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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.

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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

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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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A Duke in Time by Janna MacGregor

Katherine Vareck is in for the shock of her life when she learns upon her husband Meri’s accidental death that he had married two other women. Her entire business, along with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a royal supplier, is everything she’s been working for and now could be destroyed if word leaks about the three wives.

Meri’s far more upstanding brother, Christian, Duke of Randford has no earthly clue how to be of assistance. He spent the better part of his adult years avoiding Meri and the rest of his good-for-nothing family, so to be dragged back into the fold is…problematic. Even more so is the intrepid and beautiful Katherine, whom he cannot be falling for because she’s Meri’s widow. Or can he?

With a textile business to run and a strong friendship forming with Meri’s two other wives, Katherine doesn’t have time for much else. But there’s something about the warm, but compellingly taciturn Christian that draws her to him. When an opportunity to partner in a business venture brings them even closer, they’ll have to face their pasts if they want to share each other’s hearts and futures.

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Totally brilliant
Katherines husband has died and upon attending the solicitors office for the reading of his will she discovers that he also married two other ladies without any of them knowing about each other. Christian is her late husbands older half brother and the person she looks to to support the other wives
I loved Kat, she is intelligent and has amazing business sense. She has had problems in her past that are threatening to catch up with her and cause problems in her new life but she doesn’t let that stop her from developing her business and helping Christian. She isn’t a traditional heroine but that only made me adore her more and at each new turn a different part of her character showed through making her the kind of heroine I wish I could be
Christian wants nothing to do with his brothers wives but something changes when he meets Katherine. He at times struggles to accept how she makes him feel but that made me love him even more as he allows his vulnerable side to show. He wants to help those who like himself have returned from the war and seeing him working with Kat to become the person who he wanted to be makes him one of my favourite hero’s
This book looks at a different side of life, supporting people who need it back into work, which I thought worked so well with both Kat and Christians characters and I could see them within their businesses and working together to come up with ideas to make them able to support more people
Kat and Christians relationship is almost forbidden but their chemistry, which leaps off the page, pulls them together and had me routing for them to get over the obstacles and be together
I totally loved this book and I would recommend it to those who enjoy a story full of drama characters you will adore and who’s lives you will get so entangled in that you, like me, will be hooked and desperate for the next one to come out!
AM 🐾 x

About the Author

Janna MacGregor was born and raised in the bootheel of Missouri. She credits her darling mom for introducing her to the happily-ever-after world of romance novels. Janna writes stories where compelling and powerful heroines meet and fall in love with their equally matched heroes. She is the mother of triplets and lives in Kansas City with her very own dashing rogue, and two smug, but not surprisingly, perfect pugs.

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Praise

“Janna MacGregor dazzles her readers with sexy stories that are also endearingly tender. Her characters tug at your heart-strings and make you sad to turn the last page.” ― New York Times bestseller Eloisa James

“Mesmerizing! Janna MacGregor pens enchanting characters and passionate romance that offers the perfect escape.” ― New York Times bestseller Lorraine Heath

“Janna MacGregor’s stories positively sparkle. Filled with heart, humor, and passion, she is an absolute must read!” ― USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell

“If…looking for something new with Austen’s spirit, humor, and dashing heroes, they can’t do better than McGregor.” – Entertainment Weekly

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Return of the Scot by Eliza Knight

Scarred by the brutal ravages of war, Lorne Gordon, Duke of Sutherland returns to the Highlands to discover that his clan thought him long dead. His greedy half-brother has assumed his title, sold his family seat and disappeared with the fortune. Once he engineers the return of his title, he must convince the new estate owner to reverse the wholly legal sale with the promise that his half-brother, and the funds, will be found. However, that goal seems impossible when Lorne discovers the buyer is none other than his ex-betrothed’s sister.

