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From Ireland With Love by Liz Hurley


Nick Byrne knows she’s the sensible one of the five Hiverton sisters. Independent, motivated, and successfully running her own business – she has never settled for anything less. And certainly, never used her family estate to give her a leg up.

But as an investigation is launched into her trading company, Nick’s world begins to crumble. Suddenly out of work, her mind wanders to her father – what would he do? She hardly knows anything of her orphaned parent and longs to find answers – some which will hopefully guide her.

With her newly gifted dog for company, Nick sets off to Ireland to retrace her family history. However, the high-flying city girl soon learns that every adventure comes with a few surprises – even in the shape of a romance.

Will Nick discover more about her father’s hidden past – or will she take home more than she bargained for?…

Be inspired by this feel good romcom, for fans of Trisha Ashley and Cathy Bramley.


Nicoletta is a city trader who is being investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority, she knows she’s innocent but someone seems to have something against her. She goes to Ireland to look into her families background and whilst there she meets Gabe and all of the sudden things aren’t as simple as they were 
I loved Nick, she is smart, calm and collected. She knows she hasn’t done anything wrong but the investigation still causes her a huge amount of anxiety which I think is totally normal! She has a really close bond with her sisters and they all rally round to support her when she needs them and she would do anything for them
I adored Gabe, he has been sent to Ireland by his father to follow Nick but instead he meets Letta who he quickly starts to fall for, not realising that they are the same person. He is really close to his twin brother and with his support he offers Nick the use of the house they are renovating to gain full independence from their father when she needs to get out of London. He was drawn to her right from the start and his nature means he doesn’t want to do anything to hurt her but when things get difficult, at each turn he does things that support her, even if she will never know which made me love him even more 
Family is a huge part of this book, both the relationships people have with them and finding lost family and I think this worked so well. It allowed Nick to escape and finding out about her fathers past helped her to feel closer to him and eventually better understand what had really happened. Gabe on the other hand has a troubled relationship with his father and his older half siblings but is close to his mother and brother and this influences him throughout the book leading to challenges and asking what is really important 
Nick and Gabes relationship isn’t hugely traditional given the amount of drama and the troubles they have but they are still pulled towards each other anyway. I found myself routing for them and so quickly got caught up in this book that I forgot it was bedtime! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance full of drama that focuses on family and which at times asks some difficult questions 
AM 🐾 x

Purchase Link – books2read.com/from-ireland

Author Bio 

Finalist for the 2021 Romantic Novelists Association Debut Romantic Novel Award for A New Life for Ariana Byrne

Liz Hurley writes exciting and heart-warming stories that will make you cheer and laugh. Her heroines are overflowing with grit, gumption and good old-fashioned gorgeousness!

Author of
Dear Diary, a prequel to the Hiverton Sister series.
A New Life for Ariana Byrne. Book 1 / Hiverton Sister series
High Heels in the Highlands. Book 2 / Hiverton Sisters series
Cornish Dreams at Cockleshell Cottage. Book 3 / Hiverton Sisters series.

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One Last Kiss by A. S. Kelly

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Allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Rian Kerry, and I’m in huge trouble.

This is how it happened: I had a crush. You know those teenage crushes, which I’m sure you’ve all experienced, too. It was that kind of crush that makes your knees tremble, that makes you blush violently and stammer when you’re with that person. One of those crushes that you assume you’ll just grow out of, the way the seasons change.

The problem is that my crush didn’t go anywhere. Actually, it only got worse, transforming into something absurd and unbearable, which no one could seem to understand.

Especially not him.

Because he’s off-limits. He’s barricaded himself within his walls, from a sense of fear and guilt. He’s locked up his heart forever, and seems to have no intention of letting anyone in ever again.

My friends, Jordan, Anya, and Holly, say that he just needs a little push. They say that he needs to learn to believe again.

But I don’t think he’ll ever be ready, because he simply doesn’t want to be.

