My Week In Books (w/e 17th Nov) #MeAndMyBooks #BookNews

Well what a week this has been! One that I don’t want to repeat that is for sure. I had a ridiculous cough that really wasn’t shifting and left me feeling… well like crap if I am honest. After a few days of it not getting any better I finally went to the Doc’s and been diagnosed with Acute Bronchitis, never had it before and never want it again. I am still struggling with shortness of breath, sleepless nights and feeling rough. I was hoping the steroid tablets and inhaler would help more than they are but at least I am not coughing as much.

So as my husband finally gets the thumbs up to go back to work after being signed off on Sick Pay since the beginning of August, it is now my turn to go off sick! Roll on January that is all I can say!!!!

I have still managed to just about keep up with NaNoWriMo and my short stories, though I have missed a couple of days, I just didn’t feel any motivation. Also I decided that it would probably be better to complete the on-line courses that I am required to complete as part of my job.

So enough of my whinging and moaning, after all you are here for the books ๐Ÿ™‚

What I read this week…

It’s Not PMS, It’s You by Rich Amooi

If you have not come across Rich Amooi then take my word for it whern I say you should. This is the second book I have read by Rich and he is fabulous. He is on point with his stories and also the humour he injects into his writing. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour for my review.


The Wronged Daughter by Mary Wood

This is an author who I adore, whether she writes under Mary Wood or Maggie Mason it makes no odds I love her books. They are historical fiction that are full of emotion, surprises, twists and are simply fabulous reading. Again another Blog Tour review, for the end of the month.


The Blog Tours that I have agreed to take part in for November are now all read, so instead of ploughing straight into Decembers Tour books I decided this was the ideal time to beta read a couple of manuscripts. I don’t beta read often, and I am always a little nervous about doing it. But I also like to get the chance to give a reader opinion.


My Next read…

The Poker Game by Peter Bartram

I have read a few of Peter’s books and always enjoy them. I am looking forward to getting stuck into Book 4 of the Deadline Murder Series ready for the Blog Tour in December.


I also had a sneaky peep at this book …

When Stars Will Shine – Helping Our Heroes One Page At A Time

I read the first short story in this compilation… OH WOW! What an amazing start to what is going to be a fabulous book. PURCHASE LINK CLICK HERE

IT WILL BE THE BEST FIVER YOU EVER SPEND

Here is the synopsis for it…

When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.

With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that youโ€™re helping our heroes, one page at a time.

From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!

Go and pre-order your copy now and Help Our Heroes! If you don’t want to use my link then just go to Amazon UK and type in When Stars Will Shine.


That is me done for another week, and it’s getting closer to the festive season, this means that it is closer to next year and Spring and hopefully some warmer weather ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week folks, and wrap up warm

Take Care, Yvonne xx

The Reunion by Guillaume Musso #Bookreview

I am delighted to share my thoughts on The Reunion by Guillaume Musso. I read this book a month or so ago and though it was about time I shared my review. I seem to have a few book reviews laying in the drafts section of my blog awaiting release!

Let me show you what The Reunion is all about…

WELCOME TO A SCHOOL REUNION YOU WON’T FORGET

FRENCH RIVIERA, WINTER 1992
On a freezing night, as her high school campus is engulfed by a snowstorm, 19-year-old Vinca Rockwell runs away with Alexis, her philosophy teacher.

No one will ever see them again.

FRENCH RIVIERA, SPRING 2017
Formerly inseparable, Thomas, Maxime and Fanny – Vinca’s best friends – have not spoken in twenty-five years. But when they receive an invitation to their school reunion, they know they must go back one final time.

Because there is a body buried in that school…

…and they’re the ones who put it there.

This is the first time I have read a book by this author. The premise of a school reunion has been turned into a dark and intriguing read. I have never been to a reunion and, while I do get the idea of catching up with old friends, it is not something I would enjoy. Yes, they would be old friends but also they would also be strangers to me.

