Simmering granules

*NEW fragrance* Apple Cinnamon Simmering Granules

APPLE CINNAMON 

**AVAILABLE HERE *** https://www.facebook.com/groups/2971331093138058

I have scented these simmering granules with an Apple Cinnamon fragrance oil. 

They have a lovely warm fragrance, a blend of spicy cinnamon and clove, apple and vanilla.

I have 100g pouches or 50g pots of these highly fragranced natural sea salt simmering granules (or sizzlers as they are also known) available.

 ** 3 x 50g pots are available at £1 each **

And 

** 2 x 100g pouches at £2 each ** 

Postage is extra from £1.90 in the UK.

These grains go into your wax or electric burner, giving off a strong aroma with less clean up. They give a burst of fragrance which lasts approx 3 hour for each 2 spoonfuls. So a 50g pot has approx 20 hours of fragrance.

To use simply place 1-2 teaspoonfuls into your burner (do not add water) and light an un-scented tea light. 

These are a fantastic alternative to wax melts as there is no mess or wax to clean up. Once the scent is gone (you’ll notice the granules will have lost their colour and fragrance), let them cool then just simply tip them into the bin. 

These pots contain roughly 50g and comes with a wooden spoon. And maybe a sample wax melt or sample pot of granules.

These are vegan, animal cruelty free , using natural sea salt, fragrance oil and mica powder for colour.

Book reviews

My new hobby….

I have a new hobby, something I can do with just one hand ( the other now doesn’t work properly due to nerve damage…..caused by either, surgery, radiotherapy, treatment or my cancer pressing on nerves..doctors don’t know, and as I am trying to deal with the pain are not looking into it any further yet.

So, I now make small batches of home fragrance simmering granules. These are like wax melts, just as highly fragranced but without all that waxy mess to clean off your burner/melter.

Have a peek here :

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2971331093138058

Book reviews

A big change – The Bookwormery retires

Due to my immunotherapy treatment for my stage 4 malignant melanoma, plus 2 surgeries in the same spot and radiotherapy, again in the same place, I now have nerve damage and neuropathy.

This means constant numbness, pins and needles and horrible pains which range from deep aches in my shoulder, elbow and left hand. Plus the joy stinging pains in my numb armpit and stabbing pains in my fingers and hand. I am left handed and no longer have any real control over it, I can’t write properly but am slowly learning to use my right hand….mmm slow going.

So, the result is I am no longer able to put the time and effort into reading and book blogging, a hard decision but I just can’t concentrate on a book anymore and that’s just not fair on the authors.

I am now just doing my other hobby making home fragrance items. I can do that with one hand.

Thank you to the incredible blog tour organisers for the support and the chance to have read some truly amazing books.

Lesley

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller

The Runner by P.R. Black – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

You can’t escape him.

He abducts lone joggers and forces them to run for their lives. When he catches them, he pulls out his blade…

Now he’s locked away and will be in prison for years. They call him a psychopath, a murderer, the ‘Woodcutter Killer’.

But what if you just found out you’re supposed to call him father?

MY REVIEW 

Freya Bain gets a huge shock at the will reading of her recently deceased mother as she learns her previously unknown father is in prison….for Murder

He had been convicted of a murder and dismemberment of ax woman 25 years ago…could he really be the serial killer, The woodcutter?

So, Freya visits him, he says he’s innocent and he’s convinced her so she begins to investigate the past crimes herself with a crime blogger, Glenn.

Following clues they begin searching for bodies, but then new murders are committed in the same way the woodcutter had…

Is this a copycat or is the real woodcutter back? Does this mean Freya’s dad really is innocent?

This is a quick read that is gripping from the start. Well written with well developed characters and a clever plot. It’s dark, gruesome and thoroughly entertaining. 

About the author

Pat Black is kind to spiders.

He is the author of The Long Dark Road and the Amazon bestsellers, The Beach House and The Family.

