A stunning Christmas romance for fans of One Day in December and Jojo Moyes

From the moment they meet one December day there’s something between Charlotte Taylor and her brother’s best friend, Tom Farley. But Tom’s already taken and Charlie has to let him go…

It’s another five years before their paths cross again only a secret from the past forces Charlie to make a choice. She promises herself she’ll never look back…

The years pass and Charlie moves on with her life but she can never forget Tom. He’s always there whispering ‘What if?’.

Can Charlie leave the life she has built for one last chance with Tom? Or is the one that got away not really the one at all…?

Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review which arrived with goodies,and having me on the tour.

This is a first book from this author for me and my first xmas read of the year.

I absolutely loved this book. Whizzed through in an afternoon.

Unpredictable and will leave you suprised.

A tale of what if,love ,loss and all the things that make life so precious.

She goes on a real journey of self discovery and its incredibly empowering.

Deals with some tough issues too and has great characters. It also offers some humour too.

Highly recommended if you like books from dani Atkins And miranda dickenson

Published 17th October and do check out the other blogs taking part.


Capital Crime 2019

Last weekend saw the first Capital Crime held at de vere Connaught rooms and I had the pleasure of being there. It was my first book festival ,and I was anxious /nervous as its the biggest event ive been to . I had all those doubts of whether it was for me if anyone would talk to me…silly I know as Ive already met some people that were going ! anyway within half of hour of being there my nerves had gone and I had an amazing time .

I already know ill be back and i may even see if i can be a volunteer ..if health allows me to!

What a festival it was . i met bloggers old and new,authors and publishing peeps ,some ive spoke to on twitter for years .

Having lisa Jewell and Fiona Cummins recognise you and come out their way to hug you was quite surreal…

I arrived Friday morning after dropping my bag at my hotel. Picked up my weekend pass which i must add i got at a discounted rate . I emailed early in the year explained my situation and was offered a huge discount for not just a day pass but a weekend pass!

Anyway to the panels i went to.. we were spoilt for choice

  1. The interrogation of Mark Billingham . Where he was questioned by Grahan Bartlett a experienced police detective. This was very funny.
  2. Are we living in a spy thriller?Charles Cumming, Frank gardner and stella Rimington discuss modern espionage with Adam Hamdy.
  3. The truth in pieces Belinda Bauer,Jane casey, Robert goddard and Alex north piece together a mystery with Joe haddow. This was one i was looking forward to and didnt dissapoint.
  4. The psychology of tension Mark Edwards & Lisa Jewell in conversation with Claire Mcgowan. This was another panel i was excited for after years of reading lisa. Also mark is really funny !
  5. London, the capital of crime. Martina cole and Ali Karim discuss london as an iconic setting for the crime and thriller genre. Wow what a legend she is. Martina was the first crime writer i read at age 17 , she is comical,real and passionate about books and her work within prisons.
  6. Is crime fiction a problem for feminists? Killer women members Julia Crouch,Sarah Hillary ,Amanda Jennings , Colette Mcbeth and Kate Rhodes in conversation . Again a panel that was high on my list, inspirational women talking about murder ..not just men ..and womens rights.
  7. Whose crime is it anyway? Grand final. Hosted by paul clayton. Debut authors battle against each other..with added drama reenactments..

The final panel i went to…

8.adapting worlds: books to screen

Sj watson and Paula daly discuss adaptations with Adam Hamdy . I love both these authors and was really looking forward to this panel

By the end of this panel my brain was buzzing but also frazzled lol so myself and other bloggers went and got dinner. Which was lovely .

After a luxurious night (alone away fro kids) in premier inn it was a early start for day 2.

Again there was so much choice and i only stayed till lunch.

So saturdays panels i went to were as follows

  1. When women make murderers. Fiona Cummins, laura shepherd robinsin,cj tudor and olivia kiernab discuss success of female crime and thriller authors with amy mclellan. Theres not much that ill get up early for but these women i did. Fantastic bunch of women who all seemed lovely but are creating dark dark books!!
  2. Chilled to the bone

Ragnar jonasson ,will dean,antti Tuomainen and Ysra Siguroardottir discuss scandi noir with Karen sullivan . Ive not read any of these authors but this was a fascinsting panel, in particular Antti who was very funny. It was a delight to meet Karen to after years of engaging on twitter.

3. Beneath the surface

Elly griffiths, teresa driscoll louise candlish ,fiona Barton discuss how truth is never as it seems with erin kelly .

Another great female led panel where twists in books were discussed.

Finally for me as my time was drawing to a close was

4 Britain’s toughest streets Dreda say mitchell , steph Marland ,Amer Anwah and MW Craven talk about getting inspirstikn from gritty streets of the uk with David Mark.

Ive not read any of these authors before but they were all inspirational and refreshing to listen to. Dreda is representing women from walks of life that are often hidden and she was empowering!

So that was my last panel , i was sad to go as Saturday afternoon looked amazing too.

I loved every minute and im only just starting to come down from the adreline . Ive even come away inspired to write which ive been saying for years but words are finally happening.

Will i come back next year…oh yes!

