#BlogTour: Winterkill by Ragnar Jónasson @ragnarjo @OrendaBooks @RandomTTours #Winterkill #RagnarJónasson #TeamOrenda #DarkIceland #RandomThingsTours #5Stars

Book Synopsis:

blizzard is approaching Siglufjörður, and that can only mean one thing

When the body of a nineteen-year-old girl is found on the main street of Siglufjörður, Police Inspector Ari Thór battles a violent Icelandic storm in an increasingly dangerous hunt for her killer The chilling, claustrophobic finale to the international bestselling Dark Iceland series.

Easter weekend is approaching, and snow is gently falling in Siglufjörður, the northernmost town in Iceland, as crowds of tourists arrive to visit the majestic ski slopes.

Ari Thór Arason is now a police inspector, but he’s separated from his girlfriend, who lives in Sweden with their three-year-old son. A family reunion is planned for the holiday, but a violent blizzard is threatening and there is an unsettling chill in the air.

Three days before Easter, a nineteen-year-old local girl falls to her death from the balcony of a house on the main street. A perplexing entry in her diary suggests that this may not be an accident, and when an old man in a local nursing home writes ‘She was murdered’ again and again on the wall of his room, there is every suggestion that something more sinister lies at the heart of her death

As the extreme weather closes in, cutting the power and access to Siglufjörður, Ari Thór must piece together the puzzle to reveal a horrible truth one that will leave no one unscathed.

Chilling, claustrophobic and disturbing, Winterkill is a startling addition to the multi-million-copy bestselling Dark Iceland series and cements Ragnar Jónasson as one of the most exciting and acclaimed authors in crime fiction.

Winterkill will be published in hardback and ebook in the 10th December 2020. The paperback version will be available on the 21st January 2021. You can pre-order your copy using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

Frequent readers of my blog will know that I’m a huge fan of this author and I am always very excited to read new books from him. Winterkill is another fantastic, well plotted book which is a great way to finish the Dark Iceland series.

As always the author uses the frozen, remote setting to stunning effect with the weather seeming to be a malicious character on its own sometimes. The feeling of isolation that the snow causes helps create a lot of the atmosphere in the book and definitely gives a claustrophobic feel to the story.

The author has created some brilliant characters who I enjoyed following throughout the book. I liked that the reader gets to see a little of their personal life, outside of the investigation as I felt it helped me get to know the characters better. The problems that they face in their personal lives are quite relatable which made it easier for me to warm to them as I felt I understood what they were going through.

Overall I thought this was a well plotted gripping read which was hard to put down. The investigation was actually really complicated which I always enjoy as it’s impossible to tell which way it is going. I found myself constantly changing my mind about what was going to happen right until the end.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Orenda for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Icelandic crime writer Ragnar Jónasson was born in Reykjavík, and currently works as a lawyer, while teaching copyright law at the Reykjavík University Law School. In the past, he’s worked in TV and radio, including as a news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated fourteen Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic, and has had several short stories published in German, English and Icelandic literary magazines. Ragnar set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA (Crime Writers’ Association) in Reykjavík, and is co-founder of the International crime-writing festival Iceland Noir. Ragnar’s debut thriller,  Snowblind became an almost instant bestseller when it was published in June 2015 with  Nightblind (winner of the Dead Good Reads Most Captivating Crime in Translation Award) and then  Blackout and  Rupture following soon after. To date, Ragnar Jónasson has written five novels in the Dark Iceland series, which has been optioned for TV by On the Corner. He lives in Reykjavík with his wife and two daughters. Visit him on Twitter @ragnarjo or at ragnarjonasson.com

David Warner translates from French and nurtures a healthy passion for Franco, Nordic and British crime fiction. Growing up in deepest Yorkshire, he developed incurable Francophilia at an early age. Emerging from Oxford with a Modern Languages degree he narrowly escaped the graduate rat race by hopping on a plane to Canada – and never looked back. More than a decade into a high-powered commercial translation career, he listened to his heart and turned his hand to the delicate art of literary translation. David has lived in France and Quebec, and now calls beautiful British Columbia home.
Follow David on Twitter @givemeawave and on his website wtranslation.ca

#BlogTour: Christmas For The Shop Girls by Joanna Toye @JoannaToye @HarperFiction @fictionpubteam @RandomTTours #ChristmasForTheShopGirls #JoannaToye #RandomThingsTours #ww2

Book Synopsis:

Uplifting and heartwarming: drama, courage and romance at Marlow’s department store this Christmas

For Lily Collins and her fellow shop girls at Marlow’s Department store, another Christmas with ration books, shortages of goods and staff – not to mention a store coping with war damage – will be a real challenge.

