Thursday, 11 January 2018

Island in the East

Island in the East

Jenny Ashcroft

Island in the East by Jenny Ashcroft

Reviewed by Helen

This book has left me speechless I don’t know where to start, I can say that it is a fabulous story set across fifty years in Singapore, The island in the east, and England and countries in Asia, the characters from both eras are related and connected in many ways, but there were secrets, falsehoods, lies and misunderstandings that separated identical twenty year old twin sisters, who arrived in Singapore under a cloud back in 1897 and this is where the story starts for Harriet and Mae and what becomes of their lives, it is a captivating and gripping story that you will not want to put down.

Harriet and Mae are inseparable they have been sent to Singapore from their country of India to hopefully marry and put behind them their illegitimacy they are sent to live with David Keeley who works for the minister he is related to the girl’s father, with hopes that he will marry one, it doesn’t take long before another man is on the scene businessman Alex Blake and trouble brews between the girls, tears them apart heartbreaking stuff, but there a is a love that grows so strong that fifty years later is still there.

It is now 1940’s England and young Ivy Harcourt who has been bought up by her grandmother Mae, is working in the intelligence department translating, she is caught up in the bombing in London and scarred by it all when she is sent to Singapore to translate Japanese, this brings her back to where her grandmother had lived but Ivy never knew that and it is not long before Ivy meets Alex Blake and is uncovering things that perhaps she should have known. Ivy makes friends and comes alive especially when she meets Australian Kit Langton, but when the Japanese arrive and take over Ivy finds herself in Changi Prison as does Kit and all of their friends. Ivy will do anything to keep herself alive to be back with Kit as he does to meet Ivy again such true love.

This is a powerful story of tough times and happenings that had me crying, it is moving and emotional and shows the strength and bravery of these characters, it shows that love can be so strong, strong enough to keep people alive through wars and hurt. And there is more than one sensual love story that lasts through time, danger and lies that in the end will bring joy over whelming joy. This is the first book of MS Ashcroft’s that I have read but I will be looking for more, I do highly recommend this one, WOW what a book thank you for an awesome story.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published November 2nd 2017 by Sphere

Monday, 8 January 2018

Hearts of Resistance

Hearts of Resistance

Soraya M. Lane

Hearts of Resistance by Soraya M. Lane

Reviewed by Helen

This is a compelling amazing story of strength, courage and bravery, a story of three woman who put themselves on the line to help with the efforts of World War 11 they go beyond the call of duty to help win the war. MS Lane has bought to life these woman in a truly fabulous story that I loved from start to finish and cannot highly recommend enough.

Rose is French and she has always been strong willed, but when she loses her husband while he is helping the Resistance, Rose is determined to take over from him and starts helping serviceman to get back home from her little part of France, this leads to meeting other woman who are doing the same thing and brings her into the Resistance.

Hazel is English and engaged to be married but when her fiancĂ© goes off to war Hazel wants to help where she can just because she is a woman should not stop her, and it doesn’t she ends being trained by the best and is soon parachuted into France to do her bit with the Resistance and this is where she meets her dear friend Rose.

Sophia is German and what she has gone through with the Nazi’s is unthinkable, but she keeps her boyfriend Alex a Jew safe for a while before they escape, Alex to Sweden, her to London then France and becomes one of the Resistances best, known as The Little Fox, it is hard to keep Sophia down and when she teams up with Rose and Hazel they become a team not to be tangled with.

This story will have your heart pumping as the Ladies go undercover and track through the night to help destroy bridges and get under the skin of the Nazis and save soldiers and airmen among a lot of other things, working in their little bands together helping the war effort, I could barely put this one down, I was cheering them one as I turned the pages and yes there were tears, and there is heartbreak I wouldn’t expect anything else in a book of this type, but the ending had me crying again this time so happy for them, and I send a big cheer to woman who did this during World Wars they are true heroes. Thank you MS Lane for a keeper it is going to stay with me for a long time to come.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: January 10th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

Sunday, 17 December 2017

The Naturalist's Daughter

The Naturalist's Daughter

Tea Cooper

The Naturalist's Daughter by Tea Cooper

Reviewed by Helen

I have read a few of MS Cooper’s books and loved them but I have to say that this is just the best so far what an amazing story set across a century here in Australia and England, the characters are strong and are alive there is a mystery that crosses the century that was amazing as it was unravelled and the two woman are fabulous they showed such courage, I had a very early morning as I finished this one.

