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A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow Blog Tour

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Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Hedgehog Hollow series is a wonderful one, and so there was no question of whether I’d read A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow or not. This book follows the ongoing story of all our favourite characters from Hedgehog Hollow, and also focusses on the life of one of the volunteers, Phoebe. Her life was really hard for me to read about, but the relief when she finally escaped her situation was immense. In spite of the difficult topic, I really enjoyed reading this book. Jessica Redland has a way of making you really care about the characters, right from the start. It was so lovely to return to the hedgehogs, and the characters I love. It’s great to see the characters who were unpleasant in previous books working on themselves. The progress taking time is so much more realistic and rewarding than in some books, and as a result, much more compelling. As always, the writing was excellent, and it was easy to get absorbed in the story. I loved the hedgehog information at the bac

Review: Murder in First Class

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Murder in First Class by Helena Dixon My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love this series, so I was thrilled to receive an ARC of Murder in First Class. This time around, Kitty and Matt (and the police) are trying to solve the mystery of a man murdered in a train carriage. Only the passengers in that carriage had access, so surely it should be easy? It very much isn’t though, and I had a wonderful time reading as Kitty and Matt poked into everyone’s lives! I also loved reading about Matt and Kitty’s continuing relationship, and the ongoing saga with her mother’s murder. Bertie added some amusing moments, and I hope he’ll become a recurring character. Helena Dixon has produced yet another fascinating mystery, full of interesting characters. I’m looking forward to the next instalment already. I was given a free copy of this book, my opinions are my own. View all my reviews

Review: The Smuggler’s Secret

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The Smuggler’s Secret by Annabelle Sami My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Agent Zaiba Investigates series has become one of my absolute favourites, so of course I jumped on the chance of reading the fourth book: The Smuggler’s Secret. This time, Zaiba and her fellow sleuths are off to Chesil Beach on a school trip. It was really fun to read a book set somewhere I’ve been quite a few times. I honestly enjoyed this book so much. There’s a great mystery, a collection of well loved characters, caves, and smugglers. What could be better? As always, the illustrations are lovely, and really bring the story to life. This book would work well as a standalone, but you’ll enjoy it even more if you read the previous books first. Overall, this story was just so much fun, and another excellent addition to a favourite series. I was given a free copy of this book, my opinions are my own. View all my reviews

Review: Tales from Charleton House

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Tales from Charleton House by Kate P. Adams My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Charleton House series, by Kate P Adams, has been a favourite right from the start. This book is a collection of short stories about various characters from the series. I really enjoyed every single story in this collection. It was so much fun reading some stories set around characters other than Sophie (who the other books are focussed on). There are lots of funny moments, as well as mysteries to solve. A real treat for Charleton House fans. I was given a free copy of this book, my opinions are my own. View all my reviews

Review: Winter at Cliff's End Cottage

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Winter at Cliff's End Cottage by Sheila Norton My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sheila Norton is a new author for me. And the story is a little different to my usual fare. However, it sounded appealing, so I gave it a go. I loved it! The plot is delightful, really gentle and enjoyable. I loved the flashbacks to Stella’s life, and although horrible things happened to her, it’s written in such a way that it didn’t feel traumatic to me. I really liked Holly and Stella, and the way their friendship grew. I loved the way that they encouraged each other, and helped each other out. Alec was a great character too, and I really enjoyed the slow development of the relationship between him and Holly. Altogether, this was such a lovely, gentle story, and yet compelling enough that it kept me reading until I’d finished. I’ll definitely be looking for more books by Sheila Norton. I was given a free copy of this book, my opinions are my own. View all my rev

Review: An Heiress's Guide to Deception and Desire

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An Heiress's Guide to Deception and Desire by Manda Collins My rating: 5 of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem, so I grabbed An Heiress’s Guide to Deception and Desire as soon as I could. I was immediately swept up into the story - both the romance and the mystery. I loved the characters, and the plot was immensely satisfying on all counts. The story is also full of funny moments. Basically, it has every element I enjoy about reading. Overall, this was a fun romp that seamlessly weaves two of my favourite genres into a coherent and entertaining story. It was a joy to read, from start to finish; I highly recommend it! I was given a copy of this book, my opinions are my own View all my reviews

Review: Just One Day - Winter

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Just One Day - Winter by Susan Buchanan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Susan Buchanan is a new author to me, but the blurb looked fun, so I thought I’d give it a go. As soon as I started reading, I was immediately absorbed into the busy whirl of Louisa’s family life. I took to Louisa and her children very quickly. The individual characters of Gen, Hugo, and Aria came through very clearly. I really empathised with Louisa, how hard she works, and how difficult it must be to have her husband away half the time. I really enjoyed reading about the friendships that Louisa had too, and how her sisters and friends support one another. The only slight niggle I had, was the way every single male left most of the work of parenting and organising to the women. It would have been nice to have one example of a really equal parenthood. As well as all the dramas of family life and friendships, there are plenty of moments of gentle humour. The children are especially good a

Review: The Untold Story

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The Untold Story by Genevieve Cogman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have been loving the Invisible Library series since the beginning, so I was excited to be offered an ARC of The Untold Story, the final volume of the series (for now at least). It did not disappoint! I enjoyed reading this so much that I stayed up way past my bedtime. It was wonderful to be back with favourite characters, and to finally find out the truths that have been hinted at throughout the series. It’s hard to say much about the plot without spoilers, but it really was excellent. It tied up so many loose ends, and there was a happy ending for most. The world building, as always, was excellent. If you’ve been loving the series like I have, get yourself a copy as soon as possible! It will keep you up past your bedtime, and leave you feeling satisfied and happy. I can’t wait to see what Genevieve Cogman writes next. I was given a free copy of this book, my opinions are my own.

Review: The Arctic Curry Club

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The Arctic Curry Club by Dani Redd My rating: 4 of 5 stars Dani Redd is a new author for me, but I loved the beautiful cover, and the general idea, so I gave it a try. I really enjoyed this book. The writing is really easy to read (even if some of the subject matter isn’t), it flows well. The characters are well written, I really liked Maya. I thought the portrayal of her anxiety came across well. The setting was great, the snow, and the cabins. I liked the fact that Maya struggled with the cold and darkness, it makes a nice change from all the stories where people love it, and seems more realistic. I loved all the descriptions of food, I could almost taste some of the dishes. And I liked the fact that, although by the end of the story, Maya was more confident, she still had anxiety. Overall, this was a great story of self-discovery, friendship, and persisting when times are difficult and uncertain. I was given a free copy of this book, my opinions a

Review: Call of the Penguins

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Call of the Penguins by Hazel Prior My rating: 5 of 5 stars Away with the Penguins was one of my favourite books of 2020, so I was thrilled to be offered an ARC of Call of the Penguins, the sequel. I was concerned I wouldn’t remember the previous book well enough, but reading Call of the Penguins was like coming home. It’s absolutely stuffed full of characters that I love (human and penguin). Veronica and Daisy are my favourites, but I love all the others too. As before, the penguins run through the story, with their irrepressible characters, and ability to draw people together. It was fun to see a variety of different species this time. I very much enjoyed the plot. It was great to delve deeper into the links between Veronica and Patrick. Away with the Penguins only really scraped the surface. Overall, this was another beautiful, wonderful story, full of penguin (and human) goodness. I can’t really find the words to say how much I loved it, I would