Book Review: Valentine Act I by Elliott Morreau

Hi All

Today I am bringing you a review of a book which I was sent by the author, Elliott Morreau. I am always happy to receive work from fairly unknown authors; knowing that I am in the bracket of some of the first to read it before it becomes popular. And let me tell you; this book should and will become popular. The story is so inventive and I was drawn in all directions emotions-wise as I read through each page.

Let me introduce you to Valentine, Act I
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About the Author

Elliott Morreau – the following was taken from his Wattpad account https://www.wattpad.com/user/ElliottMorreau

I’ve always been one to dream big.
And I’ve always been one to chase what I want, even when I’ve been told it’s out of reach

A little fun fact about me? I wear green and use guns.
I love writing, and editing, and enjoy pushing limits and crossing lines. It’s in my human nature to challenge the norm, and I always enjoy a good debate.

I don’t take things very personally, and if you’re offended with any of my work, I understand. You’re not the first.

Feel free to message me if you have any concerns or questions. I answer to everyone and everything, even Pickle Rick.

I don’t take life too seriously, often times I go to work, hit the gym, write, and drink. A lot.

I’m Canadian.


About the Book

Welcome to Coalfields.

A Town where everyone fits in. From murderers to rapists to paedophiles. And you. Yes, you.

What? You think you’re so much different from them? That’s what Jack and Lia thought too. After all, what do two high school lovebirds have in common with a place like that?

Nothing.

Until one of them commits murder. But even then, who am I to Judge? After all, I’m merely an observer in the stars—a spectator. God.

So out of all the people in the world, why observe the life of two teenagers? Because it’s simple: They’re special.

One is the greatest high school quarterback in North America who’s slept with as many girls as the hairs on his head. The other? A child-like teenager who was abused by her now-dead father.

But it wasn’t the murder of Lia’s father, or the fact that Jack had fallen head over heals for a virgin, that interested me.

It was because of the fateful day that Lia looked me dead in the eyes. A mere mortal, looked upon me, God. It was then, for the first time I felt fear. In the reflection of her eyes—the dark figure. A manifestation. An It.

Something I hadn’t created.

And with his cherry red lips, It smiled back.

(This is the first part of a two-part story that will conclude in Valentine: Act II)


My Review

One of these days I would love to be sent a book that is so terrible that I can write a scathing review and really write out what I don’t like about it! But so far, its not happened. Every book I am coming across is as good as the last; and some of the best ones are from seemingly new authors. This book is no exception. 

When Elliott approached me to request a review in exchange for a copy of his book I was more than happy to take a look; the sound of the story intrigued me and I found the illustrated cover interesting. This story was so well written, I was shocked that this guy hadn’t been heard of before now! The wording was very easy to take in and the flow was brilliantly done. I loved the many angles the book read from; from Lia, to Jack and even from the Author/God character which added an extra element of intrigue to the whole of the story. 

This book wasn’t just a strait-laced romance book; this story was more than that. It was inventive with the idea that there was an area which housed criminals who had been on the run; people who have killed or raped are living a tiring existence; avoiding jail or the death-penalty and filling their days with hard labour and ‘repetitive’ lifestyles. It almost seems too good to be true; there are rules to abide by and as long as you stick by them then you will forever be hidden away.

The relationship between Lia and Jack is both loving and complicated. They have only been together for a matter of months but within that time they have gone through some traumatic changes; some of which are hard for them to put behind them. They are trying everyday to live a normal life and to build a future, but every step forward is a struggle, especially as Lia’s mental state isn’t the best. She has been through a lot in her short life and at times Jack sees her as someone he has to take care of; like a toddler, rather than that of a partner.

The struggle between these two is raw at times and I feel the tension that rises between the both of them as they try to be on an even keel in their relationship. Not everyone in the town is a friend and not everyone means them well. 

I love the character interactions within this book; the easy flowing dialogue helps build a brilliant picture and we see deep into each character. The ending was left open for the 2nd book in the series, which I cant wait to get my hands on! This book was a really enjoyable read and I am so glad that Elliott invited me to read it.


Conclusion
The first thing I did after finishing this book was to see if the 2nd in the series was out. I really cant wait to see what happens next. This is a really good book; it is a gritty romance with a dramatic kick! This was entertaining from the very first page! And I doubt that this series will be the last we hear from this new author!

Rating – 4 out of 5

S x

 

 

Book Review: A Mother’s Goodbye by Kate Hewitt #Blogtour

Blogtour – Thursday 31st May

Hi Guys!
This is my stop on this powerful, engaging book tour! I am so excited to tell you about this book; it had me gripped from the very start!