But the girls rally round and put their worries aside to make this, the hardest wartime Christmas yet, one that their families, and their town, will never forget.

Christmas For The Shop Girls is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

Christmas With The Shop Girls is another fantastic addition to the series and I so enjoyed being back with the wonderful shop girls and bring involved in all their dramas again. Throughout the series they have started to feel like old friends so I’ve felt like I’ve lived everything they’ve been through alongside them. They are a lovely group of friends and the descriptions of their close friendship have been really heartwarming to read about. I often found myself wishing I was a part of their group too.

As i might have mentioned once or twice I’m a huge fan of books set in department stores, especially around Christmas. There’s something lovely about the descriptions of all the displays and Christmas spirit which brings a lovely feel to the book. Department stores aren’t really around anymore so I drank in all the fabulous descriptions of the things they used to sell and the service they used to offer.

I’ve loved this series from the start and I soon found myself absorbed back into the shop girls world. I thought this was quite a fast paced read and there was always something happening to keep me glued to the page. This story had a bit of everything in it from historical details about rationing, that I found fascinating to learn more about, to romance and of course heartbreak too. I now can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out next year.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Harper Collins for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Joanna Toye joined the production team of The Archers after reading English at Cambridge University, and became a scriptwriter for the programme for over twenty years. She has also written a number of spin-off books about the long-running radio drama. On television she has written for Crossroads, Family Affairs, Doctors and EastEnders.

#BlogTour: Ripples From The Edge Of Life by Ronald Chesters @FromRipples @RandomTTours @SilverWoodBooks #RipplesFromTheEdgeOfLife #RonaldChester #RandomThingsTours #WorldAidsDay

Book Synopsis:

If, out of the blue, you were given just two weeks to live, how would you feel? What would you do? How would you prepare for the end? Who would you tell – and how?

This was the terrible position Roland Chesters found himself in in the late summer of 2006. He knew he was seriously ill – but had no idea he had both HIV and AIDS.

Luckily, Roland did not die. Expert medical help and his own determination not to give in saw him through. His life, though, had changed forever…

Ripples From the Edge of Life is Roland’s account of a life-changing diagnosis and its impact on him and those closest to him. More than a memoir, Roland’s story is not unique; ripples spread outwards, and this empowering collection gives voice to fourteen others who have survived similar traumatic diagnoses.

This book contains wisdom, hope, humour and inspiration in equal measure. It is an essential read for anyone living with a life-changing condition, and for those who support them.

Ripples From The Edge Of Life is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

My Review:

Ripples From The Edge Of Life is a well written, interesting book which is written with great honesty and bravery.

This book follows Roland on his journey from diagnosis to treatment through to the present day. Through the book he gives the reader an interesting insight into not only the medical side of things but also information on the emotional side of the condition too. I didn’t know a lot of the information contained in this book before reading so I found it fascinating to find out more I found it especially interesting that someone could lead such an normal life whilst having treatment. I was quite pleased to learn how much more can be done for patients now then there used to be.

The thing that stands out the most about this book is the lovely style it is written it. The author has a very engaging, personal style which felt at times like I was actually in the room with him having a conversation rather than reading a book. The book also describes other people’s experiences as well as the thoughts and feelings of those around Ronald which I found very interesting.

Overall I found this a very informative, engaging read which would be great for everyone wanting to know more about Aids or looking for information on how to support a loved one going through treatment.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Roland Chesters was born in the north of England to an English father and French mother and has lived most of his life in London. He graduated from the Royal Holloway College with a degree in Modern Languages and after a variety of jobs joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a language-testing specialist. Following a diagnosis of HIV and AIDS in 2006, he became a campaigner for disability rights. He is now a self-employed Disability Development Consultant and has his own company, Luminate. Roland lives with his partner, Richard, in London and enjoys opera, classical music, theatre and fashion (his favourite item of clothing being a bright red corduroy suit). He fights boredom and normality with gusto, and says he is at his best when he’s made a positive impact on someone else’s life.

