The Girl with the Painted Face – GABRIELLE KIMM

girlThe Girl with the Painted Face is 3rd book written by Gabrielle Kimm and published by Sphere.

Seventeen-year-old seamstress Sofia Genotti is on the run, falsely accused of theft. Penniless and desperate to avoid the perils of whoredom, she is introduced to a troupe of travelling actors, who ask her to join them as costume mistress. Within weeks she begins to learn how to act.

Acting will bring her closer to Beppe Bianchi, the young man with whom she is developing a passionate relationship. But after a fted performance at an aristocrat’s castle, Sofia is accosted by the owner and the following morning he is found dead.

Who was the dead nobleman, and how did his secret past lead to his murder? Uncovering blackmail, violence and sexual jealousies, the true killer will be revealed and the power of theatre will conquer all.

Now I have been lucky enough to have read both of Gabrielle’s previous books and so was extremely excited when this book landed on my door mat. Loved the look of the cover and without hesitation I delved straight in.

We find ourselves in Italy in 1582 with all the smells and poverty that was around for those not fortunate enough. Sofia has a hard life that only gets worse when she doesn’t allow the advances of a gentleman so she finds herself on the run. Thankfully there are good people around who help Sofia and welcome her into their touring Theatre company. obviously nothing is fair sailing and jealously and greed get the better. Before Sofia knows it she is at the centre of a murder.

Like all Gabrielle’s books, it is brilliantly written, fabulous placement and descriptive writing of the locations, people and situations which transports you into the time. It’s not a light and easy historical read, it will get you thinking and turning the pages quickly will good to succeed. It’s a real who done it … loads of red herrings making you think you know who it was!!!

I am a huge fan of all Gabrielle’s books and this book does not disappoint. It really is a fantastic read and I can’t recommend it enough. My only criticism is that I will have to wait another 12 months for her next book!

Available via Amazon UK The Girl with the Painted Face

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Calling Mrs Christmas – CAROLE MATTHEWS

Calling Mrs ChristmasCalling Mrs Christmas is written by Carole Matthews and publsihed by Sphere.

Cassie Smith has been out of work for a while but she has an idea. Drawing on her love of Christmas, she begins charging for small things: wrapping presents; writing cards; tree-decorating. She’s soon in huge demand and Cassie’s business, Calling Mrs Christmas, is born.

Carter Randall wants to make Christmas special for his children so he enlists Cassie’s help, and his lavish requests start taking up all her time. Thank goodness she can rely on her partner Jim to handle the rest of her clients.

When Carter asks Cassie to join them on a trip to Lapland, she knows she shouldn’t go. As much as tries, Cassie can’t deny how drawn she is to Carter and everything he has to offer, but she still loves her warm-hearted Jim. Suddenly Cassie finds herself facing a heart-breaking choice that could change her entire life.

There are only a handful of Authors that when their books arrive through my letterbox that they automatically get placed on top of the pile without question and Carole is such an Author. Twice a year I know that I am going to get a book that will allow me to sit curled up on the sofa (now a chaise longue in my Summerhouse!!) and loose myself into the ‘Matthews world’.

So, without a moment’s hesitation I sat down to read Calling Mrs Christmas with blanket wrapped around me and before I knew it, half the day had passed me by unnoticed! Yet again Carole has done it … written a book that hooks you from the very first chapter and causes you lose huge amounts of your weekend!

With just a handful of characters which is perfect for me as I often get confused if there are too many! Cassie is in her own words unemployable and desperate to do anything with little success. She is living with Jim who to me sounds like the perfect man who works at the local Young offenders unit in particularly he works with two young boys, Kieran and Andrew. Cassie comes up with an idea to set up her own little business covering everyone’s needs for Christmas from dressing tress to buying and wrapping presents etc. Obviously Jim supports Cassie through this enterprise despite working full time.

There are a couple of things that I particularly loved about this book. The first is the depth and detail that Carole has gone into in each major area of the book like the Offenders Unit and Swedish Lapland it is so apparent that a considerable amount of research for both areas has taken place which just adds to the enjoyment of the book and make it feel so real. The second thing is the quality of the male leading character, which is often overlooked slightly in many novels. I could have happily have read many more chapters of Jim’s world in the Unit which is a credit to the writing.

