The Secret War

Thrilled to join Random Things Tours for this one today.

A confident China plans to alter the world order

Border expansion for her burgeoning population is an essential element.   

Bioweapons will be used as a first tester in the US

An underground laboratory. A claustrophobic liner. A trail of dead mistresses.

Karen Andersen, private investigator, stumbles across intelligence in a Liverpool University that an ultra-right faction of the CCP plan to release the hyper contagious virus on an unsuspecting New York City.

Heading out of Southampton on a luxury cruise, she has just seven days to disrupt the strategy. In the turmoil on board, Karen struggles to unravel the complexities.

Wow! This book has completely captivated me and made me feel the need to remind myself that this is a fictional novel.

This is well written and very accurate. I felt as though I have been right there with the characters. Although, covid is present in this one I have still found myself caught up in the pages of this one.

I have been completely intrigued by this one. The author has stole my attention and kept me completely gripped.

This is tense and completely brilliant from beginning to end. The plot is really realistic and the author has a fantastic talent of pulling you deep into the pages.

Happy reading,

Little Miss Book Lover xoxo

My Best Friend’s Secret

Absolutely thrilled to share my review of this one.

Kate Sullivan has a beautiful home, a job she loves and a handsome fiancé: all she’d ever dreamed of since getting sober and painstakingly piecing her life back together.

But a chance encounter with her old best friend Becky threatens Kate’s newfound and fragile happiness. Kate remembers nothing of their last drunken night out, the night Becky broke off their friendship without warning or explanation.

With Becky back in her life, Kate is desperate to make amends for the past. For the closure she craves, Kate needs to know what she did that ruined everything. But what if the truth is worse than Kate could have imagined?

Wow oh wow!! What a book!! I have inhaled this gem and been completely captivated and pulled into the pages of this one. How is this a debut novel? How will any review I write do this gem justice?

Emily Freud is really going to be a name to watch out for in the world of psychological thrillers. This is a book which will steal your attention and leave you desperate to find out what the secrets really are.

Kate is one of our main protagonists, she is likeable and honest about the issues she has experienced. We follow her journey as a recovering alcoholic who is keen to rebuild her life. We encounter the chance meeting with Becky on a night out with her fiancée. This is where we really start to see unraveling of secrets.

This is well written and laced with tension and suspense. I have been completely caught up in this story and unable to predict where this was going. I can safely say I’ve been left speechless and completely wanting more from this author.

Emily Freud, please get writing because I 100% need more. This is an absolute MUST read which definitely should be on the TBR. This is a book that absolutely needs to be a bestseller.

Happy reading,

Little Miss Book Lover xoxox

Her Sister’s Secret

Thrilled to join Bookouture for this one today.

Why would you pretend your life is a dream when you’re living a nightmare? 

I thought my sister was happy. I thought what we all thought: that Annie and Dom led perfect lives in a lovely cottage in a quiet village by the sea, with flowers at the front gate and an apple tree in the garden. Everyone knew them: generous, loving Dom, creative, joyful Annie.

But I never saw Annie as she sat waiting for Dom well into the night. I didn’t see her smiling through her tears. I didn’t know what the perfect couple were hiding.

So when sirens break the silence of the night and flames rise against the dark sky, and I get the call I never expected, I’m left with a simple burning question: who was to blame?

A brilliantly twisty tale of family secrets and the darkness that can lie behind closed doors, Her Sister’s Secret will keep you turning the pages till the final devastating revelation. Fans of Lisa Jewell, Gillian Flynn and Louise Candlish will love it.

S. E. Lynes is one of my favourite Bookouture authors and this has been a book that I have been eager to get stuck into.

I absolutely adore the cover of this one. It catches the eye and is eery making you want more as a reader. As always with this author, I haven’t been disappointed. I have been pulled in and completely unable and unwilling to put this down. This is a book I have devoured in one sitting with no regrets. I just wish I could experience reading this for the first time all over again.

The author has real skill and talent, this is a plot which unravels backwards, but makes perfect sense. The novel is compelling from the very beginning and moves at a pace to keep you completely wanting more.

This is definitely filled with twists and completely unpredictable right up to the very end. I love the characters in this one, they are strong with well developed personalities.

The more I read this author, the more I crave. I am already eagerly anticipating more from this lovely lady. A definite recommended read!

Happy reading

Little Miss Book Lover xoxo

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

A huge thank you to Rosie for my advanced copy of this one.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START YOUR LIFE’S BIG ADVENTURE . . . 