#BlogTour: The Mist by Ragnar Jónasson @ragnarjo @sriya__v @MichaelJBooks #TheMist #RagnarJónasson #VictoriaCribb #HiddenIceland #5Stars

Book Synopsis:

1987. An isolated farm house in the east of Iceland.

The snowstorm should have shut everybody out. But it didn’t.

The couple should never have let him in. But they did.

An unexpected guest, a liar, a killer. Not all will survive the night. And Detective Hulda will be haunted forever . .
 .

The Mist is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

I’m a huge fan of this author so was very excited to read another book from him. The Mist was a gripping, atmospheric and tense read that I found hard to put down. This is going to be a hard book to review as I don’t want to give anything away.

The thing that most stands out about this book is the author’s use of the weather as a malevolent character that is very unpredictable and focused on keeping the characters pinned where they are. The weather is a source of great stress to Erla while also helping add to the tension in the book as the reader becomes more aware of how isolated the pair are and how hopeless their situation.

The story starts with detective Hulda in 1988 but soon flashes back to ten years earlier where we follow Hulda who is going through a tough time with her daughter as well as Einar and Erla who have taken a stranger into their house. I enjoyed following both timelines equally, though I did find Hilda’s story line a little frustrating as I worked out quite quickly what was happening there though it was interesting to learn more about Hulda and her past. Einar & Erla’s story was incredibly intriguing with lots of tension that ensured I kept reading. Erla’s feeling of being trapped by the weather and her life in general was quite relatable I felt. I warmed to her quickly, especially as she was a huge bookworm, and found myself wishing her husband would listen to her fears and she’d get out of the dangerous situation she finds herself in.

Overall I really enjoyed this fantastically gripping book which I raced through in a few days. The tension in the book slowly increases as the story goes on with the many twists ensuring that I was completely absorbed into the story. This series is told backwards so if you’ve read the first books in the series you might already be aware of some of the things that happen but I think you could still read it as a standalone as it would just mean more surprises in the story. I’m so excited to read more from this author and am hoping to go back and re-read the other books in the series soon.

One final point I would like to mention is how impressed I was, as always, with the translation of this book which makes it easy to forget that it wasn’t written in English originally. It has a great flow to it, which isn’t always the case in translated books, which makes it an easy book to read too.

Huge thanks to Sriya for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Michael At Joseph for my copy of this book via Netgalley. If you like well plotted, gripping crime novels with some great characters then you’ll love this book.

About The Author:

Ragnar Jónasson is an international number one bestselling author who has sold over two million books in thirty-two countries worldwide. He was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, where he also works as an investment banker and teaches copyright law at Reykjavík University.

He has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, and, from the age of seventeen, has translated fourteen of Agatha Christie’s novels. His critically acclaimed international bestseller The Darkness is soon to be a major TV series.

Victoria Cribb studied and worked in Iceland for many years. She has translated more than 25 novels from the Icelandic and, in 2017, she received the Orðstír honourary translation award for services to Icelandic literature.

#MusicMonday: Field Fare by Bethan Le Mas @CornyEarsMusic #FieldFare #BethanLeMas #CornyEars #UKSingerSongwriter #TwitchStreamer

Good morning everyone and welcome to another Music Monday. Today I’m featuring the amazing Field Fare by the lovely Bethan Le Mas.

Bethan is a UK singer songwriter who lives somewhere in the beautiful English countryside, jokingly referred to as ‘The Bunker’ on stream. She is a multi talented lady who can play guitar, piano, cello and Celtic harp. Her streams are always great fun filled with a variety of originals and fun, quirky covers. She often live learns songs on stream which is always very impressive to watch, especially when they require her to sing in a different language. Bethan streams under the name Corny Ears on twitch three/ four times a week. If you’d like to watch please click on the link below.

http://www.twitch.tv/cornyears?sr=a

Field Fare:

Bethan writes folk inspired lyrics on acoustic tracks and her music is truly beautiful. I’m a huge fan of all the songs on the album but my particular favourite has to be Temperate Pretender, especially as it’s accompanied by a lovely video that Bethan shot herself.

