Added week ending 13 August 2016

Another catastrophic week, but an article I read this week assures me that reading helps you live longer, just not sure that will still be long enough to read everything I acquire.

Review Copies

Woman on the Orient Express

Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jane Ashford. A Read Now from NetGalley

Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can’t neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey.

Agatha isn’t the only passenger on board with secrets. Her cabinmate Katharine Keeling’s first marriage ended in tragedy, propelling her toward a second relationship mired in deceit. Nancy Nelson—newly married but carrying another man’s child—is desperate to conceal the pregnancy and teeters on the brink of utter despair. Each woman hides her past from the others, ferociously guarding her secrets. But as the train bound for the Middle East speeds down the track, the parallel courses of their lives shift to intersect—with lasting repercussions.

Filled with evocative imagery, suspense, and emotional complexity, The Woman on the Orient Express explores the bonds of sisterhood forged by shared pain and the power of secrets.


Christmas at the Little Village Bakery

Christmas at the Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant. A welcome return visit to Honeybourne courtesy of NetGalley

Snow is falling in Honeybourne and Spencer is bringing home his American fiancée Tori for a traditional English Christmas with all the trimmings. But when his hippie mum and dad meet her high-maintenance parents, sparks of the wrong sort start to fly. Then Spencer bumps into his first love Jasmine and unexpected feelings come flooding back.

Millie is run off her feet with Christmas orders at the Little Village Bakery and new baby Oscar. Thank goodness her cousin Darcie is here to help her. Although she does seem to be rather flirty with Millie’s boyfriend Dylan.

Will Darcie ever find true love of her own? And is marrying Tori a terrible mistake for Spencer if his heart is with someone else?


What I Did Not Say

What I Did Not Say by B A Spencer. Thanks to the author for contacting me and offering this copy

Jessica Morley is on her way to meet with a man she hasn’t seen for fifteen years. In her bag there is a package she must deliver. As she travels south, she remembers Jack Banford, a boy who captured her imagination as a child and made her believe in a future that could never happen. Now it is time for her to set the record straight and finally put the past behind her. ‘What I Did Not Say’ is a story of loyalty, cruelty and love at all costs.


Last Will and Testament of Daphne ...

The Last Will and Testament of Daphne Le Marche by Kate Foster courtesy of NetGalley

Paris, 1956. Eighteen year old Daphné may be from a tiny French village, but she knows she’s destined for more. Stepping off a bus into bustling Paris with a suitcase full of her home-made beauty products, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to claim her stake in the world.

London, 2016. Scandalous love affairs and an iconic cosmetics brand have kept Daphné Le Marche in spotlight – but her darkest secrets have never come to light. Now, in her London penthouse, enveloped in her rich signature scent, the Grande Dame of glamour has died.

But not even those closest to her could have been prepared for what came next.


Wildflower Bay

Wildflower Bay by Rachael Lucas. Paperback copy with thanks to TBC and Rachael Lucas.

This little island has some big secrets…

Isla’s got her dream job as head stylist at the most exclusive salon in Edinburgh. The fact that she’s been so single-minded in her career that she’s forgotten to have a life has completely passed her by – until disaster strikes.

Out of options, she heads to the remote island of Auchenmor to help out her aunt who is in desperate need of an extra pair of scissors at her salon.

A native to the island, Finn is thirty-five and reality has just hit him hard. His best friends are about to have a baby and everything is changing. When into his life walks Isla . . .


Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek by M J Arlidge. The next in the popular DI Helen Grace series courtesy of NetGalley.

No I haven’t forgotten to the post the blurb, everyone is so far keeping it under wraps.


Kindle Purchases


Secret Wife

The Secret Wife by Gill Paul. 99p.


Russia is on the brink of collapse, and the Romanov family faces a terrifyingly uncertain future. Grand Duchess Tatiana has fallen in love with cavalry officer Dmitri, but events take a catastrophic turn, placing their romance – and their lives – in danger . . .


Kitty Fisher escapes to her great-grandfather’s remote cabin in America, after a devastating revelation makes her flee London. There, on the shores of Lake Akanabee, she discovers the spectacular jewelled pendant that will lead her to a long-buried family secret . . .

Haunting, moving and beautifully written, The Secret Wife effortlessly crosses centuries, as past merges with present in an unforgettable story of love, loss and resilience.


Last Englishman

The Last Englishman by Keith Foskett. 99p

The second book from award winning writer Keith Foskett
The Pacific Crest Trail stretches some 2,650 miles from the Mexican border to Canada. It meanders through the scorching deserts of California, the dramatic Sierra Nevada, the volcanic landscape of Oregon and the vast forests of Washington.

Every year around 300 hikers attempt to walk its entirety. Four in ten give up in the first month alone and only two in ten will reach Canada. Extremes of heat and cold, the toughness and roughness of the trail and encounters with an assortment of potentially deadly creatures stretch walkers to their absolute limits.

It’s a lesson Keith Foskett soon learns the hard way, having to deal with blisters and other physical ailments, as well as his inherent phobia of snakes, spiders, bears, getting dirty and camping in the woods after dark.

