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.

Review of ‘The Mirror Dance’ by Catriona McPherson

I’ve read a few books in this series before and really enjoyed them. Catriona McPherson’s writing is so wonderfully evocative of a bygone era and never fails to draw me in. ‘The Mirror Dance’ is another excellent story, this time set amongst the publishing houses of Dundee. Dandy Gilver is once again on the case, and with her sidekick Alex Osbourne and razor-sharp maid, Grant, she becomes embroiled in a puzzling mystery. 

I loved that the story was set in the publishing industry and that we got to imagine what it may have been like in the heyday of Dundee’s famous newspapers and magazines. Dandy’s dogged investigation threw up some red herrings and twists and turns that I did not see coming. The ambience was perfectly done, the descriptions exquisite. The story was inventive and fascinating and the perfect cosy mystery. Thoroughly enjoyable.

I was given this ARC to review.

Kitty’s Top Ten Books of 2020

We’ve all relied on distractions this year. I know I have. Books have been a lifeline and have taken us to other places, far away from the world we’ve had to live in.

I have read so many wonderful books over the past twelve months, so choosing a Top Ten has been extremely difficult. Only three have been pure romance and each of the three were exceptional. Two were mystery and crime stories and among the best I’ve ever read in that genre. The remaining books on my list veered into other genres – science fiction, fantasy and the supernatural. I needed some escapism it seems. 

I recommend each and every one and hope that you will have a look at my reviews and maybe try them for yourselves. Here are my Top Ten, in alphabetical order

Finding Jessica Lambert by Clare Ashton

The Lost Temple of Psiere by K Aten

The Thing About Tilly by G Benson

Never Too Late for Heroes by A.L. Brooks

Spirited by Julie Cohen

Alsea Rising: The Seventh Star by Fletcher Delancey

Without A Trace by Mari Hannah 

Christmas in Mistletoe by Clare Lydon

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Whispering Wildwood by Emma Sterner-Radley

 

Review of ‘Lesfic Eclectic Volume 2’ Edited by Robyn Nyx

Lesfic  Eclectic Volume 2 is a wonderful collection of short stories from some new and some well-known authors. The variety of genres and styles make this a must-have book and I’ve had a delightful time reading each and every one. There’s something for all tastes and inclinations, from the scorching hot, to the sweet and romantic. But there’s also something for lovers of historical, fantasy, science fiction and humorous stories.

 Although I enjoyed them all, I have a few favourites. ‘Nothing Ever Changes’ by AJ Mason is a very well written story with a twist I definitely didn’t see coming. I really liked the characters and could see their story working well in a full-length novel. 

‘Back To School Night’ by Serena J Bishop is an engaging story, with compelling, fully fleshed-out main characters – not an easy feat in a short story. But she has nailed it.

‘For Her Love’ by Anna Shade is a historical western tale that had me hooked from the start. It would make a fascinating novel, if the author was minded to expand the story.

‘The Elephant Trees’ by Valden Bush was a beautifully poetic story and deeply emotional. I loved it. 

But my absolute favourite was ‘Into The Light’ by Brey Willows. This sci-fi story was thrilling, full of hope and love, and if you’re a Brey Willows fan you will not want to miss it. 

Be sure to get your FREE copy of this collection using the following link:

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I was given this ARC to review.

Review of ‘Witch’ by Finbar Hawkins

The story of Evey and her sister Dill in the aftermath of their mother’s murder at the hands of witch hunters, is a powerful tale. It is set in a time of wars, witch trials and hard lives for women. Women were supposed to be subservient. Not the women Evey knew.
I loved the historical aspects of the story, but it is the character development in the face of enormous struggles and grief that impressed me most. The writing was beautifully poetic and suited the magic and enchanting setting. It was about finding the power within and the importance of love and friendship for women.

I was given this ARC for review by LoveReading.

Review of ‘Whispering Wildwood’ by Emma Sterner-Radley

I love when an author shows imagination and love for invention in their writing. Emma Sterner-Radley does just that in ‘Whispering Wildwood’.  This is where Emma Sterner-Radley excels. This is her genre. 

Korinne is the strong, intelligent member of her family and has gone along with a life she hates for the sake of her brother. Matt is sweet and kind, but not the brightest. Korinne would do anything to protect him.  When they are forced into an adventure in the Whispering Wildwood, both find that life is never going to be the same again. With the help of the flamboyant and knowledgeable Vicktoria, they encounter magic and mystery and creatures they thought part of fairy tales. Korinne undergoes a voyage of self discovery in an environment full of surprises and wonder.

The story is wonderful and I was completely enthralled. The language is beautifully descriptive and the world-building exquisite. I couldn’t get enough of the puzzles and riddles of the Wildwood and the creatures they encountered. It was a joy to read. I loved it.

I was given this ARC for review.

Review of ‘Sealed With A Kiss’ by Sam Skyborne

This enjoyable age-gap romance is the story of Jacqui and her life-long love for an older woman. After years away from her island home, she returns to deal with something from her past. Dorothy has followed the rules and lived up to other people’s expectations her whole life. Now older, will she begin to life for herself and find the happiness she deserves?
This romance is beautifully told and hits an emotional note that makes the reader want to know more. The descriptions of the island setting are delightful and immersive. Sam Skyborne paints the scene with an artist’s eye. There are a few twists and surprises – and it certainly didn’t go the way I expected. The Lesvos setting is a character on its own, and plays an interesting role in the book. A lovely story with an emotional pull. I enjoyed it.

I was given this ARC for review.