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  1. Synopsis: Nestled in the Cornish village of Cloudsea, sits Sea Cottage – the perfect place for some Christmas magic …

    At last Ivy is looking forward to Christmas. She and her husband Stuart have moved to their perfect little cottage by the sea - a haven alongside the rugged cliffs that look out to the Atlantic Ocean. She’s pregnant with their much-longed for first baby and for the first time, since the death of her beloved mother, Ivy feels like things are going to be alright.

    But there is trouble ahead. It soon emerges that Stuart has been keeping secrets from Ivy, and suddenly she misses her mum more than ever. 

    When Ivy stumbles across a letter from her mother hidden in an old writing desk, secrets from the past come hurtling into the present. But could her mother’s words help Ivy in her time of need? Ivy is about to discover that the future is full of unexpected surprises and Christmas at Sea Cottage promises to be one to remember. 

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

  2. Synopsis: DI Alistair McKay is still reeling from the ‘one that got away’ but when he is called to deal with a potential murder at the water side, he must put his personal worries aside.

    As police diver, Marlo Buchanan, starts pulling bodies out of the water, it becomes clear that something isn’t right. Someone is torturing young girls and dumping them in the local reservoir.

    Then the body of a man is discovered and Mackay and Buchanan are pulled into the seedy underworld of human trafficking. As the team race against the clock tensions start to run high. Can they overcome their personal demons to work together? And will they find the killer before he strikes again?

     Kat's Rating: 4/5

  3.  Synopsis: When Charlie’s husband leaves after ten years of marriage, her spirits hit an all-time low. She just isn’t sure how to pick herself up again. So, best friend Mercedes makes it her mission to put a spring back in Charlie’s step with the perfect bucket list. 

    As Charlie takes a chance and bungee jumps and belly dances her way through an array of adventures, her love life also begins to look up and she’s soon enjoying a few dates as a newly single woman. She begins to realise that finding romance, might not be so hard, especially when you’ve got someone like journalist Jake who has an adorable little boy and is very easy on the eye. 

    But is Jake too good to be true? As Charlie’s challenges on the bucket list get bigger, so do her questions about Jake. Should she continue to hold out for the fairy-tale? Or should she take a chance on Jake and hope for a happy ending? 

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

  4. Synopsis: Three years and eleven months. That's how long Lizzie Wells has been banged up inside Holloway prison, serving time for a crime she didn’t commit.

    Six months. That's how long it’s taken Lizzie to fall in love with her fellow inmate, Scar.

    Now they are both finally free and, together, they are about to embark on a vengeful search to find those who framed Lizzie. It’s time to make them pay…

    THE BUSINESS MAN. THE COPPER. THE MADAM.

    Kat's Rating: 2/5

     

    Kat's Review: The cover reminds me of Jacqui Rose style of books so I was looking forward to giving a new author a try, however for some reason there were parts of this book that I just couldn't get along with. That said, the writing flowed well and it was certainly an 'easy read'. Lizzie Wells has been banged up in Holloway and has served time for a crime she didn't commit. When she is released she is determined to find out who stitched her up and why. With the help of her ex-cellmate and now lover 'Scar' they start off the hunt and soon realise that it won't be plain sailing.

    Although there is plenty of action as Lizzie and Scar start to track down the people who knew things and weren't talking it all fell a bit flat. I didn't actually care that much either way about Lizzie and to be honest I felt more inclined to like Scar and she is a secondary character. In addition to this there were a couple of scenes where there was no continuity to the story and certain key elements weren't followed up on. In all honesty at times I felt like the book was struggle because of my indifference which is never a good sign as a reader.

    I think generally this genre is a hard one to crack as there are so many new authors and long standing bestsellers that's it difficult to make a mark, and sadly this one was lacking for me in too many ways. The writing style was easy enough but maybe for me this one meant I didn't engage with the characters or story that much so it held less interest for me. I will certainly try another Jamie Raven in the hope that the characters are more engaging, but sadly this one fell way short of the mark for me.

  5. Synopsis: ‘You’ve just had a holiday,’ I pointed out, trying not to yawn. ‘Wasn’t that enough of a break?’

    ‘I don’t mean that kind of break.’

    There’s nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out.

    Friends and family all think they’re crazy; Liv throws herself into work – animals are so much simpler than humans – and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he’s dug.

    But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other? Most importantly, do they want to?

    Kat's Review: 5/5

  6. 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

  7. Synopsis: Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away. 

     So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again. 

    But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace. 

    Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home? 

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

  8. Synopsis: Unknown, alone, and fearing for your life.

    As PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is.

    But, on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there's no other option – and these murders are as brutal as they come.

    Lucy must step into the line of fire – a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line.

    And, unknown to Lucy, she's already treading it…

    Kat's Rating: 5/5