But first let me thank the wonderful humans who have invited me to take part. 

Special Thanks goes to Jenny who orchestrated Neverland Blog Tours and the author, Kate Hewitt for honouring with me with this very special read. 

Neverland Blog Tours – https://jennyinneverland.com/
Kate Hewitt – http://www.kate-hewitt.com/

I was blown away by this story, it is such a powerful read and really had me wanting to pull my kids in closer to me.

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But first, let me introduce you to the Author.


About the Author

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Kate Hewitt is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 60 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

Twitter:     http://www.twitter.com/katehewitt1
Website:   http://www.kate-hewitt.com/


About the Book

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‘My arms ache with the need to reach and hold my precious child, and then to never let go. But I can’t. I know I can’t.’

Heather is devastated. There’s no way she can keep her baby. She can barely pay the bills as it is. But when she meets Grace, a wealthy, single career woman, who wants a baby more than anything, Heather believes she has found the perfect adoptive mother.

As Grace and Heather’s lives become entwined, they are tested to breaking point, though neither can deny the other’s love for the child. But just when they think they are learning how to live with each other, they receive devastating news that turns their fragile world upside down.

Will either mother know what is the right thing to do for the child they both love?

An absolutely gripping, emotional drama with a tear-jerking twist. If you love Jodi Picoult, Kelly Rimmer or Diane Chamberlain, this will warm your heart, make you cry, and stay with you forever.

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39752303-a-mother-s-choice?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07BYVQCPF/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738



My Review

Kate Hewitt has brought us a fantastic, emotional read. It is well written; being both beautiful and heart-wrenching at the same time. I read each page in quick succession and finished reading the book within the first day. It is one of those books that is difficult to put down; once you start reading it you have to know how it ends.

Hannah’s and Grace’s story drew me in; as a mother of two young boys I could feel the ache they felt for the child they both wanted; the natural pull echoed in me and I related so incredibly to this story. I love the alternating chapters, which help us to see both characters perfectly; I felt like I knew them well and enjoyed reading as the pair became intertwined with one another. And I will be completely honest, there were a few occasions when I shed a tear; actual real life tears!  This story definitely pulls at the old heart-strings. 

I want to tell you SO much about this story, but I also don’t want to give too much away! Please go and put this in your Goodreads TBR list – you won’t be disappointed.

I can not recommend this book enough to you all! It was brilliant in how it was written and Kate has a wonderful flow to her writing style, making the story easy to follow and digestible. This story 100% got me in the feels….it was an emotional rollercoaster and a superb riveting read. 



My Conclusion

You guys have got to add this book to your TBR list. I have already told my friends/family how good it is and have encouraged them to purchase it too! It is a really good, ‘impossible-to-put-down’ book!

Rating 5 out of 5!

Thanks for reading guys!

S x

Book Review: The Promposal by Sariah Wilson

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Hi All,

I was sent a copy of the above book in exchange for a review by Netgalley –https://www.netgalley.com/

Thanks must go to them and to the author, Sariah Wilson who wrote this charming little young-adult book.

Sariah Wilson – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1570336506593475/about/

Before I get into my review, let me tell you a bit more about the author. 


The Author

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Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romance. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).

Sariah’s book ROYAL DATE was selected as one of the first winners in Amazon’s Kindle Scout program and is Kindle Press’s most successful author to date. She has sold five books to Montlake Romance, three to Kindle Press and helped launch Amazon Publishing’s Kindle In Motion technology with her latest release, ROYAL DESIGN. She was given her own Kindle World for THE ROYALS OF MONTERRA. Sariah has repeatedly hit Amazon’s overall Top 100 (both in and outside the U.S.) and been a #1 bestseller on Amazon category lists multiple times. Her books have been featured in USA TODAY and GLAMOUR UK.

Sariah Wilson – http://www.sariahwilson.com/Default.aspx
Twitter – https://twitter.com/sariahwilson
Amazon Link – https://www.amazon.com/Promposal-Ugly-Stepsister-Book-ebook/dp/B07B8S21BR


About the Book

Now that life has finally given her everything she’s ever wanted, Mattie Lowe has one thing on her mind: Prom. Determined to throw the most epic prom ever, Mattie sets out to plan a memorable and magical event—one that would make the late John Hughes proud.