The main character is Thomas, he is an author who is attending the reunion and while there he meets his own small group that he was friendly with at school. This group all have a secret and it is not the same secret. Gradually as the story unfolds the true depth of the past in unravelled. SOmethings that had been alluded to or guessed are finally unveiled in their true light. There are several things that have happened and, while they are connected they are also separate.

This book moves along at a good pace and flits between different times. I did find it initially confusing as the first couple of chapters where quite quick so I didn’t have time to find my feet with the story. Then the chapters gradually lengthen and I felt more interested in the story. I can’t say I liked any of the characters, they all seem to have a secret and this led to a general feeling of distrust towards them.

The book has a dark and devious feel to it, I would say it is a thriller as such due to the present day things going on. There are lies, secrets and an air of suspense though at times I did find it confusing and found that occasionally my attention was drifting from the story.

As I mentioned this is the first time I have read a book by this author and even though it did not fully have me enthralled and at times I got a bit confused, though I did enjoy it and I would definitely buy another book by this author.

The Reunion is a book that would suit readers who like a dark and twisted thriller story. I would recommend it.

Many thanks for reading my post, a like or share would be fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

Dark Deception by Amanda James @amandajames61 @Bloodhoundbook #Bookreview


I am absolutely delighted to share my thoughts on Dark Deception by Amanda James. Regulars to my blog will know that I am a big fan of Mandy’s books and they just get better and better.

Let me show you what here latest book is all about…

Who can you trust when the past won’t let you go?

Kerensa and Leo are a happily married young couple who live in Cornwall. Leo works part-time in London as an investment advisor to wealthy businessman, Paul Donaldson. The couple hope to start a family soon and life couldnโ€™t be better.  

But Leo has been stealing from Paul and Paul isnโ€™t the sort of man you steal from.  

When Leo realises that Paul knows what heโ€™s done, he has no choice but to resort to drastic measures.  

Meanwhile, after discovering she is pregnant, Kerensa canโ€™t wait for her husband to return home so she can share her news. But she soon discovers heโ€™s gone missing.  

After receiving a threatening phone call from Paul, Kerensa realises how much trouble her family are in.  

Just how far is Paul prepared to go to get revenge? And will Kerensa ever be happy or safe again? 

Amanda James is also the bestselling author of novels including Another Mother and The Cornish Retribution. Dark Deception is a twisty and suspenseful psychological thriller which will appeal to fans of authors like C.L. Taylor, Claire McGowan and Louise Jensen. 

Well, Mandy James! What a devious lady you are! This is a very deceptive book with a very devious story line. You completely reeled me in with this tale and it was such an addictive read!

The synopsis does a great job of letting you know the basics of this story. The author then weaves a fabulous tale of deception, intrigue and mystery. What starts as a basic story about a married couple gradually turns into something far deeper, each chapter seems to add more intrigue and the suspense is slowly and surely ramped up.

I did have a couple of theories as I was reading, I will admit one of those theories turned out to be right. But the journey to whittle my theories down to the right one was fabulous. Even when I proven right there was more to come, more twists and turns than one of our Cornish lanes!

This author lives in Cornwall and to me this is very obvious in the reading of the setting descriptions. The little inlets, bays, cliffs and beaches all have cameo roles. I know the various places mentioned, and for me this adds the extras that I like in books that have a setting in the county I live.

As I mentioned this is a story of intrigue, deception and suspense. These elements give a fabulous psychological thriller feel. As the past is slowly pieced together the threads get more riveting as the depth of deception is realised.

This is such a brilliant read and I think the author has definitely created a fabulous psychological thriller. The story lines are wonderfully interwoven with the characters involved. Even when I thought I had a handle on the story the author deftly sidestepped me and had me avidly turning pages to discover what was going to happen next.

As I have mentioned, I have read a few books by Mandy, and this is my favourite one to date. It has an edgier feel to it and I feel the author has stepped up her writing. I have always really enjoyed her writing style, but this one just has that extra something to it.

