The Bloomsbury Affair by Anita Davison

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1905 London is a heady mix of unimaginable wealth and simmering political tensions, and with war looming Flora Maguire wants to keep her family safe.

So when her beloved charge Viscount Edward Trent is accused of murder, she’s determined not to leave the investigation to the police. Flora has trodden the path of amateur sleuth before, but with so much at stake, this time it’s personal.

Slowly the body of the victim found stabbed on a train bound for Paddington starts giving up its secrets, and Flora and her husband Bunny become mired in a murky world of spies, communists and fraudsters. And with the police more sure than ever that Edward is their murderer, Flora must work fast to keep him safe.

Anita Davison’s compulsive story-telling, combined with the irresistible mix of historical drama and gripping mystery, make this unputdownable.

Chells and Books Review:

I would like to thank Aria for asking me to review this book and organising the blog tour. This is a new author for me and I was so glad I picked this up to read as it was an exceptional read.

This is book 5 in a series but can be read as a stand alone as I did. The story is set in 1905 in London and is a mystery. A murder needs solving and Flora investigates hoping to keep her family save. The levels of description and historical facts make this an interesting read and I love a good mystery to solve. The era of the early 1900s is a great era to set a mystery. One of the most positive things about this read are the characters as the are very three dimensional.    

A great read if you love historical reads and a mystery set back in time. I will be looking to read the others in this series.  

About the author: 

Born in London, Anita has always had a penchant for all things historical. She now lives in the beautiful Cotswolds, the backdrop for her Flora Maguire mysteries.

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What Did I Do? by Jessica Jarlvi

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Kristin is on the run. From her life. From herself.

When two murders take place in Chicago, Kristin quickly finds herself a prime suspect. The problem is she can’t be sure of what she did or didn’t do.

DID THEY MAKE ME DO IT… In fear for her life, Kristin flees abroad to start her life over.  But it’snot that easy to escape the past. And whatever she’s done, someone is on her tail, wanting her to pay. The question is: could she be a killer and not even remember?

Page-turning,gripping, dark, and utterly addictive, this is one thriller that you won’t beable to put down. Perfect for fans of Cara Hunter, Mark Edwards and Caroline England.

What others think:

‘Jessica Jarlvi is a hugely talented writer and definitely one to watch’ Sophie Hannah

‘This book kept me up way into the small hours.’ Elaine Lydon, NetGalley

Chells and books review:

https://chellsandbooks.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/what-did-i-do-by-jessica-jarlvi-blog-tour/

Five Ladies Go Skiing by Karen Aldous

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A delightful new novel of love and friendship from KarenAldous…

Ginny is alone now after losing her husband, so her friends (her F.L.O.W.E.R.S) decide with his first memorial imminent, learning to ski in the Swiss Alps would be a great distraction for her. What Ginny’s friends fail to add into the equation however, is their own distractions! The baggage they carry with them not only threatens their skiing but scales mountainous emotions throughout the trip. The questions then are…can their friendships survive, and can Ginny ever trust enough to love again?

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Chells and Books Review:

I would like to thank Rachel Gilbey for asking me to review this book and for organising the blog tour. Also I would like to thank HG Digital. The title interested me as I go skiing and once I saw the cover I was quite literally captivated by it. Such a lovely cover. 

Meet the F.L.O.W.E.R.S aka five 60 year olds who are best friends and have been since their younger years. Ginny has lost her husband and her friends decide that a year later it is time to go on holiday and spend some quietly time together to support her. 

I enjoyed the start of the book where you can an insight into each of the characters lives. It is well written as you gain so much in such a small amount of writing and sets you up nicely for the rest of the read. The story is written from all five ladies perspectives which I like. Each women has her own issues to deal with and this skiing holiday comes at a time in there lives where they need to deal with them. Emotions are high during this ski trip but with friendship close at hand all she be well right? I delighted in the descriptive settings and could feel myself being completely lost in Karen’s world. 

A brilliant story full of friendship, hope and drama. I found myself laughing and crying along with the girls. This is a lovely contemporary, uplifting story where real life plays our in an exotic location. 

About the author:

  

Karen Aldous enjoys villagelife on the edge of the north-downs in Kent with easy access to the buzz ofLondon. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing,she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such aswalking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine!

Much of Karen’s inspiration comes from her travels and meeting people. The UK,France, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and parts of the USA and Asia are just someyou will experience in her books to date. However, wherever she goes, newcharacters emerge in ‘Karen’s World’ screaming at her to tell their stories;past or present. She loves to write about strong independent women who candirect their own lives – but struggle to control them! And, of course there’salways a gorgeous hunk or two!

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A Gift From Woolworths by Elaine Everest

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Will the war be over by Christmas?

As the war moves into 1945 the lives of the women of Woolworths continue. When store manager, Betty Billington, announces she is expecting Douglas’s baby her future life is about to change more than she expects.

Freda has fallen in love with the handsome Scottish engineer but will it end happily?

