***Blog Tour***Home is where the Heart is by Freda Light Foot

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Today on the blog I am on the Blog tour for Home is where the Heart is by Freda Light Foot. Freda has kindly written a post on her inspiration behind post war sagas




Inspiration for Post War sagas by Freda Lightfoot 


I’m always on the look out for ideas, finding inspiration from many sources: family memories, history of the places I’ve lived in such as the beautiful English Lake District and Cornwall. I’ve dipped into the more interesting parts of my own life, such as when we had a smallholding and tried the ‘good life’. Having fully exploited those ideas, I moved on to interviewing people for other fascinating stories.


I begin by talking to people who either can recall such times themselves, or retell that of their own parents or siblings. I’ve met some fascinating people over the years, and what a joy it is to listen to these stories, so real and personal, vividly recalled and rarely recorded anywhere. Memories are fallible, of course, and facts need to be checked against whatever documentary evidence I can find such as newspaper reports, letters, diaries, biographies, as well as history books. The walls of my office are packed with books covering all the topics I love.


Writing sagas also demands a need to investigate natural history, geography, geology and topography. My farm or village might be fictional but the mountains, forests and lakes have to be entirely accurate; the walks my heroine takes actually trodden by me. The flowers must be in season, the birds on their migratory flights south from Scandinavia, carefully checked. The agricultural law of the period must be studied as well as weather reports. I cannot say 1945 was a beautiful summer if it rained all through July and the harvest was ruined. Nothing can be fudged, because unlike Medieval times, someone will remember.


The gritty northern street saga has its own requirements, format and boundaries and usually concerns a strong woman fighting against the poverty of her surroundings, as well as the trials and tribulations of the times in which she lives. My family have been weavers (or websters as they were once called) for generations on both sides of the Pennines. My mother wove parachutes during the war, and lived with her widowed mother while her husband was away fighting. I have vivid memories of my grandmother black-leading her range and donkey-stoning her doorstep. You could have eaten your dinner off her stone flag floors for although she was poor, she was clean. Therein lay her dignity.


When the war ended, new problems arose. Some men were less than impressed with their welcome home in a society gone to pieces. Relationships had changed, jobs and homes hard to find, shortages and austerity still prevalent. Mothers often still treated their sons as boys, instead of grown men. Husbands were unprepared for a more tough and independent wife, or could be suffering injuries, nightmares or depression. The effects of war are extremely traumatic and it’s fascinating to learn how such problems were dealt with.

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Home is Where the Heart Is

1945: Christmas is approaching and Cathie Morgan is awaiting the return of her beloved fiancé, Alexander Ramsay. But she has a secret that she’s anxious to share with him. One that could change everything between them. Her sister has died and she wants to adopt her son. When the truth is finally revealed, Alex immediately calls off the wedding, claiming that the baby is actually Cathie’s, causing all of Cathie’s fears to be realised. As Cathie battles to reassure Alex of her fidelity, she must also juggle the care of the baby and their home.


But then Alex crosses the line with a deceit that is unforgivable, leaving Cathie to muster the courage to forge a life for her and her nephew alone.

Will Cathie ever be able to trust another man again and as peace begins to settle will she ever be able to call a house a home…

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Born in Lancashire, Freda Lightfoot has been a teacher, bookseller and in a mad moment even tried her hand at the ‘good life’ as a smallholder in the English Lake District. Inspired by this tough life on the fells, memories of her Lancashire childhood, and her passion for history she has published over forty sagas and historical novels. Freda has lived in the Lake District and Cornwall but now lives in Spain in the winter but still likes to spend rainy summers in the UK.

For more information visit her website


Blog Tour Jazz Files By Fiona Veitch Smith

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Very excited today to be hosting a tour with  Fiona Veitch Smith and her Amazing Historical Crime Novel The Jazz Files – See below for my review of this spectacular book.


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Introducing Poppy Denby, a young journalist in London during the Roaring Twenties, investigating crime in the highest social circles!
In 1920, twenty-two year old Poppy Denby moves from Northumberland to live with her paraplegic aunt in London. Aunt Dot, a suffragette who was injured in battles with the police in 1910, is a feisty and well-connected lady.

Poppy has always dreamed of being a journalist, and quickly lands a position as an editorial assistant at the Daily Globe. Then one of the paper’s writers, Bert Isaacs, dies suddenly–and messily. Poppy and her attractive co-worker, photographer Daniel Rokeby begin to wonder if it wasn’t a natural death, but murder.

