I am delighted to join the blog tour for The Tokyo Bicycle Bakery by Su Young Lee today! My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for my stop and the review copy!
About the Book
The Tokyo Bicycle Bakery
Fluttering cherry blossoms, gorgeous kimonos and sweet and sorrowful love.
For cake-loving college girl Hana, Japan was the romantic destination of her dreams. With boyfriend Jin, she planned an exciting new life in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. But when she finally arrives after months of planning, Jin isn’t there.
Hana is left broken-hearted on a rainy Tokyo street. Jin left no note. One day he just walked out of classes and disappeared.
Hana begins her new life alone. Watching cherry blossoms fall into the Tokyo river. Working hard and delivering her lovely home-baked cakes by orange bicycle. Then she meets handsome young farmer Hikaru and glimpses a new way forward – in an alien place where she doesn’t know a soul.
The Tokyo Bicycle Bakery is a sweet romance with a hint of magic realism. It’s a perfect book to carry with you and read on holiday or weekends.
The Tokyo Bicycle Bakery tells a lovely emotional story of love and life.
I adored Su Young Lee’sportrayal of Hana who, despite travelling to Tokyo to start a new life with the love of her life, Jin, and finding that he wasn’t there, was sunny, upbeat and nearly always positive. The plot was intriguing and the pacing was zippy and brisk. Hana searched for Jin but when she drew a blank she threw herself into her work, delivering her home-baked cakes by orange bicycle. She embarked on another journey, this time one of self-discovery and the reader was privy to her adventures as she met the locals, took language classes, and shared her love of baking. Everyone was keen to lend a hand and Hana harboured very little resentment towards Jin, even though he had let her down badly.
The time Hana spent at the guest house accommodation where she stayed and the shops and general locale all provided a wonderful backdrop for this sweet story. Working in a vegetable shop, Hana met the vegetable supplier’s son, Hikaru who was interested in organic farming. For me, though, the icing on the cake was definitely the mouthwatering and scrumptious sounding foodie references! There were so many that I kept on changing my mind as to which sounded the most appealing, but I eventually settled on the Toshikoshi soba (buckwheat noodles) and shrimp tempura. I also liked the sound of the warm bags of Taiyaki (fish-shaped pancakes) filled with chocolate custard.
The Tokyo Bicycle Bakery is not a standard romance, but it is offbeat, and magical and reading it was loads of fun!
Thank you to Su Young Lee and Rachel’s Random Resources for a complimentary copy of this novel at my request. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
About The Author
Su Young Lee is a Korean romance author who lived in Tokyo, Japan for 10 years and now lives in London, England with her husband and two lovely cats.
Su works in academic publishing and loves baking, playing piano and working on her calligraphy.
I am delighted to join the blog tour for What If? by Shari Low today! My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for my stop and the review copy!
About the Book
The book that started it all! A classic retro romcom from #1 bestselling author Shari Low.
1999. Carly Cooper is 30, single, and after coming close to saying ‘I Do’ to six different men, she’s wondering if she accidentally said ‘goodbye’ to Mr Right.
But there is a problem.
Her ex-boyfriends are scattered all over the world and Carly lives in 1999; an era before Facebook, Google, smartphones, 4G and Broadband, when it was impossible to track people down with a few clicks of a mouse.
On a mission to discover if she walked away from her ‘happy ever after’, Carly quits her job, her flat, her whole life and sets off on a quest to track down all the men she has ever loved.
Her Mr Right is out there, but can she find him?
And what if he’s moved on from the ex-girlfriend who said goodbye? A wonderful classic 20th-anniversary re-release.
Carly Cooper is 3o, single, and is currently living in Richmond, London where she is earning a living as an Accounts Manager for a tissue paper product company, but she doesn’t like her job. She loves her nights out with the girls and thinks she has already met her ideal man, ‘the one’, having been engaged on five, nearly six, occasions. Now, Carly feels that one of the men that got away might have been perfect for her, but which one? However, there is another problem – the chaps are scattered across the world, thus, Carly gives up her job and embarks on a mission to track them all down…
I’m so pleased that I chose to read this new edition of Shari Low’sfirst novel What If?Set in the 90s, this romance was reminiscent of the days before the explosion of social media, smartphones, and Google. The first part of the book is mostly concerned with Carly’s romantic mishaps, told through flashbacks which I found highly entertaining. The second part followed Carly as she tracked down all of her exes to see if she ought to have left them. I loved Shari Low’scharacterisation, particularly of Carly herself, who was confident, independent, witty, and outgoing. Her loyal, eccentric friends were a large feature of the story and I also liked that chapters included a reference to a song from the era.
