Sapphire by Heather Burnside @heatherbwriter @AriesFiction #NetGalley #crime #thriller

I am delighted to share my review today for Sapphire by Heather Burnside. This is a gangland crime thriller and part of The Working Girls series, but this book can be read as a stand-alone.

My huge thanks to Andrew Knowles for getting in touch regarding this Aries Fiction publication via NetGalley.

TWO SISTERS ALONE.

Sophie and Kelsey have always had each other. When their mum is diagnosed with cancer and their dad fails to step up, they’re forced to move into the care system. But Sophie knows they’ll be okay as long as she’s there to protect her sister.

ONE FINAL CHANCE.

But when Kelsey is found a foster family and Sophie can’t join her, Sophie’s left in an unsafe situation in the home, forced to do things against her will. Finding her own foster family feels like a relief, but it’s short-lived when her trust in her new foster parents is betrayed.

NO GOING BACK.

With nowhere to turn, Sophie finds herself homeless. But when she finds her new street family, Sophie joins the working girls and her new identity as Sapphire is complete. It’s a hard life working the streets, especially when those around her look to take advantage, but can the dream of one day finding Kelsey keep her going?

MY REVIEW

This is an author who is new to me and so I was intrigued when I saw this book. Even though it is part of a series it is one that can be read as a stand-alone.

Sapphire is the name of Sophie, older sister to Kelsey. Life goes from bad to worse for the pair when their mother dies and their father wants nothing to do with them as he has a new family. The girl’s des[erately want to remain together but it is hard to find places for teens, so when Kelsey is offered a place with a foster family Sophie lets her go.

As the story continues life for Sophie doesn’t go the way it did for her sister, the two slowly drift. The point where Sophie becomes Sapphire is further in the story. It is a heartbreaking story and one that was tough to read. Unfortunately, it is one that could very easily be true. It is the story of how a teen finds herself alone, on the streets and homeless.

The author has given a very harrowing account of Sapphire and her experiences, the hardships the dangers and the addictions. It is one way of showing how living in a nice warm and comfy home can go wrong and that all the things that follow are a downward spiral.

The author takes the reader into a world of poverty, drugs, destitution, prostitution and death. It is not a pretty world or a nice one to read about. All the while I thought this is how easy it could be if you are completely alone and think you have no choices or options. It does have a grim reality to it.

This is a gangland styler crime thriller, it is brutal and does explore various aspects of homelessness and living as best you can. It is quite an addictive read and one I found very difficult to put down. It is one I would recommend. 

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The Unravelling by Polly Crosby @HQStories #contemporaryfiction #mysterious #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for The Unravelling by Polly Crosby. I read this book a while ago and loved it, the publication day was delayed and so now this gorgeous story is now available for purchase.

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Tartelin has been employed by Marianne Stourbridge to hunt for butterflies, but she quickly uncovers something far more intriguing. The island and Marianne share a remarkable past, and what happened all those years ago has left its scars.

The island has a strange effect on Tartelin, too, finally allowing her to confront her own, painful, memories. As she does, Marianne’s story begins to unravel around her, revealing an extraordinary tale of two girls, an obsession with pearls, and a truth beyond imagination.

Atmospheric and deeply emotional, The Unravelling is a captivating novel about the secrets we can only discover when we dare to look beneath the surface.

MY REVIEW

The Unravelling is such a great read, it has the haunting atmospheric feel that the synopsis mentions. The story is based on a small island, Dohhalund and only one house is inhabited, Dogger House. This island and house have been in the ownership of the Stourbridge family for generations. Marianne is the current resident, she has employed Tartelin to help her with her work documenting the changes don’t the island and of the butterflies.

Once a community of herring workers worked here, and the family also used to collect the pearls from the oysters. They then moved into the silk business. It is the silk that occupied a young Marianne’s time as she cared for the silkworms.

The story alternates between timelines and tells the life of a young Marianne and the people in her life at the time. What happened years ago and why was the island taken over by the military in 1955. This is something that nags a Tartelin’s conscience. As does the mystery of why a wheelchair-bound Marianne has returned after all these years.