Albert Entwistle was a postman. It was one of the few things everyone knew about him. And it was one of the few things he was comfortable with people knowing.

64-year-old Albert Entwistle has been a postie in a quiet town in Northern England for all his life, living alone since the death of his mam 18 years ago. He keeps himself to himself. He always has. But he’s just learned he’ll be forced to retire at his next birthday. With no friends and nothing to look forward to, the lonely future he faces terrifies him. He realises it’s finally time to be honest about who he is. He must learn to ask for what he wants. And he must find the courage to look for George, the man that, many years ago, he lost – but has never forgotten . . .

Join Albert as he sets out to find the long-lost love of his life, and has an unforgettable and completely life-affirming adventure on the way . . . This is a love story the likes of which you have never read before!

This is another of my anticipated gems for the year. The gorgeous cover instantly stole my attention and I was pulled in very quickly.

I absolutely adored Albert, his dread of retiring has been clear from the very beginning. This is a heartwarming, light and sweet story with deep meaning.

Throughout the novel, we find out about Albert’s traumatic past. There are so many characters supportive of Albert. I just want to hug him.

This is completely unique and I love the fact that the author has included the exploration of Albert’s sexuality.

I love Headline books and this is another delightful literary masterpiece. It has been a pleasure getting to know Albert and I have really enjoyed looking back at his life.

It has been an endearing journey which allows Albert to find his voice and open up to other characters. I absolutely need more Albert.

This is a definite five star read which I highly recommend.

Family Secrets at Hedgehog Hollow

Every family has its secrets, and at Hedgehog Hollow there is no exception…

It was always Samantha’s dream to run her beautiful rescue centre, Hedgehog Hollow, full-time. But just as her wish comes true, she becomes a victim of her own kindness when she finds herself with a house full of guests – all with their own problems and secrets – looking to her for support.

When her self-absorbed cousin, Chloe, unexpectedly turns up at the farm – swiftly handing over her baby to Samantha to care for – trouble is definitely brewing. Especially as Chloe won’t tell anyone why she’s left her husband, James…

As Samantha juggles new hedgehog arrivals, family dramas and her own health challenges, it soon becomes clear that she needs to start putting herself first for once. Little does she know that life-changing secrets from the past are about to unravel and turn their lives upside down…

Return to glorious Hedgehog Hollow with top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland for a heartwarming, emotional but uplifting story of family, friendship and moving on from the past.

I absolutely adore this author and always say that every book is my new favourite and this one is definitely no different. This is a book that I have found utterly impossible to put down.

I absolutely want to visit Hedgehog Hollow and experience this gorgeous setting for myself. I absolutely need more. This is a perfect title and absolutely superb read.

This is definitely a delightful escape which has been filled with wonderful characters and a delightful setting.

I have devoured this book in just one sitting. I have been completely unwilling to put this one down. This is definitely a read to get on the TBR.

The House of Hidden Secrets

Thrilled to join the blog tour for this one.

The imposing gates of Ramsay Hall yawned open. As Serena and 4-year-old Lana walked up the long driveway, little did they know the dark secrets that lay within.

When Serena Green accepted the role of housekeeper for wealthy widower Hayden Ramsay, she never imagined her new home would be Ramsay Hall, an ancient, sprawling mansion in Northern England.

Serena quickly becomes an integral part of the household, making friends with Hayden’s younger son Hugh, despite Jack, his older brother’s, coldness towards her and Lana.

But the hall’s beautiful exterior hides many ugly secrets. Though Serena and Jack begin to grow closer, she’s confused by his behaviour around Lana. What is he guilty of? And is there more to their mother’s death than the Ramsay men will admit, even to themselves?

As the harrowing past of Ramsay Hall unravels, Serena fresh start becomes a fresh horror. She fears for her and Lana’s safety, but what are the bleak secrets in Serena’s own past?

This house is built on a lifetime of lies… and the truth might just bring the walls crashing down. 

A twisty, gripping and utterly unputdownable new thriller that fans of Lisa Jewell, C.L. Taylor and Mark Edwards will love.

This is a book that attracted me from the very cover. It has instantly caught my eye and been a book that has raised intrigue.

I have not been disappointed with this twisty and gripping novel. I have been pulled in and completely unable to put this one down. The author has captured my attention and kept me hooked until I devoured cover to cover.

