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Book Review – Secrets on the Italian Island by T.A. Williams

Synopsis

Her work has got in the way of relationships before – but never like this

Anna’s job as a geologist takes her all over the world, including to the beautiful island of Elba, where she’s sent to look for precious metals. And the island isn’t the only thing that’s gorgeous – she can’t believe her luck when she meets windsurfer Marco and sparks fly.

But Anna must keep her role on Elba a secret to avoid upsetting the locals, which means lying to Marco even as they grow closer. When her old friend Toby visits, Anna suddenly finds herself torn between the attentions of the two men. However, Anna’s not the only one keeping secrets.

Is Marco being entirely honest with her? And why did Toby really come to visit?

A fun and escapist romance, perfect for fans of Lucy Coleman and Alex Brown.

Purchase Link – https://mybook.to/SecretsIsland

My Review

Do you love or are you missing holidays? trips to Italy? Italian food? the glorious scenery that Italy offers, the Italian coastline? Then this is a book for you. Or if you just love a heart-warming book set in a glorious location, with delicious food, great characters, friendships and romance, then this is also a book for you. Not to forget the secrets….

I adored this book. My little heart loved everything about it.

Italy is my favourite country for many reasons. In the current climate of travel being such a hassle, this book was just what I needed right now. The author wrote in a way that made you feel like you were there, enjoying Anna’s adventure with her. Also, the food needs a special mention. I was literally in food heaven the whole way through.

As much as Anna was on the island of Elba in Italy to work, she managed to find herself torn between two men…

Marco – The hot one that she was passionately attracted to. However, the secret she has to keep, makes life a lot harder for her. Or Toby – good looks and who she has a lovely instant connection with. The one on paper who seems the sensible option.

I was 70% of the way through and really didn’t know what way it was going to pan out and I loved that about this book. It kept you guessing. I liked how cool, calm and collected Anna was.

Oh, how wonderful the friendship in this book was. As much as I love romance, I think it was that special friendship that truly captured my heart. It was very sweet and endearing.

I finished this book (after having a little cry) and went straight on to Google to research Elba. I can confirm it looks every bit as beautiful as it was described in the book and has now been added to my bucket list so thank you. I just want to go swimming in the sea….and sailing on a yacht! 

I highly recommend this book, it was the most perfect summer read.

Author Bio – I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing romantic comedy is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations, even if travel to them is currently difficult.

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Website: www.tawilliamsbooks.com

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/tawilliamsbooks

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Book Review – The Love Island Bookshop by Kate Frost

Synopsis

A dream job, two handsome men, one destructive act. Will Freya’s opportunity of a lifetime end in tears?

When Freya leaves her publishing job in London to be a barefoot bookseller in the Maldives, it’s the push she needs to move on from her sadness and reignite her passion for life.

While resort owner Zander is charming, it’s handsome dive instructor Aaron who befriends her when she needs it most. But all is not what it seems and there’s trouble brewing in paradise.

Taking a chance on happiness is harder than she imagined. Can Freya let go of her heartache and allow herself to fall in love again?

Purchase Link – http://getbook.at/theloveislandbookshop

My Review

Summer is here! This book is every bookworms paradise. 

Freya has the dream job, a bookseller in The Maldives. 

I was envious of Freya. I love the sunshine, being by the sea, surrounded by books all day, imagine getting to run a bookshop on an island.

I devoured this book in 2 days. I was hooked and utterly lost in this dreamy location and fell in love with it and Kate’s writing. Maldives is on my bucket list and I am glad I got to go there by reading this book.  The descriptive words used, really painted the picture of the idyllic setting. It was captured in the most beautiful way. The beach sounded out of this world, it oozed romance and exactly how I picture the real Maldives.  Blissful and stunning. I was lapping up the white sand, turquoise water, beautiful sea views and those beach villas….one day!!

As well as being romantic and uplifting, I liked the way Kate tackled the emotional side too of heartbreak and lost. We got to dig deeper into what was making Freya sad. Which only made me adore her even more.

I liked the two different male characters in the book; Aaron and Zander. Who both equally sounded gorgeous but as always there is a lot more than meets the eye! I enjoyed now the story evolved around both characters.

This was the ideal summer read. Especially when we cannot travel. Its escapism at its best.

Also how awesome is the cover! Very enticing.

I now want to go to this book shop and see how all the island are doing!! If only!

