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The Marquess Next Door by Virginia Heath

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A dashing new neighbour…

Temptation on her doorstep!

To avoid an unwanted suitor at a ball, Hope Brookes asks another gentleman to rescue her. He obliges – with a surprisingly passionate kiss! Revealed as her sinfully handsome new neighbour, Lucius, Marquess of Thundersley, they forge a friendship over their balconies. It’s refreshing that Lucius is more interested in her writer dreams than her looks, so why can’t she stop thinking about that kiss?


A totally brilliant must read
Hope is determined to be an author and a chance meeting causes her to push Luke into a fountain (what a fabulous start!) before they end up realising they will be neighbours with adjoining balconies that enable them to learn more about each other 
I loved Hope, she is dedicated and always her own person but she struggles with people not taking her seriously because of how she looks. As a result she has a lot of defences in place which can at times cause her problems and I think all of this together make her a brilliant character unwilling to give up on her dreams 
Luke doesn’t want to inherit a title but ends up with one anyway and following an incident with his sister in law he winds up living next door to Hope. He is uncomfortable in London as it has too many bad memories for him, it was from London that his mother was taken away to a madhouse and as a result he can be very overprotective. He struggles to adjust to London life and I enjoyed reading about how he starts to understand the responsibilities that come with his title and the impact that he could have. He is a complex character who I very quickly started to adore and each new development made me love him even more 
Both Luke and Hope have their own challenges and they change and develop so much over the book as their confidence starts to grow and they learn to be the people they can be
I didn’t know much about mental health care in the 1800’s but hearing what Luke’s mother went through was quite distressing for me and I’m so glad that I could get the types of help that she eventually ends up getting in a more modern method of care. Caring about the person, not just the illness. Mental health is so often glossed over and I think it’s inclusion in this book makes it even more addictive to me
This story drew me in right from the start and as each new twist came along I ended up holding my breath to see how it would affect Luke and Hopes relationship. Their story is full of drama as well as the importance of friends and family who’s lives I became so invested in that I can’t wait for the next book in the series 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a historical romance with a difference with characters who you will love and a story that will capture your interest straight away and have you unable to put it down 
AM 🐾 x

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When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Snowflakes Over Bay Tree Terrace by Fay Keenan

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As the snowflakes fall, new love blossoms…

When teacher Florence Ashton receives a surprise inheritance, she decides to make the life-changing decision to up sticks to the charming town of Willowbury in Somerset. With a new house and a new job, she’s too busy putting down roots to think about love.

Air Ambulance pilot Sam Ellis is definitely not looking for romance either, especially not on his doorstep. When Florence, his new neighbour, complains about his noisy housemate, he feels more cross than star-crossed.

But as the nights draw in and both find themselves thrown together in Willowbury’s seasonal drama production, will they overcome their differences and allow a little bit of winter magic to fall along with the snow? And what secrets will be revealed by the box of memories Florence finds in the attic at Bay Tree Terrace?

Let Fay Keenan transport you to the perfect country winter wonderland, with roaring firesspectacular scenery, and unforgettable characters.  Perfect for all fans of Cathy Bramley, Fern Britton and Katie Fforde.


Sam and Florence don’t get off to the best of starts, his brother keeps her up all night playing guitar through an amp. When she goes to complain the next morning she meets Sam, the local air ambulance pilot. English teacher Florence is dragged in to help in a local production of a Christmas version of Much Ado About Nothing by one of her colleagues. She is reluctantly cast as Beatrice and Sam is even more reluctantly cast as Benedicks understudy but forces bring them together 
I liked Florence as a character, she knows what she wants but is also new to the area and it’s taking some time to adjust. She quickly forms friendships and settles in to local life. She does however unconsciously keep part of her teachers voice and persona on even when not at work which can make things interesting. She likes Sam and his brother Aidan from early on and seeing her relationships develop with them makes her feel much more human
I loved Sam, he was nervous about Florence, he really likes her but finds it hard to share his feelings as he was in the Navy and his job as an air ambulance pilot means that he has kept his feelings bottled up for years and now caring for his brother he is determined to show a strong facade. Sam adores Florence and seeing him develop as a character was really good and pulled the story together properly 
This book looks at the magic of Christmas and how a nightmare may actually be the best thing that has happened to you
I liked how this book also focused on the air ambulance. In the UK, as far as I’m aware, all air ambulances are funded by donations not the government but the crew and staff will be there when you need them the most, when your life could be in severe danger so please do consider supporting your local air ambulance if you can, whether that be by donations, attending open days, fundraising or even just spreading the word that they aren’t government funded then I’m sure they would appreciate it
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a story with a brilliant cast of characters and a hero and heroine who will warm your heart 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

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Fay Keenan is the author of the bestselling Little Somerby series of novels. She has led writing workshops with Bristol University and has been a visiting speaker in schools. She is a full-time teacher and lives in Somerset.

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The Bone Jar by S W Kane


This book was so not what I expected but had me gripped totally
Set in an old asylum in London it starts with the murder of a nurse and looks into the secrets and lies that surround her and the building
The main characters are Connie, an archivist at an architectural drawings office and Lew Kirby, the main detective investigating the murder and Raymond, a former patient of the hospital who now lives in the grounds 
The main focus of the story is the secrets that surround the building and the people who used to be in it with the investigations that Lew and Connie conduct the conduit that allows the story to work. Without Raymond the story would have been odd and not flowed properly, he knows more about the building and its secrets but he has secrets of his own 
I will admit that some things I guessed but my guesses weren’t confirmed until much later on but the ending was a twist that I didn’t see coming! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy crime thrillers with so much intrigue that it could make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck (or at least it did mine!) 
AM 🐾 x

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The Walls We Build by Jules Hayes

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Three friends … 


Growing up together around Winston Churchill’s estate in Westerham, Kent, Frank, Florence and Hilda are inseparable. But as WW2 casts its menacing shadow, friendships between the three grow complex, and Frank – now employed as Churchill’s bricklayer – makes choices that will haunt him beyond the grave, impacting his grandson’s life too.