This is really a stunning story that almost has an ethereal feel to it, the memories and events of the past just sit out of sight of Tartelin and she must indeed unravel the mysteries of the previous decades. Marianne is not forthcoming with information, but there are hints and clues. Marianne is not the only one to return to the island, there are visitors such as birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.

This is one of those stories that I was able to completely lose myself in. The story and the characters flitted back, forth and around like the butterflies. There is a gentle ebb and flow to the story which is reminiscent of the tide as one thing is solved for another to take its place.

As Tartelin discovers more about the island and of Marianne she starts to see changes in herself, she is taking more risks and is coming into her own. For me, she was very much like a butterfly as it transforms.

This is a gorgeously written story, atmospheric and hauntingly beautiful. Captivating and totally immersive. It is one for those that like delving into mysteries of the past, to discover more about a family and to discover the secrets.

This is a book I would definitely recommend.

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A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland @JessicaRedland @BoldwoodBooks #boldwoodbloggers @rararesources #romance #contemporaryfiction #bookreview

I am delighted to be one of the Bloggers to be opening the tour and to share my review today for A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland. I have read each one of the books in this series and I adore them. I am going to suggest you read them in order if you haven’t, but they can be read as stand-alone stories.

My huge thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my e-copy of this book via NetGalley.

It’s time for the wedding we’ve all been waiting for…

Life at Hedgehog Hollow is never dull, although Samantha hopes that the new year ahead will be a little less chaotic as she prepares to marry the love of her life, Josh. But disaster strikes when she checks the rescue centre’s bank account after the festive season and discovers it has been emptied. Who would do such a thing, and why? With the future of Hedgehog Hollow now in jeopardy, planning a wedding has lost its shine.

Phoebe is desperate to escape the shadow of her family, infamously known for their attacks on Samantha’s beloved rescue centre. Could the kindness of the Hedgehog Hollow team be the chance she needs for a fresh start, or will her family’s secrets continue to drag her back?

Purchase Link – HERE

MY REVIEW

I really don’t know how the author manages it, but this is once again an amazing book to read. I suppose you could read it as a stand-alone but in all honesty, you will get so much pleasure from reading this series in order.

As the title suggests, this one is about a wedding at Hedgehog Hollow, if you are following this series then you will know who it is! While the wedding is an important part of the story, it is about so much more than that.

This one is told in two voices and I adored it. Samantha is the owner and hedgehog rescuer, she has run the hedgehog sanctuary for a while and is doing great. Always busy but never too busy to help others when needed. The second voice is Phoebe, and while she had been mentioned previously she has a story to tell and if you thought Samantha’s was tough, Pheobe’s is definitely worse.

The way the two stories have been combined makes for some tough reading at times, and it certainly is very pertinent to the story that gradually emerges. Things at the sanctuary are hanging in the balance, but while Samantha and the rest of the family, friends and volunteers are doing their best, Samantha is run ragged.

Pheobe is a character who gradually emerges and I adored how she started to grow in confidence given the tough life she had been given.

This story is one that has some home truths that emerge, and for me, they are rightly deserved. Some interesting new characters and of course some old favourites. By the end of the story, I was struggling to read due to the watery eyes! Emotional it definitely was on many levels. I have to say that I think this is the best one so far, although I adore the previous books.

While there are some tough topics there are some brilliant fun moments, especially the naming of newly arrived hedgehogs! I also learnt more new things about hedgehogs as well.

This is a series that I would recommend reading in order, it is heartwarming and at times made my blood boil, but it also made me chuckle, grin and tear up. It is a brilliant read and one I would definitely recommend.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jessica Redland is the top 10 bestselling author of over thirteen novels, including The Secret to Happiness. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.


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The Book of Sand by Theo Clare #NetGalley @CENTURYBOOKSUK #fantasy #dystopian #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for The Book of Sand by Theo Clare. This is a good-sized fantasy book that has a dystopian and mystery/ thriller feel to it. It is due for Publication tomorrow and I wish to thank Century Books UK for my e-copy that I received via NetGalley.

The Book of Sand: the first novel in an epic series created by the late Mo Hayder, one
of the UK’s finest and most inventive storytellers.

SAND. A hostile world of burning sun.

Outlines of several once-busy cities shimmer on the horizon. Now empty of inhabitants, their buildings lie in ruins.

In the distance a group of people – a family – walk towards us.

