Thursday, 12 September 2019

Two of a Kind

Two of a Kind

Duke of Strathmore #8

Sasha Cottman

Two of a Kind by Sasha Cottman

Reviewed by Helen

There is a lot to love about this story, a hero who is just so loving and caring and does everything he can to help a heroine who is being pushed into a marriage that is not what she wants knowing that it will cause scandal and then a heroine who shows such strength when life seems to be stacked against her, make yourself comfy as you get to know James Radley and Leah Shepherd as they take a journey to Cornwall and love.

Leah has grown up in a family that that puts appearances and ambition first, she is being forced into a marriage with Guy Dannon to help him in his political career, Leah starts a plan in motion with Guy’s best friend James but when that doesn’t work she then decides to escape on her wedding day and take a trip to her grandfather’s, never realizing that she will get help along the way by James.

When James is asked to be best man at his friend’s wedding he accepts but as he gets to know the bride to be Leah he is feeling unsure about whether she should marry him, and the fact that James is falling for Leah is also a problem, but when he arrives at the church on the day and finds the bride running away, he follows and ensures that Leah safely arrives at her grandfather’s although James loses his heart to her along the way.

I am loving this series and James is going to go down as one of my favourite heroes his caring ways and the love that he shows had me smiling so much his emotions are so real and Leah after all she had been through the strength and courage she shows had me cheering her on and the love they have for each other even if it took them a bit to realize it had me sighing they really are made for each other. This is a sensual and moving story with characters that become friends, MS Cottman knows how to pull a reader in with her words this is one that I would highly recommend, I loved it.

5 stars

Expected publication: September 16th 2019 by Cottman Data Services Pty Ltd

Monday, 2 September 2019

Heart of the Cross

Heart of the Cross

Emily Madden

Heart of the Cross by Emily Madden

Reviewed by Helen

Emily Madden your stories are amazing and beautiful, I loved how you bought three woman to life, how strongly I felt the emotions flowing through them all, the lives they lived the things that happened to them and above all else the strength and courage Rosie, Maggie and Brie show. This is a must read set in three timelines that starts in Ireland and ends in Kings Cross Australia, I loved it.

Rosie Hart is mother to young Jimmy, her husband has already been in Australia setting up a home for her and their son and in 1959 Rosie decides that it is time to make the move, she ends up in Kings Cross and that her husband is not the man that she thought he was, life throws some tough balls for Rosie but she never gives up and is soon earning her keep and finding love.

Maggie Hart, is Rosie’s daughter, she is smothered by her mother’s over protection and moves out at a young age and works in a bar and after a tragedy and discovering that she is pregnant decides that it is time to finally go to university, her relationship with her mother is strained and when it looks like there might be a bit of change with that, another tragedy happens.

Brianna Hart is Maggie’s daughter, Brie is raised by Rosie in Rose Bay and is encouraged to aim high, she becomes a photographer traveling the word covering natural disasters, but when Rosie dies and she is left an apartment in Kings Cross there are a lot of secrets that need to be uncovered.

I am tearing up writing this review, and I do hope I do it justice, because it is such an awesome story, the emotions and characters that we meet along the way, the beautiful woman in Rosie who is strong and caring the tragedies that she goes through and then Maggie, can Brie find love and move into the future with hope for love and happiness for herself and future Hart woman? I have to say that the eulogy from Brie for her grandmother about feathers is just so beautiful. Thank you Emily Madden for a story that will stay with me for a long time to come.

5 stars

Published August 19th 2019 by HarperCollins

Sunday, 18 August 2019

The Land Girls

The Land Girls

Victoria Purman

The Land Girls by Victoria Purman

Reviewed by Helen

I am not sure what to say, other than this is a must read, Victoria Purman has done it again with an amazing story that took me back to World War 2 and let me get to know three wonderful woman who did what they could back home while their men were away, make yourself comfy for this one and have some tissues at the ready.

Flora comes from Melbourne and is the oldest of them and a spinster, she works at an office, looks after her father and brother and her youngest brother is already away fighting, but something happens and Flora joins up with the Land Army.

