The Brave Daughters by Mary Wood @Authormary #historicalfiction #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for a favourite author of mine. The Brave Daughters by Mary Wood is part of The Girls Who Went to War series.

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A moving and emotional family drama set between France and Britain from bestselling author, Mary Wood.

They would fight for their country, at all costs . . .

When Sibbie and Marjie arrive at RAF Digby, they are about to take on roles of national importance. It’s a cause of great excitement for everyone around them. Perhaps they will become code-breakers, spies even? Soon the pair embark on a rigorous training regime, but nothing can prepare them for what they’re about to face . . .

Amid the vineyards of rural France, Flora and Ella can’t bear the thought of another war. But as the thunderclouds grow darker, hanging over Europe, a sense of deep foreboding sets in, not just for their safety but for the fate of their families . . . With danger looming, as the threat of war becomes real, Flora and Ella are forced to leave their idyllic home and flee. Can they make it to safety, or will the war have further horrors in store for them?

The Brave Daughters is the fourth book in the Girls Who Went to War series by Mary Wood.

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I am a big fan of this author and I have adored reading this series, The Girls Who Went to War. This is sadly the final book in this wonderful series. The first books introduced me to Flora Mags and Ella, I watched as these three girls grew up and overcame various things in their lives. This book is about the women and of their children.

The setting is in Britain and Europe at the start of WWII, having lived through and served during WWI, the women ha devive experienced the horrors. Now they watch as their own children step up to do their duty and serve their countries.

This is a book that I knew would have me reaching for the tissues, to be honest, I do with pretty much all of this authors books. I could feel the nervousness and fear of the parents as well as the fear and the want of doing their part from the children. I call them children, they are adults and are old enough to serve., but to a parent, your child is always a child no matter how grown up they are.

As is the case with conflicts there are going to be casualties. The author does not shy away from death and injury and in doing so she keeps the story feeling realistic. As much as I wanted all the characters to survive unharmed I knew deep down that this would not have been the case.

What the author has done is to provide the story of the next generation, giving them a real-life event to work through. It is emotional and full of danger, and the risk to life is every present, but the author balances this with positives such as love and the hope that there will be a future for them to return to.

Once again, Mary Wood has created a story that has compassion and is full of emotion, there are a couple of surprising twists and she has given a very poignant ending to the series that felt right.

If you love historical fiction that focuses on the strength of women during hard times, that has a wonderful feeling of unity, family and romance then this is a book that you may enjoy. All four books in this series could be read as stand-alone but to be honest you get far more out of them by reading them in order. The Brave Daughters is a wonderful read and one I would definitely recommend.

Born the thirteenth child of fifteen to a middle-class mother and an East End barrow boy, Mary Wood’s family were poor, but rich in love. Over time, she developed a natural empathy with the less fortunate and is fascinated by social history. Mary raised four children and has numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. An avid reader, she first put pen to paper in 1989, and is now a full-time novelist.

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My Week In Books (w/e 14th June) #booknews #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Well, what to say about this week… Well… Woohoo it rained 😁I know I am not the only who is delighted to see the rain, it means my veg and flower beds have had a much-needed soaking. It also meant that my rhubarb has gone absolutely mad and I spent some time out in the drizzle picking loads and giving it away to neighbours. We do have a lot of rhubarb crowns, I think there is just over 20 of them 😂

So let me share with you the books I have read this week…

This was such a lovely read and it is the first time I have read anything by this author. Sunshine Over Bluebell Cliff by Della Galton sees Clara looking after the clifftop hotel while the owner has to fly off to a family emergency. While Clara is in charge there seems to be someone who is out to cause problems. Is it the neighbouring hotel, or is there someone else. I loved this story and it had me hooked as I read it from start to finish in one afternoon.


I cannot believe I missed my Blog Tour spot for this book. Thankfully Rachel messaged me and I soon rectified my oversight. Helen is a favourite author if mine which is why it was even more mortifying. So I picked up Coming Home to Heritage Cove by Helen Rolfe and read it in one sitting, this is quite normal when I pick up one her books. Melissa makes a trip back to her home, it is a nervy return as there are things that she needs to deal with, things that had been left unsaid and things left undone. A fabulous read and I love this start to a new series.


