My Week In Books (w/e 18th Aug) #MeAndMyBooks #BookNews

Someone please tell me that I have overslept by a couple of months! This is August and not October, I am right aren’t I? To be fair though, the weather is not too bad, it’s still mild and I am still in my shorts, though getting wet legs when I walk to work I not too keen on. But in the grand scale of things it could be a lot worse.

I have been back to work for a week and already booked my next week off, not that I am too eager to take time off work or anything. It’s just nice to know that I have a week to look forward to in a couple of months time.

So down to the books I read and received this week, because let’s be honest that is what you are here for 😂


Last week I had just started to read this one…

Raven’s Wind by Steve Hutton

When I started it I was really enjoying it. By the time I had finished it, I wanted to read the next one! I really, really enjoyed this one. It is a fantasy set in 1886 Britain and the author has mixed in a fantasy storyline that kind of feels right for the time. Witches, dragons, occult and superstition are the main themes, and I have to say that I could actually prnounce the names. Often I find myself struggling with this, but not with this one! It’s a good verses evil style story that is very much about the past coming up against progress.


Next up was…

Under a Cornish Sky by Liz Fenwick

This is now the second book I have read by this author , and the second book I have adored. The story is set in Cornwall around the Helford River and Falmouth, an area I know well, as does the author. Liz has a fabulous way with words when she describes her settings and this story is all about family secrets, history, pride and acceptance. A fabulous story that kept me captivated right the way through


From Cornwall I then went to Iceland…

Night Bond by Ragnar Jonasson

I have a real soft spot for this author and find that he creates a fabulous sense of foreboding and atmosphere with his books. This is the 2nd in the Dark Iceland series and the setting is the quiet fishing village of Siglufjörður. Ari Thor is looking into the shooting of a fellow police officer, in a small village everybody has something to hide and it seems that some may have their own agenda. A fabulously addictive read and ideal for those who love Icelandic Noir.


My next book was a different genre completely and I read…

Jennifer Brown Moving On by Angie Lanley

This is the second book I have read about Jennifer Brown, the first was fabulous and had me chuckling, this one is better again and I adored it. Jennifer Brown is amazing, I would recommend reading the first book “Jennifer Browns Journey” as it gives a brilliant introduction to this fabulous character.


CURRENTLY READING…

I have yet to start this book at the time of writing this post, but I am finally starting the Angela Marsons series, I have not read any of her books and I am really looking forward to taking my first step. I have seen so many other Book Bloggers raving about them that I could not resist.


Books recieved / bought…

I have had a very lucky couple of weeks with entering competitions for Giveaways on other peoples blogs and received some corkers in the post…

I bought a copy of Ronnie Turners book Lies Between Us, I have a copy on kindle and wanted a paperback but somehow forgot to pre-order it. Ronnie shared a post on Facebook and Twitter about her book being available on Amazon, so it prompted me to get myself into gear and buy mine.

Competition wins were…

A signed copy of Dead & Talking by Des Burkinshaw, the synopsis mentions this being “A dark comic, twisty, supernatural thriller in which everyone’s a sceptic” it sounds interesting and definitely intriguing and appeals to me a lot.

Another signed copy… I Can’t Tell You Why by Elaine Robertson North. This is listed under contemporary romance, and from the synopsis it is about mistakes made and an affair. It has some good reviews on Amazon and again is one that is right up my street.

Then there is Thomas Edison by David Boyle. Thomas Edison is someone that I know some things about, but not a lot. This kind of makes him interesting to me so I am looking forward to reading this Biography.

and…

yes there is one more that isn’t in the photo. It’s because it is a digital win…

Bridging the Gulf by Malcolm Hollingdrake

This is a story about Roy Hanna and his return from the Gulf. This novel is about how life has to carry on, it has mentions of Gulf War Syndrome and the struggles that are made. Again another book that sounds very interesting.


Reading Updates…

So, how am I getting on with my #20Books of Summer Reading Challenge? well better than getting the reviews written and posted up… I am up to 15 out of 20 that I have read, but only posted reviews for the first 7 🙄 hopefully I will get caught up soon with the reviewing side of this soon.