Without any hesitation I would strongly recommend this book as it a fabulous story, almost an Indecent Proposal! Brilliantly written with heartfelt moments that bring a tear of sadness to your eye but also such strong emotions of joy that also brings tears to your eyes. So many unexpected tears I experienced and a huge disappointment when the story ended for no other reason that I just could bare to say goodbye to Jim, Cassie, Kieran and Andrew.

Be prepared to lose yourself in this Christmas story and I bet you don’t come through it dry eyed!

Has be to given the Louise loved….  status.

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Exciting International Promotion – starting today!

 Fasten your seatbelts and put your tray tables in the upright and locked position. Over the next few days, some of your favourite Chick Lit characters will be jetting across the Atlantic to visit with fictional friends on the other side of the pond. The event kicks off on Monday, 21 Oct and here’s a little sneak peek at the fun, frothy books and sassy gals featured in our international promo, all of which are priced at £2.99 or less:

On Tuesday, 22 Oct.: Read about Stella from Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes and Chloe from Lying to Meet You as they travel across the Atlantic to visit each other. Stella will be on Anna Garner’s blog http://libby-mercer.blogspot.com/ and Chloe will be on Sue Watson’s blog http://fatgirlsandfairycakes.blogspot.com/

 On Wednesday, 23 Oct., It’s time to discover what happens when Emma from The Pollyanna Plan and Kim from Blogger Girl meet. Emma will be on Meredith Schorr’s blog http://meredithschorr.com/blog/ and Kim will be on Talli Roland’s blog http://talliroland.blogspot.com/

 On Thursday, 24 Oct: Izzy from Izzy’s Cold Feet and Jamie from Finding Lucas will be taking you on a trip alongside their characters. Izzy will be on Samantha Stroh Bailey’s blog http://samanthastrohbailey.blogspot.ca/ and Jamie will be on Sarah Louise Smith’s blog http://sarahlouisesmith.com/

And on Friday, 25 Oct. Kate from Sealed with a Kiss and Pilar from In Need of Therapy will be chatting about their overseas experiences. Kate will be on Tracie Banister’s blog http://traciebanister.blogspot.com/ and Pilar will be on Rachael Lucas’s blog http://rachaellucas.com/blog/

ABOUT THE BOOKS

Finding Lucas by Samantha Stroh Bailey – Daytime talk show producer Jamie Ross is beyond fed up with her toxic bad boy turned metrosexual boyfriend. Spurred on by her gang of quirky friends, she goes on a hilarious, at-times disastrous, and totally life-changing hunt to track down the ”one who got away.” But are some loves best left behind? Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Lucas-ebook/dp/B007VIIU6A/ Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-Lucas-Samantha-Stroh-Bailey-ebook/dp/B007VIIU6A and Kobo http://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/books/Finding-Lucas/-wfpLcDV6keHZR-T80qCUg

In Need of Therapy by Tracie BanisterHandling the problems of hysterical hypochondriacs, lovelorn neurotics, and compulsive man whores is all in a day’s work for super-shrink Pilar Alvarez. But can she deal with her crazy Cuban family, a trio of unsuitable suitors, and a threat to her practice without ending up on the couch herself? Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/In-Need-of-Therapy-ebook/dp/B008N6Z36Y Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/In-Need-of-Therapy-ebook/dp/B008N6Z36Y and B&N http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-need-of-therapy-tracie-banister/1112265620?ean=2940015006889

Lying to Meet You by Anna Garner – Overworked New York fashion girl Chloe Lane has no time for a real relationship, but when her childhood pal asks her to play the part of his girlfriend in order to test a theory, she decides to go for it. The lies start piling up and things start getting crazy. Will Chloe be able to keep it together? Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Lying-to-Meet-You-ebook/dp/B00EZR5M9I Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lying-to-Meet-You-ebook/dp/B00EZR5M9I and B&N http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lying-to-meet-you-anna-garner/1116838753?ean=2940148616924

Sealed with a Kiss by Rachael Lucas – Kate breathes a sigh of relief when she’s dumped at her best friend’s wedding. When she takes a job on the island of Auchenmor, she’s determined to have a year off men, but that’s before she rescues Flora the seal pup with the help of Roddy, her mysterious new boss… Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Sealed-with-a-Kiss-ebook/dp/B00BE9EUW0/ and Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sealed-with-a-Kiss-ebook/dp/B00BE9EUW0/ 

 

