BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Unwrapping the Best Man by Rachael Stewart @rach_b52 @rararesources #blogtour

HHHEEEYYYYY everyone 😀 I hope your week is going well 😀 mine is completely tiring!!! But here I am with another AMAZING book of Rachel’s! I absolutely LOVED my first experience of this authors writing so when I saw this come up I just couldn’t miss out 😀

The Cover

The Blurb

On the first night of Christmas, her sexy crush finally gave to her—an unbelievably hot night! Now she’s ready for nights two, three and four… Unwrap the steamy sequel to Getting Dirty by Rachael Stewart.

I’ve lusted after brawny, gorgeously rough Jackson Black for six lust-fueled, unrequited years. But Jackson has rules, and the big one is “no getting involved with clients” of his elite London sex club. Including me. But our best friends are getting married, and for one deliciously hot night, the maid of honor and best man agree…what happens in the Scottish Highlands, stays in the Scottish Highlands.

It was everything I wanted and more…until the complete jerk disappears during the night.

Now it’s Christmas, and I have a plan to prove to Jackson Black just how much I don’t care, that he doesn’t turn me on like a Christmas tree. Only Operation: Naughty Elf is backfiring big-time. That aching need for his touch is stronger than ever. It’s painfully clear that I want more than just a fling from the untouchable Jackson Black.

I have one chance to unwrap the best man. But is this sexy, guarded grinch about to steal my heart…or break it?

My Review

She’s only gone and done it again… another AMAZING, raunchy, sensual yet romantic story with seriousness to it all in one book! This was definitely not a disappointment at all!! Now I did have the book to read that comes before this one, however life has kind of taken over recently and I just have not had the time to read it first, however reading it as a stand-alone was easy enough, but having another taste for Rachaels writing I just cannot wait to get back and read the other!

That being said this has easily become my favourite Christmas book of this year round, same as how the Holidate has become my favourite Christmas film of the year on Netflix!

Another natural relationship builds in this story but completely different to the last one that I read, Caitlin and Jackson are both such strong characters and their agreed one night stand throws everything up in the air and effects them both in different ways! They end up spending months not speaking at all!

The passion between them is undeniable, and again in this book the passion feels real like it’s being written while being experienced, it’s not too much it’s just right and I loved every moment of it! It’s definitely a page turner and a quick read if like me, you couldn’t put it down!

Definitely a raunchy, fun and full of banter twist on a Christmas novel! One I think worked perfectly and should not be missed! I still love Rachaels writing and I’m so excited for the future 😀 easy peasy 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ from me 😀

About the Author

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heartwarmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on A4 sheets in her loft will attest to, and the lovingly bound short stories that her father would run off at work and proudly share out with his colleagues. Thinking it was a pipe dream to be published one day, she pursued a sensible career in business but she was really play-acting, achieving the appropriate degree and spending many years in the corporate world where she never truly belonged. Always happiest when she was sat at her laptop in the quiet hours tapping out a story or two. And so here she is, a published author, her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

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Sooo an amazing book, a chance to win… what more could we ask for! Don’t hang about get an entry in now 😀

Thank you to both Rachael and Rachel for this opportunity, to support this amazing author and give my honest review 😀

Have a great day all

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Akea – His Mothers Son (Akea, #2)

Good Morning Everyone, hope you are all keeping well and safe! Today I have this little gem, something so different to what I’ve been reading recently and one that I hope you all enjoy 🙂

The Cover

The Blurb

Akea is no ordinary husky and taking her place as Wolf Queen was just the first step in the journey set out for her by the Great Wolf. Akea’s world turns upside down when humans raid their home, scattering the pack and capturing her hybrid son. Salvador struggles to adjust to a life in captivity quickly realising not everyone approves of his mother’s rise to Wolf Queen. When the Great Wolf sends him warning dreams, Salvador discovers his true purpose for being there.