Maisie loves being a mother and also caring for her two nieces although she still has her own dreams. When her brother appears on the scene he brings unexpected danger to the family.

Meanwhile Sarah dreams of her husband’s return and a cottage with roses around the door but Woolworths beckons.

Will our girls sail into times of peace, or will they experience more heartache and sorrow? With a wedding on the horizon, surely only happiness lies ahead – or does it?

A Gift from Woolworths is the next instalment in Elaine Everest’s much-loved Woolworths series.

What others think: 

‘Heart-warming . . . a must-read’ – Woman’s Own on The Woolworths Girls

‘A warm, tender tale of friendship and love . . . sweet as a Woolies pick’n’mix’ – Milly Johnson on The Woolworths Girls

‘A lovely read’ – Bella on The Woolworths Girls

Chells and Books Review: 

Firstly, before I start gushing over this wonderful book I would like to thank Elaine Everest for wanting me to review her book, Pan publishing for sending me the book and Faye Rogers for organising the blog tour. Each time I hear that Elaine has a new book coming out I get so excited and cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. A story written by Elaine Everest for me is like receiving a warm hug. 

A Gift from Woolworths is the fifth book in the series and the second Christmas themed, the cover is very festive and really does stand out on the shelves of the shops where I have seen it. I would recommend reading the books in order but it can be read as a stand alone, I feel if you read all the books in order you have a greater understanding of the characters and their individual journeys but even read as a stand alone it would still be an amazing read. 

We return to the girls as the war is finally ending and they are all having to adapt to live after war. Betty is expecting a baby but is worried about what will happen to Woolworths when she leaves, Sarah is trying to overcome the loss of her mum and the birth of her second child. Maisie with her brood of five and her wonderful husband receive some news that may course trouble for the family as Maisie’s brother makes a return. Freda is trying to find love and we are planning a wedding, Ruby finally sets a date! Ruby who is central to all the characters is one of my favourite characters (I don’t have a favourite as I love different parts of all the characters) and I have been looking forward to her wedding and this is a wedding you definitely don’t want to miss.

Right from the first page Elaine takes you on a journey through 1945 with her warm writing tone and exciting plot. I know as soon as I open a book by Elaine and start reading that I will be completely immersed into life in Erith. A Gift from Woolworths is perfect and a mist read for fans of historical saga.

About the Author: 

Elaine Everest

 

ElaineEverest, author of Bestselling novels TheWoolworths Girls, The Butlins Girls, Christmas at Woolworths, and Wartime at Woolworths was born and brought up in North West Kent, where many of her books are set. She has been a freelance writer for twenty years and has written widely for women’s magazines and national newspapers, with both short stories and features. Her non-fiction books for dog owners have been very popular and led to broadcasting on radio about our four legged friends. Elaine has been heard discussing many topics on radio from canine subjects to living with a husband under her feet when redundancy looms.

When she isn’t writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school at The Howard Venue in Hextable, Kent and has a long list of published students.

Elaine lives with her husband, Michael, and their Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry, in Swanley, Kent and is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, The Crime Writers Association, The Society of Women Writers & Journalists and The Society of Authors.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/elaineeverest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElaineEverestAuthor/

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Who I Am by Sarah Simpson

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I know everythingabout you

And you knoweverything about me… except

WHO I AM.

Andi met Camilla at university. Instantly best friends, they shared everything together. Until their long-planned graduation celebration ends in tragedy… Years later, Andi is living a seemingly perfect life on the rugged Cornish Coast with her loving husband, happy children and dream home. Yet Andi is haunted by a secret she thought only she knew. Someone out there is bringing Andi’s deepest fears to life. And she knows there’s no escaping the past that has come back to haunt her… You trusted me with your secrets, you told me everything, you thought I was your best friend… but you have no idea WHO I AM.Gripping, unputdownable and packed with twists and turns from the first page to the very last, this stunning psychological thriller will make you question whether we can ever really trust the ones we love.

Chells and Books Review: 

I love a good psychological thriller something to completely loose myself in and keep me on the edge of my seat. I must admit I didn’t find the cover very appealing even though it relates to the dark atmosphere of the story but Sarah knows how to keep the reader engaged with her words. I was hooked from the start.

The plot flits from different times and places but not in a confusing way, I found it was quite easy to follow despite it being fast paced. I love the use of questions and statements to give the reader more understanding of the characters and plot and creating suspense perfect for a psychological thriller. Sarah’s knowledge and understanding of her topic shows clearly throughout the plot and brings depth to the characters. I enjoyed reading the scenes at the counsellors as this was were we gain even more understanding of the minds of the characters. Just when I thought I knew where the plot was headed a new detail is let slip and I am back to the drawing board and guessing. 

Who I Am is brilliant. Do we really know who people are? I don’t think we do. This is a must read if you like a psychological thriller. I have read so many historical and romantic fiction books recently that this was the perfect respite. I cannot wait for more from Sarah. 

