Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds : Still Living the Dream in Rural Ireland by Nick Albert @Nickalbertautho @rararesources #rararesources #bookreview

I am absolutely delighted to share my review for the second book Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds by Nick Albert. Yes they are still living the dream! My huge thanks to Rachel for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my copy of this brilliant book.

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Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds 2 – Still living the dream in rural Ireland

Nick and Lesley’s desire for a better life in the countryside was a long-held dream. Unforeseen events and a leap of faith forced that dream into reality, but moving to rural Ireland was only the beginning of their story.
Foreigners in a foreign land, they set about making new friends, learning the culture and expanding their collection of chickens and unruly dogs. But their dream home was in desperate need of renovation, a mammoth task they attacked with the aid of a DIY manual, dwindling funds and incompetent enthusiasm. With defunct diggers, collapsing ladders, and shocking electrics, what could possibly go wrong?
Will their new life live up to expectations, or will the Irish weather, dangerous roads, and a cruel twist of fate turn this dream into a nightmare?

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Having read and throughly enjoyed the first book I was eager to see how Nick and Lesley were getting on and how the renovations and repairs to their house in Ireland were going. Due to stress Nick was advised to find a slower pace of life and so he and Lesley moved to a property in need of repair. This was a mish-mash of a house that had been added on over the years and in need of a lot of TLC. It is also in the middle of nowhere on a mountain.

Well I cant think of anything more stressful than renovating your own home when you only have a DIY manual for guidance. But from a readers point of view it does make very entertaining reading and Nick has a fabulous way of injecting a sense of humour into the various mishaps that have happened along the way.

Not only are they dealing with the different way of life, the remoteness and the task ahead of them they are also battling the weather. This brings many challenges and again humour. Building work at the best of times is weather dependant but when you are up a mountain the challenges are made more difficult.

As well as the increase in their animal family, which adds some hilarious moments, Lesley has back problems requiring hospital trips. A very scary time is also included as she is admitted to hospital.

It is such an enjoyable read as I get a glimpse into this couples life. It is a book that has its ups and downs and there are so many moments when I found myself chuckling. The dog antics and the various anecdotes are just brilliant reading and I take my hat off to the pair for the challenges they are facing to build their dream home.

A brilliant read of a couple starting over in a new country and the various things that happen along the way. It is a book I would definitely recommend.

Nick Albert was born in England and raised in a Royal Air Force family. After leaving College he worked in retail management for several years before moving into financial services where he quickly progressed through the ranks to become a training consultant. As a very passionate and reasonably talented sportsman, Nick had always wanted to use his training skills towards creating a parallel career, so in the mid 1980’s he qualified and began coaching sport professionally. After a health scare in 2003 and in search of a simpler life, he and his wife Lesley, cashed in their investments, sold their home and bought a rundown farmhouse in the rural west of Ireland – a country they had never before even visited. With little money or experience and armed only with a do-it-yourself manual, they set about renovating their new home, where they now live happily alongside a flock of chickens, two ducks and several unruly, but delightful dogs.
In 2017 Nick was signed to Ant Press to write a series of humorous memoirs about his life in rural Ireland. Fresh Eggs and Dog Beds (book one) was published in September 2017 and soon became an Amazon bestseller. Book two in the series was published on 1st June 2018 and book 3 in August 2019. Book four is due out in 2020.

Nick is also the author of the twisty thriller, Wrecking Crew, the first in a series of books featuring reluctant hero Eric Stone.

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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.

Let me show you what it is all about…

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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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.

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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.

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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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Twinkle Twinkle Little Lies by Rob Ashman @RobAshmanAuthor @sarahhardy681 #BOTBSPublicity #Twinkle #crime #thriller #Bookreview

I am delighted to share my review for the second book in the DS Malice series. Twinkle Twinkle Little Lies by Rob Ashman is a fabulous read, its dark twisted and very devious. My huge thanks to Sarah at Book On The Bright Side Publicity for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my e-copy of this book…

Let’s see what it’s about…

Twinkle twinkle, little lies,

How I see them in your eyes …

DS Khenan Malice believes his troubles are behind him. But it’s never that simple. This time … it’s personal. 

Detective Kelly Pietersen has decided anti-corruption is not for her. But her previous life hunts her down, sending her world spiralling out of control.

Twinkle is a pillar of the community and an ambassador for the church. She is also a woman for whom lying is a way of life, wrapping those around her in a complex web of deceit. To her it’s a deadly game.

