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  1. Kat's Review of Summer at Seafall Cottage by Lily Graham

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    513FnfRReXL Synopsis: Victoria Langley’s world crumbles when her husband leaves, but she knows exactly where to go to mend her broken heart. The rugged shores of Cornwall will be her perfect sanctuary. 


    In the quaint, little village of Tregollan, nestled in the sea cliffs, Victoria is drawn to Seafall Cottage, covered in vines and gracefully falling apart. Inside she finds a diary full of secrets, from 1905.

    Victoria is determined to unravel the diary’s mystery, but the residents of Tregollan are tight-lipped about Tilly Asprey, the cottage’s last owner. Just as she reaches a dead end, Victoria meets Adam Waters, the lawyer handling the cottage’s sale. He’s handsome, charming, and has a missing piece of the puzzle.

    Tilly’s diary tells a devastating love story that mirrors Victoria’s own. Can Victoria learn from Tilly’s mistakes, and give herself a second chance at love? Or is history doomed to repeat itself?

    Kat’s Rating: 3/5

  2. Kat's Review of You're The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

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    Giovanna Fletcher Youre The One That I WantSynopsis: Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob - the man she's about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben - best man and the best friend any two people ever had.

    And that's the problem.

    Because if it wasn't Rob waiting for her at the altar, there's a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

    Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it...

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

  3. BLOG TOUR: Kat's Review of After She's Gone by Maggie James

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    Synopsis: Lori Golden’s family have had more than their fair share of troubles. But through it all, Lori and her sister, Jessie, have always supported each other. Then Jessie is killed. And Lori’s world turns upside down.

    Devastated, Lori struggles to cope with her loss, and to learn to live in a world without her bright, bubbly sister by her side. Around her, her already fractured family start to fall apart. And, as Lori and her mother try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, secrets long thought buried are coming painfully to light.

    Faced with the unthinkable, Lori is forced to ask herself how well she really knows those who are left behind…

    Kat's Rating: 3.5/5

    Kat's Review: This story is based around Jessie Golden's family following her murder. Lori Golden her elder sister is the main focus and character throughout this story. It's apparent early on that this family are holding secrets but I found that all you seemed to see were the flaws and because of that I didn't feel too much empathy towards any of them. Although I didn't necessarily warm to the characters the story has all the right ingredients for a thriller of this sort and there are certainly a lot of threads in the early stages. It seems there are a number of potential suspects and nobody appears to escape untouched.

    The book certainly has a decent pace and I found myself caught up in all of it however for me I spotted the culprit early on which maybe disappointed me a little That aside, I was totally absorbed with the story and Maggie James has an easy to read writing style which flows well. Its clear she has the talent needed for this specific genre and I am looking forward to reading her other books. I hope that I connect more with characters in her other books as that made me feel a little disconnected from this current release, however this was still a very enjoyable read.

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  4. Kat's Review of The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis

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    Synopsis: When Jules Bright hears a knock on the door, the last person she expects to find is a detective bringing her the news she’s feared for the last three years.

    Amelia Quentin is being released from prison.

    Jules’s life is very different now to the one she’d known before Amelia shattered it completely. Knowing the girl is coming back she needs to decide what to do. Friends and family gather round, fearing for Jules’s safety. They know that justice was never served; every one of them wants to make the Quentin girl pay. 

    The question is, what will Jules do; and which of them – her or Amelia - has the most to fear?

    Kat's Rating: 3/5

    Kat's Review: I have been reading Susan Lewis for years and my very first review on Amazon nearly 10 years ago was one of her books. I always enjoy them but every now and then one comes along that I struggle with and sadly this was one of them. In the beginning we see glimpses of Amelia and instantly it becomes apparent she is no ordinary child and if that continues she may well become a very disturbed individual. Jules then becomes the main focus of the story and we see her struggle to come to terms with the news she has just been told. Amelia Quentin will be released from prison following an event that had far reaching consequences for her family.

    As the story continues we see both present and past explored but it was done in an easy to read way. There are many elements to this book that maybe wont sit right with some people (subject matter for a start wont be everybody's cup of tea), however the story flowed well and was easy to get into. However, there were one or two issues within the book I just felt had no added value, as well as the fact that certain elements within the story didn't seem authentic and to be honest this spoiled things a little for me.

    I continued reading and finished the book, and although I enjoyed it there were too many things I didn't like or had niggles with so felt that the fairest rating would be the middle of the road. I certainly hope her next book is just as enthralling as the numerous others of hers I have read.

