Book Haul – week ending 19 August 2017

Review Copies

I know I’m cutting down on review copies so that I can concentrate on all the wonderful books and authors that are all patiently sitting on my Kindle or bookshelves. However after reading The Comfort of Others (review here) I couldn’t turn down the chance to read this when the author offered me her latest book.

Way Back to UsThe Way Back to Us by Kay Langdale

Since their youngest son, Teddy, was diagnosed with a life-defining illness, Anna has been fighting: against the friends who don’t know how to help; against the team assigned to Teddy’s care who constantly watch over Anna’s parenting; and against the impulse to put Teddy above all else – including his older brother, the watchful, sensitive Isaac.

And now Anna can’t seem to stop fighting against her husband, the one person who should be able to understand, but who somehow manages to carry on when Anna feels like she is suffocating under the weight of all the things that Teddy will never be able to do.

As Anna helplessly pushes Tom away, he can’t help but feel the absence of the simple familiarity that should come so easily, and must face the question: is it worse to stay in an unhappy marriage, or leave?


Kindle Purchases


Vanished BeneathVanished Beneath by Robin Roughley (£1.99 was Free)

How deep would you dive to catch a killer?
Johnny Hammond loves fishing and when he feels the pull on the line he is ecstatic. Though, what surfaces leaves the boy screaming as the pale face of the dark-haired woman slowly sinks back into the deep.
The next morning, Lasser and Bannister wait for the body to be brought to the surface. Only it isn’t a female but a male that the underwater search unit retrieve from the cold water. By the end of the day three bodies will have been pulled from the murky depths, but what links them and why were they dumped there?
As Lasser digs deep, he suspects that someone is trying to refine a new drug before it hits the streets, a drug that leaves people dead. Someone is using people as lab rats, and they don’t care who they kill as they try to perfect the product. At least that is what Lasser thinks as he tries to track the killer down. But all is not as it seems as Lasser discovers the real truth is much darker, much deeper than the lake the bodies were dumped in.


Buried SecretsBuried Secrets by Lisa Cutts (99p)

To most people, Detective Inspector Milton Bowman appears to have an ideal life. But some secrets aren’t buried deep enough.

After a tragic car accident, and a shocking murder, DI Milton’s colleagues have to start digging into every aspect of his life. 

Suspicion and disbelief creep into their lives as a web of deceit unfolds – the Bowman family, friends and even colleagues come under suspicion. No one is to be trusted.

Nothing is as it appears.


Taken at the FloodTaken at the Flood by K J Rabane (Free)

Taken at the Flood is a story of love, lust, mistrust and murder.

The founder of Softcell Computer Softwear systems has everything a man could desire, a beautiful wife who is pregnant with their first child, and an expensive lifestyle.

But seeing the girl in Venice, whilst on honeymoon with Evelyn will alter the course of his life.



To Have and To HoldTo Have and To Hold by M L Roberts – pre-order (Free)

For fans of TV shows Doctor Foster and The Affair. A chilling new four-part series.

Michael and Ellie are that couple.

The ones who have it all.

Success, charm, trust…but no relationship is perfect and the events of the past cast a shadow over their charmed life together.

When lecturer Michael starts to mentor a new student, Ellie fears that history is repeating itself. As paranoia takes its ugly hold, it’s clear some things just can’t be forgotten…or forgiven.


Traveler's Guide to BelongingA Traveler’s Guide to Belonging by Rachel Devenish Ford (Free)

Timothy keeps getting rice in his baby’s hair.

India is overwhelming even if you aren’t 24 years old and a newly widowed father, and Timothy isn’t sure that he or his son will survive without a mother in the picture. He begins a journey through India with his baby, searching for a home in the new landscape of fatherhood, and a way back into life.

A Traveler’s Guide to Belonging is a literary novel rich with emotion and description. If you like Anne Lamott, Barbara Kingsolver, or Ann Patchett, you’ll love the book that one reader called, “Part travelogue, part spiritual journey, and part gentle romance.”


Change of HeartA Change of Heart by Adrienne Vaughan (Free)

When Ryan’s career recalls him, Marianne remains on the island to support the close-knit community who are becoming like a family to the world-weary journalist and her beloved Highland terrier. It’s not long before Ryan realises he cannot live without her and returns to woo her back.Tricky enough without his problematic ex-wife or the contract he cannot break, but when a mysterious death lands his agent in a heap of trouble and Marianne’s mother find herself literally up to no good in New York, the couple, struggling to establish their own relationship are very nearly driven apart. Then when a dangerous but essentially good deed puts all they treasure in jeopardy, it’s time to take stock and fight for what matters most …or is time running out for this charismatic couple and everything they hold most dear?


Unquiet SoulsUnquiet Souls by Liz Mistry (Free)

What is the link between the abduction of a little girl and a dead prostitute?

When the body of a prostitute is found, followed by the discovery of children locked in an attic, DI Gus McGuire is handed the case. But what at first appears to be a simple murder soon turns into an international manhunt for the members of a twisted child trafficking ring.

McGuire who is suffering with his own emotional problems, must pick his way through the web of deceit and uncover the truth in time before the body count rises.

Can McGuire identify The Matchmaker before it’s too late? And can he trust those he is working with?

Unquiet Souls is the first book in a dark and compelling new police series.


Burning MoonBurning Moon by Jo Watson (Free)

Chase your dreams. Dance under the stars. Fall in love at the festival of Burning Moon.

WARNING: Being jilted at the altar in front of 500 wedding guests can lead to irrational behaviour, such as going on your honeymoon to Thailand alone.

On the way to paradise, symptoms may include getting arrested, setting yourself on fire, turning up on a ‘Missing Poster’ and going viral.

Side-effects may include desert island stranding, star gazing and jungle trekking.

Recovery will lead to partying the night away at Burning Moon festival – and falling in love with the person you least expect…


Somme LegacyThe Somme Legacy by M J Lee (Free)

July 1, 1916. The Somme, France.

A British Officer prepares to go over the top on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

March 28, 2016. Manchester. England.

Genealogical investigator Jayne Sinclair, a former police detective, is commissioned by a young teacher to look into the history of his family. The only clues are a medallion with purple, white and green ribbons, and an old drawing of a young woman.

Her quest leads to a secret buried in the trenches of World War One for over 100 years.

Who was the real heir to the Lappiter millions?


White Queen of MiddlehamThe White Queen of Middleham by Lesley J Nickell (Free)

For Anne Neville, a timid and delicate child, ignored by her mother, patronised by her elder sister and bullied by her formidable father Warwick the Kingmaker, her childhood friend Richard Plantagenet becomes a source of strength throughout her life.

As she moves abruptly from castle to castle, from England to France, with Warwick’s changing fortunes in the turbulent Wars of the Roses, Anne is a pawn in the dangerous games of political intrigue that she struggles to understand.

The third son of the ambitious Duke of York, later King Richard III, is a hero in the eyes of the shy and bewildered Anne, and the key to her understanding of the great events happening around her. Their love, almost wrecked by the
feud of York and Lancaster, culminates in great happiness and the last Plantagenet reign in England.


That’s all folks, quite a restrained week for me. Let me know if you spot anything you fancy.





  1. You are cutting down! I’m glad you to,d us because I’d never have guessed. I like the look of the Somme book since I’m into genealogy and especially my great great grandfather’s military experience in WW1

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