Betty is the youngest of the girls at seventeen, she lives in Sydney with her parents and works at Woolworths, her best friend is her next door neighbour Michael, when Michael turns eighteen he signs up and Betty decides to do her bit with the Land Army.

Lilian comes from a well to do family in Adelaide, her sister is a Doctor in the army tending soldiers in the Middle East, when she marries her boyfriend David just before he joins up and leaves to train to be a pilot, Lilian joins up as well.

Flora, Betty and Lilian learn a lot in their years in the Land Army, from picking cherries and grapes to harvesting flax and digging up potatoes, but what they learn more is friendship and compassion as they worry about their family and friends fighting overseas. Their years in the Land Army change them all, so much has happened to so many people, there is death and sadness but there is also love and hope for the future that bring them together.

This is a beautifully written story that was obviously so well researched, I cried bucket loads of tears and I smiled as well as I journeyed with Flora, Betty and Lilian and the many other girls we got to know, Kit and Gwen, these woman worked so hard to help Australia and the fighting men it makes me so proud of them. This is a book I highly recommend a must read, and one that will stay with me for a long time to come, thank you MS Purman.

5 stars

Published April 23rd 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers Australia

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

How to Catch a Wicked Viscount

How to Catch a Wicked Viscount

The Disreputable Debutantes #1

Amy Rose Bennett

How to Catch a Wicked Viscount by Amy Rose Bennett

Reviewed by Helen

Woohoo what an awesome start to a series, I am sure any historical romance reader will not want to miss this one, there were smiles and sighs aplenty in this sensual and fabulous story of how a debutante with a damaged reputation goes about catching a rakehell, make yourself comfy while you get to know Sophie and Nate.

Miss Sophie Brightwell is a bookish quiet country girl studying at a ladies academy, when she and three of her friends are expelled for unbecoming conduct, shunned by the ton Sophie is given the opportunity to spend the season in London with her best friend Charlotte Hastings, the four girls meet up and come up with a plan to catch a husband and not just any husband they want a wicked rakehell. And Sophie has her sights set on Charlie’s brother Lord Malverne.

Nate Hastings, Viscount Malverne is forever in trouble with his conduct and is forced home for the season by his father, Nate is not interested in marrying and he has his reasons for that and for his behavior with his three best friends they are forever setting the tongues of the ton wagging. But when he gets into a spot of bother in his own home with his sister’s friend Sophie, Nate’s life as he knows it is going to change as he becomes chaperone to Sophie and must help her find a husband, but helping her is setting is heart alight.

This is a fabulously written book, that is sure to have any reader turning the pages, MS Bennett has taken me back to the regency era with balls and ladies who are learning about the real life and seducing rakes, and Nate and Sophie have a journey to a HEA that is steamy and moving and touching, I loved this one and do highly recommend it, and I am very much looking forward to more in this series.

5 stars

Expected publication: August 27th 2019 by Berkley

Sunday, 28 July 2019

The Girls of Pearl Harbour

The Girls of Pearl Harbour

Soraya Lane

The Girls of Pearl Harbor by Soraya M. Lane

Reviewed by Helen

What a story this one is so moving and emotional, but showing the strength these woman had and what they went through in times that rocked the world, beautifully written, there were tears aplenty but there was also smiles along the way. Make yourself comfy as you get to know these woman and the men that came into their lives.

Three woman two sisters April and Grace and their best friend Poppy sign up to be nurses and are sent to Pearl Harbour, here they meet another nurse Eva and together they are enjoying life with parties, the beach, very handsome soldiers what more could you want and then that all changed on December 7th when the Japanese attacked.

April the big sister and mother figure, so very serious and she wants so badly to help people be a nurse but she also has dreams of more in her career.

Grace, younger sister and who relies on her sister so much but loves to have fun, meet new people, nursing is not her first choice of career but she wanted to be with her sister.

Poppy, bright, bubbly and always fun and very much in love with her boyfriend Teddy.

