chick-lit · mystery · romance

*BLOG TOUR* The Little Village Library – Helen Rolfe ★★★★

Blurb; It takes a village…

Cloverdale is known for its winding roads, undulating hills and colourful cottages, and more recently, its Library of Shared Things. Need a ladder, a hedge trimmer or a waffle-maker? You can borrow it from the Library of Shared Things.

Single dad Adam is doing a good job of raising his daughter, Zoe, whilst burying his past and moving forwards. When he agrees to run a mending workshop at the Library, new friendships start to blossom.

Jennifer is a volunteer at the Library. When her younger sister Isla moves back to Cloverdale after their mother dies, Jennifer finds herself wondering whether Isla is hiding something.

And when Adam’s daughter Zoe makes a startling discovery, it’s time for the people at the Library of Shared Things to pull together and help one family with its biggest challenge of all.

My Review; Happy Publication Day! Cloverdale is a cute little village, full of friendly neighbours and friends. When Adam and his two children arrive in the town they settle in nicely, make friends and feel at home… BUT… There’s a secret Adam brings with him that could change everything and where is the childrens mother? Hmmmm.

I enjoyed reading this one. The way it is written and told so you’re assuming the worse when actually towards the end it makes you feel bad. Ooops. Well it did for me. I got it totally wrong. Poor Adam. What a lovely man. Seems to perfect bless him. The end gets a bit emotional and teary but a brilliant, uplifting and inspiring story after all.

A well deserved four stars from me. Loved the town and characters. Highly recommend. When you live in a small town nothing stays secret for long. I’d love to live in Cloverdale and loved the idea of the shared library. Brilliant.

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mystery · suspense · Young adult

The Island – M.A. Bennett ★★★★

Blurb; Link is a fish out of water. Newly arrived from America, he is finding it hard to settle into the venerable and prestigious Osney School. Who knew there could be so many strange traditions to understand? And what kind of school ranks its students by how fast they can run round the school quad – however ancient that quad may be? When Link runs the slowest time in years, he immediately becomes the butt of every school joke. And some students are determined to make his life more miserable than others . . .

When a school summer trip is offered, Link can think of nothing worse than spending voluntary time with his worst tormentors. But when his parents say he can only leave Osney School – forever – if he goes on the trip, Link decides to endure it for the ultimate prize. But this particular trip will require a very special sort of endurance. The saying goes ‘No man is an island’ – but what if on that island is a group of teenagers, none of whom particularly like each other? When oppressive heat, hunger and thirst start to bite, everyone’s true colours will be revealed. Let the battle commence . . .

My Review; I have loved the S.T.A.G.S series by this author so I had to give this standalone a go and I wasn’t disappointed. The perfect young adult mystery. What turned out to be a planned two week school holiday takes a turn for the worse… Lies. Deceit. Fights. Anger. Power. Love. Hate. Bonding. Team work. This story has it all. Five totally different kids stranded on a remote island, what will they do?

Link, I loved his character. The main character, the lowest, nerdy child in the whole school becomes the clever, nerdy leader on the island and for once doesn’t face the reality of being bullied… But for how long? I don’t want to give anything away but there is a HUGE twist to this story that I never saw coming in a million years. The twist made this story for me!

It’s brilliant. A real page turner. You just want to know how they will cope… Will they get rescued. It would make a brilliant film. I loved it. Highly recommend. Four stars from me.

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mystery · suspense · Young adult

D.O.G.S. – M.A. Bennett ★★★★

Blurb; After the dramatic events of the last few weeks, Greer Macdonald is trying to concentrate on her A levels. Stuck for a play to direct for her drama exam, she gets help from an unexpected quarter . . .

A priceless lost play, buried by time, is pushed under her door. It is Ben Jonson’s The Isle of Dogs, a play considered so dangerous in Elizabethan times that every copy was burned . . . except one. As the students begin to rehearse it, events become increasingly dark and strange, and they lead Greer back to where she never thought she would return – Longcross Hall.

There she discovers that not only is the Order of the Stag alive and well, but that a ghost from the past might be too . . .

My Review; Finally got around to reading this, book two in the S.T.A.G.S series and I seriously hope there is more to come. Please. I need more. S.T.A.G.S I read last year was brilliant and made my top twenty of 2019 and this was just as good!

We see the same characters from the first book with some new comers but this year it’s all focused on a play called The Isle of Dogs. Which apparantly all the scripts got destroyed… Well except one… The one Greer has been given. She decides to perform the play for her A level but things soon start to become wierd and familiar. Linking past to the present. This is more than just a play…

After book one (S.T.A.G.S) she could never imagine she would end up back at Longcross but that is exactly where she ends up. Back where everything began. I don’t want to give too much away but it’s a brilliant sequel to S.T.A.G.S. A must read. I really enjoyed it. The ending messed with my head a little and ended on a major cliffhanger… I need answers. I need more.

Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. Brilliant. Perfect for mystery and young adult readers. Would make a brilliant tv series or film.

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