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  1. BLOG TOUR: Kat's Review of When The Waters Recede by Graham Smith (Harry Evans)

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    517S6GjWFmL Synopsis: When a car is pulled from raging floodwaters with a dead man in the front and the decapitated body of an evil woman in the boot, Cumbria’s Major Crimes Team are handed the investigation.

    The woman is soon recognised, but the man cannot be identified and this leads the team and their former leader, Harry Evans, into areas none of them want to visit.

    Before they know it, they’re dealing with protection scams and looking for answers to questions they didn’t know needed to be asked.

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: Wow! I have read the others in this series and don't get me wrong I really enjoyed them but this book...I LOVED! For those that have no prior knowledge, Harry Evans is newly retired. He was the DI and has managed to grab himself a 'consultancy' role meaning he is still in the thick of it when it comes to the teams latest case.

    The book starts out with a gruesome crime scene when a car is dragged out of the water and they find the bodies of a male and a decapitated female. Harry soon realises that although he is still a part of is old team one particular ex-colleague Lauren is acting strangely. Lauren is an odd character but strangely enough she is also one of my favourites. In this latest book she plays a pretty big part and we get to see more of Lauren and what is going on in her life. 

    In addition to Harry being very much his usual brusque and abrupt self, we also see him going through a change himself. Newly retired, and still going through the grief process after the loss of his wife it feels like we get to see those changes first hand. This book absolutely raced along and although there were a number of threads running through it, the book kept me engaged from literally the very first page to the very last. I think what made this book even better was that I didn't expect it to be so engaging! That is absolutely not means as a disrespect as I am a Graham Smith fan and have always enjoyed all his books. However, this little beauty had that extra something special. An absolutely cracking book and I loved it. I think to get the full picture, if you haven't read the other books it would help, not a necessity...but why not?

    HIGHLY recommended!

  2. BLOG TOUR: Kat's Review of Love, Lies and Wedding Cake by Sue Watson

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    Sue Watson Love Lies and Wedding Cake  Synopsis: Faye Dobson is in crisis. You wouldn’t know it, because of the big fat smile on her face, but inside, she’s one step away from nuclear meltdown. And she shouldn’t be. Dan ?? is the man of her dreams. Her really quite energetic dreams, that frequently come true. Sometimes twice in one night. And he’s just asked her to marry him.

    But Faye’s been down the marriage road before and it ended up with her having Ryan Gosling fantasies while her ex-husband obsessed about the plumbing. The actual plumbing. Faye and Dan have been living their lives to the fullest, travelling around the world, having sex under the stars... They haven’t argued about unrolling socks before putting them in the laundry.

    Besides, even if she wanted to say yes, how could she move to the other side of the world? Because marrying Dan would mean living in Australia. Beautiful, warm and a gazillion miles from Faye’s daughter, Emma, a single mum with her own crazy little girl who both need Faye every single day. Leaving them – even for someone who makes her laugh as much as Dan – simply isn’t an option. 

    Dan is offering Faye everything she ever wanted. So why does she feel like she’s about to lose it all?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5 (I'd give it 10 out of 5 if humanly possible)

    This is a sequel to one of my ALL TIME favourite books, and my suggestion is to read that book first as it's brilliant. Check out my review for that here 

  3. Kat's Review of Blood Feud by Anna Smith

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    Anna Smith Blood Feud Synopsis: They came for her family. Now she's coming for them. This nail-biting thriller introduces Glasgow's newest gangland mistress, Kerry Casey - a gripping read perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.

    Kerry Casey thought she'd made a life away from the dirty dealings of her gangster family. Her father wanted to make them legit - her brother Mickey had other ideas, and now it's got him killed. When Mickey's funeral turns into a bloodbath at the hands of a group of anonymous shooters and Kerry's mother is killed in the crossfire, Kerry finds herself at the head of the Casey family, and desperate for revenge.

    Running a crime empire is not a job she ever asked for, and not one she wants, but Kerry is determined to fulfil her father's wishes and make the Caseys go straight. First, though, she will find the men who murdered her mother, and she will take them down, no matter what it takes.