But when her gorgeous and perfect boyfriend, Jake Kingston hasn’t popped the most creative promposal of all time, Mattie starts to worry. Actually, Jake hasn’t asked her at all—he’s been distant and quiet. And Mattie isn’t about to go to her senior prom solo. Suddenly, it seems that everything is stacked against her and falling apart quickly. With rivals vowing to sabotage her event and her boyfriend’s odd behaviour, Mattie’s convinced the night is headed toward ruin. Will the snarky, purple-haired manga artist lead her class to an unforgettable night of fun and frolic or will she go down in high school history as the worst president to run the school?


My Review

Being so young at heart, I love a good Young Adult novel and this book didn’t disappoint. My only problem is that I hadn’t realised when I had requested it from Netgalley that it was the 2nd book in a series! How did I not know this? I found this out part way through the book so figured I would continue and read them in reverse order; kind of like seeing a prequel!

I had to remind myself that these guys were just kids because at times I disliked how immature some of the characters were; this didn’t take away from the book or the writing style of the book. If anything I think the author did very well to create such believable characters, even if some were nauseatingly annoying. When a character gets to you emotionally, whether that is in a good way or a bad way, then that just shows how well they have been written. Shaking off my judgement, I read as though I were a 17 year old with nothing but prom to worry about and I found myself really enjoying the story.

The cute romance between Mattie and Jake is lovely to read; and the dialogue felt real between the characters. I related to the bitchy, bully who wouldn’t leave her alone. It reminded me of my own school days and it was a nice relaxed read. It was enjoyable and charming. I will definitely be looking out for the first book in the series. I am hoping that we see more of these characters in the future, because it was a very enjoyable read.


Conclusion

This was a good read; cute, charming and full of fun. The writing style flowed very well and I have now added the author to my follow list on Goodreads! She has a vast array of books out and I look forward to seeing what else she has written.

Rating – 4 out of 5!

Thanks for reading 😀

S x

 

 

Book Review: London Hat Hunting Mission by Winnie Mak Tselikas #Blogtour

Blogtour – Monday 14th May

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Big Thanks must go to both Rachel’s Random Resources and Winnie Mak Tselikas for inviting me to this fantastic blogtour. This book was enjoyed by both myself and my two young boys. It was both entertaining and interesting; helping my children to learn a little about London and the differing diversities.

Rachel’s Random Resources – https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/

Winnie Mak Tselikas (One Dear World) – www.twitter.com/onedearworld 



When Rachel approached me with this book, I was more than interested in taking part. Every night before bed I read a book to my sons and we love to snuggle and read about a whole new story. We have got mountains of children’s books at home which we read on repeat. From ‘Thankyou Mr Panda’, by Steve Antony
www.steveantony.com to ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, by Michael Rosen http://www.michaelrosen.co.uk/ and the read ‘very-often’ ‘The Dinosaur that pooped the planet’, by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17612880-the-dinosaur-that-pooped-a-planet so we are always on the look out for new books to read and I jumped at the chance to read this one to them.

It is my absolute pleasure to bring you my review of this fantastic book!

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Colourful, educational and visually enchanting, this book appealed to my two young boys, but also to me as a parent and a reader. But before I tell you more about this book, lets have a little look at the wonderful author, who created this story.


The Author

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Winnie Mak Tselikas is a believer in diversity.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, she studied engineering, worked in commercial sales and in 2011 switched to education upon moving to London.

There, she met her half-French, half-Greek husband and they had a son, who now has family in China, France, Greece, HK, the UK and the US.

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Winnie considers her son to be a world citizen rather than of a particular nationality or culture.

Inspired by her family and London’s diversity, she founded One Dear World and created the lovely adventures of Mr. Globe and the little Londoner dolls.

Social Media Links
www.facebook.com/onedearworld
www.twitter.com/onedearworld
www.instagram.com/onedearworld


About the Book

Four little Londoners, Hope, Jun, Lea and Parth, come from a different cultural background, are good friends living in London. They are travelling to the iconic places around the city in search of magic hats to cure Mr Globe’s headache.

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The book is illustrated with a mix of real life photographs of iconic places in London and digital illustration so children can have a vivid visual experience of London and at the same time open up their world of imagination.


My Review

On receiving this book, my boys were very excited to get stuck in. They took the book and read it amongst themselves (My 7 year old reading to my 3 year old) long before I had a chance to look through the pages. I heard my eldest son explaining the areas of London that were pictured on the pages and heard my youngest repeating the many different words for hats that were spoken by his brother. They pawed over the pages and enjoyed the rich imagery.

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This book is an absolute joy for both children and adults alike. The story is a fantastic diversity enriched trip and follows the ‘mission’ of dolls from all backgrounds as they set off to find hats to help heal the world. The story is entertaining and educational. It brought some understanding to my boys about the differing diversities and cultures that enrich the world; they enjoyed seeing as the story unfolded and loved looking at the photographs from around London; a city which is also rich with diversity! Some of our cities top landmarks/attractions are included from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace. And each photograph is colourful and of great quality.