His short stories have been shortlisted for awards including the Bridport Prize and the Bloody Scotland short story competition. He was also longlisted for the William Hazlitt essay prize.

He was named one of the winners of The Daily Telegraph’s Ghost Stories competition, and his work has been performed on stage in London by Liars’ League.

He lives in Yorkshire, but will always belong to Glasgow. He knows full well what your opinions are about people who talk about themselves in the third person.

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blog tour, Book reviews, Mystery, Psychlogical thriller

The Beresford by Will Carver – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB

There’s a routine at The Beresford.

For Mrs May, every day’s the same: a cup of cold, black coffee in the morning, pruning roses, checking on her tenants, wine, prayer and an afternoon nap. She never leaves the building. 

Abe Schwartz also lives at The Beresford. His housemate Smythe no longer does. Because Abe just killed him. In exactly sixty seconds, Blair Conroy will ring the doorbell to her new home and Abe will answer the door. They will become friends. Perhaps lovers.

And, when the time comes for one of them to die, as is always the case at The Beresford, there will be sixty seconds to move the body before the next unknowing soul arrives at the door. Because nothing changes at The Beresford, until the doorbell rings…

Eerie, dark, superbly twisted and majestically plotted, The Beresford is the stunning standalone thriller from one of crime fiction’s most exciting names.

MY REVIEW 

The Beresford is a block of apartments, owned by the religious and slightly eccentric Mrs May who never leaves the building unless to potter in the garden occasionally. The other residents are gradually revealed and we get to know them……

The Beresford building has its own darkness and it will give you goosebumps as the story unfolds.

Some of the residents also have dark secrets and Abe immediately springs to mind…

The chapters are short, sharp and pack a punch, the characters are so well written, I could almost see them, which is very scary! 

This is a dark, creepy, quirky and utterly compelling read that will make you turn on every light in the house and double lock the doors. Quite simply brilliant and I love it.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of The Beresford.

Purchase link :  https://uk.bookshop.org/a/8300/9781913193812

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age eleven, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, and lives in Reading with his two children. Will’s latest title published by Orenda Books, Hinton Hollow Death Trip was longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize, while Nothing Important Happened Today was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year and for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell. Good Samaritans was a book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the eBook charts.

Wax melts

New Gorgeous fragrance

I’ve just added this to my MadeMe.co.uk shop. I love this new fragrance it is very summery and perfect for the warm evenings.

I’d love it if you lovely people would take a peek (and maybe follow).

Book reviews, Poetry

The Crossing by Manjeet Mann – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A trailblazing new novel about two teenagers from opposite worlds; The Crossing is a profound story of hope, grief, and the very real tragedies of the refugee crisis.

Natalie’s world is falling apart. She’s just lost her mum and her brother marches the streets of Dover full of hate and anger. Swimming is her only refuge.

Sammy has fled his home and family in Eritrea for the chance of a new life in Europe. Every step he takes on his journey is a step into an unknown and unwelcoming future. 

A twist of fate brings them together and gives them both hope. But is hope enough to mend a broken world? 

MY REVIEW 

The Crossing is a unique tale as it’s told in verse. 

It follows the characters, Natalie and Sammy. 

Natalie’s mother has died from cancer. She had worked with refugees and shared her compassion with Natalie. 

But now without her, the family is falling apart with Natalie’s brother part of an anti-refugee ‘gang’…that’s the only way to describe these heartless people.

Now, Sammy is a boy from Eritrea, he doesn’t want to be in the army, the country’s conscription and the abuse, so he wants to escape and try to get to the UK.

This is a unique and beautifully written tale, it tells of the desperation of refugees, of fear and of compassion. An Eye opening, incredibly moving and thought provoking read.

blog tour, Book reviews, Nordic noir

Girls Who Lie by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

When single mother Maríanna disappears from her home, leaving an apologetic note on the kitchen table, it is assumed that she’s taken her own life – until her body is found on the Grábrók lava fields seven months later, clearly the victim of murder. Her neglected fifteen-year-old daughter Hekla has been placed in foster care, but is her perfect new life hiding something sinister?