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: I admit when I relaised that Anna Smith had let go of Rosie Gilmour I was devastated. I knew that a new book was looming but who on earth would match up to Rosie Gilmour? Well I can assure you that the Kerry Casey certainly matches up and add to that the fact that the author has just created an absolutely outstanding book and I think we may well have a contender for the book of the year so far! Kerry Casey seems to be the start of a new sweries and what a hell of a book to start it off with.

    Kerry Casey is nothing like her Gangster family, she is a hot shot lawyer who has spent many years living in Spain. However when her brother Mickey is taken out as Kerry attends the funeral she has no idea she is in the middle of what he left behind. When her mother gets killed in the crossfire, Kerry has no choice but to take the reigns for the business. What she didn't realise is just how good at it she would be.

    The other character I loved in this book was Sharon and it made a real change for the women to be the head honcos and to see them building an empire. The additional characters we see are all part of this amazing book and they all made a lasting impression on me. I got a real feel for this etended family and literally am chomping at the bit wondering how long until the next book. I have always been a huge fan of Anna Smith especially her last series, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this series may well be even better!

    I read this in two sittings in just a day and a half and cannot WAIT to see the next book in the series. For those juts as impatient as me I would guess sometime early in 2019 but we can always hope for something sooner. Thanks for an absolute cracker of a read Anna, a truly wonderful book and for me the best this year so far!

  4. Kat's Review of This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell

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    5134opaoflL Synopsis: 

    On the one hand, if Essie hadn't written that letter - the one that only her best friend was meant to see - then she'd still be living like an actual proper grown-up, tucked up with Paul in his picture-perfect cottage, maybe even planning their wedding...

    On the other hand (if her true feelings hadn't accidentally taken the internet by storm, that is) she wouldn't have moved into the attic flat on the square. She would never have met Conor. Or got to know Lucas...

    And she wouldn't have found herself falling in love with someone she really, really shouldn't fall in love with...

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Jill Mansell and always have done. The fact that she is still churning out amazing books after 25 years as an Author amazes me, but just shows how truly talented she is. This book has an absolute corker of an opening. Essie is finally settled and living with her boyfriend Paul, when one evening her friend Scarlett visits and they both have a few too many wines. The next morning she is horrified to realise that she has unwittingly sent a round robin email to everybody in her contacts including Paul's mother. Before she knows it, Essie is homeless, jobless and in desperate need of a place to stay...enter Zillah, quite possibly one of my favourite characters Jill Mansell has ever created. 

    Zillah is an elderly yet glamorous woman living in the very upmarket Percival Square in Bath. One thing leads to another and before long Essie lands firmly on her feet when Zillah offers her a room to rent in her own home. Zillah is a gregarious and very lovable character, she is fiercely independent and has that twinkle in her eye meaning she is incredibly popular. Also living with Zillah is Conor who has his own story for ending up in Percival Square. When Essie gets a job working at the bar over the road she is thrilled, that is until she meets the owner of the bar Lucas...he is the root of all her problems. 

    I devoured this book and absolutely loved it. The characters, storyline, absolutely everything worked perfectly and delivered a heartwarming and thoroughly enjoyable book. I would recommend all of Jill Mansell's books as they never fail to disappoint, but this one...well it seems a little bit extra special and one that you really should read! 

  5. BLOG TOUR: Beneath an Indian Sky by Renita D'Silva

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    51nEVtv0JTL._SY346_ Synopsis: 1928. In British-ruled India, headstrong Sita longs to choose her own path, but her only destiny is a good marriage. After a chance meeting with a Crown Prince leads to a match, her family’s status seems secured and she moves into the palace, where peacocks fill the gardens and tapestries adorn the walls. But royal life is far from simple, and her failure to provide an heir makes her position fragile. Soon Sita is on the brink of losing everything, and the only way to save herself could mean betraying her oldest friend…

    2000. When Priya’s marriage ends in heartbreak, she flees home to India and the palace where her grandmother, Sita, once reigned as Queen. But as grandmother and granddaughter grow closer, Priya has questions. Why is Sita so reluctant to accept that her royal status ended with Independence? And who is the mysterious woman who waits patiently at the palace gates day after day? Soon Priya uncovers a secret Sita has kept for years – and which will change the shape of her life forever…

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: I’ve been waiting for ages to read Renita's latest release and I think this is possibly her best book to date. Sita and Mary are two young girls that become unlikely friends in the 1920s and 30's in India. Sita is headstrong and feisty and goes against everything her parents wish for her. She meets Mary who lives with two parents that believe in people choosing their own paths. The two friends have very different ideas of what is the ideal life path to choose. However, when tragedy strikes it changes everything and the two girls literally become worlds apart.