Ahead lies shelter: a ‘shuck’ the family call home and which they know they must reach before the light fails, as to be out after dark is to invite danger and almost certain death.

To survive in this alien world of shifting sand, they must find an object hidden in or near water. But other families want it too. And they are willing to fight to the death to make it theirs.

It is beginning to rain in Fairfax County, Virginia when McKenzie Strathie wakes up. An ordinary teenage girl living an ordinary life – except that the previous night she found a sand-lizard in her bed, and now she’s beginning to question everything around her, especially who she really is …

Two very different worlds featuring a group of extraordinary characters driven to the very limit of their endurance in a place where only the strongest will survive.

MY REVIEW

This is a book that completely caught me by surprise, I was aware that there were two stories involved here but how they connected was a complete curve ball!

One timeline is a group, or as they refer to themselves, a family who are surviving in an inhospitable desert. Each member has a different background and they have random memories from their previous life.

The second is of a young girl, fascinated by wind and sand. She lives in the US and is looked at as a bit of an oddity, her family don’t understand her and her obsessions.

I really don’t know how to start this review so it may be a little disjointed and most likely very vague! The two storylines don’t seem to have any connectors in them, two completely different worlds and people. One is a world we would recognise, as it has a present-day “normal world” setting. The other is definitely not, think of something like Dune but with scarier creatures that emerge at night and that has a time limit to it.

The two stories are very good in their own right, and it took me a while to realise how unconnected they both are. It is not until a lot later in the book that there is that sudden OMG moment when the author literally drops the bombshell. And it was a massive one that suddenly changed the story.

Given the slower and slightly disjointed storyline at the start of the story, I found something about this that kept me reading. I have seen very different reviews of this and some feel that it does go on a bit long. Others and I am one, think it is perfect. I thought it was a way of the author making sure we really get to know the characters. I also found that it very subtly ramped up the mystery and intrigue and I didn’t realise that until the bombshell moment.

This is a book that I really enjoyed, it is a mix of dystopian, fantasy, contemporary and mystery. It is from the pen of Mo Hayder who sadly passed away this year (July 2021) at the age of 59. This book is the first time I had read anything by her and I will be going through the back catalogue.

The Book of Sand is a story that I do think will divide readers, it is one that I found was really intriguing and it was the two separate timelines and the different worlds that really drew me in. The end section does change things a lot and it becomes darker and more dangerous.

I really enjoyed this and I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for something engaging, mysterious, dystopian and a little bit different.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mo Hayder

THEO CLARE left school at fifteen. She worked as a barmaid, security guard, filmmaker, hostess in a
Tokyo club, educational administrator and teacher of English as a foreign language in Asia. She had an
MA in film from The American University in Washington, DC and an MA in creative writing from Bath
Spa University, UK. She wrote crime novels under the name Mo Hayder, and her fifth novel Ritual was
nominated for the Barry Award for Best Crime 2009 and was voted Best Book of 2008 by Publishers
Weekly. Gone, her seventh novel, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and her novel Wolf was nominated
for Best Novel in the 2015 Edgar Awards and is currently being adapted for the BBC. Theo Clare was
diagnosed with motor neurone disease in December 2020 and passed away in July 2021.

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The Cosy Cottage in Ireland by Julie Caplin #NetGalley @OneMoreChapter_ #romance #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for The Cosy Cottage in Ireland by Julie Caplin. I read this one just before Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed it.

My huge thanks to One More Chapter for approving my request to read this book via NetGalley.

Snuggle up in your favourite armchair and take a trip across the Irish sea for comfort food, cosy cottage nights and a heartwarming romance…


Talented lawyer Hannah Campbell is after a change in her workaholic Manchester life – so on an uncharacteristic whim, she books herself a place at the world-renowned Killorgally Cookery School in County Kerry. But on her first night In Ireland, sampling the delights of Dublin, Hannah can’t resist falling for the charms of handsome stranger Conor. It’s only when Hannah arrives at her postcard-pretty home at Killorgally for the next twelve weeks that she discovers what happens in Dublin doesn’t quite stay in Dublin…

Nestled amongst rolling green hills and breathtaking countryside, the cookery school throws Hannah and Conor together again–for better or worse.