I’ve also included a video of another song by Bethan called Lavender & Oranges which is taken from her EP Harp Songs of A Land Women.

How To Listen:

Bethan’s music is available to listen to on the following streaming platforms as linked below.

Spotify:

YouTube:

(Featuring fun clips from her twitch stream too.)

https://www.youtube.com/c/BethanleMas

Amazon Music:

Music Monday Playlist:

You can now listen to Bethan and all the artists previously featured on Music Monday in the special playlist I have created, linked below. If you like what you hear why not click follow or share it and help spread the word!

Happy listening!

#GuestPost: The House In The Hollow by Allie Cresswell @Alliescribbler #TheHouseInTheHallow #AllieCresswell

Book Synopsis:

The new novel by the best-selling author Allie Cresswell**
**A prequel to the award-winning Tall Chimneys**
The Talbots are wealthy. But their wealth is from ‘trade’. With neither ancient lineage nor title, they struggle for entrance into elite Regency society. Finally, aided by an impecunious viscount, they gain access to the drawing rooms of England’s most illustrious houses.
Mrs Talbot intends her daughter Jocelyn to marry well, to eliminate the stain of the family’s ignoble beginnings. But the young men Jocelyn meets are vacuous, seeing Jocelyn as merely a substantial dowry. Only Lieutenant Barnaby Willow sees the real Jocelyn, but he is deployed to war.
The hypocrisy of fashionable society repulses Jocelyn—beneath the courtly manners she finds deceit, dissipation and vice. She stumbles upon and then is embroiled in a sordid scandal which threatens utter disgrace for the Talbot family. Humiliated and dishonoured, she is sent to a remote house hidden in a hollow of the Yorkshire moors, irrevocably separated from family, friends and any hope of hearing about the lieutenant’s fate.

The House In The Hallow is available in ebook and paperback. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

Guest Post: Desert Island Disks

Desert Island Disks is a long-running radio show that asks guests to choose eight old-fashioned records they would choose to keep them company when marooned on a desert island.

The concept is somewhat outmoded these days, when we have hundreds of songs on our phones and our phone is the thing we would cling most tightly to when the wave swept us from the deck. How else would we call home to say we might be just a little late? How else, indeed, would we be able to update our social media feed? 

Allie Cresswell is feeling frazzled. 😲

OMG! Can’t believe what just happened! Ship has sunk. So annoying as was due to have facial this pm. 👎 ☂️ 🌊 

But I like the idea of choosing, out of hundreds, just a handful of things. It concentrates the mind and requires us to prioritise. So when Jo asked me to choose the eight books I’d pack (hurriedly) into my hermetically sealed and beautifully buoyant trunk before lashing myself to it and committing myself to the sea, I was thrilled.

The rules prohibit any books that might be of use, so no ‘How to survive on a desert island’ manuals, no ‘fishing for beginners’ or, ‘make your own bivouac in moments’ handbooks are permitted. I’d need l o n g books, to help the days and weeks pass before rescue came. And, make no mistake about it; rescue would have to come as I have no practical skills to speak of. Even if I could catch a fish I’m not sure I could gut one. Making a fire is going to be tricky due to a dearth of boy scouts to rub together. I’m praying for a source of fresh water, a shady palm tree, weather that is not too hot, wet or windy, sea that is not infested by sharks or jelly fish, and plenty of low-hanging fruit.  

I’d choose four books that are well-known to me. Re-reading them would be like inviting old friends to my encampment beneath that obliging palm tree. Knowing their endings would be a comfort as I think I would have enough uncertainty in my life without inviting more.

The books I’d choose in this category would be Jane Austen’s Emma, The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollop (it’s his longest book), Bleak House by Charles Dickens and Henry James’ The Ambassadors (to see if I can, finally, figure out what’s actually going on in it.)

