REVIEW: Belle Nash and the Bath Soufflé by William Keeling

Title: Belle Nash and the bath Soufflé by William Keeling
Published by: 
EnvelopeBooks 
Publication date:
3rd March 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK

Synopsis:

When Mrs Gaia Champion hosts her first supper after the untimely death of her adored husband Hercules, the meal goes sadly awry. 

Enter gay hero Bellerophon “Belle” Nash: city councillor, grandson of Bath’s original Master of Ceremonies Beau Nash, and bachelor extraordinaire. 

Assisted by a group of eccentric lady friends, Belle sets out to explore Gaia’s culinary mishap, only to expose a web of corruption that goes to the heart of Regency Bath’s judicial system. 

In doing so, he struggles to retain the commitment of his German “cousin”, and Princess Victoria—not yet Queen—persuades Gaia that all women can defeat the bonds of male repression.

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BLOG TOUR: Goering’s Gold by Richard O’Rawe

Title: Goering’s Gold by Richard O’Rawe
Published by: 
Melville House
Publication date: 
31st May 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction/Crime & Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis:

When WWII ended, the allies discovered that a huge amount of gold bullion plundered by Nazi Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering had gone missing. Some believed the gold had been hidden in a train box car in Poland. Others that it was secreted in Lake Toplitz in the Austrian Alps. And a few thought it was buried in the Republic of Ireland, which was neutral during the war.

When ex-IRA soldier Ructions O’Hare stumbles on a piece of Nazi memorabilia once owned by Goering, he begins to think that those who suspect the gold was in Ireland just might be on to something.

But for Ructions to return to Ireland is easier said than done. For a start, the IRA is after him for not paying them a cut from a huge bank robbery he carried out in Belfast. And then there’s the Neo-Nazis, who believe that Goering’s gold rightfully belongs to them, and who are happy to kill anyone who gets in their way.

And as Ructions gathers clues to the gold’s location and, as his many adversaries realize he’s getting closer, it’s as if a noose is tightening around his neck…

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April 2022 wrap-up!

Hey guys! It’s time for another reading wrap-up. I read six books in April and it was a pretty good month for me as I enjoyed them all apart from one. Here’s what I read:

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse: I went into this with high hopes because I’ve seen so many people raving about it and saying that they were hooked almost immediately. Imagine my disappointment when I found myself not liking it all that much. The plot was okay and the writing was very good but the characters were just awful. I’m one of those people who can’t enjoy a book if I don’t like the characters. Elin is a terrible detective and I honestly felt like she worked stuff out mostly through sheer luck and not because she was good at her job. Also, she’s treated so horribly by her boyfriend and brother and she just puts to with it. I didn’t get it. I will read more books by this author, just not anymore about Elin.

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ARC REVIEW: The Midnight House by Amanda Geard

Title: The Midnight House by Amanda Geard
Pages: 
432
Published by: 
Headline Publishing Group 
Publication date: 
12th May 2022
Genre: Historical fiction/Mystery
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

1940: In south-west Ireland, the young and beautiful Lady Charlotte Rathmore is pronounced dead after she mysteriously disappears by the lake of Blackwater Hall. In London, on the brink of the Blitz, Nancy Rathmore is grieving Charlotte’s death when a letter arrives containing a secret that she is sworn to keep – one that will change her life for ever.

2019: Decades later, Ellie Fitzgerald is forced to leave Dublin disgraced and heartbroken. Abandoning journalism, she returns to rural Kerry to weather out the storm. But, when she discovers a faded letter, tucked inside the pages of an old book, she finds herself drawn in by a long-buried secret. And as Ellie begins to unravel the mystery, it becomes clear that the letter might hold the key to more than just Charlotte’s disappearance.

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BLOG TOUR: The Key In The Lock by Beth Underdown

Title: The Key In The Lock by Beth Underdown
Pages: 288
Published by: Viking
Publication date: 13th January 2022
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

‘I still dream, every night, of Polneath on fire…’

By day, Ivy Boscawen mourns the loss of her son Tim in the Great War. But by night she mourns another boy – one whose death decades ago haunts her still.