“Ms Jade perfectly captures the atmosphere of life as part of the wolfpack and its many challenges. Her stories remind me of Jack London’s Call of the Wild, and with ‘His Mother’s Son’ she proves she not only has a knack for creating realistic and powerful characters, but a talent for describing the wild settings they inhabit with a natural confidence that is quite charming.” Colin Garrow (author)

My Review

Firstly let me mention that this book is only 94 pages long so for an adult an easy read in one sitting, and for children it is short enough to hold their attention span over a few sittings dependant on their age, older could definitely get consumed and read in one sitting to!

This is also the second book in this series and I haven’t actually read the first, however that didn’t take away from the story at all for me, I felt I picked it up pretty fast, BUT I did really enjoy it to the point where I would like to go back and read the first!

This story is soo beautifully written, the detail in pack life and their world is just amazing!

Akea has such a hard time in this book, she’s worrying about other wolf packs coming in to their world and what that will mean, but not only that her son Salvador is taken to live in Captivity and all she wants to do is save him!

It is very honest about the real issues and dangers that wolves and their packs face everyday and I find that very educational for children written in the way that it is!

Even though there are times in this book where it is very honest about real life dangers and realistic it’s also incredibly lovely, and heartwarming and a incredibly well thought out book!

I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this short read, I think it’s an excellent choice for children and it will definitely be one I keep hold of for my boys for when they are older!

4.5 ⭐️ from me 😀

About the Author

Elizabeth Jade was born in 1998 in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England, but moved with her family to Wellington in Somerset when she was very young. Her early schooling did not go smoothly, and as a result, she was home-schooled from the age of seven. Her parents soon learned she had a unique slant on life and quickly abandoned attempts to follow the national curriculum in favour of child-led learning.

Elizabeth stumbled into writing at the age of fourteen when she began to suffer from anxiety and depression and quickly found her story ideas pouring out faster than she could get them onto paper. It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that she realised her struggles in school had been due to AspergersSyndrome (an autistic spectrum disorder).

As an enthusiastic animal lover, Elizabeth volunteered first at the Conquest Riding Centre for the Disabled and then at St Giles Animal Rescue before moving on to the Cats Protection Homing and Information Centre. Her gifted way with the cats quickly earned her the title of ‘Cat Whisperer’ from the staff. Since she had always possessed such a way with animals, it was only natural for her story ideas to revolve around them.

Elizabeth’s personal experience as a young author with the challenges of autism, depression and anxiety, along with her writing theme of acceptance and overcoming obstacles, have led to her having a junior school class named after her.

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So I hope you all really enjoyed that! I’ve got a few posts for you this week! But they may be short due to time and wanting to dedicate my time to actually getting them all read on time !

Thank you to the Author for my copy of this book in return for my honest review and as always to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for such a wide variety of genres to get involved with 🙂

I hope you all enjoy your Tuesday… Christmas is coming!!!

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: The Twins by J.S Lark @JaneLark @rararesources #blogtour

Hey Everyone! It’s been a while! I hope you can all understand I’ve been trying to slow down for a while now, I was struggling to keep up with my tours and I’m dwindling them down over the end of this year, after I have fulfilled all my tours I will only be doing the odd few, and then reviewing the books I read in my own time without the pressure 😀

Sooo today I am on the tour for J.S Larks ‘The Twins’ and I hope you all enjoy it 😀

The Cover

The Blurb

If you liked Blood Orange you will love this!

From the moment they are born, twins Susan and Sarah are inseparable. Through good and bad, the girls will always be together…forever.

Until they meet Jonny.

Older, charming and handsome, Jonny offers the girls the much-needed love and attention they crave. But he can only choose one and for the first time in their lives the girls find themselves split apart – the invisible thread that binds them severed.

Set-free from her twin, Sarah builds a new life for herself, marries, has a daughter. But Susan’s life spirals further and further out of control.

And now Susan is back. And she’s determined to reclaim everything she feels Sarah has taken from her.

Her home, her husband…her life?

My Review

Ohh wow … so this is about 2 completely identical twin sisters… both after the same guy but only one gets him… where does that lead the future?

We switch between the past and present and the twins past include some pretty horrific events! The present sees one of the twins come back in to the others life but which one is evil?