Their paths cross when a decomposed body is discovered.

The past and the present collide with shattering consequences, leaving the three of them fighting for survival.  

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DS Malice and Detective Kelly Pieterson are back and this time they are looking into a cold case that has just been unearthed. A body is discovered that has been buried for 10 years, no ID just a key card. Trying to discover who this body is no easy task.

Twinkle, is a wonderful pillar of the the local church. She helps run the Outreach Program helping young men to avoid getting trapped in the world of drugs. Her husband is not a well man and requires 24 hour care.

As Malice and Kelly start working on the case there is a stranger lurking. The past has just taken a step into the present, and it threatens to do some serious damage unless it can be contained.

This is a story that has various threads and once again the author has worked his magic to create a riveting read. I really like the combo of Malice and Kelly. They have a camaraderie that comes with working together, there is some snapping and joking, but there is a nice connection between the two as they look out for each other.

Now what to say about the “bad guy!” Yes they are bad, they are a criminal, they have done really bad things, but you know what? I really liked this person. Vague I know, but it is a person who is calculated, looks several steps ahead, not afraid to get stuck in, but oh so devious, deliberate and absolutely full of deceit.

This is another cracking read in the DS Malice Series, I know this is only the second book but I am already hooked. Not quite as brutal or dark as the first book, Killing Pretties, but just as good, and still twisted with a brilliant psychological edge to it. If you are a fan of crime, thriller reads then this is one you need to add to your collection. It was a fabulous read and one I would definitely recommend.

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy was the result. 

Rob published Those That RemainIn Your Name and Pay the Penance with Bloodhound Books and has since written the DI Rosalind Kray series. These are Faceless, This Little Piggy, Suspended Retribution and Jaded which are also published by Bloodhound.

His latest work sees the introduction of a new set of characters – DS Khenan Malice and DC Kelly Pietersen. The first book in the series is titled Killing Pretties and the second is Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Lies. Both books will be published this year.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

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Clover Cottage by Christie Barlow #contemporaryfiction #romance #Bookreview

I am delighted to share my review for Clover Cottage by Christie Barlow. This is the third book in the Love Heart Lane series and it is a wonderful series, but each book can be read as a stand alone, but why would you want to do that!!!!

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Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what.

When Vet Rory Scott inherits ramshackle Clover Cottage in the quaint village of Heartcross, Allie MacDonald just knows this is their happy ever after. A place to call home with the man she loves – it’s her dream come true!

Until Rory drops a bombshell. He loves Allie but he has dreams of his own to follow – to live and work in Africa. Clover Cottage will have to wait just a little longer…

Allie can’t imagine life without Rory, but she loves him too much to hold him back. And as he embarks on his adventure, Allie begins to rethink her own plans. She loves Rory and knows she wants him in her life, but maybe she can follow her own dreams too?

And always there, nestled in the beautiful village of Heartcross, surrounded by the people she loves, will be the place that will always bring them back to each other. Their forever home, Clover Cottage.

I adore this Love Heart Lane series and Clover Cottage is the third book, it can be easily read as a stand-alone, but why deny yourself of getting to know the fabulous village of Heartcross and its community.

The focus for Clover Cottage is Dr. Ryan Scott, the village vet and his girlfriend Allie MacDonald daughter of the local publicans and photographer. This couple are meant to be together as everyone in the village knows. When the chance to actually move in to Clover Cottage is laid before them, Allie is delighted. Ryan, however, feels as if things have been taken out of his control, he wants to make the decisions about his future with Allie.

He is in partnership with his father at Scott and Sons vets, this is another thing that kind of rankles a bit as Ryan feels like he cannot make any decisions as to how the practice should move forward.

When a TV celebrity arrives to film a series, and also judge the local dog show, it opens new opportunities for some in the village. I have to say I love the idea of a certain new breed of dog, it is still making me smirk! I’m sorry if you have no idea what I am on about… just read the book.

The author has yet again successfully created such a wonderful read. I felt like I was revisiting old friends as I once again wandered the lanes of this wonderful village and the people that live there.

While everything on the surface sounds idyllic there are some subtle nervous tensions loitering in the background. Dreams from younger days are starting to surface, dreams that had been pushed aside to do the right thing or to fill obligations. But now they are resurfacing leading to indecision and the feeling that things crop up just at the wrong time. Just like they seem to in real life.

