Genie isn’t feeling very festive this December.

The frosty mornings and twinkling fairy lights only remind her it’s been a whole year since she lost her adoptive mother, who took her in as a baby and raised her as her own.

She’s never felt more alone – until she discovers her birth mother’s identity.

And where to find her: New Zealand, half the world away.

Travelling there could be her one chance to meet the woman who gave her up.

But will she find the answers she has been looking for? Or something she could never have expected?

Isabelle is one of my absolute favourite authors. I own all her books so its always a delight to delve back into her creativity.

Perfect escapism esp as we reslly are having winter mornings.

Whizzed through as always..sign of a great book.

This resonated with me greatly dynamics and 2. Dealing with special needs.

What starts as a journey to find someone..she really finds the missing pieces in suprising ways to find herself.

Inspirational,empowering and theres such satisfaction upon finishing one of her stories. She is a natural storyteller and reminds bookworms why we love reading.

Plus you get to travel the world…

If you’re new to her books then you are in for a treat …go on read her!


One morning in early summer, a man and woman wait to board a flight to Italy.
Allie has lived a careful, focused existence. But now she has unexpectedly taken leave from her job as an academic research scientist to fly to a place she only recently heard about in a letter. Her father, Joe, doesn’t know the reason for her trip, and Allie can’t bring herself to tell him that she’s flying to Italy to unpick the truth about what her mother did all those years ago.
Beside her is her best friend since schooldays, Ed. He has just shocked everyone with a sudden separation from his wife, Julia. Allie hopes that a break will help him open up.
But the secrets that emerge as the sun beats down on Lake Garda and Liguria don’t merely concern her family’s tangled past. And the two friends are forced to confront questions about their own life-long relationship that are impossible to resolve.

Firstly a huge thank you to the team at Simon and Schuster for my gorgeous proof to review. I had this sitting in a pile for a while as i was saving it for my holiday in corfu. Which as i finalise this book review seems so long ago now as we approach Christmas. After the amazing you ,me everything the debut from Catherine writing as this name, i was eager to see what was released next!

Well it doesnt dissapoint!

Its a powerful,emotive journey of a book which is beautifully crafted to pull at your feelings but also incredibly thought provoking.

The characters go on a journey of self discovery,and secrets are revealed with true feelings exposed.

Relatable characters and scenes any of us could find ourselves in. Catherine writes from the heart and doesnt shy away from hard hitting subjects.

This will be huge and i highly recommend . Set in gorgeous location again you are transported there through descriptive writing .

Published 28th November and the final cover looks stunning and really sets the scene.

Book review love songs for sceptics by Christina Pishiris

A fantastic debut from a HILARIOUS and brilliantly ORIGINAL NEW VOICE in women’s fiction . . .


My brother’s getting married in a few weeks and asked for help picking a song for his first dance. I suggested Kiss’s ‘Love’s a Slap in the Face’.

It didn’t go down well.

When she was a teenager, Zoë Frixos fell in love with Simon Baxter, her best friend and the boy next door. But his family moved to America before she could tell him how she felt and, like a scratched record, she’s never quite moved on. Now, almost twenty years later, Simon is heading back to London, newly single and as charming as ever . . .

With Simon back in tow

n, Zoë is determined to finally pluck up the courage to tell him how she feels, but as obstacles continue to get in her way – Jess, Simon’s perfect ex-girlfriend, Nick, an obnoxious publicist determined to ruin Zoe’s career, and family pressure around her brother’s big(ish) fat(ish) Greek wedding – Zoe begins to wonder whether, after all these years, she and Simon just aren’t meant to be.

What if, instead, they’re forever destined to shuffle around their feelings for each other, never quite mastering the steps. Is Zoë right to be sceptical about romance, or is it time she changed her tune?

Firstly a huge thank you to SJ at books and the city for my copy to review.

This is a debut novel and i really enjoyed it, im excited to see what she writes next.

There is a lot of greatness coming from the men…one in particular.swoon alert!

Shes a great charactar whos quirky funny, feisty and knows how to hold her own.

We all have out what if moments in life and this explores that mixed with comedy,drama,friendship, family and work problems .

A fun read which is perfect escapism and will guarantee to make you smile

Published 28th November ebook 30th april 2020 paperback


A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of . . .

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he’s ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive …

I finally got a copy of this last week after hearing nothing but praise about it. I also had the absolute pleasure of listening to the author at capital crime.

This book is outstanding!

Fantastic and an original debut that is bound to be a great series

The charactars are brilliant, unique,quirky and relatable.

Expertly delivered with a storyline that blows your mind.

Unpredictable ,thrilling and a fresh voice in crime fiction.

I now need to read his second installment.