Book reviews, Historical fiction, Romance

The House Of Secrets by Terry Lynn Thomas- Book Review

 

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

Sarah Bennett has two secrets: she sees ghosts, and she is in love with a spy.

When Sarah takes a job with occult expert Dr Matthew Geisler, he promises to help her understand the sorrowful spirit that seems to have attached itself to her.

As Sarah struggles to cope with the ghostly presence, she runs into Zeke, the man who left her six months earlier and is recovering from injuries suffered in an alleged accident. But Zeke has secrets of his own, and when an attempt is made on Geisler’s life, Sarah finds herself caught in a struggle between the living and the dead.

Unsure who she can trust, Sarah must solve the mystery of the soul determined to haunt her, and save Dr Geisler and herself from an unknown threat.

This book was previously published as WEEPING IN THE WINGS
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MY REVIEW

This is a following novel to Spirit of Grace, but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Sarah Bennett, still traumatised by her fathers murder trial, she takes a job working for a psychiatrist, Dr Matthew Geisler..

He has an interest in the supernatural and says he can help with her visions…..so Sarah takes the job, she can also keep an eye on her ex fiancé, Zeke, who is there for treatment for his injuries..

She befriends, Minna, who is struggling at the institution…..she also claims to see ghosts…and there are threats of harm to Dr Geisler……just who is intent of doing him harm?

“My mind went to my pocket book where the glass bottle that held the opium tincture waited for me, the panacea for situations such as this. Two drops in eight ounces of water, and whatever I heard, whomever I saw, would disappear.”

This is a supernatural historical fiction mystery with a touch of romance too and I found it to be well plotted and certainly entertaining with a clever ending that brings all the pieces together. A thoroughly entertaining read.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.

 

Purchase Links:

US – https://www.amazon.com/House-Secrets-Sarah-Bennett-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07H3DKQQ4

 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/House-Secrets-Sarah-Bennett-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B07H3DKQQ4

 

The House of Secrets is 99p throughout June as part of the June Kindle Monthly deal. The Spirit of Grace, book 1 in the series is also .99 throughout June.

 

AUTHOR BIO –

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Terry Lynn Thomas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which explains her love of foggy beaches and Gothic mysteries. When her husband promised to buy Terry a horse and the time to write if she moved to Mississippi with him, she jumped at the chance. Although she had written several novels and screenplays prior to 2006, after she relocated to the South she set out to write in earnest and has never looked back.

Terry Lynn writes the Sarah Bennett Mysteries, set on the California coast during the 1940s, which feature a misunderstood medium in love with a spy. The Drowned Woman is a recipient of the IndieBRAG Medallion. She also writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II.

The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, came out in April 2018 and has since become a USA TODAY bestseller. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn riding her horse, walking in the woods with her dogs, or visiting old cemeteries in search of story ideas.

 

Social Media Links https://twitter.com/TLThomasBooks

 

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Book reviews, Historical fiction, Romance

A Dangerous Act of Kindness by LP Ferguson – Book Review

Title: A Dangerous Act of Kindness

Author Name: LP Fergusson

Previous Books (if applicable): TBC

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release Date: 28th March 2019

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

What would you risk for a complete stranger?

When widow Millie Sanger finds injured enemy pilot Lukas Schiller on her farm, the distant war is suddenly at her doorstep. Compassionate Millie knows he’ll be killed if discovered, and makes the dangerous decision to offer him shelter from the storm.

On opposite sides of the inescapable conflict, the two strangers forge an unexpected and passionate bond. But as the snow thaws, the relentless fury of World War Two forces them apart, leaving only the haunting memories of what they shared, and an understanding that their secret must never see light.

As Millie’s dangerous act of kindness sets them on paths they never could have expected, those closest to them become their greatest threats, and the consequences of compassion prove deadly…

A Dangerous Act of Kindness is a beautiful, harrowing love story, perfect for fans of Rachel Hore and Santa Montefiore.

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MY REVIEW

This is set during WWII and Millie is a young widow, who is running her dairy farm with the help of a neighbour and some evacuees….