This is a book that caught my eye when I saw the Blog Tour for it. Before I Die by Jackie Morrissey is a book set within an elderly community. Though Maureen is getting on in years, she is not stupid and is completely aware that something is not right. However, making her daughter believe her is extremely difficult when carer Delores has got people believing Maureen is losing the plot. This is style of story is one that has a believable feel to it especially when you listen to news reports. Keep an eye out for my review on the Blog Tour.


Wow! What an absolutely gorgeous read The Beauty of Broken Things by Victoria Connelly is. A story of broken things that refers not just to objects but people, two people in particular. Luke and Orla do not know each other but they have a link to each other that is gradually explained through this story. A story of survival and finding the will to live life rather than hide from it. I loved this so much and keep an eye out for my review as part of the Blog Tour, in fact scratch that just go and buy a copy!


I really enjoyed The Wedding Favour by Lily Bartlett as I saw Nellie and Rafael meet and organise their marriage of convenience. The convenience that Rafael will be able to stay in this country and that Nellie won’t have to pay back the money a magazine has paid for the wedding. The wedding was originally for Nellie and Matt, but he decided he needed time out to think!!!! Ideal for readers who like fake date and rom-com reads.


I thoroughly enjoyed the first book and I am delighted to say I enjoyed the second book just as much. Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds 2 by Nick Albert continues the story of his and his wife Lesley’s new life in Ireland as they repair, renovate and make their home more liveable. Being stuck in the middle of nowhere on a mountain brings its own challenges. Yet again the humour is noticeable from the start as Nick armed with his DIY book does a lot of the work while Lesley undergoes hospital treatment for back pain and from a reaction from tablets. This is a wonderful read and once again I loved it.


Well, that is me done for the week as far as reading goes. Just going to leave you with a couple of loaves of bread I made…

Fruity Bread and a Chocolate Banana Bread and they taste great toasted with lashings of butter!

The recipe, well it is just a basic white bread recipe that I then add extras too, yep that’s it

Have a good week ahead and Happy Reading

Yvonne xx

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The Little Teashop in Tokyo by Julie Caplin @JulieCaplin @rararesources #Bookreview

I am absolutely delighted to share my review for The Little Teashop in Tokyo by Julie Caplin. I absolutely adored this book and wish to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my e-copy of this fabulous book.

Let me show you what it is all about…

The Little Teashop in Tokyo

Grab your passport and escape to a land of dazzling skycrapers, steaming bowls of comforting noodles, and a page-turning love story that will make you swoon!

For travel blogger Fiona, Japan has always been top of her bucket list so when she wins an all-expenses paid trip, it looks like her dreams are coming true.

Until she arrives in vibrant, bustling Tokyo and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart ten years ago, gorgeous photographer Gabe.

Fiona can’t help but remember the heartache of their last meeting but amidst the temples and clouds of soft pink cherry blossoms, can Fiona and Gabe start to see life – and each other – differently?

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Oh my goodness I absolutely loved this story. I was swept away with Fiona as she nervously steps off her flight to Japan. Her visit is her competition win and she will spend time with a Japanese photographer, unfortunately he is not able to mentor but instead sends Gabe. Gabe is a famous photographer and he doesn’t realise that they have met before.

The author completely immersed me in this story and I soon got to know Fiona and the family she is staying with while she is in Japan. This family, well they are fabulous and they live above their teashop. I loved the mix of traditional culture and also the modern setting.

The author, for me, made this story with the mentions of food, art, tradition, ceremony and little explanations along the way. I felt that the author has a love for Japan and also has an understanding of not only the country but also the people.

I loved the contrast between the old and the new. Another contrast is between Fiona and Gabe, she a wide-eyed, naive and no that confident compared to the swagger, arrogance and smug of Gabe. This is a romance that has tension simmering around the edges that gradually rolls to the boil.

Nothing is straightforward or predictable in this romance and I was eagerly turning the pages to discover if they would or wouldn’t get together.

I loved the setting, the characters and… well I loved absolutely everything about this story and I would definitely recommend it.

Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury brands, taking journalists on press trips to awful places like Turin, Milan, Geneva, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam and occasionally losing the odd member of the press in an airport. This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to eat amazing food, drink free alcohol, hone her writing skills on press releases and to research European cities for her books.

She writes best-selling warm-hearted contemporary fiction for HarperImpulse.

Under her pen name, Julie Caplin, her thirteenth novel, The Little Teashop in Tokyo will be published in ebook and paperback this June.

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Coming Home to Heritage Cove by Helen J Rolfe @hjrolfe @rararesources #Bookreview

I am delighted to finally share my review for Coming home to Heritage Cove by Helen J Rolfe. This review should have been posted already but my diary entries let me down so I missed my spot and it was why I posted a promo post for the book yesterday. Helen is an author who I do adore, her books are fabulous so it didn’t take me long before I was totally immersed in her latest story.

My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my e-copy of this brilliant book. Let me show you what it is all about…

Welcome to Heritage Cove, the little village by the sea brimming with character, community and friendship, and the perfect place to fall in love this summer…

Melissa rushes back to Heritage Cove when Barney, the man who’s been like a father figure to her since she was a little girl, ends up in hospital. After an absence of five years, her return isn’t going to be easy, especially when she bumps into Harvey, the love of her life and the man she’s never been able to forget.

For reasons he couldn’t explain at the time, Harvey changed his mind about going with Melissa to start afresh as they’d planned, and life moved on for the both of them. But with Melissa back in the village and determined to stick around to help Barney, they can’t avoid each other forever. Melissa knows she let so many people down by staying away for so long, but she and Harvey blame each other for what happened and neither of them is willing to admit to being in the wrong.

When Barney insists on cancelling the Wedding Dress Ball, the charity fundraiser he holds every year in the stunning barn on his property, Melissa and Harvey realise they’re going to have to pull together. Otherwise the man they once knew might be gone forever. And when they unearth a secret Barney has never shared with anyone, they go in search of answers to not only ensure the ball runs this summer, but to bring back the Barney they know and love.

Back in the cove after all this time, Melissa gets to see the life she left behind and it’s time to deal with what it was that drove her away in the first place.

Beneath the summer sunshine in Heritage Cove, the sea sparkles, the heat rises and new love, reconciliations and the answers to an old love story could bring changes for everyone.

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First up, I love the cover for Helen’s latest book and the synopsis does such a good job of giving an idea of what you are in for. Helen is an author who’s books I always enjoy, she brings such a wonderful storyline and creates lovely characters, but things are never quite as what they seem.

So when Barney has a fall Melissa feels she must return home to the village she left. She is not sure of her welcome at her return, will people feel angry at her, or will they welcome her back? Granted not everyone welcomes her with open arms, because when she left she hurt two people, one is Barney the other is her childhood friend and boyfriend Harvey.

Coming back home brings the past back for Melissa, it means she has to face why she left in the first place. It is all well and good saying that she wanted to move to get a job and see more of the world, but those that knew her knew she was actually running away. It is often the case that you need to go to find out whats important. But Melissa had gone and reinvented herself, while this has worked well for her, the return to the Cove brings her past right back.

The main characters are Melissa, Harvey and Barney. Barney is like a father figure to the two. He is an integral part of the community and often chats with people, so it is a shock when he decides that his yearly fundraising event is now too much for him.

As the story gets further in, I found there are more to these three characters than first meets the eye. All three have had a trouble or two happen to them and it is these events that for me, link them, the way they have not really talked about things and as such never really dealt with them properly. It definitely makes for compulsive reading.

The sense of community and friendship is something that this author really does excel at. She manages to hook me with every single one of her stories. This one has that same sense of community spirit and the feeling that people care. It makes for such a heartwarming read.

Coming Home to Heritage Cove is a gorgeous story about life, love and loss, also about family, friends and support. A book I would definitely recommend.

Helen J Rolfe writes romantic fiction and contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community.

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries where she thinks her readers might like to escape to.

Helen J Rolfe also writes for Orion Books under the name Helen Rolfe.

Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia and it was there that she finally turned to what she loved and studied writing and journalism. She spent a while freelancing for women’s health and fitness magazines, volunteered with the PR department of a children’s hospital where she wrote articles and media releases, and eventually began writing fiction in 2011. And now, she thinks she may just have found her dream job.

Helen currently lives in Hertfordshire, UK, with her husband and their children.

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Coming Home to Heritage Cove by Helen J Rolfe @hjrolfe @rararesources #promopost

I have a promomotional post today for Coming Home to Heritage Cove by Helen J Rolfe. It should have been a book review but my organisational skills have let me down as I didn’t write this one in my diary! My huge apologies to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and also to Helen. So a promo post today with a review by the end of the week.

Let me show you what this book is all about…

Welcome to Heritage Cove, the little village by the sea brimming with character, community and friendship, and the perfect place to fall in love this summer…

Melissa rushes back to Heritage Cove when Barney, the man who’s been like a father figure to her since she was a little girl, ends up in hospital. After an absence of five years, her return isn’t going to be easy, especially when she bumps into Harvey, the love of her life and the man she’s never been able to forget.

For reasons he couldn’t explain at the time, Harvey changed his mind about going with Melissa to start afresh as they’d planned, and life moved on for the both of them. But with Melissa back in the village and determined to stick around to help Barney, they can’t avoid each other forever. Melissa knows she let so many people down by staying away for so long, but she and Harvey blame each other for what happened and neither of them is willing to admit to being in the wrong.

When Barney insists on cancelling the Wedding Dress Ball, the charity fundraiser he holds every year in the stunning barn on his property, Melissa and Harvey realise they’re going to have to pull together. Otherwise the man they once knew might be gone forever. And when they unearth a secret Barney has never shared with anyone, they go in search of answers to not only ensure the ball runs this summer, but to bring back the Barney they know and love.

Back in the cove after all this time, Melissa gets to see the life she left behind and it’s time to deal with what it was that drove her away in the first place.

Beneath the summer sunshine in Heritage Cove, the sea sparkles, the heat rises and new love, reconciliations and the answers to an old love story could bring changes for everyone.

Purchase Links – Amazon UKUS

Helen J Rolfe writes romantic fiction and contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community.

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries where she thinks her readers might like to escape to.

Helen J Rolfe also writes for Orion Books under the name Helen Rolfe.

Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia and it was there that she finally turned to what she loved and studied writing and journalism. She spent a while freelancing for women’s health and fitness magazines, volunteered with the PR department of a children’s hospital where she wrote articles and media releases, and eventually began writing fiction in 2011. And now, she thinks she may just have found her dream job.

Helen currently lives in Hertfordshire, UK, with her husband and their children.

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Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong by Gina Kirkham @GinaGeeJay @zooloo2008 #AuthorTakeover #Bookreview

I am absolutely delighted to share my review of Handcuff’s, Truncheons and a Polyester Thong by Gina Kirkham. This is a book I have had on my TBR for a while and when I knew Zoe at Zooloo’s Book Diary had her #AuthorTakeover featuring Gina I knew it was the perfect opportunity to pick up this book. And the title appeals to me 😁

Over the past few days Zoe and Gina have featured, extracts, Q&A’a, Behind the story features and so much more. There are interviews, reviews and it has been brilliant reading them. Please head over and have a giggle at the antics of Gina and her alter-ego Mavis Upton you will not regret it.

So, let me show you what the book is about…

Will have you laughing out loud and is hugely entertaining. This is a book that oozes charisma and character, one you will not be able to put down – Nikki’s Books4U 

Meet Mavis Upton. As mummy to 7-year old Ella, surrogate to far too many pets and with a failed marriage under her belt, Mavis knows she needs to make some life-changing decisions. It’s time to strike out into the world, to stand on her own two feet … to pursue a lifelong ambition to become a Police Officer. I mean, what could go wrong? 

Supported by her quirky, malapropism-suffering mum, Mavis throws herself headlong into a world of uncertainty, self-discovery, fearless escapades, laughter and extra-large knickers. And using her newly discovered investigative skills, she reluctantly embarks on a search to find her errant dad who was last seen years before, making off with her mum’s much needed coupon for a fabulous foam cup bra all the way from America. 