This is a truly wonderful read, it is full of chuckles as close friends share in jokes and shows how well the friendships have been developed.It is a book to easily lose yourself into and read in one sitting. A book for lovers of contemporary fiction and romance, with a good humorous tone and also some heartwarming scenes. Clover Cottage is a book I would definitely recommend, as I would the others in this series.

Mexico Street by Simone Buchholz @ohneklippo @annecater #RandomThingsTours @OrendaBooks #Crime #Bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for Mexico Street by Simone Buchholz. My thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my e-copy of the book.

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Hamburg state prosecutor Chastity Riley investigates a series
of arson attacks on cars across the city, which leads her to a
startling and life-threatening discovery involving criminal gangs
and a very illicit love story…


Night after night, cars are set alight across the German city
of Hamburg, with no obvious pattern, no explanation and no
suspect.


Until, one night, on Mexico Street, a ghetto of high-rise blocks in
the north of the city, a Fiat is torched. Only this car isn’t empty.
The body of Nouri Saroukhan – prodigal son of the Bremen clan –
is soon discovered, and the case becomes a homicide.


Public prosecutor Chastity Riley is handed the investigation,
which takes her deep into a criminal underground that snakes
beneath the whole of Germany. And as details of Nouri’s
background, including an illicit relationship with the mysterious
Aliza, emerge, it becomes clear that these are not random
attacks, and there are more on the cards…

I have read the first book in the Chas Riley series and they do work well as standalone, but obviously better if read in order to get a proper understanding of Chas.

In Mexico Street the synopsis does a great job of setting the reader up for what is to come. The author has quite a unique style and so does her main protagonist Chas Riley.

Chas is a no holds barred type of character, she is a tough cookie who tends to say what she wants, do what she wants and is in some respects a bit of a closed book when it comes to revealing things about herself.

The case of a body found in a burned out car takes Chas and her team into an area where there is a community that is country-less, refugees who cannot remain in their own country and are not allowed to settle. They are not trusting of the law, of outsiders and of strangers. They have there own ways of doing things and this makes it very difficult to gain the answers Chas needs.

The author weaves a tale that flits back and forth in time giving a backstory to the characters. These are gradually brought up to date and gives the reader the chance to get to know not only the character but also the what matters to them. She also changes perspectives as the story progresses, you get a view from Chas, the investigation as well as from a character. These are well worked to give a good depth to the story.

The story is a mix of the investigation and also from the the dead characters life to the point of death and because of this there are certain things that are not completely finalised. It is that the investigation has been solved but not all the questions are answered, but they are alluded to. Leaves the reader with something to think about.

This is an investigative story that has a different style to it giving it a unique feel. It is detailed and has more than one story-line that are gradually drawn together until they reach a point where they meet. Mexico Street is a crime and investigation read that I would recommend.

I would also like to add that the translation is brilliant.

Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied
Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and
trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in
Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award
as well as runner-up in the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night,
which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. She
lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.

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East Side Hustler (Alex Cohen #2) by Leopold Borstinski #EastSideHustler #AlexCohenSeries @borstinski @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #histfic #BookReview

I am absolutely delightedd to be opening the Blog Tour for East Side Hustler by Leopold Bortinski. My huge thanks to Emma at damppebbles Tours for my spot on the tour and for arranging my e-copy of this book. East Side Hustler is the second book in a series I am loving.

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Alex lived through the war, but will he survive the peace?

Jewish gang member, Alex comes back from the Great War almost destroyed by the horrors he has seen. When he is plucked from certain death by an old friend, he commits to making so much money he’ll never know that agony again.

But the route to the top is fraught with danger and every time he helps one of his powerful friends like Al Capone, he acquires more enemies who want to see him dead. When organised crime financier, Arnold Rothstein dies, the turmoil caused by his loss sets in train a chain of events which means Alex must once more fight for his life. How far would you go to attain your American dream?

The second book in the Alex Cohen series is a violent historical novel, which tears through the Prohibition years of the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s gripping crime noir pierces the heart of every reader like a bullet from Alex’s sniper rifle.

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This is the second book in the Alex Cohen Series and I am going to say straight from the off how much I am enjoying this series.

Alex Cohen has just returned from serving in the First World War and is suffering from the horror at what he saw and did. He makes his way to his old stomping ground and gradually makes his way back into civilian life. He is a member of a gang in Bowery district of New York. This, like many other gangs control gambling, prostitution, extortion, backhanders and bribes, basically they are racketeers.