As for Goodreads, I am informed that I have read 136 books, this puts me 10 ahead of schedule, I only wish my review rate was that good 🤣

Netgalley stats… yeah I am ignoring that for a moment… I have more in the “older than 3 months” again I need to get sorted with those as well.

Right then, that’s me done for another week. I hope you all have an amazing week, and for those of you with children, take a deep breath… it’s not long till the little darlings go back to school 😉

Take Care, Yvonne xx

Before the Rains by Dinah Jefferies #20booksofsummer #BookReview

I am delighted to share my review with you for Before the Rains by Dinah Jeffries. A historical fiction/romance set in 1930 India. This is one of my picks for the #20Books of Summer Reading Challenge and is number 7/20.

Let’s have a look and see what it is all about…

A romantic, heart-wrenching tale of love against the odds from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author

1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband’s death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza’s only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she’s determined to make a name for herself.

But when Eliza arrives at the palace she meets Jay, the Prince’s handsome, brooding brother. While Eliza awakens Jay to the poverty of his people, he awakens her to the injustices of British rule. Soon Jay and Eliza find they have more in common than they think. But their families – and society – think otherwise. Eventually they will have to make a choice between doing what’s expected, or following their hearts. . .

This is my first time reading a book by this author and after reading Before the Rains, it will not be my last time.

Eliza is a photographer who gets a year-long job opportunity to take photographs of the Royal Family in Rajputana, India in 1930. It is a chance for her to hone her craft and hope to arrange an exhibition that could lead to further work.

The story is that mainly of Eliza. It tells of her childhood growing up in India as part of the British occupation. After leaving India after the death of her father she has the chance to return and it is on this return that she photographs.

At the palace, she meets several members of the family including Jay the Prince and next-in-line to the throne. Jay is more progressive in his thinking than other members of his family, though he still holds firm to some traditions. Jay and Eliza gradually get to know each other and he almost takes her under his wing, showing her things outside of the palace that she would otherwise not have seen. This friendship slowly grows and a more romantic aspect, it is not a sudden thing, instead, it has a tension that smoulders.

The author has some fabulous scenery descriptions and she describes the colours and sights to a point that I could imagine what she was explaining. Details of culture, religion and, traditions are touched upon and these are heartbreaking and also real eye-openers. It adds to the suspicion around Eliza she being not only British but also a widow. Speaking of suspicion, it is everywhere in the palace and outside of the palace and from various sources. The tension of the time is brought out very well, as India wants the British to be gone and they can rule themselves again.

This is a very immersive and a compelling book to read. I did think that it wrapped up a little too conveniently but saying that it did give a satisfying ending. Along with friendships and liaisons, there is also a good amount of drama, tension, conspiracy and heartbreak. The clash of culture between India and Britain is dealt with well and gives an impression from both sides. Another large clash is that of the social classes, from the extreme poverty to the extreme opulence of those in the palace.

This is a really good read that I found quite addictive, and it is one I would definitely recommend to readers who like historical fiction and romance.

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Clear My Name by Paula Daly #damppebblesblogtours #review

I am delighted to welcome you to my review of Clear My Name by Paula Daly. My huge thanks to Emma at Damppebbles Blog Tours for my copy of the book and for my spot on the tour.

And what a book it was…

Innocent?

When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband’s lover, she denied it. She denied it when they arrested her, when they put her in front of a jury, and when they sent her to prison.

Now she’s three years into a fifteen-year sentence, away from the daughter she loves and the life she had built. And she is still denying that she is to blame.

Guilty?

Tess Gilroy has devoted her life to righting wrongs. Through her job for Innocence UK, a charity which takes on alleged miscarriages of justice, she works tirelessly to uncover the truth.

But when she is asked to take Carrie’s case, Tess realises that if she is to help this woman, she must risk uncovering the secrets she has struggled a lifetime to hide…

We’ve all done things we’re not proud of.

