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A Murder at Rosings by Annette Purdey Pugh

My rating – 5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What an absolute marvel this joyous murder mystery is! I was hooked from the very first page. With the allure of revisiting some Austen characters I was desperate to get my hands on a copy of this. I devoured it in one sitting, of course, and it certainly did not disappoint. 

There has been foul play at Rosings Park and Lady Catherine is not best pleased! The ground of Rosings have been polluted by the murder of Mr Collins. The local constable and magistrate are on the case and set about investigating this terrible crime but soon discover their prime suspect is a near relation of the deceased, none other than Mr Bennet himself. It seems that everything is lost until Mary discovers a vital secret which may be able to save her father.  

You can expect an intriguing plot which keeps you thinking and attempting to discover the culprit. You will find a wonderful set of characters who blossom into being before your eyes and a tale which will take over your heart and soul. I especially adored the friendship between Anne and Mary who bonded over their love of learning Greek. It is sensational and I urge you to grab yourself a copy- you will not regret it!

I was kindly #gifted this copy in return of an honest review. THANK YOU SO MUCH to @RandomTTours @APurdyPugh #AMurderAtRosings 

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The Loch by Dee Taylor

My rating: 4 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mystery and the lore surrounding Loch Ness is at the heart of this intriguing novel. It is not just the monster that dwells within the loch that is being searched for. The much-coveted gold of Bonnie Prince Charlie lost for years is also drawing many people in with the hope of a cash prize for the one who discovers either. 

I was drawn to this wonderful book because it promised a gripping tale full of mystery and thrills, and that is just what you get. Yet I was not prepared for being transported to the highlands and being so enthralled by even the smaller details. I never thought I would be so tense reading about someone attempting to catch a pike, but it was just so powerful! 

The lure of the plot really held me throughout and as I learned more about the characters, I became even more involved. Tina with a troubled past comes to Scotland with her new partner Jack who quickly becomes obsessed with the lore of the loch. They both decide to stay to discover more with the help of a highlander. Romance, mystery and suspense ensue which, turn out some rather unexpected yet intriguing circumstances. 

I would certainly recommend anyone to read this book as it is well written, the characters are interesting and well developed and the plot is gripping and engaging. What more could you want?

I was gifted this copy in return for an honest review. Thank you to Dee Taylor, The Conrad Press and Random TTours for this opportunity.

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Book Review of Protector by Conn Iggulden

My rating: 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The second instalment Conn Iggulden’s ‘Athenian’ series was unsurprisingly just as brilliant as the first, ‘Gates of Athens’. As with all Iggulden’s work it is exceptionally well researched, enthralling and eloquently written. Where the first book dealt with the Battle of Marathon and Thermopylae this one begins with the infamous naval battle of Salamis. Athenians have fled the city which is now burning to the ground on the orders of the Persian king Xerxes. The women and children find sanctuary on the island of Salamis and the men take to the water to meet the Persians and defend their home. Strategy is paramount considering they are greatly outnumbered. Although it looks like an impossible feat, the clear-headed Themistocles comes up with a plan which may just help their plight. Following this spectacular naval battle, the Persian army return to conquer the Greeks at the battle of Plataea and what ensues is an intense and utterly thrilling battle. The Athenians are joined by the Spartans, whose ruthlessness in battle is all too well known by the Persians. 

This all consuming, action packed novel takes you to another time and place, you feel like you are living history. You stand alongside the Athenians and their allies on the battlefield, the smell of sweat and blood in the air consumed with dread at the prospect of meeting the enemy in battle. This epic tale consumes you completely and is surely unbeatable in the realms of historical fiction. 

This is so much more than an account of battles and bloodshed, here you get insightful political strategy, an understanding of cultural intricacies and an exquisite exploration of human emotion.  A must read for all historical fiction lovers and anyone with an interest in ancient history. 

I was gifted this beautiful proof edition by Penguin Michael Joseph in return for an honest review.

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The Bound and The Broken: Of Blood and Fire by @RCahillAuthor Blog Tour Organised by @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

My rating 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Best enjoyed with a tankard of Mead!