About the Author: 

Sarah Simpson has afirst-class honours degree in Psychology and has experienced working at a BrainRehabilitation Hospital. She has spent time as a family consultant forWarwickshire and Oxfordshire solicitors and gained knowledge of the FamilyCourt System. She now lives in Cornwall with her husband, three children andanimals.

Christmas at Liberty’s by Fiona Ford

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September, 1941: Mary arrives in war-torn London nursing a broken heart and a painful secret.

When she is offered her dream post as an assistant in the fabric department at Liberty store, she knows this is the fresh start she needs. Amid the store’s vibrant prints and sumptuous interiors, Mary finds a new family who can help her to heal.

But not everyone will give Mary such a warm welcome, and the trauma of her past will soon catch up with her.

As Mary and the Liberty Girls endure the heartache and uncertainty of war, it will take a steady heart to keep the magic of Christmas alive.

What others think: 

‘A wonderful, uplifting story of friendship and courage. Characters that you can’t help falling in love with! This new saga series will surely touch the hearts of saga readers everywhere’ Nancy Revell, author of the Shipyard Girls series

‘A Liberty treasure chest of silks, satin, lace and ribbons with gritty wartime passion at its very core. A gem!’ – Daisy Styles, author of the Bomb Girls series

Chells and Books Review: 

I would like to thank Rachel Kennedy from Penguin Random House publishers for asking me to review Christmas at Liberty’s by Fiona Ford. I took one look at the cover of the book and read of the blurb and I emailed back saying ‘definitely count me in!’ I actually think I may have gushed on for a little bit longer than those four words but you get the idea. I was very excited. 

Christmas at Liberty’s has many of my favourite themes that I look out for when choosing an historical fiction book to read. It is set in London during World War 2,  is part of a saga and has the added bonus of being set at Christmas. The cover is amazing and so beautiful it oozes magic and that is exactly what Fiona has created when writing Christmas at Liberty’s. 

Upon opening the book I was transported to the shop front of Liberty’s where we first find Mary. I could just feel the Christmas atmosphere and the hustle and bustle of a busy London street preparing for the season. Liberty’s magic is introduced from the off and it captivates everything you dream that a Christmas department stores window should be. As I read more about Mary  and begin to understand the character you know that the magic of Liberty’s is something very dear to her. Mary has fallen on hard times that includes a secret she must keep at all costs and a broken heart, as she starts to make a new beginning Liberty’s plays a very important role. Mary is welcomed with open arms, though hesitant at first and she finds herself becoming part of the Liberty family.

I adore the Liberty girls they all have there own stories of hardship but all have that amazing nature that seems to be a big part of war time England were they care and put their friends and families before themselves. That nature is such an important part of that time period and Fiona has captured the very essence of it in this book. I adore Alice, she comes across very stern to start with but she has a protective side of her and has a heart of gold, which comes out as the story unfolds. I am excited to see how her story continues. 

There are always some characters that you love to hate and that is Mrs Matravers. On first meeting her I couldn’t help but despise of her, then you get to now her background and a surprising twist in the story leaves you feeling sorry for her. However, poor Mary feels the full extent of her anger but it makes for a very exciting story full of twists and turns and some surprises. At times when you think, ‘I know were this is going’, the story goes in a different direction. At times I was on the edge of my seat.

Christmas at Liberty’s is a perfect read for a cold winters night. This is the first book of a saga the next The Liberty Girls is out 16th May 2019! I for one cannot wait to meet the girls again! 

I am so glad I got to read and review this amazing book by Fiona and I hope everyone else finds is as captivating as I have. It is defiantly one I will be re-reading. 

About the Author: 

Fiona Ford

Fiona Ford is the author of the Liberty Girls series, which is set in London during the Second World War.

Fiona spent many years as a journalist writing for women’s weekly and monthly magazines. She has written two novels under the pseudonym, Fiona Harrison, as well as two sagas in her own name in the Spark Girls series. 

Fiona lives in Berkshire with her partner.

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber (Blog Tour)

The Quarryman's Wife by Elizabeth Gill

Before beginning her new job as sous chef at one of Seattle’s finest restaurants, Josie Stewart takes on a six-month position cooking at a lodge in an Alaskan lake town. It’s only temporary–or so she thinks, as she becomes a valued part of the local community, falling in love with the people who call the Klutina Lake home.

But one man, in particular, stands out among the rest of Josie’s new friends: an intriguing swordsmith whose very existence forces her to question whether her heart wants to return to Washington at all.

Review: I would firstly like to thank arrow publishing and Rachel Kennedy for asking me to review this amazing book and to be apart of the blog tour. I felt very honoured to be able to read and review a book by Debbie Macomber who is a very author of mine.

Alaskan Holiday is perfect for a cosy Christmas read. I enjoyed this read. Debbie has again created some strong characters and a delightful setting. Once I started reading it was very hard to put down. Pure escapism and beautifully written.

Our main character is on a six month holiday before her new job begins but her holiday may change her future especially on meeting a swordsmith. Josie takes the people of Klutina Lake very much to heart and her future is very much changed.

A delight to read and cannot wait for more from Debbie Macomber.

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