Where do I start? Maybe with Rose Winton I loved Rose and her strength and courage she worked so hard alongside her father Charles Winton one of the colonies first naturalists studying the native platypus in its environment and this was in Agnes Banks New South Wales 1808 Rose is a young girl than but years working with her father taught her how to draw and paint and learn, she lived with her Pa and Mam a convict transported for theft but there were secrets that were kept and when they come out people’s lives are turned upside down but Rose shows such strength when it is needed.

It is now 1908 and Tamsin Alleyn is working for at the public library in Sydney and is asks to take a trip to The Hunter Valley and investigate a sketch book that is supposed to belong to Charles Winton, Tamsin meets a solicitor Shaw Everdene who is working for the family who supposedly owns the book, this starts a journey of investigation that is so intriguing when one discovery leads to another and Tamsin and Shaw get closer.

This book has left me speechless I practically gulped this one down in one sitting it is so good two woman a century apart linked like you would not believe I loved the strength that these two showed and with the help of the men who jumped in and added to the journey was amazing, of course there is the history of the platypus and the settings, MS Cooper you have knocked my socks off with this one I cannot highly recommend it enough. I loved this one.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Expected publication: December 18th 2017 by Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd

Saturday, 2 December 2017

The Christmas Stranger

The Christmas Stranger

Anna Campbell

The Christmas Stranger by Anna Campbell

Reviewed by Helen

MS Campbell knows how to tell a story, a story of romance and love and with such a sensual pull, her characters are heroes and heroines that are worthy of being friends and will keep you turning the pages. This one has a gorgeous Christmas setting with snow storms and a lonely girl and a take charge architect from the aristocracy who meet on a cold dark night, two very different people meant to be together.

Society Architect Josiah Hale has been asked to check over his Godfather’s manor in Yorkshire, Joss is happy to go at this time of the year to keep clear of his mother’s meddling trying to get him married off, but he never expects to find the gorgeous young housekeeper Margaret Carr opening the door to him with a fire poker in her hand. What happens next will change Joss’s mind on marriage and bring out the true romantic in him.

Maggie has been alone for five years since her mother passed away, she is the housekeeper at the manor with only one other companion Jane and she is away this Christmas so it will be an even quieter Christmas for Maggie than usual, that is until she opens the door to a stranger in the dead of night in the middle of a snow storm, Joss is a big burly man a bit gruff but he soon brings the manor and Maggie back to life she is laughing and having fun while falling in love oh that first kiss sets her heart aflutter.

This is a fabulous story, yes a real fairy tale that had me thoroughly engrossed I loved Joss and his romantic ways and how he bought vulnerable Maggie back to life again, it really is such a feel good story filled with joy, happiness a sensual romance and of course it is filled with Christmas spirit. You rock MS Campbell, an awesome story such a hero in Joss I want Joss oh and Maggie is strong and vulnerable and beautiful thank you for making me smile

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published November 16th 2017 by Anna Campbell

Friday, 1 December 2017

Where the Murray River Runs

Where the Murray River Runs

Darry Fraser

Where the Murray River Runs by Darry Fraser

Reviewed by Helen

This is one of those stories that once you pick it up you will not want to put it down, it is so good, MS Fraser has transported me back to 1890 Australia around the great Murray River and life as it was back then. She has taken on an issue that still today is happening although much better than back in the nineteen century and nailed it done it so well, I loved the setting the characters the story.

Ard O’Rourke is a strong man a worker, a family man times are tough and the woman he has grown up with is who he wants but he needs to be able to provide for her first and with no work around he leaves Bendigo but not before he makes a mistake that will come back to cause problems in a few months’ time but he never forgets the beautiful strong redhead Linley Seymour.