Two Secrets …

Shortly after Frank’s death in 2002 Florence writes to Richard, Frank’s grandson, hinting at the darkness hidden within his family. On investigation, disturbing secrets come to light, including a pivotal encounter between Frank and Churchill during the war and the existence of a mysterious relative in a psychiatric hospital.

One Hidden Life … 

How much more does Florence dare reveal about Frank – and herself – and is Richard ready to hear?

Set against the stunning backdrop of Chartwell, Churchill’s country home, comes a tragic story of misguided honour, thwarted love and redemption, reverberating through three generations and nine decades.

For readers of Kate Morton, Rachel Hore, Katherine Webb, Lucinda Riley and Juliet West.

“Passion, intrigue and family secrets drive this complex wartime relationship drama. A page turner. I loved it.”  #1 bestselling author, Nicola May


This book caught my attention right from the beginning and had me hooked. Then again, I was already predisposed to enjoying it as one of the settings is Chartwell, the country home of Winston Churchill, and somewhere that I have visited more than once
It took me a while to work out what was going on, with who and when, even with hints at the top of the chapters. I think my brain wasn’t quite following things as it would normally
Once I caught up, I was desperate to keep reading, to understand what had gone on in Frank, Florence and Anna’s lives as something drastic seemed to have done having found out quite early on that Anna was committed to a psychiatric hospital. I also found out a lot about the Churchill family that I didn’t realise and could see how the families influence shaped Franks life
Frank and Florence are the main narrators, having met as children and both worked at Chartwell. Hearing Frank and Florence’s points of view, what they went through and how it shaped there lives gripped me and pulled me through so many emotions, from anger to frustration to heartache ending at tears 
A lot of family secrets were uncovered by Franks grandson Richard when he started to look at his family’s past having first become aware of Anna on his grandmother Hilda’s death, his father and uncle where unaware of her either and to see how everything unfolded as well as the risks of burying secrets, hiding them away became clear to me as a reader 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance story with huge twists and turns that will pull you through every emotion 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio.

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Jules Hayes lives in Berkshire with her husband, daughter and a dog. She has a degree in modern history and holds a particular interest in events and characters from the early 20th century. As a former physiotherapist and trainer – old habits die hard – when not writing Jules likes to run. She also loves to watch films, read good novels and is a voracious consumer of non-fiction too, particularly biographies.

Jules is currently working on her second historical novel, another dual timeline story.

Jules also writes contemporary thriller and speculative fiction as JA Corrigan.

Jules Hayes  can be found at:

Website: https://www.jules-hayes.com/

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Writing as JA Corrigan, Jules can be found at: Website: http://www.jacorrigan.com

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Coming home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne


Elizabeth suffered from severe postnatal depression and left her family believing it would be better for them, she was involved in a terrible car accident and ended up with a traumatic brain injury causing amnesia erasing who she was and her life as well as various other injuries. Even when the memories started to come back she thinks her family would be better off without her and that her husband has met someone else.

What she doesn’t realise is that the town all think her husband murdered her, now 7 years later Luke is here to bring her back to prevent his arrest on a murder charge thanks to a new DA. Once he learns her story he is more understanding of why she left but can he trust her now?

I really enjoyed this book, it took me a while to get into it but when I did it kept me reading, I didn’t realise how far I was through it until my kindle flashed up a low battery warning!

Elizabeth is portrayed sympathetically and I believe that a lot of research would have gone into traumatic brain injuries and the changes that they can cause to people which has come across really well and will hopefully help the reader to understand some of the difficulties some people may have to live with. It’s not a topic I have really seen in a book before but it really worked for Luke and Elizabeth’s story

I will admit that parts did make me cry a bit which doesn’t happen very often for me which I think reflects the emotions that come out through the pages to the reader.

This books isn’t your normal romance but I think that it stands out and will appeal to a variety of readers, all of whom I would recommend it to!

AM 🐾 x

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Well I should probably tell you something about me…

Apart from enjoying reading, my life is far from perfect

I live in a world where at least around me mental illness is accepted, or at least some of them are. I have borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar disorder among other things which people seem to understand and accept.

At least with bipolar disorder they have heard of “isn’t that the one that Stephen Fry has” one that has documentary’s about it. BPD not so much. The thought of a personality disorder is scary enough for me, let alone all those out there who see borderline personality disorder or its other name “emotional unstable disorder”.

How scary is that? What’s wrong with my personality? Can I be relied upon and trusted if my emotions are so unstable? These are some of the thoughts that run through my head let alone other people’s!

The one that no one seems to talk about though, the one I’m not sure I’m ready to talk about yet is bulimia. An eating disorder, not anorexia, not the one that has loads of documentaries made of it, but one where you can look completely normal on the outside. Maybe when I’m ready I will be able to talk more freely about it

Bit of a long and heavy blog post but it’s the truth as I see it at the moment, at some point I will tell you about how I cope, what the therapists tell me to do but not yet

It’s bedtime here so sleep well

AM 🐾 x

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