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The Cornish Cream Tea Holiday By Cressida McLaughlin

The Cornish Cream Tea Holiday‘The Cornish Cream Tea Holiday’ is the latest book by Cressida McLaughlin in the ‘Cornish Cream Tea’ series.

Thea Rushwood was looking forward to exploring the beautiful Cornish tourist spot of Port Karadow, but when her friend drops out at the last minute, she is forced to go solo. Arriving at her cosy holiday cottage to discover a building site next door, Thea and the annoyingly attractive, but grumpy builder, Ben, don’t get off to the best start. Thea starts to wonder if her perfect escape wasn’t meant to be. That’s before she realizes there is more to Ben – and to the community – than she first thought. As a magical Cornish summer stretches out in front of her, Thea discovers this is one holiday that she never wants to end.

Cressida is back with another lovely story set amongst the Cornish community with a welcome return to some of her lovely characters as well as an introduction to Thea, an aspiring bookshop owner.

Thea was meant to be having the holiday of a lifetime with her best friend, Esme. Three weeks in a Cornish cottage with a bucket list of fun things to do. Unfortunately, work prevents Esme from coming along but Thea decides to still go along and enjoy the scenery as well as research a childhood dream of opening her own bookshop. But when she meets Ben, who’s initially a grumpy man, he ends up being her tour guide and with a combination of an adorable dog called Scooter, his exquisite culinary skills and his own charm Thea finds herself falling for him and finding another reason to the move to the coastal town.

This is another delightful story from the Cornish author, set amongst the stunning scenery of Cornwall, packed with heartwarming characters and a lovely plot that flows like a Cornish beach.

I loved Thea, she’s kind with a heart of gold and a massive book lover like myself. She’s brave and determined and even when her dreams are belittled, it gives her more of a drive to continue. The story has some lovely characters, like Sylvia, the eccentric old lady that shouts down from her tower at passerbys, she’s sharp and witty and scenes with make for entertaining reading and occasionally tender as she shows a vulnerable side. It’s warming to see Thea fit into her new life and settle in with the community whilst making friends and her budding relationship with Ben is really lovely reading, as they get to know each other bring out the fun side in each other.

Heartwarming, charming and packed with fun and aspiration, ‘The Cornish Cream Tea Holiday’ a journey of self-discovery and following your dreams which was the perfect seaside book to curl up with.

You can buy ‘The Cornish Cream Tea Holiday’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

One of The Girls by Lucy Clarke

One of The Girls‘One of The Girls’ is the latest book by Lucy Clarke.

You always know that when you’re settling down to a book by Lucy Clarke, you’re going to be in for a bumpy ride and her latest book was exactly that. A rocky ship that’s not for the faint hearted.

Lexi never thought she’d get married but along came Ed and suddenly she’s got a ring on her finger and bursting to say ‘I do’. Along with her five friends, she goes to Greece for her hen weekend and looks forward to reminiscing, fun and adventures but instead is faced with lies, revelations and a dead body.

I absolutely loved this fast paced thriller, packed with unreliable and suspicious women that all had secrets or dramas going on in their lives. Outspoken and ballsy Bella, who’s the Maid of Honour has an unhealthy obsession with Lexi and wants to constantly be the centre of Lexi and everyone’s attention. Her girlfriend Fen is unsure of her feelings, whilst Eleanor, Lexi’s to be sister in law, is sad that she was unable to make it down the aisle due to the tragic death of her fiancé Sam. Robyn, Lexi and Bella’d childhood is dealing with the aftermath of a broken marriage and new born baby and Ana is adapting to her little boy becoming a surly teenager.

I loved the dynamics of this story, the conflict was rife and each snappy chapter was riddled with suspense. The different narratives made the story particularly gripping as all the women had a gripe with someone so that made the story even more thrilling as we wondered who the victim was and who killed them.

Set against the hot and heady backdrop of Greece, ‘One Of The Girls’ is an intoxicating thriller packed with twists, tension that makes for perfect poolside reading.

We were dying for a holiday. The six of us arrived on that beautiful Greek island dreaming of sun-drenched beaches and blood orange sunsets, ready to lose ourselves in the wild freedom of a weekend away with friends. On the first night we swam under a blanket of stars. On the second night the games began on our clifftop terrace. On the third night the idyll cracked, secrets and lies whispering on the breeze. And by the final night there was a body on the rocks below. Who would kill for it?

You can buy ‘One Of The Girls’ from Amazon and is available to buy good bookshops.

The Killing Kind By Jane Casey

The Killing Kind‘The Killing Kind’ is the latest book by Irish author, Jane Casey.

Ingrid will never forget what John did. The people he hurt. The way he lied about it so easily. The way she defended him. Now he’s back. He says a murderer is after her. He says only he can protect her. Would you trust him? The clock is ticking for Ingrid to decide. Because the killer is ready to strike…

If you love a thriller with a creepily delicious leading man, then the latest book by Jane Casey is a must read for you.