After several humiliating attempts at securing a husband, Jaime Andrewson gives up on marriage and throws herself into her father’s business. She burns with vengeance towards the entire Sutherland family after their chieftain caused her sister’s fall from grace. Although she’d thought the man who betrayed her sister was dead, acquiring his property had been her main goal since taking over her father’s company. But with Lorne Gordon alive, vengeance is all the sweeter, for she desires only to watch him suffer.

Despite Lorne’s fury, he has to find a way to convince her to return what is rightfully his—even if he has to go so far as to marry her. Though out of practice with the arts of flirtation, there is one thing he does not lack—determination. With his pockets empty and a snarl on his lips, Lorne is determined to win her trust and her hand. When unexpected family secrets on both sides are exposed, Lorne realizes that wooing Jaime will be a bigger challenge than any of the other battles he’s ever fought, but it is one he refuses to lose.

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A tale of families, lies and betrayal 
Lorne has been absent from Scotland for 8 years, first fighting a war and then as a prisoner and upon his return he finds out that his half brother has sold his castle to Jamie, the sister to his ex fiancé 
I loved Jamie, in a time when women were thought of as unable to do things she completely goes against that trend and runs her families successful shipping business. She is strong and independent, determined and at times slightly ruthless but this really worked for her character and made her come alive, especially as the book developed and allowed her to understand more about herself and become the person she could be
I will admit that I didn’t really like Lorne at the beginning, although he had gone through a terrible time he seemed very self entitled and willing to use his title of Duke to get what he wanted. He does eventually become likeable as his relationship with Jamie develops and his personality comes through. He regularly buts heads with Jamie and their arguments plus his reaction to them only caused me to like him more and more until by the end I had come to love him 
Both Jamie and Lorne are haunted by what happened in the past and this really affects their behaviours but as they start to realise the truth of what happened they became more self aware. They both developed so much in the story that they didn’t seem like the same characters who we met at the beginning 
There is an undercurrent of mystery throughout this book and I think this is what caught my attention and along with the drama of Lorne and Jamie’s relationship, it had me reading late into the night desperate to know what would happen and what the truth was 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance full of drama and mystery which will have you hooked within the first few pages
AM 🐾 x

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About the Author

Eliza Knight is a USA Today bestselling author of many historical adventures. Escape to Scotland for irresistible heroes, courageous heroines and daring escapades. Join Eliza (sometimes as E.) on riveting journeys that cross landscapes around the world. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain with her own knight in shining armor, three princesses and two very naughty puppies. If you like historical fiction, look for THE MAYFAIR BOOKSHOP coming out in April 2022.

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The Custard Corpses by M J Porter

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Gripping but also totally creepy
The sister of a murdered boy comes to the police station every year on the date of his death to see if there has been any developments in his case, now 20 years later there seems like there could be a link with another murder elsewhere in the country and it will take all of Chief Inspector Sam Mason and Constable O’Rourke’s skills to solve the case 
Sam and O’Rourke are a brilliant team and work together really well. They see patterns and as they get further into the investigation their working relationship gets much stronger but they also allow others to have an input and it’s Sam’s wife who makes a key connection thanks to the input of a Scottish officer
This story is fast paced and kept me on my toes with twists and turns at every corner making it impossible to put down. Seeing how the case unfolded was fascinating and I know that I wouldn’t have been able to figure it out, but I was very invested in knowing what would happen next 
I’m not going to lie, the crimes in this book are really high on the creepy scale and it has freaked me out quite a bit which I think reflects the writing style and the nature of the story. I haven’t been this unnerved by a book in a long time and may need to sleep with the light on tonight
It’s so compelling and I think this book would appeal to those who enjoy detective stories with brilliant characters and a story that will pull you in and not let you go
AM 🐾 x

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Wayward Voyage by Anna M Holmes

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Anne is a headstrong young girl growing up in the frontier colony of Carolina in the early eighteenth century. With the death of her mother, and others she holds dear, Anne discovers that life is uncertain, so best live it to the full. She rejects the confines of conventional society and runs away to sea, finding herself in The Bahamas, which has become a nest for pirates plaguing the West Indies. Increasingly dissatisfied with her life, Anne meets a charismatic former pirate, John ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham, and persuades him to take up pirating again, and she won’t be left onshore. The Golden Age of Piracy is a period when frontiers were being explored and boundaries pushed. Wayward Voyage creates a vivid and gritty picture of colonial life in the Americas and at sea.