This book is completely twisted, shocking and gripping! I didn’t want to put it down even when I had to! Even though some of the twists were predictable to me it didn’t take away from them at all because they were just sooo good!

I definitely feel this book could be a little confusing for some with the past and present and identical twins with similar names but for me it didn’t because I took it slow!

I would definitely recommend this crazy psychological thriller to others and that’s why I’m giving it 4.5 ⭐️ !

About the Author

Jane is a coffee, chocolate and red wine lover, and a late-night writer of compelling, passionate, and emotionally charged fiction.

Jane’s books may contain love, hate, violence, death, passion, a little swearing, and an ending you are never going to forget.

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I hope the sound of this captured you as quickly as it did me! If you enjoyed my review definitely head over to the other bloggers to see what they have to say 😀

Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy to review and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me this opportunity!

Have a Great Friday Everyone!

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Christmas at the Cornish Confetti Agency by Daisy James @daisyjamesbooks @rararesources

Good Morning Everyone, here we are in November already so getting closer to Christmas every single day! So what better way to keep getting ourselves in the Christmas spirit than with Christmas stories! Today I’m reviewing ‘Christmas at the Cornish Confetti Agency’ by Daisy James! enjoy! Xx

The Cover

The Blurb

It’s Christmas at The Cornish Confetti Agency!

When Lexie Harrington is asked to choreograph Phoebe and Sam’s Christmas-themed wedding, she can’t wait to create the perfect winter wonderland – elegantly dressed fir trees, glossy garlands of holly and mistletoe, baskets of yule logs and pine cones, and the mouth-watering fragrance of gingerbread, cinnamon sticks and warm mulled wine floating through the air.

With handsome wedding columnist-cum-fledgling scriptwriter Theo Barker at her side, she’s confident that she can create the perfect festive ambience the bride and groom have been dreaming of since their engagement in the Swiss Alps; no rampant hosepipes, no mechanical mice, no confetti-filled hairdryers.

But this is The Cornish Confetti Agency, and the words ‘plain-sailing’ and ‘hassle-free’ do not feature in the promotional brochure. So, when a much-loved portrait of the groom’s father is adorned with pirate eye-patches and black plastic moustaches, and his expensive cologne is switched for toilet cleaner, Lexie and Theo must once again don their metaphorical deerstalkers and unravel the mystery before the wedding dissolves into Christmas-themed chaos and calamity.

A perfect Christmas wedding?
Is there such a thing for The Cornish Confetti Agency?

A glittery, feel-good story perfect for the festive season, and the third book in The Cornish Confetti Agency series.

My Review

This book is absolutely amazing so I’m just going to rate it 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ straight away!

It’s the perfect Christmas read filled with tonnes of Christmas spirit and activities! Not only that it has my other favourite things in… WEDDINGS!

I absolutely LOVED just how filled with romance this book is because that’s just perfect for a Christmas book, it had the most beautiful places and I really enjoyed all the characters!

I found myself completely consumed by this book I didn’t want to put it down as it just made me so happy!

The writing is just perfect and a style I found easy to read and really enjoyed and I would definitely keep reading more from this author!

A festive pack, romance filled, funny, heartwarming, christmassy book! One definitely not to be missed 😀

About the Author

Daisy James loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. She especially likes to create sunshine-filled settings in exotic locations – the Caribbean, Tuscany, Cornwall, Provence – so she can spend her time envisioning her characters enjoying the fabulous scenery and sampling the local food and drink.

When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

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There we go, what did you think? If it’s something you love the sound of please head over to the other bloggers to see what they had to say they are all amazing bloggers!

Thank you to the author and Rachel for accepting to me on to this tour and for my copy of this book to review !

I hope you all have a wonderful day and I will see you back here soon!

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Whispers from the Dead of Night by Lee Allen @Lee_Allen @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

It’s me again 😀 and up next today is a book called Whispers from the dead of night by lee Allen! Something different to the extract I just posted so something for a different audience this time 😀 Enjoy!

