Belonging by Rhoda Baxter @RhodaBaxter @rararesources #BookReview

Hope you had a lovely weekend and enjoy what is left of it! I am not ready for Monday!

Delighted to share with you my review for this gem of a novella! Thanks Rachel for my invitation and thank you Rhoda Baxter for this charming little story!💕


She’s grieving her lost love. He’s searching for his lost niece. Can attraction overcome family loyalty in this enemies to lovers romance?

Hiding away in a tiny Yorkshire village, Harriet is grieving for her lost love. His family won’t talk to her and she can’t move on from from his death. All this changes when his daughter, Niamh, turns up on her doorstep, needing a sympathetic ear.

Tim thinks Harriet broke up his sister’s marriage all those years ago. His sister’s enemies are his enemies. When his niece runs away to Harriet’s house, he knows he has to get her back before his sister finds out. But that means talking with Harriet.

As they work together to console Niamh and get her home safely, Tim and Harriet become increasingly attracted to each other.

But with attraction comes guilt.

Can they overcome their respective loyalties and give in to love?

My Thoughts

Small Town✔️ Romance✔️ Fab Characters✔️

This was a well-done enemies to lovers Novella…. my biggest complaint with books of this length usually is there isn’t as much character development as I would like, however in this book the focus was heavily on the characters leaving me satisfied…. I loved getting to know Harriet, Tim and Niamh, and really wanted the best for all three of them! BTW how in the world do you pronounce Niamh? No judgment, nobody knows how to say my name either, but this one has me stumped!

This book starts out as kind of a tangled web, Harriet has lost her love…Niamh has lost her father…. Harriets love’s Family sees her as the femme fatale, and has no contact with her… however, Niamh wants to visit her father’s mistress, she wants to talk to somebody about her deceased father….So, when she runs away Tim whose sister is the spurned wife sets off to find her…. after arriving at Harriets, Tim soon find out that she is not the horrible woman everyone has made her out to be….

Sometimes you find love where you least expect it… but can a love so filled with guilt and grief be right? I love reading about these three helping heal one another… The romance was sweet and emotional… and the ending to this little gem of a story was absolute perfection!

Recommend to fans of romances, small towns, fabulous characters, and love!💕

*** A big thanks to the author and Rachel for my copy of this book***

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Rhoda Baxter writes contemporary romances with heart and a touch of cynicism. She has had several novels published by the award winning publisher Choc Lit. Writing under her other pen name, Jeevani Charika, she has been published by Bonnier Zaffre. Her books have been shortlisted for awards such as the RoNA Romantic Comedy of the Year (in 2017), Love Stories Award (in 2015) and the Joan Hessayon Award (2012).

Rhoda started off as a microbiologist and then drifted out of research and into technology transfer. When choosing a penname, she was hit by a fit of nostalgia and named herself after the bacterium she studied during her PhD. She has lived in a variety of places including Sri Lanka, Yap (it’s a real place), Halifax, Oxford and Didcot (also a real place). She tends to judge the standard of living by the quality and availability of tea and cake. She now lives with her young family in East Yorkshire, where the tea and cake provision is excellent.

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The Victoria Lie by Sarah Marie Graye @SarahMarieGraye @rararesources #BookReview #Giveaway

Happy Sunday y’all!

Today I am happy to be on the blog tour or this very compelling story! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to Sarah Marie Graye for her beautiful words💕🦋

The Victoria Lie

TheVictoriaLie-BookCoverWhen is a lie a lifeline? To Tori lies are everything.

ZOE wants to end her life. But she can’t just leave a note. She needs to say goodbye to boyfriend JAMES and best friend ALISON.

TORI is waiting in the wings to fill the space ZOE will leave behind, wanting to claim both James and Alison for herself.

But with ZOE still alive and Alison’s childhood friend RUBY now on the scene vying to fill the gap, TORI realises she has her work cut out.

Just what lengths is TORI willing to go to in order to claim Alison and James for herself?

(Trigger warnings: Suicide, depression, IRA bombings, ADHD, Autism, manipulative characters.)

My Thoughts

this is a dark, emotional, thought-provoking read….

Butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.

This is the second book in the Butterfly Effect series… A very appropriate name because all these characters have such entangled lives, the simplest of actions could alter almost everything… this book could possibly be read as a standalone, but I think I would have appreciated it more had I read the first book in the series, and I may go back and do so…

This book deals with some pretty heavy issues primarily suicide and mental illness… because of the subject matter this is a slower read… I think the subject of suicide was handled well, and realistically… I think for those of us who have never contemplated suicide it is very difficult to understand what drives a person to take their own lives…. so what I appreciated about this book is it really focused quite a bit on the impact it has on those around the person wanting to commit suicide, the person with the mental illness… my ex husband is an untreated bipolar with narcissistic disorder, even though we have limited contact now he still is my children’s father…. and even though they have almost no contact with him, it still is something that will have an impact on their life forever… I mention this because I think the more we share about mental illness the less taboo it becomes…. I also bring it up because I have firsthand knowledge of the impact someone’s mental illness has on those around them, I think this is something that is often overlooked….

Zoe wants to commit suicide after the happenings in the first book (another reason I think you probably should read the first book 1st)…. but before she does she wants to say goodbye to her boyfriend and her best friend…. tori is just waiting in the wings to take Zoe‘s place in both James and Allison‘s lives…. tori is a complicated character that added an entirely new level to the story, with all her lies and manipulations…. Zoe without necessarily meaning to cast quite big web that started dragging a lot of people down into the dark with her….

This is a well told story that will open many discussions… recommend, but I’d recommend you read the first book 1st….


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British writer Sarah Marie Graye is the author of The Butterfly Effect series, which looks at suicides and those left behind. The Second Cup, the first book in the series, was published in July 2017, and this Blog Tour is to celebrate the launch of the second book in the series, The Victoria Lie.

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