This was a nostalgic, delightful, and funny story that saw a younger Carly fall in and out of love with a succession of young fellows. Her experiences involved a lot of boozing, and her searches took her from Glasgow to Hong Kong, and others in-between.
A sequel is coming in early 2021 called What Now? and I am very much looking forward to being with Carly again.
Thank you to Shari Low, Boldwood Books and NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this novel at my request. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
About The Author
Shari Low is the #1 bestselling author of over 25 novels, including One Day In Summer and My One Month Marriage and a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. She lives near Glasgow.
From Cleo Coyle, the New York Times bestselling author of Shot in the Dark and Dead Cold Brew, comes a delicious new entry in the “fun and gripping” (The Huffington Post) Coffeehouse Mysteries.
When coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi awakens on a bench in Washington Square Park, she has no idea she’s been missing for the past week, or that her friends and family have been frantic with worry. Now that she’s back, everyone is overjoyed, including a handsome NYPD detective who claims to be her fiancé. But to Mike Quinn’s crushing distress, Clare doesn’t remember him, or much of anything about the last decade of her life.
Clare’s missing memory is tied to a crime she witnessed. An acquaintance of Clare’s elegant employer–and fellow member of an exclusive Gotham circle known as “The Ladies Who Brunch”–invited Clare to her posh hotel to sample gourmet wedding cakes. The pair took a stroll after their indulgent tasting and, according to security camera footage, a masked figure snatched the hotel heiress at gunpoint with Clare looking on. Did the kidnapper take Clare, too? The camera went dark, just like Clare’s memory. Soon authorities grow suspicious. Is Clare really a victim? Or merely acting like one? Evidence is mounting that she set the woman up.
To clear her name, Clare must find a way to reclaim her memories and rescue the heiress before this high-stakes crime ends in tragedy. Otherwise, instead of walking down the aisle, Clare may find herself perp-walking to prison as an accomplice to kidnapping and murder.
This is the first book I have read in this mystery series and I was happy to dive straight in. I can’t believe this is the 18th book in a wonderful series and I’ve never come across it before now. Cleo Coyle did an excellent job of making this story fresh and new while giving me plenty of detail to be able to jump right in even at this late stage. I was sold from the very beginning, with its solid characters, great writing and a marvellous mystery that provided a good sprinkling of clues to satisfy even the most painstaking and diligent armchair detective.
In this instalment, expert sleuth Clare is suffering from memory loss and everyone believes this is due to a tragic event. She had been meeting with hotel heiress/owner, Annette Brewster, to taste wedding cakes. After the tasting, both women disappeared. While Clare has been found, Annette is still missing …. But Clare’s missing memory is tied to a crime she witnessed. As evidence mounts that she set the woman up, is Clare really a victim or merely acting like one?
The author, Cleo Coyle, has drawn a lot of great characters in this fabulous cozy mystery. I particularly liked the coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi who worked in Village Blend, the local landmark coffeeshop. Other characters – her detective fiance and her ex-husband – all have their own personalities and add to the richness of the plot. This series is like a coffeeshop that serves a fabulous cup of white chocolate mocha latte …. I will keep coming back now that I have discovered it!
There was a large number of characters in Brewed Awakening but I think I just about managed to keep track of all of them without being overwhelmed! Apart from Clare herself who is suffering from memory loss, from the elegant Madame and the caring and inventive Mike Quinn, her fiance, to conniving ex-husband Matteo Allegro, there’s someone for everyone to relate to.
The Village Blend and New York City are a spectacular setting for the story. The author’s descriptions create a visual masterpiece for readers to enjoy. I could smell the coffee, the rich blends, along with delicious baked treats too. However, whilst the Village Blend makes for a superb backdrop, I liked that that the mystery and keeping Clare safe took me on something of a journey, to New York and New Jersey, and further up the coast.