He doesn’t want to believe.

Not in something like us.


Allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Parker Hayes, and I’m an idiot.

Yep, you heard me right. I’m a real idiot. And, I swear, that’s putting it lightly.

But I’m a lot of other things, too. I’m a fireman, and a single father to two cheeky, hyperactive six-year-old twins. I’m a brother to Tyler, another fireman – and another idiot – who always seems to stick his nose into my business. I’m a kind-of friend to Niall, yet another idiot with nothing to do but barge into my life, uninvited.

Let’s get back to the point, here: the reason I’m an idiot.

Well, it’s pretty simple. I’ve lost my mind. Literally. It happened again. I fell for it. With my head, with my body, and with the heart I was sure I’d never be able to piece back together after another inevitable disaster.

The problem is that she’s not like the others.

She bakes cakes with my daughters, laughs with them, and shows them her magic bag. They’re crazy about her.

And so am I.

And now she knows it, and I know it, and everyone around us knows it. But I can’t take that step. I can’t let everything go to start over.

I can’t live through this again – because this time, I won’t be left standing.

Not if she’s the one to break my heart.


Loved it
Parker is a divorced father of young twin girls and considers himself a disaster. Rian is more than half his age but still really likes him but things in their lives may conspire to pull them apart 
I loved Parker, he is grumpy, stressed and anxious but he would do anything for his daughters, even if that means having Rian over to babysit them, the woman he hadn’t been able to forget since a kiss they shared a few months ago. He has a lot of baggage but he is also kind, caring and considerate, in essence he is the kind of guy who I would love to have in my life which I think is a huge part of what made me love him 
Rian is a brilliant character, she knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to get it. She cares for Parker’s daughters and seeing them together showed just how much she loved them. She did things with them like baking that they wouldn’t normally do and seeing their joy made her seem even more loveable. Rian is kind, caring and full of life, she is the kind of friend I would love to have and just the kind of person that Parker needs 
Both Parker and Rian change and develop so much throughout this book and the characters they are at the start are so different from at the end but this change is so blended into the story that I could see them becoming more themselves and out of their shells whilst also learning to trust
Their story has a brilliant cast of supporting characters, without whom the story just wouldn’t have worked and I wouldn’t have become so invested in Parker and Rians lives. They play such an important part that I have to mention them and some of the interactions, especially between Parker and Niall made me chuckle and pulled me even deeper into the story 
I totally loved this book right from the start and I would recommend it to so many people but especially those who enjoy a romance against the odds, with characters who will capture your heart and a story that will pull you in and not let you go
AM 🐾 x

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About A. S. Kelly

A.S. Kelly was born in Italy but lives in Ireland with her husband, two children and a cat named Oscar.

She’s passionate about English literature, she’s a music lover and addicted to coffee.

She spends her days in a small village North of Dublin, looking for inspiration for her next stories.

Rainy Days is her debut novel.

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The Knight’s Maiden in Disguise by Ella Matthews

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Risking her life

To save a knight!

Disguising herself as her late twin brother keeps Avva Carpenter, and her family, safe. Until Sir William Devereux arrives in her town. As the castle’s stable master, Avva can’t avoid the knight—or the desire he instantly stirs in her. He’s everything she never knew a nobleman could be: honest, kind, brave. When danger surrounds them, the only way to help William is to reveal her true identity, but can she trust him enough?