The Pollyanna Plan by Talli RolandEmma Beckett has always looked down on ‘the glass is half full’ optimists. But when she loses her high-powered job and fiancé, Emma makes a radical decision: from here on in, she’ll attempt to see the upside, no matter how dire the situation. Can adopting a positive attitude give Emma the courage to build a new life, or is finding the good in everything a very bad idea? Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/The-Pollyanna-Plan-Talli-Roland-ebook/dp/B00AFAW2GK and Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Pollyanna-Plan-Talli-Roland-ebook/dp/B00AFAW2GK

Blogger Girl by Meredith SchorrKimberly Long has two passions: her successful chick lit blog and Nicholas, her handsome colleague down the hall. But when her high school nemesis pops onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book and eyes for Nicholas, Kim has to make some quick revisions to her own life story. Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Blogger-Girl-ebook/dp/B00EDTLDSW Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blogger-Girl-ebook/dp/B00EDTLDSW B&N http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blogger-girl-meredith-schorr/1116358028?ean=2940148503125 and Apple iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/blogger-girl/id686654939?mt=11

Izzy’s Cold Feet by Sarah Louise Smith – Izzy is engaged to Greg, who is everything a girl could want. The trouble is – all she can think about is the men she loved before she met him. In the week leading up to her wedding day, Izzy is forced to ask herself who she loves the most. And, given the choice, who would she want to spend her life with? Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Izzys-Cold-Sarah-Louise-Smith/dp/1909841005/

Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Izzys-Cold-Sarah-Louise-Smith/dp/1909841005/ B&N http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/izzys-cold-feet-sarah-louise-smith/1116263752 and UK Nook http://uk.nook.com/ebooks/izzys-cold-feet-by-sarah-louise-smith/2940045154499

 

Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes by Sue Watson – TV Producer Stella is over worked, over weight and under fire battling to balance family, career and those weighing scales. In the past she’s always found comfort at the bottom of her mixing bowl but now the most delicious lemon sponge with zesty frosting has no effect. However, life is about to get even tougher… and Stella has to face some truths about herself, her life and her future. Available on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Girls-Fairy-Cakes-ebook/dp/B005L92JB8 and Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fat-Girls-Fairy-Cakes-Watson-ebook/dp/B005L92JB8

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The Gravity of Birds – TRACY GUZEMAN

The Gravity of Birds is written by Tracy Guzeman and published by Harper  birds.

 Sisters Alice and Natalie were once close, but adolescence has wrenched them apart. Alice is a dreamer who loves books and birds; Natalie is headstrong, manipulative – and beautiful. On their lakeside family holiday, Alice falls under the thrall of a struggling young painter,Thomas Bayber. Natalie, however, seems strangely unmoved, tolerating sittings for a family portrait with surprising indifference. But by the end of the summer, three lives are shattered.

Decades later, Thomas, now a world-renowned artist, reveals the existence of a portrait of himself with Alice and Natalie from that fateful summer. The sisters themselves have disappeared without a trace. And Thomas is torn between taking the secrets of the girls to the grave, or using the painting to resurrect the past before it closes up on them all for good.

Firstly, what a gorgeous cover to this book, really stands out.

Set over a number of decades with many characters which normally I struggle with, but the writing style was ‘suggestive’ rather than telling you everything straight away which makes you want to read on and find out what is going to happen. I very much liked the way this author wrote and whilst the characters all seemed to have problems, you certainly could warm to them. It’s a haunting story and one that may make you shed a tear or two.

Will definitely be looking out for futher work by this Author.

Available via Amazon UK

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Entwined with You – SLYVIA DAY

Entwined with You is third book in the Crossfire series and written by Sylvia Day entwinand published by
Penguin Books.

From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…

I have to admit after reading Reflected with You I was concerned that this book would also just read like a filler and not really go anyway but I was pleased to be wrong. I really enjoyed this editon to the series. The connection between Eva and Gideon was never going to be easy but what they have is so important that they overcome all that they are faced with, helps having his money mind!! 

Another great read from the crossfire series and whilst I thought was only a trilogy I was really excited to see that the Authors had left a note saying that there was more to come.

These books are far more readable that the Fifty Shades series, less Inner Goddess and more story! Classed as erotic fiction there is also a god story running through and what ‘sex’ there is, it fits in well within the story. I will certainly be reading the next book in the series when it becomes available.

Available via Amazon UK Entwined With You

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