This was a very fun and enjoyable book! Not only did my boys enjoy reading this; I did too. What amazes me even more is how much work the author has done to create these characters, from creating a story to devoting twitter posts and her web page to them. And the scariest thing is that the dolls are available to buy via her website (scary because I kind of really want to buy them ALL) – https://onedearworld.com/collections/multicultural-dolls-collection

My boys have read this several times since we received it and I think it may be ‘re-read’ more than once. This book was cute, engaging and very educational.



Conclusion

I love a good children’s book; love seeing my boys get immersed in a book and I was very impressed with this book and story. I would recommend this to all of my friends, family and followers. There really isn’t anything bad to say about this book; my boys loved it and that in itself is far beyond any rating I could leave.

If you long to introduce a new read for your children; something that is enchanting and a story that speaks of acceptance of others and yourself, despite differences, then look no further than this book. I look forward to sharing this review around my social feeds and hope that more people discover this book and its charming characters.

Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars

Thanks all for reading. 

If you liked my review and would like to see what others are saying about this book then check out the other bloggers who are included in this #blogtour

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S x

 

Book Review: To Rise Again by Stewart Bint

Hi All,

It is with great pleasure that I bring you my review of a book that I was sent by an author who is not only a great writer, but also amazingly supportive via social media, etc.

When Stewart offered to send me a couple of his books to read, I jumped at the chance. What can I say? I love reading and welcome all books that are sent my way and I am so happy that I discovered this one. 


To Rise Again – Stewart Bint

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About the Book

Just before the German occupation during World War II, the Marquand family flees their home in the English Channel, and never returns.

Now, it’s the summer of 1983, and the once-opulent Idlewild mansion is crumbling and derelict. The mansion holds a mysterious lure for 18-year-old David Simeon, who dreams of Idlewild years past, as it used to be.

But who is the young girl he sees, endlessly wandering through its corridors?

As the nerve-shattering link between David, the girl, and the mysterious Idlewild comes to light, is it too late to stop the seeds of destruction and world domination planted there long ago, during Adolf Hitler’s last desperate throw of the dice in World War ll?

Fantasy, science fiction, horror and paranormal mingle in Stewart Bint’s To Rise Again, as the threads of 1945 and 1983 slowly intertwine to reveal a world on the brink of destruction.



About the Author

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Stewart Bint is an international novelist, magazine columnist, and PR writer, who usually goes barefoot.

His current publishers are Creativia (To Rise Again), and Dragon Moon Press (The Jigsaw And The Fan, Timeshaft, and In Shadows Waiting).

Stewart Bint is married to Sue, and has two grown-up children, Christopher and Charlotte. He lives in Leicestershire in the UK. When writing, his office companion is his charismatic budgie, or his neighbour’s cat – but not at the same time.

He is a member of the influential international authors group, The Awethors.

A former broadcaster, he has worked as a radio newsreader, current affairs presenter and phone-in show host.

His inspiration to become a writer came at the tender age of seven, through the television series, Doctor Who. He says: “I remember watching the very first episode way back in 1963, and became enraptured by the storylines which could take place at any time in Earth’s history and future, and absolutely anywhere in the universe and beyond. I started creating my own worlds and my own characters, writing my stories in little blue notebooks until my parents bought me my first typewriter for my ninth birthday. And those make-believe worlds became invaluable when my Dad died when I was 11. I retreated more and more into those places where I was in control of my characters’ fate – knowing that whatever happened to them during the story, I could make sure they were okay in the end. My worlds were certainly better than the real one at that time.”

When not writing he is an active awareness-raising campaigner for mental health and sepsis, having gained a place on the 2016 list of “Inspirational Mental Health Advocates that are changing the world.”

Twitter – https://twitter.com/AuthorSJB

Weebly – https://stewartbintauthor.weebly.com/about.html



My Review


As I started to read the pages at the beginning of this book, I was instantly drawn in to the writing style. It was easy to sink into the story and I found myself getting more and more absorbed. Within just a few pages we were drawn into the story and I liked how the character interaction and drama had me engrossed from page 1. One of the biggest interests for me was the ‘World War II’ elements that were incorporated within the whole story. I have always been fascinated reading about the history of the War and this book not only fed my imagination, but it played on my emotions. I was torn; part of me wanting to read each page quickly and without break so that I could find out how it ended and another part not wanting to read anything that would affect me.