Totally brilliant and fabulous 
Avva is masquerading as her dead twin brother Aven as the stable master for Baron Caerden and things are thrown up in the air when William, one of the Kings Knights, arrives to inform them of a royal visit but things aren’t what they seem 
Avva is pretending to be her brother because of the inherent danger of being a woman near Caerden and pretending to be Aven means that she can be relatively safe whilst also protecting her younger brothers. Avva is strong, determined and brilliant at what she does. She would do almost anything to protect those she cares about even if it puts her in danger, especially as being seen with William does. I loved Avva right from the start, she is an amazing character who I couldn’t help but adore
William is surprised by his attraction when he first meets Avva, believing her to be Aven and he had never liked men before but the more he got to know Avva the more his suspicions about her gender got stronger and he found out her secret. He is one of the Kings Knights but he also has a vulnerable side, he would give his life for the King and very quickly Avva becomes to mean a lot more to him than he expected. William is the kind of person I would want to spend time with, he is loyal, determined and dangerous whist also being so loveable
I totally loved this book, I was hooked right from the very beginning and unable to put it down. Their story is full of danger and drama and each page had me holding my breath and hoping that they would be ok, even if things seemed stacked against them
Both Avva and William know they have no future together, they are from different worlds, but it doesn’t stop them from being drawn to each other and between them they start to realise what is important in their lives, even when reality forces them apart 
I was hooked by this book from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. The writing style and the characters drew me in and had me so embedded in the characters lives that I could feel each thing happening as if it was real. As you can probably tell by now, I adored this book and as such I would recommend it to so many people but especially those who enjoy a romance full of danger, drama and friendship that will keep you on your toes and unable to put it down
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio

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Ella Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).

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The Secrets of Latimer House by Jules Wake

The Secrets of Latimer House

In the war against Hitler every secret counts…

Society heiress Evelyn Brooke-Edwards is a skilled interrogator – her beauty making her a non-threat in the eyes of the prisoners.

Farm girl Betty Connors may not be able to type as she claimed, but her crack analytical skills soon find her unearthing covert connections.

German ex-pat Judith Stern never expected to find herself listening in to German POW’s whispered conversations, but the Nazis took her father from her so she will do whatever it takes to help the Allies end this war.

Billeted together in the attic of Latimer House – a place where secrets abound – Evelyn, Betty and Judith soon form a bond of friendship that carries them through the war. Because nothing is stronger than women united.

Tucked away in the Buckinghamshire countryside, Latimer House, a grand country estate, stands proudly – a witness to some of greatest secrets of WW2.


Absolutely amazing 
Evelyn, Betty and Judith have ended up sharing a room in Latimer House, a top secret war time facility hidden in the English countryside where higher ranking German prisoners of war are interrogated 
I loved the characters of Judith, Evelyn and Betty, they are from vastly different backgrounds but have come together in wartime. They challenge and support each other, they have come together to make a difference and they end up making lifelong friends, although each road has its hiccups. Each girl had her own skill set, Judith is a German Jew who escaped and came to Britain, Betty is a local girl with an extraordinary memory and Evelyn is a higher class young lady who travelled round Europe and who had a German fiancée before the war. Their talents mean that they each excel at their specific jobs and I think this helped me to love them even more as I could understand more about them, who they are, their hopes and dreams and the troubles they have endured 
I really enjoyed this book, it caught my attention right from the start and because it’s based on Latimer House’s real wartime purpose it felt so real and the lines between fact and fiction became blurred. I became so entangled in the story that I could see the characters and the situations in real life, they were there in front of me and I really didn’t want to let them go at the end of the book
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story full of secrets, drama and intrigue with a central circle of characters who will capture your heart from the very first page 
AM 🐾 x

Purchase Link – mybook.to/SecretsOfLatimerHouse

Author Bio

Jules Wake

Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury and not so luxury brands. This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to hone her creative writing skills.

She writes best-selling warm-hearted romantic contemporary fiction for One More Chapter as Jules Wake and was shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year 2020 with The Spark.

Under her pen name Julie Caplin, she also writes the warm and witty Romantic Escapes series.

Between them, the two Js have written eighteen novels, The Secret of Latimer House being the latest.