Follow Mavis as she tackles everything life can throw at her, and revel in Gina Kirkham’s humorous, poignant and moving story of an everyday girl who one day followed a dream. 

Hilarious…real life and so touching, a fabulous read! – Christina Green 

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Oh my goodness this is such a hilarious read. The author has used her own experiences in the Police and gave them to her alter ego – Mavis Upton and adds a little fiction.

The story starts and within a few pages I knew I was going to love this book. Mavis finally does something about her dream job and joins the police. A series of mishaps, some good friends and she has made it.

Now out in the real world her training has provided her with the knowledge to do her job, but her naivety still leaves her open to some of the in-jokes. She does however stand her own and makes her mark.

This book had me giggling, chuckling and laughing out loud so many times. It is just what the doctor ordered for brightening up any day. This is a book that is like a series of anecdotes, some of which you can see coming and others catch you out of the blue. Both sorts are funny no matter how they are delivered.

As this is a story based on experience it does have a semi autobiographic feel but it also has some fiction, but it is so easy to read. A book that readers who like humour, funny stories and just want a good giggle would really enjoy. I thought it was excellent and I would definitely recommend it.

Image taken from Gina’s Author Page on Amazon UK

Gina was born during the not-so-swinging 50’s to a mum who frequently abandoned her in a pram outside Woolworths and a dad who, after two pints of beer, could play a mean Boogie Woogie on the piano in the front room of their 3-bed semi on the Wirral. Being the less adventurous of three children, she remains there to this day – apart from a long weekend in Bognor Regis in 1982.

Her teenage years were filled with angst, a CSE in Arithmetic, pimples, PLJ juice, Barry White and rather large knickers. Marriage and motherhood ensued, quickly followed by divorce in her early thirties and a desperate need for a career and some form of financial support for herself and her daughter. Trundling a bicycle along a leafy path one wintry day, a lifelong passion to be a police officer gave her simultaneously an epiphany and fond memories of her favourite author Enid Blyton and moments of solving mysteries. 

And thus began an enjoyable and fulfilling career with Merseyside Police. 

On reaching an age most women lie about, she quickly adapted to retirement by utilising her policing skills to chase after two granddaughters, two dogs and one previously used, but still in excellent condition, husband. Having said goodbye to what had been a huge part of her life, she suddenly had another wonderful epiphany. This time it was to put pen to paper to write a book based on her experiences as a police officer. 

Lying in bed one night staring at the ceiling and contemplating life as she knew it, Gina’s alter-ego, Mavis Upton was born, ready to star in a humorous and sometimes poignant look at the life, loves and career of an everyday girl who followed a dream and embarked upon a search for the missing piece of her childhood.

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My Week In Books (w/e 7th June) #booknews #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Another week has gone and I am still trying to get my head around the fact that it is June, I am still typing May!!!

I had a lovely surprise from the Owners and Manager of the Residential Home I work at. When I answered the knock at my front door and saw my manager standing there I thought “Oh Sh…ugar! What have I done!!! Then I realised he was smiling, that was a relief!!! He and his parents have bought each member of staff a gift in appreciation of our hard work during the pandemic. I was speechless, very unusual for anyone that knows me well 😂😂


So let me show you what I have read this week…

If you after a proper laugh out loud book then look no further than Gina Kirkham‘s book Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong, it is hilarious. It is part fact and part fiction and is based on Gina’s own experience as she joins the Police Force. I have had this on my TBR for a while now and when I knew fellow Book Blogger Zoe was doing an #Authortakeover it was the perfect opportunity to pick it up. A hilarious read and the start of a series of books that is perfect for lifting the mood. You really do need to head over to Zoe’s blog and read the extracts, the Q&A and the interviews with Gina they are hilarious. Here is the link for her Blog – Zooloobookdiary


This is the first book in my #20booksofsummer reading challenge. Her Husband’s Secrets by Louise Mangos is a domestic thriller as Lucie decides to take a trip to Switzerland and meets Matt. Overtime they develop a relationship, but what happened for her to end up in prison? A tense and intriguing thriller that I enjoyed.