I have really liked Serena as a character and following her journey throughout this book. This is definitely full of hidden secrets and as a reader it is brilliant to see the events unfold.

I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for us next.

Happy reading

Little Miss Book Lover xoxo

Trading Secrets

BEFORE

Celeste Donovan, a high-powered finance executive, seems to have it all—the penthouse apartment, the supermodel physique with a mathematician mind, and a trail of beautiful men she has loved and left behind.

But when her boyfriend Theodore is killed in a mysterious accident, she discovers Omar, her abusive ex she had hoped would never resurface, is behind his death.

AFTER

Now she’s caught in a game of cat and mouse, trying to anticipate Omar’s next move, as she realizes he will stop at nothing to get to her. She sets out alone on a whirlwind journey to entrap him, determined to put an end to Omar’s destruction.

Soon Celeste is thrust in the middle of the largest financial scandal in decades. This time, however, powerful government officials are in bed with some of the world’s most dangerous men.

When she discovers that those she thought she knew best are involved in a secret society warring with Omar and his coconspirators, she must decide how far she will go to avenge Theodore’s death and whether she is willing to risk her own life to save everyone she loves.

I adore Celeste, she is a brilliant main character who is a strong, powerful woman who doesn’t take any crap. What a protagonist to have for own main character.

However, we do have some rather graphic accounts of her abuse at the hands of Omar. These scenes have been uncomfortable and may put many readers off this book.

However, I have to say that this is an action packed novel which is filled with details. The author has really wanted to give us a clear picture to visualise when reading this one.

The mystery and suspense are high throughout this book. I have been happy to find this is focused on Celeste’s survival rather than the horrific ordeal. We encounter the great friendships that Celeste has in her life. This has been an interesting read and one which I am thrilled to review.

This for me is a four star read purely because of the uncomfortable scenes of abuse.

Happy reading

Little Miss book lover xoxox

Secrets in the Snow

Thrilled to join Harper Fiction for this one.

As the winter snow falls on the small Irish village of Ballybray, Roisin O’Connor and her young son, Ben, are saying goodbye to their beloved neighbour Mabel Murphy.  Mabel lived a bold and colourful life, but the arrival of her brooding nephew, ‘blow-in’ Aidan Murphy, just makes life more complicated for Roisin.

However, in one final act of love, a message arrives from Mabel that changes everything.  And as winter turns to spring and the cold snow melts, the secrets both Roisin and Aidan are hiding must be revealed at last…

I absolutely adore this author and this is quite possibly my new favourite book. This is just a perfectly warm little burst of happiness in a perfect little package. I have adored this from start to finish. I absolutely love that this book is set in Ireland, especially as this is somewhere I want to visit Rome and time again.

This is another absolutely fantastic and heartwarming tale from the queen of hearts. There is nothing negative I can say about this book, the plot flows effortlessly and the characters are absolutely stunning. I have loved this book and would go as far as saying this is one of my favourites of the year.

This is a magical read which is guaranteed to leave you smiling and with a fuzzy warm feeling in your heart. I absolutely loved this book and every moment reading this one. I highly recommend this book. A definite five star read.

Secrets of the Railway Girls

Absolutely delighted to share my review of this one.

Manchester, November 1940

As the war continues and secrets threaten the railway girls, they will discover the true meaning of friendship.

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For Dot, her job on the railways is everything. Transporting parcels around the country gives her pride that she is doing her bit for the war effort, but a growing friendship causes problems when home and work collide.

Joan loves her boyfriend Bob dearly, but when tragedy strikes, her heart is torn apart, and she is forced to make a decision that could hurt those she loves most.

Meanwhile Mabel has finally found a place to call home and her relationship seems to be going from strength to strength. However, the relentless bombing in the Christmas blitz is about to destroy everything she holds dear, and she will need her friends’ courage and generosity now more than ever.

Brought together by their work on Manchester’s railways, the three women find that with the support and encouragement of each other, they can get through even the most challenging of times.

Oh Maisie, you have completely done it again with another absolutely fantastic and wonderful read that I really haven’t been able to put down. I haven’t wanted to either.

I absolutely love the Railway Girls this has been a welcome revisit to them and I have absolutely loved continuing their journey with them.

I have been completely captivated from the very first chapter and extremely annoyed when real life has kept me from reading. I have completely devoured this at every opportunity.

The cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous and definitely made me want to keep reading. I’ve had moments where I’ve wanted to cry for the characters. I am definitely very invested after two books. These are very realistic characters who could be family.