Well this was such a tense and suspense filled read. Tess works for Innocence UK, a charity that chooses cases for those wrongly imprisoned. They re-open the case and try to seek justice. Carrie is one of the victims of wrongful imprisonment. She was convicted of killing her husbands mistress, a crime she has always proclaimed her innocence of…

This is set out over three timeline, Now, 4 years ago and also % years ago. Don’t worry the timelines are easy to follow. The Now is focused on the work Tess does, the evidence that will be collected for the appeal. 4 and 5 years ago deal with the period just before the crime and then of Carrie’s arrest and imprisonment.

Alongside the case there is another story line. It is the more personal story of Tess herself. She is an enigma of a character and doesn’t let much escape. She is constantly moving address and the why is something that is gradually revealed.

These two story lines sort of compliment each other and work well. Tess has things she wants to remain hidden. Where as Carrie has to let all her secrets out, but does she, is she holding things back.

The story has a really good pace, not overly fast but none the less I still flew through it. It is what I call a quieter read and by that I mean it is not full of action at every turn. Instead it is well laid out and had a feeling of being quite methodical and this seemed to mirror the way Tess would work gathering evidence.

Even though questions were being answered from the characters in the story, I still had a quiet unease, doubts if you like. Was everything I was being fed, truthful! I like this dramatic sense of tension, it adds suspense to quieter stories and a wonderful sense of atmosphere. By the end I had finally had all answered, though I did feel it wrapped up a little quick, or maybe I didn’t want it to end!

A thoroughly enjoyable read that had drama, human interest, tension and suspense. This is the first book I have read by this author and is a wonderful place to start, I am looking forward to reading her previous books.

It is one I would definitely recommend.

Paula Daly is the critically acclaimed author of six novels. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year award, and her books have been developed for the new ITV television series, Deep Water, starring Anna Friel. She was born in Lancashire and lives in the Lake District with her husband, three children, and whippet Skippy.

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My Week In Books (w/e 4th Aug) #MeAndMyBooks

Another week has been and gone! This has been an interesting week as well. It started off as any normal week would then finished a little chaotic but hey, it keeps things interesting.

Me and my husband both have a week off work. We are not going away anywhere instead we are having days out. One of those days out was to Lanhydrock House, it is near Bodmin in Cornwall, just over an hours drive from where we live. Neither of us have been before and we spent several hours walking round the house and grounds. Here are some photo’s

I suppose I should mention books as that is what I am here for…

So to what I read this week…

Hudson’s Kill by Paddy Hirsch

This is a historical fiction set in 1803 New York. It is a murder mystery and conspiracy novel. I really enjoyed this book and as much as it was about discovering the identity of the killer it was also aboiut tensions between the different gangs and nationalities that made up the inhabitants of the area. New York was a mixing pot of nationalities and sometimes that pot simmered and at others it boiled over. Review to follow.


Warlock Holmes – A Study in Brimstone by G.S. Denning

The caption on the front of this book just about sums the story up well ” Sherlock Holmes is a genius – Warlock Holmes is something else…” Set out as Watson’s diary entries, this book reads as short stories, it is definitley different to Sherlock, in fact the roles that Warlock AND Watson play are very different. This is a fun read and was enjoyable. This was one from my list of #20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge.


Jacob’s Colours by Lindsay Hawdon

Well what can I say about this book… it is STUNNING and HEARTBREAKIINGLY BEAUTIFUL ! It is the story of Jacob and the plight of the Roma, or Gypsies that were persecuted in WWII. The persecution of the Jews by Hitler is something we are all aware of . Something I had not thought about were the other minority races that would have been persecuted in the same way and this book has certainly rectified that and opened my eyes to their suffering. This is simply a book that will stay with me for a very long time.


Her Last Secret

Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite

I have read earlier books by this author and really enjoyed them, this one however is even better and for me is beyond awesome! The deviousness that has been injected into the story is chilling. There is a saying that goes along the lines of ” You never know what goes on behind closed doors” The secrets behind those doors makes such compelling reading. It is a fabulous book and the ending…well… read it for yourself.


