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Review of A Notable Omission

Hello everyone!

Today I am reviewing A Notable Omission by Isabella Muir.

Cover of "A Notable Omission" by Isabella Muir.

Book Description:

A 1970s debate on equality is overshadowed by a deadly secret…

Spring 1970. Sussex University is hosting a debate about equality for women. But when one of the debating group goes missing, attention turns away from social injustice to something more sinister.

It seems every one of the group has something to hide, and when a second tragedy occurs, two of the delegates – amateur sleuth Janie Juke, and reporter Libby Frobisher – are prepared to make themselves unpopular to flush out the truth. Who is lying and why?

Alongside the police investigation, Janie and Libby are determined to prise answers from the tight-lipped group, as they find themselves in a race against time to stop another victim being targeted.

In A Notable Omission we meet Janie at the start of a new decade. When we left Janie at the end of The Invisible Case she was enjoying her new found skills and success as an amateur sleuth. Here we meet her a few months later, stealing a few days away from being a wife and mother, attending a local conference on women’s liberation to do some soul-searching…

My Review:

Alrighty! Let’s jump right to my review! This book is definitely a fast read, I read it in two days and really enjoyed it!

This book has a ton of twist and turns in it, that really kept me guessing. Something that really stood out to me is that the mystery is so early in the book, you are still getting to know the characters when one goes missing.

At first I wasn’t sure how that was going to work, but I truly loved that about this book. The reader is able to see how everyone is reacting to everything being said, and the fact that one of them is missing. The idea that everyone has something to hide and the only way to piece everything together is by the little slips that most people would miss in an everyday conversation.

Something that I truly love about this book is that although the two main characters, Libby and Janie are really into mysteries and solving crimes they aren’t technically the ones solving the crime. They are able to help the detectives but they are not the people that single-handedly solve the crime. This was so much more realistic to me. I also really enjoyed that we got the detectives perspectives a few times. This gave the reader an “in” on both the detectives side and the information that Libby and Janie know.

Even with the reader having all this information the ending STILL surprised me, but once everything unravels it all starts to make sense (Obviously I can’t say too much without spoilers).

This book takes place over just a few days but I feel like that is just enough time to see all the characters stories and pasts unravel before them. Enough time to make everyone a suspect, but also enough time to question everything you may have thought you knew about each character.

I really enjoyed this book full of secrets, and enjoyed digging deeper with Janie and Libby. I recommend this to anyone that wants to read a mystery that they won’t figure out, or a book that you can read during the weekend while relaxing before a busy work week.


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Author’s Bio:

Isabella is never happier than when she is immersing herself in the sights, sounds and experiences of family life in southern England in past decades – specifically those years from the Second World War through to the early 1970s. Researching all aspects of life back then has formed the perfect launch pad for her works of fiction. It was during two happy years working on and completing her MA in Professional Writing when Isabella rekindled her love of writing fiction and since then she has gone on to publish seven novels, six novellas and two short story collections.

This latest novel, A Notable Omission, is the fourth book in her successful Sussex Crime Mystery series, featuring young librarian and amateur sleuth, Janie Juke. The early books in the series are set in the late 1960s in the fictional seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, where we meet Janie, who looks after the mobile library. She is an avid lover of Agatha Christie stories – in particular Hercule Poirot. Janie uses all she has learned from the Queen of Crime to help solve crimes and mysteries. This latest novel in the series is set along the south coast in Brighton in early 1970, a time when young people were finding their voice and using it to rail against social injustice.

As well as four novels, there are six novellas in the series, set during the Second World War, exploring some of the back story to the Tamarisk Bay characters.

Isabella’s love of Italy shines through all her work and, as she is half-Italian, she has enjoyed bringing all her crime novels to an Italian audience with Italian translations, which are very well received.

Isabella has also written a second series of Sussex Crimes, set in the sixties, featuring retired Italian detective, Giuseppe Bianchi, who is escaping from tragedy in Rome, only to arrive in the quiet seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, to come face-to-face with it once more.

Isabella’s standalone novel, The Forgotten Children, deals with the emotive subject of the child migrants who were sent to Australia – again focusing on family life in the 1960s, when the child migrant policy was still in force.

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Review of A Little Christmas Panto

Welcome back to another Christmas review! Christmas is coming so now it is really fitting to review A Little Christmas Panto by Angela Britnell!

Book Blurb:

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Can a little Cornish village panto convince a troubled Hollywood heart throb to act again?

Oh no it won’t! At least that’s what Zach Broussard initially thinks when the eccentric Anna Teague tries to railroad him into helping out with her community pantomime production in the run-up to Christmas. Zach has his reasons for leaving Hollywood behind, and his retreat to the remote village of Polcarne in Cornwall signals the start of a new acting free life for him.