The final four books are trickier. I’m tempted to choose books written by friends. B Fleetwood is an old friend of mine and her Chroma Trilogy is remarkable for its world-building. Helen Ryan is a writer I admire for the tough subjects she tackles. But I’m going to be brave and choose four books from my TBR pile. They are by authors I already know and trust, so it’s not too risky. All write prose that inspires and enthrals me. They sweep me off to places and situations that will broaden my watery horizon and help me escape, if only temporarily, from that sandy shore.

These books would be: The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker. Her first book, One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow awed me by its elegiac descriptions and subtle nuances of character. I’d hope this one would do the same. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. This is her Pulitzer-prize winning novel. I love the infinitesimally delicate precision of Strout’s prose. Any book by John Boyne is sure to be wonderful but I think I’d choose Next of Kin, just because the title appeals. The Alchemy and Rose is the new novel by Sarah Maine, who writes enthralling time-shift historical novels set in places I recognise.

It’s tradition on Desert Island Disks for a wave to come and threaten the shipwreck survivor’s collection. She’s allowed to save just one. Mine would be Emma. I have spent years disliking Emma Woodhouse and it is only since writing my Highbury Trilogy that I have come to understand her and feel sorry for her. Saving her would be my act of atonement.

I believe I’m allowed one luxury. Although the accoutrements for tea-making would be great, my ability to find water and light a fire is doubtful. I’d ask for paper and pens so I could write my next novel (and, who knows, perhaps also several more after that, time allowing) but no one, least of all me, would be able to read my scribble, so that’s a lost cause. I’d better have a vat of moisturiser, please, so that my face does not implode before rescue arrives.

Thanks so much for this fantastic guest post Allie!

About The Author:

Allie Cresswell is the recipient of two coveted One Stop Fiction Five Star Awards and three Readers’ Favorite Awards Allie was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil. Allie recalls: ‘I was about 8 years old. Our teacher asked us to write about a family occasion and I launched into a detailed, harrowing and entirely fictional account of my grandfather’s funeral. I think he died very soon after I was born; certainly I have no memory of him and definitely did not attend his funeral, but I got right into the details, making them up as I went along (I decided he had been a Vicar, which I spelled ‘Vice’). My teacher obviously considered this outpouring very good bereavement therapy so she allowed me to continue with the story on several subsequent days, and I got out of maths and PE on a few occasions before I was rumbled.’ She went on to do a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London. She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners. She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters and two grandsons, is married to Tim and lives in Cumbria.

#BlogTour: Feral Snow by Mark Lowes @MJLAuthor @RandomTTours #FeralSnow #MarkLowes #RandomThingsTours #5Stars

Book Synopsis:

Alone and stranded in the Arctic wasteland, would you risk your life to save a stranger or try to get home?

Paul is a father-to-be; traumatised by his past, he’s terrified of becoming a father after his own beat him until he was unilaterally deaf. While working as a freelance cameraman in the Arctic, he’s caught in a blizzard, separated from his crew, and falls into a chasm. Alone, and waiting for death to come, personal demons plague his mind.

When a young native girl falls into the chasm with him, Paul must learn how to accept responsibility and what it takes to give your life for a child.

FERAL SNOW, while a tense and action-packed story, is an intimate journey between two polar opposites and how love can be forged in the unlikeliest of circumstances.

It has been compared to The Revenant, 127 Hours, and The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Feral Snow is available in ebook and paperback now. The ebook is currently only £1.99. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

My Review:

Feral Snow is an incredibly tense, gripping read which is hard to believe is a debut novel. It’s a fairly dark read at times but the author also manages to inject a bit of humour and compassion into the story which balances it out nicely.

The setting in this book was absolutely beautiful and I loved the wonderful descriptions of the hostile atmosphere the two characters find themselves. The way the author describes the snow, the silence and wildlife was incredibly vivid which help me to picture it in my mind. At times the setting almost seemed like a sinister character working against the characters as they tried to survive.

The two main characters were fabulous creations that I really enjoyed following throughout the book. Paul was quite a troubled character with a difficult past. When he’s stranded he has a lot of time to think which gives the reader an insight into his inner thoughts. Through this we learn more about him and start to understand his decision to travel so far when his wife is about to give birth. My favourite character was Nanny who I absolutely loved and found it hard to believe was only 12 years old. She’s an incredibly strong, tough girl and I loved watching how she helps Paul confront his past. Watching how Paul changes as a result was wonderful to read about.

