Book reviews, Historical fiction

Green Gold by Gabriel Hemery – Book Review



In 1850, young Scottish plant hunter John Jeffrey was despatched by an elite group of Victorian subscribers to seek highly-prized exotic trees in North America. An early letter home told of a 1,200-mile transcontinental journey by small boat and on foot.

Later, tantalising collections of seeds and plants arrived from British Columbia, Oregon and California, yet early promise soon withered. Four years after setting out, John Jeffrey, and his journals, disappeared without a trace.

Was he lost to love, violence or the Gold Rush? In this biography, Gabriel Hemery combines meticulous research with a fictional narrative in Jeffrey’s lost journals, revealing an extraordinary adventure


This is a slow burn of a read, something to take your time over and enjoy.

Told by using the journal (fictional) and letters to and from the explorer John Jeffrey, the author Gabriel Hemery takes you back to a time when botany explorers searched for natural plant treasures that the wealthy would flock to see, plants and seeds from distant lands.

These journals and letters were found by a woman during her internship and she realised the interest and importance of the documents and this is where the story begins, as she starts to read and piece together the life of John Jeffrey.

I loved the descriptive writing, bring the wildness of the environment to life, along with the love and tragedy that befell Mr Jeffrey. A real adventure in the written form. Marvellous.

I would like to thank the Pigeonhole and the author for the opportunity to read this book for free and this is my honest and unbiased review


Published by Unbound 18 April 2019

Book reviews

I Want You Gone by Miranda Rijks – Book Review



The only obituary you never want to read – is your own.

Laura Swallow is dead. A life cut tragically short, says the newspaper obituary. But that’s a lie.

Estate agent Laura did not die in a car accident. She is alive and well.
At first, Laura thinks it’s a sick joke.

But multiple announcements of her death are followed by increasingly sinister real-life events. Already fragile, struggling to recover from a recent divorce, Laura is plunged into a living nightmare.

Who can she trust? Her new lover? Her clients and work colleagues? What about her ex-husband and his smug fiancée? Can Laura even rely on her best friends? And why is it that Laura’s present troubles are so tied up with her sister’s sudden death all those years ago?

But one thing Laura is sure of – someone out there wants her to suffer. Wants her gone.




Laura works as an Estate Agent and has been nominated for an award….but then her daughter, Mel, calls, upset as an obituary for Laura has been
posted on Facebook….

Reassured, Laura carries on……but then she meets the handsome Dr Ben Logan, he seems charming but her friend Anna tells her he’s no good, a womaniser and cheat. She also meets an old school mate, Eddy, at a house viewing and he makes a pass at her.

But then everything goes wrong, her boss receives a claim Laura was inappropriate at a viewing, intimate photo’s of her are sent to her boss, a death certificate for her is found and she suspects she may have been raped or assaulted by Ben, as she cannot remember anything after their date and she is suspended from work.

Anna is there to help support her, so is her friend Jenny…trying to make sense of everything, all while Laura is slowly falling apart…..then Mel goes missing!

Who has taken her? Who is trying to ruin Laura’s life and how is this linked to her sister Becky?

The writing is so good it keeps you wondering….to say I was on tenterhooks is an understatement in this marvellously fast paced, twisty and unsettling psychological thriller.

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

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About the author

Miranda Rijks is a writer of suspense novels. I WANT YOU GONE is her first psychological thriller.

Miranda has an eclectic background ranging from law to running a garden centre. She’s been writing all of her life and has a Masters in writing. A couple of years ago she decided to ditch the business plans and press releases and now she’s living the dream, writing suspense novels full time. She lives in Sussex, England with her Dutch husband, musician daughter and black Labrador.

Up next is FATAL FORTUNE, the first of three books in a mystery romance series that will be published in May 2019. They feature Dr Pippa Durrant, a psychologist and specialist in lie detection, who works alongside Sussex police getting embroiled in some scary stuff!

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Published by Inkubator Books on 13th April 2019.