After she writes a sensational exposé, The Globe’s editor invites her to dig deeper. Poppy starts sifting through the dead man’s files and unearths a major mystery which takes her to France–and into deadly danger

There is also a website for Poppy Denby’s adventures (of which this is the first one) – – and a book trailer on You Tube twhich is a mini film and great fun! (I loved it – Natsreadingcloud) This can be found at: The trailer is also on the Poppy Denby website.


my review

I loved this book. it was a historical crime novel which I have not read very many of , it was fast paced throughout with so much detail on this time period I almost felt I had time traveled there . Furthermore I felt I learnt so much from this novel about this era I found myself talking to friends about it and recommending they read this book

I felt all characters were strong and well written and the book on the whole engaged me from start to finish.The plot was well thought out. I had no problems with any of it

I cannot wait for the next book in this series. It cannot come soon enough

Congratulations on spectacular book Fiona x

5 of 5 stars 


You can purchase this book  ‘The Jazz Files’ (paperback edition)  here: It is also available as an ebook.




Review The Winter Wedding by Abby Clements

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Hazel never set out to be a wedding planner. She was just helping her stressed sister Lila with cakes and décor for her big day. But when Lila and Ollie’s summer ceremony is a runaway success, with guests raving about the food and styling at the pretty venue, word about Hazel’s expertise soon spreads.

But Hazel’s clients expect the very best – she’s promised lawyers Gemma and Eliot a snow-covered castle in the Scottish Highlands, and laidback couple Josh and Sarah a bohemian beach wedding in a Caribbean paradise. But as weather, in-laws and wilful brides conspire against her, can Hazel get two very different couples to walk up two very different aisles to say ‘I do’? And will she find her own happy ending if she does?

my review

This book was warm and cosy all over just like all the other Abby Clements books I have read so far

It had a great storyline which I could easily follow and could just pick up the book  where I left off without thinking what I was reading. It is a perfect book to sit in the corner of a coffee shop drinking warm christmassey drinks while the snow or rain fall outside.

However this book did lack something for me mainly I did not feel connected to the characters and want to be friends with them

But saying that I did throughly enjoy the book and would recommend to everyone for their christmas read

A very  Warm and cosy read

4 of 5 stars


Review Follow me by Angela Clarke

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The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination.

But this is no virtual threat.

As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count.

Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past?

Time’s running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer. But what if he is following you?


my review

I understand this is Angela Clarkes debut and what a way to kick off. Follow me is such a believable story  you truly can believe this could  actually happen.  The power of social media is just immense

I loved this book from start to finish, I was left truly shocked when the identity of the murder was revealed it takes a clever writer to do this.  I loved the journey Angela took me on.

There is so much to love about this book the only thing I did not like was Freddie I just could not seem to warm to her I found her annoying and just basically did not like her.

Angela Clarke is certainly an author you must watch out for

Follow me was unnerving, unsettling and just brilliant

Follow Me will be published on 3rd December 2015.

4.5 Stars




**Blog Tour** Wish Upon a Christmas Cake by Darcie Boleyn


Really pleased to have Darcie on my blog today  with a guest post all about Christmas traditions

Christmas Traditions

One of my earliest Christmas memories is of making sweet mincemeat with my grandmother. She lived in a small terraced house with a tiny kitchen, so we had to drag her foldable table into the centre of her living room in order to have enough space to work.

My grandmother, or Granny as I called her, was a tiny lady. I’m only five foot but she was even smaller. She’d been a primary school teacher and a deputy head teacher, but she retired well before I arrived. Despite years of dealing with children under twelve, Granny had more patience than anyone I have ever known. In my novel Wish Upon a Christmas Cake, Katie’s grandmother (who recently passed away) is very similar to my lovely little Granny with her warmth, kindness and capacity to love and support her family.

My Granny had an old-fashioned grinder that she attached to the side of the table and we passed a variety of ingredients through it. It wasn’t easy, as we had to turn the handle and it became tiring after a while, but we kept going until we had a large bowl full of sweet, fragrant minced fruit. She added a generous amount of brandy and spices and the mincemeat was almost ready.

The final product was then spooned into jars that we sealed with wax paper and string and secreted away at the bottom of her pantry (yes – she had a pantry!) for a few months to mature.

The whole process took the best part of a Saturday afternoon but it was really enjoyable. I loved spending time with my Granny and preparing for Christmas in advance; it built up the excitement that led to my magical childhood Christmases.

These days, I try to capture similar experiences with my own children and I hope that one day I might be lucky enough to do the same with my grandchildren.

Time is so precious and we all lose loved ones at some point, but memories and traditions help keep those we’ve lost alive.

What Christmas traditions do you carry out each year that help you to remember Christmases past?

