The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

They say we’ll never know what happened to those men.

They say the sea keeps its secrets…

Cornwall, 1972. Three keepers vanish from a remote lighthouse, miles from the shore. The entrance door is locked from the inside. The clocks have stopped. The Principal Keeper’s weather log describes a mighty storm, but the skies have been clear all week.

What happened to those three men, out on the tower? The heavy sea whispers their names. The tide shifts beneath the swell, drowning ghosts. Can their secrets ever be recovered from the waves?

Twenty years later, the women they left behind are still struggling to move on. Helen, Jenny and Michelle should have been united by the tragedy, but instead it drove them apart. And then a writer approaches them. He wants to give them a chance to tell their side of the story. But only in confronting their darkest fears can the truth begin to surface . . .

The Lamplighters is a heart-stopping mystery rich with the salty air of the Cornish coast, and an unforgettable story of love and grief that explores the way our fears blur the line between the real and the imagined.

My Review:

The Lamplighters was inspired by a real life mystery when in 1900 the three lighthouse keepers on the Flannan Isles lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides mysteriously disappeared, with many theories about what happened to them, even though no bodies were ever found.

This is a dual timeline novel set in 1972 in the run up to the disappearance of the three keepers on a lighthouse off the coast of Cornwall. We also return in 1992 to the three women who were left behind, in part being interviewed by a writer who intends to write a book about the disappearance.

I found the time spent on the lighthouse in 1972 to be atmospheric with a bleakness which is reflected in the personalities of the characters. There were inexplicable happenings, and moments which made more sense given the accounts in 1992.

As the book progresses we catch glimpses of secrets, some are revealed early in the story, tantalising and guiding us in the direction of the truth.

I felt so sure that I knew what had happened but when I reached that part of the book I audibly gasped because I had been so distracted by some of the secrets that it took me by complete surprise.

The Lamplighters is a book about mysteries, secrets, lies, deception, trust and betrayal that will keep you guessing. This stunning book is going to be one of my favourite reads of 2021.

Many thanks to Midas PR, Picador Books and Emma Stonex for the invitation to take part in this blog tour. Please check out the three photos below for the other stops on the tour!

About the author:

Emma Stonex is a novelist and The Lamplighters is her debut under her own name; she is the author of several books written under a pseudonym. Before becoming a writer, she worked as an editor at a major publishing house. She lives in Bristol with her husband and two young daughters.

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The Forgotten Life of Arthur Pettinger by Suzanne Fortin – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

Sometimes the past won’t stay hidden, it demands to be uncovered…

Arthur Pettinger’s memory isn’t what it used to be. He can’t always remember the names of his grandchildren, where he lives or which way round his slippers go. He does remember Maryse though, a woman he hasn’t seen for decades, but whose face he will never forget.

When Arthur’s granddaughter, Maddy moves in along with her daughter Esther, it’s her first step towards pulling her life back together. But when Esther makes a video with Arthur, the hunt for the mysterious Maryse goes viral.

There’s only one person who can help Maddy track down this woman – the one that got away, Joe. Their quest takes them to France, and into the heart of the French Resistance.

When the only way to move forwards is to look back, will this family finally be able to?

My Review:

This novel is a poignant tale of lost love and forgotten moments, which will touch your heart. It is a dual timeline book set in 1940s France and the present day. and told from the perspective of Arthur in the 1940s after he is parachuted into occupied France to assist the resistance, Arthur in the present, struggling to put his fragmented memory in place due to his dementia, and Maddy, Arthur’s granddaughter who moves in with him together with her young daughter Esther to help him remain in his home and to provide some stability for him.

I completely fell for Arthur and Maryse in the events that took place in the 1940s. The scene was set so perfectly that I felt completely immersed in the tense position that they were living in.

I found the scenes with Maddy and Arthur in the present very accurate and moving, having personally experienced close relatives with dementia. I loved the patience that both Maddy and Esther had with their ‘Gramps’ but empathised completely with the struggles they had too.

The mystery surrounding the relationship that Arthur had with Maryse was a gently flowing theme throughout the story and I enjoyed the way in which the mystery was unravelled to reach a conclusion that was both joyful and poignant.

This was such a special book in which love is shown in many forms, from the love for parents and grandparents to the love that can be experienced out of the need to be responsible for the protection of others, to the love between couples however smooth or complicated that may be. The Forgotten Life of Arthur Pettinger is a beautiful story that I will not forget.

Many thanks to Vicky Joss and Aria Fiction, together with Suzanne Fortin, for the invitation to take part in this blog tour. Please check out the other stops on the blog tour!

