Sunday, 17 January 2021

REVIEW - Death at the Frost Fair - brrrilliant

Date read: 16th January 2021

My rating: 5*
Genre I reckon: Historical Detective Short
Buy link: Amazon 

Follow the author: Karen Charlton



As someone with cockney heritage, I LOVE that this book is set around Blackfriars. It gets into the bowels of London, not the polished front of Regency romance. 

The Frost Fair was a real event and yes, an elephant really did cross the Thames on the ice in 1814! 😲
It's fabulous that this real event offers a colourful backdrop for this tale. 

And it's a great story. The characters are well-developed within the space of this short story. At no point did I feel any details were missing or skipped over. There's a realism here that I found refreshing.
Detective Lavender is a stern chap: Holmes-esque in his methodical manner.

Thoroughly intriguing and enjoyable! 


Always in love and light,
TL

Thursday, 14 January 2021

REVIEW - The Princess Trap - a right royal romp

Date read: 7th January 2021

My rating: 4*
Genre I reckon: Sexy Brit Romcom
Buy link: Amazon 

Follow the author: Talia Hibbert 


Hooray - a book with a British heroine of colour! And one of the supporting characters is Muslim. Another is mentioned as being bisexual. But they 'just are' - accepted without causing issues in the story.

Cherry is a stunning, voluptuous, confident, powerhouse of a young woman. 
OK, so she seems totally inappropriate for her HR job in a school...err...academy, but hey, it's fiction. 

Enter in damaged Prince Ruben. Of course, he's devastatingly attractive too. And from some little European island.
At the start, I thought his character was going to be into BDSM, but it's more power play. 
Still, the few sex scenes are hot af! 

I really liked how Cherry was there to rescue the prince; the reverse 'damsel in distress'. 
There was good character development and plenty of action. I cared about what happened to the characters and sped through this book. 

Talking of speed, some aspects did feel a bit rushed. A little more time to expand on some points would've set this book at a 5*.

What I really did appreciate was Cherry calling Ruben out on his errors. She was upset and he was made to know about it, but she asked why he'd acted that way to gain understanding. She showed empathy and compassion.

Trigger warning: domestic violence/abuse.

If you're after a fab, modern, sexy read, pick this book. Because who doesn't love a misunderstood guy trying to be better?


Always in love and light,
TL





Thursday, 7 January 2021

REVIEW - Crime Scenes, Cats And Killer Heels - me-ow!

Date read: 7th January 2021

My rating: 3.8*
Genre I reckon: Short Story - Crime with Kitties
Buy link: Amazon 



This is a fun, very short story - I managed to devour it in a day. 

A crime scene cleaner (the kind that works for the law), Alice, manages to obtain the ability to speak to cats. Although, she may regret that - they're rather uppity creatures, and even more demanding once you hear what they wish to say. 

The characters are well-written and the plot whizzed along. I just wish there had been more of a build-up of tension around the murderer. But I'm still recommending as it was a fun read and I'd like to read more. 

Now Pusskin has questions!

Always in love and light,
TL






Wednesday, 6 January 2021

REVIEW - Christmas At Snowdrop Cottage - snow galore

 

Date read: 6th January 2021

My rating: 4.5*
Genre I reckon: Christmas Romance
Buy link: Amazon 

Follow the author: Helen J Rolfe

Happy new year! My first book review of 2021. And I'm delighted to say it's a fab one. I started reading before Christmas, but festivities slowed me down even more than usual.

I'm blaming Beaufort Scales and Toot Hansell - that dragon totally led me by the snout to another quaint English village. And lo and behold, there's even baked goods. I'm very glad he did though. 

This is everything you want in a Christmas romance. Beautiful decorations, spices, the possibility of snow, stunning scenery and, of course, love is in the air. 

Belle heads to the village she spent so much time in as a little girl but hasn't visited for 20 years. Her purpose is to make her gran's cottage fit for sale. 
Families have drama, and hers has been torn apart. 
Everywhere she goes, memories start to return.