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The Travel in Between by Chloe Stevenson

While her friends were busy building careers, getting engaged and signing mortgages, Claire Baxter was busy travelling the world. Finding herself back in Australia with no degree, no career and no direction, twenty-something Claire is feeling a little left behind in life when she unexpectedly inherits her grandfather’s 1968 Kombi van. Falling in love with Rusty  Frank’s nostalgic if slightly impractical charm, Claire embarks on a new journey: to restore Frank to road-trip readiness with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and a grumpy, if handsome, mechanic.

As she juggles the upcoming wedding of one of her best friends and the relationship breakdown of another – all while navigating more than enough woes of her own in the love department – Claire finds herself trying to fix more than just a geriatric van with some concerning rust bubbles.

This millennial twist on Pride and Prejudice takes a refreshing, quirky and unashamed look at the unpredictable lessons that life throws at you when you least expect them – like when you find yourself creeping closer to thirty,  working at a coffee shop and living in a granny flat in your parents’  Canberra backyard. Those times in life when you find yourself questioning your own purpose in the world.

The Travel in Between is an honest and insightful Australian story about all those little things we don’t really think about but all experience when wading through the murky waters of love, friendship and family.


Strange but gripping 
Claire has been travelling the world and now she is back in Australia, living in a granny flat in her parents garden deciding what she wants to do next. Inspiration strikes when her grandmother gifts her her vintage Volkswagen Kombi van called Frank 
I wasn’t sure on Claire, at times she seems quite shallow and self centred but then she would do something and I would totally love her. She is loyal to her best friends and would do almost anything for them whilst also being supportive and there for those she cares about. I did struggle with her romantic relationships, especially with George, because I don’t get enough detail about them to be as invested in them as I wanted to be
This book is more about Claire’s journey to become more herself, to understand what is important in her life and that jetting off round the world might not solve anything, instead a rusty Kombi van coming into her life might change everything 
Frank the Kombi van is such a key character that I couldn’t write this review without a mention of him. If you are anything like me then you probably won’t know what a vintage Kombi van is so have a quick look online, they are the old VW campervans that you see out and about. I loved reading about his restoration and the delight the characters got from seeing him up and running. Frank has a huge amount of charm and character and I ended up being so invested in him and the journey that he and Claire go on that I would almost be tempted to go travelling in a Kombi myself! 
This book is a story of self development and Claire learning what is important in her life. The book takes the reader on a journey which caught my attention and I’m sure will capture the hearts of many other readers. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a book with a slight difference, a lot of fabulous characters and obstacles that need to be overcomes the characters can become the people you knew they could be right from the start
AM 🐾 x


Author Bio
Chloe Stevenson lives in Canberra with her two fluffy mops, parading as dogs, and her 1977 Kombi Van Sadie. Chloe is a Communications Advisor, an Air Force Officer, a  terrible gardener, and a lover of literary, vintage, and wretchedly colourful things.


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Surprise Reunion with His Cinderella by Rachael Stewart


Can one week in paradise…
…heal ten years of heartache?

When the elite M dating agency sends wealthy Freddie Highgrove to the Seychelles for a weeklong “date,” the last person he’s expecting to be matched with is Jasmine Walker, his first love and ex-fiancée! Ten years ago, his family’s expectations for a high-society marriage sent housekeeper’s daughter Jasmine running. Can one week in paradise bring them back together?