Another of my favourite aspects of this novel was the transparency and fluidity of the writing. The details of the plot were very well executed and every chapter left me with a compelling need to read on. The author did a brilliant job of balancing the story-line and various events jumbled matters up somewhat, making figuring out the identity of the perpetrator more challenging.
With no disappointments, wonderful characters, an intriguing mystery, and just the right blend of humour and romance, this was such an entertaining story with many exciting moments. I am looking forward to returning to the Village Blend with Clare on a future occasion and reading the earlier books in the series, too! I’ve already bagged two books in the series for those evenings when I feel like a little brain candy.
Cleo Coyle is the pen name for writer duo Alice Alfonsi and Marc Cerasini. They also write the Haunted Bookshop cozy series under the name AliceKimberly.
So entertaining and engaging, Brewed Awakening is definitely well worth the time invested.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel through GreatEscapes Book Tours at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.
Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
About Cleo Coyle
CLEO COYLE is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen the Coffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time, they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting www.CoffeehouseMystery.com.
The library can save your life… can it kill you, too?
JJ has a new job at the library, which ought to make her happy. But with all those books to shelve, the PTA to run, and a 16-year-old son to raise, there’s never enough time to spend with her sweetheart, police chief Ron Karlson. That’s especially true with Thanksgiving on the horizon and her mother coming to visit, not to mention the PTA’s Holiday Bazaar looming ahead.
When things turn deadly in the library stacks, JJ needs some answers fast, before she loses her job—or her life. She’s determined to learn everything about the victim, and for once the library doesn’t hold all the answers. JJ and Kitty may have to face the ultimate peril: a visit to Mrs. Halsey, the oldest—and crankiest—person on the island.
Book four in this cozy serial by Rebecca M. Douglass is not short on surprises, with JJ McGregor and the Pismawallops PTA back in action!
Set on Pismawallops Island, one of the many picturesque islands that make up the Puget Sound in Washington State, forty-two-year old JJ has a part-time job as a library page – a general dogsbody who sorts and shelves books. Vice president of Orcaville High school PTA, JJ is also halfway through writing a murder mystery. Hard-up, and newly divorced, JJ is kept extremely busy with her new job, a sixteen-year-old son, Brian, and a budding relationship with her new sweetheart, hunky police chief Ron Karlson. With Thanksgiving on the horizon and her mother coming to visit, she also has the PTA’s Holiday Bazaar looming.
The PTA must exert itself post-haste when a crotchety member of the school board, Bud Fingal, threatens plans to build a much-needed swimming pool on Pismawallops island. Investigative reporter, Jolene Smethers, who writes for the ‘Weekly Wave’ is also opposed to the building of the pool, as the land on which it’s proposed to be constructed belongs to her family, and not to the board president, Bud Fingal, who donated it to the Orcaville High school district. It seems that Fingal’s grandfather stole it from Jolene’s Great-Grandma dating back to the 1920’s, and if the school district wants the land then they should purchase it from Jolene’s Grandma.
Following a stormy night, Fingal and Jolene are seen arguing outside the library. Then, just before Thanksgiving, while the library is full, there is a mini earthquake and a body is found in the mele and wreckage of broken glass and misplaced books. The dead body, killed by falling tomes, is Jolene. But was it an accident as a result of the quake or was she murdered? And why do the intrepid two, JJ and Kitty, need to visit the foxy and feared Mrs Halsey, the most senior, crabbiest and most irascible inhabitant of the island?
Ron warns JJ off getting involved in the case however, the reader is taken on a thrilling journey whilst she and her best friend Kitty, another PTA volunteer, try to solve the mystery.
The story is told from JJ’s point of view, a feisty, brave, reckless, irrational, redhead with a temper to boot. She used to be married to Allen, likes running, and is in love with, and full of desire for solid, dependable and capable Ron. He wants to them to move in together, but JJ isn’t ready. She has a penchant for espresso brownies, but any brownie will do, especially when Ron is buying.