While Alex makes his way back to health he reconnects with his old friends and gang members. Things are getting more dangerous for everyone in 1920’s America and as Prohibition looms things are getting tense. Prohibition strains all gangs and they are often at odds with each other, but also alliances are made. The meeting of new allies inevitably sees one of the most infamous names making an appearance in the story, that is one Al Capone.

Tensions are a strong thread within this story as the lives of friends and family are always in threat. Vendettas and revenge lead to bloody battles and street wide gunfights. Trust is something that is not easily given and this adds to the drama.

The author does an absolutely fantastic job of immersing the reader in the time and setting of the novel. I like how Jewish words and phrases are dropped into conversations, I should explain that Alex is Jewish.

This is a book that really does exude the roaring 20’s with mobs, gangs, prohibition and illegal drinking and gambling. While this is all going on Alex also has a family to take care of and like many other families, his also becomes a target.

A wonderful historical fiction read that took me to 1920’s America a time of change and a time of trouble. The author has some brilliant characters and a totally addictive read. The first book – The Bowery Slugger saw Alex Cohen starting his journey into the gangs, East Side Hustler sees him making his mark as a major player and they are both excellent reads.

East Side Hustler is a book I would definitely recommend. This really is a fabulous book and I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book that is due out later this year.

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

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

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

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Lantern Square Series Books Three and Four by Helen J Rolfe #BookReview

I am delighted to share two review today, these are for the 3rd and 4th books in the Lantern Square series by Helen J Rolfe. I am a big fan of this author and had this on my kindle for a while. Let me show you the gorgeous covers of the Lantern Square books in order…

The series in order is…

Let me show you what Christmas in Lantern Square is all about…

Step into the cosy community of Lantern Square…

Hannah went from high flyer in the city to business owner and has never looked back. In the cosy Cotswold village of Butterbury she runs Tied up with String, sending handmade gifts and care packages across the miles, as well as delivering them to people she thinks need them the most.

But when her ex best-friend Georgia turns up and wants in on the action, will Hannah be willing to forgive and forget? With her business in jeopardy, she needs to maintain the reputation she’s established, and discover who she can trust…

Straight off the back of book two in the series I delved straight into book three. I was looking forward to seeing how the run-up to Christmas Day and the day itself would pan out.

Hannah is well and truly up to her eyeballs in gifts, cards and care packages as her business hits its busiest time. She is run ragged and the flu is a visitor who is definitely;y not welcome. It does mean that the Doctor makes a visit, and also Hannah’s ex, Luke, is on hand to help look after her.

This is a perfect follow on from the previous two books. Hannah is beginning to struggle, mistakes are made, things are not posted and something doesn’t quite sit right. There is a little about her past and it does come knocking on her door and instead of it being a bad thing it actually comes out for the good.

The story has been gradually building up and gathering a momentum that has left me absolutely glued to this series. There is an undercurrent of things having a nasty side to them and it is gradually starting to emerge. This adds a rather nice dramatic tension as my mind is desperately trying to shout at Hannah to tell her what I am thinking is going on.

I also really enjoy the rather subtle romantic tension to this story, it has been there all along, but I feel that this is where it is now starting to become something a bit more of a “what if” rather than a “would be nice” thing.

Once again the author has captured the community feel of the village, connections are made and little plans are being put in place. There is also a mystery benefactor lurking and they have been doing some fabulous acts of kindness that has me a little puzzled, I mean I do have a theory so I cannot wait to read the final part to see if I am right. 

A fabulous third instalment in The Lantern Square series that is an absolutely brilliant read, it has all the heartwarming and cosy feel but also has a sense of foreboding lurking in the wings. I definitely recommend this series.

Here is the synopsis for – Snowfall In Lantern Square

Step into the cosy community of Lantern Square…

Hannah went from high flyer in the city to business owner and has never looked back. In the cosy Cotswold village of Butterbury she runs Tied up with String, sending handmade gifts and care packages across the miles, as well as delivering them to people she thinks need them the most.

But when her ex best-friend Georgia turns up and wants in on the action, will Hannah be willing to forgive and forget? With her business in jeopardy, she needs to maintain the reputation she’s established, and discover who she can trust…

So the final part of the Lantern Square series sees Hannah still keeping a brave face even though things had been going awry around her. Her ex keeps wanting to meet up, her best friend may have ulterior motives and the Doctor seems to have more women going in and out of his house than you would believe. 