Holy Island by LJ Ross

This is my first Louise Ross book and I think I have just found a series that I am going to really enjoy. This was a wonderful book that uses the backdrop of The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland. Only being accessable twice a day as the tide goes out, it gives a twist on an isolted community. An interesting and enjoyable read and this is also one of my #20Books.


Currently Reading…

The July Girls by Pheobie Locke

I should be reading more of my #20Booksof Summer list, but when I got this one I had to read it. I have seen many reviews about it and they have been favourable to say the least. I am a third of the way through and I am intrigued, nervous and can’t wait to sit down and finish it.


Now as I mentioned my and He are both on holiday for a week. This means I won’t be around much as we are having quality time together having days out as well as getting caught up on the odd jobs. So I apologise if I don’t get to share the amount of posts I normally would as I am only popping in and out.

I hope you all have a fabulous week 😘

Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Sqaure by Heidi Swain #20booksofsummer #BookReview

I am delighted ot be sharing my review for Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain.

This is the 6th book I have read in the #20 Books of Summer Reading Challange. So, lets have a look and see what it is about…

Kate is on the run from her almost-divorced husband who is determined to have her back, and she has found the perfect place to hide… a little cottage on Nightingale Square in Norwich, far away from her old life in London. But the residents of Nightingale Square don’t take no for an answer, and Kate soon finds herself pulled into a friendship with Lisa, her bossy but lovely new neighbour.

Within a matter of days Kate is landed with the job of campaigning the council to turn the green into a community garden, meanwhile all the residents of Nightingale Square are horrified to discover that the Victorian mansion house on the other side of the square has been bought by developers. But when all hope is lost, the arrival of a handsome stranger is sure to turn things around! 

Heidi Swain is the perfect summer read – you’ll want to find your own green space, stretch out in the sun and dive into life at Nightingale Square.

After seperating from her husband, and trying to lie low, Kate decides to move into an old cottage in Nightingale Square. It’s ideally situated and puts distance between herself and her ex-husband and also her mother. Nightingale Square is a lovely secluded area where she can just be herself and be by herself. Well, that was her plan, the thing is, is that Nightingale Square is a friendly and welcoming area and it’s residents don’t take no for an answer when it comes to getting to know you and getting you involved!

I love the idea of this square, friendly neighbours, an area with history and a warm generous community spirit. Heidi Swain has created a and conjured a wonderful setting without a doubt. She had me hooked from the first few pages.

Kate has had past problems and believes that moving somewhere new will help. But we readers all know that running away from problems doesn’t solve them. Kate is an old romantic who believes that once you have loved and lost, you will never love again! As she has left her husband that’s it as far as she is concerned.

The square is perfect for Kate as the history of it appeals to the antique dealer and history buff in her. There is a main house that dominates the square, but it is due for redevelopment and the new owners will most likely pull it down. The sense of community spirit just oozes from the pages as does the tense romance that hovers in the air. But as things start to heat up along comes a spanner to be thrown into the mix.

This is a wonderful book that is perfect for summer reading. It has drama and tension of the romantic kind as well as friendships and misunderstandings. It is a book I would happily and absolutely recommend to readers.

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The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike #BookReview

I am delighted to share my thoughts on The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike. This is a Young Adult book that is full of magic and that this Adult Reader enjoyed as well!

Let’s have a look and see what it is all about…

A stunning fantasy debut, enter the unique world of the Spell Breathers. 


Spell Breathing does not come naturally to Rayne – she loathes the hours of practice, the stacks of scrolls, and the snapping mud devils that cover her mothers precious spell book. 


But it is spell breathing that keeps her village safe from the dreaded monster curse that plagues their world. It is ancient powerful magic, but as Rayne learns to her horror . . . it is also fragile. 


In one clumsy move, the magic that keeps them safe is broken, her village is plunged into danger, and an incredible adventure begins . . .

12 Year old Rayne is learning to be a Spell Breather and is an apprentice to her mum. They live in Penderin, a village hidden behind an invisible barrier that keeps them hidden from the world outside. The world is one where monsters roam. Raynes mother has to make a journey out of the village and leaves Rayne in charge of the Spell Book for safekeeping. It is not very long before there is an accident, the only person to help is her mum. So Rayne decides she will have to go after her.