    In current times Priya is dealing with the end of her marriage and although this story is not as meaty as that of Sita and Mary, Priya has no idea how her life will change when she finally sets foot in India. The characters I just fell in love with. The story I was absorbed in from start to finish and truly this was a book I didn't and couldn't put down.

    There are many reviews which will go into finer detail on the plot, characters and so on, but I truly don't feel the need. This book will literally take you to another time and another world and you will find yourself falling in love with it all. This is my absolute favourite by Renita so far and I would HUGELY recommend this book to anybody that loves a book that will engage you from page one.

     

  6. BLOG TOUR: Kat's Review of The Summer of Secrets by Tilly Tenant

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    Tilly Tennant The SOS Synopsis: Harper Woods wakes up every morning on Silver Hill Farm feeling like the luckiest woman in the world. She’s engaged to the tall, dark dreamy Shay and just downstairs are the gorgeous tea rooms she’s always dreamed of owning. 

    But Harper is about to discover something that will change her luck forever. For better or worse? She has no idea. Not until an expert can identify whether the stunning collection of jewellery she found hidden in the farm’s foundations is priceless, or more trouble than it’s worth… 

    As news of the discovery spreads through the Silver Hill, it seems everyone has a secret history making them the rightful owner. In particular, Will Frampton, stubborn and irritatingly handsome Lord of Silver Hill House, the crumbling stately home the other side of the hill. Too busy trying to untangle the truth, Harper doesn’t notice Shay getting rather close to his ex from the village. 

    Harper thought she had everything she ever wanted. If she solves the mystery of her sparkling prize, can she hold onto her dream, or will she lose it all, and be left broken-hearted?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: YAY...the new Tilly Book is out, and trust me when I say it is JUST as amazing as the cover! Harper Woods runs a teashop on Silver Hill Farm alongside her best friend Pip. Together they are trying to build up her business with th help of Harper's boyfriend Shay. As much as I liked both Harper and Pip from the beginning, I never took to Shay and thought he was a bit of an idiot. However, when Shay discovers and old collection of jewellery buried on Harper's land a can of worms is well and truly opened. 

    Cesca is a local Museum Officer who is called in to help organise and sort out the jewellery as there are certain rules regarding such old 'treasure'. Cesca is very likeable and becomes an integral part of the story, she also finds the more time she spends at Silver Hill, the more she falls in love with it. There are a number of additional characters that make their appearance such as Will Frampton the reclusive owner of Silver Hill House as well as the local history buff Norwegian Kristofer. The story is lovely and you get a real sense of village life and as usual Tilly does a beautiful job of describing this quaint English Village.

    Many lives are going to change in Silver Hill, it's just a case of who will end up with what and why. I am a huge fan of Tilly's books and this latest one is absolutely no exception. A fantastic read and one that I would highly recommend. 

  7. BLOG TOUR - The Absent Man by Rob Enright (Bermuda #2)

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    41uKyNdR2UL._SY346_ Synopsis: BERMUDA JONES AND ARGYLE ARE BACK IN THE THRILLING SEQUEL TO DOORWAYS

    Something is killing...


    A woman is found dead in her flat on a freezing night in Glasgow, her heart ripped from her chest. With no signs of a weapon or forced entry. Hours later, her heart is delivered to the Necropolis on the outskirts of town.

    Six months after stopping the terrifying Barnaby atop Big Ben, Bermuda finds himself on the hunt for a killer in a city he doesn't know with a police force that doesn't want him. With no links between the victims and the death toll rising, Bermuda has to face a sceptical detective, a seemingly distracted Argyle and an unknown horror that stalks from the shadows.

    All in the name of answering one question...

    Who is The Absent Man?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

  8. Kat's Review of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman by Milly Johnson

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    Milly Johnson The Perfectly Imperfect WOman Synopsis: Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change.

    Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. And when Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks.

    But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty bound not to leave. Even if what she has to do makes her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory! But everyone has imperfections, as Marnie comes to realise, and that is not such a bad thing – after all, your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.

    Kat's Rating: 5/5