Totally loved it
Freddie and Jasmine were torn apart when they were teenagers and now an exclusive match making services has them both at a private resort in the Seychelles, the place they always dreamed of as their honeymoon but can this second chance put the past behind them 
I loved Jasmine, she broke off her engagement with Freddie when they were younger as his family didn’t approve and she didn’t want to cause a rift between them. She is smart, independent and knows what she wants, but she is also scared of pain and of not belonging which made me really connect with her. She is the kind of person that I would love to meet and get to know, she felt real and I could feel her emotions along with her
Freddie doesn’t want to fall in love, especially since Jasmine left and broke his heart but meeting her again makes him question that. He has a lot of emotions that he can’t always process and seeing him work through that made him even more loveable. He adores his family but also wants his own independence, he doesn’t want to do things just because of them and I think this made him stronger as a character. He stands up for what he believes in and also supports others to do the same which made me love him even more
Both Jasmine and Freddie are both haunted by their past and relationships didn’t work out because subconsciously they weren’t with each other (this isn’t a spoiler, they realise this very early on) and seeing them understand more about what happened back then and wonder if things would be different now is a huge part of the story. They both develop to more rounded people who have a better emotional understanding of themselves and realise that things don’t have to be what they originally thought 
I loved this book, Freddie and Jasmine wound their way into my heart so quickly and I was so addicted that I read it all in one go. Their personalities, the adventures dates they go on and the amazing setting (which I so want to go to!) made it a book that I would want to share it with everyone but especially those who love emotional romances with some surprises round the corners
AM 🐾 x

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Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heartwarmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on A4 sheets in her loft will attest to, and the lovingly bound short stories that her father would run off at work and proudly share out with his colleagues. Thinking it was a pipe dream to be published one day, she pursued a sensible career in business but she was really play-acting, achieving the appropriate degree and spending many years in the corporate world where she never truly belonged. Always happiest when she was sat at her laptop in the quiet hours tapping out a story or two. And so here she is, a published author, her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

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Marrying The Heiress by Autumn Miller


I didn’t expect to inherit a multi-million pound estate – especially under dubious circumstances – but I’ve only ever wanted to be financially secure.

For years I’ve been cast out from my family, desperately scraping together a living, trying to find some self-worth in the process.

But the rightful heir – Will Dawlish – hates my guts.

A-Daw-rable Dawlish, the papers call him. Dee-Lish Dawlish.

I’d like to think we could be friends, allies even, but all he wants is his inheritance back.

And even though Will’s distractingly handsome, even though he’s adored by the country as a cricketing legend, he’s emotionally bankrupt.


I just want my grandfather’s inheritance back. I’ve got big plans to realise, and Kate Parsons has utterly derailed them.

After pursuing her through my lawyers, I’m left with one brazen plan.

Marrying her is the only option.

It makes good business sense; the divorce will be clean and tidy, my finances restored.

There will be nothing romantic between us because there’s absolutely nothing to like about Kate Parsons.

Not her lies, her mysteries, nor her blatant thievery.

And when she walks down the aisle towards me, I refuse to be moved by her graceful beauty.

I don’t want to notice her dazzling smile.

All I need to focus on is the next twelve months. Except, I also have to meet a stipulation of the prenup: consummating this marriage.

If you like your romances sexy, playful, and with guys in full possession of killer smiles, bods and moves, then buy this book!

The Rags to Riches books are a collection of steamy romance stories which can be read in any order, though reader enjoyment will be improved if you start with Marrying The Heiress.


Fun and addictive 
Following the death of a friend Kate has been left in the position of being forced to marry his nephew, Will Dawlish more commonly known as Daw, due to a complicated inheritance bequest in his will 
I liked Kate, she is smart and independent, she stands up for what she believes in and she doesn’t let Daw push her around or force her to release the inheritance money which I really liked and admired about her. She was her own person and she felt like a real person to me, not just a character 
Daw is a retired England cricketer who has been working on projects for the last few years which need investment so his grandfathers death and the inheritance going to Kate really put a spanner in the works. He isn’t really a nice person to start with but as the story develops, his background comes out and he becomes more real and relatable. He had a lot of emotional pain which impacts his character but his relationship with Kate helps him to start to process things. He is determined and also frustrated when things don’t go his way but he is also committed and by the end I loved him and found myself wishing that he and Kate could sort things out
There is a lot of drama in this book with the inheritance such a huge part of the story and also a big divider between them. It asked what was important and both Daw and Kate set tests for each other, expecting the other would fail and prove their beliefs about them true. Breaking down their relationship and the emotions that wind around them as characters made this book feel genuine 
I was hooked right from the start and there was so much that I loved, there are certain bits that I end up reading again and again because they are so important but also so emotional and at times made me smile 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance of enemies to lovers who have many bumps in the road but who fight for what is important 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio
I loved reading romance books so much, I started to write my own. Featuring my own personal swoon-worthy book boyfriends with killer bods/smiles/moves and playful banter, hopefully, you’ll enjoy these heartfelt stories too.