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About the author:

Suzanne Fortin is a USA Today and Amazon UK & USA best selling author, with The Girl Who Lied and Sister Sister both reaching #1 in the Amazon UK Kindle chart in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her books have sold over a million copies and translation rights for her novels have been sold worldwide. She was born in Hertfordshire but had a nomadic childhood, moving often with her family, before eventually settling in West Sussex where she now lives with her husband and family.

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Cover Reveal! Damage by Caitlin Wahrer

I am so happy to be able to share with you the cover reveal for this exciting debut novel Damage by Caitlin Wahrer, and published by Michael Joseph.

Let me tell you more.

About the book:


TONY has always looked out for his younger brother, Nick. So when Nick is badly hurt and it looks like he was the victim of sexual assault, Tony’s anger flares.

JULIA is alarmed by her husband Tony’s obsession with Nick’s case. She’s always known Tony has a temper. But does she really know what he’s capable of?

NICK went out for a drink. After that, everything’s a blank. When he woke up he found himself in a world of confusion and pain, and the
man who hurt him doesn’t deny doing it. But he says the whole thing was consensual.

Three ordinary people; one life-shattering event. When the police get involved with this family in crisis, all the cracks will start to show…

Set to ignite debate and as gripping as your favourite box-set, Damage is a compulsive drama from an extraordinary new writer.

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I’m sure you’ll agree that this sounds like a very exciting debut novel! Damage by Caitlin Wahrer will be published by Michael Joseph Books in July 2021.

If I Fall by Merilyn Davies – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

We were told to meet at a rooftop bar.

Four friends, bound by one terrible secret.

No one knew why we were there.

Then we saw a woman, watched as she fell from the edge and plunged to her death.

The police think it’s suicide, but I know better.

Someone is sending a message.

Now they’re coming for us.

My Review:

This book made me so happy. Having loved Merilyn Davies’ debut novel ‘When I Lost You’, and the fabulous characters of DS Nell Jackson and civilian crime analyst Carla Brown, I couldn’t wait for the second book in the series. Please don’t think that you can’t read If I Fall if you have not already read When I Lost You, because there is just enough information to explain what they experienced prior to the setting of the second book. It can be absolutely read as a standalone, but because When I Lost You was so good, I would certainly recommend that you read it.

Starting a short time after the end of When I Lost You, we are immediately launched into a dramatic setting where crime analyst Carla Brown is witness to what on the surface looks like a suicide. Is everything what it seems? Carla has such brilliant instincts when it comes to analysis, and a dogged determination which really makes her a force to be reckoned with. Nell is very different to Carla, but just as determined when it comes to getting to the crux of an issue, and solving a crime. I really loved the fact that Carla witnessed the suicide, and was there to pick up on the relevance of some of the other witnesses namely a group of friends who were attending a reunion party and appear to know the woman who died. As a police procedural story I really felt that having Carla present when the suicide occurred was a completely fresh approach, and it promptly launched me into the middle of a story that I could not put down once I had started it.

There were so many twists and turns in this story that I felt wrong-footed several times when I thought I had worked it out, only to find that I was completely wrong, having been misguided by Merilyn Davies’ skillful storytelling. I know the word ‘unputdownable’, which if I’m honest is a word that makes me feel uneasy because of its informal nature, is a word often bandied around in book reviews, but If I Fall was a book I was unable to put down once I started it, and therefore it really was ‘unputdownable’!

This book as well as dealing with suicide also considers the situation for the many homeless people living on the streets of Oxford, generally considered a fairly affluent location, but it also considers another darker issue, which is bizarre in this day and age, but which is sadly still an issue even in a progressive society and which I am loath to spoil for you, so sorry, no spoiler from me! The story is told from the perspective of not only Carla and Nell, but also from Rachel, who is the wife of one of the friends.

I love the crime thriller element of this story, because it was so difficult to work out who the victims would be, but I think what this book does compared to other police procedural stories, is show an aspect of the investigation which is rarely considered, that of the role of the crime analyst, and the tools they use to help the detectives get to the resolution of the case. Having worked in analytical jobs, and having worked with former crime analysts I find it fascinating to see that side of policing, so I love the character of Carla, and love following her through the story. Merilyn Davies is the perfect writer to approach a police procedural thriller in this way, given that she is a former crime analyst herself, and this is what is now a must-read series of books for me.

I find the style of writing so vibrant that I can picture everything in my mind’s eye, and as much as I would love to see these books transferred to a television drama, I am eagerly awaiting what will happen with Nell and Carla next!