This is a wonderful story that Older, as well as Young Adult Reader, will enjoy. The author has built up a magical story with an array of goodie and baddies and has a nice balance between the good and evil in the story. Magical is a pertinent word for this story as there are spells that are woven and spoken, being cast on the breath of the speaker. The spells are used to help people in their ailments, problems and also to provide protection, or at least that is what Rayne’s mum uses them for! On the flip side of this is what happens when the spells are used for self-empowerment.

The pacing of the story is good, the story flows nicely and it meant I wasn’t rushing the reading to find out what was going to happen next and still kept me turning pages eagerly.

There is a good range of characters, some good, some bad and some that left me which side they were on! Enough to provide a depth to the story but without being confusing trying to remember who was who and what role they played. They added diversity to the story that at times felt like a fairy tale.

I liked the focus on the words themselves that are included in the spell making. Not only using alternative words but also including the feeling a certain spell should feel like. It is a way of accessing feelings for younger readers. At the end of the book, the author has a great few pages about words and how you would create a spell. Using a thesaurus to find different words and then putting them together. I liked this inclusion because it encourages the younger reader to use their imagination and also learn new words at the same time. This is something that would have really appealed to me as I began my reading journey as a younger reader.

A great story that I, and older reader, thoruoughly enjoyed and would highly recommend.

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My Week In Books (w/e 28/07/19) #MeAndMyBooks

Hello once again to another weekly wrap-up of the books I have read this week. I seem to be on a roll this week with books!

So I have to mention the weather! While everyone has been roasting in scorching temperatures, down here in Cornwall we have had some cooler weather. Still warm but not the roasting that others have had to struggle with.

So, down to what I have read…

Clear My Name by Paula Daly…

This is the last Blog Tour Book until September and it was an absolute corker. Carrie is imprisoned for murdering her husbands mistress. Tess works for a charity that deals with cases that deal with false imprisonment. Is Carrie guilty or is she innocent? Look out for my review next week!


The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike

This is a Young adult book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Full of magic, spells, good and evil. I liked the way the author approached this story and also at the end adds encouragement to youner readers to help their vocabulary and also feed their imagination. It is a book I would have loved as a younger reader!


The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christie Lefteri

I won a copy of this book a few weeks ago, or it could be a couple of months ago!!! I’m really not sure! Anyway, this is a stunning story that follows the story of Nuri and his wife Afra from war torn Aleppo, Syria to the UK. A beautiful yet heartbreaking story that I am gutted that it took me so long to get to. Review will follow.


Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain

What an absolutely wonderful book, so wonderful I read it in one sitting! A story that left me wishing I could live with the fabulous characters in Nightingale Square. A story that completely hooked me from the very first page and wrapped me up completely. A story of friendship and smouldering romance. A perfectly ideal summery read.


Before the Rains by Dinah Jeffries

This is a stunning historical fiction set in 1930, Rajputana, India. A story of a photo-journalist Eliza, a widow. Her status does not sit well with the more traditionalist residents of the Royal Palace. Even more so the fact that she is a British woman. She has many things that could go against her and her friendship with the Prince is definitely one that may cause problems. A story that has emotion, history and culture that is another fabulous and immersive read.


Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey – Audio Book

I was looking for something a little more lighter to listen to and this seemed to fit. Annie is a complete and utter rom com film fan. She is unlucky in love as she waits for the perfect man who will fit into what she believes will be her perfect life. She thinks love should be like love that is seen on the big screen. The perfect moments, the perfect man, the perfect life… A fun listen that I enjoyed and was a good escape book.


What I am currently reading and listening to…

Hudson’s Kill by Paddy Hirsch – I am currently half way through this historical fiction / crime book.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman – Audio via Borrowbox. This is a full cast dramatisation of a story I really enjoyed. Just started this book and I am loving the actors on this already…


Well that’s me done for another week!