Fifteen years earlier, a desperate new mother lies in a maternity ward, unable to look at her own child, the start of an odd and broken relationship that leads to tragedy.

Police officer Elma and her colleagues take on the case, which becomes increasingly complex, as the list of suspects grows ever longer and new light is shed on Maríanna’s past – and the childhood of a girl who never was like the others…

Fresh, richly atmospheric, and with quietly compelling and sophisticated writing reminiscent of Ruth Rendell, Girls Who Lie was an Icelandic #1 bestseller. It further establishes Eva Björg Ægisdóttir as one of the most exciting young crime writers in Iceland.

MY REVIEW 

Set in Iceland, Girls Who Lie is the second in the Forbidden Iceland series with police officer Elma.

This thriller is told from two perspectives, Elma and an in-named woman.

A missing woman’s body has been found in a cave, first thoughts are this is a tragic suicide, but now suspicions are this may have been murder, so Elma begins the investigation.

Meanwhile, the other part of this tale is the unnamed woman as we hear of her depression and her struggles with her child…..how are these two stories linked?………slowly it starts to become clear!

This is an atmospheric, dark and chilling thriller that’s full of a simmering tension from the start. Great characters and a beautifully twisty plot, this will keep you guessing. Nordic Noir at its finest. Brilliant and I loved it.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Girls Who Lie.

Purchase link : https://uk.bookshop.org/a/8300/9781913193737

ABOUT EVA BJÖRG ÆGISDÓTTIR

Born in Akranes in 1988, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir studied for an MSc in Globalisation in Norway before returning to Iceland and deciding to write a novel – something she had wanted to do since she won a short-story competition at the age of fifteen. After nine months combining her writing with work as a stewardess and caring for her children, Eva finished The Creak on the Stairs. It was published in 2018, and became a bestseller in Iceland. It also went on to win the Blackbird Award, a prize set up by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Ragnar Jónasson to encourage new Icelandic crime writers. It was published in English by Orenda Books in 2020. Eva lives in Reykjavík with her husband and three children and is currently working on the third book in the Forbidden Iceland series. Follow her on @evaaegisdottir

blog tour, Book reviews, Family drama, Psychlogical thriller

The Lies We Tell by Jane Corry – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

WHAT IF YOUR SON HAD MURDERED SOMEONE?

Sarah always thought of herself and her husband, Tom, as good people. But that was before their son Freddy came home saying he’d done something terrible. Begging them not to tell the police.

Soon Sarah and Tom must find out just how far they are willing to push themselves, and their marriage, to protect their only child . . .

As the lies build up and Sarah is presented with the perfect opportunity to get Freddy off the hook, she is faced with a terrifying decision . . .

Save her son . . . or save herself?

MY REVIEW 

Tom and Sarah are an unlikely couple, chalk and cheese everyone says. Even their ideas about parenting and discipline are different.

Then one night their son comes home, disheveled and distraught, he tells them he’s killed someone.

Tom wants to call the police, Sarah want to protect him…..but how far will she go?

The story then jumps to the past, how Tom and Sarah met, their struggles to have a baby and their joy when Freddie is born…..it also gives glimpses into a court case where Freddie is on trial.

The Lies We Tell is a family drama with a simmering tension as more and more information is slowly revealed. Fantastically well developed characters and beautiful descriptions of Cornwall, this is a cautionary tale about family, a marriage, lies and their consequences. A compelling, slow burn of a psychological thriller. Brilliant.

Thank you to Rob of Adventures with Words for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ARC of The Lies We Tell.

PURCHASE LINK: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/8300/9780241989005

blog tour, Book reviews, Thriller

Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

With the startling twists of Gone Girl and the haunting emotional power of Room, Mirrorland is a thrilling work of psychological suspense about twin sisters, the man they both love, and the dark childhood they can’t leave behind.