Many thanks to Lydia Spooner and Arrow Publishing for my copy of If I Fall by Merilyn Davies which I received in exchange for an honest review and participation in this blog tour. Please head over to the other stops along on the tour.

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If I Fall will be released in eBook on 1st March 2021, with the paperback released on 4th March 2021.

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The Beautiful Spy by Rachel Hore – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Last Letter Home, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick, comes a thrilling novel about a woman with an extraordinary life, based on a true story.

Minnie Gray is an ordinary young woman. She is also a spy for the British government.

It all began in the summer of 1928…

Minnie is supposed to find a nice man, get married and have children. The problem is it doesn’t appeal to her at all. She is working as a secretary, but longs to make a difference. Then, one day, she gets her chance. She is recruited by the British government as a spy. Under strict instructions not to tell anyone, not even her family, she moves to London and begins her mission – to infiltrate the Communist movement.

She soon gains the trust of important leaders. But as she grows more and more entangled in the workings of the movement, her job becomes increasingly dangerous. Leading a double life is starting to take its toll on her relationships and, feeling more isolated than ever, she starts to wonder how this is all going to end. The Russians are notorious for ruthlessly disposing of people given the slightest suspicion. What if they find out? Full of suspense, courage and love,

A Beautiful Spy is a stunningly written story about resisting the norm and following your dreams, even if they come with sacrifices.

My Review:

I often find myself drawn to spy stories and in particular stories which are loosely based on true stories. A Beautiful Spy by Rachel Hore, is set in the pre-World War II years, when there were concerns not only about the rise of the Nationalists in Germany, but also with the rise of the Communist Party in Russia, but also in Great Britain.

I loved how intrepid Minnie was, inspired by the excitement and intrigue of assisting the government in a time of great political change, but I also enjoyed how it was a glimpse into the darker aspects of living a double life. Our understanding of spies is usually all about the glamour and excitement, but as we see with Minnie, the darker side of spying was that Minnie felt constant fear of being found out, and dealt with by the Communists. It was normal for women to follow the usual route of marriage and babies, but Minnie was not like the other women, and wanted something more for herself. The strain living a double life caused on Minnie’s private life, and the loneliness she experienced certainly made it seem like there was a very high price to pay for all the excitement. There were moments when my heart broke for Minnie because of how alone she was made to feel, with little to no guidance or support, particularly when she was abroad. There were moments where Minnie was conflicted between her duty to her government, and the friendships she inevitably gained during her infiltration of the Communist Party.

This was such a dramatic story, even more so because it was based on a true story. It was a story of spies, intrigue, and finding the balance between real life, and a life created in order to spy on those under suspicion.

Many thanks to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours, Simon & Schuster and Rachel Hore for the invitation to take part in this blog tour. Please check out the other stops on the blog tour below.

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About the author:

Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she taught publishing and creative writing at the University of East Anglia before becoming a full-time writer. She is married to the writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons. Her last novel, The Love Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller.

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The Duke’s Runaway Bride by Jenni Fletcher – Publication Day Push

About the book:

When Beatrix, Duchess of Howden, writes to her estranged husband offering a divorce, she’s stunned when he arrives on her doorstep with a different proposition: a six-week marriage trial! Quinton Roxbury seems cold and inscrutable, but Beatrix gradually realizes his rough exterior hides a heavy burden. As their connection deepens, dare she trust him with her own scandalous past and risk the marriage she never knew she wanted?

From Harlequin Historical: Your romantic escape to the past.

Regency Belles of Bath

Book 1: An Unconventional Countess

Book 2: Unexpectedly Wed to the Officer

Book 3: The Duke’s Runaway Bride

My Review:

The Duke’s Runaway Bride is the third book in the Regency Belles of Bath series by Jenni Fletcher. Would I say this was my favourite in the series so far? That is such a difficult question to answer because each book is perfect as a standalone, as well as being linked within the series, but choosing a favourite would be akin to choosing a favourite child! I think I can say, hand on heart, that I love each book uniquely and collectively!

In Bath we were first introduced to ‘Belinda Carr’ in book 2 of the series, a mysterious woman in desperate need of help, which she finds courtesy of the women at Belles of Bath, a biscuit shop.

She is identified as Beatrix, Duchess of Howden, when her husband, the Duke, Quinton Roxbury arrives in Bath to take her home. Both victims of an arranged marriage of necessity, Quinton wants her to return with him in order to avoid unnecessary scandal, and in spite of her desire to be a divorced and independent woman, Beatrix agrees to return for a trial period of a ix weeks.