Overall I really enjoyed this fast paced read which was very hard to put down. There was always something happening with Paul and Nanny seemingly bouncing from one disaster to the next. The author cleverly manages to include some information about global warming into the story which I found very interesting to learn about. There’s more to it then just the ice melting which I don’t think I’d realised before. It was definitely very thought provoking and I’ve continued to think about this book long after reading.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Mark Lowes is a former teacher, current early childhood educator, and future dad. He lives in Cardiff, Wales, UK, and is sometimes found lamenting over how awful his football team is. While he’s not working with deaf children and their families, he’s writing dark and twisty fiction. Mark is the winner of Litopia’s Pop-Up Submissions and of a pitch contest at the Cardiff Book Festival.

#MusicMonday: Yellow by The Complements @thecomplements #TheComplements #TwitchStreamer #SingerSongwriter

Good morning everyone and welcome to another Music Monday! Today I’m featuring a wonderful musical duo called The Complements.

The Complement’s are made up of Greg, an L.A native, and Aleesha who grew up in Europe and Asia. Greg is a classically trained pianist and self taught guitarist while Aleesha is trained in everything Greg isn’t! They are known for their soulful vocal harmonies and charming performances. They describe themselves as ‘an award winning singer-songwriter duo who sound like they have walked off a Glee/ Disney crossover show’.

I heard about them through twitch where they stream Monday – Friday from 14h00 BST. Due to lockdown in California it has been mainly Greg streaming on his own, though Aleesha has been making surprise appearances. Their streams are always good fun to watch and I look forward to them. Greg is always very welcoming and his energy is infectious as he plays their songlist which has lots of variety in it. If you’d like to watch The Complements on twitch, the link to their channel is below.

http://www.twitch.tv/thecomplements?sr=a

Music:

The Complement’s have recorded some really beautiful covers and their latest single ‘Yellow’ is no exception. I love listening to this and I think the video is brilliant too!

How To Listen:

The Complement’s music is available to listen to on most streaming platforms including:

Spotify:

SoundCloud:

https://m.soundcloud.com/thecomplements

Amazon Music:

Apple Music:

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/the-complements/1244374343

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/c/TheComplements

Music Monday Playlist:

You can now listen to The Complements and all the artist that I’ve featured on Music Monday on a special playlist I have created on Spotify. Click the link below to have a listen and if you like it why not follow it!

Happy Listening!

#BlogTour: Harper’s Heroes by Rosie Clarke @AnneHerries @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #HarpersHeroes #RosieClarke

Book Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of the Welcome to Harpers Emporium and The Mulberry Lane Series.
The Harpers Girls come face to face with the harsh reality of the cruelty of war.

Oxford Street, London 1915

Sally Harper quietly battles to keep Harpers afloat in the difficult days of the war, whilst husband Ben is working all hours for the War Office.

Beth Burrow is fighting concern for her husband Jack, now at sea with the Merchant Navy, and the fear she may never see him again and be blessed with a child.

Driven to exhaustion, Maggie Gibbs, is now working as a nursing assistant on the battlefields in France. With the everyday horrors of the casualties of war to contend with she suffers her own personal tragedy when her fiancé’s plane ditches in the sea.

Can the Harpers Girls and their loved ones survive the perils of war and find a path to future happiness?

A heart-warming saga following the lives, loves and losses of the Harpers Girls. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Pam Howes and Dilly Court.

Harper’s Heroes is available in all formats now. You can purchase your copy using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.

My Review:

I’m a huge fan of this wonderful series, so I couldn’t wait to read this book. Once again the author has written an atmospheric, gripping and emotional read.

It was so nice to be back with the lovely Harper Girls and I felt quickly absorbed back into their lives. In this book we travel from Harper’s to the front lines to visit Maggie as she works with new friends as a nurse. I loved the two timelines and it was very interesting to learn more about what live was like back home during the war as well as on the front. As the book goes on we find out more about the girls past including how they met which I really liked. The conversations and the relationship between them was wonderful to read about. I liked that it felt so natural and realistic, as if I was watching real friends interact in front of me.