Author Bio – 

Kate Frost is the author of best-selling romantic escape novels (The Baobab Beach RetreatA Starlit SummerThe Greek Heartand The Amsterdam Affair), character-driven women’s fiction (The Butterfly Storm series and Beneath the Apple Blossom), and Time Shifters, a time travel adventure trilogy for children. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where she also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates.

Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, young son, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Frodo. As well as writing novels, she’s also the Director of Storytale Festival, a new city-wide children’s book festival that she co-founded in Bristol in 2019 with the ethos of making books accessible to all and encouraging children and teens to read, write and be creative. Kate feels incredibly lucky to spend her days writing and being immersed in books.

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Website: http://kate-frost.co.uk/

 

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Book Review – The Twins by J.S. Lark

When Rachel sent out the details for this book The Twins. I was excited. I read the synopsis and jumped at the chance to join the blog tour. Firstly, it sounded amazing and interesting and secondly being an identical twin, I of course was intrigued by it. Being a twin is a special bond which Jane touches on in her book. Its a connection like no other. You know how the other one is feeling, you feel what they feel but more importantly you are never alone.

If you like physiological thrillers, then you will love this. I highly recommend it and am very glad to be part of the blog tour. 

My identical twin.

Synopsis 

If you liked Blood Orange you will love this!

From the moment they are born, twins Susan and Sarah are inseparable.  Through good and bad, the girls will always be together…forever.
 
Until they meet Jonny.
 
Older, charming and handsome, Jonny offers the girls the much-needed love and attention they crave.  But he can only choose one and for the first time in their lives the girls find themselves split apart – the invisible thread that binds them severed.

Set-free from her twin, Sarah builds a new life for herself, marries, has a daughter.  But Susan’s life spirals further and further out of control.

And now Susan is back.  And she’s determined to reclaim everything she feels Sarah has taken from her. 

Her home, her husband…her life?

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Twins-J-S-Lark-ebook/dp/B07Z5K6TPB

US – https://www.amazon.com/Twins-J-S-Lark-ebook/dp/B07Z5K6TPB

My Review

It’s one of those books that leaves you wanting to pause life, to continue reading. I started reading this Wednesday night and finished it by Friday morning. I was engrossed from the first page and really did not know what was going to happen from one page to another and I was left on tender hooks thinking what next. 

It was gripping, intense, full of so many twists even right up to the end page and disturbing but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a book that really pulls at your heartstrings.

The twins had such a hard upbringing, I really felt for them and  was emotionally involved from the beginning, especially when the story was told from their childhood. What they went through was totally soul destroying, heart-breaking and what no child should ever have to witness or be a part of. What I did love was the bond they had, even with all that going on around them, they felt safe together and wanted to protect each other. It really is like that being twin, someone always there for you as a sister and best friend. Someone you can always rely on no matter what, it’s definitely the most wonderful thing about being a twin. That and sharing clothes! 

I liked the element of the twins meeting and getting to know Jonny as he brought some much-needed happiness into their life. It was a way for them to escape their home life. Just a shame there wasn’t two of him!

I felt invested in the girls from the beginning so of course when Sarah and Susan then got separated, I really felt sorry for them. Years later Susan turns up on Sarah’s doorstep and it sparks all sort of emotions. Sarah is happily married, with a daughter, and really not interested in Susan at all. Susan having had a harder life wants to make amends and be a family.  It was great how the story went back and forth from past to present. Which built up the story and allowed you to get the picture of what happened to cause these heighten emotions and the separation of the twins. 

As well as the growing up aspect, with what the girls faced, it was also everything after that happened. Being an identical twin, I think that was one of the main reasons I found it hard and disturbing in parts. Without giving too much away, I just couldn’t imagine the jealously, lies and secrets that could come between them. That was before the story started to unravel and I soon understood! I can see why being a twin could cause competition, but this was next level. Luckily, we didn’t experience any of what they did. Or ever fancied the same boy! 

I finished the last page and just couldn’t stop thinking about it. To the point I was told by a few people close to me, it’s just a book. It didn’t happen. 

A book well written, even if dark, with deep issues, that were really sad – I loved it, and how it flowed and kept you guessing throughout. I can’t wait to read other bloggers reviews and discuss it with them. 

Author Bio – 

Jane is a coffee, chocolate and red wine lover, and a late-night writer of compelling, passionate, and emotionally charged fiction.

Jane’s books may contain love, hate, violence, death, passion, a little swearing, and an ending you are never going to forget.

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Book Review – One Summer In Santorini by Sandy Barker

I cannot rave enough about this book. It’s definitely gone in my top books of all time. I love travelling, Greek food and romance so it’s no wonder I loved it so much. 

Sarah recently single and loves to travel, goes on a sailing trip around the Greek islands. Sworn off men, after an awful ex, she just wants to enjoy what the trip has to offer. Little does she know, fate has other ideas for her. A handsome American man and a silver fox both wanting her attention. 

I loved the whole story behind this. Sandy pulled me right in and I was hooked and fell in love from the beginning. I felt like I was there with Sarah on her journey. (If only) I wanted to shake her at her at times for her decisions (we all have been there) Yet other times totally on her side and loved how girlie she was. What a fab, endearing character, I just loved her. I loved the friendships she formed with Marie and Hannah. Josh  was great too and funny. Oh boy did he say and get things wrong at times. But what a dish of a character, definitely up there with feta. The silver fox was charming, rich and promising to give Sarah the world. Someone you don’t often get to meet. All the other characters were great too. What a wonderful sailing family Sarah had. 

Santorini and the Greek islands, Naxos, Syros, Ios, Mykonos is on my to do list and even more so after reading this book. As soon as I finished this book I was researching the islands and sailing trips. 

Let’s talk about the food- god Sandy didn’t disappoint, told it just how it is. I’ve lived in Cyprus before and so am very much in love with the food. Delicious and out of this world. You can’t beat a Greek salad and crappy greek wine 😂 

I loved the acknowledgements in this and where the idea for the story come about. Just wonderfully romantic. It really was a nice end to this brilliant story. 

Did I mention I loved this book? 

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Book Review – The Recovery of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

This wasn’t a book originally on my radar to read. So, when the girls in my book club said about it, I checked it and it sounded good. I was intrigued.

Rose gold believed she was sick for 18 years. She thought she needed the feeding tube, the doctor visits and the wheelchair. Turns out her mother Patty was a good liar. Fast forward to five years. Patty is being released from prison and Rose Gold now has a little boy. Wanting to make things right, Patty asks to move in with Rose Gold. Of course, no matter what her mum did to her as a child, she relents and lets her. Is she mad?…..

The story is told from both characters points of views. First off both characters really annoyed me. They weren’t two of the strongest characters in a story, but I think that was the whole point. I then got to warm to Rose, even though I did question a lot of her behaviour. I just felt for her and wanted her to feel loved and accepted. Without giving too much away, I did at first think where was her real dad?! Why didn’t he stick around?, so I was glad when we found out and what happened after that (sorry no spoilers here) . However I really didn’t like Patty. At first I couldn’t work out why she would do that to her own child. Also when she moved in with Rose, I just couldn’t trust her.

I found the story disturbing too. Which is probably why it took me a little while to get into it .… .


However, I did like the way the story jumped back and forward between each character leaving you wanting to know what was going to happen next. Each chapter, kept me wanting more, which is what a book is about after all.

It was slow but done in a way that kept you wanting answers to the questions going around in your head. When I hit the 60% mark, I was completely hooked. The story sped up. Things slowing started to unravel and everything become clear. I loved the twists in it too. It was brilliant!

I’m really glad I branched out and read this.

If you have read this, did you enjoy it? If you haven’t read, give it a go and let me know your thoughts please.

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Book Review: The Holiday by T.M. Logan

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 

A nice holiday planned with your oldest friends, partners and kids in the gorgeous sunshine. What could go wrong?! I’m a bit late with this book and have read everyone’s amazing feedback on this so had to bump it up on my TBR. 

I am glad I did as I absolutely loved this book and it had me hooked from the beginning.

I cannot say to much as I don’t want to give any spoilers away but I loved the plot behind this. It really did keep me guessing right until the end, with so much drama and suspense throughout. I love it when books are not predictable and you just can’t work out what’s going to happen.

I found their friendships to be very messy, full of secrets and most of the time hard work. It’s surprising they even went on the holiday together, definitely won’t be another!! .

Who does Kate think is having an affair with her husband….For people that have read this. I didn’t guess. Did you work it out?

I was glad I had @bookish_and_brews to discuss my surprises and suspense with when I was reading it. So thank you again.