A lovely Christmassy read 💖
I'm sure more books by this author will appear on my TBR.

Love and light,
TL

Thursday, 24 December 2020

PONDERINGS - 2020 positive stuffs

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Firstly, season's greetings to you. 

Whatever you're celebrating, may you find some merriment and brightness.


So, 2020, eh? 

It's been one hell of a year. Nobody expected the weirdness that descended upon the whole world. 

But I don't want to spend this post moaning - we've all had battles and struggles. 


I wanted to take a minute to remind myself of the goodness that still exists. 


Globally;

  • In the UK, we celebrated Captain Tom and his charity walk - there was an outpouring of love and support for this elderly veteran. 
  • We clapped each Thursday to show our appreciation of the NHS - our doctors and nurses are amazing. All the staff worked extra hard in extenuating circumstances. As did many others. 
  • Dolphins were seen swimming around Venice. 
  • We had a unique opportunity to sit in silence and do a lot of inner work if we so chose, some real soul-searching.
  • People of the world began to feel a joining of spirit - we were all in the same boat, for once. There was a sense of unity. 
  • And neighbours helped neighbours - so many communities stood up and helped those in need. 


Personally;

  • I spent a few extra weeks with Hubby until his work threw him back into the foray. 
  • Pusskin survived a very rough patch, including three seizures (fortunately, it seems to have stopped at three).
  • I achieved 'best-seller' in several categories in several countries on Amazon - yay! 
  • Love Gaia was released in June and A Haverton Christmas came out in November. 
  • New friendships were forged online. 


I am so very thankful for my friends and family - even if we can't be together physically, we are still there for one another. 

I'm grateful for the roof over my head, the hot & cold running water in my taps and the food in my cupboards. 

I'm blessed to have readers who enjoy my books. 


LOVE STILL EXISTS!


So, always with love and light,

TL 

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

REVIEW - A Toot Hansell Christmas Cracker - a cracking good read

Date read: 22nd December 2020

My rating: 5*
Genre I reckon: Christmas Dragony Adventures
Buy link: Amazon 

Follow the author: Kim Watt 



Back in August, I read Baking Bad - one of my few 5* reads of this year. 
I was overjoyed to see a Christmas book also set in Toot Hansell. 

This book is a collection of 12 short stories, each filled with pesky magickal beings, the WI and calamity. They all tie up together nicely. AND you get handy Christmassy recipes included - bonus! 

Well, what can I say? 
Utter chaos unfolds on the run-up to Christmas in Toot Hansell. 
The WI seek assistance from their dragon friends who are, as usual, a bit clueless themselves. 

Not only do you get Beaufort and Mortimer; the charming dragons with a baked goods obsession, but many other beings (not all good!). 

There is such a wonderful quaint English village charm in these books - just adorable. 
And the stories are all fun and sure to get you in the festive mood. 
I'm definitely never getting an elf-on-the-shelf; never did trust that smug little git ;-) 

There's danger, excitement, humour and plenty of cake!


I love this Toot Hansell world! There, I said it. 
Give it a read. 

Always in love and light,
TL


Friday, 18 December 2020

REVIEW - The Spine of Winter - a chilling tale

Date read: 18th December 2020

My rating: 4.5*
Genre I reckon: Christmas Dystopian
Buy link: Amazon 

Follow the author: Angeline Trevena


Well, this is a harrowing story! We don't know what's happened, but devastation and snow are all around. All that Hannah has left is a slightly dodgy brother - turns out that his criminal knowledge can now be put to good use in this fractured world. 

If you think your Christmas is bad, read this - it's a fab reminder that things can always be worse! It makes you feel grateful for what we do have.


*SPOILER ALERT* 


It has a happy ending - Just thought you should know in these dark times that there's hope in this tale. Christmas is a time for miracles, after all.

Well-written with developed characters. 
Hannah is lost, dependant on her brother as they struggle to survive. And she discovers a strength she didn't realise was within her.
Loss and heartache leap off the pages. I was brought to tears by this short story. All the feels!

Definitely worth a read.


Always in love and light,
TL