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New Guernsey kid (writer) on the block: Lara Dearman

It is truth universally acknowledged that writers support other writers…

And if they’re from the same rock it’s a cert… In fact I’ve just spent the last five minutes stalking Lara to see if I recognise her from her photos – Guernsey is so small we all know someone who knows someone. Rest assured, Lara, you’re a stranger and I’m too busy to stalk anyone unless they have chocolate… 

Lara has recently had her debut published by Trapeze, a new imprint of Orion (one of my favourite houses on NetGalley). I haven’t read it yet but it’s on my TBR pile, which is leaning like Pisa. Here’s the blurb and links x


Book blurb

The six drowned girls stared up at them from the photographs. All young. All attractive. All dead. ‘It is a lot of dead girls. And it’s a very small island.’

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AN ATMOSPHERIC NEW CRIME SERIES SET IN THE CHANNEL ISLANDS

Following a traumatic incident in London, Jennifer Dorey has returned to her childhood home in Guernsey, taking a job as a reporter at the local newspaper.After the discovery of a drowned woman on a beach, she uncovers a pattern of similar deaths that have taken place over the past fifty years.Together with DCI Michael Gilbert, an officer on the verge of retirement, they follow a dark trail of island myths and folklore to ‘Fritz’, the illegitimate son of a Nazi soldier. His work, painstakingly executed, has so far gone undetected. But with his identity about to be uncovered, the killer now has Jennifer in his sights.

Available from Amazon here 

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The Little Village Christmas, Happy Publication Day


Book blurb

Alexia Kennedy – interior decorator extraordinaire – has been tasked with giving the little village of Middledip the community café it’s always dreamed of.

After months of fundraising, the villagers can’t wait to see work get started – but disaster strikes when every last penny is stolen. With Middledip up in arms at how this could have happened, Alexia feels ready to admit defeat.

But help comes in an unlikely form when woodsman, Ben Hardaker and his rescue owl Barney, arrive on the scene. Another lost soul who’s hit rock bottom, Ben and Alexia make an unlikely partnership.

However, they soon realise that a little sprinkling of Christmas magic might just help to bring this village – and their lives – together again…

My review

This is my third read by Ms Moorcroft and it certainly didn’t disappoint. In fact I’d go as far to say that she’s the queen of this genre. Barney is inspired and soon had me thinking of Hedwig from that other book and, just like that book, this also held magic between the pages. Ben and Alexia both have something to prove to themselves and relationships that ignite from first meet are my favourite kind of reads. Last year we had hats, then a car called pig and now we have Angel – My review is finished – go buy the book here

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Christmas at Corwenna Cove, Happy Publication Day

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Book blurb

When Grace Phillips travels to Conwenna Cove to help her parents move there 30 years after their honeymoon in the village, she sees why they fell in love with the place. The festive decorations, carols in the air and constant supply of delicious mince pies certainly make it hard to leave. Grace soon meets local vet Oli Davenport and initially finds him rude, but learning about his passion for animals and how much he cares for his two kids helps Grace to see a softer side to Oli.

It’s been two years since Oli lost his wife to cancer. Though he loves eleven-year-old Amy and five-year-old Tom more than anything it’s hard to be mum and dad. He has no interest in romance until he crosses paths with beautiful and kind-hearted Grace. The sparks fly but both Oli and Grace are holding onto fear about letting someone into their heart.

As the snow falls and Christmas wishes come true can Conwenna Cove work its magic and help Grace and Oli find the happiness they both deserve?

My thoughts

Ah now there’s a thing, a book with strands of personal truth as I too spent my honeymoon in Cornwall, not 30 years ago, only 25.

Ms Boleyn’s support of greyhound rescue dogs is well known and I just love the way she’s been able to weave this into the storyline. A widower, a writer, a magical place that embodies all the best parts of Christmas and lots and lots of animals. Quod erat demonstrandum…

Thank you, NetGalley for the ARC, this review is mine though – you can’t have it.

Buy me here  😉