The Cover

The Blurb

Are you sitting comfortably, the fire crackling, a mug of cocoa in hand? Then let us begin…

A journey through fog and darkness, destination unknown…

A sexual obsession spiralling out of control…

A forbidden love…

A killer who preys on the lonely…

An investigation into a haunted monastery…

A visitation on Christmas Eve with diabolical intentions…

A night-time escape through the forest…

Seven tales of mystery and the supernatural for a winter’s evening.

My Review

Just a quick review from me for this one as life is crazy busy right now but this book definitely still deserves a review!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book made up of 7 short stories of the horror/mystery genre! All are full of suspense and very interesting! I felt like I couldn’t put this book down until I’d got to the end of each one of the stories.

I loved how each story was completely different from the next it brought all different types of horror and I found all of the stories a really good pace with some awesome suprises!

I feel like the author has really researched horror well and created something chilling and scary and I really did enjoy the writing!

I’d really like to give this book 4 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ for being chilling, well paced, exciting and with great variety!

About the Author

Born in South Wales, Lee Allen was writing from a young age, developing his fascination with mystery, thrillers and the supernatural.

His debut novel, Those Crimes of Passion, a crime thriller, was published in 2012. He followed this with the novella Alone, a supernatural mystery, in 2014; and a second novella, The Jack O’Lantern Men, a horror chiller, in 2015.

His short story collection, Whispers from the Dead of Night, a hybrid of horror and multiple sub-genres, was published in early 2020, preceded by downloads of two of the stories: A Deathly Shade of Pale, at Hallowe’en 2019; and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, at Christmas 2019.

He is currently working on several future projects, including his second full-length novel.

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So if you loved the sound of it please follow Love Books Tour so that you can follow the other bloggers on the tour to see what they have to say!

Anyway it’s time to leave you all to get on with your day 😀

Have a lovey Sunday all! I’ll be tackling the shops to get my weeks shop’

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

BLOG TOUR EXTRACT: Inside Voices by Sarah Davis @SarahDavisAuth1 @rararesources #blogtour

Good Morning Everyone, and I would say Happy November but I know many of you will be feeling sad and unsettled by the news of the new lockdown! HOWEVER, we are so lucky to live in a world of books and books really got my through the last lock down so I hope you all can take away atleast 1 book from my blog to add to your tbr list to help you get through it!

Today I’m really happy to be taking part in the blog tour for Sarah Davis’ Inside Voices and I hope you enjoy the extract that I’m lucky enough to share with you all!

The Cover

The Blurb

The mind is a strange beast…extraordinary, unpredictable, protective.

Penny Osborn’s mind is no exception. In High School, Penny witnessed a massacre and lost her father to the same killers. She had seen it unfold before it happened, in a premonition, but could not prevent it.

A college research project at the edge of the Arctic is her chance for a new beginning. Struggling with PTSD, Penny’s therapy includes running, dogs, and guitars. Yet her fresh start is plagued by new premonitions, dark and foreboding, that coincide with a rising number of murders in the community. Her visions are vague, offering little to identify the killer.

When confronted with an orphaned polar bear cub, Penny risks everything to save its life. The deepening mystery of the murdered women, coupled with the exhaustive duties of caring for the small cub, draw her closer to her friend, Noah, and further from her sister.

Fearful for the serial killer’s next target, Penny discovers where her physical abilities can help her.

Will letting go of the past lead to healing? And can she stop the murders?

The Extract

Inside Voices, by Sarah Davis, is about survival in the northern Alaskan tundra where telepathic twins, polar bears, and a serial killer cross paths. The story opens in the aftermath of a devastating high school shooting in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Eelyn Osborn has picked up her daughter, Penny, and the injured security dog, and is transporting both to her veterinary clinic.

In the following excerpt, we follow the main character, Penny, as she cleans up alone in the clinic locker room. Penny can see pieces of future events, such as the tragic shooting, but did not know if or when it would happen or how to prevent the outcome.