Cat lives in Los Angeles, far away from 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where she and her estranged twin sister, El, grew up. As girls, they invented Mirrorland, a dark, imaginary place under the pantry stairs full of pirates, witches, and clowns. These days Cat rarely thinks about their childhood home, or the fact that El now lives there with her husband Ross.

But when El mysteriously disappears after going out on her sailboat, Cat is forced to return to 36 Westeryk Road, which has scarcely changed in twenty years. The grand old house is still full of shadowy corners, and at every turn Cat finds herself stumbling on long-held secrets and terrifying ghosts from the past. Because someone—El?—has left Cat clues in almost every room: a treasure hunt that leads right back to Mirrorland, where she knows the truth lies crouched and waiting…

A twisty, dark, and brilliantly crafted thriller about love and betrayal, redemption and revenge, Mirrorland is a propulsive, page-turning debut about the power of imagination and the price of freedom.

MY REVIEW 

Mirrorland is a unique thriller with a twist.

Cat and her twin sister, El had an imaginary world when they were growing up, Mirrorland. Here there was fear, clowns, witches and more….

As they got older they become estranged, Cat lives in the US but El still lives in Edinburgh in their childhood home with her husband. But then El disappears.

Cat returns to Edinburgh and the hunt for El begins. The police are involved but Cat begins to get strange messages……a treasure hunt, but will she like what she finds?

This thriller is told from two timelines, the past, with the children’s make believe world and the present. It’s dark and full it a subtle tension that keeps you wondering just what is going on…….but then it all comes together in the incredible final chapters. Well written with great characters, even if they weren’t particularly likeable and thoroughly engrossing. 

Originally posted on 28 April 2021for a Random Things Tours blog tour.

blog tour, Book reviews, Contemporary fiction

One Last Time by Helga Flatland – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Anne’s life is rushing to an unexpected and untimely end. But her diagnosis of terminal cancer isn’t just a shock for her – and for her daughter Sigrid and granddaughter Mia – it shines a spotlight onto their fractured and uncomfortable relationships.

A spur-of-the moment trip to France acts as a catalyst for the

three generations of women to reveal harboured secrets, long-held frustrations and suppressed desires – and to learn humbling and heartwarming lessons about how life should be lived when death is so close.

With all of Helga Flatland’s trademark insight, sharp yet warm wit and deep empathy, One Last Time examines the great dramas that can be found in ordinary lives, asks the questions that matter to us all – and ultimately celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. An enchantingly beautiful novel that urges us to treasure what we have and rethink how we live our lives, from one of Norway’s most distinguished literary novelists.

MY REVIEW 

One Last Time is the story of the members of a broken family and how they grow closer when one of them gets a terminal cancer diagnosis .

Anne has cancer and she is trying to come to terms with what this means. Her relationship with her daughter, Sigrid is fraught to say the least.

Sigrid’s own relationships with her daughter, Mia, and her partner all have their own issues too.

This ordinary family has ordinary problems, which could have been resolved by just honest talking, but as in any family there are always things left unsaid. 

Helga Flatland has brought this family to life with her fantastic writing, the emotions just jump off the page. The way Anna’s thoughts about her cancer prognosis are so real (having stage four cancer, I’ve had some of these thoughts myself), the fear and worrying about everyone else is always there. This is incredible writing that’s so full of empathy , it’s beautiful, incredibly sad yet uplifting, there will be tears and laughter to the end. I loved it.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of One Last Time.

Support your local bookshop and Purchase here

https://uk.bookshop.org/a/8300/9781913193690

ABOUT HELGA FLATLAND

Helga Flatland is already one of Norway’s most awarded and widely read authors. Born in Telemark, Norway, in 1984, she made her literary debut in 2010 with the novel Stay If You Can, Leave If You Must, for which she was awarded the Tarjei Vesaas’ First Book Prize. She has written four novels and a children’s book and has won several other literary awards.