A fabulous book and Amanda James is an author that I will automatically read. When I saw this book being offered as an advanced reader copy I requested it without even looking at the synopsis, for me this author is that good! Dark Deception is, as its title suggests, dark and deceptive, and it is a book I would Highly Recommend.

P.S… if you follow Mandy on Facebook you will know of the long awaited blooming of her Agapanthus,poor Aggie was a little shy at all the attention and it did seem to take forever. Why, I hear you ask, am I mentioning flowers? Well, I chuckled when I saw mention of an agapanthus in Dark Deception! A glimpse into an authors daily life! ๐Ÿ™‚

Many thanks for reading my post, a like or share would be wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

The Bowery Slugger by Leopold Borstinski @borstinski #hist/fic @damppebbles #BookReview

I am delighted to share my thoughts on the Bowery Slugger by Leopold Borstinski. My thanks to Emma at damppebbles Blog Tours for my spot on the tour and for arranging my e-copy of this brilliant historical fiction book.

Let me show you what it is all about…

A turn-of-the-century Jewish boy punches his way into the gangs of New York.

When Alex Cohen arrives in 1915 America, he seizes the land of opportunity with both hands and grabs it by the throat. But success breeds distrust and Alex must choose between controlling his gang and keeping his friend alive. What would you do if the person you trusted most is setting you up to die at your enemies’ hands?

The first book in the Alex Cohen series is a violent historical novel, which rips through the early years of the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s gripping crime noir beats at the chest of every reader with a bloody fist.

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This is the first time I have read anything by this author, but I have seen his books popping up just recently. I am so glad I grabbed a spot on the Blog Tour sign -up for The Bowery Slugger as it is a wonderful historical fiction book that was right up my street.

It is set in 1915 and I arrived to this story as Alex Cohen arrives in America. He and his family settle and Alex finds himself a job, he starts at the bottom and gradually over the next few months he starts to climb the ladder.

This is a belter of a read and if, like me, you read and loved “Gangs of New York, then you are going to love The Bowery Slugger. It is the the story of a young man who finds himself working for the Jewish Mob. This kind of caught me unawares as I tend to think of this being more a world associated with other nationalities. Surprise aside, I found this such an addictive read as I followed Alex’s story.

There is obvious mentions of strong arming, extortion, take overs and the like. I liked how the author didn’t go into full on bloody descriptions, he found just the right balance for me. Along side the gangs is the story of a more personal one Alex and his love life. He has his heart set on a girl who has heard rumours of Alex and his reputation is one that goes before him, there is a mutual attraction, but is it enough.

I do like historical fiction and when I love it when I come across something new or I learn something I didn’t know before. This book gave me loads of new words, they are Yiddish words and I thought there inclusion was a great addition to the story. Using them as part of conversations adds an authenticity to the story, it also keeps various characters voices in the style and speech of the time. It may be a stereotype that I hold in my head, but for me it gives a character life. This is where reading a digital copy came in very handy as I was able to use the dictionary as I read.

The story is a good pace and for me felt just right for the story. Alex seemed to be a character that had the confidence to stroll at his own pace and this pacing matched the story.

There are so many good things about this book that I liked, the characters were great enough for the story and it would have been easy to add too many as the story feels quite big, but the author got the numbers just right. The story line is one that I really enjoyed, in some respect Alex should be a baddie, but I actually liked him a lot. The dialogue felt right and fitted in with the characters and their manners.

If you like historical fiction then I think The Bowery Slugger is one you should definitely buy. A fabulous book and it is also the first in the series with the next book due out spring next year, and I for one cannot wait for next year! I thoroughly enjoyed The Bowery Slugger and would definitely recommend it.

Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.

There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.

He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.

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My Week In Books (w/e 10th Nov) #Booknews #Bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Another week and another bookish update for the books I have read this week.