Spectacular, sensational and superb… need I say more? The world of Epheria is now imprinted upon my mind thanks to the beautiful and vivid descriptions along with the tantalisingly intriguing plot. Look no further book lovers, ‘Of Blood and Fire’ is epic fantasy at its best. This truly thrilling tale full of wonder and adventure will surely entice even those readers who haven’t forayed into the literary world of fantasy before. We meet giants, elves and dwarves and a glimmer of hope in the form of a dragon which may unite them in the fight against evil.

Cahill’s characters are a joy to behold. The heroes, driven by friendship and loyalty recruit the reader to champion their cause and stand by them throughout. The callousness and sheer malice of those who wish to do harm to them makes it oh so easy to detest these dastardly villains. Though we begin in the quaint and comparatively quiet village of The Glade we soon follow our protagonists on a dangerous and exciting journey into lands unknown. Calen, Rist and Dann leave behind their home and everything they once knew as they embark on a journey of self-discovery and a quest which will change their lives irrevocably. I entreat you to indulge in this gripping tale where magic is wielded, people are drawn together and endeavour to fight the evil that plights their land. For those who love Tolkien, who wish to be completely consumed by another world, you need not look further, you are in good hands with Cahill’s brilliant “Of Blood and Fire”.

Synopsis:

Epheria is a land divided by war and mistrust. The High Lords of the south squabble and fight, only kept in check by the Dragonguard, traitors of a time long past, who serve the empire of the North.

In the remote villages of southern Epheria, still reeling from the tragic loss of his brother, Calen Bryer prepares for The Proving—a test of courage and skill that not all survive.

But when three strangers arrive in the village of Milltown, with a secret they are willing to die for, Calen’s world is ripped from under him and he is thrust headfirst into a war that has been raging for centuries.

There is no prophecy. His coming was not foretold.

He bleeds like any man, and bleed he will.

I want to thank @RCahillAuthor and @lovebooksgroup for providing me with a #gifted copy.

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Book reveiw of The Deception of Harriet Fleet by Helen Scarlett

My rating 5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Journey back in time to 1871 to the gothic landscape of County Durham where all is not as it seems at mysterious Teesbank Hall. Fans of the Gothic Novel, rejoice, this spectacular, utterly chilling tale will put you under its spell and consume not only your mind but your entire being. I reached page 40 and decided I had figured it all out and was feeling utterly smug only to be thwarted time and time again by the devilishly clever plot. The characters were written exquisitely, the eery descriptions brought the story to life and certainly induced spine-tingling and heart fluttering moments of fear. I absolutely loved this book, I highly recommend this to any lover of mysteries, historical fiction, thrillers and of course fans of the Gothic novel. It was certainly creepy and altogether quite thrilling especially with the added ghostly elements. The dark and foreboding secrets within the tragic past of the Wainwright family intrigues the new governess Harriet who has left behind an uncertain but distressing past. So, I entreat you to go a get yourself a copy of this book, it is simply marvellous and I will surely be reading this again. 

Synopsis

1871. An age of discovery and progress. But for the Wainwright family, residents of the gloomy Teesbank Hall in County Durham the secrets of the past continue to overshadow their lives. 

Harriet would not have taken the job of governess in such a remote place unless she wanted to hide from something or someone. Her charge is Eleanor, the daughter of the house, a fiercely bright eighteen-year-old, tortured by demons and feared by relations and staff alike. But it soon becomes apparent that Harriet is not there to teach Eleanor, but rather to monitor her erratic and dangerous behaviour – to spy on her. 

Worn down by Eleanor’s unpredictable hostility, Harriet soon finds herself embroiled in Eleanor’s obsession – the Wainwright’s dark, tragic history. As family secrets are unearthed, Harriet’s own begin to haunt her and she becomes convinced that ghosts from her past are determined to reveal her shameful story.

For Harriet, like Eleanor, is plagued by deception and untruths.

I want to thank @QuercusBooks and @HelenSWriter for the wonderful opportunity to read and review this #gifted copy of #TheDeceptionOfHarrietFleet