I am on a roll as this is the 2nd book I’ve read in the #20booksof summer challenge and what a dark book The Dangerous Kind by Deborah O’Connor is. A book that deals with some tough themes such as domestic abuse, child abuse and obsession. I will say that the author does not go into details about the child abuse, instead she dwells on the feeling of the individual such as fear, shame and guilt. An addictive read that unfortunately does have relevance to things that have happened in the news with high profile celebrities recently. It is a book I would recommend.


After two very dark reads I felt it was time for something lighter and decided to read The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, and tick a 3rd book off the #20booksof summer challenge. I didn’t read the synopsis for this book, and when I got into it more I discovered this also had a darkness to it as Tiffy is stalked by her ex and has to deal with his obsessive and possessive traits. This is however superbly balanced by the flatshare storyline. I absolutely loved this book, it has dark elements, but there are so many other things going on in it and I would highly recommend this one.


So quite a good week, 3/15 books off the challenge and I think I will definitely be adding another 5 lucky dip books to the challenge so that I will read the full 20!

So before I go I will leave you with a photo from one of the lounges where I work. As I work nightshifts, it is the perfect opportunity to take a few minutes and watch the sunrise. It’s the only way I ever get to see this time of day!!! This view is across Falmouth Bay and it is such a stunning view. It isn’t often I take a photo through a window, but the third picture was just caught right!

The photo’s really don’t do the colours I saw justice, just goes to show that that nature can outdo technology!

Well, then it is time to wish you all the very best and wish you a good week ahead.

Yvonne xx

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That Holiday in France by Rhoda Baxter @RhodaBaxter @BOTBSPublicity #romcom #BookReview

I am delighted to share my review today for That Holiday in France by Rhoda Baxter. I would like to thank Sarah at Book on The Bright Side Publicity for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my e-copy of the book.

Let me show you what it is all about…

When Ellie’s boyfriend forbids her from going to France to attend her best friend’s wedding, she decides she’s had enough. She dumps him and goes to France by herself. But travelling alone is scary and Ellie realises how reliant she’d become on the men in her life.


On holiday, she learns to trust her own judgement and grows in confidence. Just when she decides she doesn’t need a man to complete her, she meets Ash, who is everything her ex wasn’t.
But is Ellie willing to give up her new found independence and link herself to another man?

  • Friends to lovers
  • Heroine asserting her independence
  • Summer in France
  • Tiny puddings

That Holiday In France is a standalone story set in the little Yorkshire village of Trewton Royd. Ideal for fans of Mhairi McFarlane or Sophie Kinsella.

Purchase Link – Amazon UK

What a fabulous read this book was. Right from the get go I liked Ellie, and within a few chapters I definitely didn’t like her overbearing boyfriend Luke. I was so glad that Ellie decided to stand up to him and go off to France for her best friends wedding. She did almost leave it too late to attend as she did what Luke had wanted and stay home instead.

While in France, Ellie had a bit of an eye-opening experience as she found that she shared some similar view to her Dad and Luke. These were very one-sided and also not pleasant. Luckily for her a good friend of hers put her straight and she began to enjoy herself and gain a bit of confidence.

This was such a lovely story to read and one that I read in just a few hours. I loved the way Ellie stood up for herself and then started to work out who she was and what she liked. The author did a brilliant job of creating a character who had low self esteem, saw others as being better than her and someone that had no belief in herself.

In some ways this is a story of stigma and uncompromising opinions based on a past event, but it is also a story of self discovery and belief with a wonderful romantic thread woven through it. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and it is one I would definitely recommend.

Rhoda Baxter writes romantic comedies about strong heroines and nice-guy heroes. Having studied microbiology at university, Rhoda likes all things science geeky. She also loves cake, crochet and playing with Lego. She lives in Yorkshire with her young family and wishes she had more time to bake.

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Rainy Days for the Harpers Girls by Rosie Clarke @AnneHerries @rararesources #rachelsrandomresources @BoldwoodBooks #boldwoodbloggers #historicalfiction #Bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for Rainy Days for the Harper Girls by Rosie Clark. I would like to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my e-copy of this book.

