Review of ‘Two For Sorrow’ by Nicola Upson

‘Two For Sorrow’ by Nicola Upson is an immersive and beautifully written Josephine Tey mystery, set in 1930s London. Josephine is back in London researching her next book on the baby farmers of the early part of the century. Amelia Sachs and Annie Walters were executed for their crimes, but Miss Tey is more interested in the aftermath of their crimes. How others were also affected. While staying at her club in town, Josephine is drawn into a case investigated by her friend Detective Inspector Archie Penrose. Danger lurks all around and the pair must find the killer before it is too late.

There’s a depth to the story that you don’t see coming, and I must admit it took my breath away. The author weaves a story of personal tragedy, with a wider stain on society. And the years have not wiped away that stain. 

London of that era was so perfectly described, as Josephine meets with her London theatre friends and mixes with high society. There’s plenty of name dropping- which is an absolute delight. We saw the lives of women of different classes and the choices they had to make. And we also saw the consequences of those decisions.

Nicola Upson cleverly ties in the tiny threads of her story and brings it all together with such skill. 

I was left profoundly moved by the stories within ‘Two For Sorrow’. It’s a stunningly well written and researched story and would make a wonderful film/tv adaptation.

I was given this ARC for review.

My Best Books of 2021!

This year has been another difficult one, but authors have stepped up and given us some amazing stories. I struggled to whittle my favourite books of the year down to a reasonable number. There was no way I could stop at a Top Ten, but I managed a Top Fifteen. These are the books that made my year, and I highly recommend each and every one. Here they are, listed in no particular order:

  1. The Tell Tale by Clare Ashton

2. A Corruption of Blood by Ambrose Parry

3. The Island Between Us by Wendy Hudson 

4. The Fair Botanists by Sara Sheridan 

5. Ignis by KJ

6. The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

7. Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily R Austin

8. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

9. The End Of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird

10. Her Last Request by Mari Hannah

11. The Dead Of Winter by Nicola Upson

12. Song Of Serenity by Brey Willows

13.The Appeal by Janice Hallett

14. Katharine Parr, The Sixth Wife by Alison Weir

15. Shiver by Allie Reynolds

Some Great New Books To Read

Coming February 2022
Nicola Upson’s Josephine Tey mysteries

I received some very welcome mail this week, in the form of new paperbacks to review. I must thank Faber Books for the opportunity to read these new books from two great authors- Tove Alsterdal and Nicola Upson.

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Lady Grim 2021 out now!

Lady Grim 2021

My story, The Shop On Pitkin Lane, is part of this wonderful Halloween anthology. Lady Grim 2021 is out now.

Join a host of WLW authors including Annette Mori, LL Shelton, Lila Bruce, Adrian J Smith, Jane Alden, KT Brodland, Elaine Mattern, Ocean, Rita Potter, Serenity Snow, Nance Sparks and Tiffany E Taylor.

Buy here:

https://books2read.com/u/mlEyDA

Review of ‘Meet Me In Another Life’ by Catriona Silvey

‘Meet Me In Another Life’ is the beautifully written story of Thora and Santi who meet again and again, in different situations. It was poignant and heartwarming and thought-provoking. I didn’t know where it was going and it surprised me. The different stages of life and the types of people we all are, were brought to the fore. A book to get lost in.

I was given this ARC to review.

Lesfic Bard Awards Winners 2020

Lesfic Bard Awards 2020

The results are in for the 2020 Lesfic Bard Awards. This amazing line up of winners again shows the quality and diversity of writing in Lesfic. Congratulations to all of the winners.

Lesfic Bard Awards 2020 WINNERS:

Action Adventure

Julie Tizard

Flight to the Horizon

Airline Captain Kerri Sullivan has a perfect life. Only one thing is missing―a woman to share it with. She’s had plenty of women on the road to success, but she’s never met “the one.” Flight attendant Janine Case is beautiful beyond measure, but comes across as aloof and untouchable. When Kerri and Janine are crewmembers on a flight to Hawaii, an unexpected kiss leads to smoldering attraction.


After Kerri is forced to make an emergency water landing mid-flight and the two women survive a harrowing rescue mission, all Kerri wants to do is follow her heart into Janine’s arms. But Jeanine is hiding a dark secret from her past, one that makes falling in love impossible. She’s on the run from her abusive ex-husband, and she’ll stop at nothing to protect her daughter, even if the cost is her own happiness.

E-Book: https://www.amazon.com/Flight-Horizon-Julie-Tizard-ebook/dp/B082VBJW24

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Flight-Horizon-Julie-Tizard/dp/1635553318

Drama

Ellen Hoil

Traumatic Love

Dr. Nydia Rogers was stripped of her future long before she had one, she now lives day to day. Her life focused on being a trauma doctor and saving others, not herself. Jo Powers, a cop doing her best to make a difference, is a survivor of domestic violence because of someone she thought was her protector. Chance brings them together, but will real life keep them apart?For the first time in her life, Jo will use every bit of charm and romance to gain the trust of Nydia to soothe both their wounds. Will it be enough to win the heart of the emotionally scarred doctor? Traumatic Love includes themes of surviving domestic violence, abuse, and bullying and is recommended for mature readers.