But when Zach meets Anna’s daughter, Rosey – an ex concert pianist who has swapped Mozart for panto tunes – he starts to wonder whether he could change his mind, and not just about acting.

If nothing else, will the residents of Polcarne ensure Zach has a Christmas he never forgets?

Oh yes they will!

My Review:

First, this is the prettiest cover I have ever seen! I am completely obsessed with it!

Like most Christmas books we have the main character, a male that is starting brand new in a new, picturesque town. One unique quality that really pulled me in is the comedic aspect that is sprinkled throughout the whole book.

Something that I loved about this book, is that the characters are realistic. I’m not questioning their motives or why they are starting over. I also love the idea that the characters are bonding over something that is for the community, I loveeee that set up especially in Christmas movies.

I also love the small town feel to the book. The idea that the community also plays a role in the book is something that I really enjoy. It helps the reader really dive into the small town, picturesque setting that the author has created. Not only is the reader being told it’s a small town, but Britnell shows that to us by bringing them into the narrative!

This is a book that you can easily sit down and devour, which are my favorite types of books. Especially with the holiday seasons coming up, this is the perfect book to sit by a fire with some hot chocolate and a blanket and fall in love with a small town!

Author Bio:

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Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her home outside of Nashville, Tennessee to visit family and friends, drink tea and eat far too many Cornish pasties! 

A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. Thanks to almost four decades of marriage to her wonderful American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Her first novel ‘Truth and Consequence’ was published in 2006 and she’s now had over 40 novels published internationally and multiple short stories in women’s magazines.



Review of Christmas in Bellbird Bay

Another Christmas review! Are we surprised? Definitely not!

Book Blurb:

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Libby Walker never imagined she’d be moving into the dream house she and her husband had purchased for their retirement as a widow. Intent on making a new life for herself in the quiet coastal town of Bellbird Bay, Libby’s life is upended by an unexpected call from her daughter.

Adam Holland’s unhappy childhood and broken home has left him scarred. Content with the life he has built for himself as a journalist and author of political thrillers, Adam arrives in Bellbird Bay to fulfil the deathbed request of an old friend.

When Libby and Adam meet, there is an initial attraction. But Libby is grieving for her late husband and trying to help her daughter sort out her life, and Adam has no intention of forming a relationship, wary of commitment because of how his family was torn apart.

Will the peace and tranquillity of Bellbird Bay help these two move on from old hurts and make this a Christmas to remember, or will events conspire to keep them apart?

A heartwarming tale of family, friends, and how a second chance at love can happen when you least expect it.

My Review:

I think that it is important to note that this book does not focus only on romantic relationships but also on the mother daughter relationship between Libby and Emma. I loved seeing Libby have such a dynamic character between her family relationship and the romantic aspect she never saw coming.

This book is also the fourth book in the Bellbird Bay series, but you don’t need to read to necessarily read them in order.

I will also say that Maggie Christensen didn’t right just a Hallmark movie but also added in some twists that sometimes made my jaw drop. She weaved the romance, pretty setting, great characters with some drama so well!

I don’t read very many second-chance at love books, but I really enjoyed seeing Libby find herself and really let herself heal, and find love in this book. I look forward to reading the first books in this series.

Something else that really stood out to me was how mature and down to earth these characters were. There were no parts where I questioned a character or what the character was doing. I felt that each character was so realistic in their character traits that you really just find yourself lost in the text. Which is the best feeling!

Author Bio:

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After a career in education, Maggie Christensen began writing contemporary women’s fiction portraying mature women facing life-changing situations, and historical fiction set in her native Scotland. Her travels inspire her writing, be it her trips to visit family in Scotland, in Oregon, USA or her home on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. Maggie writes of mature heroines coming to terms with changes in their lives and the heroes worthy of them. Maggie has been called the queen of mature age fiction and her writing has been described by one reviewer as like a nice warm cup of tea. It is warm, nourishing, comforting and embracing.

From the small town in Scotland where she grew up, Maggie was lured to Australia by the call to ‘Come and teach in the sun’. Once there, she worked as a primary school teacher, university lecturer and in educational management. Now living with her husband of over thirty years on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, she loves walking on the deserted beach in the early mornings and having coffee by the river on weekends. Her days are spent surrounded by books, either reading or writing them – her idea of heaven!



A Review of The Scam

Hello everyone! I have another blog review of The Scam by Evie Hunter!

Book Blurb:

No one can be trusted….