MY REVIEW

This is the 8th book in the Romantic Escapes series, each book is a stand-alone and I have read some, but not all of them.

Hannah decides to do something daring, something completely out of character and books a sabbatical. She goes on a 6-week cookery school course in the gorgeous coastal area of County Kerry. What she doesn’t realise is that when she stopped over in Dublin, that the man she met will also be at the school.

Once again this author has completely entranced me with the sumptuous and breathtaking descriptions of the setting. The school is part of a large complex that sounds idyllic and in keeping with the area. The main house with various cottages dotted around that has been renovated over time to provide dwellings for the students. I loved the ethos that the author has created with this story, it centres around knowing where and how food is produced in a local and seasonal way. Using the freshest ingredients to create some very tantalising and mouth-watering dishes.

AS this is a book in the Romantic Escapes series, there is obviously a good romance element to it. The author does this so well and does manage to yet again create a mouthwatering storyline. The main characters definitely blow hot and cold, and they are not the only ones.

I really liked how Hannah finds herself to be rather lacking when it comes to cooking when she is so driven for the rest of her life, especially her job as a lawyer. This self-expectation to be good at all she tries and not taking undue risks makes for an interesting character. While she may not be the best cook she does however have an inquisitive mind, and her lawyerly instincts are niggled.

I adored how the tentative friendship/ relationship developed, nothing certain and definitely not straightforward. But there is also much more to this story than that, there are the wonderful friendships and great bickering from the other students. They bring different expectations, skills, backgrounds with them and it was wonderful to see them gradually get to know each other and form their own little group.

This is one for those who adore a heartwarming romance set within a stunning location. I adored everything about this story and it is one I would definitely recommend.

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My Week In Books (w/e 2nd January 2022) #booklove #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to the New Year, today I am rounding up the final books I read in 2021. I read a total of 229 books last year and there were some amazing books. I did a round-up and Best Books Post if you want to check it out – HERE

I did take a break from the Blog and also Social Media over Christmas and New Year. Like many, I still work over the festive and New Year period as I am a care worker in a Residential Home. It does make it quite busy with getting things organised as well as working so it’s always easier to have a break.

So I will take this time to say that I hope you all had a safe and good Christmas. Also to wish you all the very best in 2022.

Here are the final two weeks of books that I read to finish the year off, most are Blogg Tour books for January, yeah check me out getting organised!

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This is the 4th book in this series and A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland is another fabulous book in the series. A wedding that isn’t as straightforward as it was meant to be, memories of loved ones and a few tears are just the tip of the iceberg.

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If you are looking for a hard, gritty gangland thriller then have a look at Sapphire by Heather Burnside. Heather is a new author to me but based on Sapphire I will definitely be looking at her previous books. This is quite hard reading at times due to some of the topics. Drugs, homelessness, surviving, making the best of what you have. Tough, addictive and more hardcore.

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If you love the Love Heart Lane series then you are going to love Heartcross Castle by Christie Barlow. This is the 7th book and it is brilliant. A crumbling castle, a famous chef, some home truths and a supportive community. It has all this and so much more as Grace and her three sons make a new start.

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Another fabulous series in The Glass Family and the latest book Hustle by Owen Mullen is soooo good. I adore this series and this one is addictive. Nina is definitely in the wrong place when a robbery takes place, not the normal robbery as such but one that has the rest of the family just a little stressed. If you have been following this series then you will know the characters and what they do. This is gritty, hardcore, brutal at times and fabulous.

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What a gorgeous and also idyllic story Wishing Under a Starlit Skye by Lisa Hobman was. Single parent Caitlin and her daughter Grace have lived on Skye since before Grace was born. They have some wonderful friends and are an important part of the community. This is a story about not seeing what is in front of you, but also of taking a chance. Adorable characters, fab storyline and a brilliant read.

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If she’d turned off her phone, instead of listening in, perhaps no one would have died… is such a great tag line for Remember My Name by Sam Blake. Intriguing, twisted, unexpected and a wonderful psychological thriller. It needed a bit of concentration from me at the beginning as there is quite a few things going on, but when things settled it was an exciting read.