The relationship between the characters in this book is one that is very special and as you read it, you can’t help but think of your real life friendships.

This is definitely a book I highly recommend. It is so deserving of all the stars. The Railway Girls are now like family, I can’t wait for more from the girls and this amazing author.

Blooms of War

INSTALOVE: THE THING YOU CANNOT FIGHT

 

Every love story starts with a moment. The erstwhile couple, the star-crossed pair, the jaded cynics, lock eyes. And fall tumbling deep into irreversible, soul-altering love. Some couples take a while before they get to that moment. In Blooms of War, I am pretty sure that my world-weary, too-young-to-be-on-the-frontlines nurse, Vera, and the pure-hearted, stubbornly optimistic, duty-bound doctor Nick, fall in love the minute they meet. It’s fate. It’s inevitable. And yet, Vera and Nick will do their very best to fight it. Because there’s a war raging. Because there is espionage underfoot. Because they are SCARED.

 

In trying to capture their emotions, to build the tension, and peel back layer after layer of angst, I needed a song. Something to capture the chemistry and connection between the two. Something to put me in the right frame of mind so the words would flow. And the song I found was Maggie Roger’s “Say It.” The lyrics are simple, her voice is sublime:

 

I cannot fall in love with you
I cannot feel this way so soon, so soon

 

I had this song on repeat for hours (days) as I captured the push-and-pull of attraction and self-denial, of trying to be practical when your heart beats hard. It is hard to deny hope:

 

Our foreheads pressed together, our lips a single, silvery breath apart, we look into one another’s eyes, communicating things that have no words, without spilling a single secret—who I really am, where he really was, what he’s done, what he’s willing to do to keep humanity from tearing itself to pieces, how deep my faith runs.

 

In this silence, tenderness wells and weaves a spell of dark of night and summer breeze, of instinctive trust and yearning. I murmur, “I will not love you.”

 

He chuckles, his warm breath teases my parted lips. “Promise me you won’t.”

 

The spell between us does not break. Will not break. You cannot fight intangible forces—air, gravity, whatever it is that holds constellations in their place. We do our best. Pore by pore, inch by inch, we part, turning away from each other and toward the sky.

 

I point to a row of stars. “Big dipper.”

 

He gestures to a distant, but bright, orange light. “Arcturis.”

Star by star, we map out the Milky Way. Far safer than mapping out the tumult of our hearts.

 

If you’re interested, I’ve compiled the songs behind Blooms of War into a Youtube Playlist for your listening pleasure: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZAQzR8c7tFQOGTMCkrrNWrAt7yC5qoFh

Blooms of War

In war, she fell in love.

Vera Betts shouldn’t be falling in love with the enigmatic doctor she suspects of espionage. Reeling from her family’s betrayal, she’s faked her nursing credentials, invented a new name, and run away to the frontlines of the French battlefield. Four years into the Great War and she knows who she is and what she’s meant for—to save the living and sit vigil by the dying. When the cagey-yet-earnest Dr. Nicholas Wallace arrives, so do mysterious explosions destroying hospitals. Even as Nick raises her suspicions, he lowers her defenses. He wants the war to end. Are his acts of sabotage politically motivated or a desperate attempt at peace?

In peace, she fell apart.

A year later, Vera is back with her oppressive family, living under her real name, and Nick is on trial for murder. Trapped in grief and guilt, she cannot speak about the past and does not believe in the future. With Nick refusing to defend himself, she ventures to London to understand why he is so willing to embrace the hangman’s noose. Who is he trying to protect? What secrets does he plan to carry to his grave? And why does Nick insist upon hiding her true identity? To save the man she loves, Vera must tear open the past and confront the tragic price for peace.

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blooms-War-Evocative-Emotional-Story-ebook/dp/B08CY87LW9/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Blooms-War-Evocative-Emotional-Story-ebook/dp/B08CY87LW9/

Author Bio – 

Writer of lush, historical happily-ever-after tales, Suzanne Tierney believes in true love. But she takes delicious pleasure in making her characters fight, flutter, and find their way to each other. Her books have won numerous awards and she has twice been a Golden Heart Finalist® with the Romance Writers of America. 

Suzanne grew up in Oregon, adulted in the San Francisco Bay Area, and somehow ended up in Florida, where she is very much a cold-water fish learning to navigate humid, salty seas. She loves chatting with readers.

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