Eva engaged to Charlie, strong but with problems at home and a very good nurse, she is on the ship The Solace.

December 7th changes their lives forever, what they went through and had to do will leave them different people forever, stronger yes, heart-broken yes, but they move on because that is what they must so. They find themselves in Africa meeting new people, helping to save lives, also finding themselves, opening up and finding love.

I loved this story MS Lane took me back to these times I felt their heart-ache and their joy, got to know these woman, this is a must read book, beautifully written, not put down able. I cannot highly recommend this one enough, it is one that will stay with me for a long time to come, I loved it, and it is such a fabulous compelling read.

5 stars

Published July 16th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Singapore Sapphire

Singapore Sapphire

Harriet Gordon Mystery #1

A.M. Stuart

Singapore Sapphire by A.M.   Stuart

Reviewed by Helen

This is such an awesome story, I do love a good mystery and this one hit the spot, set in Singapore in 1910, MS Stuart took me back in time to murders and a gang smuggling gems and a story that I did not want to put down. I am loving Harriet and Inspector Robert Curran and am truly thrilled that this book is the start of a series.

Harriet Gordon has decided to start afresh in Singapore with her brother, Reverend Julian who runs a school, Harriet has been through a lot and is settling in in Singapore, but she needs to find some work and takes on a job for Sir Oswald Newbold typing up his memoirs, but when he is horribly murdered and she discovers the body, the peace that Harriet was looking forward to is not going to happen as she gets involved with this murder and more.

Inspector Robert Curran is enjoying his position in the detective branch, but with Newbold’s murder and a second murder of a young man working in the hotel, Curran realizes that his witness Harriet is very good at seeing things and when he uncovers things from her past they form a friendship that keeps them working together to solve the murders, but not before Harriet finds herself in very real danger.

This is a story that you will not want to put down, every time I had to put is down Harriet and the characters were in my mind and I never stopped trying to work out the killer or killers it is so well written, and so well researched that I truly felt I was back in Singapore in 1910, the characters are so alive and real the good and the bad ones, I loved it from start to finish compelling, gripping and fabulous if you love a good mystery then this is one I highly recommend.

5 stars

Expected publication: August 6th 2019 by Berkley

Thursday, 11 July 2019

The Clothier's Daughter

The Clothier's Daughter

Hartdale Brides #1

Bronwyn Parry

The Clothier's Daughter by Bronwyn Parry

Reviewed by Helen

What a story, wow I have been waiting for this one for a while and it was worth the wait, I picked this one up and didn’t want to put it down, but life gets in the way and there were times I had to, but Emma and Adam never left my thoughts, I savoured every word in this beautifully written story, this one is a must read.

Emma Braithwaite is a strong, caring and beautiful woman, she is working hard to keep the families wool cloth company going, while worrying about her brother Matthew, this is not easy doing what is normally done by a man in 1816. There have been a few rumours and problems popping up here and there but when a fire starts at the factory, Emma keeps strong to save her staff with the help of Adam Caldwell the man she has never forgotten in the eight years he has been away.

The war is now over and Adam is returning home to Rengarth Castle and his family to think about his future he knows that with his brother The Earl ill he will need to do what he can, but when there is a fire he steps in to help rescue Emma the girl he proposed to eight years before, the now woman who was always in his dreams while away. There is trouble and danger afoot for Emma and Adam steps in to protect her at all costs.

This book had me on the edge of my seat at times Emma was in such grave danger, but Adam never stopped protecting her and rescuing her, their love for each other is strong and beautiful no matter what is happening, the story is heartbreaking at times and with so many emotions flowing, there were tears and joy throughout, I truly loved this one from start to finish and I am thrilled that it is book one in the Hartdale Brides, so more to come. I highly recommend this story I am sure that any reader will fall in love with Emma and Adam and their story to a HEA that is sure to leave you smiling after all that they have been though. Thank you MS Parry this one is a keeper.

5 stars

Published July 11th 2019 by Firetail Press