With the harsh winter looming, he enters into a desperate race against time, facing a dangerous, physical and very real threat to become the last Englishman to complete the greatest long distance walking trail on Earth.

No Turning Back

No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan. 99p

When radio presenter Anna Graves and her baby are attacked on the beach by a crazed teenager, Anna reacts instinctively to protect her daughter.

But her life falls apart when the schoolboy dies from his injuries. The police believe Anna’s story, until the autopsy results reveal something more sinister.

A frenzied media attack sends Anna into a spiral of self-doubt. Her precarious mental state is further threatened when she receives a chilling message from someone claiming to be the ‘Ophelia Killer’, responsible for a series of murders twenty years ago.

Is Anna as innocent as she claims? And is murder forgivable, if committed to save your child’s life…?


Last Bus to Coffeeville

Last Bus to Coffeeville by J Paul Henderson. 99p

Nancy Skidmore has Alzheimer’s and her oldest friend Eugene Chaney III once more a purpose in life – to end hers. When the moment for Gene to take Nancy to her desired death in Coffeeville arrives, she is unexpectedly admitted to the secure unit of a nursing home and he has to call upon his two remaining friends to help break her out: one his godson, a disgraced weatherman in the throes of a midlife crisis, and the other an ex-army marksman officially dead for forty years. On a tour bus once stolen from Paul McCartney, and joined by a young orphan boy searching for lost family, the band of misfits career towards Mississippi through a landscape of war, euthanasia, communism, religion and racism, and along the way discover the true meaning of love, family and – most important of all – friendship. If you loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, you’ll love J. Paul Henderson’s Last Bus to Coffeeville!

Distress Signals

Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard. 98p

Did she leave, or was she taken?

The day Adam Dunne’s girlfriend, Sarah, fails to return from a Barcelona business trip, his perfect life begins to fall apart. Days later, the arrival of her passport and a note that reads ‘I’m sorry – S’ sets off real alarm bells. He vows to do whatever it takes to find her.

Adam is puzzled when he connects Sarah to a cruise ship called the Celebrate – and to a woman, Estelle, who disappeared from the same ship in eerily similar circumstances almost exactly a year before. To get the answers, Adam must confront some difficult truths about his relationship with Sarah. He must do things of which he never thought himself capable. And he must try to outwit a predator who seems to have found the perfect hunting ground…

Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart

The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart by Anna Bell. 98p

Abi’s barely left her bed since Joseph, the love of her life, dumped her, saying they were incompatible.

When Joseph leaves a box of her possessions on her doorstep, she finds a bucket list of ten things she never knew he wanted to do. What better way to win him back than by completing the list, and proving they’re a perfect match?

But there’s just one problem – or rather, ten. Abi’s not exactly the outdoorsy type, and she’s absolutely terrified of heights – not ideal for a list that includes climbing a mountain, cycling around the Isle of Wight and, last but not least, abseiling down the tallest building in town . . .

Completing the list is going to need all Abi’s courage – and a lot of help from her friends. But as she heals her broken heart one task at a time, the newly confident Abi might just have a surprise in store . . .


Wins & Giveaways

Time Passes Time

Time Passes Time by Mary Wood. Courtesy of Mary Wood


Kindle Freebies

Dead Reckoning by Su Garcia

Unholy Revenge by RC Welsby

Friends Like Us by Sian O’Gorman

Finding You by Danielle Ryan


  1. What I Did Not Say sounds very good – off to look that one up. I’ve read Wildflower Bay and it’s a lovely story. I read it in three parts which has its good and bad points.

    Here are my acquisitions for the week:
    The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish (£1.99)
    Summer in Tintagel by Amanda James (99p)
    Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard (98p)
    The Irish Inheritance by M J Lee (99p)
    Return to the Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard (Netgalley)
    The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen (Netgalley)
    The Testament of Vida Tremayne by Sarah Vincent (99p)
    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling (Amazon – read it already and loved it)
    Out of Bounds by Val McDermid (Netgalley)
    Ghostbird by Carol Lovekin (99p)
    The Dress by Sophie Nicholls (£1.39)
    The Cosmopolitan Islander by M. P. Tonnesen (Trip Fiction win)
    The Last Pearl Fisher of Scotland by Julia Stuart (Amazon Vine)
    The Night He Left by Sue Lawrence (99p)

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    • Not a bad week yourself, I’m auto-approved with Bookouture and really want new Helen Pollard but is very short lead in to publication date so currently holding off (let’s see how long that lasts!). Trying not to be tempted by some of your others. ☺


  2. Oh no! Just when I think I’ve got my reading pile under some sort of control (as well as trying to watch as much Olympics as possible) you come out with another fascinating reading list! Limiting myself to The Secret Wife for now – but that Orient Express one looks tempting …. I suppose I should say thank you! 🙂

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    • I don’t like to suffer in silence Janet, I’m good that way 🙂 If it’s any consolation my reading pile is beyond control, my review pile is growing (you are scheduled in – honest) and as well as the Olympics you can factor football in as well at this end.

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