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It All Comes Back To You By Beth Duke

It All Comes Back To You‘It All Comes Back To You’ is the latest book by by Beth Duke.

1947.War’s over, cherry-print dresses, parking above the city lights, swing dancing.Beautiful, seventeen-year-old Violet lives in a perfect world .Everybody loves her.In 2012, she’s still beautiful, charming, and surrounded by admirers. Veronica “Ronni” Johnson, licensed practical nurse and aspiring writer, meets the captivating Violet in the assisted living facility where Violet requires no assistance, just lots of male attention. When she dies, she leaves Ronni a very generous bequest―only if Ronni completes a book about her life within one year. As she’s drawn into the world of young Violet, Ronni is mesmerized by life in a simpler time.

This was a lovely book to curl up with, a story that spanned over many decades and is seen through the narrative of Southern belles Violet and Ronni. After leading a glamorous and dramatic lifestyle, Violet now resides in a care room looked after by Ronni, a kind and gentle nurse who always had a love for reading writing. When Violet passes away, she leaves Ronni some money with the clear instruction that she will only receive the fund if Ronni writes her memoirs. This takes Ronni of investigation and discovery into Violet’s life but also enforces Ronni look into her own life and what she wants from it.

A reflective, warm-hearted and adventurous story, set against the warm and comfortable setting of Alabama, this book is packed with interesting characters and life experiences.

Warmly written and flowing at a lovely pace that keeps the reader engaged, ‘It All Comes Back To You’ is a story that has you smiling throughout, filled with tender moments of nostalgia and drama that keeps the reader engaged.

You can buy ‘It All Comes Back To You’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

My Writing Space – Alex Brown

Alex Brown Writers Space

Alex Brown, author of the Carrington’s series as well as her recent book called ‘A Postcard From Italy’ invites us to see her writing space and what a pretty one it is!

My office overlooks woodland, but because I also live very close to the sea I often hear the soothing sound of seagulls. To the side of my desk is a vintage Dansette record player so I can listen to my beloved Northern Soul records while writing and bookcases run along one wall where I’ve recently added my new book for 2019, ‘A Postcard From Italy’.

Alex Brown Writers Space

I’m very superstitious and must light a candle and have my ‘lucky writing poncho’ close by before I start writing, you’ll see it’s currently over my chair in this hot weather, but I’ll be wearing it as soon as winter comes.

Alex Brown Writers Space

You can buy Alex’s latest book called ‘A Postcard From Italy’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Last Request By Liz Mistry

Last Request ‘Last Request’ is the latest book by Liz Mistry.

When human remains are discovered under Bradford’s derelict Odeon car park, DS Nikita Parekh and her team are immediately called to the scene. Distracted by keeping her young nephew out of trouble, Nikki is relieved when the investigation is transferred to the Cold Case Unit, and she can finally focus on her family. But after the identity of the victim is revealed, she’s soon drawn back into the case. The dead man is a direct link to her painful past. As the body count begins to rise, Nikki must do everything she can to stop the killer in their tracks before anyone else gets hurt – even if it means digging up secrets she had long kept hidden…

The latest in the DS Nikita Parekh series is a fast paced and thrilling that really keeps the reader on their toes.

When a body is recovered and turns out to be DS Nikita Parekh’s husband, she becomes the key person of interest, put off the case she’s determined to find out to what happened her husband when he disappeared 15 years ago. But then more bodies turn up, she finds herself and family becoming embroiled in something that she could never imagined happening.

This is the first book in the series that I’ve read by Liz Mistry and what I liked about is that it gave the reader enough information from the previous books to keep the reader in the loop. The characters are great in the story and there’s a wide diverse range of cultures which was also interesting giving an insights into beliefs and family traditions. Nikita is a strong female lead, who even though her heart is broken over her dead husband, she’s determined to find out what happened as well as put her family safety first.

The story is well written and a plotted crime thriller. The story is seen through multiple narratives such as the police investigating the crimes, there’s also the inclusion from the narrative of the killer which is fascinating as the reader tries to piece together the motives behind the murders.

A gripping story from the first page, ‘Last Request’ is an exciting new book from the DS Nikita Parekh series.

You can buy ‘Last Request’ from Amazon

Carole Matthews’ Re-releases Wrapped Up In You

Wrapped Up In You‘Carole Matthews has re-released her festive tale called ‘Wrapped Up In You’ with a new look.

What the back cover says –

Janie Johnson is ringing the changes this Christmas.

As a thirty-something hairdresser, Janie’s single status is a constant source of concern for her clients as well as her friends. So after one too many questions about her love life, a blind date disaster and hearing her ex-boyfriend is getting married, Janie decides it’s time to do something dramatic.

Leaving winter behind, Janie takes the plunge and books an exotic trip to Africa. Her friends think she’s mad and Janie thinks they may very well be right. Until that is she meets her gorgeous tour guide, Dominic.

But all good things must come to an end. Can Janie now face spending a snowy Christmas back home without him, or will she get her Christmas wish in Wrapped up in You

This speical edition book includes a bonus follow-up story, plus the first chapter of Carole’s new book ‘Sunny Days & Sea Breezes’.

You can pre-order ‘Wrapped Up In You’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 31st October 2019.

The Family By Louise Jensen

The Family‘The Family’ is the latest book by Louise Jensen.

Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura is grateful when a local community, Oak Leaf Organics, offer her and her 17-year-old daughter Tilly a home. But as Laura and Tilly settle into life with their new ‘family’, sinister things begin to happen. When one of the community dies in suspicious circumstances Laura wants to leave but Tilly, enthralled by the charismatic leader, Alex, refuses to go. Desperately searching for a way to save her daughter, Laura uncovers a horrifying secret but Alex and his family aren’t the only ones with something to hide. Just as Laura has been digging into their past, they’ve been digging into hers and she discovers the terrifying reason they invited her and Tilly in, and why they’ll never let them leave…

When I should have been sleeping at the weekend, I sat up late reading this book unable to put it down until I reached the final page.

Louise has written a book that’s thrilling and suspenseful with unreliable narratives that makes for exiting reading.

Seen primarily through the eyes of mother and daughter Laura and Tilly, they are struggling to get their lives back on track after the sudden death of their husband/father. Financially unstable, they have no one to turn to since the town has turned on them. Their only offer of help comes from a small community group at the edge of the town, that is rumoured to be a cult. With no other better option, they move in and immediately they are taken care off. Both women in awe of the handsome and charismatic Alex, the leader of Oak Leaf Organics.

Both women are fascinating characters and it’s interesting how different they view each other. Laura tries to be there for her daughter but is pushed away, whilst Tilly tries to help her mother but is seen as a nuisance. Alex is a complex character, idolised by many of the people in the community, he harbours a secret that I found myself racing through the pages to find out.

Eerie and unsettling in places, ‘The Family’ is a well written thriller that really pulls the reader in. Dark and atmospheric from the beginning, the story touches on vulnerability, loss and lies and is the perfect twisty thriller that will keep you guessing until you’ve reached the final page.

You can buy ‘The Family’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.