Happy Reading Folks! 🙂

David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa @IAmSuyiDavies @Tr4cyF3nt0n #CompulsiveReaders #Review

I am delighted to be sharing my review with you today for David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa. My thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for accepting my request to join the tour and for arranging a copy of this book.

Let’s have a look and see what it about…

Nigerian God-Punk – a powerful and atmospheric urban fantasy set in Lagos.

Since the Orisha War that rained thousands of deities down on the streets of Lagos, David Mogo, demigod, scours Eko’s dank underbelly for a living wage as a freelance Godhunter. Despite pulling his biggest feat yet by capturing a high god for a renowned Eko wizard, David knows his job’s bad luck. He’s proved right when the wizard conjures a legion of Taboos—feral godling-child hybrids—to seize Lagos for himself. To fix his mistake and keep Lagos standing, David teams up with his foster wizard, the high god’s twin sister and a speech-impaired Muslim teenage girl to defeat the wizard.

David Mogo is a godhunter. He is quite well placed to do this job and he has an advantage as he is a demigod. Set in Lagos, Nigeria, this story is one of gods, demigods and wizards. The area is embrioled in a battle after the gods fell to earth and try to carve out their own home, pushing people out or taking them over.

David himself is quite a complex character, well you would be if you were a demigod surely! Trying to work out who he is and finding a place to fit in. He would rather be human than part god. In some ways this story is like a two sided one, yes there are the battles, confrontation, and power struggles but there is also David’s story. Finding where he belongs and who he is and it runs alongside the gods taking over story well.

I did find this book challenging at times for a couple of reasons. There is quite a dark and disturbing section set around a character called Fati. The conversational language took me a little getting used to, though it is not used all the time in conversations. But that being said it sort of adds something to the story.

This is a book that is quite fast-paced and has a reasonable sized cast. I have to admit Papa Udi was by far my favourite, even though it was his speech that caused me to scratch my head working out what he was saying!

The setting has not been glamourised at all, the author paints quite a picture of the more destitute people in his story. Now I don’t have much knowledge of Nigeria, or it’s culture, traditions or religion. What I did find with this story was that these things came through very nicely through the story. This led me on an interesting interent search of the various Nigerian dieties mantioned.

This book is one of those that will divide readers, but for me it was a chance to read a book about a different culture to my own. A chance to broaden my reading horizons and dicover a new to me author.

It is a book I would recommend.

Suyi Davies Okungbowa is a Nigerian writer of science fiction, contemporary and dark fantasy, and crime fiction. His work has appeared in Lightspeed, Fireside, Podcastle, The Dark, Mothership Zeta,

Omenana, Ozy, Brick Moon Fiction; amongst other magazines and anthologies. He is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona, and has worked in editorial at Podcastle and Sonora Review. He lives online on Facebook, tweets at @IAmSuyiDavies, and blogs at suyidavies.com. His urban fantasy novel about gods in Lagos is forthcoming in 2019.

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Battleground by Rachel Churcher @Rachel_Churcher @rararesources #Review

I am delighted to be one of the Blogger kicking off the Blog Tour and to be able to share my review for Battleground by Rachel Churcher. My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging an e-copy of this book.

Let’s see what it is all about…

Sixteen-year-old Bex Ellman has been drafted into an army she doesn’t support and a cause she doesn’t believe in. Her plan is to keep her head down, and keep herself and her friends safe – until she witnesses an atrocity she can’t ignore, and a government conspiracy that threatens lives all over the UK. With her loyalties challenged, Bex must decide who to fight for – and who to leave behind.

The Battle Ground series is set in a dystopian near-future UK, after Brexit and Scottish independence.

This is a dystopian story that is aimed at Young Readers, and I have to say this Older Reader really enjoyed it as well. Living in the UK for Bex and her friends is different, there are tensions about which side should be supported. Misinformation and fake news make it difficult for the friends to know which is the right side to be on, or even if there is a right side.

There is the side of the Government, surely they have the nations best interests at heart. But then the terrorists are fighting for the people as well! Bex, Dan, Margie, Saunders and others have to decide who they will join up with. The weight of their decisions emerges throughout the story.