But first a quick update of my NaNoWriMo. So far I have managed to hit the word count everyday and this is something I am quite pleased about. I am writing short stories everyday as a way to explore different genres and styles. I have explored a few different genres that fall into contemporary, humour, mystery and crime. I am using my pre-written writing prompts and seeing where they take me. I am a “pantster” so it has been fun discovering where my brain takes me. I had always wondered about this when I see some authors mention how they never know how a story will develop. I have found that stories can tell themselves and I have discovered that i have ventured down paths that I hadn’t expected or that a story has taken a route more naturally one way than what I thought it would when I began,

Now to the books I have read this week…

The Louise Fawley Symphony by Rikki Evans

I had only just begun this book last week. It is for an upcoming Blog Tour and when I saw it I was intrigued, I was also aware that this was not my usual reading style. What I found was quite humorous read that was a little tongue in cheek at times. Keep an eye for my review soon.


Children of Fire by Paul CW Beatty

This is yet another Blog Tour book and is set in 1841 in the North West of England. It’s feet are planted in the industrial revolution as well as a religious group. This was a story that once I had got into was a good read, a little slow at times but with enough mystery and questions to be answered to keep me turning pages.


Sorcery Reborn by Steve McHugh

This is the first in a new series by Steve, I read The Avalon Chronicles last year and loved them, this series follows on from that and I am already eager to read the next book! Another fantastic read from a fabulous author. Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour for my review.


Here’s what I listened to this week…

These were both brilliant to listen to and I loved them. I admit to adoring the Disney version of The Jungle Book, so as soon as I had finished listening to the audio my next task to ask Alexa to “Play The Jungle Book Soundtrack” ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ I had downloaded this a couple of months ago I seem to think it was a free download from Audible!

I have recently acquired an Alexa Dot and I had noticed that Audible have 3 books a month that can be listened to via Alexa. Planet of the Apes was one of the choices. The Planet of the Apes was the a little different, in a good way, to what I was expecting, I had seen the various films over the years and the audio was not like the film.

If you have an Alexa device and Audible checkout what additional extras you can get with your subscription. Or I could be kind and tell you…

Alexa – “Read” – Planet of the Apes or Nickolas Nickleby or The Thirty-Nine Steps ๐Ÿ™‚


Well that’s the lot, hope everyone has a great week. I am going to curl up in front of the fire with a big box of tissues, some nasal spray and cough sweets and read a book ๐Ÿ™‚

Hemlock Jones and the Underground Orphans by Justin Carroll @WriterJustinC @CazVinBooks #Bookreview

I am delighted to be sharing my review for Hemlock Jones and the Underground Orphans by Justin Carroll. My thanks to Caroline at Bits About Books for arranging my spot on the Blog Tour and also for arranging a copy of this fabulous book. My apologies for being late with this review, I hadn’t realised the Tour dates had changed, but better late than never as they say ๐Ÿ™‚

This is the second book in the Hemlock Jones series and I loved it as much as I did the first one. Before I get carried away singing the praises for this author’s Hemlock series, let me show you what it is all about…

When orphans vanish from their beds across Victorian London, twelve-year-old demystifier Hemlock Jones and her companion, Edward, take the case!


This time, the trail will lead them from their Baker Street home, along lost rivers and into the heart of the city, to face exotic enemies and a charming man with dark plansโ€ฆ

Hemlock Jones & The Underground Orphans is the second of the Hemlock Jones Chronicles, the award-winning series of detective adventures for children and adults.

Oh it is so good to be travelling around Victorian London with Hemlock and Eddie, oops sorry Edward! Hemlock and Edward are a fabulous combination. Hemlock is a demystifier, she takes the mystery out of criminal cases that she decides to investigate and Edward is her Associate.

Her latest case is one that involves the disappearance of orphans. She is approached as she had helped on a previous case, though her and Edward did not get the credit they deserved, instead it went to that other famous consultant from Baker Street! Though she did not get the credit, she is recognised as being a help, so she agrees to give her expert help in the search for the missing children.

Now, you know I mentioned how I enjoyed wandering around Victorian London with the duo? Well, this time I was glad that as a reader I can experience things from the pages of a book! I bet Edward would wish to be in my position instead of traipsing and crawling through the rat infested sewers!