Her fifth novel, A Modern Family (her first English translation), was published to wide acclaim in Norway in August 2017, and was a number-one bestseller. The rights have subsequently been sold across Europe and the novel has sold more than 100,000 copies. One Last Time was published in Norway in 2020, where it topped the bestseller lists, and was shortlisted for the Norwegian Booksellers Awar

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller

Preacher Boy by GWYN GB – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

IT’S TIME FOR A NEW CRIME MYSTERY HERO

Dr Harrison Lane is everything you wouldn’t expect from a man with a psychology doctorate. For victims, he’s everything they need.

As Head of the Metropolitan Police’s Ritualistic Behavioural Crime Unit, Dr Harrison Lane knows his Voodoo from his Aum Shinrikyo and a Satanist from a Shaman.

Harrison had an unusual childhood, raised by a bohemian mother and one of the native American Shadow Wolves – the elite tracking squad that works with US Drug enforcers. After his mother’s murder, he dedicated his life to finding those who hide behind spiritualism and religion to do evil.

Following the discovery of a missing boy’s body in what looks like a Satanic killing, Harrison is called in to help detectives. When a second boy is snatched, it becomes a race against time to save him, and sees Harrison come face-to-face with some dark secrets from his own childhood.

Preacher Boy is the first book in a gripping new crime mystery series from Amazon Top 20 bestselling author, Gwyn GB.

Book 1: Preacher Boy published June 5th (available now on pre-order) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08YYS3Q7L/

Book 2: The Horsemen published June 19th.

Book 3: The Bloodletting published July 17th

MY REVIEW 

This is the first the book of a new crime thriller. 

Dr. Harrison Lane is part of the Met’s Police Ritualistic Behavioural Crimes Unit. He is investigating a seemingly ritualistic murder of a young boy. Using his unique skills he’s helping DCI Barker in her investigation, all the while Harrison is dealing with memories of his own past and the death of his mother.

Then another young boy disappears and this becomes a race against time to stop a serial killer before anyone else dies…….

This really is a gripping read, from the bizarre killings, the fantastic characters and a dark, twisted plot keeping you hooked from start to finish. A fantastic start to a new crime thriller series and is a must read for any fan of the tv show, Criminal Minds. 

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Preacher Boy.

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/3gnIpjX

ABOUT GWYN GB

Gwyn is an Amazon Top 20 bestselling author. She’s a former UK national TV newscaster and presenter, and journalist for national newspapers and magazines. Gwyn became a journalist because all she wanted to do was write and has finally realised her dream of being a full-time fiction author. Born in the UK, Gwyn now lives in the Channel Islands with her family, including a rescue dog and 17-year-old goldfish.

Gwyn launched her debut novel, Islands as Gwyn Garfield-Bennett in 2016, the romantic suspense book rose quickly into the Amazon top 20. Her first crime mystery series, featuring DI Falle, launched with Lonely Hearts in 2017.

You can find out more about Gwyn at http://www.gwyngb.com

Or on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GwynGBwriter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GwynGB

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gwyngb/

blog tour, Book reviews, Thriller

Falling by TJ Newman – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

You just boarded a flight to New York.

There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard.

What you don’t know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped.

For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.

The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane.

Enjoy the flight.

‘The best thriller I’ve read in years. Buckle up’ Adrian McKinty

‘FALLING is the best kind of thriller (for me as a reader anyway). Characters you care deeply about. Nonstop, totally authentic suspense’ James Patterson

MY REVIEW 

Captain Bill Hoffman is the pilot of Flight 416 out of New York……but then he finds out his family are being kept hostage……

Bill is told to crash the plane to kill all on board or his family will die. How will he save his family and passengers?

Wow…..what a rollercoaster of a thriller. The characters are so well developed you feel their tension in this race against time. A fantastic, terrifying read.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Falling.

available here. https://uk.bookshop.org/a/8300/9781398507241

https://amzn.to/3pIpJP5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

T. J. Newman, a former bookseller turned flight attendant, worked for Virgin America and Alaska Airlines from 2011 to 2021. She wrote much of Falling on cross-country red-eye flights while her passengers were asleep. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Falling is her first novel.

blog tour, Book reviews, Family drama

Fresh Water For Flowers by Valérie Perrin – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Violette Toussaint is the caretaker at a cemetery in a small town in Bourgogne. Her daily life is lived to the rhythms of the hilarious and touching confidences of random visitors and her colleagues—three gravediggers, three groundskeepers, and a priest.