Both Beatrix and Quinton were damaged by their past experiences, but together they begin to address their individual issues and find an undeniable chemistry between them.

I loved the Duke’s family who were the secondary characters and I loved how Beatrix was able to help them all individually with their own issues as well.

This was such an adorable romance with a kind, albeit complicated hero, and a strong, independent caring heroine who helps everyone that she meets and touches their lives in such a positive way.

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, Mills and Boon Historical and Jenni Fletcher, for my invitation to take part in this Publication Day Push. Happy Publication Day Jenni!

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About the author:

Jenni Fletcher was born in Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire where she writes historical romance novels ranging from the Roman to late Victorian eras. She studied English at Cambridge and Hull and has been nominated for 4 RoNA awards, winning for Short Romantic Fiction in 2020. She teaches Creative Writing at a university in the north of England and her favourite hobbies are baking and, of course, reading.

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Only When It’s Love by Olivia Spring – Blog Tour/Book Boost

About the book:

Alex is tired of being single. After years of disastrous hook-ups and relationships that lead to the bedroom but nowhere else, Alex is convinced she’ll never find her Mr Right. Then her newly married friend Stacey recommends what worked for her: a self-help book that guarantees Alex will find true love in just seven steps. Sounds simple, right?

Except Alex soon discovers that each step is more difficult than the last, and one of the rules involves dating, but not sleeping with a guy for six months. Absolutely no intimate contact whatsoever. Zero. Nada. Rien. A big challenge for Alex, who has never been one to hold back from jumping straight into the sack, hoping it will help a man fall for her.

Will any guys be willing to wait? Will Alex find her Mr Right? And if she does, will she be strong enough to resist temptation and hold out for true love?

Join Alex on her roller coaster romantic journey as she tries to cope with the emotional and physical ups and downs of dating whilst following a lengthy list of rigid rules.

Only When It’s Love is a fun, feel-good, romantic comedy by British author Olivia Spring, about self-acceptance, determination, love and the challenge of finding the one.

The sequel, When’s The Wedding? will be published on 25th March 2021.

My Review:

I reviewed Only When It’s Love back in 2019, and absolutely adored it. You can check out my review by clicking on this link:

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About the author:

Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel The Middle-Aged Virgin, which was released in July 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.

In addition to The Middle-Aged Virgin, Olivia has published four novels: The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy, Love Offline, Losing My Inhibitions and Only When It’s Love. When’s The Wedding?, the hotly anticipated sequel to Only When It’s Love and Olivia’s sixth novel, will be published in March 2021.

When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found travelling to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!

The Last Snow by Stina Jackson – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

Early spring has its icy grip on Ödesmark, a small village in northernmost Sweden, abandoned by many of its inhabitants. But Liv Björnlund never left. She lives in a derelict house together with her teenage son, Simon, and her ageing father, Vidar. They make for a peculiar family, and Liv knows that they are cause for gossip among their few remaining neighbours.

Just why has Liv stayed by her domineering father’s side all these years? And is it true that Vidar is sitting on a small fortune? His questionable business decisions have made him many enemies over the years, and in Ödesmark everyone knows everyone, and no one ever forgets.

Now someone wants back what is rightfully theirs. And they will stop at nothing to get it, no matter who stands in their way…

My Review:

The Last Snow by Stina Jackson, and translated by Susan Beard is an entertaining and appropriately creepy Scandi noir novel that built the tension throughout the story.

Set in a fictional town of Ödesmark, in Lapland, Northern Sweden, the creepy location really added to the tension. The story centres around Vidar, Liv and Simon. Vidar, the 80 year old recluse who lives with his daughter Liv and her son Simon, is universally disliked by numerous people who have many reasons for wishing him harm.

The story is told primarily by Liv, and with flashbacks to her teenage years. We also view the story through Liam Lilja and his unpleasant brother Gabriel who are the local drug dealers and general lowlifes. Liam desperately wants to get out of the life he has been sucked into by his older and controlling brother, and make a new life for him and his young daughter who idolises him.

This story was a slow burn but it was certainly intense, building the tension gradually as I turned the pages. The bleakness of the landscape, and the oppressiveness of the forest around them, together with the blatant flaws of all of the characters really added together to make this a gripping and compelling tale.

I found the conclusion unexpected, having been misdirected throughout the story, and I felt that I really connected with the characters of Liv and Liam. I felt that as the story progressed I was really getting to know them.