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Author Bio

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

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Blurb: The most wonderful time of the year?

Katie Warham has just one wish this year…to have the best Christmas ever!

If only she could lock herself away in a cloud of flour and sugar at her cosy little tearoom, Crumbtious Cakes, instead of spending the festive season trapped with her judgemental mother, crazy Aunt Gina and loved-up celebrity brother Carl…

But Katie never expected her ex-boyfriend, widower Sam – and his two adorable children – to turn up on her doorstep. She didn’t think that any man could tempt her under the mistletoe this year, but Sam might just prove the exception! And as the snow begins to fall and Katie puts the final touches to her famous Christmas cake, she begins to wonder, could her Christmas wish actually come true?

This holiday season, snuggle up by a roaring fire with a mulled wine and enjoy Darcie Boleyn’s festive winter warmer!



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Here is the gorgeous cover for The Revenge, the new book by Holly Martin. This is the third book in The Sentinel Series and here’s the blurb so you can see what happens next for Eve and her friends.

He was created to be her back up and now he’s out to take her place
After the Oraculum orders Eve’s execution, she has to flee her home in the fort as those that have been guarding over her are forced to turn against her. Amongst the chaos, a new Sentinel is named. Adam, Eve’s half-brother.

Adam has spent his life incarcerated by the Oraculum while Eve was allowed to grow up with a family and friends. Now he is hell bent on revenge. He rules over his Guardians and his new kingdom with arrogance and a cold heart, but his one ambition is to make Eve’s life a living hell. Nowhere is safe from him, not even her dreams.

With the threat from the Putarians moving closer, her own Guardians betraying her, the survival of the world hinges in the balance.

Above all else, Adam must be stopped. But when Eve has a prophecy of her and Adam saving the world together, she quickly realizes she needs to work with him not against him.

But can Eve get through to Adam before it’s too late? Or will Adam’s evil heart result in the destruction of all?

Praise for The Sentinel (Book 1 in The Sentinel Series)

It’s a book you HAVE to read, because it’s incredible. An outstanding book that has left me bereft its finished. I wished I’d savoured it for longer. This book was one of those that once you started it was impossible to come away from. It was fast paced, exciting, full of suspense and action that had me gasping in shock at twists I never imagined could happen. It’s a story of courage and adventure. And no matter how dark it gets, there’s always love and hope. – Victoria Loves Books Blog

It’s really hard to find the words to describe how amazing this book is.
This is definitely the best debut I’ve read this year! I just love this book, I want you all to read this book, in fact you all need to read this book! – Love of a Good Book Blog

If you want to pre-order this book so it pops straight onto your kindle on December 1st then pop over here. Its only 99p/99c




And if you haven’t read the first two books in the series yet, then pop over here and get your copy, all three books are 99p/99c at the moment

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Review The Boy in the Bookshop a Short Story by Katey Lovell

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It takes a lot to distract Jade from her books. But from the moment she spots Marwan browsing the shelves, she can’t concentrate on anything else…

my review

This is a perfect coffee time read and I finished it within 10 minutes.

This was such a heartwarming and romantic story and I didn’t want it to end.  Lovell definitely covered everything I wanted in this short story and didn’t leave me with any unanswered questions .  I am looking forward t the rest of the meet cute series.

Katey Lovell  is very talented indeed

5 of 5 stars


Review The Girl with No past by Kathryn Croft

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A gripping psychological thriller for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

Leah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until – longing for a connection – she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life.

Then, on the fourteenth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the life Leah has created.

But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets?

Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly.

My Thoughts 

Firstly I would like to thank Net Galley and Bookouture  allowing me a copy of this book in return for a honest review.

This book was very well paced and I didn’t get bored.  I wasn’t to sure on the main character Leah it took me quite a while to trust her and the doubt stayed in my mind throughout the whole book. I did feel extremely sorry for her as when we meet her she is solitary individual  because of what has happened in her past.  I read this in just 4 hours as the plot was so gripping and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book.

However I guessed part of the main plot twist  earlier on in the book but as I was enjoying the adventure I was being taken this didn’t  really matter.

a very gripping book

4 of 5 stars


My October Wrap up

I read 12 books in October see below for what I read

1. City of Bones Cassandra Clare #1

2. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

3. Letting you go by Anouska Knight

4 The Christmas Cafe by Amanda Prowse

5. The Broken Heart club by Lynsey James

6. Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale

7.  Lost Girls by Angela Marsons

8. Love you better by Natalie Martin

9. Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella

10. A Thousand Pieces of you by Claudia Gray

11 The Girls from See Saw Lane by Sandy Taylor

12. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness