Perfect Girls by Alison James@AlisonJbooks @bookouture #Bookouture

Happy Sunday and Happy Birthday to my blog partner Vicci🎉🎉🎉 hope your day is as wonderful as you are!

To celebrate I am thrilled to be part of the blog tour for the third book in this fantastic series! Thank you to Noelle for my invitation and to Alison James for her wonderful book!🚨


Phoebe. Tiffany. Melissa. They all made one little mistake…

When twenty-five-year-old Phoebe Stiles opens the door to her perfect apartment she doesn’t realise it’s the mistake that will kill her…

The body of the beautiful English girl is discovered months later – dumped behind the back of a department store. But who was the stranger she let into the safety of her home?

As Detective Rachel Prince pieces together the mystery surrounding Phoebe’s death, another young, blonde girl is found brutally murdered and abandoned in the grounds of an old theatre.

In the most dangerous case of her career, Rachel must track down the faceless individual to stop the body count rising. But to uncover the shocking truth, Rachel has to put herself at risk… can she catch the twisted killer, before they catch her?

A gripping page-turner that will have you completely hooked until the utterly jaw-dropping twist. Fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Karin Slaughter will love this crime series, featuring unforgettable Detective Rachel Prince. 

My Thoughts

Somebody is killing off all the “perfect“ blondes!!!

This is the third book in the DI Rachel Prince series… Rachel is an international liaison officer, this time the job takes her to Los Angeles…. ironically part of my love for the series is that it is set in the UK, but this time I found Rachel on my doorstep! Not that I did not thoroughly enjoy this book, it was quite fun watching Rachel outsmart the entire LAPD….

When the body of phoebe, a British citizen, is discovered Rachel is called to action… while Rachel is in LA another body is discovered, another “perfect“ blonde… even though the LAPD has made an arrest in Phoebe’s case Rachel is convinced they are wrong, and there is a serial killer on the loose…. obsessed with the case eventually Rachel take some time out to investigate on her own time and dime…

This is a fast paced, action packed, addictive read! Rachel is a very relatable and likable female protagonist, a little less prickly than a lot of other female detectives…. although admittedly I was hoping there’d be a little more about her relationship with Mark, maybe in the next book? Also the believability that Rachel single-handedly out detected all law-enforcement of the United States while entertaining, was unlikely, I hope!

Another fabulous installment in this detective series that is fast becoming one of my favorites! Absolutely recommend if you are a fan of the police procedural with a strong smart female protagonist…

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

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Born in the Cotswolds, Alison spent most of her formative years abroad. She studied languages at Oxford, then became a journalist and author, returning to university after her two children to take a law degree. After a three-year stint as a criminal paralegal, Alison worked as a commercial copywriter and then a TV storyliner, before coming full circle to write fiction again.

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Mrs Bates of Highbury by Allie Cresswell @alliescribbler @rararesources #BookReview #SpecialOffer

Happy Sunday book lovers!

Delighted to be part of this blog tour and share with you today my review, thank you so much to Rachel for my invitation!

Mrs Bates of Highbury

The new novel from Readers’ Favourite silver medalist Allie Cresswell. 

Thirty years before the beginning of ‘Emma’ Mrs Bates is entirely different from the elderly, silent figure familiar to fans of Jane Austen’s fourth novel. She is comparatively young and beautiful, widowed – but ready to love again. She is the lynch-pin of Highbury society until the appalling Mrs Winwood arrives, very determined to hold sway over that ordered little town.

Miss Bates is as talkative aged twenty nine as she is in her later iteration, with a ghoulish fancy, seeing disaster in every cloud. When young Mr Woodhouse arrives looking for a plot for his new house, the two strike up a relationship characterised by their shared hypochondria, personal chariness and horror of draughts.

Jane, the other Miss Bates, is just seventeen and eager to leave the parochialism of Highbury behind her until handsome Lieutenant Weston comes home on furlough from the militia and sweeps her – quite literally – off her feet.

Mrs Bates of Highbury is the first of three novels by the Amazon #1 best-selling Allie Cresswell, which trace the pre-history of Emma and then run in parallel to it.

