Review: The Lavender House by Hilary Boyd

The Lavender House - Hilary Boyd

Quercus SummerI’m so pleased to be taking part in the Quercus Blogger Book Club this summer. The Lavender House was my final book for the summer!

Nancy de Freitas is the glue that holds her family together. Caught between her ageing, ailing mother Frances, and her struggling daughter Louise, frequent user of Nancy’s babysitting services, it seems Nancy’s fate is to quietly go on shouldering the burden of responsibility for all four generations. Her divorce four years ago put paid to any thoughts of a partner to share her later years with. Now it looks like her family is all she has.

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Blog Tour: Review: Good Girl Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry

Good Girl Bad Girl - Ann Girdharry

Welcome to my stop on the Good Girl Bad Girl Blog Tour, written by Ann Girdharry and published by Create Space and Kindle Direct. I’m very pleased to be taking part on the and hope you enjoy my review.

Mother missing, the discovery of a powerful and corrupt syndicate and dark secrets about her father revealed leaves 28-year old Kal determined to pursue her own investigations, no matter what sinister truths she uncovers, in this intense psychological thriller.

Kal is convinced her investigative journalist mother must have been working on a controversial, and top level, news story, it is the only explanation for her sudden and suspicious disappearance. Although mistrustful of the police, Kal allows Detective Inspector Spinks, the officer assigned to her mother’s case, to accompany her when she visits her grandmother to break the news. What they don’t expect is to uncover a file of shocking research cataloguing the deviant activities of seven members of London’s political and business elite. Back on the streets of London, the survival instincts and specialist expertise she learned from her late father, kick into overdrive, as Kal resolves to not only find her mother but continue her work and unveil the conspiracy hidden amongst those in power.

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When Kal’s Mother goes missing she doesn’t trust the police to find her and employs the investigative skills she was taught as a child by her father to uncover what happened to her Mother.

Kal is a strong character who puts little trust in anybody. She follows clues her Mother has left to the highest levels and travelling between London and India, in the process putting herself in mortal danger.

Even with skills martial arts and highly skilled in reading body language she is up against some of the most powerful and highly trained people she possibly could be.

This isn’t my usual genre so I wasn’t 100% sure how I was going to get along with it. I found Kal a strong woman and I really liked her. I felt like she was the kind of person who would do what it took to achieve her goal and I have a lot of respect for characters like this.

I found the book quite heavy though and at times a little hard to read, this may be just because I was out of my depth with the genre though.

Overall, I found the plot twists really interesting and of great surprise and found the ending tied things up nicely and in an unexpected fashion.

Thank you very much to Ann Girdharry for a copy of the novel to review this book honestly for the blog tour.

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

About Ann Girdharry:
Born and educated in the UK, Ann Girdharry is a trained psychotherapist and has worked as a manager in the not-for-profit sector for many years for agencies working with: carers, vulnerable older people and those with dementia, survivors of abuse, and victims of racism and racial attacks. Today she lives in Montpellier, France with her husband and two children. As well as her passion for writing, Ann enjoys gardening and is a member of her local roller blading club. Ann has previously published a series of short stories called Tales of the Unexpected (2015-2016). Her debut novel, and the first in the Kal Medi series, Good Girl Bad Girl by Ann Girdharry (published by CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing 23rd August 2016 RRP £8.99 paperback, £3.99 ebook) is available to purchase from online retailers including and to order from all good bookstores.

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TitleGood Girl Bad Girl
Series: N/A
Author: Ann Girdharry
Genre: Crime | Mystery
Publisher: Create Space & Kindle Direct
Publication Date: 7 July 2016
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 346
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Blog Tour: Review: The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent

The Flame Never Dies - Rachel Vincent

Welcome to my stop on the The Flame Never Dies Blog Tour, written by Rachel James and published by HQ Young Adult. I’m very pleased to be taking part on the and hope you enjoy my review.


Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth―that the war against demons is far from over―seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

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Review: Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones

Hard Rules - Lisa Renee Jones

Wall Street meets Sons of Anarchy in Hard Rules, the smouldering, scorching first novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestseller Lisa Renee Jones, author of the Inside Out series, which Kirkus Reviews calls: ‘Angst-y, sexy contemporary romance with big emotional and financial stakes set against the backdrop of two dynamic families. Sure to leave readers desperate for the next instalment’.

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Review: Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd

Stranger of Tempest - Tom Lloyd

Lynx is a mercenary with a sense of honour; a dying breed in the Riven Kingdom. Failed by the nation he served and weary of the skirmishes that plague the continent’s principalities, he walks the land in search of purpose. He wants for little so bodyguard work keeps his belly full and his mage-gun loaded. It might never bring a man fame or wealth, but he’s not forced to rely on others or kill without cause.

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