Mine by Kelly Florentia #TuesdayBookBlog

When you’ve been betrayed, who can you trust?

When loner Lucy Harper, accepts a Facebook friend’s request from Jasmine, an old school friend, the last thing she expects is for Jasmine to run off with her husband, Andrew.

Now, newly divorced, Lucy lives in the flat she still part-owns with Andrew. After a drunken night out, she wakes up with Teddy Fallon. But this is the least of her worries.

The night before a text came through claiming someone knows her secret.

But what is Lucy hiding?

Before Lucy has time to process everything, her ex drops a bombshell – fiancé Jasmine is pregnant, and he wants his share of the money from the flat.

Then the blackmail begins.

Who is after Lucy and why?

Love isn’t always innocent, and Lucy is about to learn a lesson the hard way.

My Review

Lucy is a flawed heroine. She is a likeable young woman with good friends but beneath the surface she is insecure, surviving her unhappiness by drinking too much and burying her memories of an unhappy childhood. In this dramatic story we see her life falling apart. She begins to receive blackmailing texts and soon she loses the trust of her best friend, Alison. Former husband, Andrew is trying to force her to sell their flat so should she accept help from Teddy, the young gardener she has recently met?

Kelly Florentia excels in writing novels about young women in mid-life, set in busy city life. I always admire her ability to show the mindset of different characters of various ages and circumstances. But this story has an extra edge. We feel Lucy’s fear and inability to choose the right course as the tension rises. Who is her enemy? There are several possibilities and even in the nail-biting conclusion there is an amazing twist in the tale. Highly recommended if you enjoy reading late into the night!

Mine on Amazon UK

My Reviews of No Way Back and The Magic Touch by Kelly Florentia.

#FlashbackFriday Books I reviewed in April over 6 years #BookReviews

It’s the first Friday of April and I’m using the idea of Kerry @ Chat About Books to look back at the books I was reading in April in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015. Click on the red titles to read my reviews.

2020

Season of Second Chances by Aimee Alexander

2019

The Heart Whisperer by Ella Griffin

2018

That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan

2017

The Separation by Dinah Jefferies

2016

The Sans Pareil Mystery by Karen Charlton

2015

Concealment by Rose Edmunds

Fireflies and Chocolate by Ailish Sinclair #NewRelease #BookReview

Elizabeth craves adventure… excitement… love…

For now though, she has to settle for a trip from her family’s castle, to the port in Aberdeen, where her father has promised she’ll be permitted to buy a horse… all of her own.

Little does she suspect this simple journey will change her life, forever. And as she dreams of riding her new mount through the forests and glens of the Manteith estate, she can have no idea that she might never see them again.

For what lies ahead is danger, unimagined… and the fearful realities of kidnap and slavery.

But even when everything seems lost, most especially the chance of ever getting home again, Elizabeth finds friendship, comfort… and that much prized love, just where she least expected it.

Set in the mid eighteenth century, Fireflies and Chocolate is a story of strength, courage and tolerance, in a time filled with far too many prejudices.

My Review

The new novel written by Ailish Sinclair, Fireflies and Chocolate, is set in the 1740s in Scotland and colonial Pennsylvania. Young Elizabeth Manteith tells her own story of boredom in a lonely castle replaced by a terrifying adventure on the high seas, leading to forced servitude in America. A spirited teenager, she survives the deprivation and threats on board ship due to her own determination to survive and the friendship of a young boy, Peter Williamson, who had also been abducted on the streets of Aberdeen.

The plot is based on the true story of 600 children and young people to whom this actually happened. If they managed to stay alive through the perilous journey, they then had to face being sold in a market without knowing where they would end up. Parted from Peter, Elizabeth is taken by an arrogant old woman to be a housekeeper for an invalid on a tobacco plantation. Not meeting her master for some time, there is a hint of “the beauty and the beast”.

Finding some of the local community kind and helpful, Elizabeth sends letters to Scotland in hope of rescue, but her father is engaged in fighting with Bonnie Prince Charlie and her mother lies in bed under the influence of laudanum. Soon Elizabeth is actively involved with her new friends and finds some happiness, but she longs to find Peter and return to her home.  Is this to be her future or will she spend her life in lonely drudgery?

This is a wonderful story of fortitude and kindness against a background of prejudice and misadventure. Ailish Sinclair writes vividly of carefully cooked food which sounds delicious and amazing scenery in the countryside. She entices you to engage with the heroine and believe in her values, with just a hint of magic.

Fireflies and Chocolate on Amazon UK

Miss Wetherham’s Wedding by Linore Rose Burkard #TuesdayBookBlog #NewRelease

Every step she takes to ensure his happiness is a nail in the coffin of her own.

Miss Wetherham, a matchmaker, must agree to the devious plan of a society rogue before she finds herself destitute. Helping him gain back his lost love will protect her independence and survival. But can any amount of money protect her guileless heart from falling for his charms?

Nick Dellacort is determined to restore his pride and gain back the bride he lost. Miss Wetherham is the woman able to help him do it and he’ll make it worth her while. But once he sets the devilish wheels in motion, can he persuade her to abandon the scheme and choose instead a scoundrel like him for a wedding of her own?

My Review

This charming novel takes into the best salons in Regency London where high born ladies find their future husbands. Miss Wetherham, however, made a love match, marrying her childhood sweetheart. But early in their marriage he was killed in the diamond mine which was to ensure their fortune. Now, an almost penniless widow, Lettie arranges matches for young women who need help. Never before has she received a request to extract a lady from the person she has chosen, but this time she is offered a substantial sum and is assured that it is in the interest of everyone involved. Her client, Nick Dellacort, has a reputation as a heartbreaker and he seems determined to organise her life and fortune. Trying hard to resist she finds herself drawn into his plot and falling for his charms even though he cares for another woman.

The story is fast moving and Lettie is an endearing character, still faithful to her husband’s memory. She tries to do the best for everyone. Does Nick deserve her loyalty?  The authentic period feel, gorgeous costume descriptions and mixture of characters make this an enjoyable read.

Miss Wetherham’s Wedding will be released on Amazon UK on April 12th 2021

My Review of Miss Tavistock’s Mistake Book One on this series

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