Rebecca’s writing style is punchy, sleek and enticing and I adored the glorious helping of saucy romance she artfully weaves into the story. The island is full of well-drawn and fully-rounded characters, and of course, all of them have a reason to loathe the victim. Even though there were so many, I managed not to feel overwhelmed! There was a huge list of potential suspects to choose from, to keep even the most ardent of armchair detectives entertained. I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s depiction of the close relationship between JJ and her only child, Brian, as well as her great friendship with Kitty. Rebecca M. Douglass’ portrayal of the gossipy, close-knit community of Pismawallops island was first-class and by the time I finished ‘Death By Library’, it was apparent that I’d underestimated how dark and dangerous the islands can be.
This was enthralling, classic whodunit with great dollops of humour thrown in and a fabulous finale. It was my first novel by this superb author, and I know it won’t be my last. I’m looking forward to reading the first book in this series ‘Death By Ice Cream’ as well as books two and three.
‘Death By Library’ brings no disappointments, is very highly recommended, and is well worth five stars!
I received a complimentary copy of this novel through Great Escapes Book Tours at my request. This review is my unbiased opinion.
Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
About Rebecca M. Douglass
After a lifetime of reading, and a decade or more of slinging books at the library and herding cats with the PTA, Rebecca began to turn her experiences into books of her own, publishing her first in 2012. That failed to quiet the voices in her head, but seemed to entertain a number of readers, so she wrote some more, which generated still more voices. Despite the unlimited distractions provided by raising sons to the point of leaving home (and preparing to move without forwarding address if necessary to retain that empty nest), not to mention the mountains that keep calling (very hard to resist the urging of something the size of the Sierra Nevada), she has managed to pen a total of 9 books so far.
For those who enjoy murder and mayhem with a sense of humor, Rebecca’s Pismawallops PTA mysteries (Death By Ice Cream and Death By Trombone, Death By Adverb, and Death By Library) provide insights into what PTA moms are really like. If you prefer tall tales and even less of a grip on reality, visit Skunk Corners in The Ninja Librarian and the sequels Return to Skunk Corners and The Problem of Peggy. For those who’ve always thought that fantasy was a bit too high-minded, a stumble through rescues and escapes with Halitor the Hero, possibly the most hapless hero to ever run in fear from any and all fair maidens, should set you straight.
Why does Rebecca write so many different kinds of books (there’s even an alphabet picture book in the mix!)? We could argue that it’s because she has a rich lifetime of experience that requires expression in—squirrel!
I am delighted to join the review tour for The Swiss Mishap by Amey Zeigler today! My thanks to Marianne&Judy at Goddess Fish Promotions for the chance to join and the review copy!
This post is part of a virtual review book tour organised by Goddess Fish Promotions, a 346 page Romantic Comedy available now from The Wild Rose Press.
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About the Book
For the last twelve years, more than half her life, Lainey Peterson has prepared to design, create, and produce quality chocolate bars. But when she discovers her chocolate internship at Switzerland’s prestigious Alpine Foods has been canceled, she vows to do whatever it takes to get to Chocolate.
Yves Claremont, a young, ambitious department chair, would sacrifice everything to rise to vice president at Alpine Foods and redeem his father’s name. Impressed with Lainey’s resume and charming determination, Yves offers her an internship in his Pet Care department, promising a recommendation for Chocolate if she does well.
Lainey is drawn to the enigmatic and passionate Yves Claremont. He cannot deny his growing attraction to her. But inter-office relationships are strictly forbidden by Alpine Foods, and a perceptive co-worker, jealous of Yves’ success, will undermine Yves and Lainey any way he can.
“Chocolate is more than understanding couvertures, Dutch processing, cleavage, undertones. Chocolate is extremely emotional. It carries nuances plain candy does not. You must discover which chocolate lights up your lover’s emotional center, the pleasure-seeking part of the brain.”
“How do you find out? By asking him?”
“Oh, no. Asking is for amateurs. First, I observe, learn something about him, know his tastes and dislikes. Then apply what I know to his personality. Nine times out of ten, I’m right about which is the favorite.”
Yves stepped closer, his eyes still on her, challenging her. “What would you predict is my favorite?”
Mlle Peterson met his stare. “You’re baiting me.”
“Perhaps.” Then tilted his head down and whispered. “Or perhaps I want to see how well you have been observing me.” He scrutinized her reaction.
“I’ve totally pegged you,” she said, not even hiding her confidence.
