Adventure · contemporary

Miracle At St Andrews – James Patterson & Peter De Jonge. ★★★★

Blurb; Seasoned pro golfer Travis McKinley is cruising toward a new season when he misses a putt on the 18th green. Just like that, he’s down and out and off the Senior Tour, his career all but dead.

Then Travis is visited by a mysterious stranger whose vision is clear. Go back to the beginning. The very beginning.

Taking his advice both literally and to heart, Travis and his family travel to their ancestral home – Scotland. In the place where golf was born, he’s able to look beyond getting the round ball in the round hole. And when Travis steps onto the Old Course at St. Andrews, the magic of the game takes over . . .

My Review; James Patterson is one of my favourite authors. I just love his writing style and how easy they are to read. This is a shortish read at just under 200 pages but a different read for me. This story is all about golf and golf tournaments not my usual choice. However, I did learn a lot about golf from it and it did have a great story line to it.

This is book three in the Travis McKinley series so I came into this series very late. However, it read perfectly fine as a standalone. I would love to go back to the other books if I find time. The story includes the famous Tiger Woods! It has a hidden message within to never give up, try again and keep going. It has an uplifting feel to it! The main character is a very determined man and alongside all the other characters I felt proud.

A well deserved four stars from me highly recommend. I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed it to say I know nothing about golf and it isn’t one of my interests.

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Adventure · fantasy

*BLOG TOUR* Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Hellenic Abduction – Columbkill Noonan ★★★★

Blurb; Demanding Greek gods. A world of intrigue. A mysterious helper.

Zeus is used to getting what he wants…but that was before he met Barnabas Tew!

Barnabas and Wilfred, the unluckiest detectives ever, are enjoying their time in India, working on mastering their emotions and learning how to do all sorts of interesting yoga poses. They feel as if they’ve finally found some peace in their lives.

Everything changes, though, when Zeus whisks them away from their idyllic retreat and demands that they solve a case for him.

Having no choice, they reluctantly accept the job, but quickly come to realize that nothing is as it should be. Zeus’ motives are suspect from the beginning, the rest of the Greek gods and goddesses are untrustworthy at best, and Barnabas soon finds his temper hasn’t improved at all during his time in India.

Who is the mysterious lady who keeps popping up just when they need her? Is she friend, or is she foe?

Will Barnabas and Wilfred figure out what’s right and what’s wrong in this topsy-turvy world of lies, intrigue, and trickery? Or will the Greek gods and goddesses prove too much for them?

My Review; I came into this series very late so I had no background of the characters or what had happened before this, read well as a standalone but I think the previous books makes a huge difference and perspective. I would love to go back and read the previous books if I have time.

Barnabas Tew and the case of the Hellenic Abduction is book five in the series I believe. The two main characters Barnabas and Wilfred are both detectives and are the perfect, funny duo act. It’s a story full of adventure, the unexpected and a little bit of comedy I would say between the two detectives, they’re lovable. Can never be bored while reading this story. It set my imagination on fire. Brilliantly written.

Now I must admit this is something I wouldn’t have picked up for myself to read but I really did enjoy it. The story contains many gods and goddesses including Zeus, Aphrodite and Hades to name a few. A well deserved four stars from me and I would recommend!

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Adventure · chick-lit · romance

*BLOG TOUR* A French Affair – Jennifer Bohnet ★★★★

Blurb; What will be will be…
Belinda Marshall’s idyllic teenage life in Brittany, France, fell apart when her parents dramatically separated and her mother took her back
to England.
Fast forward thirty-five years when Belinda’s world is once again turned upside down.
It’s the week before Christmas and Belinda’s employer ‘surprises’ her by asking for her help to rejuvenate their latest investment, a run-down campsite in Brittany.
Memories and anxieties that had lain dormant for years suddenly begin to resurface.
As secrets from a lost life threaten to overwhelm her, there is a realisation that maybe she wasn’t told the whole truth by her mother all those years ago.

Can Belinda reconcile her emotions and find happiness once more in the place she so loved and called home?

My Review; What a beautiful cover, Needed to be said first. This story focuses on the two main characters Belinda and Fern.

Belinda works in the hotel business in the UK but has soon found herself with a new opportunity in France doing up a camping site which she doesn’t say no to. While there she soon becomes friends with the owner of the auberge she is staying in Fern.

Belinda has a past within France and starts to research into it. The story is a mixture of new beginnings, happiness, hope, romance, friendships and loss. A little bit of everything. An escape. Uplifting. Refreshing. A lovely read. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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