Amongst the wealth and glitter of St Tropez, Sky Kennedy is living her best life, with the perfect man by her side. Rich and gorgeous, Karim has shown her a world she could have barely imagined, and she doesn’t want it to end.

So when Karim suddenly sends her packing back to the UK, Sky is shocked – what could she have done to upset Karim? And will she ever see him again?

Ryan Callahan has been tracking Karim for years and will do anything to bring the man down. He knows Karim is using Sky for his own ends and can’t believe another young woman has fallen for Karim’s lies. But maybe Sky could be the perfect bait to snare Karim once and for all…

But Sky’s no fool and she won’t be played by either man. Because maybe there is a twist in this tale that no one saw coming….

Cover of "The Scam"

My Review:

For starters, who doesn’t love a fast-paced story that keeps you locked in the whole time?

I feel that this book is one that while you are reading you are trying to piece the pieces together to make a full image. I love that the reader is seeing all of the information unravel before them and is able to kind of figure out what is happening for themselves.

With the way that Hunter writes, the reader can vividly see everything that is happening, from the scenes to the amazing destinations they characters are at. We all know how much I love imagery in books!

I love that there is romance but that it isn’t the whole book, it is actually a decently small section of the book that makes those scenes so much more important and also just sticks with the reader so much more.

What really sticks with the reader is the twists and turns that each character is facing in any given chapter. Hunter is able to build the suspense, romance, and thrill into each chapter and really make the reader dive head first into this fast-paced book.

I recommend this book to anyone that needs a great fast-paced book, likes some suspense with some romance, or needs a book where you don’t know who to trust!

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Author Bio:

Evie Hunter has written a great many successful regency romances as Wendy Soliman and is now redirecting her talents to produce dark gritty thrillers for BoldwoodFor the past twenty years she has lived the life of a nomad, roaming the world on interesting forms of transport, but has now settled back in the UK. 


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A Review of A Festive Surprise

Cover of A Festive Surprise by Margaret Amatt
Cover of A Festive Surprise by Margaret Amatt

Book Blurb:

A Festive Surprise

She can’t abide Christmas. He’s not sure what it’s all about. Together they’re in for a festive surprise.

Ambitious software developer Holly may have a festive name but the connection ends there. She despises the holiday season and decides to flee to the remote island of Mull in a bid to escape from it.

Syrian refugee Farid has made a new home in Scotland but he’s lonely. Understanding Nessie and Irn Bru is one thing, but when glittery reindeer and tinsel hit the shelves, he’s completely bemused. Determined to understand a new culture, he asks his new neighbour to educate him on all things Christmas.

When Holly reluctantly agrees, he realises there’s more to her hatred of mince pies and mulled wine than meets the eye. Farid makes it his mission to inject some joy into Hollys’ life but falling for her is an unexpected gift that was never on his list.

As their attraction sparkles, can Christmas work its magic on Holly and Farid, or will their spark fizzle out with the end of December?

My Review:

This book takes place in Scotland, which sadly, I don’t think I have read too many books based in Scotland so this was a nice change for me! With that being said, the scenery was gorgeous described throughout this whole book.

We all know I love a good Christmasy romance, and this book gave me everything I could have needed in a Christmas romance. I love that Farid wants to understand Christmas and just his whole storyline. He is an a completely new world to him and must learn all of these new traditions that everyone seems to have that he doesn’t understand.

And of course Holly that doesn’t like Christmas but is willing to strike up a deal with Farid. These two unlikely companions meet in the middle and end up falling for each other. Is this book kind of predictable? Yes. Is that what I want with my Christmas books? Yes. I really enjoyed this book and the two main characters and the challenges that they are both facing and trying to overcome with each other.

I recommend this book to anyone that wants a fun Christmas read, a romance, or just wants a light-hearted book to read.

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Picture of author, Margaret Amatt

Author Bio:

Margaret is a writer, mummy, wife and chocolate eater (in any order you care to choose). She lives in highland Perthshire in a little house close to the woods where she often sees red squirrels, deer and other such tremendously Scottish wildlife… Though not normally haggises or even men in kilts!

She has published nine books and written many more. Margaret won a short story writing competition in 2012 and her winning entry was performed live to an audience at Pitlochry Festival Theatre as part of their Winter Words Event. This spring boarded Margaret’s journey from writing for fun to novel writing – though she still enjoys every minute of it.

Margaret is also a keen amateur photographer, who enjoys drawing, reading, and talking about books.


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Review of Spruced Up For Murder

Hello all! Today I am reviewing Spruced Up For Murder by Helen Golden!

Book blurb:

Death at Francis Court Now Confirmed as Murder!