Some elements could be seen as relevant in today’s society. This for me is a good thing as it is something a YA reader can relate to. Fake new or propaganda as it used to be known is everywhere in society. Manipulation of the truth leaves you wondering who to trust. For Bex and her friends, it gives rise to discussions and arguments as they believe they support the better side. It leads to the friendship fracturing as they are taken from their school to a Training Camp.

This has been an enjoyable read with a well-paced flow to it. There is plenty of action to keep the pages turning. I like a good amount of conspiracy in my reads and this has a level that felt right for the intended audience. I think YA Readers would really enjoy Battleground, I certainly did.

It is one I would recommend.

Rachel Churcher was born between the last manned moon landing, and the first orbital Space Shuttle mission. She remembers watching the launch of STS-1, and falling in love with space flight, at the age of five. She fell in love with science fiction shortly after that, and in her teens she discovered dystopian fiction. In an effort to find out what she wanted to do with her life, she collected degrees and other qualifications in Geography, Science Fiction Studies, Architectural Technology, Childminding, and Writing for Radio.

She has worked as an editor on national and in-house magazines; as an IT trainer; and as a freelance writer and artist. She has renovated several properties, and has plenty of horror stories to tell about dangerous electrics and nightmare plumbers. She enjoys reading, travelling, stargazing, and eating good food with good friends – but nothing makes her as happy as writing fiction.

Her first published short story appeared in an anthology in 2014, and the Battle Ground series is her first long-form work. Rachel lives in East Anglia, in a house with a large library and a conservatory full of house plants. She would love to live on Mars, but only if she’s allowed to bring her books.

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The Secret Cove in Croatia by Julie Caplin @JulieCaplin @rararesources #Review

I am delighted to be able to share my review with you today for The Secret Cove in Croatia by Julie Caplin. My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the tour and for organising a e-copy of this fabulous book.

Let’s have a look and see what it’s all about…

Sail away to beautiful Croatia for summer sun, sparkling turquoise seas and a holiday romance that’s forever…

When no-nonsense, down-to-earth Maddie Wilcox is offered the chance to work on a luxury yacht for the summer, she can’t say no. Yes she’ll be waiting on the posh guests… But island-hopping around the Adriatic sea will more than make up for it – especially when Nick, her best friend Nina’s brother, is one of them.

Sparks fly when they meet on board and Maddie can’t believe self-entitled jerk Nick is really related to Nina.

But in a secret, picture-perfect cove, away from the real world, Maddie and Nick discover they might have more in common than they realise…

This is the 5th book in the Romantic Escapes Series, and I can see what it has been such a popular series withother readers. I have not read the previous books, but I can say I really want to now!

If you could sail away on a luxury yacht on the beautiful Croatian coast, would you? This is exactly what Maddie Wilcox did! She doesn’t mind that she will be part of the crew waiting on the posh guests that have hired the yacht, after all, she will get the chance to meet her best friends brother. At least she will know someone that she can chat to, right…?

If you are looking for a superb summer read then this one should be on your radar. The guests seem shallow and with no real substance, but the real star of the show is Maddie. Like me, she got a real eye-opener to the way that fame has gone to the heads of some people. Thank goodness that other guests can remember where their roots are and how to treat people!

Nick and Maddie should get on because he is the brother to her friend. While they don’t exactly hit it off there is a good amount of cheeky tension and a spark or two between them. Nick is on board with the willowy model Tara, and he is a sheep farmer. Along with these two guests, there are others who are memorable for all their own reasons. Some were fabulous and others, well, the least said about them the better!

The author really has done a stunning job of describing the setting, the beautiful arbours, markets, food and, scenery, they are full of vibrant details.


The author has included some near misses, misunderstandings and erm a yucky moment that just fit wonderfully into the drama of her story. A story that I was completely able to immerse myself in and I adored every sun-kissed moment.

It is one I would definitely recommend.

ules 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 twelfth novel, The Secret Cove in Croatia published in ebook format this July.

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