Prologue excerpt

The glimpse Penny caught of herself in the locker room mirror revealed the extent of her disheveled appearance. Her hair, mostly freed from its ponytail, fell around her face like limp noodles; the excess blood on her face, arms, and clothes suggested she played the target at the shooting range. But, no external injuries, so said the EMT who examined her. No external injuries. Of course not. She had not been in the field with her senior class but had witnessed it from the picture window in the science room just as in her nightmare the previous night.

Not a nightmare. A vision.

Drenched in sweat she had awoken at 11:07 p.m. and was unable to sleep the rest of the night. Weary and on edge the following morning, she found it impossible to concentrate during class. Checking out of her second period self-study group under the pretense of searching for props for the upcoming drama club production, she sought to consider what the vision meant. Past visions Penny had experienced foretold future events. Ones that she was thus far unable to prevent or alter.

Willy, the white rat from the science room, appeared in the drama storage room in a space between two shelved boxes, startling her and distracting from her worries. He was a white apparition of whiskers and tail. He had been missing for weeks, and as the fire alarm signaled the routine fire drill, Penny returned the rat to his habitat in the science room. It was a drill, after all. Her life was not in danger for being late to joining her senior class that would gather on the athletic field. Perhaps, if she were caught, she might receive a warning or even detention. Perhaps. It was only a drill. She could be late.

Because of a white rat, she watched the massacre unfold from behind bullet-proof glass in the science room. As she sprinted out of the school and across the road to the chaotic athletic field to help, the white van carrying the shooter sped away, disappearing.

She moved through students on the field with the efficiency of one who spent years working as an aid at the emergency room with her father, or as an assistant at a veterinary emergency room with her mother. She instructed the injured to apply pressure to their wounds or asked uninjured students to apply pressure if they were able. She placed tourniquets. She closed eyelids on Mark, Sofia, Taylor, Lorenz and whispered apologies to their unhearing ears. Their dreams snuffed out beneath their lids as she watched.

She was handing out blankets when emergency personnel pulled her from the field for questioning and examination, so she left the blankets for another to hand out. She was cleared with no injuries by a medic. The stressed policewoman thanked Penny for her quick action and then dismissed her, releasing her to her mother’s custody. Penny did not mention the scene she witnessed from the science room was the same she saw last night in a dream.

Now, in the veterinary clinic employee locker room, clothing on, she stepped into the hot shower and regarded the blood spots expanding across her shirt like her internal injuries broke open with grief for the lost. The scarlet-tinged water pooled and swirled on the white tile floor before disappearing down the drain. When the heat became too much, Penny peeled the clothing off. She scrubbed herself with a vigor out of place on the zombie-like girl. The blood slowly dissolved and washed away leaving behind tan skin. But the memories remained. So she continued to scrub until the tan skin became pink. Then standing naked in front of the sink mirror, she scrubbed at her face, salty tears adding their aid.

Penny wiped up the pink water that pooled on the changing room floor with her towel and disposed of it in the laundry hamper. She disposed of her clothes in the trash and dressed in an overly large pair of crisp, green scrubs. Her long hair, the color of espresso, hung heavy upon her back, rivulets of water creating patterns on her scrub top. She stood for a few moments in the quiet locker room before the ever-increasing buzz of the overhead lights became more unbearable than the buzz beneath her skin.

About the Author

Sarah Davis is many things…wife, mother, veterinarian, writer. An avid reader, she enjoys stories that transport her into new and exciting lands. Having read more books than she could ever count, she has considered writing a novel for ages. It wasn’t until the idea for “Inside Voices” popped into her mind that she finally started pursuing that dream, with much encouragement from her family. She and her incredible husband share their remote home on the prairie with their three extraordinary children and one mostly human weimaraner.

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So there we have it an exciting extract! I loved it! Thank you to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me take part in this tour!

Let’s just make the most of this November, read as much as we can and make the most of the other people in our house and the things we love doing the most! Let’s make this experience a positive one 🙂

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

BLOG TOUR PROMO: The Flame Within by Liz Harris @lizharrisauthor @rararesources #blogtour

Hey Everyone, can you believe we are in the last day in October ALREADY! I mean what is happening where is time going? I do love the cold days and dark nights! This is my favourite time of year! I’m normally looking forward to fireworks but that’s not going to happen this year! But let’s end this month on a high with a promo for Liz Harris’ ‘The Flame Within’…. enjoy!