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How many of us know what it’s like for our partners, how hard they do/ do not work. Bernie Maycock tackles this in Anything You Can Do. A humorous look at how one parent thinks the other doesn’t do as much as they should. Roles are reversed and suddenly things begin to make sense. A fab read and one that had me chuckling several times.

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This is a brilliant read and the first in a series, Resistance by Eilidh McGuiness is set during WWII from the perspective of some of those involved in the French Resistance. The author has woven fact with fiction to create such a powerful story and one that I look forward to continuing.

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What a fabulous book to finish the year off with. That Certain Spark by Isobel Hart is one that I think many readers will be able to connect with, I certainly did. Claire is wallowing, she is alone, she has panic attacks that leave her out cold and her cat is constantly getting stuck up a tree. This is quite a humorous book but one that conveys such a positive message with a nod to wellbeing and mindfulness. As I finished I felt very positive and it was such a brilliant read.

So there we have it, the final books I have read for 2021. You will see the full reviews of these and some others over the next few weeks.

Have a wonderful week ahead, and also I wish you all the very best for the coming year.

Love to you all

Yvonne xx

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Me And My Books presents – My Best Reads of 2021 #TopReads #RecommendedReading2021 #booklove #MeAndMyBooks

Well, it is that time of year where I decide which of the many fabulous books have left an impression. This is always a difficult job to whittle down the 200+ books that I have read to just a small number.

I have once again read many, many fabulous books that have crossed the genres. I have been taken around the world and beyond, journeyed through history, time and space. I have been transported to different worlds, experienced different cultures and been shown amazing settings.

I have cried, I have laughed and I have been angry. But most of all I have enjoyed each and every book I have read. Here I have compiled a list of some exceptional reads this year…

There is one, or should I say a set of three books that I have read this year that have absolutely blown me away. In my opinion, these are important books to read as they highlight one of the worst periods in human history. The research for this trilogy has been meticulous. The author has used this research and combined a huge amount of skills to create such an addictive story. This is not a small trilogy, but my goodness did it deliver a punch. Powerful, emotional, visceral, challenging, hopeful and it is a trilogy I would absolutely and most highly recommend for those who like Historical Fiction.

The best book(s) I have read this year is

THE STURMTAUCHER TRILOGY by ALAN JONES

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My Week IN Books (w/e 19th December 2021) #booklove #bookupdates #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome to another weekly wrap-up of books I have read over the past week. I have also finalised my Top Reads of 2021 and wow has it been a tough one. As much as I love sharing the books I love I also find it extremely difficult to whittle down the 200+ books that I have read, down to a handful that I have really loved and want to highlight. Keep an eye out on Wednesday for my list 🙂

What I’ve read this past week…

Even though I am not a huge fan of overly political books I was intrigued by The Whistle Blower by Robert Peston. This is a fictional debut for this author and it is set in the corridors of Parliament, has many dodgy characters, shady dealing and quite a few mysterious happenings going on. I really enjoyed this book and it was one that I think fans of political thrillers would also enjoy.

The Book of Sand by Theo Clare is penned by the late Mo Hayder. This is a fabulous story that is quite devious in the respect that the two seemingly disconnected storylines don’t actually come together until after the halfway point. Part dystopian, fantasy, mixed with present-day contemporary, loads of mystery and gradually one that darkens the further you get. It is a brilliant book that had me hooked. Ideal for those who are looking for a different, but it is dividing opinion!

Publication Date – 6th January 2022

Whether this author writes under Jules Wake or Julie Caplin, I know I am in for a treat. The Cosy Cottage in Ireland by Julie Caplin is the 8th in the Romantic Escapes series and was a lovely, gorgeous and mouthwatering delight. Each of the books in this series can be read as stand-alone. This is one for the romantics, foodies, those that like heartwarming tales and setting descriptions. Gorgeously told and definitely recommended.

For something different, I decided to read Put A Wet Paper Towel On It by Lee Parkinson and Adam Parkinson. Brothers who work in Education in their own right and have brought together their experiences of teaching. Hilarious at times and also quite an eye-opener at others as they tell their own story of joining the system and why. This is a fab non-fiction book and it was one I really enjoyed.

Well, that’s me done for another week.