Violette’s routine is disrupted one day by the arrival of police chief Julien Seul, wishing to deposit his mother’s ashes on the gravesite of a complete stranger.  Julien is not the only one to guard a painful secret: his mother’s story of clandestine love breaks through Violette’s carefully constructed defences to reveal the tragic loss of her daughter, and her steely determination to find out who is responsible. 

An unforgettable story of love and loss told through the life of a woman who believes obstinately in happiness. Touching on the deepest aspects of human life, Fresh Water for Flowers brings out the exceptional and the poetic in the ordinary and reminds us of the life affirming value of kindness.

MY REVIEW 

Fresh Water For Flowers is a tale of loss and grief, but also love and friendship.

Violette has been the caretaker of a cemetery for twenty years. She’s very quiet but she has friends in the shape of the gravediggers and she talks to the grieving mourners.

Violette is such a lovely character, so empathetic as dealing with her own grief she knows how others feel. 

There are lots of memories and stories of those buried in the cemetery and a little mystery too. This is so beautifully written (and translated) with a gentle, almost poetic insight into grief and how we deal with it and memories of the past. A charming melancholic read.

Thank you to Gaby at Midas PR for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and ARC of Fresh Water For Flowers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Valérie Perrin is a photographer and screenwriter who works with (and is married to) Claude Lelouch.  Her first novel, Les Oubliés du Dimanche, has won numerous prizes, including the 2016 Lire Élire and Poulet-Malassis prizes. Fresh Water for Flowers is her first novel to be translated into English and an international sensation.

Hildegarde Serle graduated in French from Oxford University. After working as a newspaper subeditor in London for many years, she obtained the Chartered Institute of Linguists Diploma in Translation. She is the translator of A Winter’s Promise and The Missing of Clairdelune, atmospheric, absorbing tale.

blog tour, Book reviews, Contemporary fiction

This is How We Are Human by Louise Beech – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Sebastian James Murphy is twenty years, six months and two days old. He loves swimming, fried eggs and Billy Ocean.

Sebastian is autistic. And lonely. Veronica wants her son Sebastian to be happy, and she wants the world to accept him for who he is. She is also thinking about paying a professional to give him what he desperately wants.

Violetta is a high-class escort, who steps out into the night thinking only of money. Of her nursing degree. Paying for her dad’s care. Getting through the dark.

When these three lives collide, and intertwine in unexpected ways, everything changes. 

For everyone.

MY REVIEW 

Sebastian Murphy is a young man of twenty, he is also autistic.

He lives with his condition but there are times he wishes he could be cured. His mum, Veronica is fiercely protective of her son and as she rightly says, not all disabilities are visible (something I am personally very aware of).

Then there is Violeta, a student nurse, short of money and caring for her dad too, so to make the money she needs, she is also an escort.

These three lives are entwined with lonely Seb, Veronica who just wants him to be happy and experience the same things any young man wants, namely sex and Violeta who she is thinking of paying to give him that.

This is quite simply, astounding story telling, beautifully written and so full of emotion it’s heartbreaking and yet heartwarming too. With incredible, loveable characters it deals with coping with autism from both sides in a sympathetic and honest way. My favourite read of this year and will stay with me for a long time.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of This is How We Are Human.

Purchase Link:

https://uk.bookshop.org/a/8300/9781913193713

ABOUT LOUISE BEECH

Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The follow-up, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Both of her previous books Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost were widely reviewed, critically acclaimed and number-one bestsellers on Kindle. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was shortlisted for the RNA Most Popular Romantic Novel Award in 2019. Her 2019 novel Call Me Star Girl won Best magazine Book of the Year, and was followed by I Am Dust.