Linley has been brought up by her aunt Cee Cee and they work saving woman from dangerous situations with the help of Cee Cee’s close friend James, so when a friend of Linley’s Mary asks for help from her cruel husband and asks that Linley be her baby’s guardian and this baby is the son of Ard the only man that Linley wants, this brings danger to Linley and Cee Cee, but these woman are strong, they are survivers.

I loved this story it is beautiful, caring and emotional, what these people went through with such a vile wicked man for greed was painful at times but my god the strength that these woman especially showed had me cheering them on and the men that do help in a world that was slowly changing I loved them real hero material. As for Linley can she ever forgive Ard for the mistake he made and forge together a future with baby Toby and still caring for the women that needed so much help. I highly recommend this story thank you MS Fraser for one that will be on the keeper shelf and stay with me for a long time.

5/5 stars fro a fabulous story

Published November 20th 2017 by HarperCollinsPublishers AU

Thursday, 2 November 2017

The Moral Compass

The Moral Compass

Shaking the Tree #1

KA Servian

The Moral Compass by K.A. Servian

Reviewed by Helen

This is a very interesting story it is busy and fast paced there is a lot happening when well bread Florence Thackeray’s life is thrown into turmoil as her father decides that the family should move to New Zealand and this is in 1853 Victorian England. So her father and brother and she set sail but only two arrive in this strange new country.

Florence had left the man that she loved to do her father’s bidding life was not easy for young woman back then and losing her father on the trip made things even harder, and her brother Bertram was not much help when they arrived at the farm that was supposed to be her new life.

Florence is a strong woman even if men tend to be always telling her what to do, when she is forced into a situation that requires her to marry Scotsman Jack she is so naive and innocent but Jack is one man that has her best interests at heart, he is caring and a good man. But sadly life never runs smoothly and she has a few journeys that will change her completely there are so many ups and downs for her.

This is a really good story that I highly recommend I thought Florence was a fabulous heroine who stood her ground and grew into a strong caring woman my heart went out to her with the things that had happened and I look forward to more in this series.

4/5 stars for a great story

Published October 17th 2017 by Sweetpea Publishing

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Christmas Revels IV

Christmas Revels IV

Four Christmas Novellas

Hannah Meredith, Anna D Allen, Kate Parker and
Louisa Cornell

Christmas Revels IV by Hannah Meredith

Reviewed by Helen

I love Christmas stories and set in Regency times fabulous and these four stories were just that fun quick and thoroughly enjoyable, I suggest you make yourself comfortable because you won’t want to put this one down.

The Sergeant’s Christmas Bride
Jacob Burrows is looking for a friend’s sister when he stops in a barn for the night and is awakened by a woman with a gun, this starts a journey to such a wonderful HEA you see Elizabeth FitzWalter is the woman he is looking for and it turns out that she needs this strong kind man what a hero, this one had me sighing and smiling they are perfect for each other.

Home for Christmas
This story throws two people together who are both strong and reluctant to form a relationship the weather is freezing Lord Gilbert Narron has rented a house for the winter before going home to his family after the war but when he arrives there are people in residence and the first meeting of Gil and Charity Fletcher is very unexpected. This story will have you smiling as they discover a secret that brings them very close while unravelling it there are lots of discovery’s, I loved this one.

A Memorable Christmas Season
This one brings together a second chance romance, murder and secrets, Lady Roekirk and Lord Keyminster were very close thirty years before, both went their separate ways but are bought back together at a ball were a body is discovered, who done it? and that love from the past has never faded, a fabulous story.

A Perfectly Unforgettable Christmas
This one had me laughing out loud what an awesome story recluse Lucien Rollinsby is caught out by a child no less but it is when he meets this child’s mother Caroline McAlasdair that his life is turned upside down you see they have a past the he knows nothing about and a secret to be told that will bring them together forever fabulous HEA awesome story.

I do highly recommend this book really four delicious story that give you a few hours of real pleasure all of the great feelings this one ticks all of the boxes for a great romance, thank you Ladies for making me smile.

5/5 stars for a fabulous story

Published October 30th 2017 by Hannah Meredith