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Synopsis: Resigned to another lifetime of being a witch’s familiar, Caitlyn has found a degree of peace in her role as the Duke of Normandy’s protector and spy.
But that peace is shattered when she returns to her native land only to come face-to-face with her past, and fall in love with a man who she desperately hopes will become her future.
This is the second in the Caitlyn books. The question popped up on a work social intranet site what we were reading and after describing the two books I’ve read so far I’ve got 2 people going to pick some copies up 🙂 That made me happy as I have really enjoyed them.
This second story has moved us forward in time 22 years and the future William the Conqueror is looking for a wife. As with the first one the story is steeped in the facts we know about William from history and given the supernatural edge from the myths surrounding his mother. Caitlyn (composed of half of the tales of his mother) herself this time also has a love interest.
I’m really enjoying this mix of history and witchcraft. I remember learning about the Battle of Hastings at school but it wasn’t until adulthood I learnt a bit more and not until now I learnt of his mothers potential abilities. It makes for fascinating reading no matter how much it’s actually fiction.
It’s great to see more development of the characters and we get a return of some old ones. This book also ends on a very intriguing note. Luckily I have book 3 to share with you in November.
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Synopsis: For four years Jessica has never doubted that her sister Isabel’s death was an accident. But when Jessica’s young daughter seems to know long-forgotten details about her aunt’s past, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that there’s a more sinister truth behind the tragedy. As Jessica unearths disturbing revelations about her sister, and about the people she loved and trusted most, it becomes clear Isabel’s life was less than perfect and that Jessica’s might also be at risk. Did someone murder Isabel? Are they now after Jessica and her family? The key seems to lie in the hands of a child. Can Isabel reveal the truth from beyond the grave, or is the answer closer to home?
I read this in one day. Granted it was the last Sunday before I had to go back to work after annual leave and had no other plans but even if I had plans I would have cancelled them. I enjoyed it that much.
I really found it difficult to put down. It’s quite a page turner. There are quite a few twists and turns including one at the halfway point which made me think there was a red herring and start thinking down a different route…which turned out to be so wrong even the author didn’t think of it! The twists turn and then turn again so even if you do spot one it’s not long before you’re altering your thought pattern again. I really enjoyed that I had to keep guessing.
There are a number of elements at work in the novel – we have the standard thriller but there’s also a supernatural angle which keeps it fresh and gives it that extra edge but I also liked that there’s links to the #metoo movement. I can’t say more than that to avoid giving too much away but it has a huge impact on how the story plays out and I did like the little epilogue comeuppance.
This is Edwards 7th novel and I’ll definitely be adding the earlier 6 to my tbr pile
Synopsis: Newly undead shifter-turned-vampire Kita Nekai is coming to grips with the reality that her cat has not awakened since her change. What she needs is a little time to adjust to her new liquid diet and the increasingly complex attraction to her sire, Nathanial. What she gets is a headless harlequin.
With the body count rising, Kita is dragged into a dangerous game of vampire politics. Her involvement draws the attention of an ancient vampire known as the Collector who has a penchant for acquiring the unusual—like a pureblood shifter-turned vampire. Kita still has unfinished business of her own and finds herself deeper in magical debt. It’s a bad time to be a kitten who can’t slip her skin…
I’ve had this book in my netgalley downloads for a while but only just got around to it. And it wasn’t a bad book. I haven’t read the first one so I didn’t really have the background of the series but I still enjoyed it.
The characters are interesting but there are a lot of them so not as well developed as I would have liked. There’s a lot of promise for the series and I’ll try and look out for the first and subsequent books.
Synopsis: Thirteen months ago millions of people disappeared from the earth. Most of those remaining are content to play along with the more or less official explanation—that UFO’s came by and beamed certain people aboard for reasons unknown. But deep inside themselves most people realize that explanation is nothing but a convenient fantasy and that in reality an event of Biblical proportions has occurred.
Daniel Goldman is among those who try to ignore the Disappearance. Consistent with his life-long commitment to rigid self-determination, he has pushed the matter out of mind and become even more fanatically focused on his work as an international investor.
But on a Monday morning in late September events outside his control begin to chip away at his comfortable ignorance. Everywhere he goes he finds himself hotly pursued and people wanting things from him he’d never contemplated. As he travels the globe negotiating the largest oil deal on the planet—and as an ancient empire gradually re-awakens—he meets and falls in love with a beautiful Israeli woman. She, together with her family and their rabbi, help Daniel discover he has never really been the “captain of his soul.” Instead, all his life a variety of “voices” have guided him to a single decision with eternal consequences. The Biblical Apocalypse is upon them and, one way or another, Daniel is destined to play an important role in prophesied events.
