan Laughey is a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University where he teaches a course called ‘Youth, Crime and Culture’ among other things. He has written several books on the subject including Music and Youth Culture, based on his PhD in Sociology at Salford University. He also holds a BA in English from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MA in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds.

Dan was born in Otley and bred in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, a hop and a skip away from the Leeds setting of his Chloe novels.

His crime writing was purely academic to begin with. He’s written about media violence and tackled the age-old concern about television and video games influencing patterns of antisocial behaviour in society. After years of research and theoretical scrutiny, he still hasn’t cracked that particular nut.

He’s also written about the role of CCTV and surveillance in today’s Big Brother world, the sometimes fraught relationship between rap and juvenile crime, football hooliganism, and the sociocultural legacy of Britain’s most notorious serial killer – the Yorkshire Ripper.

All in all, Dan’s work has been translated into four languages: French, Hebrew, Korean and Turkish. He has presented guest lectures at international conferences and appeared on BBC Radio and ITV News in addition to providing expert commentary for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.


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Blood and Sand – Jennifer M. Lane / #Review @Metal_and_Earth

The Collected Stories of Ramsbolt, #1

When her father goes to prison for crimes against the country, Logan Cole loses everything: her family, her fortune, her future, and her home.

She wants her father to get out of jail and set it all right, but his legal troubles mount. Under a barrage of vicious online threats, she heads for the Canadian border and stops in the smallest cozy town she can find. It’s the perfect place to be anonymous.

But this isn’t the high society she once knew. The only job she can find is at the local bar. And she’s never worked a day in her life.

Lucky for Logan, the town has simple taste, and she makes a name for herself as a hard worker who masters the world of cocktails and brings the town to a new way of drinking. When a tragic accident threatens the bar, Logan has to choose between revealing her true identity to save it or saying goodbye to the only thing she’s ever built on her own in order to save herself.



My Review

Why do people think that children are to blame too when their father make mistakes? Why do they follow them around, insult them, threaten them? Is it not bad enough that they have lost everything they ever had, that their family and the life they have lead is falling apart? People can be so vicious!

So it’s up to the rest of the family to make their own way now, far away from all the hassle.

This is a story about someone taking a chance on you and you fighting their corner to repay them, about becoming part of a community and fitting in, about reconnecting with friends, about finding your way after having lost it.

When someone believes in you, you can conquer the world.

I loved the fluent writing style and might try out one of those delicious sounding cocktails. 🙂 5 stars.

 Thank you, Jennifer M. Lane

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Jennifer is a Maryland native and Pennsylvanian at heart. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy with a minor in communications from Barton College and a master’s in liberal arts with a focus on museum studies from the University of Delaware, where she wrote her thesis on the material culture of roadside memorials. She has co-hosted a daily automotive blog, served as president of a large car club, and is the co-owner of a classic Jeep that inspires her to take things apart and put them back together, sometimes in better condition than they were when she started. Sometimes.


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Bluebell’s Christmas Magic – Marie Laval / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @ChocLituk @marielaval1



A flick of a feather duster and a sprinkle of Christmas magic …
Cassie Bell is used to mess. Her cleaning business, Bluebell Cleaning, is well known in the Cumbrian village of Red Moss. However, now it’s almost Christmas and Cassie has a slightly messier situation to deal with than she’s used to.

She’s been hired to help Stefan Lambert, an injured army helicopter pilot who’s staying at the local Belthorn Manor whilst he recovers. Stefan resents Cassie’s interference and is definitely not looking for Christmas cheer. But Cassie prides herself on sparkling surfaces – so, can she bring some festive sparkle to Stefan’s life too?



My review

A book can be compared to a secret gift. You get a box but you have not the slightest idea what is hidden inside. Opening the book is like opening the box. You can take a peek and slowly start unpacking all the goodies.

What did I find in this parcel?

  • Snow, because it’s a story that takes place in the festive season to create a winter wonderland.
  • Love, old and new. Old between friends, between family members. New because two people are finding their way to each other’s heart
  • Suspense, because there are some fishy characters in town
  • Laughter, because there are a lot of little hilarious jokes
  • A happy ending, at least for those who deserved it. Others were less lucky

The author is a born storyteller and even though it’s a big book I finished it in no time. That’s what a good book does to you. It does not leave you alone and keeps on screaming ‘Pick me up and read on’. Me, being a good girl, I listen to its pleads of course ;).