And let me tell you…this book affected me. There were some hard parts to read, which were quite emotional to get to through, but the way in which it is written and handled made this story both harrowing and exciting. There were times when my heart was pounding almost out of my chest! It was engaging and a fascinating, interesting read.

The descriptions of Idlewild Mansion really brought it to life on the pages and I pictured each room clearly in my mind. Not only is the mansion beautiful, but it is also kind of…no, not kind of…IT IS creepy. But I loved the secrets that the old building had hidden. The main character, David was a lovely character and the interactions in the book helped build a clear image of him.

I absolutely enjoyed reading this story. It is such an excellent piece of writing; a story that pulls you in from the very beginning.

Stewart really did do a fantastic job bringing this story to life.



Conclusion

I am really happy that I got to experience this book; I loved the WWII elements and whooped at the conclusion. Times I was shocked at parts of the book; almost crying as read some harrowing moments, but I enjoyed reading every page.

One things for sure is that I will be adding Stewart Bint’s other works to my TBR list.



Rating – 5 out of 5

Thanks for reading my review

S x

Book Review: You Send Me (Compass Cove Book 2) by Jeannie Moon

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Hi All

I was honoured to be sent this lovely book via @netgalley and author, Jeannie Moon. Thankyou so much for allowing me to read this lovely ‘lazy-afternoon’ read. 

Netgalleyhttps://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/137102

Jeannie Moonhttp://jeanniemoon.com/



About the Author

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Jeannie Moon has always been a romantic.

When she’s not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse herself in books and call it work. Married to her high school sweetheart, Jeannie has three kids, three lovable dogs and a mischievous cat and lives in her hometown on Long Island, NY. If she’s more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week, she gets twitchy.

More of her work can be found here:-

http://tulepublishing.com/authors/jeannie-moon/


About the Book

Jordan Velsor didn’t want to need anyone. After dumping her cheating fiancé, caring for her sick dad, and nearly being crushed along with her car during a violent storm, she’s pretty much at her breaking point. If anyone needs some luck, it’s Jordan, but the last thing she wants is gorgeous Nick Rinaldi, her landlord’s grandson, hovering over her while she nurses a bad cold. The wounded Navy doctor seems too good to be true… which means he probably is.

Nick Rinaldi left the Navy broken and adrift, wondering if he would ever practice medicine again. When his grandparents’ tenant is almost killed by a falling tree during a storm, he discovers Jordan is not only in shock, but suffering from pneumonia. Not one to miss an opportunity to play white knight, Nick arrives at her cottage to take care of her during the storm… But the lovely teacher has a fierce independent streak, and as he learns more about her, he wants to do more than merely help.

Can Jordan and Nick let go or their separate pasts and seize their future together?


My Review

I requested this lovely book from Netgalley and I am so glad I did. I am a big lover of all book genres and can sit reading book after book after book until forever, but sometimes all I want is to read a romantic novel which is easy to read and hard to put down. I found THAT book from author, Jeannie Moon. My biggest regret is that I didn’t realise this book is one from a series. You Send Me is the 2nd book of the Compass Cove series. I am always intrigued when books intertwine characters; and I am eager to read the 1st in this series now too which is set in a small beach town, with a heart-warming community.

I have always been a sucker for a good romantic read and this book delivered! The character interactions and dialogue, along with the storyline helped create a very enjoyable story. I believed in the charming characters that I was reading about and read each page hungrily as I longed for Nick and Jordan to get together. I like how the authors writing style is so easy to read; making this book a real ‘lazy afternoon read’.

I am a true hopeless romantic and I enjoyed seeing how the story progressed from beginning to end.

It helped that I could ‘picture’ the ever so HOT doctor, Nick Rinaldi. He is very endearing and I found myself liking him from the very start. I had trouble liking Jordan at first, but I now realise that is how she is written. She is hardened due to pain caused by a previous, traumatic relationship and her guards are well and truly up when she first meets Nick.  Jeannie, the author gave such great descriptions of the characters that they came to life on the pages.

If you like a good romance novel; something that will take you away from the daily grind and a feel-good story that you can relax with then give this one a go!


Conclusion

This book was a lovely read, but somewhere frustrating at times when I wanted to shake the two main characters – but I would definitely recommend.

I have already added the first in the Compass Cove Series to my TBR list – along with Jeannie’s other works. I look forward to reading more from this author.


Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

See the first of the Compass Cove Series

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Then-Came-Compass-Cove-Book-ebook/dp/B073YDN7B6/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1525818789&sr=8-12&keywords=Jeannie+Moon

Thanks for reading 

S x

 

 

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