A German fighter plane crashes in a nearby field and the kind Millie takes the injured pilot, Lukas in to her care and hides him in the barn. She’s not really thinking of the consequences this may have on her and those closest to her….

This is historical fiction at its best. It tells of the atrocities of war and the emotional and physical effects this has both on those fighting and their families. It also touches on the labour camps where German POW’s were kept and the Land Army women and how women managed during the war years…changing perceptions forever.

With likeable and believable characters this is beautifully written by LP Ferguson with stunning imagery and emotion. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank you to Canelo for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

 

Links to Book:

Amazon (UK)
Kobo (UK)
Google Books (UK)
Apple Books (UK)

 

Author Bio:


LP Fergusson grew up on the borders of Wales in a Tudor house on the banks of  the River Wye. As a child she longed to go back in history. Now she does, through her writing. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University and won the Blackwell’s Prize for MA Creative Writing. Her stories have made a number of shortlists for competitions run by the Orwell Society, Oxfordshire Libraries and Flash500.

Her psychological thriller reached the final three of a Quercus/Psychologies Thriller competition and her wartime novel A Dangerous Act of Kindness was Highly Commended in the Caledonia Novel Award 2018. She edits the historical blog With Love from Graz which was featured on BBC Radio Wales, Radio 2 and BBC4’s A Very British Romance with Lucy Worsley. She now lives in an Oxfordshire village beneath the chalk downs where her debut novel is set.

 

Book reviews, Romance, Womens fiction

The Truth about Love and Dogs by Lilly Bartlett – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Four little words, uttered by her husband…

‘Oh my god,’ he gasped into her shoulder. ‘Shannon!’

There’s just one problem: her name isn’t Shannon.

Rewind six months and Scarlett and Rufus aren’t in the honeymoon stage anymore so much as the honey-should-we-bother phase. Desperate to get their sparkle back, Scarlett has plotted, planned and waxed more than any woman should have to, but none of it is working. Which makes it very hard to start the family they want.

At least her business is going strong, even if her marriage isn’t. She and her best friend spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur. Scarlett/ is the fairy dogmother, training hopeless pets like compulsive eater Barkley, impulsive Romeo Murphy and bossy Biscuit. Meanwhile, her best friend walks the dogs and pines for the man who doesn’t know she exists. Thank goodness the women have each other.

If only Scarlett could work out how to get her marriage back on track. But Rufus isn’t sharing his feelings with her. He is, though, sharing with her best friend. Her best friend, Shannon.

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MY REVIEW 

Scarlett is a dog behaviourist, training dogs and their owners with her friend, Shannon and their business called Ruff Love.

Scarlett’s struggles with her own home life are mixed with the often hilarious antics of dogs and owners….the wilful Biscuit, the ‘passionate’ Murphy, Barkley, and Fred and Ginger….

Scarlett is trying to keep her marriage from sinking under the weight of trying to get pregnant….

I loved the humour in this which is mixed with the emotional struggles faced by Scarlett and Rufus and Scarlett’s friend Shannon whose infatuation with ‘Mr Darcy’ gives some additional light relief.

Due to Lilly Bartlett’s engaging writing I found myself caring for Scarlett and really hoped for a happy outcome….I wasn’t disappointed. If you are in the mood for a funny, romantic and heart-warming story, then this is for you…

Thank you to Michele Gorman for a copy of the ebook and this is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Author Bio:

Michele Gorman writes books packed with heart and humour, best friends and girl power. Call them beach books, summer reads, romantic comedy or chick lit… readers and reviewers call them “feel good”, “thought-provoking” and “laugh out loud”. She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and living in London with her husband. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films.

Michele also writes cosy chick lit under the pen-name Lilly Bartlett. Lilly’s books are full of warmth, romance, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

PURCHASE LINKS 

Amazon US link: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Four-Legged-Word-Michele-Gorman-ebook/dp/B01LW80PF7

Amazon UK link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Four-Legged-Word-Michele-Gorman-ebook/dp/B01LW7UMO9