To make a long story short : I really enjoyed it. 5 stars

Thank you, Marie Laval, Choc Lit and Rachel’s Random Resources


About the author 

Originally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher and in her spare time she loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes. She writes both historical and contemporary romance and best-selling Little Pink Taxi was her debut romantic comedy novel with Choc Lit. She belongs to Authors on the Edge and writes short stories for the best selling Miss Moonshine’s anthologies. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!


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The Lies We Hide – S.E. Lynes / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @SELynesAuthor 



The truth can set you free, or make you a prisoner…

Thirty years ago, Nicola Watson lived with her parents and older brother in a respectable suburb. At ten years old, she didn’t yet understand why her stomach tightened when she heard her father’s heavy tread as he returned home late at night, or why it made her brother Graham’s stammer get worse, or why one night her mother Carol woke them both, wide-eyed and whispering, and took them out of their home and into the unknown.

Now a successful lawyer in the city, with a life poles apart from her dark beginnings, Nicola has returned home for her mother’s funeral. But as she stands in her mother’s house, remembering the woman who sacrificed everything for her children, Nicola has to confront the guilt that she feels for leaving her family behind. And the belief that she played a part in the events that led to her brother going to prison for murder.      
All Carol wanted was to protect her children, but escaping her husband was only the beginning of the story. And when Nicola learns the truth of what her mother did, it will change everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.



My Review

When I see this author’s name come up, I think psychological thriller straight away, but she had me there. It was not what I had expected (because I don’t read blurbs, remember 😉 )

Not what I expected is certainly not synonym to not good. It was heartbreaking and Carol was found herself and her family in very dire situations. But she never gave up even if she, more than once, hit rock bottom. 

A mother is like a lioness. She will protect her children even if they have crossed a line, but sometimes it’s the child who sees the clearer picture …

You can make a u-turn if you want to. You deserve a second chance even if you think you don’t. Your children are important, but so are you.

A fascinating story that takes you to the past and back again until every secret is revealed. 4 stars

Thank you, S E Lynes and Bookouture.


About the author

Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting’ psychological thrillers VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL and THE WOMEN. 

S E Lynes is a writer, tutor and mentor. Formerly a BBC producer, she has lived in France, Spain, Scotland, Italy, and now lives in Greater London with her husband, three kids and her dog, Lola. 

Her critically acclaimed debut, VALENTINA, was published by Blackbird Digital Books in July 2016. Her second novel, MOTHER was published by Bookouture in 2017, followed in 2018 by THE PACT and THE PROPOSAL. In August 2018, VALENTINA was published in a new edition by Bookouture and THE WOMEN was released in 2019. Her new novel, the dark and gripping family drama, THE LIES WE HIDE, is published Dec 4th 2019.

Susie Lynes has also published two children’s books in Italy: Il Leopardo Lampo and La Coccodrilla Ingamba, both available at


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Happy Christmas Eve – Jackie Ladbury / #Review @RubyFiction @JackieLadbury

All I want for Christmas is you … or you?
Eve Halligan is back in her hometown for Christmas after a whirlwind few years touring with her band, the Molotovs. A lot has changed since she left, but two things have stayed the same. One: Eve is head-over-heels in love with Lucien Malikov, the Molotovs’ bad boy lead singer. Two: Lucien is completely indifferent to her.
Still, Eve dreams that this could be the Christmas where she convinces Lucien that they’re made for each other. But when childhood friend and local caterer Theo Wright comes back into her life bringing with him festive cupcake and sausage roll conundrums, Eve begins to question whether her Christmas dreams have been wasted on the wrong man …



My review

I love the title. It was a clever idea, because by adding a comma, you give it another meaning. 🙂

It’s true the story takes place during the festive season, but in my opinion that is not the most important thing going on. The focus is, to me, more on discovering people’s true colours and finally putting yourself on the highest podium instead of being the slave for someone who does not appreciate it at all and only looks out for number one.

You do realise you should change, but your heart gets in the way and it’s at that point that you need a little help from some friends to see things for what they really are.

I just love this book. It’s not sugary sweet with some humour and of course the much longed for happy ending. 5 stars.

Thank you, Jackie Ladbury and Ruby Fiction.


