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Love at the Northern Lights: Book review

Book blurb

Runaway bride Frankie Ashford hops a plane to Norway with one goal in mind – find her estranged mother and make peace with the past. But when a slip on the ice in Oslo lands her directly in Jonas Thorsen’s viking-strong arms, her single-minded focus drifts away in the winter winds.

When it comes to romance Jonas knows that anything he and Frankie share has an expiration date – the British heiress has a life to return to in London that’s a world away from his own. But family is everything to Jonas and, as the one man who can help Frankie find the answers she’s seeking, he’ll do whatever it takes to help her reunite with her mother.
Now, as Christmas draws closer and the northern lights work their magic Frankie and Jonas will have to make a choice…play it safe or risk heartbreak to take a chance on love.

Available here

My review

A wonderful festive romance and set in such a great location, Norway. Frankie, a well-rounded modern woman who runs away from a life she can’t hack anymore. She has a desire to find the truth about her past and in the meantime finds love.  

Oh, how I loved this. Okay, so I know it’s only September but as someone that loves Christmas I can read these kind of books all times of the year. Boleyn has a knack of building characters readers care about and so she does here with Frankie…yum. 

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Murder on the Clifftops: Book review

Book blurb 

‪‪A delightful afternoon stroll turns to disaster when the guests of an artists’ retreat in the French mountains spot the body of a man at the bottom of a cliff.

Amongst them is Melissa Craig who, binoculars at the ready, suddenly finds herself at the centre of a very puzzling mystery. Was it an accident, or was he pushed?

Her suspicions are confirmed when another body is found days later in almost exactly the same spot. It can’t be a coincidence; someone in this idyllic French village is up to no good, and it’s up to her to find out who.

Between the eccentric locals and mischievous guests, Melissa finds herself with no shortage of potential suspects: was it the surly handyman with a dark past, or perhaps the short-sighted widow with an excellent golf swing? But the real question is: how close to the edge will Melissa have to tread to find the culprit…?

My review 

A delightful whimsical read from the pen of Betty Rowlands. Set in France she evokes the unique scenery and lifestyle of this country while at the same time drawing the reader in with her expert vignettes of local characters. Whilst a crime novel it’s old style but this doesn’t distract from the book. The writing flows, flitting from scene to scene as the body count rises. The pace is gentle but just bubbling underneath the surface, Rowlands skill as both a writer and shrewd observer of a certain type of middle-class English woman stands out. There’s a touch of the Barbara Pym here, Pym crossed with dear old Agatha. A book to be savoured for the words and the expert characterisations as much as for the plot. 

Available here 

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The Stepsister: Cover reveal

I’m delighted to reveal the cover of The Stepsister, my emotional thriller set between Guernsey and Holland.

About the Book Cover

As with all my book covers I designed it myself, learning the hard way through trial and error what works and what doesn’t.

There’s a strong element of art in The Stepsister. Victoria, the main character is a talented artist working as a children’s book illustrator. Hence the striking watercolour background pierced down the centre with an artist’s interpretation of one of the tall and narrow iconic Dutch houses.

I once read that popular books are ‘the same but different’. So, as with the killer thriller genre this cover has a bright, bold script but the arty background is my idea. I hope you like it?

About the Book

You could say that The Stepsister took nearly forty years to write as that’s the last time I visited The Netherlands and the first time I saw the painting that inspired the book.

This is a thriller with a wicked twist. But a thriller with a difference. But rather than spoil the story I’ve included the blurb below.

It’s available on pre-order for 99p here. The book will officially launch on October 29th.

If you’re a book blogger and would like to receive a complimentary ARC please do get in touch via Twitter (scribblerjb).

Jenny x

Book Blurb

She should never have let her go… That was Victoria’s first mistake.

When a stranger leaves stepsisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake.

But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing.

Desperate for the truth, Victoria travels from Guernsey to Holland to find out what’s happened. Has Ness, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse?