The Cover

The Blurb

From award-winning author of The Dark Horizon, Liz Harris, comes the second in a sweeping saga set between the wars, which tells the story of the Linfords, a family simmering with secrets, lies and betrayal.

London, 1923

Alice Linford stands on the pavement and stares up at the large Victorian house set back from the road—the house that is to be her new home.

But it isn’t her house. It belongs to someone else—to a Mrs Violet Osborne. A woman who was no more than a name at the end of an advertisement for a companion that had caught her eye three weeks earlier.

More precisely, it wasn’t Mrs Osborne’s name that had caught her eye—it was seeing that Mrs Osborne lived in Belsize Park, a short distance only from Kentish Town. Kentish Town, the place where Alice had lived when she’d been Mrs Thomas Linford.

Thomas Linford—the man she still loves, but through her own stupidity, has lost. The man for whom she’s left the small Lancashire town in which she was born to come down to London again. The man she’s determined to fight for.

The Flame Within is perfect for readers of The Thorn Birds and the Cazalet Chronicles, and the novels of Fiona Valpy and Santa Montefiore.

About the Author

Liz’s first six novels were published by Choc Lit. The Road Backwas the US Coffee Time and Romance Book of the Year, A Bargain Struck was RoNA-shortlisted for Best Historical Novel, and they and The Lost Girl, Evie Undercover, The Art of Deception and A Western Heart were shortlisted by the Festival of Romantic Fiction in their respective categories. Liz’s latest historical novel, The Dark Horizon, Book 1 of The Linford Series, which is set between the wars, was released in May 2020. She has also had short stories published in several anthologies and in magazines.

Liz is an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and also of the Historical Novel Society. She regularly gives talks and workshops at conferences, and is an approved speaker for organisations such as the WI and U3A. Her hobbies are theatre, reading, travel, cryptic crosswords. You can visit her website

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So if you like the look and sound of this book, then it’s definitely worth heading over the other bloggers above to see what they think!

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity and if any of my blogger followers fancy signing up to blog tours, Rachel’s definitely the one to sign up with 😀

Have a fabulous day and let’s welcome in November together tomorrow it’s and extract and a review!

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Lady in Red by Tessa Buckley @rararesources #blogtour #review

Good Mornjng everyone middle of the week let’s get cracking! Today I’m on the tour for a book aimed at 9-12 year olds called Lady in Red and is part of a series about 2 teen detectives! So I really hope you enjoy something a little different from me today!

The Cover

The Blurb

Pursuing the truth can be a dangerous game…

School’s out for the summer, and Eye Spy Investigations have a new case – looking for Lady in Red, a lost masterpiece by Victorian painter, Gabriel Pascoe.

The clock is ticking for Alex and Donna, because the artist’s house, Acacia Villa, where their friend Jake lives, is due to be demolished, and vital clues may be destroyed. And Alex has an additional problem: he is terrified of snakes, and Jake has a pet snake called Queenie…

As the twins pursue their enquiries, they come up against the man who wants to demolish Acacia Villa. But Mr Mortimer is the godfather of their baby half-sister, Sophie, and criticising him could open up family rifts, which have only just healed.

Then Queenie goes missing, setting in motion a disastrous train of events that will turn the search for Lady in Red into the twins’ most dangerous case yet.

My Review

This is a wonderful mystery / detective book for 9-12 year olds! I actually really enjoyed it myself! Watching the main characters try to find the missing painting called ‘The Lady in Red’ was exciting! There were lots of twists along the way which I enjoyed which children would enjoy even more!

Although this is a book in a series, it can be read as a stand alone although I felt I would have benefitted more if I had previously read the others!

However, that didn’t stop me enjoying it at all, it’s a quick read with nice sized chapters! It’s definitely an adventure and an interesting one, I definitely wanted to keep reading!

