*BLOG TOUR* Then and Now – R.J. Gould ★★★★

Blurb; Sandy is about to retire following an illustrious career as editor of an upmarket fashion magazine.
Michael can’t retire, he thinks his work to explain the dangers of climate change is far too important.
Jonathan would like to retire from running his fundraising consultancy but a family crisis is getting in the way.
These three were the best of friends at university before a tragedy wrecked their friendship. That was fifty years ago and they haven’t spoken since.
Sandy urges the other two to join her at a weekend reunion. Together they reminisce about their student days, such a wild era with its heady mix of free love, drugs and ground-breaking music. They share their life journeys since the Swinging Sixties – the successes and failures, the happiness and despair, and their optimism and fears for the future.
The reunion is drawing to a close. Dare they tackle the incident that tore them apart, an event that has brought guilt for so many years? If they are to have any chance of reconciliation they have to, but the clock is ticking.

My review; I read a previous book by this author and really enjoyed it so had to give this one a try and I am so glad I did. I devoured the full story in one morning. The story is told through three OAPs Sandy, Jonathan and Michael. It’s a story of their current lives and reminiscing of the past when they all meet up at a university reunion nearly 50 years after they all graduated.

I loved Sandys character the most that is one crazy woman! Living life to the full until the end. It was fab to see these three characters come back together, reminisce and have some fun at their weekend reunion. OAPs doing weed, booze and having sex. Very funny in parts. You’re only as old as you feel as they say. But a weekend which leaves them all feeling different. An unspoken event which tore them all apart after university brings them all back together.

Loved it all. Not what I expected but really enjoyed it. Devoured it. Would recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Author bio; R J Gould writes contemporary fiction about relationships, using a mix of humour and pathos todescribe the tragi-comic life journeys of his characters. Then and now is his seventh novel, followingThe Engagement Party, Jack and Jill Went Downhill, Mid-life follies, The bench by Cromer beach,Nothing Man and Dream Café. He is a member of Cambridge Writers and a rare male member of theRomantic Novelists’ Association.Before becoming a full-time author he worked in the educational and charity sectors.R J Gould lives in Cambridge.

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Killers · mystery · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Where Blood Runs Cold – Giles Kristian ★★★★

Blurb; Erik Amdahl and his spirited daughter, Sofia, have embarked on a long-promised cross-country ski trip deep into Norway’s arctic circle. For Erik, it’s the chance to bond properly with his remaining daughter following a tragic accident. For Sofia, it’s the proof she needs that her father does care.

Then, far from home in this snowbound wilderness, with night falling and the mercury plummeting, an accident sends them in search of help – and shelter. Nearby is the home of a couple – members of Norway’s indigenous Sami people – who they’ve met before, and who welcome them in. Erik is relieved. He believes the worst is over. He thinks that Sofia is now safe. He could not be more wrong. He and Sofia are not the old couple’s only visitors that night – and soon he and Sofia will be running for their lives . . .
…and beneath the swirling light show of the Northern Lights, a desperate fight ensues – of man against man, of man against nature – a fight for survival that plays out across the snow and ice.

A story of endurance and of the desperate, instinctive will to survive, of a father’s love for his child, of knowing when to let go – and of a daughter’s determination to prove herself worthy of that love, Where Blood Runs Cold is a pulse-racing thriller from a master storytelle

My Review; This was a brilliant read. Fast paced. Gripping. Tense. Thrilling. Dark. Deadly. A real page turner that keeps the reader hooked until the final page. A story about a father and his daughter who witnessed a murder and now they’re being chased by the murderers. An edge of your seat read. To say the story is set in the snowy, blizzard mountains with not much around there’s plenty to keep you hooked. Accidents. Shots. Blood. Chases. Hiding. Resting. Heart pounding.

A story full of determination to survive even with death comes knocking. One I won’t forget for a long time and I’ve discovered a new author to enjoy too. I did think the ending was a bit sudden but I totally got it. This wasn’t just a normal murder there’s more behind it. A lot of lives lost over what’s hidden in this town and its past. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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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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