He cocked his head. “You think you know me?”
She thrust her chin upwards with confidence. “I know chocolate. And I’ve been on the streets with you for four days.”
“Then guess.” This would be entertaining.
“Well.” She stepped away from him, adopting an air of indifference. “Judging by the car you drive, your penchant for passion, and Merino wool suits, I’d guess Mandorie Noir?”
He blinked, unable to believe how accurate she was. She had been watching him.
If your favoured reading material is a compelling tale with a good sprinkling of relationships, imperfection, romance, and humour then The Swiss Mishap by Amey Zeigler is a must-read for you!
From the get-go there was so much happening in this comedic, wonderful tale of romance! The story was told from two different perspectives: those of Lainey and Yves.
I was totally smitten with both protagonists. Lainey was smart, passionate and she had an amazing zest for life. Yves was ambitious, persistent, but was sincere. I totally adored the spark between the two of them and it was beautifully written with a romantic, endearing tone. Author, Amey Zeigler had really worked wonders with all of the characters in this fabulous story and I grew very fond of most of them, although there were one or two that were less than desirable. All had brilliant parts to play and even the baddies only added a little salt to this sweet, sugary tale.
Aside from the brilliant cast of characters, another selling point of A Swiss Mishap for me was its fabulous setting of Switzerland. Although I have never been there, I have had a longing to visit for quite some time. Amey Zeigler had a magical, eloquent way of articulating the ambiance of the place, the surrounding area and the general way of life there. I was also entranced by the author’s portrayal of Lainey’s love for chocolate. It was fantastic reading how she associated it with so many fond memories and how she used chocolate as a security blanket to help her deal with the difficult times in her life.
The plot was awesome and moved along at a really comfortable pace and I loved the author’s general writing-style. There was no room for repetitiveness or boredom here! The story was funny and witty and there were many laugh-out-loud moments. I honestly can’t think of anything that dampened my enthusiasm for this fascinating tale.
I was rooting all the way through for Lainey and Yves, and Amey Zeigler rounded things off nicely which I really appreciated. It was very hard to say goodbye to them and I found myself wishing them well for the future.
I think this author is a force to be reckoned with and I am eagerly awaiting her next contribution. I recommend A Swiss Mishap without a flicker of hesitation, so don’t miss out!
I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Goddess Fish Promotions at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
About The Author
Amey loves writing about different places because she grew up moving all around the United States. In her books, she explores the whole world. She is also the author of Baker’s Dozen, a Romantic Suspense Mystery.
She lives with her husband and three children near Austin, TX. Follow her on BookBub @ameyzeigler and sign up for her newsletter at http://www.ameyzeigler.com
I am delighted to join the blog tour for Anything for Love by Gracie Bond today! My thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to join and the wonderful review copy!
Leah Jensen, Yorkshire lass born and bred, needs money and she’ll do anything – yes, anything – to get it.
Her Grandad, Thomas is in pain and the cost of an operation on his bad knee is way beyond the family’s means. Leah tries everything to earn the fee – but in the end, and like so many before her, she turns to the world’s oldest profession.
Madam Butterfly’s exclusive escort agency in London is a different world to where Leah comes from. In Whitby, the sea air is sweet, and legends of Dracula jostle with jet-mining and whaling history; it’s a place where dog lovers meet and tourists come to marvel at the views.
Leah may be out of her comfort zone, but one daring, brief encounter will bring many surprises in this memorable romantic comedy full of pithy Yorkshire humour.
If your favoured reading material is a compelling tale with a good sprinkling of humour, action, determination, positive attitude, imperfection, bitchiness, evil, love and relationships then Anything for Love by Gracie Bond is a must-read for you as you will adore this book!
Goodness me; from the get-go there was so much happening in this wonderful tale of love and romance! I was totally smitten with protagonist Leah and her amazing zest for life. Author, Gracie Bond had really worked wonders with all of the characters in this fabulous story and I was very fond of most of them: Leah’s Granddad, Thomas; her cousin, Joey; her son,Tom and the sophisticated billionaire and businessman, Dan to name only a few. Even the less personable ones – particularly Chelsea – still had very good parts to play and did not dampen my enthusiasm for this fascinating tale.