Speculation is rife that the victim, estate manager Alex Sterling (44), was found by Lady Beatrice (35), the Countess of Rossex, niece of King James. Lady Beatrice, who has finally come out of hiding following her son’s departure to boarding school, has been managing the project to refurbish and redesign the Events Suite at Francis Court, alongside Perry Juke.

Heading up the murder investigation is Detective Chief Inspector Richard Fitzwilliam. Rumour has it that he and Lady Beatrice have a fractious history…

Awful man! How dare Fitzwilliam suggest Lady Beatrice’s sister is the number one suspect for Alex’s murder. It could be any one of the staff who were on-site that morning. Well, she’ll show Mr High and Mighty Fitzwilliam! With her attention to detail, her clever dog Daisy, Perry’s imagination, and his partner’s contacts at Fenshire CID, they’ll find the murderer before him. 

Unless the murderer finds her first…

Cover of Spruced Up for Murder
Cover of Spruced Up for Murder

My Review:

Well first, I must say that I love the cover of this book! And of course, that I love a good whodunnit!

I have one issue with whodunnit’s and it is that most of them I know who did it way before I’m supposed to, but this one kept me on my toes and I can honestly say I didn’t know who had done it, which is amazing! The clues were dropped within the text so well that it didn’t pull much attention to them but instead blended in with the rest of the context.

One thing that really stands out about this whodunnit is the time period. This is unlike most whodunnit’s where they take place before internet and cell phones. This book is contemporary and the characters have to battle against cell phones, and the press. Golden does a great job of integrating these components into the book and really showing how they affect all the characters.

I really enjoyed this new approach to the whodunnit type of book and look forward to the rest of the series!

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Author Bio:

Hello. I’m Helen Golden. I write British contemporary cozy whodunnits with a hint of humour. I live in small village in Lincolnshire in the UK with my husband, my step-daughter, her two cats, our two dogs, sometimes my step-son, and our tortoise.

I used to work in senior management, but after my recent job came to a natural end I had the opportunity to follow my dreams and start writing. It’s very early in my life as an author, but so far I’m loving it.

It’s crazy busy at our house, so when I’m writing I retreat to our caravan (an impulsive lockdown purchase) which is mostly parked on our drive. When I really need total peace and quiet, I take it to a lovely site about 15 minutes away and hide there until my family runs out of food or clean clothes


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Review of The Twelve Wishes of Christmas

If there is one thing you all know about me, it’s that I love a Christmas rom-com! Today I am bringing to you an amazing Christmas rom-com, The Twelve Wishes of Christmas by Ruby Basu. Keep reading for the blurb, my review, and links for the author and purchase links.

Cover of "The Twelve Wishes of Christmas"

Book Blurb:

She’s here for the perfect Christmas escape…

When Sharmila discovers her late friend, Thomas, has gifted her the holiday of her dreams, she can’t pack her bags fast enough. Arriving in Pineford, it’s everything she’d ever hoped for and more.

But she’s in for another surprise, because Thomas has left her with one last request: if she completes his Christmas wish list of festive activities, her chosen charity will receive a big donation. Or so Sharmila thinks.

…He’s there to reclaim his family’s legacy

Little does she know, she’s set to inherit Thomas’s estate too, much to his nephew Zach’s disbelief. Determined not to see his family’s legacy left to a stranger, he’s come to Pineford to do whatever it takes to stop Sharmila from fulfilling that list.

When Sharmila and Zach meet, neither are prepared for sparks to fly. For Sharmila’s sworn off love, and Zach doesn’t trust her. But with every passing wish they find themselves growing closer. And amongst the twinkling town lights and fallen snow, Sharmila can feel her heart opening up to Zach. But when she learns he’s been keeping a secret from her, can Sharmila forgive him and get the happy-ever-after she’s always wished for this Christmas?

The Twelve Wishes of Christmas is the perfect book to snuggle up with on those cosy wintry nights. Perfect for fans of Heidi Swain and Jo Thomas.

My Review:

Well we also all know that I love enemies-to-lovers books, and while this isn’t exactly enemies-to-lovers I was definitely here for the forbidden love feel of this book!

Small town aspect: Check

The perfect location for a Christmas book: Check

Cliche: Check

So it really has everything you could want in a Christmas romance book. What I really like about this book is that it doesn’t shy away from the cliches, but instead embraces them and leans into it creating such a lighthearted, feel-good book.

I truly enjoyed every bit of this book, and enjoyed that the town felt like an escape from everyday life for me. It was such a fun read that I recommend to anyone that loves rom-coms, or Hallmark movies. Pick up this book, curl into some blankets with some hot chocolate and fall in love with the town of Pineford.

Also the cover is just the cutest thing! I would read it alone based on the cover!