This novel, the first of a series about the end of this age, treats the Bible as the inerrant Word of God and presents a plausible picture of the end times according to a literal reading of its prophetic revelation.
This is a take on the biblical Reckoning (I’m not particularly religious) and lead protagonist Daniel is trying to pretend it never happened and carry on the billion dollar business his adopted parents owned.
I sort of enjoyed it but there were chapters that I could;t get into such as endless talk about buying oil and a chapter about playing cards. They did nothing for me. Otherwise it wasn’t a bad book.
It was entertaining and suspenseful and I’m intrigued as to what comes next
Synopsis: Molly Marbles runs a successful bistro on terraformed Mars. But a virtual restaurant opens near her place, offering the experience of delicacies from across the Solar System with none of the calories. What will this do to her business?
Then its owner is murdered in her kitchen. Molly, an amateur detective, springs into action to help the police solve the mystery, while also planning her pop-star daughter’s wedding, keeping her kitchen staff from feuding, and protecting her cyborg friend from the humans-only mob. Meanwhile, the infamous Cereal Serial Killer has escaped prison on Pluto and has everyone worried. Things are getting hectic, but Molly is a resilient and resourceful woman. And her knack for mysteries sees her nick-named ‘Sherlock Mars’.
Cosy crime meets futuristic life on Mars. This is a quirky little murder mystery where the owner of a virtual restaurant is found dead in the kitchen of neighbouring eatery. There are a lot of different things to take in such as all the different foods, places and people which over complicated things a bit for me. It was hard to keep track of everything. It was interesting and fun but probably for me, a few things could have been cut or moved to a new book. Overall not a bad story.
Synopsis: When Joel Leicester walks into the hotel where Rosa Tempest works, she can’t believe her bad luck. Out of all the hotels in all of North Yorkshire, the man who broke her heart would have to walk into Carrick Park!
The last time Rosa saw Joel it was after a whirlwind holiday when they’d been greeted at his flat by a woman claiming to be his fiancée. Rosa never stuck around to hear Joel’s side of the story but now, six years later on, Fate has another trick up its sleeve as a potentially disastrous summer wedding at Carrick Park can only be saved by Joel and Rosa working together …
In yesterdays blog I was reviewing Kirsty’s 2018 Christmas book, now I’m back in the summer for a sunnier novella.
I love novellas as being a quick reader I can usually finish a good one in an evening and this was no exception. The pages just kept turning as I sought to find out when and how Rosa would both forgive Joel for past events but also wise up a little bit and realise how quickly she had jumped to heart breaking conclusions.
I loved the sub-story of getting all the cakes although I did finish the book in desperate need for cupcakes. No timeslips this time, just a regular romance but it still works for me. Lovely characters, quick fun story and a happy ending.
It’s my first one about Carrick Park (although I have A Little Bit of Christmas Magic to read which features the hotel and I believe they tie into other series) and I loved meeting lots of new characters. The hotel sounds fab and I can’t wait to read ‘Magic’ and dive back into this new world 🙂
Synopsis: When Emmy Berry arrives at Hartsford Hall to work at the Frost Fayre she immediately feels at home. Which is odd because she’s never set foot in the place in her life.
Then a freak blizzard leaves her stranded and things get even weirder when she bumps into Tom Howard. Tom and Emmy have never met before but neither can ignore the sense that they know each other.
With Christmas fast approaching and the weather showing no sign of improving it soon becomes apparent that Hartsford Hall has a little bit of midwinter magic in store for them both …
My first Xmas book! It’s coming up to that time of year when the market is flooded with Christmas stories and I have no problem with that so first on my list is a favourite author with a favourite publisher 🙂
This is a lovely little novella and addition to the other Hartsford stories. As with the others this story weaves the meeting of Tom and Emmy with a historical romance of past inhabitants of Hartsford Hall. Despite being a novella there’s still plenty here to make you feel all warm and cosy. A perfect read to start warming up those cold winter nights.
Out on 23rd October: Amazon
100 Unknown Women Who Built Cities, Sparked Revolutions, and Massively Crushed It
Synopsis: Often women in history are made to sound as if they spent their entire life sighing, and gently rebuking their oppressors. That isn’t how life works, and it never has been. The empowering, no-holds-barred history book She Caused a Riot gives 100 powerful examples of women getting their hands dirty, and inspires a courageous new movement to do the same.
I absolutely loved this. In this, the centenary of the first of the votes for women and a big reminder of the suffragette movement I’m really enjoying books about empowering women of the past and this is up there as a great one.
100 short stories covering women of different eras and cultures, it’s a great mix of history and social knowledge. I loved the tone and feel of the book and I learnt new things. Fantastic and I would recommend.