My Thoughts

This book is not my usual reading taste, but I found it utterly charming! I have not read a Jane Austen book in over 20 years, nor do I have the desire to… and I have no idea if I’ve ever read “Emma”…. this book takes place 30 years prior to the start of “Emma“ and revolves around Mrs. Bates…. i’d imagine if you are a big Jane Austen fan and love “Emma“ then you will absolutely love this book, but even though I have no idea the connection these characters have to the Jane Austen story I truly found this a delightful read!

Mrs. Bates and her two daughters are forced to rediscover and reinvent themselves after the passing of Mr. Bates… not only have the ladies lost a husband/father but they also are losing their home…. I was enchanted by these three ladies whose lives were so different from my own… when you don’t read many books that take place during this timeperiod You forget all the rules of society…. The dress, the speech, the courtship, it was fun to revisit this part of history…. all three ladies also have a love interest, so that was quite interesting watching them all navigate themselves through the societal ins and outs, dos and don’ts.

Absolutely recommend if you are Jane Austen fan and I’d say it’s safe to say you will enjoy this even if you aren’t!

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Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.

She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.

She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.

She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters and two grandsons, is married to Tim and lives in Cumbria, NW England.

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For the duration of the blog tour, Allie Cresswell has five hard copies of Game Show and five hard copies of Tiger in a Cage, all signed, available for £5 plus p & p to UK addresses. If you are interested then please get in touch.

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The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech @LouiseWriter @OrendoBooks @annecater #BookReview #RandomThingsTours

Happy Sunday y’all!

Excited to be on the blog tour to celebrate the paperback release of this beautiful book! It is currently available in the UK and will be available in the US on September 30! Thank you so very much to Anne Cater for my invitation to the tour!🦁

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• A devastatingly beautiful love story with a dark and tragic heart
• Travels from Zimbabwe to England, and back into the past
• Exquisitely explores LGBTQ themes
• Louise Beech’s fiction has been compared to the early works of
Maggie O’Farrell (Irish Times) and Gail Honeyman (Red and
• Multi-platform, buzz-building marketing & publicity campaign

Long ago Andrew made a childhood wish. One he has always kept in a silver box with a too-big lid that falls off. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn’t…

Long ago Ben dreamed of going to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally goes there, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…

Ben and Andrew keep meeting where they least expect. Some collisions are by design, but are they for a reason? Ben’s father would disown him for his relationship with Andrew, so they must hide their love. Andrew is determined to make it work, but secrets from his past threaten to ruin everything.

Ben escapes to Zimbabwe to finally fulfil his lifelong ambition. But will he ever return to England? To Andrew? To the truth?

A dark and poignant drama, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a mesmerisingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart..

My Thoughts

A beautiful and poignant love story… A real and raw tale filled with heartbreak, hope, secrets, and truth… A book that seamlessly travels between past and present, Africa and the UK….

This is the story of Ben and Andrew, a love story fraught with prejudice and secrets…. I have to admit I had a bit of a soft spot for Andrew, there was something about him that just was so sweet (for lack of a better word)…. you absolutely could feel the connection between these two and really wanted nothing but the absolute best for them! I love a book that makes you feel strongly for the characters, and this book did just that! I loved with them, I hoped with them, I struggled with them, I cried with them…. I started this book for the beautiful setting of the lion rescue, but I stayed for these amazing characters!

An evocative story that will leave you with a lump in your throat and hope in your heart 💕 absolutely recommend for those of you that love a good story that Will illicit all the feels!

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Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. The sequel, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Her third book, Maria in the Moon, was widely reviewed and critically acclaimed. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend Berit☀️✨

Snowed In at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #CoverReveal

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The biggest snowfall in years has blanketed Sunnybrook, cutting the village off from the outside world. For Fen, who finds herself snowed in at The Little Duck Pond Cafe, it’s little more than a minor inconvenience. Her love life is finally running smoothly; it looks as if she’s found the perfect man for her.

But then a shocking secret threatens to destroy Fen’s new-found happiness.

Will being snowed in be the final straw? Or will Fen find a way through the snowdrifts to the perfect love?

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Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

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