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Looks at the real side of life 
Anne dreams of escaping her life and having adventures which is what happens when she meets a sailor and travels out to sea
Although it is told from many points of view, the main narrator is Anne. She is a character focused on her dreams and what she wants but this does alienate people and cause problems at times 
I had an image in my head about the romance of piracy, as I’m sure many people do, but this book looks at the reality, it doesn’t sugar coat the social, political or economical side of life at the time which I think made the story so much more lifelike. I became fascinated with the characters, the struggles and challenges that each of them face and how they changed over time. Following some Googling I found out that many of the characters were based on real people and I think this helped me to engage with the story and find out more about them
I’m not going to lie, I really struggled with this book to start with but I’m so glad I persevered because as the story developed it caught my attention more and more and I became caught up in the story and unable to put it down. If you want a romanticised pirate story then this book probably won’t be for you but if you, like me, want a book that looks at life and which will make you reconsider everything you previously knew whilst pulling you into another world then I think you may have found the perfect book 
AM 🐾 x

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Anna is originally from New Zealand and lives in the U.K. with her Dutch partner.

WAYWARD VOYAGE is Anna’s first novel. She has been fascinated by the lives of women pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read, for a long time. Some years ago, she visualised this story as a screenplay before exploring and building their world more deeply as a novel. WAYWARD VOYAGE made a longlist of 11 for the Virginia Prize in Women’s Fiction 2020.

BLIND EYE an eco-thriller, will be published by The Book Guild in September, so this year, 2021, Anna will have two novels coming out. Her screenplay, BLIND EYE, is joint winner of the 2020 Green Stories screenplay competition. 

A documentary about pioneers of flamenco in the UK that Anna produced and directed was screened in Marbella International Film Festival and in London. This passion project ensures a slice of cultural history has been captured. It is available on YouTube and via a portal on her website.

She holds a Humanities B.A, a post-graduate diploma in Journalism and an M.A. in Dance Studies. Initially she worked as a radio journalist before a career in arts management working with U.K. Arts Councils and as an independent producer, dance history lecturer and she has run a dance development agency.

Anna is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and enjoys practising flamenco. Writing, dance, and yoga shape her life.

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The Secret Agent by Elisabeth Hobbes

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Sylvie is an operative for the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and has been sent to Nantes in France to work as a dancer and aid the resistance 
I loved Sylvie as a character, she is smart and resourceful, she has done the best that she can with her life after it was upended when she was a teenager and being forced to move to England from France. She struggles to feel like she belongs and this may be her chance to do something to help her country 
There are an amazing cast of characters around Sylvie from every walk of life who bought the story alive and made it feel real. I became emotionally involved in what was happening and felt the nerves and panic about what would happen next and if everyone was aright after a mission 
This book looks at the danger that agents could face, some of the work that they would do and the secrecy that ruled their lives making that part of history come alive 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a historical book with a lot of drama that will have you biting your nails in nervousness and unable to put it down 
AM 🐾 x

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The Viscount’s Unconventional Lady by Virginia Heath

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The notorious Viscount And the most gossiped-about lady…

After years as a diplomat in the Napoleonic wars, Lord Eastwood is reluctant to return to London society. His scandalous divorce has made him infamous, not to mention cantankerous! To halt the rumour mill, he should marry a quiet noblewoman – instead it’s bold, vibrant artist, Faith Brookes, who’s caught his attention. They are the least suitable match, so why is he like a moth to a flame…?