  5. Kat's Review of The Kicking The Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins

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    Synopsis: Three sisters. Their mother’s dying wish. One last chance to be a family. Meet the daughters of Iris Parker. Dee; sensitive and big-hearted; Rose uptight and controlled and Fleur the reckless free spirit.At the reading of their mother’s will, the three estranged women are aghast to discover that their inheritance comes with very tricky strings attached. If they are to inherit her wealth, they must spend a series of weekends together over the course of a year and carry out their mother’s ‘bucket list’. But one year doesn’t seem like nearly enough time for them to move past the decades-old layers of squabbles and misunderstandings. Can they grow up for once and see that Iris’s bucket list was about so much more than money.

    Kat's Rating: 3/5

     

    Kat's Review: I was looking forward to reading this as it was slightly different from what I usually read. Three sisters all of whom are different are brought together at the will reading for their Mum. Dee, Rose and Fleur haven't spoken for many years and as they sit in the solicitors office they think that they can go another few years without speaking to each other once the will is read. However, their Mum has other ideas and has made it a condition of the will that before they are eligible for their inheritance they must complete a series of tasks over the coming year.

  6. Kat's Review of Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner (FBI Profiler #7)

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    Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Sharlah Nash knows that the first time her brother killed eight years ago, he did it to save their lives.

    Now retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife Rainie Conner have offered Sharlah a new life of safety. She desperately wants to believe this is her shot at happily ever after.

    Then two people are murdered in their local convenience store and Sharlah's brother is identified as the killer.

    Telly Ray Nash is on the hunt for Sharlah and as the death count rises it becomes clear that nothing and no one, including Pierce and Rainie, will stop him getting to her.

    Now, Sharlah has one chance to take control.

    She can run for her life... or turn and face the danger right behind her.

    Kat's Rating: 3/5

  7. Kat's Review of A Girl In Danger by Leigh Russell (Lucy Hall Mystery #2)

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    Synopsis: Chasing a story, reporter Lucy Hall plunges into a desperate fight to save her own life.

    Lucy Hall’s first summer in Paris promises to be idyllic. She’s fallen in love with the city and enjoys her new job as an investigative reporter. When her friend Nina comes to stay, the girls look forward to a wonderful summer. But Paris is a city of contrasts and Lucy is about to experience its dangerous side.

    When an anonymous source promises her a scoop, Lucy can’t resist the chance to make her name. The deeply unsettling meeting with her informant indicates that there may be more at stake than she’d suspected. Returning home with questions instead of answers, Lucy finds her apartment ransacked and Nina gone.

    Lucy knows her friend is in danger, but the police are unwilling to help. When her informant is found dead, she realises she may be next. Lucy has something the killer wants and he’ll do anything to get it back…

    Kat's Rating: 3/5

  8. Kat's Review of Strictly My Husband by Tracy Bloom

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    Synopsis: Laura loves it when Tom takes her for a late night tango around the kitchen after their friends have gone home and they’re avoiding the washing up. She can’t dance but who cares when no one is watching?

    All that changes when Tom arrives on the doorstep with Carly, a professional dancer, and announces he’s offered her the spare room to rent while she performs in a show that Tom is directing.

    An outraged Laura doesn’t feel like dancing with Tom anymore but Carly does. It only takes two to tango, and given Tom’s history who knows where it could end? Will Laura be the one left watching from the sidelines whilst Carly waltzes off with her husband’s heart?

    Kat's Rating: 3/5

    Kat's Review: I like Tracy Bloom books and although I have only rated this 3/5 it was still a good read. The problem I had with this book was Laura, the main character! Laura is married to the handsome Tom and her life is ticking along like normal. However, when Tom brings home a professional dancer Carly to rent their room things start to go rapidly downhill for Laura.

    Laura and Tom are very readable and along with them we meet their married friends Jerry and Hannah as well as Tom's brother Will. Jerry was without a doubt the star of the show for me and was hilarious, full of life and completely over the top. However, Laura just grated on me from start to finish. The woman never stopped moaning and to be honest I just didn't like her. That's my main reason for the 3 star rating. Laura, Tom, Carly, and the other characters were great. They were all easily read, humorous and swept the story along. However, every time Laura got on the phone to Hannah to moan I could almost feel the switch in my brain starting to turn off. 

    Pushing that to one side, Tracy Bloom has a great balance between humour and storytelling and there is an easy flow to her books which makes them very readable. I feel like Jerry should make a return in future books as I would have loved to have read more about his adventures following the end of this book. Overall certainly not a bad read, but marred by my dislike for the main character.