I live in Norfolk, England and write stories with heat, heart and happily ever after.

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Captivating the Cynical Earl by Catherine Tinley

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The cool, aloof earl

And the enchanting lady

For Jack Beresford, Earl of Hawkenden, emotional entanglements are the path to pain. But when his brother brings his new wife and her best friend to his country home, everything changes. Lady Cecily Thornhill is both vibrant and beautiful, and Jack finds himself increasingly captivated by her sunny nature. Yet he must resist her charms, for in a month she’ll be gone—unless his frozen heart thaws before then…


Full of emotion 
Jack is horrified that his brother Tom has gotten married and for love?? He is determined to get rid of Nell so he has his brother back but not everything goes to plan and he accidentally ends up insulting Nells best friend Cecily
I’m not going to lie to you, at the start of the book I totally hated Jack, he was stuck up, arrogant and so determined that his way was the only way but as the story developed and I started to understand more of Jacks character and what drives him, I started to love him. He has been hurt in the past and still carries around a lot of anger as a result of that and it really colours his world view but as Cecily challenges him and makes him look into himself, he starts to see what is important 
Cecily was a harder character for me to understand as to start with as I struggled to bond with her but as more of her character came through, her quick wit, clever arguments and brilliant business sense, she became more real to me and I quickly started to adore her, her relationship with Nell also really helped show that she was a lovable character once you had gotten past the exterior
Both Jack and Cecily have been hurt in the past and they need to challenge their demons before they will be free to become the characters that I know they can be. They both struggle at times but they are also headstrong and determined and their arguments made them seem more real to me and had me so wrapped up in the story so quickly that I ignored Jacks faults and really wanted to see what would happen next
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story full of emotion and drama with characters who you will quickly come to love, even if they drive you mad at times!
AM 🐾 x

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Catherine Tinley is an award winning author of historical romance. She writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Her first book, Waltzing with the Earl, won the Rita Award for Best Historical Romance 2018, while Rags-to-Riches Wife won the RoNA Award for Best Historical Romance 2021.

She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech & language therapy, Sure Start, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now manages a maternity hospital. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, cats, and dog and can be reached at catherinetinley.com,on facebook, twitter, and instagram

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The Corfe Castle Murders by Rachel McLean

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Meet DCI Lesley Clarke. She’s a straight-talking city copper who doesn’t suffer fools gladly… and she’s been transferred to rural Dorset.
After being injured in a bomb attack, Lesley is presented with a choice – early retirement, or a period of respite in a calmer location.
But things don’t stay calm for long.
Before she’s even started her new job, Lesley is dragged into investigating a murder at one of England’s most iconic landmarks, the imposing Corfe Castle.
Lesley must hit the ground running. Can she get along with her new partner DS Dennis Frampton, a traditionalist who doesn’t appreciate her style? How will she navigate the politics of a smaller force where she’s a bigger, and less welcome, fish? And most importantly, can she solve the murder before the killer strikes again?
The Corfe Castle Murders is a compelling, character-driven mystery perfect for fans of Ruth Rendell, Colin Dexter, Faith Martin and Joy Ellis.