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A fabulously unconventional read that had me hooked 
He is one of the most talked about men in London following his divorce. She is the daughter of an artist and an opera singer and when they are forced together their relationship blossoms but will their pasts come back to haunt them
I loved Faith, she was a great fun character, incredibly artistic and creative, she was willing and able to change her mind about Piers as she learnt more about him. She lives in Bloomsbury, cares a lot for her family and is used to being in the scandal pages just by talking to people thanks to her family’s background but this makes her seem more normal
Piers has always been drawn to people who stand out and when he meets Faith he is instantly captivated. He is nervous and tongue tied around her, thinking himself boring and not someone that she would ever be interested in, especially as she is a bit like his ex wife. I loved Piers right from the start, he is vulnerable but strong, incredibly intelligent and as he comes out of his shell he becomes even more loveable 
Both Piers and Faith have had a past full of scandals and on the surface they seem like very different people but they are drawn to each other, and a lot of their exchanges had me captivated and wanting to read more 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance where the characters are not the traditional regency characters but people you will adore 
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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The Resistance Girl by Jina Bacarr

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Two women. One heartbreaking secret.

Paris, 1943.

Sylvie Martone is the star of French cinema, and adored by fans. But as Nazi officers swarm the streets of Paris, she is spotted arm in arm with an SS Officer and her fellow Parisians begin to turn against her.

However Sylvie has a secret – one she must protect with her life.

Paris, 2020.

Juliana Chastain doesn’t know anything about her family history. While her mother was alive she remained very secretive about her past.

So when Juliana discovers a photograph of a glamorous French actress from World War Two amongst her mother’s possessions, she is in shock to find herself looking at her grandmother – especailly as she is arm in arm with a Nazi Officer…

Desperate for answers, Juliana is determined to trace the journey of her grandmother. Surely there is more to the photograph than meets the eye?

But as she delves into Sylvie’s past, nothing can prepare Juliane for the tales of secrets, betrayal and sacrifice which she will uncover.

A heart-wrenching story of love and war, perfect for fans of Pam Jenoff and Suzanne Goldring.

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An absolutely amazing book that looks at a time in history from a totally different point of view 

Juliana finds out that her grandmother was Sylvie Martone, a famous French actress who starred in films from the silent movie era through to WW2 but there are pictures of Sylvie appearing to show her collaborating with the Nazi’s during their French occupation. Juliana doesn’t want to believe that her grandmother could be working with the Nazi’s so she goes to France to try and uncover the truth 

 
I loved Sylvie, she is a strong woman who has so many troubles in her life but she fights and comes through them. It was fascinating to hear of her life as a famous film star, she would never give up on her dream to be an actress and seeing her career develop and her relationship with her fans showed the character that she was 
 
Juliana doesn’t have as strong a role as Sylvie, it is after all her story, but following Juliana uncovering Sylvie’s life I could feel the emotions that Juliana went through as she learned more
 
This book showed me a part of the war that I didn’t really think of, how the invasion of France and the occupation of Paris affected those who lived there, learning what everyday life was like and the sacrifices that people had to make 
 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a historical novel from a different view point packed full of drama which will engage your emotions and turn them this way and that
 
AM 🐾 x

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Jina Bacarr is a US-based historical romance author of over 10 previous books. She has been a screenwriter, journalist and news reporter, but now writes full-time and lives in LA. Jina’s novels have been sold in 9 territories.

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Stealing the Crown by TP Fielden

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This book is a great fun murder mystery that had me guessing right up to the end 
Guy works in Buckingham Palace and is tasked with investigating the death of his colleague Ed, he does this with the help of his flat mate Rupert and clever London thief Rodie
I really enjoyed this book, it’s set in WW2 and looks at a different perspective than any other books I have read. I will admit that it took time for me to remember all the characters but there was a handy list at the beginning that helped with that! I will admit that I did struggle with Guy at times but with the help of Rodie and Rupert the story came together and balanced Guy out so I ended up quite liking him
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a mystery story that looks at the secret side of war and a twist that you won’t see coming 
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

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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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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:

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