Keep an eye out for my Top Reads List

Happy Reading, Stay Safe

Yvonne xx

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Twinkl – Educational Resources @twinklresources #Promotion #education #bookreview #LucyMakesAWish

I am delighted to share a promotional post today for Twinkl. This is an educational resources site for Early Years through to 18 years old. They are an unlimited downloads and resources site that provides support to Parents, Home Educators, Child Minders and have a huge range to discover.

One of my reviews is featured along with some wonderful Book Bloggers reviews, check out the other Warm Wintery Reads HERE

ABOUT TWINKLE

We’re here to ‘help those who teach’. It’s what brings us to work every day.

We’re proud to create educational resources that can be used at each step of a child’s learning journey.

Our teacher-created resources provide entire schemes of work, lesson planning and assessments right through to online educational games, augmented reality and so much more.

We have over 525,000 resources and new content gets added every day. You’ll find we’ve normally got what you need before you even know you want it.

We’re all inspired to support teachers and learners, around the world.

Everything we do supports the global teaching community and we’re committed to transforming people’s lives through education.

We support and work with educators across the world, including primary and secondary teachers, childminders, nursery workers, home educators and parents.

All Twinkl resources are teacher-made and can be used by anyone, anywhere – making learning accessible to all.

We also tailor resources to a number of curriculums, including the UK National Curriculums. You can find a full list of those we cover right here.

Laura Millington, Contents Executive contacted me to see if I would like to have one of my reviews to be featured in their Christmas Campaign.

The book Laura wanted to include was one I had reviewed and posted on my Blog, Lucy Makes a Wish by Anne Booth, a fabulous book for children aged 6+

This review was featured on Twinkl as part of their Christmas campaign

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Her Previous Self by Anne Allen @AnneAllen21 #historicalfiction #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for Her Previous Self by Anne Allen. I was very fortunate to win a signed paperback copy of this book during Anne’s recent Blog Tour with Rachel’s Random Resources. Although I do own several copies from this series it is actually the first time I have read one! I will also add that it will not be the last time 🙂

Mary, miserable in her marriage to Thomas Carre, a merchant and privateer and living in the new family mansion in Georgian Guernsey.
Lucy, separated from her husband after a tragic loss and now acting as an unwilling sitter for her elderly grandfather, Gregory Carre, who has inherited the same mansion.
Lucy is haunted by Mary’s continued presence in the house and finds herself being pulled more and more back in time. How is it possible for her to live as Mary? To experience scenes from her tragic life? Lucy is forced to come to terms with Mary’s grief as well as her own.
The more enmeshed she becomes the more anxious Lucy is to discover the truth. Why is Mary still restless? What caused her mysterious disappearance two hundred years ago?

And can Lucy move on from her own loss to find happiness again?

MY REVIEW

This is the first time I have read a book by this author, although I do own 3 or 4 from the Guernsey series. This is book 8 in the series and from what I can see with this latest book, they can be read as stand-alone books.

This is a mix of present-day and historical fiction. The present-day is set with Lucy returning home to Guernsey and she keeps her Grandfather company while her parents take a break. Lucy is tired, feeling alone and is grieving. The house in which she returns is one that has been in the family for generations. One of those ancestors is Mary, there is a mystery surrounding her. There is a date of birth, a marriage date and then a blank as to when she died.

This is told in a timeslip format, and not quite the usual back and forth format. I have to say it worked really well for me and I don’t know which character I wanted to know more about each time. When I was reading about Lucy I needed to know more about Mary, and vice versa.

I did like the historical side of this story, set in a regency style it is one that has heartbreaking revelations. The characters in this era are a mix of really good and also downright wicked. In the present day, the characters are mainly good, although there is the odd one or two who did annoy me a very small amount due to their attitudes.

Overall a great story and one that I really enjoyed reading over a couple of days. One for fans of historical fiction and romance, with a historical fantasy streak to it. Very enjoyable reading and it is an author to who I will be returning and one I would happily recommend.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. She was born in Rugby, to an English mother and Welsh father. As a result she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to love the sea. Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.
By profession Anne was a psychotherapist but has long had creative ‘itches’, learning to mosaic, paint furniture, interior design and sculpt. At the back of her mind the itch to write was always present but seemed too time-consuming for a single mum with a need to earn a living. Now retired from the ‘day job’, there’s more time to write.