This book is fabulous and has mystery, intrigue and uses powers of observation and deduction or should I say demystification! I should mention that it is aimed at a younger audience, but this grown up (depending who you ask!) reader loves it!

It is a story that is accessible and is at a pace that holds the attention, there are quieter moments in it but these are moments are essential to the case or are about the lives of the characters themselves. I think this story is ideal for giving a younger audience a mystery novel that has a feel of the classic Sherlock Holmes but in a more upbeat way, it has action and adventure as well as mishaps and danger. I remember trying to read a Sherlock story when I was younger and I was not old enough to understand it, but if I had access to Hemlock Jones I would have been so happy. I will add that as an adult reader I love the Sherlock Holmes books!

The story itself is good and holds the attention, there are mentions of the yuckier side of London and it also has reference to a poem / folk tale that I think would make for good further reading for the target audience. I love that the main heroes of the story are children and their escapades are in an adult world. They are given a chance to deal with an investigation that is adult sized, but its their belief in their own instincts and observations that lead to solving the case.

This is a fabulous read and I think that the younger audience would absolutely enjoy it. It is the 2nd book in the Hemlock Jones series and I would definitely recommend it.

Justin Carroll is an author who balances his love of comic books and games with a passion for martial arts and musicals.

Ever since he stopped wanting to be a dinosaur, Justin wanted to be a writer. He graduated with a degree in English Literature and Language from King’s College, London in 2004 and now, when not writing, he fritters away his time on all manner of geeky things.

Shortlisted for several international short story competitions, Justin was a finalist in the 2010 British Fantasy Awards with “Careful What You Wish For” (Wyvern Publishing) and placed in the top twenty of the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge twice.

December 2012 saw the birth of Justin Carroll’s first novel: Everything’s Cool – a dark, psychological thriller.

His second novel, Hemlock Jones & The Angel of Death, is a Young Adult novel and the first in a series featuring Hemlock Jones, the fiery 12-year-old demystifier whose brain easily equals and surpasses that of the famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. “Hemlock Jones & The Angel of Death” won a Silver Medal in the 2017 Wishing Shelf Awards.

Now, Justin has published the second book in the Hemlock Jones Chronicles: Hemlock Jones & The Underground Orphans, perfect for all fans of 10 years and above of adventurous detective mysteries!

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The Rector’s Daughter by Jean Fullerton @JeanFullerton @rararesources #histfic #Bookreview

I am delighted to share my thoughts for The Rector’s Daughter by Jean Fullerton with you today. My huge thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my copy of this wonderful book.

Let me show you all about it…

Charlotte, daughter of Reverend Percival Hatton, has been content to follow the path laid out for her. Charlotte has an understanding with Captain Nicolas Paget โ€“ every inch the gentleman โ€“ who she expects someday to marry. But then she meets Josiah Martyn, and everything changes…

A driven and ambitious Cornish mining engineer, and the complete opposite to Captain Nicholas, Josiah has come to London to help build the first tunnel under the river Thames. When unpredictable events occur at the inauguration of the project, Josiah and Charlotte are suddenly thrown into an unexpected intimacy.

 But not everyone is happy with Charlotte and Josiah growing closer. As friends turn to foes, will they be able to rewrite the stars and find their happy ever after, although all odds seem to be stacked against themโ€ฆ?

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If you are looking for the ideal book to sit down on a Sunday afternoon then pick up a copy of The Rector’s Daughter by Jean Fullerton because it is fabulous and you will not want ot put it down until you have turned the final page!

Set in 1825 in the Rotherhithe area of London, it is where I meet Charlotte Hatton, the Rector’s daughter. She is a very charitable and is always trying to help those in need. She has an admirer in the form of Captain Paget, a chap I took a dislike to initially and if I am honest my opinion of him didn’t improve.

There are a lot of new people in the area as work to build a tunnel under the Thames is due to begin. One of the workers is Engineer Josiah Martyn a man who has worked his way up from the Cornish mines and learnt his trade. There is a spark between him and Charlotte but they live in different social classes. Charlotte has had her life mapped out and her father believes she should be wed to a man who can provide for her and maintain or better her social standing.