This slow burning thriller had me in its’ thrall from beginning to end, and I was very satisfied with the resolution. I look forward to reading other books by Stina Jackson in the future.

Many thanks to Anne Cater and the Random Things Tour, together with Corvus Books and Stina Jackson for the invitation to take part in this blog tour. Please check out the other stops on the tour.

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About the author:

Stina Jackson was born in 1983 and raised in Skellefteå, northern Sweden. In 2006 she moved to Denver, Colorado, where she lives with her husband and small dog. Her debut novel, The Silver Road, was an international bestseller and won The Best Swedish Crime Novel Award in 2018. The Last Snow is her second novel.

Finding Love at Mermaid Terrace by Kate Forster – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

Love comes when you least expect it…

Tressa Buckland likes her quiet life in Port Lowdy, with its cobbled streets and colourful terraced houses overlooking the sea. Her job at the local paper allows her to pursue her art in her free time, with no one but her tabby cat Ginger Pickles to mind her in Mermaid Terrace. But then the owner of the paper is called away on an emergency, and it’s up to Tressa to run the paper for six months. Her first task: find a new part-time journalist.

Dan Byrne is the angriest man in Ireland – or so the readers of his very successful column, ‘Dan takes on the world’, think. But after a story goes south and he loses his job in Dublin, Dan has no choice but to start afresh. When an opportunity comes up in sleepy Cornwall, Dan and his Golden Retriever Ritchie set off for a new adventure.

For Tressa, Dan’s arrival to Port Lowdy changes everything. Tressa tries not to look too deeply at her own life, but Dan sees a story to uncover in absolutely everyone – even her. The two of them couldn’t be more different… yet, if they can find a way to work together, they may just breathe new life and joy into this sleepy seaside village.

Finding Love at Mermaid Terrace is a heartwarming new village romance about the power of love and kindness, from the bestselling author of Starting Over at Acorn Cottage.

My Review:

I adored this novel by Kate Forster. The setting was idyllic and I loved the connection with mermaids which was a recurrent and very poignant theme throughout the book.

It was such a lovely multi-layered romantic story, not simply because of the story of Dan and Tressa, but with a number of couples within Port Lowdy. The side characters brought so much depth to the story, and I especially connected to the story of Remi and his Juliet.

There was a certain amount of drama and more than a little heartache within this sweet story. I may have shed one or two tears reading this book but it was generally a happy read with immensely likeable characters.

This was such a warm, happy read that it will have you craving summer breezes at the beach with melting ice cream cones.

Many thanks to Vicky Joss, Aria Fiction and Kate Forster for the invitation to take part in this blog tour. Please check out the other stops below.

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About the author:

I live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband, two children and dogs and I can be found nursing a laptop, surrounded by magazines and talking on the phone, usually all at once. I am an avid follower of fashion, fame and all things pop culture and I am also an excellent dinner party guest who always brings gossip and champagne.

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When’s The Wedding by Olivia Spring – Cover Reveal

I feel so excited to be taking part in the cover reveal for the sequel to Only When It’s Love, When’s the Wedding? which you can see below.

About the book:

She’s found the perfect man. Will she get her perfect proposal?

Dog hotel marketing manager Alex has always dreamed of having a fairy-tale proposal: the glorious sunset, iconic backdrop and rose petals – the whole shebang. She’s found her Mr Right, and life with sexy paediatrician Miles is wonderful, except for one thing. Despite saying that he’s ready for marriage, Miles seems no closer to putting a ring on it.

After a romantic getaway to Paris ends in more disappointment and Alex receives news that sends her world into a spin, she decides that her dream proposal won’t just fall into her lap. So she hatches a plan.

Although she’s convinced her methods will lead to Miles popping the question faster than she can say ‘I do’, Alex’s friends warn her it will end in disaster. But a little bit of hint dropping can’t hurt, right?

Will Alex get her happily-ever-after, or is there a reason why Miles is dragging his feet?

Order this fun romantic comedy now and join Alex on her exciting adventures as she attempts to speed up the proposal process, with hilarious results!

When’s The Wedding? is the sequel to Only When It’s Love. It can also be read as a standalone novel.

About the author:

Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel The Middle-Aged Virgin, which was released in July 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.

In addition to The Middle-Aged Virgin, Olivia has published four novels: The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy, Love Offline, Losing My Inhibitions and Only When It’s Love. When’s The Wedding?, the hotly anticipated sequel to Only When It’s Love and Olivia’s sixth novel, will be published in March 2021.

When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found travelling to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!

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How cute is this cover? When’s The Wedding will be published in March 2021 so don’t miss it!