I have a feeling that this is a very popular series for fans of historical fiction, I have the first two books in the series still to be read. I jumped in at book 3, so let me show you what it is about…

Hard times ahead for the Harpers girls…


It is two years since Harpers opened in Oxford Street and Ben is planning to expand the premises.

Life is good for Sally and Ben as they look forward to their first child and hope for a prosperous future. Beth is settling into married life with Jack, gradually recovering from her aunt’s tragic death, though still unable to conceive a child.

New girls have joined Harpers and Marion, Janice and Becky all become a part of the daily life at the busy store. Rachel is undecided whether to marry a man she isn’t sure she can trust, while Minnie meets an old love.

The sun is shining in English streets but on the horizon dark clouds gather over Europe and war looms threatening bringing rainy days for the Harpers girls…

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This is the 3rd book in the “Welcome To Harpers Emporium” series, I have not read the previous two books even though I do have them on my kindle! It did take me a couple of chapters to get to grips with the characters that are obviously already established, but once I started to get to know them I was well away and absolutely enthralled and captivated by this book.

The story is about the owners and the workers at Harpers Emporium, even though the main cast have backstories I found that very quickly I was given enough detail to get me up to speed. But, I do so wish I had read the previous two books so I knew the full stories of each of them.

Set just before the first World War, there is a tension of things in Europe, and also of the Suffragette movement. These things are great for keeping the reader in the time and setting of the book. The Harpers Girls are a mix of backgrounds and upbringings, but one thing I loved was that each of the employees was looked upon with respect and valued as a member of staff. It gave the book such a lovely feeling of togetherness and also loyalty.

For some times are tough with large families to support, others are lonely and unmarried, but the sense of support was very evident within the story. AS the war eventually does come there is a feeling of doing the right thing as some of enlist, this again adds another emotion to the story, one of worry and also bravado.

I absolutely loved this book and if you are a fan of historical fiction that has a strong friendship and family feel to it then I really would suggest picking up this series, and I would also start from the beginning! I would definitely recommend this book.

Author Bio – Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Mulberry Lane series.  She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner.  She lives in Cambridgeshire.

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The Price by Kerry Kaya @KerryKayaWriter @BOTBSPublicity #BOTBSPublicity #thriller #crime #BookReview

I am delighted to share my review today for The Price by Kerry Kaya. This is my first time reading this author and it will definitely not be the last time! I would like to thank Sarah at Book On The Bright Side Publicity for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my e-copy of this brilliant book.

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For most of his life Fletch has looked out for his younger brother Spencer and he will do anything and everything he can to protect him. Together they work for notorious East End gangster Billy King. Across the water in South London is Billy’s rival George Bannerman and the two firms are locked in a bitter turf war.


Amid murder, drug deals, and rival firms, Fletch is harbouring his own secrets and it’s only a matter of time until those secrets are revealed, and when you break the rules you have to pay the price.  

This is the first time I have read a book by this author and I absolutely loved it. The author starts her story in the past in the first chapter, it sets the scene for what is to follow. What followed was an addictive one sitting read for me as I followed the brothers of Fletch and Spence, they work for local gangland boss Billy.

I really liked how the author focused on the relationship of the brothers rather than violence in this story, although the main focus is Fletch. He has a bit more savvy and has more front to him. Although there are mentions of violence, it wasn’t that brutal in the reading.

The brothers are loyal to each other and their Mum, things in the past were tough and it is now that things seem to be working out. Only thing with being part of a gang is that there is always another gang that wants to make a move.

The story took various turns that I found really intriguing, not just a straight forward rival gangs read, but something with much more heart and human interest to it. Getting to know the brothers through the story was a good way to make a reader kind of connect to them, but even though I really liked them there was always that air of danger about them.

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this story, a brilliant read that wasn’t what I expected and I found it really hard to put down. I think this book would suit various readers, especially those that want a crime read that has a slightly different angle top it. I am looking forward to reading some of the previous books by this author, and as for this book, well I would definitely recommend it.

Kerry Kaya is a British gangland crime Author, born and raised on the outskirts of East London.

She is an avid reader and has a passion for books. From an early age she began writing stories, and in her later years those stories went on to become full length novels and novellas. 

Kerry lives with her partner and Daughter.

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