Living and working in the same area, it is inevitable that these two should meet. Josiah is a proud man and has good morals and understands that he is not looked on favourably. But will it be enough!

The story is absolutely addictive, the mentions of the Brunels really does help fix the setting. The various mentions of living and working conditions are fabulous and I love it when an author uses comparisons in a story and Jean does this so well. These comparisons are so well worked into the story and give a wonderful cross-section of society.

The story itself is not straightforward and could have gone in various directions. There are many little twists and ruses on the way that kept this reader eagerly turning the pages. There are several characters that I met in this story, some I liked, some I did not which made for a good balance. I liked the different opinions and attitudes, they are suited for the time and I at times my blood boiled for the way that some of the characters acted and treated others!

The Rector’s Daughter is a fabulous read and I would love to think that there was another book to follow. I hope there is because even though this book finished in a brilliant way I am curious about what could possibly happen next.

A brilliant book that I adored and is perfect for readers of Historical fiction and Romance I would definitely recommend it.

Jean Fullerton is the author of thirteen novels all set in East London where she was born. She also a retired district nurse and university lecturer. She won the Harry Bowling prise in 2006 and after initially signing for two East London historical series with Orion she moved to Corvus, part of Atlantic Publishing and is half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.

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The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott @CScottBooks @annecater #RandomThingsTours #Bookreview

I am delighted to share my thoughts on The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott. My huge thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my copy of this wonderful historical fiction book.

Let me show you what it is all about…

Until she knows her husbandโ€™s fate, she cannot decide her own…
An epic debut novel of forbidden love, loss, and the shattered hearts left behind in the wake of World War I

1921. Families are desperately trying to piece together the fragments of their broken lives. While many survivors of the Great War have been reunited with their loved ones, Edieโ€™s husband Francis has not come home. He is considered โ€˜missing in actionโ€™, but when Edie receives a mysterious photograph taken by Francis in the post, hope flares. And so she beings to search.

Harry, Francisโ€™s brother, fought alongside him. He too longs for Francis to be alive, so they can forgive each other for the last things they ever said. Both brothers shared a love of photography and it is that which brings Harry back to the Western Front. Hired by grieving families to photograph gravesites, as he travels through battle-scarred France gathering news for British wives and mothers, Harry also searches for evidence of his brother.

And as Harry and Edieโ€™s paths converge, they get closer to a startling truth.

An incredibly moving account of an often-forgotten moment in history, The Photographer of the Lost tells the story of the thousands of soldiers who were lost amid the chaos and ruins, and the even greater number of men and women desperate to find them again.

Caroline Scott is a freelance writer and historian specializing in WWI and womenโ€™s history. The Photographer of the Lost, partially inspired by her family history, is her first novel.

This is such a poignant, sombre, heartbreaking and beautiful story that I cannot do justice to with my review. It is set in 1921 as people are still trying to come to terms with the loss of family during the first world war. Edie is desperate to discover what had happened to Francis her husband, missing presumed dead does not give her any peace of mind. Is he missing, was he killed or was he suffering from amnesia, she wants to know. Harry served in the war along with his brother, Francis. Harry returns to France and photographs places and gravestones for those back home looking for some sort of closure. Harry cannot remember all that happened during the war and suffers from we now know as PTSD.

This was such a haunting read and I do admit it taking me a little while to get into. I did however go back to the synopsis and give it a proper read and it did make things a lot clearer and things started to fall into place easier. Once I got to grips with the style of the story and the characters I discovered such a beautifully written story. It is one that delved into the way people were coming to terms with the loss of their loved ones as well as how those involved in the fighting were dealing with their own trauma.

The author did such a wonderful job with the character of Edie and it really brought home how dealing with the unknown can stop you from living your life. Her personal pilgrimage to various offices, agencies and hospitals to try to find the slightest bit of information about Francis was powerful. A glimmer of hope that flicked and wavered as she went through disappointment of finding nothing.

