Category Archives: Love stories

“Before the storm” by Leslie Tentler

I am reviewing this title as part of the Mystery/Thriller Week 2018 event. “Before the storm” is the first novel I’ve read by this author, and is also the first in her Rarity Cove series.  My thanks to Leslie Tentler … Continue reading

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“This must be the place” by Maggie O’Farrell

For my seventh and final read of the 2018 ‘Reading Ireland‘ challenge, I thought I’d try an author I’ve heard a lot about.  I’d never read any of her work before, but after this one Maggie O’Farrell will be on … Continue reading

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“The railway station man” by Jennifer Johnston (#readingireland18)

I’ve been a fan of Jennifer Johnston’s writing since I read her novel “Shadows on our skin” back in 2014.  Since then I’ve tried to read one of her books every year. I’ve chosen “The railway station man” as my first read … Continue reading

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“A Cotswold Christmas” by Kate Hewitt

Having only read one other Kate Hewitt novel (“Rainy day sisters”) which I loved, I was keen to try another of her works.  I purchased “A Cotswold Christmas” because it is the first installment in her Willoughby Close series – … Continue reading

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“Stella’s Christmas wish” by Kate Blackadder

With only two weeks until Christmas, I was in the mood for a ‘feel-good’ Christmas themed story.  This book delivered my wish. Stella grew up on the Scottish Borders in a tiny town called Melrose.  Her parents were killed in … Continue reading

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“The music shop” by Rachel Joyce

A heartwarming novel that makes you smile while reading it. “He was perfectly fine with emotions, so long as they belonged to other people.” We meet Frank, a gentle bear of a man. Forty and single, his unorthodox upbringing has … Continue reading

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“Lost for Words” by Stephanie Butland

  What bibliophile can resist a novel about a charming used bookshop, with even more charming and quirky protagonists? I can’t.  To further my interest, I’ve read some great reviews of this novel that were written by some of favorite … Continue reading

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“Secrets we keep” by Faith Hogan

Kate Hunt, a successful London lawyer, takes a much needed break from the ‘rat race’. She escapes in late December by visiting her great aunt Iris who owns a guest house in the charming village of Ballytokeep.  Even the name is … Continue reading

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“Out of the blue” by Gretta Mulrooney

“Love is the most selfish of all the passions” ~ Alexandre Dumas Blurb:  When Liv Callaghan inherits her grandmother’s cottage in Ireland, it offers escape from London and her marriage to her alcoholic husband Douglas. She travels back to the … Continue reading

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“The Mistress of Tall Acre” by Laura Frantz

Sometimes you come across a novel on your TBR at JUST the perfect time.  Don’t get me wrong, my favorite genre is mystery/thriller, but sometimes you just want a change. “The mistress of Tall Acre” filled a need for me. … Continue reading

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“Rainy day sisters” by Kate Hewitt

Like the lovely aga on the cover, “Rainy day sisters” will leave you feeling warm and happy. Set in the west of Cumbria, this novel features two sisters who are virtual strangers.  They have the same mother, but they grew … Continue reading

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“Christmas in the park” by Laura Lockington

Television morning show producer Sarah Nash has just taken the station up on their offer of voluntary redundancy.  The early morning breakfast show’s quality has deteriorated and the show has been failing as a result.  With her new freedom she … Continue reading

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“Yuletide treasure” by Andrea Kane

In “Yuletide Treasure“, the reader travels back in time to late autumn of the year 1860. We visit a grand manor house that has been closed off to the world for years, Farrington Manor, in Dorsetshire, makes for an atmospheric holiday read. … Continue reading

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“Snowdrops at the Star and Sixpence” by Holly Hepburn

Today is the day when I decorate my house for the holiday season.  To get in the mood, I thought I’d start reading this holiday novella.  I was meaning to read it while taking breaks from the decorating, but instead … Continue reading

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“House of secrets” by Lynda Stacey

Anyone who knows me, or follows this blog, knows that contrary to the old phrase “You can’t judge a book by its cover“, I often do.  I love covers, and this one called out to me. Then, when I read that … Continue reading

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