Kept me guessing 
Lesley is a police DCI who has been relocated from Birmingham to Dorset and the day before she is due to start her new job, she ends as the first office on the scene of a murder at an archeological dig near Corfe Castle
I like Lesley, she is no nonsense and is precise but she is also fair. She doesn’t like her team to jump to conclusions and she is very different to their previous DCI so she clashes with some of them but as the story progresses, they start to better understand her and come closer to liking and respect her and her methods. She is the kind of officer that I would want investigating if anything happened to me or someone I loved which made it really easy for me to bond with her as a character 
The first thing that caught my attention about this book and the reason that I wanted to read and review it was the title and the setting, as a child I would often holiday in Dorset and the Isle of Purbeck which includes Corfe Castle village. I think this really helped me to see all the locations as well as the drama unfolding in real life and the story was so well written that I kept forgetting that it was fiction. I was pulled into the story so quickly and there were so many twists and turns that I was constantly on my toes and unable to put the book down. I will admit that I was surprised at the identity of the murderer at the end, as one of the other characters seemed like a much more likely candidate, and I think this was another act of brilliance by the author to throw the reader off the scent. I’m also really looking forward to the next book in the series, there was a bit of a teaser in this one and now I’m really curious!! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a crime novel set in an amazing location with some fabulous characters who will keep you guessing until the end
AM 🐾 x

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0989Y2J2R

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0989Y2J2R

Author Bio 

rachel mclean

My name’s Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.

What does that mean?

In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.

Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?

My books aim to fill that gap.

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The Housekeeper of Thornhallow Hall by Lotte James

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She arrived as a housekeeper
Will she leave as a countess?
To some, Thornhallow Hall might be tarnished by tales of vengeance and ghosts, but to new housekeeper Rebecca Merrickson it represents independence and peace from her tumultuous past. Until the estate’s owner, William Reid, the disappeared earl, unexpectedly returns… After clashing with him over the changes she’s made to the house, Rebecca slowly unearths the memories that haunt brooding Liam—and her defiance gives way to a shockingly improper attraction to her master!


One to read again and again

Rebecca is a housekeeper at Thornhallow Hall, a house with a bad reputation which had gone through 21 housekeepers before her. Liam is the Earl but has been gone from Thorhallow for years, the estate having nothing but bad memories for him but can the changes Rebecca makes to the house start to alter that belief 
I liked Rebecca, she is hard working and independent, she is determined and stands up for what she believes in. She isn’t perfect but I think that is what made me love her so much, she felt real and I could almost see her standing in front of me 
Liam struggles with being back home and with the changes that Rebecca has made to the house but thanks to her he starts to see things come back to life and the bad memories start to be less powerful, allowing in the good ones. He is strong, determined and aware of his position in society but he also likes Rebecca and allows her more leeway than maybe he should at times but through all this I could see that he just needed someone there who would support and understand without judgement. This vulnerability coupled with the rest of his character made me totally love him (after a slightly rocky start) and had me hoping for his HEA
Liam and Rebecca blur the lines between master and servant but it’s their characters and personalities rather than their titles that shine through in their relationship. One thing I did really enjoy with their arguments, neither willing to give in and both fighting for what they believe is right. I will admit that I did often side with Rebecca, mostly because I could understand her point of view and quite quickly Liam would as well! 
There are a fabulous supporting cast of characters in this book without who the story just wouldn’t have worked in the way that it does and I think they made me enjoy it even more than I would have done 
This book kept me up all night reading because I couldn’t put it down (the traditional one chapter before bed plan…) and I became so entangled in Rebecca and Liams world that it started to feel real to me and I was totally engrossed, desperate to find out what would happen next 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a book filled with drama and the most amazing characters who you will love as much as I did 
AM 🐾 x

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08WK3Q2MQ/

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08WK3Q2MQ/

Harlequin – https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9780369711106_the-housekeeper-of-thornhallow-hall.html

Author Bio 

The Housekeeper Author -L.James.2021

Lotte James trained as an actor and theatre director, but spent most of her life working day

jobs crunching numbers whilst dreaming up stories of love and adventure. She’s thrilled to

finally be writing those stories, and when she’s not scribbling on tiny pieces of paper, she

can usually be found wandering the countryside for inspiration, or nestling with coffee and a


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