What she doesn’t know is there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead.

Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late?

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The French Escape: Book review 

Book blurb

It’s fair to say that Flick has had a terrible year. Her beloved father died, she had the wedding of her dreams and only hours after the ceremony her husband ran out on her. 

Brenda, fed up of her daughter living like a hermit, decides to drag Flick off to France to stay in a chateau. What could be better than an idyllic escape? 

But when they arrive Flick discovers the chateau is all but abandoned. 

The only upside of her French escape is the handsome and mysterious neighbour, Nate. 

Nate loves his life living in the cottage on the grounds of the abandoned chateau but that is about to be put in jeopardy…

Can Nate and Flick ever learn to come to terms with the past and find love again? 

The French Escape is a heart-warming, happy ever after, love story. Follow Flick and Nate’s laugh out loud and emotional journey as they negotiate matters of the heart and learn to trust again.  

My review

What better book to take on my recent trip to Paris, as you can see from this Book Selfie.

This is a delish read. From the gorgeous cover, probably the prettiest I’ve seen this year, to the stylish writing that encompasses all things French. 

Flick has had a terrible year following the death of her father and desertion by her husband just after the wedding. When her mother, Brenda, suggests a stay in a Brittany Chateau she’s not all that impressed. She’s even more confused when she turns up to find…. well you’ll have to read that part for yourself. There’s Nate, around every corner. Just what is he doing living in a cottage on the estate? There’s a mystery here, one she’s determined to solve. 

This is beautifully written tribute to all things French. The writing is well-crafted with lots of humorous moments. There’s lots going on and plenty of vignettes of French village life to enthral and bewitch. A writer to watch…

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A Christmas Gift: Book review

Book blurb

Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine’s struggled to make ends meet.To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local school. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine’s grateful for the help. But there’s something about Joe she can’t quite put her finger on. Could there be more to him than meets the eye?

Georgine’s past is going to catch up with her in ways she never expected. But can the help of friends new and old make this a Christmas to remember after all?

My review

Sue Moorscroft is one of my favourite writers so it was a sure fire bet that when I heard she had a Christmas book out I’d snaffle up a copy. Obviously it goes without saying that this is a competent writer with well-crafted plots and sublime characterisations but it’s her extensive research and divergence from theme that shines through in this book. Two characters. Georgine, now down on her luck and Joe, from the wrong side of the track both thrown together to help plan a Christmas show. She doesn’t recognise him at first and herein lies the problem. Both have secrets from their past that they have to overcome before the inevitable HEA. 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Governess Game: Book review 

Book blurb

The accidental governess…After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart . . . without risking her own.
The infamous rake…
Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling . . . and he’s in danger of falling, hard.
Available here

My review

This is my first Tessa Dare novel but not my last. I loved the start. Alexandra falling in love with a stranger following a chance meeting in a bookshop, a stranger who turns out to be a scoundrel on all levels. A year later, following an unfortunate accident Alexandra finds herself governess to his unruly wards. Both Chase and his wards need work and who better to instil some discipline?

 Beautifully crafted, I raced through this in a couple of sittings. If there is one criticism there were a couple too many bedroom scenes than I’m used to but that’s all a matter of personal choice. 

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New book alert: The Step-sister

THE STEP-SISTER, an emotional psychological thriller will be published shortly. A story that originated from a school trip to Holland when I was sixteen. It’s available to pre-order  for 99p.

Cover reveal – the 17th September. 

Book launch – the 29th October. 

The first line

I died yesterday, or so I’ve been told. 

The blurb 

The Step-Sister, an emotional psychological thriller with a wicked twist.​

When a stranger leaves step-sisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake. But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing. 

Desperate for the truth, Victoria travels from Guernsey to Holland to find out what’s happened to her. Has she, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse?

What she doesn’t know is there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead. 

Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late? 
Amazon link here

More later 

Jenny x