I really liked the characters, I felt they were really strong, however I do think some of their decisions were questionable, and I hope children age 9-12 would recognise some of the mistakes the children in the story make like going back to someone’s house even though they had only just met, I know it’s just a story, but I do like stories to give off positive messages of what children ‘should’ do.

But anyway I still really enjoyed this book and I loved how overcoming fears was shown through a fear of snakes! I love snakes so I really enjoyed this aspect and how it was incorporated in to the story!

So… rating time… this definitely deserves a 4 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️! A book full of mystery, excitement and overcoming fears perfect for the age group it is aimed at but definitely can be enjoyed by us parents to 😀 I enjoyed this more light hearted read for a change 😀

About the Author

Tessa Buckley was an inveterate scribbler as a child, andspent much of her time writing and illustrating stories. After studying Interior Design, she spent fifteen years working for architects and designers. She took up writing again after her young daughter complained that she couldn’t find enough adventure stories to read. This led, in 2016, to the publication of Eye Spy, the first in a series for 9-12 year olds about two teen detectives. There are now two more books in the series: Haunted, which was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2017,, and Lady in Red. She lives by the sea in Essex and recently completed an Open University arts degree.

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So I hope you’ve all got some children who you enjoy this series or even enjoy it yourselves 😀

Thank you to the author who asked me a while ago to review this, but I ended up with so many blog tours that I hadn’t had a chance so I signed up to this blog tour to make sure I could fulfil my commitment 😀

Thank you to Rachel for accepting me on to this blog tour and for always been so supportive and helpful 😀

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day 😀

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW: Thingamanose by Lynne Hudson @BeachyBooks

Good Morning Everyone, now this is one I have been meaning to post for a while but with lots going on I’ve just found the time! ‘Thingamanose’ the perfect story for toddlers and children who love anything gross….. MY CHILD! He absolutely adores this book! So I hope you enjoy our review!

The Cover

The Blurb

There’s a Thingamanose stuck up Rose’s nose but nobody believes her — especially Dad! He thinks he ‘nose’ best! A comically illustrated, rhyming children’s book for those with a nose for mischief. Contains slime!

A story about a thing-up-a-nose and how sometimes it’s very annoying when adults don’t believe you.

Have a ‘nose’ inside here…

Part picture book, part comic, part chapter book, in a handy size for reading alone, for reading at bedtime, or reading by a teacher.

A rhyming, illustrated in black and white, comic-style, funny story for children. Ideal for ages 5 to 7.

Rose’s life is snot-very-fun after she wakes up to find her nose blocked with a Thingamanose stuck up there. But, however she moans, nobody believes her, especially her parents. After the Thingamanose escapes on a school trip to a pepper factory (to have a ‘nose’ around!) it causes havoc.

Can Rose find a way of capturing it and convincing her parents she is telling the truth? That there is such thing as a THINGAMANOSE!

Our Review

Now this book is aimed at 5-7 year olds but my 3.5 year old absolutely LOVES it! I did worry it might be a bit too long to hold his attention but ACTUALLY, I cannot tell you how many times he has asked me to read this! The last time being yesterday morning!

He absolutely loves anything gross to do with noses, ears, snot, bums, poo ANYTHING so this was totally up his street! He giggles away when I read it and joins in!

The reason he can join in without being able to read is because it’s a rhyming book so he can remember the last words of each sentence and he SHOUTS when the word is THINGAMANOSE !

This is such a fun story about a little monster who lives up peoples noses! He gets himself AND Rose in to all sorts of trouble! The adults don’t believe that Rose has anything up her nose, certainly not a Thingamanose and the story follows the little monsters adventures and Rose trying to convince the adults he’s real!

Even I enjoyed this story it is funny and very original and totally captured my little mans attention!

It’s laid out a bit like a comic in black and white! Now even though I LOVED the illustrations and Harry loved them to I think the would have been even BETTER had they been in colour! But that’s just my personal preference and won’t effect my rating ATALL!

So this amazing children’s book gets a 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ from our little family, it’s fun, it’s rhyming, it’s clever, engaging, fun and well, Harry hasn’t stopped going on about it!