For Ivy is sure that there is more to what happened all those years ago: the fire at the Great House, and the terrible events that came after. A truth she must uncover, if she is ever to be free.

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ARC REVIEW: Triflers Need Not Apply by Camilla Bruce

Title: Triflers Need Not Apply by Camilla Bruce
Pages: 448
Published by: Michael Joseph 
Publication date: 5th August 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction/True Crime
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Bella loves men. She loves them to death . . .

Bella Sorensen knows the world is made for men. But she also knows what few others do: where women are concerned, men are weak.

A woman unscrupulous enough can take from them what she wants. And so Bella sets out to prove to the world that a woman can be just as ruthless, black-hearted and single-minded as any man.

Starting with her long-suffering husband, Mads, Bella embarks on a killing spree the like of which has never been seen before nor since.

And through it all her kind, older sister Nellie can only watch in horror as Bella’s schemes to enrich herself and cut down the male population come to a glorious, dreadful fruition . . .

Based on the true story of Belle Gunness whose killing spree began in Chicago in 1900, Triflers Need Not Apply is a novelistic tour de force exploring one woman’s determination to pay men back for all they have taken.

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Books I Wish I Could Experience Again For the First Time

Hey guys! Today I’m going to talk about books that I’d love to experience again for the first time and I’m actually surprised I haven’t done this before on my blog. There’s so many books I’d love to read again for the first time, but these ones are really special and I have a different reason for each of them. So let’s get into it!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I read this in 2013 and it has remained one of my all-time favourite books. I’ve talked about it a lot on my blog, especially in book tags. Any opportunity to talk about this book, I’ll grab it with both hands. Literally, any time someone asks me to recommend a book or asks me what my favourite book is, this is always the first one I talk about. I was really hesitant to read it at first because it’s set in Nazi Germany during World War II and I thought that I wouldn’t enjoy it because I was reading young adult and fantasy books at the time but it’s such an emotional and powerful story. It’s so captivating and even though I read it so long ago, I still think of the story and the characters every now and again. I cried so much while I was reading it, especially at the end. It was incredibly sad story, but Death made for such an interesting narrator and it’s what makes this book stand out for me. Now that I’m a lot older, I’m curious to know what my experience would be if I were to read it now. There’s not many books that make me cry now honestly, so I’m wondering if I’d still cry a lot. I probably would, there was a lot of really emotional scenes.

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ARC REVIEW: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Pages: 560
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 6th October 2020
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eBook
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis: 

When Addie La Rue makes a pact with the devil, she trades her soul for immortality. But there’s always a price – the devil takes away her place in the world, cursing her to be forgotten by everyone.

Addie flees her tiny home town in 18th-Century France, beginning a journey that takes her across the world, learning to live a life where no one remembers her and everything she owns is lost and broken. Existing only as a muse for artists throughout history, she learns to fall in love anew every single day.

Her only companion on this journey is her dark devil with hypnotic green eyes, who visits her each year on the anniversary of their deal. Alone in the world, Addie has no choice but to confront him, to understand him, maybe to beat him. Until one day, in a second hand bookshop in Manhattan, Addie meets someone who remembers her. Suddenly thrust back into a real, normal life, Addie realises she can’t escape her fate forever.

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BLOG TOUR: The Spider Dance by Nick Setchfield

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Pages: 416
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 16th July 2019
Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Paperback
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Synopsis: 

The true Cold War is fought on the borders of this world, at the edges of the light.

It’s 1965 and Christopher Winter is trying to carve a new life, a new identity, beyond his days in British Intelligence. Recruited by London’s gangland he now finds himself on the wrong side of the law – and about to discover that the secret service has a way of claiming back its own. Who is the fatally alluring succubus working honeytraps for foreign paymasters? What is the true secret of the Shadowless, a fabled criminal cabal deadlier than the Mafia? And why do both parties covet long- buried caskets said to hold the hearts of kings? Winter must confront the buried knowledge of his own past to survive – but is he ready to embrace the magic that created the darkness waiting there?

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