Do i have a list of authors i think would be great on the panels. Oh yes!

Do i now have even more authors on my tbr pile.. oh yes !

Before i wrap up with what i thought made capital crime rock ive got a few things that didnt make it rock. Nothing major but as it was its first year im sure all feedback is welcomed ( i hope )

  1. First up as someone with a disability which means i cant stand for prolonged periods of time. The bar area could have done with more seats, i only visited once but it was something i observed. Had i stayed all weekend this could have been a challenge.
  2. The timing between events were quite slim often meaning you missed out on signings or had to rush for toilet. Again its amazing the day was so packed with choice but maybe a lounger turnaround.
  3. In the panels there seemed to be only one volunteer with a microphone ,maybe a idea to have one each side.

See that wasnt too painful. …

On to the things i thought made it a great event

  1. Friendly staff from the doors being open to the bookshop staff. This is a big plus especially for peoples first contact.
  2. Free tea and coffee..not that i got much but yes!
  3. Goody bag…always a winner
  4. Keeping you in the loop even before the event
  5. Lots of seats in the rooms
  6. It felt very laid back. I didnt feel i was being looked down on by anyone in the business .
  7. Interacting with authors …. fangirl moments
  8. The quality of panels specially for first year was outstanding.
  9. Enabling access to people like myself on a low income.
  10. Seeing how happy/proud the parents were of their baby ..David and Adam regarding their first festival.
  11. Generally being about so many book lovers

So ill be there next year…will you ?

And who would you like to see there. Another blogger asked this and i had such a long list but today ill share 10 auhors i think /would like to be a guest of capital crime 2020

  1. Adele parks
  2. Kat Diamond
  3. Angela Clarke
  4. John marrs
  5. Jack jordan
  6. Dorothy koomson
  7. Jane corey
  8. Louise jensen
  9. Lisa hall
  10. Lucy clarke

Thanks for reading! And heres some pictures.. im terrible at taking pictures so next time ill take more.


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Laura is grieving after the sudden death of her husband. Struggling to cope emotionally and financially, Laura is grateful when a local community, Oak Leaf Organics, offer her and her 17-year-old daughter Tilly a home.

But as Laura and Tilly settle into life with their new ‘family’, sinister things begin to happen. When one of the community dies in suspicious circumstances Laura wants to leave but Tilly, enthralled by the charismatic leader, Alex, refuses to go.

Desperately searching for a way to save her daughter, Laura uncovers a horrifying secret but Alex and his family aren’t the only ones with something to hide. Just as Laura has been digging into their past, they’ve been digging into hers and she discovers the terrifying reason they invited her and Tilly in, and why they’ll never let them leave…

Firstly a big thank you to the team at hq for my copy to review!

Wow wow what a book…how many wows can i get away with!

I am a huge fan of Louise’s books and was very excited to meet her last year at hq. I knew her book was goung to be something special in the hands of the hq team.

It arrived yesterday and was devoured yesterday in a bath that went very cold.

What a dark twisty chilling book.

For aomeone so sweet looking shes got a dark mind!

A story of obsession,love,grief and relationships with family.

This got right under my skin

Cant wait to see it flying off the shelves!

If you are new to her books get reading.

Published 3rd October and do check out the other blogs taking part in the tour.


Two women – desperate to unlock the truth.
How far will they go to lay the past to rest?

ANNA has been taught that virtue is the path to God. But on her eighteenth birthday she defies her Mamma’s rules and visits Florida’s biggest theme park.

She has never been allowed to go – so why, when she arrives, does everything seem so familiar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives on the same day?

ROSIE has grown up in the shadow of the missing sister she barely remembers, her family fractured by years of searching without leads. Now, on the fifteenth anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, the media circus resumes in full flow, and Rosie vows to uncover the truth.

But will she find the answer before it tears her family apart?

I picked a copy of this up at capital crime ,it was the cover that grabbed my attention.

What a great book , i whizzed through it in the bath where i do all my best reading. This grabbed my atattention straight away.

It examines complicated families and their dynamics . The lengths we go, to protect those we love.

The pain a mother feels after losing a child and how that changes everyones lives.

Gripping,thought provoking and fast paced.

A excellent debut and i cant wait to read more from this author.


You committed the perfect crime. But someone knows the truth.

You followed the trial obsessively.

You know he’s guilty and can’t believe he got away with it.

But someone is determined to see justice done.

Rain Winter left journalism behind to focus on her baby daughter. But when a man acquitted for murder is killed, in the same way as his suspected victims, Rain sees a pattern emerging between a series of cold cases.

Meticulous and untraceable, this killer strikes in the dead of night, making sure that the guilty are suitably punished for their crimes.

As Rain’s investigation deepens, she must face up to dark secrets in her own past and the realisation that the killer may be closer than she thinks…

Firstly a big thank you to hq for my copy to review and having me on the tour.

Ive read a few of Lisa’s books now ,all excellent but this tops them all!

My brain is full of crime and deviant darkness after attending capital crime last weekend. So this was the perfect read.

Addictive,chilling,disturbing this is a harrowing read in parts.