Dan’s personal assistant, the catty, smiling assassin Chelsea, had serious behavioural problems in my humble opinion and her levels of bitchiness, nastiness, jealousy, possessiveness and evil were astonishing; on several occasions, I found myself wishing that I could cheerfully throttle her, so it was just as well she was fictional character!
Aside from the brilliant cast of characters, another selling point of Anything For Love for me was its fabulous setting; Whitby, Yorkshire. Although I have never stayed there, I have visited a few times and Gracie Bond had a wonderful way of describing the ambiance of the place, the surrounding area and the general way of life of the townsfolk.
The plot was awesome and moved along at a really wicked pace and I loved the author’s general writing-style. There was no room for repetitiveness or boredom here!
The story was, for the most part, absolutely hilarious and witty and there so many laugh-out-loud moments. There were however, some serious issues as well, such as coping with with absent parents, dealing with awkward relationships and single parenthood. I was completely drawn into this novel right from the start, relishing all of the absolutely priceless scenes and also the slightly shocking ones.
I was rooting all the way through, not just for Leah herself, but for most of the other delightful characters also and Gracie Bond rounded things off so masterfully which I fully appreciated. It was very hard to say goodbye to them and I found myself wishing (nearly) all of them well for the future.
I think this author is a force to be reckoned with and I am eagerly awaiting her next contribution. I recommend Anything for Love without a flicker of hesitation, so don’t miss out!
Thank you to Gracie Bond, PublishNation and Rachel’s RandomResources for the opportunity to read this book. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
About The Author
Gracie Bond loves a good romantic comedy, either to read or to watch on Netflix. Her favourite go-to novel is (Pride and Prejudice)- and she’s always happy to watch ( Bridgett Jones) any time of the day. Among Gracie’s interests are Newfoundland dogs, horses, and handsome Yorkshire men. Her idea of fun would be to ride a spirited horse along a Northumberland beach, followed by a pack of her favourite dogs.
Gracie lives in Yorkshire with her partner John and she has close connections with Whitby, the setting for this novel.
I am delighted to join the blog tour for The Space BetweenTime by Charlie Laidlaw today! My thanks to Shannon at Reads and ReelsBookTours for the chance to join and the wonderful review copy!
Welcome to the month-long mega tour for Charlie Laidlaw’s newest book, The Space Between Time, due for release on June 20th! There will be fantastic bloggers participating, who will be posting interviews, excerpts, reviews, and other exclusive content! Additionally, there are loads of goodies being given away, so be sure to enter at the bottom!
The Space Between TimeExpected Publication Date: June 20th, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Dark Comedy
About The Book
There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth…
Emma Maria Rossini appears to be the luckiest girl in the world. She’s the daughter of a beautiful and loving mother, and her father is one of the most famous film actors of his generation. She’s also the granddaughter of a rather eccentric and obscure Italian astrophysicist.
But as her seemingly charmed life begins to unravel, and Emma experiences love and tragedy, she ultimately finds solace in her once-derided grandfather’s Theorem on the universe.
The Space Between Time is humorous and poignant and offers the metaphor that we are all connected, even to those we have loved and not quite lost.
I found Charlie Laidlaw’s book, The Space Between Time, completely mesmerising and really very good.
When I was first given the opportunity to read this novel of contemporary fiction/dark comedy, it was the front cover that swayed me to be honest, as I was in two minds. But I must not take anything away from this wonderful story. Charlie Laidlaw had me totally captivated as issues surrounding suicide, depression and anxiety were all brought to the fore.
Although this was at times, quite a heavy and challenging read, there was also a lightness about it, along with plenty of humour, to lighten the mood.
I loved reading all about Emma, the main protagonist, and her journey which was special because of its poignancy.
I highly recommend this heartbreaking and very unique novel and I intend to read more from this newly discovered author, Charlie Laidlaw.
Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
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About the Author
I was born in Paisley, central Scotland, which wasn’t my fault. That week, Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra were Top of the Pops, with Oh, Mein Papa, as sung by a young German woman remembering her once-famous clown father. That gives a clue to my age, not my musical taste.
I was brought up in the west of Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin, so it could say anything.
I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist. I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics. I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.
