The Secret by Katerina Diamond
Reviews / 23rd October 2016

What the publisher says: Can you keep a secret? Your life depends on it… When Bridget Reid wakes up in a locked room, terrifying memories come flooding back – of blood, pain, and desperate fear. Her captor knows things she’s never told anyone. How can she escape someone who knows all of her secrets? As DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a horrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder right under their noses in Exeter. And as the past comes back to haunt her, Grey must confront her own demons. Because she knows that it can be those closest to us who hurt us the most…     What I say: Wow.  This was my first thought after finishing this book. Katerina Diamond has done it again and produced a story so compelling it was difficult to put down.   I even took  my kindle to work to read at lunchtime so that I could keep up with what was happening.  The story develops the relationship between Miles and Grey just as I hoped would happen in The Teacher as they seek to uncover who is responsible for the disappearance of one of their colleagues.  Interspersed with the current…

Summer at the Comfort Food Café by Debbie Johnson
Reviews / 2nd August 2016

What the publisher says: The brand new book from bestselling author Debbie Johnson will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you raid the pantry in the middle of the night… The Comfort Food Cafe is perched on a windswept clifftop at what feels like the edge of the world, serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security – a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu. For widowed mum-of-two Laura Walker, the decision to uproot her teenaged children and make the trek from Manchester to Dorset for the summer isn’t one she takes lightly, and it’s certainly not winning her any awards from her kids, Nate and Lizzie. Even her own parents think she’s gone mad. Her new job at the cafe, and the hilarious people she meets there, give Laura the chance she needs to make new friends; to learn to be herself again, and – just possibly – to learn to love again as well….

The Beekeeper’s Secret by Josephine Moon
Reviews / 2nd August 2016

What the publisher says:   ‘Maria knew about guilt. It was a stubborn, pervasive and toxic emotion, and incredibly difficult to shake. Especially if really, deep down, you didn’t think you deserved to let it go.’ Maria Lindsey is content. She spends her solitary days tending her bees and creating delicious honey products to fund orphaned children. A former nun, her life at Honeybee Haven has long been shaped by her self-imposed penance for terrible past events. But the arrival of two letters heralds the shattering of Maria’s peaceful existence. Pushing aside the misgivings of her family and friends, Tansy Butterfield, on the eve of her marriage, made a serious deal with her adored husband, Dougal. A deal she’d intended to honour. But, seven years on, Tansy is finding her current feelings difficult to ignore. And on top of those not-really-there feelings, Dougal wants to move to Canada!         What I think:   I was lucky enough to have been given this book as part of a giveaway on Twitter for book bloggers,  and I have to say that it isn’t my usual choice of read but as I am trying to broaden my reading I thought…

Between You and Me by Lisa Hall
Reviews / 13th July 2016

What the publisher says: They say every marriage has its secrets. But no one sees what happens behind closed doors. And sometimes those doors should never be opened… Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren’t happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does – no matter how much it hurts.   What I say:   This book was marketed as a psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming and I have to admit that that was some of my motivation for reading it as I love to watch TV dramas and shout out the plot before the show gets there, much to the annoyance of those around me.  The book tells the story of Charlie and Sal who are married with a small daughter.  The story switches back and forth and tells the viewpoint of each of them in turn, usually their own interpretation of the same events.  Their marriage is marred by domestic violence and the author actually does a great job in showing the workings of the mind of both the victim and the perpetrator.  I can only imagine that she has done a fair bit of research into this as…

How to Find Your (First) Husband by Rosie Blake
Reviews / 4th June 2016

What the publisher says: Isobel Graves moved to LA determined to be the Next Big Thing. Instead, she is dressed as a giant prawn handing out fliers promoting a fish market. Rather than attending glamorous parties and dating exciting men, her evenings consist of watching box sets with her sort-of boyfriend, whose idea of romance is a late-night drunken text. Where did it all go wrong? When Isobel catches sight of Andrew Parker, her childhood sweetheart, in the background of a TV news story she feels it’s a sign. If she’d stuck with Andrew everything would have turned out better. Now she just needs to find him… Join Isobel as she travels from LA to Devon and to a remote Malaysian island in search of true love.       What I say: This book promised to be a little different to other romance novels in that the heroine wanted to rekindle what had been a childhood friendship and turn it into something more. Whilst living in America she had begun to fantasise about what her perfect life would be like with him and when she spots him on TV in the background she begins a hunt which takes her across…

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