In the story we meet Ingrid Lewis, a young barrister who has spent the last couple of years trying to escape the clutches of John Webster. A man who she represented in court and ever since, John has been obsessed with her. Harassing and tormenting her and causing her relationship to break and fear for her on life, even though she has a restraining order against him. Now, years later when a fellow barrister is killed in an accident, Ingrid is convinced that John is after her again. But in an unlikely turn of events Ingrid finds herself turning to John to help her find out who is after her, as John is already one step ahead.

I’ve not read many books by Jane but this book was an absolutely gripping thriller that pulled me in.

The story is written in the past and present tense and this really sets the tone and scene of the story, introducing John and his obsessive behaviour and how he terrorised her and this makes for chilling reading. I found John to be a fascinating character, he’s handsome, charismatic but also cunning who’s also protective towards Ingrid.

As the story progresses and people close to Ingrid are killed, Ingrid fears for her life and the only person who can keep her safe is John. And this truly is thrilling reading as John finally gets close to Ingrid and help her with his fearless and clever behaviour.

I genuinely enjoyed this story, it has all the makings of a great thriller. A fast paced plot that is cunningly written with police procedures and intricate detail that made for gripping reading. Filled with drama, suspense and a creepy man that you couldn’t help but warm to, ‘The Killing Kind’ is a compulsive story that was an absolute joy to get lost in.

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

Twelve Days In May By Niamh Hargan

Twelve Days In May‘Twelve Days In May’ is the latest book by Niamh Hargan.

Lizzy Munro is working at the Cannes Film Festival, in a job that involves a lot more admin than red-carpet glamour. There, Ciaran Flynn is the man everyone is talking about: heartthrob of the moment and director of the most romantic movie of the year. What nobody knows is that twelve years ago, they were best friends . . . and they haven’t spoken since. But when Ciaran’s film runs into trouble, there’s only one person he can turn to. Is twelve days enough to save not only Ciaran’s film, but also the spark he and Lizzy once shared?

The first novel by fellow Northern Ireland lady Niamh was an escapist’s dream.

Set against the glistening and exciting backdrop of the Cannes Film Festival, this deliciously fun romantic comedy was not only a joy to read but also gave an insight into behind the scenes of the famous event.

The story is about Lizzy Munro and Ciaran Flynn, who met 12 years ago in Bordeaux and begin a friendship that becomes a special relationship. But fast forward, 12 years later and Ciaran is now an established director and Lizzy loves her job with the Scottish Film Board and she hates Ciaran. So much that when Ciaran reaches out for her help, Lizzy finds herself struggling to help him due to how much he hurt her. As Ciaran’s professional life hangs in the balance, the couple have to reopen old wounds and reminisce on better times.

I loved this story, it’s sweet, it’s fun and it’s packed with character. This book was a real breath of fresh air to read, set in an industry that has genuinely interested for me. The story flows in the past and present tense and it makes for lovely reading as we see Lizzy and Ciaran interact for the first time and how the relationship blossoms.

Both the settings of this story make for glamorous reading, the bustling streets of Bordeaux as well as the glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival.

Fun with a capital F and hot with a capital H, ‘Twelve Days in May’ is a delicious debut that’s brimming with chemistry and filled with heart. If you’re looking for poolside read this summer, then LIGHTS, CAMERA. BUY IT!

You can buy ‘Twelve Days In May’ from Amazon and is also available from good bookshops.

Who’s Lying Now? By Susan Lewis

Songs In Ursa Major‘Who’s Lying Now?’ is the latest book by Susan Lewis.

Jeannie Symonds is a force to be reckoned with – an eccentric, award-winning publisher, spending lockdown with her husband in a house near Kesterly-on-Sea. She seems to have it all: a high-flying career, a happy marriage, a niece she adores. And then one day, she vanishes. Cara Jakes is a new trainee investigator – young, intelligent and eager to prove herself. When she teams up with detective Andee Lawrence to look into the disappearance, she is determined to find out what has really happened to Jeannie. Cara begins to question the residents of this close-knit community, sure that someone has a secret to hide.

The latest book by Susan is another thriller packed with dislikable and suspicious characters that really held my attention throughout.

The story is written in the past and present tense leading up to successful publisher, Jeannie Symonds disappearance as police try to piece together her last movements. As trainee investigator Cara begins to look into the disappearance, she realises that Jeannie had wasn’t quite the popular person and had some enemies, namely Estelle. A published author who’s struggling to write her second book who’s attention has now been deflected to finding her biological mother.

The past and present tenses to the story really set the scene leading up to Jeannie’s disappearance and give an interesting insight into the character. The story flows at a fast pace with the multiple narratives that I really enjoyed. The story is also set during the pandemic which adds to the claustrophobic and suspense to the story, with the lockdown and restrictions in place.

Susan is a new author for me and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her books, they flow at a pace that engages with the reader with revelations and drama throughout that made ‘Who’s Lying Now?’ a thrilling story.