chick-lit · romance

*BLOG TOUR* Heartcross Castle – Christie Barlow ★★★★

Blurb; Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what

A second chance…

When her grandfather Marley passes away Grace Power discovers she’s been left the beautiful but crumbling estate of Heartcross Castle. As a single mum of three, Grace has no idea what she’s going to do with it – but who can say no to a roof over their kids’ heads and a chance to get away from past hurts?

And a forever home

Heartcross Castle is full of secrets – especially a lost security deposit box that holds the truth to everything… But when celebrity chef Andrew Glossop sets his eyes on the castle and, to make matters worse, mistakes Grace as the new housekeeper, Grace tells him there is absolutely NO CHANCE he is getting his hands on her home.

Devastated to have got it so wrong, Andrew will do anything to make it up to her – but is she willing to listen?

My Review; This is the first book I have read by this author and I need to start by saying this is book seven in the love heart lane series. Now it did read fine as a Standalone for myself but would probably be best read in order. With a few mentions of places from previous books and probably some familiar characters too.

Heartcross Castle is such a cosy, uplifting, romantic and heart warming read. It’s a story of a new beginning, a second chance. Coming home. I loved all the characters in this story, especially the community spirit and friendships. Parts had me laughing out loud. The ending was just perfect. I don’t have a bad word to say.

Main character Grace is such a strong, determined, brave and independent character. She won’t let anything stop her happiness or her boys happiness. I loved her. Then bring in rich Chef Andrew will they clash and collide? How will she deal with him when she’s surviving on pennies?

A beautiful story. Perfect setting, gorgeous castle and a cute town. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. Cannot wait to go back through this series and see where it takes me. Very impressed.

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mystery · suspense · thriller

What Lies Between Us – John Marrs ★★★★★

Blurb; They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her.

Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.

My Review; Huge John Marrs fan and have been making my way through his books. Picked this up with every intention of splitting it over the month for a group read and discussion… That did not happen. I devoured 250 pages in one night then finished it the next morning. Oops. Hooked. Page turner.

I don’t know what I expected going into this but what I read shocked me, was unexpected and dark. I bloody loved it. Every page. The story is told through mother Maggie and daughter Nina and they are both as bad as each other. I kept swaying from one to the other who I hated more but then it levelled out and I didn’t like either of them. Brilliant story though. Highly recommend.

This has also already gone into my top reads of year. Another one that’s hard to forget. Disturbing. Dark. Deadly. Psychos. A well deserved five stars from me. Another must read.

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suspense · thriller

Hostage – Clare Mackintosh ★★★★★

Blurb; You can save hundreds of lives. Or the one that matters most.

A claustrophobic thriller set over twenty hours on one airplane flight, with the heart-stopping tension of The Last Flight and the wrenching emotional intensity of Room, Hostage takes us on board the inaugural nonstop flight from London to Sydney.

Mina is trying to focus on her job as a flight attendant, not the problems of her five-year-old daughter back home, or the fissures in her marriage. But the plane has barely taken off when Mina receives a chilling note from an anonymous passenger, someone intent on ensuring the plane never reaches its destination. Someone who needs Mina’s assistance and who knows exactly how to make her comply.

It’s twenty hours to landing. A lot can happen in twenty hours.

My Review; I saw alot of hype about this book when it first came out so of course I bought it then never got around to it until now. I am so glad I picked it up and finally got to read it. It was everything I expected and more. Brilliant. Outstanding. Amazing. This book well and truelly had me hooked. Definition of a page turner. Devoured it.

The book is told through husband and wife duo with odd chapters from passenger’s aboard flight 79. It’s fast paced and there’s alot going on through all the characters but it’s brilliantly written. Short chapters which I prefer and an amazing plot. Makes me never want to fly but its gripping.

As a mother myself I was sat thinking would I have done the same thing she did? The answer is absolutely. This is already going into my top reads of the year and I would highly recommend to you all of you haven’t read it already. A well deserved five stars from me. One that will be hard to forget.

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