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Jackie writes heart-warming contemporary and historical women’s fiction that is nearly always guaranteed a happy ever after. From spending many years as an air-stewardess and seeing first-hand that it really is love that makes the world go around, she determined to put the same sparkle and emotion into her stories. Her life is no longer as exotic (or chaotic) as it was in those heady days of flying, and she now lives a quiet life in Hertfordshire with her family and two cats, spending most of her time making up stories and thinking up reasons not to go to the gym. The Potter’s Daughter is Jackie’s debut with Ruby Fiction.


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A Paris Fairy Tale – Marie Laval / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @marielaval1 @ChocLituk


Is Paris the city of happily ever afters?

Workaholic art historian Aurora Black doesn’t have time for fairy tales or Prince Charmings, even in the most romantic city in the world. She has recently been hired by a Parisian auction house for a job that could make or break her career. Unfortunately, daredevil journalist Cédric Castel seems intent on disrupting Aurora’s routine.
As Aurora and Cédric embark on a journey across France, they get more than they bargained for as they find themselves battling rogue antiques dealers and personal demons, not to mention a growing attraction to each other.
But with the help of a fairy godmother or two, could they both find their happily ever afters?



My review

Are you a fan of history? Of romance? Of mystery? Then this is a book that is right up your alley, because it ticks all of these boxes.

The author has taken a big portion of romance, added a dollop of mystery and finished it off with a pinch of history.

Even under the coldest of exteriors there is a burning heart burried. It only takes the right person to melt the wall of ice. But nobody ever said it would be easy. There are a lot of barriers that have to be overcome before the happy ever after can begin and some are pretty dangerous.

Secrets are revealed, thugs are exposed and love is found. I loved the glimpse we get in the world of a palaeographer. It was a very interesting addition that took the book to a higher level. 5 stars.

Thank you, Marie Laval, Choc Lit and Rachel’s Random Resources.


About the author

Originally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher and in her spare time she loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes. She writes both historical and contemporary romance. Her historical romance The Lion’s Embrace won the Gold Medal at the Global Ebook Awards 2015 (category Historical Romance), and best-selling Little Pink Taxi was her debut romantic comedy novel with Choc Lit. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!


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A Cornish Affair – Jo Lambert / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @ChocLituk @jolambertwriter


In the close-knit community of Carrenporth in Cornwall everyone knows everyone else’s business. Luke Carrack is only too aware of this. He’s been away for two years but nothing has changed – from the town gossips who can’t see past the scandal of his childhood, to the cold way he is treated by some of his so-called family.

The only person who seems to understand is local hotelier’s daughter Cat Trevelyan, although even Luke’s new friendship with her could set tongues wagging.

But Carrenporth is about to experience far bigger scandals than the return of Luke Carrack – and the secrets unearthed in the process will shake the sleepy seaside town to its core …



My review

This was an absolute treasure. I thought it would be a love story pure and simple, but the author regaled us some suspense as well.

You were under the impression that you had it all but afterwards another lovely love story is revealed.

I am a huge fan of a mixture of friendship, love, intrigues, suspense, sadness and
of course what is a cake with the icing : the happy ending?

It was a very fluently written book and I could not put it away. I want to know what happens next, so I sincerely hope the author has started the book book already. 🙂

I just adored it. 5 stars

Thank you, Jo Lambert, Choc Lit and Rachel’s Random Resources.


About the author

Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors.  She has been writing since 2008. Her first five books, a set of linked romantic sagas following the lives of several families in West Somerset, was followed in 2015 by Summer Moved On, a contemporary romance set in South Devon. A sequel, Watercolours in th Rain followed in 2017,

 In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her debut A Cornish Affair, set in North Cornwall, has just been published. Jo is currently working on another coastal romance, this time set in South Cornwall.

When she isn’t writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog.  Jo loves travel, red wine and rock music and she often takes the odd photograph or two.


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The Space Between Time – Charlie Laidlaw / #Review #BlogTour @RRBookTours1 @claidlawauthor


Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world.  She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation.  Tom Cruise is almost an adopted uncle.

She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist whose theories on the universe have been much ridiculed.

The story centres on Emma’s childhood in Edinburgh and East Lothian, and the overpowering event of her mother’s death, apparently in a freak lighting strike.