Harry has his own journey and it is linked to Edies. He had taken his brothers profession and is a photographer. His work means he accepts commissions from those who want to know the final resting place of their loved ones or the last place they were seen. These photographs are the last touch for a family, a chance to say a final goodbye and have something that marks the end of a life.

This is a powerful story, one that deals with the time immediately after the war. People are trying to live and survive with their loss. There is still hope that those who are missing can be found alive. The story does flit between 1921 and as flashbacks to the war so there are two sides to the story and it makes for a very moving and emotional read.

As I said earlier, it did take me a little while to get into, but once in I found it very difficult to put down. If you are looking for a book that deals with WW! and how people are affected than you really should pick this one up, it is definitely worth it and I Definitely Recommend it.

About the Author Caroline completed a PhD in History at the University of Durham. She developed a particular interest in the impact of the First World War on the landscape of Belgium and France, and in the experience of women during the conflict โ€“ fascinations that she was able to pursue while she spent several years working as a researcher for a Belgian company. Caroline is originally from Lancashire, but now lives in southwest France.


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Until We Meet Again by Rosemary Goodacre @RoseGoodacre @rararesources #Bookreview

I am delighted to share my thoughts on Until We Meet again by Rosemary Goodacre. My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my e-copy of this wonderful historical fiction book.

Let me show you what it is all about…

The Great War drove them apart โ€“ but love kept them together

Summer 1914: Shy young woman, Amy Fletcher, lives a quiet life in Sussex. An office worker, she lives at home, along with her parents and spirited younger brother, Bertie. But her life is transformed when she meets handsome young man, Edmond Derwent, son of one of the wealthiest families in the small town of Larchbury, and student at Cambridge University.

The couple are falling deeply in love when war breaks out and, eager to do his duty for England, Edmond signs up as an officer. The couple plan to be wed, eager to start a new life together – but their happiness is short-lived when Edmond is sent to Flanders to lead his men into battle. Amy trains as a VAD nurse and is soon sent to France, where she sees the true horror of war inflicted on the brave young men sent to fight.

Separated by war, Edmond and Amy share their feelings through emotional letters sent from the front line. But when Edmond is critically wounded at Ypres, their love faces the biggest test of all โ€“ can their love stay strong while the world around them is crumbling?

A romantic, emotional saga set in WW1 โ€“ readers of Rosie Goodwin, Katie Flynn and Val Wood will be captivated by this story of love.

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This is the story of Amy and how she met Edmond and it begins just before the start of WWI. They are a couple from different backgrounds, she working class and him from a wealthy background. When war is finally declared Edmond does the honourable thing and signs up and they plan to marry before he goes away. Things however do not quite work out as they should!

This is such a fabulous story that pulls in various things from the time. The Suffragettes and Suffragists, the tensions and fears of the possibility war, people being lost killed or injured in the war and how life must carry on as best it can with a world in turmoil. The author weaves a fabulous story of love and hope in amongst the backdrop of heartbreak and devastation.

I loved the difference of opinion between the two different families. Amy’s’ family are down to earth and humble and they are a contrast to Edmond’s family who hold lavish parties and holiday on the continent. there are some wonderful scenes that are portrayed in the story that highlight these differences, though not so wonderful for Amy.

As Edmond does his duty, Amy feels that she wants to do her part in the war effort and so trains to become a nurse. War affects everyone and so it is for Amy and Edmond when he is wounded. Their spirits are kept strong by letters they write to each other and also from family and friends. This was such an important part of peoples lives as it was the only way of keeping in touch. The real hardships were kept out of these communications and so what people were really going through often went unsaid.

This is a story that is captivating and is a beautiful story of young love that has its challenges against the horror of war. The author captures moments of their story through the letters and also of their brief and infrequent visits.

This is a story that I loved and did shed a tear or two for, it is emotional but also very down to earth in the way it is written, by this I mean it is a story of two people who have met and fallen in love but have a sense of duty to their country.