The story gradually pulls together these threads and other bringing the story to a wonderful conclusion that has left me feeling very sad. I really like Hannah, Rhys, Joe, Mr G, Charles and so many of the other wonderful characters that I have met along the way. They cover such a diverse range and each has their own part to play in the story.

This has been a fabulous series to read and I have enjoyed each part of it. It has such a wonderful and welcoming style to it that envelops the reader in makes it ideal for snuggly under a blanket and escaping for an hour or so for each part. 

The setting is sublime, a Cotswold village setting with a wonderful sense of community, of friendship and also support. The author really nails the sense of the spirit of the village in a wonderful way. 

I am sad to see the end of this series, it is one that leaves you with a wonderful feeling of things being right with the world, a marvellous literary escape if you like. It is a book and a series I would definitely recommend.


This has been a fabulous 4 part series, I really enjoy reading Helen’s books and there are quite a few to choose from.

You can read my reviews for the first two book in this series CLICK HERE

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Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb @crimethrillgirl @annecater @OrendaBooks #randomthingstours #orendabooks #deepdarknight #thriller #BookReview

I am delighted to share my review for Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb. I have brought the previous books in this series and my plan had been to read them prior to reading this latest one… I really shouldn’t plan because they never go…well…according to plan!!!

My thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for my spot on the Blog Tour and for also arranging an e-copy of this book so I can share my honest opinion about it.

Let me show you what it is all about…

A city in darkness. A building in lockdown. A score that can only be settled in blood…

Working off the books for FBI Special Agent Alex Monroe, Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson and her partner, JT, head to Chicago. Their mission: to entrap the head of the Cabressa crime family. The bait: a priceless chess set that Cabressa is determined to add to his collection.

An exclusive high-stakes poker game is arranged in the penthouse suite of one of the city’s tallest buildings, with Lori holding the cards in an agreed arrangement to hand over the pieces. But, as night falls and the game plays out, stakes rise and tempers flare.

When a power failure plunges the city into darkness, the building goes into lockdown. But this isn’t an ordinary blackout, and the men around the poker table aren’t all who they say they are. Hostages are taken, old scores resurface and the players start to die.

And that’s just the beginning…

So as this is the first book I have read by this author what did I think? Well before I was even a quarter of the way through I thought “This is such a good book” and then followed by another thought… “Why haven’t I read anything by this author before!”

Deep Dark Night is part of a series and I can honestly say it worked really well as a stand-alone. It also left me wishing I had read these in order because even though there was enough details about past stories it also left me wanting to know more about the two main protagonists.

So the main characters are Lori and JT, they are caught up with FBI Agent Monroe and are involved in trying to catch a Chicago crime boss handling stolen goods. Now I know I am not the only reader who immediately gets suspicious when those three letters, FBI, appear in books and this also goes for Lori and JT.

Now the synopsis for this book gives a good amount of details as to what I was going to expect, but the book itself far surpassed what the synopsis hinted at. This book was full on high pace from start to finish, this was ideal for injecting a sense of urgency to the main plot. It also added drama and suspense aplenty.

I really liked how the author had laid out this story. Not only quick sharp and to the point chapters, but also alternating perspectives between Lori and JT. It was a good way of seeing different opinions and also for the odd personal moment as they thought about home and family. If you have read the books you will know what I am referring to.

This is without doubt a cracking read that I absolutely loved, once I started I was unable to put it down. Ideal for readers who like fast paced, action packed reads and crime based mysteries. This is a book I would definitely recommend.

Steph Broadribb was born in Birmingham and grew up in Buckinghamshire. Most of her working life has been spent between the UK and USA. As her alter ego – Crime Thriller Girl – she indulges her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at crimethrillergirl.com, where she interviews authors and reviews the latest releases. Steph is an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and she trained as a bounty hunter in California. She lives in Buckinghamshire surrounded by horses, cows and chickens. Her debut thriller, Deep Down Dead, was shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards in two categories, and hit number one on the UK and AU kindle charts.


My Little Eye, her first novel under her pseudonym Stephanie Marland was published by Trapeze Books in April 2018.
Follow Steph on Twitter @CrimeThrillGirl and on Facebook facebook.com/CrimeThrillerGirl or visit her website: crimerthrillergirl.com

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