Book reviews, Crime thriller

No Going Back by Robert Crouch – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

What you don’t do will torment you.

When journalist Harry Lawson is pulled from a private swimming pool, his drowning looks like a tragic accident, but for one small detail – he knew someone was going to kill him.

The three text messages he fired off to an old flame the night before confirm he’s a troubled man. But former friend and sleuth, Kent Fisher, believes the messages hint at something deeper and more sinister – an investigation that cost Harry his life.

When a second reporter dies, it’s clear there’s a killer with unfinished business. As Kent inches towards a breakthrough he clashes with close friend Detective Inspector Ashley Goodman. She instructs him to stop investigating, knowing full well he won’t.

For Kent there’s no going back. He has to finish what he started, even though he risks losing a friend, and maybe his own life.

In the seventh murder mystery of the series, Kent Fisher digs deep to complete an investigation that’s far removed from the one he started.

MY REVIEW

#7 in the Kent Fisher Mysteries series, it can be read as a stand-alone but you will be missing out on a fantastic series.

Here, when Kent’s friend, the journalist Harry, is found dead he begins the investigation. He finds that Harry seemed to have known someone would kill him…

Kent begins to wonder who he can trust and when another journalist is killed DI Goodman tells him to leave the investigation to the police….but obviously he can’t. Will he catch the killer before anyone else dies?

Kent has an animal sanctuary and a will they won’t they, on and off relationship with Gemma. All the while he is trying to find out who killed his friend and why.

This is a marvellously twisty tale that will keep you guessing right to the end…full of tension, fantastic characters and a clever plot makes this another must read from Robert Crouch.

blog tour, Book reviews, Contemporary fiction

Everything Happens For A Reason by Katie Allen – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Mum-to-be Rachel did everything right, but it all went wrong. Her son, Luke, was stillborn and she finds herself on maternity leave without a baby, trying to make sense of her loss.

When a misguided well-wisher tells her that ‘everything happens for a reason’, she becomes obsessed with finding that reason, driven by grief and convinced that she is somehow to blame. She remembers that on the day she discovered her pregnancy, she’d stopped a man from jumping in front of a train, and she’s now certain that saving his life cost her the life of her son.

Desperate to find him, she enlists an unlikely ally in Lola, an Underground worker, and Lola’s seven-year-old daughter, and eventually tracks him down, with completely unexpected results…

Both a heart-wrenching portrait of grief and a gloriously uplifting and disarmingly funny story of a young woman’s determination, Everything Happens for a Reason is a bittersweet, life-affirming and, quite simply, unforgettable read.

MY REVIEW 

Everything Happens for a Reason is the tale of grief and trying to make sense of tragedy.

Rachel was pregnant when she stopped a man from jumping in front of a train…but then tragedy strikes and her baby is stillborn. Utterly heartbroken, Rachel tris to fins a reason why? She wonders if saving the man at the train station is linked to the loss of her baby.

So, she decides to find him.

This is a heartbreaking read as Rachel struggles to believe everything happens for a reason all the while dealing with her grief. There are a few moments of humour with Lola and her daughter mixed with the tears in this heartbreaking and yet heartwarming and uplifting tale. A wonderful mix of tears and laughter.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Everything Happens For A Reason.

ABOUT KATIE ALLEN

Everything Happens for a Reason is Katie’s first novel. She used to be a journalist and columnist at the Guardian and Observer, and started her career as a Reuters correspondent in Berlin and London. The events in Everything Happens for a Reason are fiction, but the premise is loosely autobiographical. Katie’s son, Finn, was stillborn in 2010, and her character’s experience of grief and being on maternity leave without a baby is based on her own. And yes, someone did say to her ‘Everything happens for a reason’.