Author Bio:

Ruby lives in the beautiful Chilterns with her husband, two children, and the cutest dog in the world. She worked for many years as a lawyer and policy lead in the Civil Service.

As the second of four children, Ruby connected strongly with Little Women’s Jo March and was scribbling down stories from a young age. A huge fan of romantic movies, Star Wars, and Marvel, she loves creating new characters and worlds while waiting for her superpowers to develop.

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Review of Summer Breeze

Hello! I am back again for a review of Summer Breeze by Angela Barton. I have been on a historical fiction kick since reading The Nightingale a few months ago, and so I was super excited to be able to be a part of this blog tour.

Cover of "Spring Breeze" by Angela Barton.

Book Blurb:

Paris, June 1940. The enemy has entered the city and Matilde Pascale hopes to sink into the shadows for the entirety of the war. However, when tragedy strikes it changes everything and Matilde focuses on revenge in order to fight back against the Nazis and their heinous crimes against humanity. But life sometimes takes a bizarre twist and it seems that love has a way of infiltrating the most impenetrable of boundaries. A common purpose drives two enemies into each other’s arms and together they discover the capacity of their combined strength.

My review:

Alrighty! I love a good World War II historical fiction so this book hit the spot in that aspect. Something that really stood out to me was just the way that Barton is able to perfectly describe what is going on around the characters. The scenery, the noises, the background is described so amazingly the reader truly is pulled into Paris from the first page.

Something that is really important to me when reading a historical fiction book is accuracy. I never once questioned if something was true or if the author was making something up for the plot. This book was so well researched that Barton never took me out of the time period. I was stuck in the 1940’s the whole time I was reading the book (which wasn’t too long because once I started I was fully immersed in this world).

Lastly, Barton did not shy away from hard topics in this book. We saw the hardships the characters faced, the hardships of the times, and never once was it sugarcoated or glanced over. Barton makes you face what these people actually faced during this time and really helped the reader understand the devastation, and what was a reality for most of the people back in that time. This is something that was really important for me for historical fiction, and it was done beautifully in this book. I truly enjoyed being with these characters and making myself look at this time in history and reflect.

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Review of Snowflakes Over Primrose Woods

Snowflakes Over Primrose Woods blurb:

Winter has arrived in Primrose Woods bringing with it new loves, new adventures and warm hugs on cold days. Abbey Carter, her boyfriend Sam and their trusty canine companion Lady, relish living in the picturesque village of Wishwell at the edge of their beloved Primrose Woods. The woods and the country park are full of activity as the festive season approaches. Lizzie Baker is flat out at theTreetops café, serving all sorts of winter warmers, festive goodies and lashings of hot chocolate. And when her daughter and grandchildren arrive to stay, the run up to Christmas is set to be even more magical than she had expected.

Rhianna West has finally found the perfect man to fall in love with–if only Luke wasn’t moving away in the New Year. As the snow falls on Primrose Woods, and the village of Wishwell sparkles with Christmas lights, could this be the year that every wish comes true for the three friends?

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My review:

I loved the Hallmark feel to this book. That is something that I seek out in my Christmas time books and I feel that this book captured it perfectly. A picturesque town that I can picture perfectly, a love story or a few(!), amazing main characters. It was everything I needed to start putting myself into the season spirit. I didn’t read the first book, but that didn’t stop me from reading and enjoying the second book.

The writing style seemed poetic at some points making for a super fast read which I also appreciate in Christmas setting books. I also enjoyed that we had multiple characters to follow just how you would have in a small town so that fully captured the small town living aspect of the book. I can’t wait to read the next one, and maybe I will jump back and read the first one!

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Review of Summer Showers at Elder Fell Farm

Happy Sunday! Today I will reviewing Summer Showers at Elder Fell Farm by Liz Taylorson.

This book is such a heartwarming book! Amy takes her son Harry to the lake for a getaway to escape the world around them. Between an ex husband, her son being accused of bullying and her mother recently passing, Amy needs to get away and put herself first.

Look how cute this cover is!

While on their getaway, Matt and his son Oliver (the kid Harry was bullying) show up at the lake. There is something pulling Amy to Matt though. Will she listen to her heart? Is this the time for a new beginning?

This book had just the perfect setting, a cute lake getaway where love can happen is such a great setting and it works so well! Also, the characters of the children is so interesting and I loved Harry throughout the whole book!

I also loved the idea that Amy is going back to where she went with her mother. I love the dynamic of that and the comfortable but saddening setting for Amy.

This is such a fast and fun read and I definitely recommend it if you are going to the lake, vacation, or need a nice lake vacation.