I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19 countries. Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa. What I did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember
Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then. However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.
Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize, and I’ve still to listen to Oh, Mein Papa.
I am married with two grown-up children and live in central Scotland. And that’s about it.
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Granny and her cohorts are at it again! When Granny and her neighbor Mavis, go water-skiing and discover a dead body, Granny’s sleuthing instincts take over! She is determined to identify the corpse and find the killer. But wait! No sooner are Granny and her cohorts on the murderer’s trail, then Mavis’ husband George suddenly disappears! Could he be the killer’s next victim? Or could he be the killer? When the gals take a side trip to the Mall of America, they find a man fell to his death on a climbing wall––and Mavis is certain she spots George nearby! What does it all mean? Will Granny get to the bottom of it, with the help of her entourage of buddies and pets?
About the Author
A Bit About Me As An Impassioned Writer
As human beings, we are always a work in progress. From birth to death we live, hurt, laugh, cry, feel, and with all of those emotions we grow as people, as family members, and as friends. I am a dreamer and feel blessed to have the opportunity in my writing to pass those dreams on to others. I believe you are never too old to dream and to turn those dreams into a creative endeavor. I live in rural Minnesota and I am a wife, mother, and grandmother.
I have worn many hats throughout my life such as working as a waitress, nursing home activities person, office manager and finally a computer repair person eventually owning my own computer sales and repair business. I never forgot my love of writing and quit my computer business in 2012 after signing a contract with Cozy Cat Press for Granny Hooks A Crook, the first book in my Fuchsia, Minnesota Series.
Adding four more books to the Fuchsia Series, adding a new Brilliant, Minnesota Series and writing a column for local newspapers feeds my writing creativity.
I also dabble a bit in watercolor painting and hope to eventually add pictures to my children’s book series, Granny’s In Trouble.
Oh, and did I tell you I like to be a little bit silly.
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This was my first book in this highly entertaining series.
Although there was a large number of eclectic characters in this cozy, I still managed to keep track of who most people were and I only got confused a couple of times!
The plot was great fun to follow and this mystery was quite a page-turner. I loved reading about Granny and her antics, though I did find a few of the others rather irritating. This was particularly true of Mavis who seemed to spend most of her time wailing and crying. However all of the characters added something to the story.
The author, Julie Seedorf, has created a well-written novel with a huge helping of fun and crazy antics.
If you are in the mood for loads of craziness and you enjoy a good cozy mystery, then I can definitely recommend Granny Bricks A Bandit.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Great Escape Tours at my own request. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
It’s Spring in Pawpaw County, Indiana. Everybody has a bad case of hanky-panky pants. Senior sleuths Ruby Jane Waskom and Veenie Goens are on the run, chasing down cheating heart jezebels and shaking child support out of deadbeat baby daddies.
Everybody in the small town of Knobby Waters, Indiana, knows Avonelle Apple, cantankerous bank president. After Avonelle’s husband, esteemed dentist, William Apple, passes away, she receives a child support letter from his self-proclaimed mistress. Suspicious, she hires Ruby Jane and Veenie, of the Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, to determine if her late husband was a philandering baby daddy.
The case seems simple until one of Avonelle’s sons, Bromley, heir to his father’s dental empire, and well-known king of the Pawpaw County Hanky-Panky Husbands Club, pops up dead in a scarecrow costume.
No sooner do the crime-cracking duo get sucked into solving Bromley’s death than Fussy Jones, Chief Commander of the White River Boat and Gun Club, is found with a gig in his chest, literally dead in the water. Chief suspect: Sassy Smith, husband-hunting cougar who’s back in town searching for husband #4 after her last mate won a lifetime timeshare at the state prison for a real estate con.
When a mysterious new Romeo rolls into town and begins seducing the ladies out at Leisure Hills Retirement Village Veenie’s father, Pappy Sneed, calls for help to retain his reputation as an oldster stud puppy.
Ruby Jane bemoans that no one in Pawpaw County can keep their pants on or their skirts down as her own grown daughter, Joyce, begs for help chasing down her philandering husband.
The mounting romantic mysteries come to a surprise head as the senior sleuths outrun shotgun showers to close in on the answers (and the cheating heart Romeos) at the Moon Glow Motor Lodge, the Original Home of Hillbilly Hanky Panky.