E-Book: https://www.amazon.com/Traumatic-Love-Ellen-Hoil-ebook/dp/B08DDHZGGX

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Traumatic-Love-Ellen-Hoil/dp/1948327708

Erotica

TJ Dallas

Pride and the Stranger

Pride and the Stranger, book 2 in the Pride Trilogy, is a lesbian *erotica novel featuring the Seven Deadly Sins. This sequel follows on from The Bartender’s Pride.

The Sins are back in this highly anticipated second installment of the Pride trilogy.

Sexy meets romantic as Lara and Zoe take their relationship to the next level. Unfortunately, our sinful women aren’t so lucky.

A weekend in Brighton turns dark after a horrific truth is uncovered that will change Harry’s life forever, forcing her to make a heartbreaking decision that could tear her and Althea apart. Faced with an impossible choice, nothing will ever be the same again.

E-Book: https://www.amazon.com/Pride-Stranger-Book-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B08H2JKHBM

Fantasy

LC Mawson

Basics of Spellcraft

BASICS OF SPELLCRAFT is the first book in the Ember Academy for Young Witches YA Urban Fantasy Academy series. If you love kick-ass heroines, Sapphic slow-burn romances, and magical boarding schools, you’ll love this latest fast-paced series in L.C. Mawson’s Snowverse.

E-Book: https://www.amazon.com/Basics-Spellcraft-Ember-Academy-Witches-ebook/dp/B082853L1Z

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Basics-Spellcraft-Ember-Academy-Witches/dp/B08KH3RY3Z

Fiction

Ellen Hoil

Traumatic Love

Dr. Nydia Rogers was stripped of her future long before she had one, she now lives day to day. Her life focused on being a trauma doctor and saving others, not herself. Jo Powers, a cop doing her best to make a difference, is a survivor of domestic violence because of someone she thought was her protector. Chance brings them together, but will real life keep them apart?For the first time in her life, Jo will use every bit of charm and romance to gain the trust of Nydia to soothe both their wounds. Will it be enough to win the heart of the emotionally scarred doctor? Traumatic Love includes themes of surviving domestic violence, abuse, and bullying and is recommended for mature readers.

E-Book: https://www.amazon.com/Traumatic-Love-Ellen-Hoil-ebook/dp/B08DDHZGGX

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Traumatic-Love-Ellen-Hoil/dp/1948327708

Historical

Edale Lane

Chaos in Milan

Three powerful merchants, two independent women in love, one masked vigilante.

Love blooms between Florentina and Maddie, but Florentina’s role as the vigilante Night Flyer could lead to her death and Maddie’s broken heart.

Florentina, set on revenge for her father’s murder, creates an alter-ego known as the Night Flyer. Madelena, whose husband was also murdered, hires Florentina as a tutor for her children and love blossoms between them. However, Florentina’s vendetta is fraught with danger, and surprising developments threaten both women’s lives.

E-Book: https://www.amazon.com/Chaos-Milan-Three-Night-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B08Q7H6DFX

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Chaos-Milan-Three-Night-Trilogy/dp/B08PXK13B3

Mystery

Alexi Venice

Stand By Counsel, A Monica Spade Novel

Monica Spade insists she isn’t a trial lawyer, much less one who represents dangerous criminals. Despite her protests, Judge O’Brien orders Monica to serve as standby counsel for a young woman accused of repeatedly stabbing her boyfriend


Setting aside her abject fear, Monica drags herself to the jail to meet her new client, Stela Reiter. A demure Romanian, Stela looks more like a meek librarian than a person capable of overpowering and stabbing a young man to death. Unlike Monica’s other clients, Stela is coy and secretive during their interview.

Meanwhile, Monica’s girlfriend, Shelby St. Claire, is keeping secrets of her own, forcing Monica to question the foundation of their relationship. Cursed with intrepid curiosity, Monica digs into the backgrounds of both women.


Monica uncovers sexual innuendo and layers of international intrigue. Stuck between an unrelenting judge and a killer in a pink cardigan, Monica pursues the truth in court while fighting to keep Shelby and herself out of harm’s way.


Set in in the dead of winter in surprisingly progressive Apple Grove, Wisconsin, Standby Counsel will keep readers’ hearts racing.

E-Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FRHX7W1

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Standby-Counsel-Monica-Spade-Novel/dp/1456635425

New Author

Maggie McIntyre

Isabels Healing

Do opposites attract? Well, perhaps not always Dynamic and driven, charity director Bel Bridgford planned to write a ground-breaking book on Climate Change until a ten ton truck smashed into her little car and destroyed it, almost killing her in the process. She retreats with her broken bones to a remote cottage in Wales and is forced to hire a personal caregiver for a long summer of recovery and rehabilitation. The young woman who answers the advert is Bryony Morris, a final year medical student from London, clever, cautious, and used to hiding her feelings. Thrown together and alone for most of the time, the two women move on from initial dislike to explore their complicated relationship as they work together on the book. But Bel is still heart-broken after the murder of her fiancée two years before, and Bryony is focused on how to split up from her boyfriend without losing his friendship. As the sparks fly and then turn into an ever more fiercely burning fire of sexual attraction, can either of them survive the summer without breaking the other’s heart? This is a contemporary, passionate story about real women exploring what it truly means to fall in love.