I loved it, im a huge fan of nature v nurture and i felt this was a talking part in thus book.

Fantastic charactars, relatable yet at same time so not relatable.
Can you ever get over childhopd trauma? What do you do when the past comes knocking…

A great read and is published 3rd October.

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A beautiful home. A loving wife. And in-laws to die for.

Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot’s life like a whirlwind, and they marry and settle into his home. When she asks him if her parents can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is keen to oblige – he just doesn’t quite know what he’s signing up for.

The Robinsons arrive with Gemma’s sister, Chloe, a mysterious young woman who refuses to speak or leave her room. Elliot starts to suspect that the Robinsons are hiding a dark secret. And then there are the scars on his wife’s body that she won’t talk about . . .

As Elliot’s in-laws become more comfortable in his home, encroaching on all aspects of his life, it becomes clear that they have no intention of moving out. To protect Gemma, and their marriage, Elliot delves into the Robinsons’ past. But is he prepared for the truth?

From the two million copy bestselling author comes a tale about the chilling consequences of welcoming strangers into your home.

This weekend was the birth of capital crime and i had pleasure of meeting Mark. Hes a very funny guy and couldnt believe id not read any of his books! And where better to start than his latest.

I read it over the last 2 nights..and now need to get his backlist.

What a writer! Wow.

We have all encountered or know someone who has, difficult in laws. Well this examines the dynamics of this relationship and what happens when they come to visit and get rather comfortable.

I was hooked straight away. Mark captures the little things that can become big annoyances when living with someone.

You find yourself asking what would you do in that situation?

Fantastic book , highy recommend if you love a gripping read thats captivating and twisty.


1925. The war is over and a new generation is coming of age, keen to put the trauma of the previous one behind them.

Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing whose life is dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure; to parties and drinking and staying just the right side of scandal. Lawrence Weston is a struggling artist, desperate to escape the poverty of his upbringing and make something of himself. When their worlds collide one summer night, neither can resist the thrill of the forbidden, the lure of a love affair that they know cannot possibly last.

But there is a dark side to pleasure and a price to be paid for breaking the rules. By the end of that summer everything has changed.

A decade later, nine year old Alice is staying at Blackwood Hall with her distant grandparents, piecing together clues from her mother’s letters to discover the secrets of the past, the truth about the present, and hope for the future.

I have finally got round to reading this beauty. Ionas debut was a amazing book which really got the tears flowing.

I had the pleasure of meeting iona rerecently and she was lovely !

The glittering hour is a masterpiece of writing. Beautifully descriptive and atmospheric. Transports the reader back in time when the world really was different .

Magical, mysterious and romantic .

Absolutely loved it and if you do judge a book by its cover you wont be dissapointed . Look its stunning!

I look forward to whatever creation comes next from this fantastic storyteller .


When you read this book, you will think you know every twist in the tale.

Maria is on trial for attempted murder.

She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead.

Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate.

She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.

You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.

You will be wrong.

I finally got a copy of this . I have read all of her perfect series written as Helen Fields of my favourite Avon authors. I was intrigued to read her debut under this nameThis book is incredible! Written expertly about coercive control and what happens when things get out of handWritten in alternate narratives this builds the layers of the truth of what happened that day. But we kmow shes guilty… right?Set primarily in the courtroom we ger to see both the jurors and the accused perspectives. Fascinating insight and detail and from someone whos been in Marias shoes i could relate very well to her frustations .Highly recommend. Addictive and quite sexy in some parts. This is a thought provoking and clever book as you have to question yourself at times.


The girls heard it first, the knocking inside the walls . . .


1976. Loo and her sister Bee live in a run-down cottage in the middle of nowhere, with their artistic parents and wild siblings. Their mother, Cathy, had hoped to escape to a simpler life; instead the family find themselves isolated and shunned by their neighbours. At the height of the stifling summer, unexplained noises and occurences in the house begin to disturb the family, until they intrude on every waking moment . . .


Loo, now Lucy, is called back to her childhood home. A group of strangers are looking to discover the truth about the house and the people who lived there. But is Lucy ready to confront what really happened all those years ago?

Firstly thank you to zaffre for my copy to review. I had seen a lot of buzz and excitement over this book.

A fantastic debut and admittly not my chosen genre but the joys of being a book blogger is the opportunities to try new authors.

Excellently written in a dual timeline narrative. Incredibly spooky and atmostpheric. Amanda has really set the scene for this story. You could feel the dry heat of that long sunmer 1976

Intriguing and chilling.

Examines troubled dynamics within a family.

A compelling read and look forward to reading more from this suthor.

Published 5th September


It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world – and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment – is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men and women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Who is behind this? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers . . .

Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.

Firstly thank you to the team at hq for my copy to review which is my first linwood book to read. It wont be the last!

Wasnt sure what to expect but i had heard a lot of praise.

I absolutely loved it!

Slightly scared of elevators now.

Gripping ,thrilling heart racing read.

Unpredictable and addictive i couldnt get enough . Highly recommend this exciting yet terrifying book.

Published 5th September and already selling fast!

Do check out the other blogs taking part in the tour .