Veenie and Ruby Jane have to buy an extra case of Ben Gay and a butt load of BBs just to keep up with all the romantic excitement.
Wild & Zany Cozy Mystery
This is the second book in the ‘Shady Hoosier Detective Agency’ series. The first book is the ‘Ghost Busting Mysteries’, although I haven’t yet read it. This second book, named “Baby Daddy Mystery: Shady Hoosier Detective Agency” was such a quirky, mad and crazy read and I did not feel disadvantaged in any way not having read book one first.
There was so much fun and hilarity packed into this cozy mystery that I was never bored and I wanted to continue reading. The characters’ antics were highly amusing, especially those of Veenie. Apart from the mystery, the book had underlying themes of companionship and love that greatly complemented the story for me.
Although the conclusion of the story was no great surprise, it was still a very fulfilling ending to a wonderful book that regularly had me laughing-out-loud.
If you like cozy mysteries with a large helping of craziness and humour then you can’t go wrong with “Baby Daddy Mystery: Shady Hoosier Detective Agency”. The third book is due to be released shortly so I will be looking out for that one.
Thanks to NetGalley, Hot Pants Press, LLC and the author, Daisy Pettles, for my free ARC of Baby Daddy Mystery: Shady Hoosier Detective Agency (book 2) in exchange for an honest review.
Inspired by the true story of a kleptomaniac cat who stole his way into America’s heart . . .
HE’S THE CAT THIEF OF LOVE
MacGyver the tabby is feeling very pleased with himself. His human, Jamie Snyder, has found the perfect packmate—and it’s all thanks to Mac. By stealing personal items from the home of Jamie’s handsome neighbor David, the matchmaking cat brought these two L.A. singles together. Now, while the newlyweds are off on their honeymoon, MacGyver is ready for a well-deserved cat nap. That is, until he meets his cat sitter Briony. Like most humans, she’s hopeless when it comes to romance. And Mac can’t resist a challenge . . .
SHE’S FOUND THE ESCAPE CLAWS
Briony feels terrible about leaving her fiancé at the altar. When her cousin Jamie offers her the chance to cat sit MacGyver, the runaway bride leaps at the chance to cuddle up with the only male creature she trusts herself around. But MacGyver has other plans. He lures Briony to a friendly neighborhood retirement community—run by a charming young hottie named Nate. Briony and Nate hit it off instantly. But Briony’s still not sure she’s ready for a relationship. And Nate’s got problems of his own—someone is sabotaging his community.
Crazy humans. Why can’t they follow their instincts and go after the love they deserve? MacGyver is on the case. And this time, he’s not pussyfooting around . . .
RAVES FOR TALK TO THE PAW
“Filled with romance and adorable kitty antics . . . a light and cozy read!”
“Surpassingly cute story of a matchmaking cat determined to pair off his human with a neighbor through the power of stinky laundry.”
“Whimsical . . . fans of cozy romances will root for these . . . appealing characters.”
THE SECRET LIFE OF MAC by Melinda Metz appears to be a sequel to the ‘Talk to the Paw’ which was published last year. This quaint little romance story is something slightly unique as it is told from the point of view of a tabby cat called McGyver (Mac), alongside two other characters, Nate and Briony. Mac is on a mission to make the people in his life happy, either romantically, generally or where there are friends involved.
This was an easy, light read so I did not feel disadvantaged in any way not having read ‘Talk to the Paw’ first, though it would have been preferable to me if I had read them in sequence.
This book is a romantic comedy where Mac acted as the matchmaker. As well as being wildly humorous and funny, it is also a tale about personal development and self-discovery. There’s even a mystery linked to the retirement home which added to the interest of this sweet tale.
Most of this story was told from the viewpoint of Briony and Nate. Nate had some personal issues that he needed to deal with, helped along by Briony who had woes of her own. All of the characters had something to offer and the mystery was concluded very well.
All in all, THE SECRET LIFE OF MAC by Melinda Metz was a charming, sweet and worthwhile read.
Thanks to NetGalley, Kensington Books and the author, Melinda Metz, for my free ARC of The Secret Life of Mac. My honest review is entirely voluntary.