E-Book:https://smile.amazon.com/Isabels-Healing-contemporary-Lesbian-Friends-ebook/dp/B08B3YVH8W

Paperback: https://smile.amazon.com/Isabels-Healing-Isabel-Friends-McIntyre/dp/B08B33T3YJ

Romance

KJ Lesfic

Art of Magic

A story where a touch of love and a slice of life creates a whole lot of magic.


Cath Monroe loves her teaching job, her friends, her family, and her colleagues. They fill her life and her heart. She knows that it’s important to share love with actions and words, but that last one? About the words? That’s a problem. Because when it comes to saying ‘I love you’ to her forever person, Cath discovers that she doesn’t really know anything about love at all.


Then, Rica Diamandis strolls into her life. Rica is all stardust and sexy, and Cath is intrigued. The sudden availability of a romantic blank canvas takes Cath’s breath away. But when her father is taken to hospital with a life-threatening disease, Cath boxes up the romance with Rica, and packs it into the back of her heart. Fortunately, the Universe has other ideas and Cath begins to realise that embracing emotional chaos is actually the art that creates the magic.

E-Book: https://www.amazon.com/Art-Magic-K-J-ebook/dp/B08DM3WVN1

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Art-Magic-K-J/dp/B08DDT1ZXM

Science Fiction

K. Aten

Remember me, Synthetica

What happens when a woman loses her memory but gains a conscience?

Dr. Alexandra Turing is a roboticist whose intellect is unrivaled in the field of artificial intelligence. While science has always come easy, Alexandra struggles to understand emotional cues and responses. Driven by the legacy of her late great-uncle, she dedicates her life to the Synthetica project at her father’s company, Organic Advancement Solutions (OAS).​

Her life is rebooted when she wakes from a coma, six months after being struck by a car. Traumatic brain injury altered Alex’s senses, her memory, and her personality. Despite the changes, she feels reborn as she navigates her way back into her old life. Part of her new journey includes dating the alluring Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Emily St. John.

E-Book: https://www.amazon.com/Remember-Me-Synthetica-K-Aten-ebook/dp/B088RMSK1M

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Remember-Me-Synthetica-K-Aten/dp/1619294427

Cover

Julie Tizard

Flight to the Horizon

Airline Captain Kerri Sullivan has a perfect life. Only one thing is missing―a woman to share it with. She’s had plenty of women on the road to success, but she’s never met “the one.” Flight attendant Janine Case is beautiful beyond measure, but comes across as aloof and untouchable. When Kerri and Janine are crewmembers on a flight to Hawaii, an unexpected kiss leads to smoldering attraction.

After Kerri is forced to make an emergency water landing mid-flight and the two women survive a harrowing rescue mission, all Kerri wants to do is follow her heart into Janine’s arms. But Jeanine is hiding a dark secret from her past, one that makes falling in love impossible. She’s on the run from her abusive ex-husband, and she’ll stop at nothing to protect her daughter, even if the cost is her own happiness.

E-Book: https://www.amazon.com/Flight-Horizon-Julie-Tizard-ebook/dp/B082VBJW24

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Flight-Horizon-Julie-Tizard/dp/1635553318

Winner Erotica Novella:

Erotica

Lyra Hart

Tutor: A First Time Lesbian Romance

My best friend wants to teach me a lesson…
Three years ago, my ex-boyfriend dumped me when he realised that I couldn’t quite ‘get there’ in the bedroom–no matter how hard he tried.

Ever since then, I’ve been too ashamed to date again. I feel broken. Defective.

Now I’m at university, and my best friend Rachel, lesbian hockey star and self-described lady’s woman, has decided to help build my confidence by giving me some ‘private tutoring’. In bed.

She’s convinced that with a bit of hands-on demonstration, she’ll be able to teach me just how much I can enjoy myself between the sheets.

It sounds like the perfect solution. The only problem is, I’ve been desperately in love with Rachel from the moment I set eyes on her.

They were just meant to be lessons. Neither of us expected it to turn into something much more…

E-Book: https://www.amazon.com/Tutor-First-Time-Lesbian-Romance-ebook/dp/B08KHMTXXL

Review of ‘That Certain Something’ Audiobook by Clare Ashton

This is such a sweet story, and has two of the most adorable main characters. They are so different from each other, but seem to click beautifully. Pia is a romantic, whilst Cate seems to think you have to spend to make a date special. Can Pia show Cate that love doesn’t need to cost?

I loved the London setting and seeing little pockets of the city through Pia and Cate’s eyes. This is a story to make the reader swoon. I enjoyed the narration by Jessica Jeffries too. She pitched it perfectly.