Katie grew up in Warwickshire and now lives in South London with her husband, children, dog, cat and stick insects. When she’s not writing or walking children and dogs, Katie loves baking, playing the piano, reading news and wishing she had written other people’s brilliant novels.

blog tour, Book reviews, Ghost story

Echoes Of Home by M. L. Rayner – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

 After accepting a generous opportunity to start afresh, Leslie Wills, a young man from Stoke-on-Trent, eagerly begins his long-distance journey to the Scottish Highlands of Elphin, a settled village that sits huddled amongst the dominating mountains. Its people are welcoming, and the beauty of the land is great. But deep within its Highland paths, a location rests hidden from the public’s eye. A location which entices you to learn the truth of its troubled past. But once you bear witness to its sights and sounds, its presences will never allow you to forget.

Uncover the truth, Journeying back to a forgotten time. With a plot full of secrets and suspicion that will leave you longing for answers.

MY REVIEW 

I love a good ghost story and Echoes of Home really fit the bill.

Here, Leslie Wills mum has died and he feels a little lost, what’s is going to happen now?.

His brother offers him a home, Elphin Cottage in the highlands, so obviously he goes.

The cottage is in a remote area, in a stunningly beautiful landscape, alone except for one other cottage. But these cottages have a dark past and is Leslie about to be one a part of it?

Beautifully written and atmospheric, you can feel the chill breeze and the creaks of an old cottage….a classic ghost story that will make a perfect Halloween read.

Thank you to Zooloos Book Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Echoes of Home.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Born and bred in the county of Staffordshire. Matt is a keen reader of classical, horror and fantasy literature and enjoys writing in the style of traditional ghost stories. During his working life, Matt joined the ambulance service in 2009, transporting critically ill patients all over the UK. After writing his first novel, Matt was welcomed into the family of Question Mark Press publishing and now dedicates his time on future releases. His hobbies include genealogy and hiking, and he enjoys spending time with his wife, Emma, his children, and his family.

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blog tour, Book reviews, Family drama, Mental Health

Matilda Windsor is Coming Home by Anne Goodwin – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

In the dying days of the old asylums, three paths intersect.

Henry was only a boy when he waved goodbye to his glamorous grown-up sister; approaching sixty, his life is still on hold as he awaits her return.

As a high-society hostess renowned for her recitals, Matty’s burden weighs heavily upon her, but she bears it with fortitude and grace.

Janice, a young social worker, wants to set the world to rights, but she needs to tackle challenges closer to home.

A brother and sister separated by decades of deceit. Will truth prevail over bigotry, or will the buried secret keep family apart?

In this, her third novel, Anne Goodwin has drawn on the language and landscapes of her native Cumbria and on the culture of long-stay psychiatric hospitals where she began her clinical psychology career.

MY REVIEW 

Matilda Windsor Is Coming Home is mainly set in a psychiatric hospital for long stay patients. Matilda has been here for decades, sent here as a young woman but now a young idealist social worker has arrived and she’s working to get people back to ‘normal’ lives outside.

This is a beautifully written tale of a world many of us have no idea exists, of a community within the community. I fell in love with Matty and her friends, the odd and peculiar who really just want to get on with life.

It’s also horrifying how people could be hospitalised for so many years just because people are scared of those with mental health problems. Out of sight out of mind seems to be the answer for many.

It is clear, from her writing, the author has strong feelings on this issue and this makes for an emotional and thought provoking read. 

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Matilda Windsor is Coming Home 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Anne Goodwin grew up in the non-touristy part of Cumbria, where this novel is set. When she went to university ninety miles away, no-one could understand her accent. After nine years of studying, her first post on qualifying as a clinical psychologist was in a long-stay psychiatric hospital in the process of closing.

Her debut novel, Sugar and Snails, about a woman who has kept her past identity a secret for thirty years, was shortlisted for the 2016 Polari First Book Prize. Her second novel, Underneath, about a man who keeps a woman captive in his cellar, was published in 2017. Her short story collection, Becoming Someone, on the theme of identity, was published in November 2018. Subscribers to her newsletter can download a free e-book of prize-winning short stories.