Definitely don’t miss out on this if you have little ones who love gross things!

About the Author

Lynne Hudson is a published author/illustrator and trained at Bath Academy of Art in Ceramics and then The College of Cartoon Art, mentored under the late Dave Fellows who inspired her to illustrate children’s books. She has a fast-moving, comic-book style with an expressive sense of character and is a keen writer of rhyming stories. Her biggest writing inspiration has been Dr Seuss, and she admires the illustrations of Dick Bruna and Tony Ross. Lynne gets most of her ideas by observing the Great British public. She is often found pulling silly faces in the mirror, trying to find the right facial expression for her characters. Her ambition is to someday create a really iconic cartoon character. Thingamanose, published by Beachy books, could well be it!

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Thank you so much to Beachy Books for providing us with a copy of this book in return for our honest review we absolutely LOVE IT!

Have a brill one everyone!

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Christmas at the Farmhouse by Rebecca Boxall @rararesources #blogtour #review

Good Afternoon Everyone! After my drama of losing my blogging diary with all my blog tours in and spending the last couple of days in an actual panic, hubby found it last night, and I knew I something in and it was the tour for this amazing book, so I spent last night and this morning working my butt off to get this book read so I could review and post today! So apologies to Rachel and the Author for posting a day late! Hopefully this will not happen again now the lounge is all moved round! Hubby is amazing at tidying but loses sooo much of my stuff! Anyway I hope you enjoy my review!

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The Blurb

As the anticipation of Christmas builds in the Nielsen family’s cosy farmhouse, Jo, Magnus and their grown-up children begin to congregate for a hybrid Danish-Jersey festive season, each with a surprise of their own – though the surprise that arrives over Christmas is the most life-changing of all.

Fifty years earlier, in 1969, Susan Jones finds herself being pursued by Mr Jenners, her former English teacher, and at the age of seventeen is packed off to a Home for Unmarried Mothers in London by her uncompromising father. As Christmas approaches, all she can do is desperately hope to be rescued, but will anyone be able to reach her in time?

The two timelines of this festive story gradually weave together in a tale that examines whether love and hope can eventually triumph over even the deepest sadness.

Rebecca Boxall is the award-nominated author of five bestselling novels – Christmas at the Vicarage, Home for Winter, Christmas on the Coast, The Christmas Forest and Christmas by the Lighthouse.

My Review

This is my favourite time of year because I always start feeling Christmassy super early but this year I’ve been struggling! YET I keep getting to read all these amazing Christmas books that get me so excited. This one is just another to add to the amazing Christmas theme collection and is the PERFECT Christmas read!

Although this is a lovely Christmas read, it is also an emotional one, with some sad times in the book but mostly it is FULL of love and hope which just gave me such a heart warming and uplifting feeling.

This story is set over 2 timelines and they are so very cleverly written and intertwined! I really enjoyed this aspect of the story along with all the characters!

Not only is this story so cleverly written it’s also beautifully written and I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience of this author! To then learn about all her other Christmas books has got me SOOOO excited!

I’d like to give this book 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️, they are just rolling out for the Christmas books! This is definitely a perfect read for a cozy, dark, cold evening to get you in the Christmas spirit!

About the Author

Rebecca Boxall was born in 1977 in East Sussex, where she grew up in a vicarage always filled with family, friends and parishioners. She now lives by the sea in Jersey with her husband, three children and Rodney the cat. She read English at the University of Warwick before training as a lawyer and also studied Creative Writing with The Writer’s Bureau. She is the bestselling author of Christmas at the Vicarage, Home for Winter, Christmas on the Coast, The Christmas Forest and Christmas by the Lighthouse and was nominated for the Romantic Novelist Association Awards in 2020.

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I really hope you all thoroughly love the sound of this as much as i have loved reading it VERY QUICKLY! Luckily it was one I couldn’t put down which really helped me since last night!

Thank you to the Author and to Rachel for giving me the opportunity to take part and help support this amazing author!

Happy Monday all!

Lynne – The Book Reviewing Mum