This book goes along at a great pace and there was always something happening to keep me reading. The author has obviously done her research and I really enjoyed all the little details about everyday life that helped make the past come to life. There is lots of heartache as you would expect in a book set in this period but also lots of joy that helped balance things out nicely. I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future and really hope there is more to come from the Harper Girls!

Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Boldwood for my copy of this book via Netgalley. If your looking for a historical series to curl up with this winter then I really recommend this one!

About The Author:

I currently write as Rosie Clarke for Boldwood Books, a marvellous new company. My books will now be out in e-book, paperback, audio and large print all at publication! I have written several books as Rosie Clarke including the Downstairs Maid and the Emma series. Lizzie’s Secret was a best seller and published on 1st April and Lizzie’s War followed on 1st September 2016. Lizzie’s Daughters was followed by the Mulberry Lane series. A lovely New Series begins on 3.12.19. This will begin with The Shop Girls of Harpers and there will be at least six books in the series. This series begins in the early 20th century and continues through the twenties and perhaps beyond. Then comes Love & Marriage at Harpers, Rainy Days at Harpers & Harpers’ Heroes! Do let us know what you think with reviews and tweets. Also, good news for fans a Christmas at Mulberry Lane book will be out in 2020 Rosie Clarke is an established author who also writes under other names. I would like to thank my many readers for the lovely reviews they’ve given my books on amazon.

#BlogTour #Promo: Barnabas Tew And The Case Of Hellenic Abduction by Columbkill Noonan @ColumbkillNoon1 @darkstrokedark @rararesources #BarnabasTew #ColumbkillNoonan #darkfantasty

Book Synopsis:

Demanding Greek gods. A world of intrigue. A mysterious helper.

Zeus is used to getting what he wants…but that was before he met Barnabas Tew!

Barnabas and Wilfred, the unluckiest detectives ever, are enjoying their time in India, working on mastering their emotions and learning how to do all sorts of interesting yoga poses. They feel as if they’ve finally found some peace in their lives.

Everything changes, though, when Zeus whisks them away from their idyllic retreat and demands that they solve a case for him.

Having no choice, they reluctantly accept the job, but quickly come to realize that nothing is as it should be. Zeus’ motives are suspect from the beginning, the rest of the Greek gods and goddesses are untrustworthy at best, and Barnabas soon finds his temper hasn’t improved at all during his time in India.

Who is the mysterious lady who keeps popping up just when they need her? Is she friend, or is she foe?

Will Barnabas and Wilfred figure out what’s right and what’s wrong in this topsy-turvy world of lies, intrigue, and trickery? Or will the Greek gods and goddesses prove too much for them?

Barnabas Tew And The Case Of Hellenic Abduction is available in ebook and paperback now. The ebook is currently the bargain price of 99p. You can purchase your copy using the link below or through your local indie bookstore.

Other Books In The Series:

There are 5 books in the Barnabas Tew series and although they can be read as standalone books my understanding is that they are better read in order.

1.) Barnabas Tew And The Case Of The Missing Scarab

2.) Barnabas Tew And The Case Of The Nine World’s

3.) Barnabas Tew And The Case Of The Cursed Serpent

4.) Barnabas Tew And The Case Of The Enlightened Cow

About The Author:

Columbkill Noonan was born in Philadelphia and grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. She teaches Anatomy and Physiology at a university in Maryland. Her writing is mostly speculative fiction (especially stories that involve mythology, or the supernatural, or any combination thereof). Some of her work is a bit on the spooky side, but usually there is a touch of humor (who says the afterlife has to be serious?) When she’s not teaching or writing, Columbkill can be found with her rescue horse (whose name is Mittens), hiking in the woods, or doing yoga of all kinds (aerial yoga and SUP yoga are particular favorites). She is an avid traveler, and most of her travels have resulted in a story (The Unexpected Travelers was written after a seriously oxygen-deprived trip to Machu Picchu). You can visit her on her website, http://columbkill.weebly.com/, or on Twitter @ColumbkillNoon1, or on Facebook

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