The author does not over dramatise the wounded and the battlefield situations but does enough to provide a good general picture of life and conditions.

If you like historical fiction and romance then I really do think that you will enjoy this one, I know I certainly did and I Definitely recommend it.

Rosemary Goodacre has previously worked in computing and teaching. She has had short stories published and a novella, A Fortnight is not Enough.

Her father’s family came from continental Europe and she loves travelling.
She enjoys country walking, bridge and classical music. She lives with her husband in Kent, England.

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My Week In Books (w/e 3rd Nov) #MeAndMyBooks #Bookupdate

Welcome to yet another week for my book reading updates, a day later than normal as I had a Blog Tour review post yesterday. I find it too stressful having more than one blog post a day! Good job my weekly book update post is movable ๐Ÿ˜‚

November is here and what an entrance it made down here in Cornwall, high winds and torrential rain!

November sees the start of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. I have only semi-participated in this and never actually signed up for it. This year though I have decided to sign up properly. My project for the month was decided the week before when I wrote a list of daily writing prompts. My goal this year is different to my failed attempts of the past, I am aiming to write a Short Story a day. So far I have completed three days and surprised myself by hitting the daily word target. I am finding the short story format better for me and it gives me a chance to try different genres and styles of writing. We’ll see how it goes ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜€


Right now to the books I have read…

The Rector’s Daughter by Jean Fullerton

I hadn’t started this book last week and I sat down on Sunday afternoon I read the whole book. I like how the author set the scene for the book and had mentions of items that kept me in the time of the setting. This was such an addictive book and I was hooked within the first few pages. I tried, unsuccessfully to drink a hot cup of coffee, but it seemed that whenever my hand finally made it’s way toward the cup it was cold! This is such a fabulous historical fiction and romance novel and I loved it. Look out for the Blog Tour later this month.


Next up was…

Hemlock Jones & The Underground Orphans by Justin Carroll

Last year I had the pleasure of reviewing the first book in this series and loved it, I have been waiting, very impatiently I may add, to read this second book. I loved it and I am a fan of Hemlock and her assistant, oops sorry Associate, Edward. This is book is aimed at Young Adults and is fabulous. Hemlock is a demystifier, and is not to be confused with a certain Consulting Detective who wears a deerstalker and plays the violin! This is such a well paced novel full of twists and turns. Another Blog Tour book that I will share my review for later this month.


Dark Deception by Amanda James

I have no image for this book as it is not on Goodreads yet. Mandy James is an author who I automatically read, though I have not read all of her books I love her writing. This latest book is a wonderful tale of deception and the author has been quite devious with her story. For me, this sees a step up in her writing, as I have read previous books I notice certain things about her writing style, this book feels very confident. I think she may have taken some extra risks and for me they have paid off superbly. I loved it and devoured it in one sitting. Look out for my review later in the month.


The Bowery Slugger by Leopold Bortinski

This is the first time I have read a book by this author and I loved it. The Bowery Slugger reminded me of The Gangs of New York that I read several years ago. The Bowery Slugger is the tale of Alex Cohen as he and his family come to America for a new life. It is a tale of opportunity, risk and chance. A fabulous historical fiction read that I adored. Reading this book has meant I now have another author on my list that I want to read more books by.


The Raided Heart by Jennifer C Wilson

Yet another Hist/fic read, I seem to be on a roll with this genre just lately. The Raided Heart is a fabulous snap shot back into English history and the author has woven a tale of intrigue as raiding parties, threats, allegiances and marriage . Keep an eye out for the Blog Tour and my review.


My next read is not a hist/fic, I feel I need a break from that for a couple of books and my next read will be…

The Louise Fawley Symphony by Rikki Evans


Well that is me pretty much done this week. I only need to read another 15 books and my Goodreads challenge of 200 will be hit!!! I am a little excited about that ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope the weather this coming week treats you well and the wind doesn’t get too windy, the rain is not too rainy and the cold is not too ermm… coldy! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Have a good week folks and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx