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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Adventure · chick-lit · romance

Aria’s Travelling Book Shop – Rebecca Raisin ★★★★★

Blurb; This summer will change everything!

Aria Summers knows what she wants.

A life on the road with best friend Rosie and her beloved camper-van-cum-book-shop, and definitely, definitely, no romance.

But when Aria finds herself falling – after one too many glasses of wine, from a karaoke stage – into the arms of Jonathan, a part of her comes back to life for the first time in years.

Since her beloved husband died Aria has sworn off love, unless it’s the kind you can find in the pages of a book. One love of her life is quite enough.

And so Aria tries to forget Jonathan and sets off for a summer to remember in France. But could this trip change Aria’s life forever…?

My Review; I’ve always been a huge fan of Rebeccas writing, this is her most recent book published. I mean what’s better than reading about a bibliophile, books and a whole adventure ahead for both?

The story focuses on Aria, widowed, huge book worm and shes off to france with her mobile bookshop. After the death of her husband she vows to never love again. A diary from her husband emerges and she decides to savour a little bit each day throughout this story. While on her travels she keeps bumping into author Johnathan. Is this a sign to start again? To fall in love? A perfect match? Author and bibliophile? …

In a way it’s a story about dealing with grief and coming through that. It’s a new start, feel good, beautiful and uplifting story. Perfection. It was a world I didn’t want to leave. It had me smiling the whole way through and parts made had me laughing out loud. I seriously couldn’t put it down, I had finished it within hours. It has a beautiful ending. The travelling community sticks together and we see a lot of Rosie too (Arias bestie).

I love it that much it’s going into my top twenty reads of the year. A well deserved five stars and I cannot recommend it enough. I’ve gone straight into the book before it (Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop) which gives me the advantage of already knowing the characters but also what happened before and I’m back in their world. I love it. Hooked. Can I also mention how beautitul the cover is. Well worth the read.

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