However, the secret that only Emma knows is that her mother’s death was no accident.  It precipitates a suicide attempt, and estrangement from her father.

Emma stumbles through university and finds work as a journalist in Edinburgh, although she is once more becoming mentally unstable and, following the death of her father, again tries to commit suicide.

It’s while she’s in a mental institution that her psychiatrist suggests she writes a memoir of her life, to help her make sense of everything that’s happened to her, and The Space Between Time is the story she writes.

The tragic-comic story, aimed at both male and female readers, has heart, humour and warmth.  Its central message is that, even at the worst of times, a second chance can often be just around the corner.

In coming to terms with her life and the deaths of her parents, Emma finds ultimate solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe – which offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.



My review

When the author contacted me, I was intrigued by the title of his book. ‘The space betwee time’ … What was this about? There is after all no space between time.

Why is this review part of a blog tour then when I was contacted directly? Well, I did the cover reveal for Shannon and she asked me if I wanted to post my review as part of the tour as well. I hope I made two people happy now :).

The story is a very emotional one. I know men can be emotional but the way the author described the feelings of a young woman were wonderful. It was as if he lived inside the head of a girl while writing the book. Very moving!

Money equals happiness? No, not really. It can certainly help you achieve your goals but there are other things that are a lot more important. No matter how many gifts you bring, showing love is what counts.

It’s not the role of a child to be responsible for a parent. Of course you do things to help them or to make them smile, but you can’t change some people’s behaviour. And when the world comes tumbling down, guilt takes over and that feeling takes to you an awful place.

A beautiful story! 4 stars.

Thank you, Charlie Laidlaw and R&R Book Tours.


About the author

I was born in Paisley, central Scotland, which wasn’t my fault.  That week, Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra were Top of the Pops, with Oh, Mein Papa, as sung by a young German woman remembering her once-famous clown father.  That gives a clue to my age, not my musical taste.

I was brought up in the west of Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh.  I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin, so it could say anything.

I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist.  I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics.  I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.

I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries.  Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa.  What I did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember

Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then.  However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.

Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize, and I’ve still to listen to Oh, Mein Papa.

I am married with two grown-up children and live in central Scotland. And that’s about it.


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Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea – Jane Linfoot / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @janelinfoot


Those who don’t jump will never fly…

Hurtling through the sky was supposed to be Edie Browne’s flight of independence. But when she falls head over champagne bucket while celebrating her successful landing, her life is changed in an instant.

But starting over has its benefits, and as Edie relearns the basics under the watchful eye of her Aunty Josie and an entire Cornish village of new friends and neighbours, she finds love and joy she never could have imagined in the unlikeliest of places…



My review

When you look at this cover you have the feeling that you are in for a light hearted, funny and romantic story. But it’s not the first time I have to use the phrase : Never judge a book by its cover!

Do not get me wrong. The story is filled with love and caring and friendship and there a lot of things that have put a smile on my face, but it was shocking as well. It’s a real eye opener. It makes you realize that one silly thing can turn your life upside down.

The big question is : Will you be able to turn it around again and become once again who you were? Yes, slowy but surely you are getting there. Woohooo! 🙂

Then you have to say goodbye and you start mulling everything over. Is returning really want you want …

There is one thing that I will always remember : try every day to get the most out of life because you never know what the future has in store for you.

An emotional story with a happy ending. 4 stars.

Thank you, Jane Linfoot  and Rachel’s Random Resources.

About the author 

Jane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a muddy cottage, up a steep hill in Derbyshire, with her family, their pets, and an astonishing number of spiders. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy she can walk to a supermarket.

Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding horizontal gales blowing off the sea, and wrote her first book by accident, while working as an architect, and renovating country houses. While she loves to write feelgood books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her characters for creating their own story lines.

Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.

Her latest books include a series of stand alone novels, based around a seaside wedding shop in Cornwall. Cupcakes and Confetti – The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Sequins and Snowflakes – Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, and Bunting and Bouquets – Summer at the Little Wedding Shop, and most recently, The Little Cornish Kitchen. These are all published by Harper Impulse,  an imprint of Harper Collins.

Follow Jane on Twitter @janelinfoot, or find her on her Author Page Facebook or her Personal Page Facebook. She’s also on Instagram, and has lots of Pinterest boards relating to her novels.